Acting Like You Mean It

Acting Like You Mean It

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2 years in business

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 I bring empathy, patience and a customized plan, along with humor and 50 years of acting and theater experience to get noticeable results in a short time.

I have served in almost every capacity in theater, including Production Manager (Beaverton Civic Theater) and Artistic Director (six years at HART Theatre in Hillsboro).

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If you have an audition coming up, I can make an impact and, if possible, be there to support you onsite.

Seeing the joy that comes from discovery, of aspects of yourself, or the piece/character you're rehearsing. Sometimes it results in a growth in confidence, which is quite gratifying.

The satisfaction and reward of passing along what expertise I have to others. 

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Beaverton, OR 97005
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I'm a very intuitive, instinctive instructor and coach. The first thing to do is discuss the goal(s), whether there is an auditon piece chosen, and if there are exercises or theory to put in place first. Every student is different, requiring adjustments and modifications which I think about as we talk. 

I can suggest or assign monologues, we can do a scene that requires interaction and reactions, (I am able to "multi-track" in that regard - I have directed myself on occasion).

We work together on obtaining the desired results. I listen, comment, we do it again, and so on until we both are happy.

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

BA in Theatre from San Diego State

50 years of experience - acting, directing, producing, running a community theater.

I have excellent diction, pronunciation and overall language skills, can do many accents, and I pay attention to details that can make a huge difference.

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

Pricing is contigent upon need, number of sessions and experience.

How did you get started teaching?

Over the years, actors have come to me for instruction and coaching. I have always considered myself a teacher; in every show that I direct, I teach as I go. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and experience levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have co-founded two companies, one of which is now LOOP, (Light Opera of Portland). This is not recent, but I am very proud of it.

The other company is more recent, in its second year. Theatre in the 'hood (

is a project designed to bring performance of all kinds to non-traditional and alternative spaces in our communities. Clubhouses, backyards, driveways and the old City Hall building in Beaverton have all served as our venues. 

My wife and I saw a very experimental production of the Beauty and the Beast story, called Beastly. All movement, no dialogue. Very moving.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Meet with your prospective instructor(s) before agreeing to anything. Having a rapport with each other; some sense of connection, is of utmost importance. You won't learn if you don't trust.

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