I have over 35 years experience coaching actors and executive presenters at all levels master the art of performance, presentation and storytelling. I am a professional actor and acting teacher, voice and speech coach, director, playwright and producer. My success with students comes from years of practical professional experience.
Performance is a developed art form. You need the basic skills and then you have to practice . These skills are not hard to learn, but the best results come from working with a trusted coach. I enjoy teaching these skills to my clients and customizing each lesson to their specific needs, and seeing their confidence and success grow.
Chris is a great teacher and voice coach. He is really friendly, organized, and thorough. Chris has created a great lesson plan and provides a worksheet targeting each and every lesson. I am grateful to have Chris as my voice coach and I look forward to continuing my lessons with him.
Chris is friendly, a knowledgeable, experienced actor, and runs a very professional class. I am glad that I stumbled onto him. He is a kind and very supportive coach. I will be continuing my lessons.
Chris is great coach, he’s very experienced and knowledgeable about the English language. Chris also has a great lesson plan that makes targeting sounds and practices less challenging. Chris is also a nice person to work with, very approachable and not intimidating. :)
I sought out Chris’s expertise to help with my Executive Presence. I knew what I wanted to work on but was having trouble putting it into action. Chris has been so helpful in breaking down the things I need to work on into smaller steps and incrementally incorporating new elements to take my development to the next level. Almost immediately, I started getting positive feedback on my progress at work. I highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to improve in this area.
I interview each client individually to find out their specific interests, goals and needs and then proceed from there. Since each person is different, I like to set up a program tailor-made for each client.
I have a Masters in performance (Acting) from Rutgers University and a Bachelors degree in English and Fine Arts (Theatre) from Warren Wilson College. My specialize in performance, voice & speech, audition, improvisation & comedy, playwriting and script analysis, and I've studied with many of the the most prominent professionals in the entertainment field. I have performed in over 175 plays and musicals--classical and contemporary--in regional theatres, Shakespeare festivals and Broadway tours, as well as television and film. I am a working member of the actors unions (AEA, SAG-AFTRA), the Dramatists Guild, the Off-Broadway Alliance, and the Theatre Communications Group, as well as the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
My fees on Lessons.com are $50 per hour. Payments are accepted through Venmo, Paypal or Zelle.
I began teaching in college and graduate school as an instructor in basic acting, improvisation and audition technique, and I have continued to teach at major colleges, universities and conservatories around the country. I balance this with an active and successful acting career. I now coach professionals in executive presentation, public speaking, story telling and accent modification.
I work with clients of all ages, but focus primarily with adults and students 18 and older.
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Look for a teacher who is experienced and kind, effective, and inspirational. A good teacher inspires a love and respect for your own voice and the contributions you can make in your career. Find a coach who will make you feel successful every step of the way.
The decision to learn new skills for personal betterment is a very courageous act. We should all be very specific about our personal and professional goals for the success we hope to achieve, and the amount of time and practice we are willing to commit to these goals.
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