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  • Meet the Coaches
    May 2, 2021
    12:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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Meet the Coaches 2021

Sunday May 2, 1:00 to 5:00 (check-in at 12:45) - eastern time
A virtual workshop on Zoom. Register to be sent the Zoom link.
FREE for all actors who apply to the TRU Audition, $30 for all others (fee can be applied to Audition registration)
NOTE: IF YOU DON'T RESERVE BY 12:30PM SUNDAY, WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SEND YOU THE ZOOM LINK.

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! Monolog and music coaches, plus accompanists, will tell you about their methods, then you'll have the opportunity to meet each in a one-on-one conversation. So you'll get the "vibe" and a better sense of how well you'll work together. 

All actors are welcome and STRONGLY 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:

12:45: 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
3:00-5:00: Meet the Coaches one-on-one in Zoom breakout rooms

Reservation required: purchase your spot using our red ticketing block above left (or scroll way way down on your devices). Or email TRUActors@gmail.com with questions.


CONFIRMED COACHES:

Monologue/Audition Coaches:

  • Valerie Adami & Bob Kale (also musical)
  • Glenn Alterman
  • Gillien Goll
  • Stephanie Pope Lofgren (also musical)
  • Marishka S Phillips

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches and Accompanists:

  • Benjamin Doyle (accompanist/coach)
  • Anessa Marie (accompanist/coach)
  • Zach Miller
  • Alyssa Orapallo
  • Tracy Stark (accompanist/coach)
  • Natalie Wilson

Headshot Photographer:

  • James E. Alexander

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


I am always thrilled to see what a positive successful experience it turns out to be when I do something with TRU.  I really appreciate your values and substance in the way that things take place. It was such a pleasure and a great day with the students and hearing and speaking with the other coaches! ~Shira Flam, vocal coach

I learned so much and spoke with so many wonderful and talented professionals. I am so glad to be a part of this! ~Gloria Bangiola, actor

Thanks again for including Ryan and myself (MCS) on the panel of meet the coaches. We met great people and it was good to hear what the other coaches had to say. ~Matthew Corozine, monolog coach

This was a wonderful event today - so well organized and run, and the caliber of the coaches was terrific - thanks for including me! ~Gillien Goll, monolog coach

Everyone was so nice.  I really enjoyed meeting the coaches.  I feel like I got a lot from yesterday.  I am going to work with Valerie and Bob on my monologues. I am so excited! ~Maggie Davern

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.

  • JAMES EDWARD ALEXANDER

    is a New York based photographer who is conveniently located in the heart of New York's theater district. I've spent many years traveling the globe as an accomplished entertainer,  (www.JamesEdwardAlexander.com). I'm a proud member of Actors Equity Association and Sag-Aftra. A recipient of the Connecticut Critic Circle award and a 2013 Helen Hayes award nominee with over 35 years in the entertainment industry, my experiences on the stage and in front of the camera have given me a unique gift of insight now that I stand BEHIND the lens. IT TAKES A SECOND TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION. The eyes are the window to the soul and a working headshot is all about great energy. Your essence. A relaxed, grounded, personable YOU. My sessions are a collaborative process between photographer and subject. The final image evolves organically as the subject (You) relates to the photographer (Me) and the camera (Our friend). I’m responsible for some of the best Actor Headshots currently seen in the New York showbiz community. But my abilities don't end there. I have captured the famous and the infamous; the very young and the very mature; the modest and the glamorous.  My creative eye and natural ability to bring the very best out in you will leave you with some of the most memorable images with that "special" something that sets YOU apart from the rest, your essence and personality coming through, the best YOU.

  • 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

  • BENJAMIN DOYLE

    is a Connecticut-based artist. Most of his work revolves around music direction for theater - recent projects include TRUSpeaks’ Virtual Happy Hour, as well as the new musicals You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet and The Book of Names.

