Training

Merri Sugarman at Actors Connection

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, I took a musical theatre audition class with Merri Sugarman from Tara Rubin Casting. I’ve taken a few seminars and classes at Actors Connection, and this was definitely the most rewarding.  Often, I leave a class feeling a vague feeling of whatever about my craft. This time, I left with …

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Acting Through Song with Andrew Abrams

In October/November 2014, I took my voice teacher’s (composer Andrew Abrams) Acting Through Song Workshop for a second time. This time, my focus was on contemporary musical theatre songs, which I needed more of for my audition book. One of those songs was “Wrestling” from But I’m A Cheerleader, for which Andy wrote the music. …

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Moment Work with Scott Barrow

Technically, I did not take a class with Scott Barrow (Tectonic Theater Project company member) on Tectonic’s Moment Work. But, I did learn this amazing technique from Scott during our Stages on the Sound teacher curriculum meetings and during the process of devising Gold Coast for Metropolitan Playhouse’s Gilded Stage Festival. They say you learn while …

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Tennessee Williams Advanced Scene Study Class with Karen Kohlhaas

This past fall, I took Karen Kohlhaas’s Tennessee Williams Advanced Scene Study Class. My primary scene work was focused on the role of Lot in Kingdom of Earth, a role I would happily dye my hair blond and lose 20 pounds to play off or on Broadway. I worked extensively on the accent for my character–and …

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Indie Film On-Camera 5-Week Class with Brette Goldstein

In July 2013, I took casting director Brette Goldstein’s On-Camera acting class at Actors Connection. I had seen Brette speak at a panel discussion and became instantly smitten with her. In addition to being absolutely hilarious, she’s very honest, direct, and yet completely down to earth. I knew that I would be able to better …

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Commercial Improv Intensive with Barry Shapiro

In March 2013, I decided to take my commercial acting further by taking Herman & Lipson casting director, Barry Shapiro’s Commercial Improv Intensive at Actors Connection. It was an incredibly fun day, and I learned so much about playing smartly during these kinds of commercial auditions/shoots. If you would like to take classes with Barry, …

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Acting Through Song with Andrew Abrams

In early 2013, I took my voice teacher’s (composer Andrew Abrams) Acting Through Song Workshop. Over a number of weeks, we worked on fully acting our songs. Our final class was a presentation before casting director, Michael Cassara; composer, Jeff Blumenkrantz; and agent, David Krasner. Andy is not only excellent at teaching vocal technique, but he …

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On-Camera Commercial Acting with Barry Shapiro

In early 2013, I decided to tackle the art of acting in commercials. I knew exactly who I wanted to study with after having seen him speak on a panel–Herman & Lipson casting director, Barry Shapiro. Barry is a lovely, funny man, who at the same time does not pull punches. And that’s exactly what …

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Musical Theatre Showcase with Dale Brown

In January/February 2013, I took this 5 week class with casting director, Dale Brown, and agent, Joel Carlton, at Actors Connection. I was very interested in working with a casting director’s perspective on auditioning for musical theatre as well as getting the chance to receive feedback from an agent that I have a great deal …

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Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique with Karen Kohlhaas

In December 2012, I took Karen Kohlhaas’s Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique class. I immediately felt stronger in every audition after this class, particularly in cold readings. There have been actual occasions where I had to read from a script I had never seen before. I was able to give a fantastic, relaxed audition–and have …

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