Holly Payne-strange, Director, Acting Coach
I am award winning director, designer and writer. I was the resident director of Fireside Mystery Theater for three years, while I was with the company, it was lauded as "one of the top five podcasts to bring theater into your home." by the New York Times. My directoral work has also appeared in the Wall Street journal (The will to fight; women in Shakespeare), The Times Square chronicles and Theater in The Now.
I am a director that works very consistently in NYC and in London, and truly I'm passionate about what I do. I greatly enjoy helping actors grow and develop their own unique style. I can coach you through everything from auditions to producing your own work. I am mostly focused on stage and podcasts, but have experience coaching for film and TV as well.
Seeing actors (especially young actors) grow and develop their skills is truly a joy. I take a lot of pride in my actors, seeing them ace a class or a land a gig is sometimes more exciting for me than them!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I'll sit down and talk with you for a while, asses your current level and goals. The first thing that I'll try and do is find your style of understumg and relating to text. The text is the core of any production, so it's important that you develop a strong base, from that you can understand much more.
I like to give homework, but if you just don't have the time, I do understand.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated with honors from the university of Wales, with a degree in drama studies when I was 20 I have also been lucky enough to have had master classes with Sam Gold, Cicely Berry and Kristen linklater.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Beware of teachers who don't actually work in their field. Teachers who once had a dream of being a professional, couldn't make it and are now angry at their students for their own failures. It sounds crass, but it's a shockingly common thing.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
It's always good to come in with a sense of what you enjoy about performing, anything from physicality, to classic scene work, to character development. What do you enjoy, and why do you do this?
This is about supporting you and finding what's best for you!