This award winning singer, dancer, actress, choreographer, and writer was most recently awarded Best Female in a Musical by Broadway World, and is one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Women In America for her many contributions in the performing arts. Her film and television credits include E.R, Chicago Hope, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Spy Hard, Ghost of Mississippi, & Night Stand. However, it is her stage credits that has made the most significant impact in her life, as she toured the USA in the starring role of Effie White in the National Tour of Dreamgirls. After graduating from Stella Adler School of Production in LA as well as Zoe Christian Leadership Institute she developed a production company named Optasia Productions and has produced many theatrical, television, and independent film works as well as performed as Casting Director for “It’s A Miracle” on PAX Network. She relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2002 from Los Angeles, and developed and produced professional theatrical programming and also created and toured educational pieces throughout the southeast, reaching more than 100,000 students within a 200 mile radius of downtown Knoxville, and developed a top-notch arts education program that trained nearly 1000 children and adults in acting, movement, and musical theater. She is also a Talent Scout/Coach for the World Championship of Performing Arts and sits on the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee. “If you Decree It, and Believe It, You will See It!” *** Lesson Details *** I have performed on stage, in film, and on television, and believe in helping the actor develop the best techniques for all three different domains. My Acting Students of my 3 month program (24 hours) will receive Introduction to Scene Study, Character Development, Audition Preparation, Introduction to Meisner & Stanislovski Techniques. These students will receive a 12 week Certificate of Completion. 6 month program (48 hours) includes all of the above, Intermediate Scene Study, Character Development, Audition Preparation, and Intro to Adler and Strauss Techniques. 24 Week Certificate of Completion, and a Showcase with area casting directors and producers. I have over 10 years of vocal instruction with individuals, groups, and choirs in Pop, R&B, Country, Musical Theater & Gospel music. I have coached American Idol hopefuls and World Championship Winners! My Vocal Students will receive introduction to Speech Level Singing as made famous by Seth Riggs. They will be taught breathing techniques and learn the 3 singing voices that everyone has and how and when to use them. As a career belter that has also had extensive studies in classical training, I feel it important to teach how to utilize head, belt, and mix voices........correctly so as not to ruin your vocal ability. I will also teach vocal care and how to individualize vocal styling; finding your own unique voice and sound. *** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard and a relaxed homey atmosphere. *** Specialties *** Acting: I teach basic characterization through both Meisner & Stanislovsky introduction while referencing others like Adler and Strauss. I delight in helping the actor develop their own means of character development. Vocals: I help the vocalist analyze their own individual style and help them develop breathing techniques, experiment with various tonal interpretations, and helping them to strengthen their vocal control.