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Carolyn M.

45 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaching since 2011
  • BFA Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory
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Carolyn M.

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Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. 

About Carolyn

Born and raised in New York, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music (BFA Musical Thea

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Michael
Carolyn has and is exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. Like me, her interests in the performing arts are broad. I felt both excited and comfortable with her. She is professional and easy to talk to. I can sense strongly that Carolyn is full of love and compassion. I am so excited for the next lesson! Here's to the new horizon and everything in between! :) Thank you Carolyn for reassuring me that my decision to switch careers was a wise decision indeed. Dance forward.
William K.
could not have been a better start to my lessons!
Rick R.
My first lesson with Carolyn was very positive. She quickly assessed where I was and started from that point so we didn't waste time. She showed great passion for songwriting and a genuine interest in my development.
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Ashley C.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Masters of Fine Arts - Acting from New York University
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Teaches students 9 and up
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Ashley C.

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Hi and Welcome! In addition to holding a Masters Degree in Acting from New York University, I have been a professional working actor for over 30 years and have been fortunate to work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film. I teach Acting to all ages and skill levels, as well as Singing Performance (focuses on the 'story" of the song, not technique). Whether you are pursuing acting as a profession or not, the benefits of theater training can be profound on many levels. We humans love to play. We love stories. I encourage fellow actors to be confident, joyful, and fearless with their creativity. I teach emotional literacy, empathy, and the value of failing well and often. I inspire actors to build their own "arsenal" of tools that will serve you throughout your creative life. For professionals, I am happy to work on audition material, monologues, and scenes. For young artists, I am thrilled to work on auditions for BFA programs, scholarships, summer intensives, and more.

About Ashley

Safety and respectful collaboration are the foundation of my teaching philosophy. I encourage a passion for play, self-discovery, and a willingness to see yourself as an artist who has the power to affect change in our world. I hold a Masters Degree in Acting from New York University and have work

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Laura S.
Great lesson!!
Deitra N.
i love playing games and doing lines with ms Ashley its so much fun and i cant wait until Thursday
Deitra N.
Ashley is the best instructor ever. She is really fun and funny we play fun games and acting with her is fun!
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Ellysa R.

30 Reviews
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Starting at $150
  • Theater with Emphasis on Voice from Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2012
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Ellysa R.

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As an actress of 19 years, I love teaching my students the art of telling a story. I started my training in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts program, following on to Interlochen Arts Academy and eventually private training in Los Angeles. I have credits in regional theater, television (Netflix's Dear White People, The CW's Worst Birthday Ever, TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything), countless national commercials, and more. Together, we will explore several different methods including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky, imagining, and more, to create your own unique method. I can't wait to start this journey with you. In your first few lessons, we'll assess your goals, learn how to break down a script, and choose an acting method to start with. As we go on, we will build a repetoire of monologues and scenes for you to use, develop career trajectory targets, and develop your own personal approach to the art of storytelling. I can't wait to start this journey with you!

About Ellysa

Hello! My name is Ellysa and I am so excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students realize their potential, gain confidence, and find their own voice. I have been trained in the LAMDA system, as well as attending Interlochen Arts Academy conse

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Ash Harper
Fun times- I've only had my first lesson so it's hard to review Ellysa accurately but I'm looking forward to learning from her.
Oren
As an adult first time learner I was very apprehensive about taking lessons online. I am so glad that I did.

Ellysa is not just a piano teacher. She is a musician. I have learned so many things from her including piano, guitar, songwriting, vocals and the methods behind how music is made. She is knowledgeable about all kinds of technology and music making.

She is extremely intelligent. She’s also very patient. She’s always in a good mood.

I would highly recommend you take lessons from ellysa
Daniella
My daughter had her first lesson with Ellysa, and she said the hour seemed to go by in 15 minutes! She loved Ellysa's enthusiasm, and all the material that she covered in the very first lesson! She is really looking forward to working with her!
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Marjorie K.

40 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Italian, French, German
  • Teaches students 7 to 80
  • BM in Voice Performance and a special studies certificate from University of Georgia and Eastman School of Music
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Marjorie K.

