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. …

Preview of “Measure for Measure”

Shane Ann Rehearsals

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 …

“Orpheus Descending” at NYU Grad Acting

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Today I was watching/listening to a rehearsal of “Orpheus Descending”. It is not as famous as “Streetcar” or “Suddenly Last Summer” or “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” but the language is powerful and the relationships are complex.  Williams’ attention to detail makes even the smallest character fascinating.  These characters have so many layers that they are a feast for …

Breathing…

Shane Ann Voice

I’ve been thinking about breathing. Why is that something so basic and something that we all do naturally, seems to be so difficult? When I was explaining the principles of breathing to my new class of private students last week, I was thinking how odd it was that I was explaining breathing. We’re alive so we must be breathing. But …