Event Details
  • March 5, 2016
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet the Coaches 2016

Desotelle Theater, 300 W. 43rd St., #301, NYC, NY 10036
(This is the 2016 event. Please click here for 2017.)

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.

Reservation required. Can't make March 5th? Come learn about the TRU Audition in a Q&A on March 12th, and get audition tips & techniques from agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale.

Confirmed Coaches include (see below for full bios):

Monologue/Audition Coaches:

  • Valerie Adami
  • John DeSotelle
  • Gillien Goll
  • Bob Kale
  • Alexa Kelly

Vocal/Musical Performance Coaches:

  • Robin Carus
  • Alisa Endsley
  • Michelle Hakala-Wolf
  • Jane Seaman
  • Kimberly Vaughn

Business Coach:

  • Annie Chadwick

    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.


    has a career spanning 17 years and she casts theatre, film, on-camera commercials, voiceovers, & new media. Select credits include Tours: TheatreworksUSA (9 years, over 200 national tours), Clifford the Big Red DogSpank! Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company Off-Broadway/Off-Off-Broadway include: I Know What Boys Want (Lion Theatre)Culture Shock 1911-1922 (Horizon Rep), Woman at the Funerals (IATI), Pete the Girl (The Living Theatre), Aesop’s Fables (Circle in the Square), The Last CastratoLike You Like It (dir. Igor Golden/Gallery Players), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussical (dir. Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Max & RubyHenry and MudgeCam Jansen (dir. Gordon Greenberg/Lamb’s Theatre), Walk Two MoonsSummer of the SwansJunie B. Jones (dir. Peter Flynn), Sarah Plain and Tall (dir. Joe Calarco), Romeo and Juliet (Lortel). Festivals: Planet Connections Playwrights For A Cause, JFest, 2009 Marathon Festival. Cast recordings: Like You Like It (Broadway Records). 


    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, and ON STAGE.  Her recent performance work includes: Soloist, The Bluegrass Mass; sold-out 2014 Norway Tour with her bluegrass band, the NYCity Slickers; Helen, feature film, Hank Boyd is Dead; Bethany, Kondoleon's Self Torture; CD release, Cotton Comet Sky, at the Bitter End; Featured performer, North Cape Film Festival, Norway; Theatre credits include: Jacques Brel: Life Dance; Lysistrata; Something's Afoot; Cat On a Hot Tin Roof; Cabaret; Hello Dolly!; Baby; Same Time Next Year.  Film/TV credits include Law & Order: SVU,  Confessions of a Shopaholic, as John Lithgow's wife; History Channel movie "Messages;" Animal Planet; Hallmark Channel's New Morning;  AwakeningsSaturday Night Live (with David Spade); Annie performs regularly with her bluegrass band, the NYCity Slickers


    is the founder of the John DeSotelle Studio and is the Artistic Director of the Nu•ance Theatre.  He has been acting, directing and teaching in the theater for more than 20 years.  John taught the Meisner technique at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has instructed American Idol finalists, developed a number of acting workshops for adults, teens and children and has been coaching actors in New York and California since 2001. He holds an MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the tutelage of William Esper, Maggie Flannigan, Lloyd Williamson and Lenard Petit. As a coach, John draws on a compilation of methodologies, artistry and an innate understanding of each actor’s process.  His approach is as a collaborator, working in partnership with each actor – first to understand the script and character psychology, then to develop layers of emotional truths, objectives, behavior and human reactions to effect the most authentic and personal performance from each and every actor he works with. 


