The Secret Theatre

The Secret Theatre

5.0(4 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


We have been called 'one of the best 50 theatres in NYC' by Time Out. We are the only theatre in Queens offering weekly drama classes for young actors. Playbill compared our facility to BAM, The St Georges Theatre [S.I.] and the Lehman Center for the Arts.

I love to teach. Originally from Britain and from a blue collar family I really needed my teachers to help me find my life in the arts. Its an absolute pleasure to be able to help others find their 'voice'.


3 employees
16 years in business
Serves Woodside , NY
Offers online services

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Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Acting venue(s)

Theater, Improv theater, Musical theater, Film, TV episode, TV commercial, Radio, Not applicable; lessons are for personal interest

People in group

1 person, 2-4 people, 5 or more people

Acting focus area(s)

No specific focus, Hone diction and enunciation, Expand vocal range, Strengthen vocal projection, Refine vocal expression, Develop specific accent(s), Develop specific dialect(s)

Students goals

To prepare for an audition, To build confidence, To explore as a hobby, To continue professional development

Acting type(s)

I can make recommendations, Scene study, Cold reading, Method acting, Classical acting, Voice-over, Improv, Physical theater and movement

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old


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Rosa J.

Richard Mazda is a wonderfully skilled actor and and equally amazing teacher. The Secret Theatre runs a robust program for young performers and continues to be a big part of our lives.
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April 10, 2018

Tara S.

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April 10, 2018

Bea M.

It is a high-quality performance space with vast background and experience. That quality translates into a theatrical education for my daughter that is hard to find. Richard and the instructors challenge their students in a fun way that produces a great show, but more importantly builds valuable skills that kids can use in school and later in adult life.
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April 10, 2018

Stephen O.

Passion and patience are essential assets for any teacher, and Richard has both in abundance. Richard is supportive and honest, and since truth is what any actor is after, thats a great thing for a teacher to have.
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April 10, 2018

Frequently asked questions

Firstly I would want to discover how much or how little experience a student has.

Second, I would like to know what the student was hoping to achieve; i.e. is the student auditioning for a performing arts high school or college?  Wants to be in TV?

Then I would either customize lessons to suit or make a recommendation about classes I am already teaching.

I have over 20 years experience as an acting teacher, actor and producer. I own my own successful theatre in LIC.  I am also a successful record producer and Award winning songwriter.

There is no 'standard' price but lessons start at $50 per hour though typically I prefer to teach a 75min or 90min lesson. Sometime lessons might be as part of a group or individual and therefore its important to understand the students needs before committing to a final price.

Services offered

Voice Acting
Public Speaking