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Hunter College, Macaulay Honors College
Florida State University (Master's)
My specialties are Writing, Public Speaking, Voice, Speech and Theatre. Do you get nervous when you need to give a speech, interview for a job or meet someone for the first time?
I can help you enjoy the thrill of speaking in public, auditioning or networking! If you'd like to obtain a more neutral sounding, American dialect and reduce your accent, I can help you by using speech exercises.
I am a native New Yorker with a MFA in Acting from Florida State University. I am one of twelve actors selected from a pool of two-thousand applicants for a full-scholarship, three-year, stipend-provided conservatory that grants union-membership upon graduation and professional work opportunities. I have taught acting and theatre games to junior-high students and veteran adult actors. My students value my insights and regard me as their friend.
You'll learn to see the importance of what I am helping you prepare for whether it is an audition or an interview. Once you're focused on the bigger picture of what it is that you have to offer, being relaxed and connecting with the people who you need to win over will become instinctual.
I look forward to sharing my love of working with others with you.
Tutoring is available in person or via Skype if you are outside of the New York City area. My specialties are Writing, Public Speaking, Voice, Speech and Theatre. Do you get nervous when you
I work particularly well with groups of students! So, if you and your friend want to practice together, you will learn faster!
He taught me some important daily life and academic phrases in English. During our class, I became more fluent in English and feel happy.
Very nice, friendly but also professional.
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ESL / ESOL learners whom have studied with me:
• receive promotions and better grades;
• advance personal relationships with native English speakers;
• improve written as well as spoken communication;
• obtain a better command over speaking English confidently and in a more American style.
I have taught many students from countries including China, Japan, Korea, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kuwait, Italy and the Netherlands.
Public speaking and, in particular, interviewing was a skill that I received a great deal of training in as a result of my being selected to be one of just four students within the City University of New York system to receive individual coaching in this area as a Kenan Scholar. This was further enhanced by my also being selected to become a Jeanette K. Watson Fellow: a highly competitive fellowship that selects a dozen students from an applicant pool of ten New York City colleges for three paid summer internships as well as leadership training and refinement of interview technique. The program was led by Alice Stone Illchman who was the President of the Rockefeller Foundation and a former dean of Sarah Lawrence College as well as a former Assistant Secretary of State for Arts & Culture during the Carter Administration. I was handpicked for this fellowship after interviewing for a panel which consisted of similarly accomplished individuals including the leader of the Brennan Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Perhaps my collegiate success at public speaking can be traced back to my fortunate admission to the Drama Department of the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. This was a four year actor-training conservatory that strengthened my ability to audition without my nerves getting the best of me and also command my voice, body and diction with authority and intent. I owe my successful audition to the immensely competitive LaGuardia High School Drama Department, though to my voice teacher, Andrea Haring who taught Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bernadette Peters, Bill Murray and many other famous actors how to use their voices. She has been on the faculty as an acting teacher, director and voice teacher at the Yale School of Drama, Fordham University and now teaches at Columbia University. I studied with her privately for a year to overcome a speech impediment that people, now, cannot believe that I ever had.
The tradition of voice training that I received from Ms. Haring has further been complemented by work that I have done with Associate Professor of Voice and Diction, Patricia Delorey at the Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Fl. There I learned the powerful Fitzmaurice Voice Technique and the Roy Hart Theatre of the Voice exercises which unlock the emotionality of the human voice by learning how to consciously trigger and access autonomic breathing and vocal patterns.
Finally, beyond the professional training in voice and speaking as well as various occasions I've had to speak publicly, my acting training is what certifies me to teach public speaking. The whole notion of speech is to make public what would otherwise be private. In order to convey what is private without any phoniness you need to understand how to stay calm and how to stay true to one's soul even in a great tumultuous crowd. My acting training has taught me how to transmit the most private moments we have as human beings to audiences -- this is what doing plays and learning to act is all about and this is what I have been studying and doing professionally for the greater portion of my life. My experience studying improvisation at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Upright Citizens Brigade have further strengthened my ability to express myself with humor and with spontaneity and these are qualities that I look forward to imparting to my students!
I used to have a New York dialect so thick that not even family members could understand what I was trying to say. Training as an actor has meant knowing how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet and drilling how to produce the consonants and vowels of a standard sounding American dialect. My voice and speech teachers have taught actors such as Billy Murray, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bernadette Peters and countless working regional theater actors. It would be my pleasure to be of help to you.
I am an alum of Manhattan East Junior High and the High School of Performing Arts (LaGuardia H.S). On full scholarship, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from Macaulay Honors of the City University of New York at Hunter College. I hold a double major in Independent Interdisciplinary Research and Theatre. At Hunter, I directed Waiting for Godot, readings of new work, Jeff Hoffman's Fishing and played Richard III, King Henry IV, Demetrius, Prospero, Harry Easter and Mistress Quickly among others. During college, I was cast in readings of new plays developed by BFA and MFA students at the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. Tina Howe also named me a promising playwright, awarding me the John Golden Incentive cash prize for my work in her graduate playwriting seminar. In four months at Oxford University, I directed Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and starred in five plays touring one to the Edinburgh Fringe. I am currently earning my Master's in Fine Art on full-scholarship with the Florida State University / Asolo Repertory Theater Conservatory for Actor Training. I have trained with Patsy Rodenburg, Jayd McCarty and Andrea Haring among many others. I am certified in unarmed stage combat and specialize at writing and directing monologues.
The voice training I received is in the Linklater methodology from master teacher Andrea Haring (she's trained the likes of Bernadette Peters of INTO THE WOODS Witch fame and who is in FOLLIES on Broadway). This is designed to work for spoken word as well as singing. I've enjoyed roles in INTO THE WOODS, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Shakespearean works and other plays where I've had to sing as well.