I offer private and group instruction in acting and vocal technique. Unlike many teachers, I am widely experienced as a professional performer -- I've had 3 starring roles in Broadway, most recently as an original cast member of "Jersey Boys." I've also trained extensively as a teacher, working as an associate professor of Drama at Hofstra University. As a working actor, I'm in a unique position to know what it takes to work in this business.
I love the process of teaching what I've learned over 30 years as a professional actor and singer to new students of all ages. I find the complexities of teaching to be as fascinating and fulfilling as those of performing. I love seeing my students' eyes light up when they've made a connection with their artistic selves.
John Leone is the most wonderful teacher I've ever had! He is kind, patient, and charismatic. It is so cool to work with a true Broadway actor -- I know he knows what he's talking about because he's actually done it for a living! I give John the highest possible recommendation.
I like to start slowly, in order to assess where my new student stands in terms of their experience and goals. For both my voice and acting students, I always establish a strong foundation of physical and vocal warmups, with particular attention paid to focus and relaxation. Acting students typically begin text work with brief monologues which I select from plays, movies, and television shows, and voice students are given singing exercises and simple, straightforward, classic songs.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama and a Bachelor's in Music Education, both from Hofstra University on Long Island. I have an M.F.A in Acting from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. (I currently teach at both schools.)
My pricing system varies depending on the amount of lessons purchased. My basic fee is $75 per lesson, with a discount given for lessons purchased in blocks of ten or twenty.
After many years as a performer on Broadway, in film, and on television, I found that I was being asked more and more often by actor friends (frequently during backstage breaks and between matinee and evening shows!) for help with their monologues, scenes, and songs, usually in preparation for auditions. I discovered a whole new skill set, and found that I enjoyed teaching as much as performing. I returned to my alma mater, New York's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, and trained for 2 additional years as a teacher of the Meisner Technique of acting. (If interested, you can google it.)
Soon, I was teaching private and group classes in both acting and singing.
I have worked with amateur and professional students ranging in age from 12 to 75 years old. I have taught beginners and Tony winners.
I recently had the pleasure of seeing one of my high school students play the role of Marius in his school's production of "Les Miserables". I played the role many years ago on Broadway (it was my first starring role in New York), and it was a joy to witness my student play a role that has meant so much to me.
I think the most important thing a student can do to assess a potential teacher is to meet them in person to see if there is chemistry between student and teacher. This is why there is no charge for the first lesson with any of my students.
Potential students should think about what their goals are, or more importantly what their DREAMS are, in order to clarify for their teacher just what the two will be working toward.