  • GILLIEN GOLL

    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 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ZACH MILLER

    is a professional actor and voice teacher currently living in Jersey City. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Penn State University, where he also studied in Bel Canto/Can Belto, a cross-training technique for singing in musical theatre and pop/rock styles. As an actor, Zach has worked for various regional theatres, Broadway National Tours, and with Celebrity Cruises. He is a proud member of the performing groups “The Fly Boys” and “NYC 3” where he tours the country singing a wide variety of pop/rock music. Zach is a proud member of AEA, NATS, and The Voice Foundation. In addition to his private studio, Zach is a vocal technique teacher for MT College Auditions, a team of actively-working theatre professionals who are also passionate and experienced guides for all aspects of the college audition process. In his studio, Zach loves to make geeky vocal technique talk fun and easy to digest. His goal is to inspire his students to reach beyond having a basic understanding of physiological vocabulary (i.e. resonance, register balance, breathing) and, instead, discover how this terminology is applied to their unique voice and can help them conquer vocal faults. As someone who comes from a performing background, he finds it helpful to meet acting intentions with technical exercises. He encourages honest moment to moment song performance and believes the ability to use one’s voice is a powerful tool to serve storytelling and tactics. www.zachmillervoicestudio.com

  • ALYSSA ORAPELLO

    is a New York City based singer, actor, musician and educator. She has been on the Voice Faculty at CAP21/Molloy College since 2016. At CAP21 she maintains a private studio and teaches a year-long course on Vocal Technique in Musical Theater. She is extremely passionate about training her students to develop a true understanding of all of the sounds that are demanded of today’s musical theater actor: everything from Legit Musical Theater to Pop/Rock and of course, her personal favorite, the many colors of a true Musical Theater Belt. She has quickly become a highly requested teacher at CAP21. A rising Senior in her studio (Nichelle Lewis) recently took first place in the CS Vocal Competition in the Musical Theater Category, beating out contestants from across the country with her stunning rendition of “Home” from The Wiz. Alyssa’s favorite aspect of teaching is the moment when a student discovers a sound they never thought they were capable of making-the moment a legit soprano belts for the first time, it’s as if a whole new genre of music becomes accessible to them.

    Some of Alyssa’s favorite credits include: Mazeppa in Gypsy, Maria in My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Marcy in Dogfight. She is a graduate of Temple University (Bachelor of Music Education/Classical Flute) and The CAP21 Professional Musical Theater Program.

  • MARISHKA PHILLIPS

    was born into the entertainment business. Her mother, Sandra Reaves-Phillips is an award-winning actress, in addition to being a writer and a singer. Marishka grew up immersed in theater, film and television, so it was not surprising that she would follow in her mother’s footsteps. Ms. Phillips had been honing her skills as a dancer, taking classes at Alvin Ailey School of Dance and Broadway Dance Center, and had begun performing at a very early age. Her career path has been anything but traditional, though it started off that way. She landed on Broadway, cast as part of the ensemble, in the musical Uptown: It’s Hot starring Maurice Hines, in which she also understudied for the female lead. She continued amassing credits appearing in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Fame: The Musical, The Wiz and The Me Nobody Knows. On television, she had re-occurring roles in the last two seasons of The Cosby Show spin-off – A Different World. Today, in addition to being known as a working actor, Marishka is also a writer and director whose credits continue to grow. Her short film, Melinda: The Movie starring Tony Award-winning performers, LaChanze and Lillias White won numerous awards on the short film circuit. Ms. Phillips directed the one woman play, Down To Eartha, written and starring Dierdra McDowell, which was a tribute to the invincible entertainer/civil rights and social justice activist, Eartha Kitt. Coaching other actors has become a central part of Ms. Phillips career development. She has been an instrumental force in helping actors such as Kerry Washington (For Colored Girls…), Nicole Beharie (Miss Juneteenth) and Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill), achieve some of their best performances, and has received credit for doing that, as a result, she has become a much in demand acting coach.

  • STEPHANIE POPE LOFGREN

    specializes in coaching performers on their overall audition and performance skills and tailors each coaching session to the specific needs of the performer including making a first (and last)
    impression, the power of stillness, setting an intention, interpreting a song, personalizing a scene or monologue, how to enter and exit a room (live or virtually) and helping the performer
    recognize and tap into what is genuinely unique about them that will set them apart from anyone else who walks into the room or on the stage. She is an actress, singer, dancer, writer, producer and a musical theater veteran with a career spanning over 35 years, including appearing in 10 Broadway shows. Stephanie was hand-picked by the legendary director /choreographer Bob Fosse, and his wife and muse, Gwen Verdon, for her first two Broadway shows, the revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth and Bob Fosse's Big Deal and is one of a handful of performers who teach Fosse Master Classes on behalf of The Fosse Estate and The Verdon-Fosse Legacy LLC. Stephanie has shared the stage with such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, Donna McKechnie, MariLu Henner, Gregory Hines, Brian "Stokes" Mitchell and Nathan Lane and feels fortunate to have been able to learn something different about the art of performing from every one she’s worked with.

  • 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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