    Singing is effortless when you are grounded in solid technique and your “authentic” voice. Alisa is a seasoned Broadway and West End professional who will help you access that voice with ease. Whether you are someone already belting out 8 shows a week, a dancer who loses confidence when having to sing or just beginning your career Alisa’s “Authentic Voice Technique” gives singers the tools and techniques needed to avoid the vocal strain or burnout that can come from singing 8 shows a week or the contemporary repertoire. She is also an expert in Musical Theatre Rep. 
    www.singforthestage.com/alisa@singforthestage.com /
    (347) 277-0376


    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 


    has been a performer and teacher for over 20 years. As a performer, Michelle has performed all over the country in both theatre and cabaret. As a voice teacher Michelle's students are hugely successful. Wolf City Voice concentrates heavily on great technique giving you a solid core to build from. Michelle has an MA from NYU.


    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)


    Acting Coach, is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director for Pulse Ensemble Theatre. She has worked as an acting teacher and director for the past 30 years. She taught acting and directing at the University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Alliance Theater Acting School, Walnut Street Theatre Acting School, Harlem Theatre Company. Since being in New York City, Alexa has directed extensively at Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Adelphi University, and Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Department. She coaches acting for graduate school admissions, scene work and play performances. Her acting coaching focuses on all aspects of the craft: the voice, the body and the technique. She works extensively with acting coaching for Shakespeare, and has made many students who thought they could not handle Shakespeare at all say “Wow! That really was easy!” www.AlexaKellyDirector.com


    With a group Singing Audition Technique Class in session, Jane has been offering these eight week intensives for twenty years in NYC and across America. Many workshops include a night with high profile casting professionals (e.g.Tara Rubin, Judy Henderson, Norb Joerder) and all end with a final performance Showcase. Ms. Seaman is a veteran Broadway performer. She worked with Patti Lupone and Leslie Uggams in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. She also worked with Mandy Patinkin and Howard McGillin in The Secret Garden. While Big River, which starred John Goodman, Marin Mazzie and Danny Jenkins, was her first Broadway show and National Tour, The Sound of Music, starring Marie Osmond, was her last National Tour. Jane loved played the Baroness opposite Marie and Laurence Guittard. She also toured in various productions of The Man of La Mancha with Richard Kiley, Ed Ames and Bob Wright. Her most recent Off-Broadway show at St. Luke’s Theatre was as Zsu-Zsu Herendy in We’re Still Hot! A graduate of Wittenberg University (B.A.), Stanford University (1 year of M.F.A.) and the Juilliard School of Music (4 year Professional Diploma/Eleanor Steber—Major Voice Teacher). Jane Seaman is currently an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Marymount Manhattan College, Manhattanville College and private voice faculty at Papermill Playhouse; she also maintains her private voice studio, teaching Broadway performers of all ages both in NYC and Montclair, NJ. She also teachers Drama Classes and is resident AEA director for staged readings at NCJW/NYC.


    Founder and Artistic Director of the Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio. Faculty: adjunct Circle in the Square Theater School, former adjunct Professor -Pace University and NYFA. Director: Edward J. Moore’s award winner The Sea Horse; Ron Paolillo's The Lost Boy, also co-produced at The Helen Hayes Theatre and The Queens Theatre in the Park; co-directed with Ted Mann, Sondheim’s Saturday Night at Circle; directed the world premiere of Mel Weiser’s Cry Tiger at Phoenix Little Theatre. Co-wrote the musical Lord Tom. Founder and Director: Broadway Performance Project, a mini conservatory for aspiring musical theatre talent, produced by GTT. Producer: the twice Tony-Award nominated Marlene starring Sian Phillips; Swinging On A Star, both Goodspeed Opera House and Broadway: Tony’s Best Musical Award nomination; Hauptman, at the Cherry Lane, starring Denis O’Hare; The Cover of Life, director: Pete Masterson. Performer: Broadway, Constance Wilde in the musical Dear Oscar. Regional roles include The Member of The Wedding with Ethel Waters, Harvey with Shirley Booth and Tom Poston, and Applause with Dorothy Collins. Affiliations: The Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, The League of Professional Theatre Women, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. BS in Speech and Theatre, Northwestern University. lordtommusical.com, Kimberlyvaughnperformancestudio.com, performingcoach@gmail.com