Event Details
  • Meet the Coaches
    March 11, 2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet the Coaches 2017

Desotelle Theater,
300 W. 43rd St., #301,
NYC, NY 10036

We want all actors to do their best at our audition, and all auditions. And we firmly believe that even the most experienced actor needs an outside eye to help shape their audition piece. Trust us - the room can tell who has been coached and who hasn't. It makes a huge difference. That's why we offer this annual opportunity for you to meet a lineup of recommended coaches who want nothing more than to make you shine!

Of course we give priority spots to anyone registered for the TRU Audition (even if you haven't been passed in officially), but all actors are welcome to Meet the Coaches.

Reservation required: purchase your spot using our red ticketing block above left (or scroll way way down on your devices). Or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com. Can't make March 11th? Come learn about the TRU Audition in a Q&A on March 18th, and get audition tips & techniques from agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale - click here for details and to register.

Confirmed Coaches include (see below for full bios):

Monologue/Audition Coaches:

  • Valerie Adami & Bob Kale
  • Glenn Alterman
  • John DeSotelle
  • Laurie Eliscu
  • Grace Kiley

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches:

  • Randi Ellen
  • Shira Flam
  • Vicki Shaghoian
  • David Sisco

Business Coach:

  • Penelope Brackett

Other Services (video):

  • Ron Kagan, Audition Hero

    A native New Yorker, Ms. Adami has worked in every area of show business including opera and musical theatre, she performed roles as diverse as Papagena in The Magic Flute to Miss Electra in Gypsy. She created choreography for the Amato, Bel Canto and Queens Opera.  She’s done voice-overs and industrial narration as well as dayplayers on NY Soaps.  For over twenty-five years she was Director of the Weist-Barron Film & TV School, guiding actors and directing showcase programs.  As an independent Casting Director, she specialized in Commercial and Industrial projects for clients such as Sony, AT&T, Franklin Speir Publishing, Hamilton Standard, Virginia Lottery, Riuniti Wines and Parliament Cigarettes (Japan).  She was an original member of the Industry performers group “LABORS OF LOVE” that produced fundraisers benefiting BCEFA. In 2015 Valerie created WB Workshops teaching commercial and audition courses with former Weist Barron instructors and takes her course “Getting The Biz’ness” to colleges.  Coming full circle, last fall Valerie joined SWArtists Agency to develop young talent and prepare them to successfully pursue their goals.


    was voted “Best Monologue/Audition Coach” by the readers of Backstage Magazine, and The Best Monologue/Audition Coach in the Tri-state area” by Theater Resources Magazine.  Author of 30 best selling, theater related books (including 10 books of original monologues). His books “The Perfect Audition Monologue” and “An Actors Guide- Making It In New York City ” are included in the curriculum of many college theater arts departments and required reading in acting schools in the U.S. and Europe. He is listed at RecordSetter.com and The Guinness Book of World Records as the “Author of the Most Published Original Monologues For Actors”. Glenn has taught at such diverse places as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London) The Governors School For The Arts (Old Dominion University), The School for Film and Television, The Edward Albee Theater Conference (Valdez, Alaska), Southampton College, The Screen Actors Guild, The Dramatists Guild, Western Connecticut State College, and at many acting schools in the U.S. and Europe, as well as privately coaching and consulting with thousands of students. He is an award winning playwright, and the recipient of a 2017 French Arts Grant, the Julio T. Nunez Artist’s Grant, The Arts and Letters Award in Drama, the Bloomington Playwrights (Reva Shiner Award) and has won over 60 playwriting awards, including being a finalist at The Actor’s Theater of Louisville five times. The Glenn Alterman Studio recently celebrated it’s 25th year. Presently we have nearly 5000 exciting, not over-used and fun to work on monologues. Glenn works with actors at all levels of training and experience and tries to create a supportive, fun, and safe environment to work on monologues for auditions as well as last minute audition material. http://www.glennalterman.com


    is a master certified coach, trainer, author and founder of The Creative Seed Career/Life Coaching and Performers RoadMap. Penelope Brackett 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 focusing on: creative and personal strengths, health and well-being, craft excellence, priority and time management, and skilled marketing and networking. Penelope has been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, Child Magazine, and radio shows: The Reading Hour and The Coaching Hour. Prior 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 the coauthor of “Seven Keys to Success without Struggle”, a performers’ guide to thriving in work and life, along with Director, Lester Thomas Shane. Classes and workshops include: Screen Actors Guild, Circle in the Square Theatre, Brandeis University, Rutgers University, New Actors Workshop, Actors Connection, Dreamcatcher Theater, Charles Tuthill Studio, Elizabeth Browning Studio, and Atlantic Theater. More info: www.performersroadmap.com 201-693-1586


