I'm a professional performing artist with over 15 years of experience performing in Theatre, 10 years professionally, and with 10 years of experience teaching acting, singing, and dancing to all ages. I'm a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, hold a BFA in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton (One of the top 20 Musical Theatre Schools in the nation), and hold an MA in Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries from New York Institute of Technology. I've also started a website, www.auditionsource.org, a place to connect, collect and research the best material for auditions broken down into a variety of categories.
Check out my website: www.jordansidfield.com for more information about my endeavors.
I love performing more than anything in the world. I also love watching and being around great performers! Helping my students succeed and improve brings me such joy!
Jordan is a fantastic artist and a caring teacher, mentor, and friend, and I have no doubt that Audition Source will go far in the theatre world and beyond!
Jordan is one those RARE folks that I would consider a ‘Musical Theatre Encyclopedia.’ Whether I am looking for that perfect audition cut to fit my type, or making sense of the puzzle that is arranging a cabaret- Jordan is my go-to guy.
Jordan knows more musicals than anyone I know, and really has a great understanding of so many characters in the musical theatre canon. He helped me choose audition songs all through college, many of which still get me callbacks to this day.
First I like to interview them to see what their goals are, defining their strengths and addressing areas they wish to improve. I like to get to know them personally, finding out their likes and dislikes, and getting a sense of their personality. This is vital to helping them select the best audition materials for their repertoire.
As stated in my bio, I'm a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional theatre actors. I hold a BFA in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton, a competitive program that only admits ~10 students/graduating class. I also have an MA in Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries from New York Institute of Technology, giving myself a broad understanding of how each integral part of the industry works.
Typically I like to give my first lesson for free, and will negotiate my rate with the student. Generally I charge about 40/Hour, but can make exeptions for students with financial hardships.
I began teaching as an assistant for music and dance lessons with my old community theatre troupe in Santa Cruz, CA when I was 17. I then moved on to teach workshops and lead the creative and production team for over 10 full scale youth theatre productions. While in my undergrad I also was a TA for Intermediate Acting courses for Sophomores, focusing on a blend of Uta Hagen and Michael Checkhov Techniques, as well as TA'ing for foundations of Musical Theatre, where I discovered my true passion for recommending audition material. Multiple of my students I worked with personally ended up making the cut into the BFA program, and use the materials I'd recommended to them for their professional auditions to this day. I've also taught Dance in Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre styles with Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and choreographed an adult production of Spring Awakening, as well as my self produced Cabaret, "The World is my Shower", which can be viewed on my website: www.jordansidfield.com.
I have worked with students of all ages, 4+, with varying skill levels from beginners to advanced.
One of my previous students who I taught in Musical Theatre Foundations at CSU Fullerton, Devon Hadsell (CSU Fullerton BFA class of 2014) recently made her Broadway debut in Mean Girls: The Musical! It made me incredibly proud to see one of my old students succeed and was ecstatic to watch her perform on the Tony Awards!
Ask around, word of mouth is the best way to go most of the time. Find a teacher who cares about your success and wants to bring out your best qualities, and doesn't ask you to change what's great about you.
What do I feel the best about myself? What are my less strong areas and are they manageable? What am I willing to do to improve?
Do I have a specific class, audition, or performance coming up that I wanted to work on? Have I performed this piece before, or is this brand new to me? How much have a practiced this already?