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I teach actors, speakers and singers how to up their performance level by completely wiping out stage fright and performance anxiety. This is a learned skill that is guaranteed to bring your performances to the highest level. I teach audition and performance preparation. What needs to be practiced a head of time before you get to your audition or performance. These preparation skills will give you the confidence to be your absolute best for all of your performances and auditions!

About Marjorie

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC

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Cadence W.
Marjorie is a great teacher, my daughter is learning and enjoying going to her lessons.
Ann-Marie G.
Beautiful setting, wonderful teacher. My granddaughters truly enjoyed their lesson and are eagerly awaiting their next.
Madelyn G.
Beautiful setting, wonderful teacher. My granddaughters truly enjoyed their first lesson and are eagerly awaiting their next one
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Teresa V.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $95
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • BFA Theater/Acting from University of Utah
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Teresa V.

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Dive into detailed acting technique. Drama to Comedy. Harness means of character and emotional delivery, and find your versatility as a stage performer.

About Teresa

Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (D

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Raymond
Teresa really helped me understand a deeper part of telling a story through a character. She is awesome!
Sarah
Teresa is a very knowledgeable and talented teacher! I have learned so many new techniques with sewing and clothing design thanks to her! She is very patient, kind, and dedicated to making sure her students acquire the skills they need to be successful. She thoroughly explains the projects we are working on as well as gives a clear demonstration on any project we are working on. Her in home studio is beautiful! It is quiet, clean, and organized. I truly enjoy my visits there! I’m very lucky that I found Teresa through Take Lessons and I’m so thankful to have her as my sewing guru!
Paige L.
Theresa was amazing is all I can say. My daughter needed a choreographed ballet program in three days and she pulled it together and made extra time to fit her in so she could perfect it. I should say my daughter has not done ballet since the start of the pandemic. I am so thankful for her.
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Maria S.

39 Reviews
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  • Speaks Italian, German, French, English
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Maria S.

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About Maria

Maria S’s love of the arts, innate gifts, and years of training have led her to perform leading and supporting roles in dozens of musicals and operas over the past 20 years. Some of those include: Meet Me In St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Les Misérables, South Pacific, The King an

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Rose R.
Maria is by far the perfect person to start this journey with. Her knowledge is phenomenal, and I can't wait to keep growing in my singing abilities!!
Anthony C.
Maria was teaching my daughter opera, she learned a lot and we'll seek her out again to continue. She is an expert in her field. My daughter loved her and everyone she encountered in the music industry wanted to learn how she learned this and how she learned that when we told them they said she had a good teacher. We'll be back Maria. Thanks for all you've shown her.
Ava
My daughter’s first lesson was great!

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Average Cost of Acting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute acting lessons is $81. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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"Great first lesson, looking forward to more."
Su
Took Acting lessons from Shauna K.
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"Gabriel is an amazing coach. He takes the time to explain in detail how to discover a character in an easy to understand way. As a beginner he has really helped me learn to break down a script and understand what is going on. He teaches you how to set yourself apart from the crowd in an audition. I highly recommend Gabriel to anyone seeking to better their craft or begin acting!"
Brandyn
Took Acting lessons from GB V.
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"Awesome first lesson"
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Took Acting lessons from Dan G.
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"Kathryn was great!! My daughter was very nervous before the lesson but when she was done she came out smiling and very happy. Thank you."
Danielle
Took Acting lessons from Kathryn K.
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"My very first acting lesson was with Kelsey. Going into it, I was extremely nervous because I had no prior experience at all. However, upon meeting her, Kelsey showed me the most amazing kindness and patience as she molded me into a much better actor, as well as speaker. She knows exactly how to make her students feel as comfortable as possible around her. She is very funny and personable, and an overall pleasure to have as a teacher and coach. I'm still in her class now, and so far I can tell a huge difference in how far I've come 100% due to her. I would definitely recommend her to any aspiring actor at any level. Thanks Kelsey!"
Brendan
Took Acting lessons from Kelsey J.
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"Sara was well-prepared and gave me some excellent lessons to complete in preparation for the next class. Very professional."
Denise
Took Acting lessons from Sara J.
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"Really great! Amber was so fun and easy to work with. She was able to bring out the best in me and help me feel confident going into my audition. I hope to work with her again soon."
Maeve
Took Acting lessons from Amber J.
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"Andrew is an awesome teacher! He wants you to grow, his lessons and activities are always fun, and interesting . He's easy to get a hold of if you ever have any questions. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work with him."
Tierra
Took Acting lessons from Andrew Y.
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"Very informative, looking forward to the next class"
Dane
Took Acting lessons from Adam R.
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"Randy is very knowledgeable and patient, as I am a beginner in acting, is teaching me step by step"
Debbie
Took Acting lessons from Randy S.
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Private Acting Lessons Near You

