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  • Meet the Coaches
    March 29, 2020
    12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sunday March 29th, 12:45 to 4:30 (check-in at 12:30)
Actors Connection 
630 Ninth Avenue (45th/46th), Suite 1410
NY NY 10010

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:

12:30: Check-in
12:45-1:45: 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 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 March 28th? Come learn about the TRU Audition in a Q&A on April 5th, and get audition tips & techniques from agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale - click here for details and to register.


Monologue/Audition Coaches:

  • Valerie Adami & Bob Kale (also musical)
  • Gillien Goll
  • Lynne Otis
  • 2 more tba

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches:

  • Dan Manjovi
  • Anessa Marie
  • Natalie Wilson
  • 2 more tba

Business coach:

  • Annie Chadwick

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


    (audition coach) A native New Yorker, Ms. Adami has worked in every area of show business including opera and musical theatre, She moved on to work in 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.  Currently, coming full circle Valerie was invited to join SWArtists Agency to develop their youth department preparing young actors to successfully pursue their goals.  Her clients have worked on ‘7 Seconds, Billions and Blacklist, numerous independent films and commercials. 


    is a career coach/actress/singer, founder of Up-To-Date Theatricals and author of the #1 NYC industry guides: NYC Agent Directory, NYC Casting Directors, NYC Personal Manager Directory, The Musical Theatre Directory, The South East Entertainment Directory, The Performing Artist Guide to Money, Taxes, and Success and ON STAGE.  Up-To-Date Theatricals is thrilled to have recently launched The Up-To-Date Actor, a revolutionary digital marketing system that puts all aspects of the “business of acting” under one umbrella. Her recent performance work includes: Feinstein/54 Below Cabaret, “Broadway Bluegrass;” NPR - Trials of the Earth with NYCity Slickers; Feature film, “Hank Boyd is Dead,”director Sean Melia. Film/TV credits: Confessions of a Shopaholic as John Lithgow’s wife, Law & Order: SVU,; Animal Planet, Hallmark Channel’s New Morning, Awakenings, Saturday Night Live w/David Spade, History Channel movie Messages. Favorite Theatre credits: Jacques Brel: Life Dance, Something’s Afoot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cabaret, Hello Dolly!, Baby, Steel Magnolias and Faust with Jerome Hines. Lead Singer, NYCity Slickers.  Albums: Layin’ It Down and Cotton Comet Sky. Annie has a Masters Degree from Indiana University, School of Music. www.NYCitySlickers.com  Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP, AGMA.  


    is an Acting Teacher & Coach, Director, and Artistic Director with a background in Casting, having worked in casting for TV pilots, indie film, and web series. As she has been on the other side of the table, she knows what does and doesn’t work. Her clients appear in every medium: Broadway, films, TV, webisodes. As a teacher and coach, she can help you connect emotionally & truthfully to your role. and guide you to an audition that is truly exceptional and unique in showcasing your strengths and talents. With an additional background in coaching presentation techniques, she can help you overcome stage fright and nerves. Gillien is also a produced playwright and is adept at cutting & pasting dialogue together to create original monologues. She has taught courses in monologues, acting technique, scene study & on-camera acting, and has taught and/or lectured at Fordham University, Barnard College, Wellesley College, and for ACTRA (the Canadian Actors Union), among others. She has been teaching at AMDA since 2001, and there has seen thousands of hours of actors’ presentations. An actor herself, she is best recognized for crying in the Self-Help Aisle in “Sex & the City.”  You can check out her other credits at her website, www.gilliengoll.com


    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 includes—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—HBO'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 includes—Jack & 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.