    is the founder of the John DeSotelle Studio and is the Artistic Director of the Nu•ance Theatre.  He has been acting, directing and teaching in the theater for more than 20 years.  John taught the Meisner technique at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has instructed American Idol finalists, developed a number of acting workshops for adults, teens and children and has been coaching actors in New York and California since 2001. He holds an MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the tutelage of William Esper, Maggie Flannigan, Lloyd Williamson and Lenard Petit. As a coach, John draws on a compilation of methodologies, artistry and an innate understanding of each actor’s process.  His approach is as a collaborator, working in partnership with each actor – first to understand the script and character psychology, then to develop layers of emotional truths, objectives, behavior and human reactions to effect the most authentic and personal performance from each and every actor he works with. 


    Originally from San Diego, Randi loves living in New York City and helping singers and musical theater artists obtain their full potential! She has worked across the country as a music director and vocal coach in all styles of music ranging from opera to contemporary musical theater to rock to traditional musical theater. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Stanford University and a Masters in Music (Musical Theatre & Opera Conducting) from Ithaca College. Randi's goal is to make you feel as comfortable communicating with an audition pianist as you do with your musical choices and everything in between. In our session we can work on addressing questions such as: Where do I breathe? How do I tell my tempo to the audition pianist? Does this cut make sense? What rep is appropriate for this call? How can this vowel help me sing this note better? What key should I really be singing this piece in? ...and MORE! www.AuditionHeroHQ.com

    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. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, has taught acting at several colleges including SUNY-Purchase, and is a member of SDC (Directors union) AEA, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild as a musical writer. www.HudsonRiverRep.org  or email LaurieEliscu@gmail.com


    teaches vocal production with a discerning,  positive and caring approach tailored to the need of each individual.  She is a specialist in "Breathing Coordination" as put forth by Carl Stough. Shira was born into an illustrious family of professional singers. As a singer/actress she has appeared on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, The Kennedy Center, and The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in musical genres ranging from opera to musical theatre to standards. Additionally, she has headlined concerts nationally, in NYC at the Grand Ballroom of the NY Hilton and in various festivals throughout Manhattan including "Yiddish Divas in the Parks" with Claire Barry and Tovah Feldshuh. Shira's versatile career in the performing arts gives her an ability to offer expert guidance in many aspects of the business. Off-Broadway, regionally in opera and on national tour in roles running the gamut from leading ladies, to boys, to villains, her parts include:  Actors Studio The Reckonings, Amalia in She Loves Me, Louisa in The Fantastics, Fiona in Brigadoon and Carrie in Carousel. Dan's Papers of the Hamptons says of her role in The Telephone  "Exquisitely sung and acted ... charming and vivacious .”  Other operatic roles performed include, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gretel in H&G, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance. She has played roles in films with Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Patrick Wilson. Shira studied acting privately with Anna Deavere Smith and in the STC at ACT in San Francisco. She completed the two year studio program with Bill Esper and Lloyd Williamson in NYC. Shira accepts students on all levels and works very well with beginners, dancers and actors.  She has a private vocal studio in New York City and also teaches internationally on Skype.


    Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder @ AUDITION HERO, Ron Kagan headed customer care and community for Backstage Magazine. He is a marketer and product manager born and raised in Manhattan, a graduate of LaGuardia HS for the Performing Arts, Hunter College and the Florida State University/Asolo MFA conservatory. He was called the "next Dustin Hoffman" by award-winning Shakespearean actor Roger Rees and was one of "Twelve Superior Actors" hailed by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal for work in the Asolo Rep's production of 12 Angry Men. Ron lives in Harlem with his wife and their pet rabbits. www.AuditionHeroHQ.com

    A partial list of the projects Bob has worked on as a casting director would include: Broadway—A Tale Of Two Cities, Little Women-The Musical*, Souvenir, King Hedley II (August Wilson), An Inspector Calls*, The Who's Tommy*, How to Succeed . . . (1995)*, Titanic-The Musical*, The Life, Jekyll & Hyde*, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Also A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz* at Madison Square Garden. Off-Broadway includes—Bedbugs!! The Musical (APA and ArcLight), Frank McGuinness' Gates Of Gold, Dracula, Dietrich & Chevalier, Over the River and Through the Woods, Avow, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, Tap Dogs. Tours include—The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Barry Manilow's Copacabana, Nunsense (25th Anniversary Tour), Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk starring Savion Glover. Television includesHBO's Scarred City, Due South, Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!, PBS Sesame Street, As The World Turns, and the miniseries Sally Hemmings (NY Casting). Feature Film includesJack & Jill (additional NY Casting), You Don't Mess With The Zohan (additional NY casting), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (additional NY casting), Beavis and Butthead Do America (NY Voice Casting), The Quest for Camelot (NY Voice Casting), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (NY Voice Casting), Big Daddy (NY Casting), Little Nicky (NY Casting). Bob has also cast for Atlanta Theater of The Stars, Goodspeed Musicals, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Ford's Theatre. See www.bobkaleonline.com for more information. (* Designates National Tour as well)


