It's the NT Touch (see @NormaT. on FB)! I take my students, my casts, and my companies to a depth within themselves and within the work they did not know existed, and in a manner they have never experienced before. Going deep into one's own psyche and connecting with character, story, or creative purpose on an intrinsic level opens the student to more honest character portrayals and creative presentations. The objective is the same whether it's acting, voice, stage movement, stage presence. I began my own study of acting and dancing at the age of twelve, and over 40 years later, I'm still at it! I began writing and delivering speeches in church and in school competitions about the same time. I've been a Texas Certified Teacher of English and Theatre for 35 of those years, directing award-winning shows, training award-winning actors. I have founded and directed Summer Theatre Workshops, written and produced plays/videos/film independently, and performed on stage, film, and radio professionally. I am a member of TETA (Texas Ed. Theatre Assoc.), TTAO (Texas Theatre Adjudicators& Officials Org.), and BTEC (Black Theatre Educators Caucus). I have been awarded grants from the Houston Arts Alliance to further my work as a professional artist and arts instructor. Check out some of my works at www.NormaT.xyz. I am author, playwright, and poet. It is my purpose and my joy to guide everyone I encounter to a personal and professional path of mastery, no matter the discipline.
I enjoy seeing my students uncover things about themselves that they can not only use in character development, public engagement, and academic/creative writing, but in life. I enjoy seeing my students stretch beyond what they once perceived as limitations. I love to see my students start out to achieve one thing and accomplish more than they could have imagined.
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The first objective with a new student is to determine what the student's overall objective is for the lesson, and with that in mind, assesing his/her strengths and weaknesses, level of talent and skill. Upon first encounter with an Acting student, I will have the student demontrate his/her level of talent and skill by presenting a prepared monologue, cold reading, and engaging in improvs. Students may also bring reels that we view and discuss together. Writing clients complete writing assignments using prompts I provide. Samples of writing may be submitted prior to the first appointment. This gives me a sense not only of his/her strengths and weakness, talent and skill level, but present range, stamina, and personal voice/style/presence. Having the student perform or write a variety of pieces, and discussing how and why she/he approached the piece will help me to get to know the individual.
B.A English and Theatre Education
Teacher Certification, Texas Education Agency
Theatre Adjudicator Certification
Course Completion Certificate, Doc S.S. Simens Film School
Course Completion Certificate, SWAMP Film Institute
Standard rates begin at $50/ hr. for Acting students. Students sometimes opt for exchange of services if I am in production and there is a role I feel confident casting them in; they may be cast with no compensation in exchange for experiential training, under my direction. Rates for Writing Tutorials begin at $50/hr, but varies depending on genre of writing, number of pages, and other academic, technical, or creative requirements.
I majored in English and Theatre Education while in college under the direction of my father who insisted that I "have something to fall back on in case this theatre thing didn't work out." I discovered that I enjoyed working with students who had a love for acting, dancing, or writing. I began developing a Summer Youth Program through which I trained students in the Performing Arts with Reading & Writing Enrichment.
I have worked with individuals and groups from Elementary School level to High School students preparing for auditions or competitions, and those in need of assistance with writing essays and term papers and other written works. I have worked with College students seeking to gain greater preparation for working in the real world, as well as those needing assistance with Research Papers, Literary Reviews, MLA and APA formatting, and Written Discussions. I have worked with professional actors and hobbyists seeking to increase in skill and craft.
A recent event I am most fond of was the performance and critique of my original play, Personifications, at the TETA (Texas Educational Theatre Association) TheatreFest PlayFest. Not only was the writing lauded by the panel of Theatre Critics, so were the performances of the cast, two of which are my students.
Students should think about why they feel the need for private lessons, why private over group lessons, what they hope to achieve from the class, and what their long term objectives are.
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