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Michael D.

Sierra Madre, CA

$50/hour

Studied with David Mamet and William Macy. NYU teacher.

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NYU
Acting Writing

Education

NYU (Acting Writing)

About Michael

Hello,

I love acting and actors. It is a noble, important craft and (for young adults) should be FUN. I studied intensely with David Mamet and William H. Macy. They taught the Practical Aesthetics Technique and I have found it to be a extremely effective way for young men and women to approach the craft.

It is a simple, honest, and straightforward approach that demystifies the process of acting and gives young students a clear set of analytical and physical tools. I focus on the importance of preparation and good work habits. We learn how to break down a script (or audition sides) in such a way where a compelling, exciting ACTION can be picked and played truthfully. For young actors, this technique instills them with great CONFIDENCE. We focus on the elements of the craft that are in our control, and don't wast energy on those elements that are not.

As I began to work professionally as a writer and a director, I realized that most young actors who delivered the goods already were using the basic elements of this technique: Listen. Get out of your head. Follow your gut and --- Be true.

I have been a mentor for Teens at Risk where they write and act in their own plays. I've taught story structure and to grade schoolers and I am a returning adjunct teacher at NYU - Tisch School of the Arts. I have over 12 years experience teaching to all age levels.

Hello,

I love acting and actors. It is a noble, important craft and (for young adults) should be FUN. I studied intensely with David Mamet and William H. Macy. They taught the Practical Aesthetics Technique and I have found it to be a extremely effective way for young men and women to approach the craft.

It is a simple,
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Travels within 20 miles of Sierra Madre, CA 91024
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Theatre

I trained in the Practical Aesthetics Technique with David Mamet & William H. Macy and returned to teach the technique at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

When teaching the straightforward tenants of this technique to young adults instills in them confidence, control and a sense fun. I've taught this technique to everyone from 5th graders to advanced professional actors. In practice the technique works very well for young adults.

NYU
Acting Writing

Education

NYU (Acting Writing)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Sierra Madre, CA 91024.