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JAMES F.

Riverside, CT

$100/hour

Funny Presentation / Interview / Acting Coach, English & French Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/24/14
4.9 average from 13 ratings
Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor.
— Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/25/13

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Kenyon College
Drama, English Minor
Drama Studio London
Master's
Cambridge University, BESG
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kenyon College (Drama, English Minor)

Drama Studio London (Master's)

Cambridge University, BESG (Graduate Coursework)

About JAMES

ACTING:
I am currently the theater department head at Camp Playland in New Canaan, CT where I supervise the staff and teach improv and acting. I have taught at The Brunswick School, The Greenwich Performing Arts Studio, Camp Dudley (Dept. Head), and the Go Project at the Grace Church School. I studied acting at Drama Studio London, Cambridge University, RADA, the Atlantic Theater Company, and Kenyon College (where I won the "Paul Newman Award" for Best Actor). I am a classically trained professional actor in TV and film, whose credits include "The Sopranos," "A Crime to Remember." and the 20th Century Fox Film "Antonio in Wonderland." I was an artistic director and dept head of the Witherbee Theater Department at Camp Dudley, YMCA where I taught acting and directed plays for 9 years.

ENGLISH/WRITING:
Grammar is my specialty. I studied English at Kenyon College (home of The Kenyon Review) and The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities."

PUBLIC SPEAKING/PRESENTATION/INTERVIEW SKILLS:
Children: I coached a New Canaan Country School lower school student student at the Collaborative Center for Learning and Development, as well as a high school student with social anxiety for his interview at Haverford College which was successful!
Adults: Clients include The American Heart Association and The Association of Black Cardiologists

Testimonial:
"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

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.

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, where I had my first dream in French. More recently, for six years, I worked for Daniel Boulud at Feast and Fetes a French company. Pronunciation is my specialty. When French people hear me speak French, they think I am French.
ACTING:
I am currently the theater department head at Camp Playland in New Canaan, CT where I supervise the staff and teach improv and acting. I have taught at The Brunswick School, The Greenwich Performing Arts Studio, Camp Dudley (Dept. Head), and the Go Project at the Grace Church School. I studied acting at Drama Studio London, Cambridge
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Special pricing for multiple hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Riverside, CT 06878
Background Check: Passed

"Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor."

- Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/25/13

"Very Patient And The Class Is Fun"

- Yung, Elmsford, NY on 11/12/14

"Writing is possible with James."

- Elena, Ridgefield, CT on 8/30/13

"Just what we needed"

- Siobhan, Mount Kisco, NY on 12/9/11

"passionate about teaching"

- Joy, Riverside, CT on 10/12/11
Art:
Theatre
English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
French
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities". I also studied English at Cambridge University, Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal, "The Kenyon Review." Grammar is my specialty.

French

When French 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.

Grammar

I studied English at Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal, The Kenyon Review. I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities".

Literature

I won the Vassar Book Award at Brunswick and studied English at Kenyon.

Reading

I studied English at Kenyon College and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School.

SAT Reading

I minored in English at Kenyon College. While a high school student at Brunswick School, I won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School. I am an eloquent wordsmith. I am very patient and empathetic.

SAT Writing

Focus, meditation, time management, reading comprehension, critical thinking, formulating and crystallizing ideas, structure, order, outlining, format, spelling, grammar, & vocabulary.

I studied English at Kenyon College and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School.

Writing Sample:
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...

Theatre

My television credits include The Sopranos and the BBC. I have been featured in the NYT and Time Out NY for my starring role in "Accomplice: NY". I earned my MFA (UK) from Drama Studio London. I earned my BA in Drama with a concentration in Acting from Kenyon College, where I won the Paul Newman Award for Best actor. I also studied Shakespeare, Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat at Cambridge University with The British and European Studies Group. I just finished teaching 5th graders improv comedy at the Go Project at the Grace Church School in NYC. I ran the theater department at Camp Dudley YMCA for five years.

Writing

I studied English at Cambridge University, Kenyon College, and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School. My studies focused on time management, reading comprehension, critical thinking, formulating and crystallizing ideas, structure, order, outlining, format, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.

Kenyon College
Drama, English Minor
Drama Studio London
Master's
Cambridge University, BESG
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kenyon College (Drama, English Minor)

Drama Studio London (Master's)

Cambridge University, BESG (Graduate Coursework)

Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor. — James is a wonderful, fun tutor. My two boys have been working with James on their public speaking and general etiquette. James was very patient with them and taught in a way that really sparked their interest. He rehearsed different situations and introductions with them and gave them tips on handshakes, eye contact, posture and conversation. He also gave them great tips on making presentatio ...

— Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/25/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Special pricing for multiple hours.

Travel policy

JAMES will travel within 40 miles of Riverside, CT 06878.