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  • Meet the Coaches 2018
    April 15, 2018
    12:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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Meet the Coaches 2018

Actors Connection,
630 Ninth Avenue, 14th floor,
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. Here's the schedule:

12:45: Check-in
1:00-1:45: Audition Orientation and Q&A with executive director Bob Ost
1:45-2:45: 4-minute presentations from 10-12 coaches and resources
2:45-4:30: Meet the Coaches one-on-one in a catered meet-and-greet with food and wine

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 April 15th? Come learn about the TRU Audition in a Q&A on May 6th, and get audition tips & techniques from agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale - click here for details and to register.

Confirmed Coaches:

Monologue/Audition Coaches:

  • Valerie Adami & Bob Kale
  • Matthew Corozine
  • Gillien Goll
  • Pete Jensen
  • Ryan Tofil (Matthew Corozine Studio)

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches:

  • Dan Manjovi
  • Anessa Marie
  • Sally Morgan
  • Natalie Wilson

Career Coach:

  • David J. Diamond

Other Services:

  • Todd Estrin, headshot photographer
  • Dan Lane Williams, headshot photographer

    (audition coach) 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.


    celebrating 18 Years of creating Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre Inc. (MCS) Mr. Corozine was officially nominated for a 2015 EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE EDUCATION TONY AWARD®. MCS recently expanded into MCS2 which launched our Resident Artists and  allows more classes in Acting, commercials, film and tv as well as a new bare bones performance space for readings and experimental works as well as showcases art work and photography. MCS actors are currently represented on TV, Film. Broadway and Regionally.  Mr. Corozine and studio staff teach in the Meisner Technique and Produce students and former students original and published works.  Mr. Corozine has directed through out NYC from fringeNYC, fringe encore series and at his artistic home MCS.


    heads Career Coaching for Artists which presents workshops for professionals on career development, leadership and creativity and provides resources for navigating a career for theatre students and professionals. He regularly conducts workshops at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, DePaul University, University of New Mexico and many others. David curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia, which bring renowned artists together each Summer for workshops, residencies and performances in Spoleto, Italy. He serves on the Steering Committee for Theatre Without Borders, producing conferences including Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation. He is a Founder/Trustee of the Barrow Group Theatre in New York. He is an author, community activist, and Facilitator (“joker”) of Forum Theatre working with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. As a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre, he recently did a residency with Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia. He received the CEC ArtLink Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia last year, meeting artistic directors and freelance directors. His recent publications include an essay on Russian theatre on HowlRound, the Preface to the La MaMa Umbria Cookbook and a chapter in Dah Teatar: A Sourcesbook. More information: www.davidjdiamond.com.


    is both an acting teacher & acting coach.  As a teacher, she can help you connect emotionally & truthfully to your role. As a coach, she can guide you to an audition that is truly exceptional and unique to showcasing your strengths and talents. With an additional background in coaching presentation techniques, she can help you overcome stage fright and nerves. As a produced playwright and TV & Film Story Editor (for Emmy winning producer Linda Yellen), she is adept at cutting & pasting dialogue together to create original monologues. She has taught courses in monologues, acting technique, scene study, voiceover, & on-camera acting, and has taught and/or lectured  at Fordham University, AMDA (where she has been teaching since 2001), The Centaur Stage (at which she is Artistic Director), Barnard College, Wellesley College, and for ACTRA (the Canadian Actors Union), among others. She has also been an on set coach and cast a PBS movie. Having worked as a Casting Assistant for TV pilots and as a director (M.A. in Directing), she has been on the other side of the audition process and has a clear idea of what does and doesn’t work.  (She has watched literally thousands of hours of acting presentations at AMDA over the years!) Her clients appear in every medium: Broadway, films, TV shows, soap operas, commercials, first national tours, etc. An actor herself, she has appeared in film, television, and on stage; check out her website at www.gilliengoll.com 


    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.


    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)


