I am an independent artist with experience as an educator for ages ranging from 10 to adults as well as an actor, producer, and director in the Houston industry.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University, and I have been teaching, coaching, and directing in the Houston area since 2016. In the fall of 2016, I started providing audition prep and college application reviews to high school students. In 2018, I began teaching at BETA Theater. Former students who received coaching from me are now studying theatre at Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston. I take every opportunity as a learning opportunity and do not consider my college degree the end of my education but the beginning of it. I make it a habit to consistently seek out workshops, classes, and projects that will challenge me and expand my knowledge and skills which I then implement in the classroom.
Helping my students achieve the greatest level of presence and energy in performance is one of the best parts of my job. When the text comes together with the actor's body and voice, and it all clicks together with that burst of energy, we get an "AHA!" moment. It's that moment I strive for in all of my coaching sessions. In addition to scene and monologue work, I also conduct special sessions in Improv and Devised theatre.
I implement many different acting methods, movement studies, vocal techniques, and script analysis tactics to push and challenge students to a deeper level of understanding for a scene or monologue. When you walk onto the stage, or when you walk into the audition room, I want you to be prepared, ready, and excited to play a part you can play well. It's your moment to show off, and ultimately your chance to tell a story. This is the moment I want to help you be ready to experience.
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I love the creativity and facilitating a space where my students feel free to be vulnerable. The best stories come from acute vulnerability, and I want very much to provide a space where that can be achieved. Watching my students become bolder and more truthful and watching them truly let go is one of my favorite parts of my job.
Teresa Stranahan is a professional artist who provides the focus, hard work, and passion towards each of her students. In the beginning portions of our session, we sat down together and developed a clear set of goals and in-depth plan to reach them. She always valued my input by listening and getting to know me as a person. After we made a plan, we started meeting together on schedule days to work on monologues, auditions, acting exercises and researching. During these sessions, Teresa wouldn’t simply hand me a monologue she picked out prior. She asked me specifically what I wanted to work on and what I struggled with the most. From there, she would give me a variety of plays from various time periods. I would have to read the entire play to understand how the monologue fit into the plot. Afterwards, we would talk about my interpretation of the play and how I believed the monologue was trying to execute. She would always challenge me to dig deeper and to try new ideas.
Teresa Stranahan is an acting coach that sincerely wants you to grow as an actor/actress. Personally, her primary goal is for her students is to acquire the professional skills they need without the dependence of her in the future. She encourages her students to explore an expansive era of literature to familiarize theatre from period pieces to modern. Throughout our session, she taught me the importance of deep analyzing and the attention to detail. We would find different plays, read the entirety of the play, analyze it then beginning crafting my monologue performance. We would always focus on a certain “chuck” in the play and truly understanding the reasoning the character needed to say these words. We would read through plays forward and backwards, which has helped me extremely in my college theatre/opera education. I can go on for hours on how much Teresa has impacted my acting life. However, the most important aspect I learned from Teresa is the resilience of hard work and originality. She always encouraged me to put my own ideas into my acting and to own them confidently. To make choices and be okay with those choices not always working. However, I was always able to get up and try again; to grow as an artist. I am so thankful to have her in my life as not only a mentor, but as a friend who will always be their for me. Thank you, Teresa!
The first session is always a consultation. We will sit down face to face, video call, or speak on the phone to discuss what your goals are and in what time frame you would like to achieve those goals. I will ask you a few questions regarding your learning process, your interests, and your knowledge base regarding acting but also regarding things like general education, art, literature, etc.
I always outline expectations of respect and transparency at the very beginning, and I will usually start our sessions with methods that I gage the student will be most receptive to, but I also will adjust and change tactics should I see later on in the process that the student is not receptive to the methods I am using.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, I have trained with BETA Theatre and taught at BETA Theatre, I work as a teaching artist with Express Children's Theatre, and I have studied under some incredible artists at guest lectures, workshops, and masterclasses including Lindsey Peisinger, Elaine Bromka, and Jaston Williams. I am constantly looking for more ways to expand my skills and hone my craft.
I have taught theatre in all of its aspects, on the performance and the technical side, to ages ranging from 5 to 55 since 2016. I mostly teach students between the ages of 11 and 19.
standard rates are as follows:
$50/hr for beginners
$60/hr for devised work
$60/hr for adult acting classes
$60/hr for scene work classes
$50/hr for college application and portfolio review (theatre arts tracks only)
$40/hr for resume consultation
$50/hr for college audition prep classes
There are times where I will bundle classes. For example, there is a college audition prep package that includes a resume and college application review in the price that I provide usually beginning in August or September, sometimes in January. Discounts are available for certain clients. Make an inquiry to see if you qualify.
I started teaching when I was very young when I tutored young children in the neighborhood in reading and writing. Tutoring was my first job. I later started coaching basketball to elementary and junior high girls. Coaching sports, particularly basketball and volleyball was something I did from high school well into college. When I graduated college I moved back to Houston and got a job as an Assistant Director at a local private high school. Soon, I started working in private high schools, junior high schools, and summer programs all around Houston. I started teaching improv a year later, and I started one on one audition prep for high school students in 2017. I currently work as a teaching artist at children's Express Theatre outside of my coaching seassions
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