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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 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.


    is a career coach/actress/singer, founder of Up-To-Date Theatricals and author of the #1 NYC industry guides: NYC Agent DirectoryNYC Casting DirectorsNYC Personal Manager Directory, The Musical Theatre DirectoryThe South East Entertainment DirectoryThe 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 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 


    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. 


    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).


    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