    is owner and founder of DJM-Studio, offering accessible, affordable professional training to singers, performing artists. Manjovi is a vocalist, pianist, actor, writer, and teacher. Theatre credits: Denver Center Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company (Manny, Master Class), Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Buddy Toupee, Gunmetal Blues) among others. Off-Broadway: 2016 workshop and York Theatre production (Aaron Jefferson Levi How To Be An American! In 2006, Manjovi performed a workshop of George Furth’s (Company, Merrily We Roll Along) final musical review, The End. Dan’s music and arrangements have been featured in film, and stage. His song, “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way”, is featured in the Academy Award-winning film Precious; his musical I Am, I Will, I Do was selected and premiered in the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Dan has appeared onstage with such artists as Donna Summer, Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, John Mayer, Michael Feinstein, Grace Hightower. Discography: Precious soundtrack (Universal-Interscope); solo albums: Dan Manjovi (2005), Woke Up This Morning (2008); song “Things’ll Get Better” on the compilation CD United For The Ride (2009); single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” (2016). Manjovi performs annually at Bryant Park’s Piano In The Park Concert Series, and regularly in NYC at The Bitter End, 54 Below, and Laurie Beechman Theatre. David Kenney, WBAI Radio, (Pacifica) says of Dan "…Wonderful songs, wonderful sound, and a voice that is so rich, expressive and powerful." Awards: ASCAP Popular Award; Bistro Award (Outstanding Singer/Instrumentalist). Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Music from NYU, post-graduate The Julliard School, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, also a protégé of renowned voice teacher Katie Agresta, and jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen. Dan served on faculty at Neighborhood Playhouse, and HB Studio (Voice/Vocal Performance) for over fifteen years. Manjovi’s wide range of experience serves and informs his teaching, focusing on proper foundation of vocal technique, strength, coordination, and working with the performer holistically to bring out their artistic best. Dan teaches weekly group Vocal and Performance Technique classes, hosts a Monthly Open Mic, and maintains a busy private studio practice. DJM-Studio also offers a new Essential Acting class, taught by director Chris Scott. Manjovi’s affiliations include New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), Actors’ Equity Association, Local 802 AFM, The Dramatists Guild, Off-Broadway Alliance, and he is an Advisory Board Member of Amas Musical Theatre. Contact: 212-864-4131, or dan@danmanjovi.com
    www.djm-studio.com www.danmanjovi.com


    is a composer/lyricist, music director, pianist, orchestrator, actress, and singer based in New York City. Her original musicals currently in development include A Glimpse of the Rainbow (book, music, and lyrics), Come From Terminal C (book and lyrics by Charles Baran, music by Anessa Marie), The Imperfect Hour (book by Michael Stang, lyrics by Kim Hawkey and Anessa Marie, music by Assaf Gleizner and Anessa Marie) and City of Runaways, a song cycle based on the lives of New Yorkers. Anessa works as a music director in the theatre community of New York City. NYC credits include City of Light (directed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman as part of SHENYC Summer Theatre Festival), Lysistrata Jones (Ophelia Theatre Group), An Intolerant Vaudeville (The Secret Theatre). Off-broadway credits include Frankenstein, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, Stinky Kids the musical, The Bully and Twinkle Tames A Dragon. Regional Credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Parade, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, West Side Story, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, The Wild Party (Lippa), Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles and RagtimeAnessa has also served as music director for various cabaret shows, and has graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Green Room 42, and The Duplex, among countless others. 


    wrote the book on contemporary voice technique – literally – Sing Like You Speak™. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless singing that is natural-making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Singing so simple it feels like talking to your best friend without sounding trained. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 35 years. Most voice trainers tell you to “sing like you speak” and Sally has developed the techniques to do just that. This new standard of vocal production assures a consistent vocal flexibility with the strength and vulnerability to bond with the audience. Sing Like You Speak removes physical tension and all pre-conceived ideas about singing so your perfectly crafted, brilliant instrument can function simply and naturally. She is a master at helping singers bridge that gap between someone who sings and a true vocal artist. An innovator in the field of vocal training she has made the vocal arts accessible to all who seek her help. She has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain. You’re going to love your voice! She is a frequent presenter at national theater and voice trainer associations such as SXSW, AFTRA, ATHE, VASTA, MTEA, NYSTA, the Voice Foundation and many music conferences. You can see and hear some of her clients on Broadway stages, Off-Broadway, in Regional Theater, on Major Label Recordings, the Conan O’Brian show, A Prairie Home Companion and in Federal Courts, the PA House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.


    has trained and has been working with MCS since 2001. He has assisted on many MCS studio projects and shows and eventually started teaching the MCS’ Meisner method in 2003. Former classes taught at MCS include a preteen class as well as a writer’s workshop. Ryan has also taught and directed preteens at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and also teaches Special Education in the NYC public school system. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the New School University, with an additional focus on creative writing. He co-wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed Miss Kim, the play which was produced at fringeNYC in 2010 and was reprised in 2012 at 45th Theatre. He completed his Master’s in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir at CUNY’s Graduate Center.


    Natalie's voice students perform on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national tours, and with regional theaters across the country. A former opera singer herself, Natalie offers a healthy technique rooted in bel canto that allows singers to meet the demands of a professional musical theater career without strain or fatigue. Natalie holds a Masters Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, and her performing career included such diverse roles as the title role in Carmen, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, and Desiree in A Little Night Music. In over 20 years of teaching, both privately and at colleges and universities, Natalie has taught vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory, and music history. She is currently on faculty at Circle in the Square Theater School and at CAP 21/Molloy College. Also a published playwright, Natalie knows the theater business from many sides. www.nataliewilson.com