    Amazingly, most voice teachers can’t play piano. Nor do they perform, or compose, arrange, write or produce. Which is why there is no voice teacher like Dan Manjovi. With a song in an Oscar award winning movie on his shelf, an Off Broadway musical, and numerous recordings to his credit, there is nothing musically Dan can’t do. More than a voice coach (who simply takes a singer as is, selects songs and works with the voice the singer has), Dan understands the anatomy of voice. He knows how to strengthen your vocal instrument for performance; that a “dramatic” voice requires more strength than a “lyrical” one. From finding your key and transposing instantly to selecting and refining material that best suits your voice, Dan’s unique teaching philosophy combines the physiology of singing with the theory of music be it show tune, pop, jazz or opera. With an incomparable level of experience and expertise, Dan can help you reach potential you didn’t know you had.  https://www.djm-studio.com   https://www.danmanjovi.com  www.djm-studio.com www.danmanjovi.com

  • ANESSA MARIE (she/her)

    is a composer/lyricist, conductor, music director, pianist, and orchestrator based in NYC. Her song cycle, Finding Beautiful (written with Danny Bristoll), debuted at NYMF in 2019. Musicals currently in development include: A First Glimpse of Light, Reign, Society, Untouchable. Broadway: Moulin Rouge (K1/Conductor Sub), Chicago (K2/Accordion Sub), Aladdin (K1 Sub). Regional/Off-Broadway include: White Girl in Danger (K1/Conductor/MD), Wizard of Oz (Orchestrations, Geva), The Griswold’s Broadway Vacation (AMD/Rehearsal Pianist), Joy (AMD/Rehearsal Pianist), Wonderboy (Orchestrations, 5th Ave), The Golden Record (Arranger/Orchestrator), Into the Woods (MD, OOTB), The Gunfighter Meets His Match (Goodspeed Musicals, MD/Vocal Arrangements), Miss Step (5th Ave- Reading, MD), ​Queering the Canon (Joe's Pub, MD),​ Interstate (NAMT, MD), The Office Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach, MD), Finding Beautiful (NYMF, Signature Center). Anessa also has a passion for education and ensuring the arts live on, and has served as a guest artist with NYU, Pace University, Fordham University, CAP21, LIU-Post, Broadway for Arts Education, The International College of Musical Theatre, The Growing Studio, Musical Theatre Factory, etc.


    has been an actor, teacher and coach for the last 20 years, teaching and performing in numerous locations here and abroad, including London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, with an  extensive acting training background with noted teachers including Stella Adler, Michael Howard and Patsy Rodenburg who have added to her expertise as an acting teacher and coach. She has worked with many actors, helping shape their perfomances for stage, film and television, including HBO series, major motion pictures, and Broadway.  She has successfully coached prospective MFA students who have matriculated in such universities as NYU, Brown, Ohio University, RADA and Oxford. Lynn offers a unique approach to acting, from helping you to create your own truthful, intimate performance for film and television to learning how to build a dynamic theatrical character, working with you to tailor the performance to your unique individuality, showcasing your special talents and helping you develop the skills you need to deliver a winning audition! Lynne has been acting, teaching and directing for the last 25 years. She has performed in various locations including London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Acclaimed productions include The Cherry Orchard (Arty Award for Best Actress), the West Coast Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo and Still Warm (by Pulitzer nominee Amy Freed). Film and TV includes Dracula for Cabal Films in London, the series Midnight Caller for NBC and the indie film Miss Wonton (Sundance Film Festival selection).


    has been teaching voice and music for over 25 years. Her voice students perform on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national tours, and with regional theaters across the country. A former opera singer herself, Natalie melds traditional bel canto technique with modern voice science to help her singing students meet the demands of a professional musical theater career without strain or fatigue. In addition to her private studio, she is on faculty at Circle in the Square Theater School where she teaches vocal technique and music theory, and is the Program Director for the CITSTS Emerging Writers Residency. Natalie is passionate about making singing and musical theater more accessible. She has particular skills in working with both neuro-diverse and gender-diverse clients. She also actively seeks out new musical theater repertoire written by composers and lyricists who reflect the full diversity of the theatrical community. 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. Also now a writer for both stage and screen, Natalie knows the performing arts business from many sides.