Starting Advanced Work With Private Classes

Shane Ann From Shane Ann

My private students started their Advanced work this week, which means we are combining voice and speech work with text work while they are acting. Very exciting step.  I’ve been doing this for a long time and I must say this class was wonderful.  They really understand the importance of this step and have brought their enthusiasm to the work.  …

Kevin Spacey at NYU Graduate Acting

Shane Ann From Shane Ann

So last week Kevin Spacey was the guest speaker at NYU Graduate Acting.  He was VERY entertaining, as well as informative.  He is currently finishing an international tour of the Old Vic’s production of “Richard III” out at BAM.  He was the perfect person to talk to the students because he had so many stories to tell about his experiences …

Private Classes

Shane Ann Voice and Speech Class

Well my new private class is wonderful.  The students started in October and already the difference in their voice/speech is quite amazing.  I can’t remember having a class that picked up the material this quickly.  They are so responsive to the work.  I really have to stay on my toes.  They ask great questions – I mean really great questions. …

Ray Yeates in “The Parting Glass”

Shane Ann Productions

Last night I saw the amazing Irish actor Ray Yeates (an Abbey Theatre veteran) performing a solo play “The Parting Glass” by Dermot Bolger. He takes the audience on a fascinating journey and, with only the changes in his voice, portrays the different characters in one man’s life. American audiences may not be familiar with “football” (soccer) or the passion …

Visiting Robert

Shane Ann From Shane Ann

So yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon visiting my teacher, Robert Neff Williams. He was feeling good and seemed stronger than when I attended his birthday party in March. We talked about many things including his dear wife, Ruth, passing on a few months ago. I told him about an actor calling me this week who wanted to work on …

Preview Performance of “All’s Well”

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Last night I watched/listened to the Shakespeare in the Park preview performance of “All’s Well”. The actors are amazing. Their schedule of run-throughs, tech, dress and previews leaves me in awe of their stamina, grace under pressure and just plain talent. I did not have many vocal notes for them; they are doing everything we worked on. These same actors …