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.
Melissa has over fifteen years of voice training and performance experience. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Musical Theatre Integrated Program and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B. F. A.) from The New School University. When not teaching, she is currently working on her Master of Science (M. S.) in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University (NYU), with the aim to become a singing voice specialist who can work with both healthy and injured voices. She has been performing steadily Off-Broadway, including principal roles in productions at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Times Square Arts www.*** ;s training is grounded in voice science and health. Her lessons are specifically tailored to meet each individual singer’s needs and goals. Melissa completed all three levels of certification in Somatic Voicework™: The Lovetri Method for Contemporary Commercial Music. This system of pedagogy draws from classical vocal pedagogy as well as acting, dance, speech pathology, and Alexander Technique™. She has had the privilege to work with some of the top singing teachers in the country, including a NYSTA workshop with international vocal coach Joan Melton and master class with Broadway voice teacher Jeannette Lovetri at Berklee College of Music. Melissa regularly attends vocal pedagogy courses to continue her knowledge of the science and art of www.*** Affiliations:
•National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
•New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA)
•Somatic Voicework™ Teachers' Association
•The Voice Foundation
•National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
•New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA)
•Honors Master of Science Thesis: “Voice Patients with Acid Reflux: Students’ Perceptions of the Efficacy of Lifestyle Changes" with NYU faculty advisor Dr. Celia Stewart, CCC-SLP (In-progress)
As a highly motivated and experienced Tutor with a strong background in providing professional tutoring services to students with diverse backgrounds, I have the ability to exceed your expectations. I am confident that my strong desire to help students achieve their goals will go a long way in providing high-quality services to your organization.
I have been tutoring on and off for about four years now, starting my junior year in high school with both Honors and AP Chemistry, French and basic math, such as Algebra. I have developed excellent knowledge of providing customized tutoring services to students. My ability to work with students, teachers and parents in order to find out their weakest points, and the aspiration to work towards providing strengthening services has been commended many times. Moreover, my know-how to design and conduct workshops and develop interactive materials for students would enable me to produce excellent results. Additionally, I possess a positive attitude and a passion to assist struggling learners.
English, Math, Hebrew, Elementary Math, English Literature, Religious Studies, Musical Theater, and Theater Acting lessons in Rochester, NY, USA.