I have a passion for teaching Professional On-Camera Acting Technique for Adults, Teens and Children, as well as Creative Drama for Children. I also work with business professionals, performing artists and students on their presentations and public speaking.
My goal is to empower actors with the techniques and confidence to successfully compete for roles in television, film and stage - whether they choose to stay local or move to Los Angels, New York, etc. My actors get work.
Acting Technique offers a Comprehensive Approach to Acting that brings together some of the best strategies taught by Top Acting Coaches. It provides an intellectual, psychological, physical and spiritual approach to creating layered characters. Break down scripts, analyze characters, make dynamic choices and organize those choices in a cohesive way. Learn technical knowledge of on-camera acting and be physically dynamic!
Chubbuck Technique Scene Study - Apply everything learned in Acting Technique, with the added emphasis on the powerful Chubbuck Technique, which takes ANY technique you have learned in the past to a higher level of performance. Actors who use the Chubbuck Technique are well represented at the Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys, etc.
Audition Technique - I studied with top audition coach Margie Haber for a year. I incorporate The Haber Phrase Technique with the Chubbuck Technique and Michael Shurtleff's teachings to show you how to effectively deal with the script, take the fear out of cold reading, and enjoy the audition process.
I have an M.A. in TV/Film from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Theater from Columbia College. I trained in Los Angeles with A-List acting coaches that include Ivana Chubbuck, Howard Fine, Jay Goldenberg, Margie Haber and Lawrence Parke. As well as coaching actors and non-actors for video, film and stage, I have acted, directed and produced plays, videos, and events - working in Los Angeles, Chicago and Southeast Wisconsin.
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Owner & Acting Coach
April 2005 - April 2005
I teach professional on-camera acting technique to adults and teens and creative drama for children. I am the only acting coach in the Great Lakes area certified to teach the Award-Winning Chubbuck Technique, developed by Ivana Chubbuck (www.ivanachubuck.com). I also teach the Haber Phrase Technique, developed by Margie Haber for Audition Technique. I bring Los Angeles caliber training to Wisconsin. Our Kenosha studio makes us easily accessible to Illinois actors - less traffic and plenty of parking. I also teach adults in Milwaukee on Tuesday evenings at Bucketworks.
Cultural Folk Fair Entertainment & Education Producer
Harvey School PTA
January 2005 - January 2009
Founding Director of the Children's Irish Education Program
Irish American Heritage Center
January 2000 - January 2004
Developed and ran the first on-going Saturday morning ethnic education program for the Irish in the U.S. With a dedicated volunteer base and some paid educators, we developed cultural and Irish language classes for children aged 6-16. Irish School, Irish Arts Club, Irish Teen Theater, and Irish Language. Our teachers worked with artists, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, cooks, quilters, writers, directors, historians, etc., to make the lessons age appropriate. It was educational, fun and life affirming.
Omni Marketing Group
January 1994 - January 1996
Point of Purchase Display Advertising and Product Support for Infomercials
Director and Producer of Theater
Irish American Heritage Center
January 1992 - January 1999
Institute for Therapy Through the Arts
January 1990 - January 1994
While my main function was doing all the bookkeeping and billing, etc., to support ITA, I also had the opportunity to assist the drama therapists, art therapist and dance therapist in group programs with both children and the elderly. I loved ITA! I worked here while finishing up my degrees.
Hughes Aircraft Company
January 1982 - January 1990
Started as an Executive Secretary for engineers in Probeye Marketing, Cathode Ray Tubes, in Carlsbad, CA, and ended up doing Cost Accounting for Company Aircraft at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, CA.
Qualifications & Certifications
Columbia College Chicago
Good Counsel High School
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