Communications Workers of America
1998 – 2002
Understanding Opera 1
Understanding Opera 2
This was a class designed for older adults. We went through opera from it’s inception to current work. We studied individual composers, singers and in Opera 2 we dissected 2 operas. Classes were held at the Harrison Street Office of CWA. We also went on the Metropolitan Opera backstage tour and went backstage to visit various Broadway shows as well.
Genesis Repertory Ensemble
1998 – Present
Acting for the Singer
Class given to Opera singers and Musical Comedy Singers. Worked on text, character, treating song like a monologue. Beginning acting techniques including movement on stage, character breakdown and in the case of the Opera singers teaching them how to translate text into movement to overcome language barriers.
Acting 1 was acting for beginners. We worked on Stanislavsky techniques and Meisner techniques.
Acting 2 was a continuation of Acting 1 more advanced work leading up to Shakespeare monologues and scenes culminating in a reading of Hamlet.
Make up For the Actor
Each student was taught the rudiments of make up for stage and film. Each student was helped to amass a proper make up and hair kit for themselves and how to use each item within. Worked on corrective and beauty make up, character make up, FX make up including blood effects, applying bald cap and prosthetics, fangs and teeth, cuts and bruises, beards and facial hair.
SINGING FOR THE ACTOR
also in Bay Ridge @ Narrows Community Theater
Beginners: Breath control and support, matching pitch, managing the voice. Mechanics of the voice. How to sustain emotion in song while still using voice correctly. Honing voice each vowel on every note explored. Open class at end of 10 week session
Intermediate and Advanced: Same as above with more intensity for more advanced students. Getting songs performance ready.
GAIA Women’s Workshop
13 Week Course
Each week an age of womanhood was explored artistically. From Maiden to Crone. Each phase was fleshed out in song, movement, writing and visual art.
GAIA arts culminated in different productions. Two examples are Medea and Lysistrata.
1998 – Present
Private Vocal Teacher