Todd Waite: Acting And Speech Coach

Todd Waite: Acting And Speech Coach


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Leading actor for the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre (2000 to present), and the world-reknowned Shaw Theatre Festival (1994 to 2000).  Senior Artistic Director for Cirque du Soleil's "O" in Las Vegas, and nationally recongnized acting teacher:  Lunt-Fontaine award for American Master Teachers; The Presidential Award for Acting Teaching.  Students attend or have attended Juilliard, Yale, The New School, Central and Scottish Royal Academies, NYU, Stella Adler, North Carolina School of the Arts, and many others.        

EDUCATION: IB, BFA(Acting), MFA (Directing), and a contributor to the IB Theory of Knowledge textbook (Oxford Press)

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Houston, TX 77004
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We will discuss first class

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Classes are 100/hr with one class per week minimum required, paid at the beginning of each month. One class only may be missed per month regardless of the reason, but December, and summer holidays may be taken off.

On set coaching is 500/day away from home plus travel and accommodation.

How did you get started teaching?

My mother was the finest English teacher I have known.  I loved the idea of it... even when I became successful and very busy as an actor early on in TV, I found a way to teach.  I think too many acting teachers are not full time professional actors, and guru-ize one technique over another when a highly eclectic approach is required for all the various styles from TV to stage, comedy to Drama. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Politicians running for Governor, CEO's, Ted Talks, Lawyers doing summations.... but mostly acting students of every level, from Stars to 8 yr olds! Love them all.  I love the journey of excellence.

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

Go with teachers who have  themselves achieved a high degree of success in the profession of acting, and have student placed in major programs, theatres and media.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you want to achieve in the profession? Why do you love it? Ask what is the purpose of art, greater than yourself. 

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons