Actor Coaches

Here you can find information about coach suggestions through TRU. In alphabetical order by last name. If contact info isn't provided, try Googling them. If our info is outdated, let us know!

Coaches
  • CLYDE BALDO

    has been coaching actors for over 10 years. His work is transformative, not only on the professional level but on the personal level as well. Clyde strengthens the actor’s connection to self and teaches the actor to deeply trust their innate instincts and wisdom. Clyde shows you clearly how your mechanisms are working and what is possibly getting in the way of your success. In working with Clyde, the actor not only gets creative and emotional guidance but also practical business guidance as well, which is so necessary. Clyde has acted in over 40 plays, 20 films, 14 commercials, 10 radio plays and 4 TV Network spots. Clyde has also directed 13 plays in NYC. Some of his favorite roles: The photographer on The Sopranos, Wes Banyon on Law and Order- Criminal Intent, Schmul in Doughboys, Deflores in The Changeling and Al in Road to Nirvana. cb713@aol.com, clydebaldoactingcoach.weebly.com

  • PENELOPE BRACKETT

    is a master certified coach, trainer, author and founder of The Creative Seed Career/Life Coaching and Performers RoadMap. She is a nationally recognized veteran in the field of career and life coaching specializing in working with creative artists and companies including acting, music, dance, publishing and design. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, and Child Magazine, and is coauthor of “Seven Keys to Success without Struggle” a performers’ guide to thriving in work and life,  with Director, Lester Thomas Shane. Previous to becoming a coach, Penelope worked in the entertainment industry as an actor, director, and producer. She holds a master's degree in drama from Brandeis University.
    She is known for her dynamic, accessible and unflagging support in guiding individuals and organizations to creative breakthrough. Her national practice helps artists create successful careers in the context of a joyful life by: creating a successful career strategy built around passion,  strengths and style , attending to health and well-being, maintaining craft and presentation excellence, setting priorities and managing time, and developing skilled marketing and networking. She offers private and group coaching, as well as specific skill-building classes. Penelope leads workshops and classes around the country in theaters; professional organizations and training schools; and  colleges and universities including Screen Actors Guild, Circle in the Square Theatre, American Academy for Dramatic Art, Brandeis University, 36th Street Studios, Rutgers University, New Actors Workshop, Actors Connection, Elizabeth Browning Studio, Dreamcatcher Theater, Donna Reed Theater Festival, and Atlantic Theater. More info: 201-693-1586 penelope.brackett@gmail.com

  • LINDA AMIEL BURNS

    has had a lifelong love affair with cabaret and the musical theater. In 1977 she founded THE SINGING EXPERIENCE, workshops in performance technique for people who want to explore their potential, discover their hidden talents, and gain self-confidence through the magic of music. Since that time, thousands of people of all ages and all walks of life, have taken this remarkable journey. Julie Wilson says, "this is the best cabaret performance workshop there is!" Peter Leavy of Cabaret Scenes called Linda "the best teacher." For the past ten years, she has produced and starred in The Singing Experience Cable TV Show on MNN and RCN. Visit her website at www.singingexperience.com

  • RICHARD BUTLER

    has over thirty years of theater experience. He works with actors on character development, audition preparation, and the ongoing pursuit of artistic growth. He is the creator of A Simple Path To a Vivid Performance™, a process that looks at auditions from the point of view of both actor and casting director. It includes six simple steps which are designed to help ensure that you are truly representing your full potential when auditioning with monologues. He collaborates with actors to develop an audition performance that will fully utilize their talents and strengths in a carefully crafted marketing presentation. Among Richard’s many acting credits on both the east and west coasts are Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Bob in Beyond Therapy, Guiteau in Assassins, and Rick Steadman in The Nerd. He has also appeared in several original musicals, including Girl Gang at NYMF and Christmas Interruptus at the John Houseman Studio Theatre. He has directed numerous productions; recent credits include In the Wilderness at the Planet Connections Festivity and the award-winning musical Bad Christmas Sweater at The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival. Richard has studied with William Esper (acting), Martin Waldron (voice and speech), Loyd Williamson (movement for the actor), Pierre Lefèvre (mask technique), and is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is a member of the American Society for Training & Development. Email: RichPButler@gmail.com or call 917-202-4865.

  • ROSALYN COLEMAN

    This Yale Drama School Graduate is a busy actress and an incredible acting coach.  Voted Favorite On Camera Teacher in the 2011 Backstage Readers Poll, Roz served as on-set coach for HBO's hit series In Treatment. Roz specializes on-camera basics, script analysis, cold reads, and techniques for working with camera, script and reader. Roz just finished a run on Broadway as Stand By for Angela Bassett in THE MOUNTAINTOP, other Broadway credits include RADIO GOLF, SEVEN GUITARS, MULE BONE and PIANO LESSON. With numerous film and TV credits, including the films BROOKLYN'S FINEST, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY and FRANKIE AND ALICE starring Halle Berry, Roz was most recently cast in the HBO pilot SPRING/FALL. With her film production company: Red Wall Productions, Rosalyn has cast and directed several award winning films that have screened on TV nationwide and in film festivals all over the world.  Roz is currently casting the series JUSTICE which she will direct in late March, and is about to go into production for another series WEDDINGS AMERICAN STYLE. "The greatest pleasure for me as a teacher is to facilitate the person to reach their humanity. I want my clients to leave the room knowing their personal power as a base to communicate anything that a human is capable of experiencing. It’s not a job; it’s a joy." rozactingcoach@gmail.com

  • SONYA COOKE

    has a mission as an acting coach to provide affordable and professional training to actors of all backgrounds. A professional actress, director and producer and alumna from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Sonya synthesizes a wide variety of time-tested and powerful techniques, such as: Meisner, Neoclassical, Donnellan, Alexander, and Williamson in order to create a tailor-made program for the student. Please visit her website,www.sonyacooke.com, to read more about her pay-as-you-go services.

  • JON DELFIN

    has been a vocal coach, accompanist, arranger and conductor in New York City for more than 30 years, working in both cabaret and theater settings. He has played off Broadway for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?," and toured the world with "Bob Fosse's Dancin'," "Paved With Gold" and singers Jane Olivor and Joanne Borts. For five years, he was the assistant musical director for Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey, helping create the Greatest Show on Earth. As a coach and audition pianist, he is valued for his abilities at sight-reading and transposing, and specializes in working with actors who sing, helping them to find material and present it with confidence. He also has mad Finale skills, the better to prepare your music for strangers. He was featured in the crossword puzzle documentary "Wordplay" by virtue of having won more tournaments than anybody (so far). Email jondelfin@gmail.com

  • MATTHEW DEMING

    is a graduate of Boston University’s School for the Arts, where he studied vocal performance and piano.  He has been teaching private voice for over nine years in Boston and New York. He is also the founder ofThe Audition Room, a master class series for musical theater performers to meet casting directors, agents, directors and music directors. Musical theater performance credits include: The Visit with Chita Rivera (Signature Theater), A Christmas Carol(Trinity Repertory Company), James Joyce’s The Dead (Huntington Theater Company), Floyd Collins (Speakeasy Stage Company), Showboat, Bells Are Ringing, JC Superstar (Allenberry Playhouse), Kiss Me Kate (Carousel Dinner Theater),Joseph… (Ogunquit Playhouse). He has music directed and played piano for several productions including: Annie, Grease, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, Hello Dolly, and Music Man. Recordings include: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Allegro. He is a regular singer with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, the Bard Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival. For more information please go to www.matthewdeming.net

  • LAURIE ELISCU

    is an experienced and successful Acting Coach and Director and Performer. She creates a supportive atmosphere and loves working with actors! In fact, she let out bigger screaming HOOTS of JOY when one of her actors got into Yale School of Drama than when her son got into Oberlin and Tufts. (He understood.) She started in acting at the Woodstock Playhouse, Mahopac Farm Playhouse, and Schoolhouse Theater performing in musicals and straight plays. This background enables her to communicate well with actors, understand their process, and help them identify with characters, making the material their own. Laurie’s directing credits include both Equity and non-Equity venues: The Schoolhouse Theater,  Pioneer Playhouse, Shadowland, Rhinebeck PAC, Tappan Zee Playhouse, several NYC showcases and productions through Hudson River Rep, where she is the founder/Artistic Director.  Her strong sense of dramatic structure helps the actors identify turning points, while her directorial eye helps with the use of space and movement so that all elements, from vocal to silences, create a dynamic and moving audition. As a director, Laurie casts actors – and being on that side of the desk gives her insight as to what is really engaging. www.HudsonRiverRep.org  or email LaurieEliscu@gmail.com

  • PETE JENSEN

    is an award-winning screenwriter and TV writer, director, teacher, and acting coach. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University, where he studied theater with Anne Bogart. As an acting coach, he has helped actors and comedians book roles on TV shows such as Suburgatory, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, Party Down, and many others, as well as several independent films. He's currently in development with a TV pilot for cable TV. At Actors Connection, Pete teaches our Acting 101 and 102 classes as well as individually coaches our advanced actors.

  • QURRAT ANN KADWANI

    is an actress, producer, MC, TV Host and philanthropist.  She is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK (www.eyeblink.org ) and the head of the Theatre department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions.  Ms. Kadwani has taught a Monologue Writing and Performance Workshop, and Acting classes for Stage and Film.  She is the first South Asian female to have her solo play, They Call Me Q, Off Broadway, with awards, critical praise, 100+ shows over a 7 month run and college performances all over the US with workshops on diversity, acting and writing.  She has been featured on FOX News, News 12 Bronx, Fox 5 NY, Playbill.com, Broadway.com.  As an actress, she has been in stage, film and TV in NYC as well as regionally.  She has also been the MC and host for galas, fundraisers, weddings and educational videos.  She is the host of Salon Radio featuring female artists on City World Radio. She also coordinates A Slice of Hope, spreading joy and optimism at homeless shelters with pizza parties and Echoes of Love, raising funds for suicide prevention with music.   www.qkadwani.com  

  • PAUL KATZ

    From member Sheree Sano: "I've worked with him and he really knows how to bring out the best in anyone's performance. He's worked with everyone, has excellent credentials and is an absolute pleasure to work with and learn from."
    As a youngster, Paul Katz studied piano, voice training and sight singing at the Chatham Square Music School (Dir: Fredrick Popper) and then at Mannes Prep (Dir: Rise Stevens) here in New York. Other education: York University BFA with Honours in Film Production, Toronto; The B.M.I. Workshop with Lehman Engel, New York. Voice Training: Joan Kobin and Lehman Bick (N.Y.) Paul Katz has worn many hats in the performing world - mostly as a pianist, singer, actor, teacher, and record and event producer. Not only was he under contract as an actor on ANOTHER WORLD (NBC) he also wrote the songs that were featured on the show.His musicals have been seen in major venues nationwide: Tales of Tinseltown, Slay it with Music, Dirty Dreams of a Clean Cut Kid to name a few, in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. In WE’LL MEET AGAIN (45th Street Theater, York Theater) Paul musical directed and was a featured singer-performer. As a record producer, Mr. Katz is usually featured as a vocalist and as vocal arranger, as in the recording Joy Bogen – Kurt Weill. Paul Katz -- 212-245-5153 -- musicat@aol.com

  • SARA LOUISE LAZARUS

    is a MAC and BackStage Bistro Award-Winning Director. She has created and directed shows at Feinsteins at the Regency, Rainbow and Stars, The Russian Tea Room and Cabaret Comes To Carnegie. In New York, she directed Tovah Feldshuh’s one-woman Off-Broadway show, Tovah Out Of Her Mind, the revival of Babes In Arms at Avery Fisher Hall, the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Plaisir D’Amour and Ludlow Ladd starring Kristen Chenoweth. At the 92nd Street Y, Sara co-wrote and directed The 1959 Broadway Songbook for their Lyrics and Lyricists series. She staged two Harvard Hasty Pudding Shows, and She Loves Me at Yale featuring Melissa Errico. Other regional productions include The Rink with Patti Karr, Ernest In Love with Jimmy Smits, and Starting Here, Starting Now with Carolee Carmello. Sara produced and directed Stars Over Millburn, a benefit for Paper Mill Playhouse, and was on the faculty of Paper Mill’s Summer Conservatory, where she co-directed five shows. Sara has taught workshops for Yale, the University of New Hampshire, and Penn State, as well as Master Classes in Los Angeles produced by ASCAP. At The Sara Lazarus Studio she teaches popular professional musical audition and performance classes. Her students have appeared in the Broadway and National tours of Once, Book of Mormon, Bridges of Madison County, The Producers, Wicked, hantom of the opera, The Scottsboro Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, TV’s Smash and Glee and many more. A protégé of the brilliant David Craig, Sara is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity Association, and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

  • CATHERINE LAMM

    literary & casting director of TRU, is a director and private coach who has trained with the Royal National Theatre (Edinburgh), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and the American Film Institute. She was formerly the casting director for the Chelsea and West Side Theaters. Catherine is also a feature writer and reviewer for Stage Press Weekly and British Theatre Guide . A veteran theatre professional, she has worked with The Players' Guide , Samuel French, and Broadway producers Mordeccai & Associates, and is a sometime dramaturg/literary consultant to various NYC-based theatre companies and producing organizations. A former professional actor with Off Broadway and West End roles to her credit, Catherine has been teaching actors about the business of performing since 1986. www.catherinelamm.com

  • FRANK LICATO

    is artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works. Nominated for an Obie award for his performance in Deathwatch which the NY Times called a ‘performance on another plane’. Regionally he worked at the American Repertory Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company and the Boston Shakespeare Company. TV Credits: “Third Watch”, Sidney Lumet’s “100 Centre Street” and with Frank Sinatra in “First Deadly Sin.” His production of The Late Christopher Bean (Summit Playhouse) received eight 2011 Perry Award nominations. Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. He staged the Off-Broadway hit revival of Rod Serling's Requiem For A Heavyweight and the award winning Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's Seduced at the Kraine Theater and received a best director award from the Off-Broadway Review.

  • ANNIE MEISELS

    has been a working actor and voice over artist for 20+ years. She's worked in all mediums as an actress and has done extensive voice over and commercial work. She's been the voice of many campaigns and you've heard her on hundreds of commercials both radio and TV.   As a voice over coach she'll prepare you to make a VO mp3.  You'll learn how to use vocal placement and dynamics. How to use operative words, make a connection and ultimately book the job.  As an audition coach we'll break down the material and check that you're making strong choices that tell the story. We make sure you're ready for adjustments so you can book the job.  Her clients clients are working actors who continue to work.  They have been on and off B'way on TV, in film as well as TV personalities.  Annie also coaches corporate clients in 'A Powerful Voice'.  Visit: APowerfulVoice.net and www.facebook.com/Acting.VoiceOver.Coach.AnnieMeisels

  • DOUG OBERHAMER

    credits range from Broadway and Off Broadway to National and International Tours. He also works as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, music producer, and vocal coach in New York and abroad. Music Directing Credits include: Swing!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Reel to Real, Man of La Mancha, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda's World, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, I Got Fired, Crazy for You,Women on the Verge, Frankenstein, Nunsense, Seeing Stars, Rings, Saturday Night Fever and Gemini. Doug was also the keyboard 1 sub on Rocky - work that he enjoys in addition to Music Directing.
    Doug can also be found in the cabaret world as a Music Director, Arranger and Orchestrator. He has performed at Birdland, The Zipper, The Triad, Joe’s Pub, Feinsteins, Don’t Tell Mama’s, and Rose’s Turn with shows such as: Steppin’ Out, Little Death, Foreign Currency, Top Drawer, Sirens of the Silver Screen, Love Stories, The A**hole in My Head and others.

  • REGINA O'MALLEY

    had a long and varied career as both an actress and a singer, easily crossing over from one medium to another. She appeared on Broadway in Blood Brothers in both leading roles, Mrs.Lyons and Mrs. Johnston. She toured with The First National Tour of Les Mis and appeared at The Kennedy Center in On Your Toes. Several off-broadway shows too, most notablyForbidden Broadway. She toured as Gretel in The New American Opera's Hansel and Gretel. Extensive work in regional theaters: Sarah in Guys and Dolls at Seattle Rep, Adrianna in Boys from Syracuse at Goodspeed Opera House and Violet in Ken Ludwig's Sullivan and Gilbert at The Huntington in Boston. Leading roles at Indiana Rep, Buffalo Studio Arena, and Maine State and Papermill Playhouse. Television appearances and many national commercials. Regina switched gears when her children were young to pursue teaching. She found her true passion in the classroom. She teaches, acting, musical theatre, and improvisation all over from Shanghai to Mexico to New York City! Her job is to help performers find their joy in performing. Education: BFA Boston Conservatory(acting, musical theatre). Meisner studies at The Gately-Poole Studio. Arts in Education-graduate studies at Marymount Manhattan College.

  • KATRINA ROBINSON

    is the Founder of CTA, which stands for Collaborative Teaching Artists with an emphasis on COLLABORATIVE. We are trying to create a Supportive Community where performers - Beginners to Professionals- have a place to learn their new skills and hone their craft. Katie has been teaching and coaching voices, as well as performing, for over 10 years. Having graduated from the Steinhardt School at New York University with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance (Classical Voice), she continued her Master’s degree at the Steinhardt School at NYU in Vocal Performance (Classical Voice) where she studied with Dr. Brian Gill. Katie simultaneously received her Post Masters Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. While attending NYU she taught a variety of singers as an Adjunct Professor of Voice ranging from complete beginners to recording artists and professional performers. Her students have gone on to perform in semi-professional and professional choirs, musical theater performances, as well as operas and classical concerts around the city. Additionally, she has also helped many singers in the rehabilitation of their voices. Katie also teaches private voice at Highbridge Voices, a non-profit free after school program for grades 4-12.

  • BRAD ROSS

    is a widely recognized vocal coach, composer and pianist. Brad is familiar with repertoire, vocal technique, 16 bar cuts, pop music, and song presentation. He's helped many actors get call-backs and jobs. He's played auditions for Shrek, Chicago, Mamma Mia and many other shows. In 2009, Brad was voted Favorite Accompanist in the Backstage Reader's Choice Awards. He plays at Actors Connection and TVI. He's played workshops with Eric Woodall. He's also played for agencies like Bauman Redanty, Dulcina Eisen, Bret Adams, and Henderson Hogan. Brad knows the ropes when it comes to delivering an effective audition.

  • KEN SCHATZ

    the leading independent acting teacher and coach in New York City, has been training and helping professional actors to do their best work in film, television, and theater for over 20 years. Ken's coaching credits include There's Something About Mary with Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz, Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone with David Arquette and Steve Buscemi, Cop Land with Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, Shadrach with Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell, Spin City, Crime Spree, and many other films, television shows, commercials, and theater productions. He is trained by Moni Yakim (creator of the movement programs at Juilliard and Yale, author of Creating a Character) in Physical Acting Technique, and featured in the ACT NY Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches.
     The former Associate Director of Circle in the Square Theatre School – the only acting conservatory attached to a Broadway theater – and a current Circle faculty member, Ken has taught, coached, directed, and developed training programs for many well-known acting schools, colleges and universities, production companies, talent agencies, and casting offices, including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio, MTV, and Pat McCorkle Casting. For actors at every level of the industry – from celebrities to new talent – and for every kind of acting work, Ken offers comprehensive, clear, exciting professional instruction and practical technique solutions – the finest private coaching and consulting, expert project and role coaching for film, television, and theater, special workshops for casts and companies, and ongoing master classes in New York, Los Angeles, and around the world. Ken’s Studio is dedicated to the genius, power, and success of the free, creative acting artist. www.kenschatz.com

  • BRYAN WADE

     is a musical director, Broadway accompanist and vocal coach. He has musical directed/conducted productions for New York Musical Theater Festival, Midtown International Theater Festival, the Irish Repertory Theater and the York Theater.  He has served as musical director for over twenty stage productions in regional venues along the East Coast, including Orchard Beach (ME), Hampton Playhouse (NH), Capital Repertory (NY), John Engelman Theater (NY), and the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC).
    A native Virginian, he earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance with a minor in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He earned certification in Vocal Pedagogy from VCU. He completed his post-graduate studies at The Catholic University of America, earning his Ph.D. in Music.  Dr. Wade’s students currently perform on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, regional theaters and as featured performers on cruise line productions.  He conducts performance master classes on the national collegiate circuit.  He was vocal director for both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines, and he has served on the faculties of Marymount Manhattan College and The American Musical and Dramatic

  • NATALIE WILSON

    is a specialist in musical theater and the music of the Great American Songbook, Natalie was also an opera singer for 15 years. She is a true cross-over artist, equally comfortable teaching (and singing) classical repertoire as well as musical theater. If you are a working singer concerned about vocal health and fatigue, she can give you the technical foundation to sing your repertoire with ease and finesse. With a Masters Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelors in Voice Performance and Music Education, Natalie is also particularly skilled with training the young voice. She has over 15 years of teaching experience, both in my private studio and at colleges, universities, and community music centers including the Long Island Conservatory where she taught adults as well as children ages 4 to 17.  Natalie understand the unique demands of  teaching the developing voice (as well as the developing youngster). She teaches a classically-based technique, giving appropriate stylistic adjustments for musical theater, jazz or pop repertoire, and includes music theory training in all her lessons, imparting a solid technical and musical foundation for whatever style of music you want to pursue. Natalie also offer combination voice and piano lessons, which I strongly encourage for any students who do not already play piano.

  • JEFF ZEINER

    brings to his teaching a varied and interesting background in the theatre. He spent 13 years as a successful New York talent agent, has extensive experience as a casting director, producer, director, and as an actor. He currently directs his dramatic improv company in compelling theatrical events rich in elements of drama and social significance.