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  • Meet the Coaches
    April 28, 2019
    1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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MEET THE COACHES 2019

Sunday April 28th, 1:45 to 5:30 (check-in at 1:30)
Clinton Cameo Studios 
307 W. 43rd Street, Studio B
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 pieces. 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! Hear a lineup of monolog and music coaches tell you about their methods, then have the opportunity to meet each in a one-on-one conversation. So you'll get the "vibe" and get a better sense of how well you'll work together. 

All actors are welcome and encouraged to attend. 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:

1:30: Check-in
1:45-2:45: Audition Orientation and Q&A with executive director Bob Ost
2:45-3:45: 4-minute presentations from 10-12 coaches and resources
3:45-5:30: Meet the Coaches one-on-one in a catered meet-and-greet with amazing 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 28th? Come learn about the TRU Audition in a Q&A on May 5th, 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 (also musical)
  • Glenn Alterman
  • Matthew Corozine  & Ryan Tofil
  • Laurie Eliscu
  • Nina Murano
  • Devin Shacket

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches:

  • Sara Louise Lazarus
  • Anessa Marie
  • Vicki Shaghoian
  • Natalie Wilson

Business coach:

  • Paul J. Michael

Headshot photographers:

  • Todd Estrin
  • Dan Lane Williams

Free for actors registered for the TRU Audition.
$30 for actors not registered (will be applied to audition fee)

Faculty
  • VALERIE ADAMI

    (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. Coming full circle, Valerie is currently the Youth Agent for SW Artists Talent Agency.

  • GLENN ALTERMAN

    (monolog/audition coach) 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

  • MATTHEW COROZINE

    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.

  • 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. 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

  • BOB KALE

    A partial list of the projects Bob has worked on as a casting director would include: Broadway— Souvenir, King Hedley II (August Wilson), An Inspector Calls, A Tale Of Two Cities, Little Women-The Musical, The Who's Tommy, Titanic-The Musical, The Life, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Off-Broadway includesFrank 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; TelevisionHBO's Scarred City, Due South, Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!, PBS Sesame Street, Cosby Mysteries, 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). See www.bobkaleonline.com for more information.

  • SARA LOUISE LAZARUS

    (musical performance coach) 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 Ernest In Love with Jimmy Smits, and Starting Here, Starting Now with Carolee Carmello. She co-founded Paper Mill Prep at NJ’s Tony-winning Paper Mill Playhouse. 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, and over the past 18 years she has developed the musical theatre curriculum at Circle In The Square Theatre School. Her students have appeared in the Broadway and National tours of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School Of Rock, Bette Midler’s Hello, Dolly, Once, Book of Mormon, Wicked, 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.

  • ANESSA MARIE

    is a singer/songwriter, composer/lyricist for musical theater, music director, pianist, and orchestrator based in Manhattan. In 2019, Anessa’s song cycle Finding Beautiful premiered at NYMF. She is currently developing Reign, a rock opera based on Christopher Marlowe's Edward II with Will Shishmanian. “A New York Renaissance,” a 6-movement piece for symphony orchestra and solo piano, will premiere in New York City in 2022. Her debut album will also be released in 2022. She has performed at venues such as Signature Theatre, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, The Green Room 42, and Carnegie Hall. She regularly music directs concerts in the NYC cabaret circuit, and serves as Resident Music Director for Trans Voices Trans Cabaret (TVTC), a bi-monthly cabaret featuring an all-TGNC identifying cast. She also works as a gender consultant in theatre, film, and TV. She is the founder and director of the Phoenix Trans Chorus of NYC. Passionate about arts education, Anessa is a Broadway ambassador with Broadway for Arts Education (BAE), volunteers with the Youth Pride Chorus, and regularly works with LGBTQIA+ youth as a musician and teaching artist.

  • PAUL J. MICHAEL

    is a veteran stage director, producer, teacher, and coach in New York City. As a director, Paul has worked at Playwrights Horizons (An Island to Themselves starring Kathleen Chalfant, Bobby Steggert, and Zoe Kazan), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Abingdon Theatre Company, Circle Rep (member of the Circle Rep Lab), the Samuel French Festival, and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF), where he was awarded Best Director for his work on Bill McMahon’s Cover. On Broadway, Paul assistant directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Paul is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of Olympia Theatre Productions, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Network Theatre Company, where he has directed over 30 short plays. Paul holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, and has been a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) since 1996. As a producer, Paul has worked on hundreds of NYC and regional productions, most notably Bill Russell’s Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, which featured a star-studded cast of 43. Paul is the Founder and Executive Director of The Network, where he has personally guided the careers of thousands of actors. He is the co-creator of the SOURCE, a highly acclaimed transformational business course for actors, and creator of the new online course reSOURCEful. Known for his loving, generous, open, and accessible coaching, Paul offers a unique learning environment that allows actors to grow and thrive. His students have gone on to work in television, film, and on Broadway, and thousands have obtained agent representation through The Network.

