Donald Garverick - Acting/Dance/Theatre Lessons

Donald Garverick - Acting/Dance/Theatre Lessons


About this pro

Mr. Garverick splits his time between directing, choreographing, producing, teaching, and writing musicals making him a thoroughly well-rounded Musical Theatre Educator with incredible experience to share.

Together, with his writing partner, Mark McDaniels, the pair have written the international hit, Show Choir! – The Musical and Casual Bob. Mr. Garverick also wrote and directed a brand new science-fiction/fantasy adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, titled
Space Pirates of Planet Penzance (Oswego State Theatre.) Donald is a member of BMI.

Recent director/ choreographer credits include The Office! A Musical Parody (Off-Broadway, The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theatre Center,) 90210: The Musical (Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 and Broadway Playhouse in Chicago,) The Red Shoes from An Evening with Kathryn Morgan (The Kennedy Center,) Guys and Dolls (AfterWork Theater,) To Dance - The Musical (FringeNYC,) and Beat Bugs (Children's Musical Theatre Festival at The Broadway Workshop.)

Other choreography credits include the year-long run of Siren's Heart: The Marilyn Monroe Musical (Off-Broadway at Actor's Temple) as well as the sold-out 2010 NYMF production of Show Choir! - The Musical.

Mr. Garverick is also the creator, director, and resident judge of
The Cabaret Showdown, a monthly musical game show at The Kraine Theatre running since 2011.

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I thoroughly enjoy seeing students grow... as artists and as human beings. To see someone acheive a goal, whether performing a monologue, learning a new song, or executing a perfect dance move is incredibly satisfying.

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Woodside, NY 11377
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Typically, I will assess your goals and how I can best help you achieve them. I will lay out a plan of attack, whether a single lesson, or a longer term commitment and we can execute it as a team. This is usually done through email or over the phone.

Once we are in class, we will make effecient use of our time to give you the fullest experience possible.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taught classes, workshops, and panels at various levels from Professional Schools (Dance New Amsterdam,) to Universities (SUNY Oswego,) to Conservatories (American Musical and Dramatic Academy,) to Community Theater (AfterWork Theater,) to Community Centers (Middletown Parks & Recreation Theatre School) giving me an exceptionally wide range of tactics and techniques in dealing with students at different levels of experience and expertice.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Acting Lessons
$65/hr. - Skype
$65/hr. - In person at my Queens studio
$65/hr. + Studio Cost - In Person at professional studio

Dance Lessons
$65/hr. - Skype
$65/hr. + Studio Cost - In Person at NYC professional studio
$85/hr. + Travel - In Person at your studio

Available to choreograph solo/group routines for your studio or school. Special rates apply, contact for more information.

How did you get started teaching?

On my second professional job, I was asked to take on the job of Dance Captain, making it my responsibility to maintain the choreography as well as to teach new cast members the show. Teaching came as a natural extension from there, as I expanced to teach various forms of dance, acting, improv, and more.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students aged 8 to 70, professional and amateur alike.

Lessons offered

Musical Theater Classes Acting Classes Choreography Classes Dance Classes Dance Choreographers Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Jazz Dancing Classes Scene Study Classes Stage Performance Training Tap Dance Classes Theater Acting Classes Theatrical Dance Classes Child Acting Lessons