Maybe you love narrative, or you adore drama. Perhaps, you've always savored the flavor of emotion or enjoyed captivating everyone around you. No matter your reasons for pursuing acting, you can nurture your talent in private lessons. Whether you're preparing to perform in an improv show, on the theatrical stage, for the small screen, or on the big screen, learning new techniques and honing your skills with a professional acting teacher can help you make it big.

Practicing in front of an audience and in front of a knowledgeable mentor can help you take your skills to the next level. In private lessons, your acting tutor can introduce you to new acting methods that will enhance your performance and help you discover the acting techniques that work best for you. 

Why Learn

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How to Act?

If you know you love drama, then of course you'll find several reasons to sign up for lessons. There're also plenty of reasons why learning to act is good for everyone — even people who don't aspire to be on stage or on screen. If you're a non-acting member of the film or theater industry, you can still benefit from taking lessons. Producers, writers, directors, agents, and managers all have something to gain by learning about acting. These classes give non-acting industry professionals key insights into the actor's world and responsibilities, while also improving your communications with actors.

Other types of performers, such as dancers and vocalists, can also benefit from learning to act. They'll learn to infuse their performances with drama and emotion. They'll also improve their use of the stage and connection with their audiences. 

Outside of performance, everyone can benefit from learning to act. Acting lessons can make you more self-aware and get you in touch with your emotions, desires, and motivations. Plus, you'll improve your confidence and public speaking skills. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Act and What You'll Study in Lessons

Although it's easy to find free acting classes and tutorials online, the best way to learn and improve fast is by studying with a private acting teacher. No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, acting classes for children feature different course content and teaching methods than acting lessons for adults. Plus, your teacher will customize course content to keep you motivated and interested. You'll study the repertoire and type of acting that excites you most and overcome challenges quickly, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Acting

If you have little to no previous experience acting, then beginner lessons are for you! You'll learn strategies to improve your stage presence, line delivery, and emotional expression, while working on scenes you love. To introduce you to the basics of acting, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Practice monologues and short scenes
  • Learn to use your nerves
  • Introduction to method acting
  • Try out cold readings

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Acting

If you have some previous experience acting and would like to work on taking your skills to the next level with immediate, personalized feedback, then intermediate lessons are for you! In these classes, you'll develop and hone new skills, as you learn to inhabit increasingly complex characters and roles, while focusing on the type of performances that interest you most. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Improve line memorization and delivery
  • Study classical acting
  • Learn various acting methods and systems: Stanislavski's System, Lee Strasberg Method, Meisner Technique, etc.
  • Develop your improv techniques
  • Learn to tap into your emotions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Acting

Advanced acting classes are intended for students who're out there trying to make a living as an actor or actress. In these courses, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional acting coach to improve your chances of landing parts that are right for you. The topics covered in advanced lessons really depend on each student's individual goals, interests, and the type of acting they're pursuing, but your advanced acting tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Extend your range and challenge yourself playing unlikely parts
  • Learn your way around the business
  • Land more gigs with professional audition coaching
  • Nail your part with structured performance preparation

How to Find an Acting Teacher Near You

With hundreds of teachers to choose from, finding an acting tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct your to a variety of teachers who provide acting classes near you and online. Before settling on the tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing through several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other acting students, like you. 

The price of lessons varies, but TakeLessons teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons taught. If you're concerned about the cost of acting lessons, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off quickly. You'll pick up new skills fast, hone your talent, and gain confidence after just a single lesson. 

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