    SAG-AFTRA, AEA, MHC, coaches and directs for film and stage. She teaches privately at Grace Kiley Acting in NYC, NYU Kanbar Film & TV, Trinity La Mama, and other programs including Stella Adler Studio and Stonestreet Studios. She is Artistic Director for Kiley Ensemble and directed the recent sold out show, Time Stands Still. Her award winning solo play Grace Kelly Longing for Grace (playwright and performer) directed by Austin Pendleton, has performed internationally. She specializes in developing original material with actors and writers. Grace trained with Uta Hagen at HB Studio. gracekiley.com


    was core acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama from 2000-2014, [Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Acting], and helped pilot a program for the Ted Shen Curriculum at Yale University.  This past year Ms. Shaghoian stepped in as the interim Singing Teacher for the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Now, back on the east caost, Shaghoian is a hailed master teacher of voice and acting. Her work as music director/vocal coach credits include: YRT world premieres of We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Adam Bock, Todd Almond), The Black Monk (David Rabe); Iphigenia at Aulis and Serious Money; Athol Fugard’s Coming Home and Have You Seen Us? (Long Wharf Theatre); Mary Zimmerman’’s Metamorphoses (Broadway understudies). She has debuted over dozen libretti with the celebrated Donald Pippin, West Coast American Composers/Writers' Workshops, B.M.I. Musical Theatre Writers' Workshops, NOA Conference-"Crossover Singing" (Marni Nixon, Sheldon Harnick, William Bolcom and Jack Beeson), and Program Chairman and Program Director for SFNATS.  Among her many affiliations as performer/music director/coach are The Public Theater-New Playwrights, The Drama League-New Directors/New Works Program, New York Musical Theater Festival, All Stages New Playwright Series, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Instant Shakespeare   Company, Miscreant Theater Co., Medicine Show Theater, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, SF American Conservatory Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SOU, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center-NTI, The Actors Center, Working Classroom (2010 Otto René Castillo Award), American Singer Seminar-Breckenridge, CO, and founding member Artistic Advisory Council for JTVA. She is a recipient of the Rotary International Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award where she studied at the Royal College of Music (ARCM), and the Alexander Institute in London, and a proud member of THE ACTORS CENTER. Vicki is critically acclaimed for her versatility as a singer-actor on stages ranging from San Francisco Opera to Montreux International Jazz Festival: Jenûfa (Sir Charles Mackkeras); Der Rosenkavalier (Sir John Pritchard); Das Lied von der Erde, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Seven Deadly Sins (all with Kent Nagano); world premiere, Un racconto fiorentino (Avery Fisher Hall); created the role of Wallis Simpson in Windsor Follies (Laurie Beechman Theatre & Waldorf Astoria), performed in 365 Plays/365 Days: Week 51 by Suzan-Lori Parks (Directed by Liz Diamond), and as Raneskaya in Miscreant Theater’s The Cherry Orchard.


    is a multi-faceted professional artist, whose life work centers around exploring music, drama, writing and teaching. A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest and Songfusion. Last season, Sisco was commissioned to write a multi-movement work for Manhattan Girls Chorus entitled “I AM” based on the girls’ words. He has recently completed a commissioned work by Mirari Brass Quintet, entitled Visage. David is member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced) and is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You, and BAIT n’ SWISH. David was recently invited to be part of the 2015 New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York. He’s currently collaborating with book writer/lyricist Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and I’m Afraid, You’re Afraid: 448 Things to Fear And Why. You can find out more by visiting their website. David has been a proud member of The Marble Choir for over thirteen years and recorded four CDs with the premier ensemble, including the premiere recording of his piece, “Awake My Heart” (available on iTunes). David has served on the voice faculties at Northeastern and Suffolk University, and currently teaches private voice at Marymount Manhattan College. He also maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country on preparing contemporary art song and musical theatre. He has presented papers at the 2010 NMTA (National Music Teachers Association) Conference, 2012 NATS Conference and the 2013 ICVT (International Congress of Voice Teachers) Conference in Australia. With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs contemporarymusicaltheatre.com, a resource that helps teachers, students and professionals find well-written, largely self-published contemporary musical theatre songs. He serves on the artistic board for Encores! Off-Center at City Center (Jeanine Tesori, Artistic Director). David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University. siscosong.com