Mat Leonard

Mat Leonard

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Congratulations to Mat Leonard who completed my Voice and Speech program in January and got his first Shakespeare job with the esteemed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts! He is playing Octavius Caesar/Soothsayer in “Julius Caesar” and Spike in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”.

Voice and Speech Classes

Shane Ann Younts Fall Classes

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When I am interviewing new students for my voice and speech class, one of the questions that actors often ask is if it is possible to have clear speech without sounding phony. I believe it is possible. There is a definite process involved in getting to that place of clarity that sounds natural. I begin my voice and speech classes …

Giancarlo Esposito

“Storefront Church” Opens starring Giancarlo Esposito

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Last night was the Opening Night of “Storefront Church” by John Patrick Shanley starring Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul).  It was a fun evening.  Such an extraordinary group of actors.  The audience really responded to the play.  It makes you laugh. It makes you think.  Honored to be part of this production.

Mary Poppins kids

Working with the Mary Poppins kids

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The Mary Poppins kids I work with on the Broadway production are pretty incredible.  They range in ages from eight years old to twelve years old and when other children their age are out playing soccer or going to ballet classes or playing baseball, they are at dance rehearsals or blocking rehearsals or put-in rehearsals or dialect/diction rehearsals.  For such …

Jeff Whitty

A Different “Hedda Gabler” written by Jeff Whitty

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This last weekend, I saw a fascinating production called “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler written by Jeff Whitty.  Jeff was my student at NYU in the Graduate Acting program and I still remember the first play he wrote.  It was for “Free Play” which is a Third Project where the students write, produce and act in their own productions. …

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins on Tour

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Mary Poppins on Tour. Working as the dialect coach with the new touring company of “Mary Poppins” has been a joy.  I was in Charleston, South Carolina for the final dress and first two previews and the audience’s reaction was exciting to watch and hear.   The extraordinary cast is headed by Rachel Wallace as Mary and Case Dilliard as Bert …

Voice Training and Speech Classes for Actors

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Why would someone what to take my Voice Training and Speech Classes for Actors? I was interviewing/auditioning an actor for my Voice & Speech Class, which begins this Fall, and I asked her why she wanted to take the class. She told me she had just finished the run of a play with a friend of hers who had completed …

Danai Gurira

Preview of “Measure for Measure”

Shane AnnRehearsals

Watching the preview performance of “Measure for Measure” I was again struck by the versatility, talent and stamina of the actors in this production. These are the same actors (with the exception of the beautiful Danai Gurira who is playing Isabella) who jump into their other roles for “All’s Well That Ends Well”. I was at the preview to take …