"Speaking publicly was always my greatest fear until I had an opportunity to be coached by James. In just 5 one-hour lessons, my fear of public speaking
was eliminated. James was able to convey that my fear of public speaking was irrational, and with several key preparation techniques I would be able to overcome this lifelong challenge. All true! Thanks James!"
--Senior ranking administrator in a private educational institution
I have 15 years of experience working with kids at Camp Dudley, YMCA as Leader and Department Head.
Kids: introductions, handshakes, eye contact, false eye contact, conversational skills, focus on others (off self), physical posture, body language
, physical awkwardness, nervous habits, tension, relaxation, breathing, stance, foot planting, hand gestures, shoulder stretches, heart rate stretches, small talk, anecdotes, jokes, reading
, public presentation skills, vocal projection, stance, diction
, tempo, eye focus, scanning, avoiding adrenaline.
I studied AP English
extensively at The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities". I minored in English at Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal The Kenyon Review. Writing
That summer, I would not hear the Final Four, that culminate in the reverberation of gentle humming all around and through me, nor the honeyed trumpet
's mellifluous "Taps"--oddly accompanied by the crackling, playful jig of the fire's flame, or the baffling waltz of the fireflies, or the fluttering jitterbug of the bats, but always, always, the distant, whispered march of the Lake...
Acting: My TV credits include The Sopranos and the BBC. I studied acting at Drama Studio London--Graduate School--Cambridge University, Kenyon College (where I won the "Paul Newman Award" for Best Actor), and the Atlantic Theater Company. I was an artistic director and dept head, Witherbee Theater Department at Camp Dudley, YMCA where I taught acting and directed plays for 9 years. I recently founded a local acting studio. I also starred in the improv comedy hit, "Accomplice: New York," from which the New York Times quoted my material. I just finished teaching 5th graders improv comedy at the Go Project at the Grace Church School in NYC. I am currently teaching at a performing arts studio.
people hear me speak French, they think I am French. I studied for seven years at Kenyon College and Brunswick School, where I won "The French Award." When I was only sixteen, my intensive study included a week-long immersion in Bretagne, living with a French family who spoke no English. More recently, for six years, I worked for Daniel Boulud at Feast and Fetes, where everyone is French. Pronunciation is my specialty.