  • NINA MURANO

    is a master acting coach/teacher in the Meisner technique having studied with Sanford Meisner as a ‘first generation’ trained actor. Nina Murano Studio is based in NYC and she workshops in L.A. She has trained and or coached: Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls; Mamma Mia)  Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones); Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie, Living Biblically) Ellen Hollman (Spartacus, NCIS N.O.); Zach Roerig (Vampire Diaries); Vinnie Pastore (Sopranos) and many others. She is an award winning singer/songwriter and professional actor. Nina sojourns annually to Tokyo, Japan where she teaches at UPS, United Performers Studio; an acting academy established by renowned writer/director/producer, Yoko Narahashi (Nina’s longtime friend and colleague. www.ninamurano.com

  • DEVIN SHACKET

    (audition coach) Professional casting credits include the second season of the award winning show House of Cards, alongside Emmy Award winning casting director, Julie Schubert.  Additional casting credits include feature films (Good Funk, Black Nativity, Three Backyards), Webseries (Livin' the Dream), and theatre projects, (SF Playhouse NYC Casting 2016-Present). Freelance casting work includes collaborations with casting directors Meredith Tucker, Laray Mayfield, Kevin Kuffa, Rori Bergman, Tracy 'Twinkie' Byrd, Bess Fifer, Beth Bowling, and Kim Miscia. Students and private coaching clients have appeared on television shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Iron Fist, Happy, Gotham, Switched at Birth, Tyrant, The Deuce, Jack Ryan, Sneaky Pete, Quantico, Infierno Verde, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, The Looming Tower, FBI, Dickinson, Ramy, The Blacklist, The Godfather of Harlem, Law and Order SVU, The Plot Against America, and more.  Plus, many clients appear on New York and regional theatre stages and in feature films. Devin has been a guest lecturer at NYU Stonestreet School for Film and Television, SOCAPA, SF Playhouse, SF State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, DBS Berlin Film School, and several private studios in New York City.  Recent teaching appointments include assistant teacher to Olympia Dukakis at NYU Tisch, and on-camera faculty at NYU's summer Commedia dell'Arte program in Florence, Italy, under Jim Calder.  She maintains a private studio in New York. Passionate about actor training, in 2016, Devin founded The New York Drama Center.  She currently serves as Artistic Director.

  • VICKI SHAGHOIAN

    is a New York-based vocal coach and music director.  She was a professor of acting at the Yale School of Drama, and has taught for A.C.T., and New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Her clients have included Bette Midler (Hello Dolly), Bryan Tarell Clark (Hamilton), Bryce Pinkham (Tony nominee, How to Get Away with Murder), Adina Verson (Tony Award Winner, Indecent & Collective Rage),  Ato Blankson-Wood (Total Bent), Samantha Sidely (Foo Fighters), and Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight & Hello Dolly).  Among her many affiliations as a performer and vocal/music director are The Public Theatre, The Drama League, The Vineyard Theatre, The Old Globe and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre. Vicki is a proud member of AEA, AGMA and The ACTORS CENTER.  This September Shaghoian will be a guest artist for Westport Playhouse Annual Gala Celebration featuring Kelli O’Hara and Seth Rudetsky.

  • RYAN TOFIL

    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 WILSON

    Natalie's professional voice students perform on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national tours, and with regional theaters across the country. And now with zoom lessons, she has students studying with her from as far away as California, Puerto Rico, and the UK. A former opera singer herself, Natalie melds traditional bel canto technique with modern voice science. Her students develop strong, flexible voices that can meet the demands of a professional musical theater career without strain or fatigue. Natalie also enjoys working with amateurs and young singers and has successfully prepared numerous youngsters for acceptance into the Professional Performing Arts School and LaGuardia High School. In addition to her private studio, she is currently on faculty at Circle in the Square Theater School and at CAP 21/Molloy College. Natalie holds a Masters Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, 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 25 years of teaching, Natalie has taught vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory, and music history. Also now a writer for both stage and screen, Natalie knows the performing arts business from many sides. www.nataliewilson.com

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