Hey there! My name is Alyssa B. and I am a local Philadelphia-based actress, singer and teaching artist with training from The University of the Arts in Musical Theater and Acting. I have experience teaching and directing students ages 5 to 20 years old. While at The University of the Arts I was the primary tutor for Musical Theater studio and Acting studio classes for undergraduate students. I have also had experience directing productions featuring students all the way from kindergarden through to high school, while having also taught at multiple theatrical summer camps. As a youth director and teaching artist, I hope to help each individual student find their own unique artistic voice, not focusing on one teaching method, but instead allowing each student to inspire a unique approach suited for their own specific needs and desires. I have experience tutoring and coaching students in anything from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre to college audition prep.
As I believe every student requires a specific approach, I am happy to offer first time students the option of a free private session to start - allowing each student to see if I am the right fit for them before continuing on in their private training! I also am happy to make theatre education accessible by offering several different methods to "meet up" for a coaching - I can teach via online skype/facetime, in person at my studio in Philadelphia or by traveling to the student (depending on their distance from my home base). I will try to work with you and see what is possible!
Should you have any questions feel free to reach out via email or phone call, although email is typically a better method. All questions are welcome and encouraged! I can't wait to meet you or your child and see what cool theater we can create together!!
I am an actor, director and teacher with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I’ve taught students of all backgrounds, from all over the world, as young as four and as old as sixty-five, both in person and on-line. I’ve taught varied subjects, including Directing the Actor, Shakespeare, Scene Study, Acting Technique, On-Camera Audition Technique and Voice. Students have been accepted into top training programs, including Tisch School of the Arts, and have booked professional theatre, film and television, including Law and Order, The Mysteries of Laura, independent films, and plays at Playwrights Horizons.
I’m highly sensitive to the individual needs of each person I work with, whether in the classroom or as a private coach. My goal is to give each student an experience of success through achievable challenges and encouragement, and to foster a sense of play, joy, intention and improvisation.
Over 12 years coaching Theatre and 5 years tutuoring in English, Writing and Public Speaking.
Thespian Journey offers private coaching, consulting and group classes to individuals interested in pursuing a career in Arts and Entertainment. I also provide private tutoring in the academic areas of Creative Writing, Essay Writing, Public Speaking and English.
We work with ages 5-18 years old or those at a K-12 educational level.**Due to COVID-19, class sizes will be no greater than 10 students and on-line private coaching is now available.
What makes us unique is that we build long-term relationships with our students, catering our services to meet their individual needs and goals. Our focus is on helping our students every step of the way, from their first play audition in grade school to their first college audition at an arts-focused conservatory or university.
From a technical acting perspective for both stage and film, we teach our students the basics of theatre etiquette, stage direction, blocking, hitting your mark, audition techniques and assist with acting resume/headshot formatting.
From a theatrical acting perspective, we meet individuals where they are in their artistic process and help them develop from that point forward. Through physical movement, monologue and scene analysis, we help students step outside their boundaries and tap into their unique talents. We help students select monologues and scenes, learn how to dig deeper and connect with a character, develop that character and be able to confidently perform in front of others.
We also assist those students who want to write their own performance pieces.
From a Consulting perspective, we work with high school age performers to help them decide on the perfect path for their thespian journey by assisting in college selection and preparation for college auditions. We also work with actors who are ready to seek agency representation in their local markets.
We work with students with both dramatic and comedic emphasis and those interested in stage and/or commercial, television and film.
Our model is built upon the belief that together we are better, which is why we take pride in partnering with our students on their Thespian Journey toward success.