Orchestral Conducting, Piano, Vocal Coaching and Acting Lessons:
A unique and rare opportunity from some of ACT’s leaders and teaching staff during this time of social distancing

Private lessons conducted via Skype or Facetime
Tuition: $90 per lesson, 45-minute lessons

A WONDERFUL way to prepare and strengthen your skills before next audition season!

Theatre and music students, use your time at home constructively to refine your acting, performance and musical skills through remote individual instruction with ACT of Connecticut’s expert staff! See instructor Bio’s below.

 

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING OR PIANO with Bryan Perri
Orchestral conducting lessons are appropriate for any students (or adults) interested in learning the art of conducting an orchestra or band. Piano lessons for beginning or advanced students. 

 

VOCAL COACHING with Bryan Perri or Diane Tauser
Vocal coaching is available for all levels of singers.

ACTING AND SONG PERFORMANCE with Daniel C. Levine or Christopher Hudson Myers
These lessons can take several different forms: monologue study and performance, picking material that is right for you, song study, the art of performing a song, getting your book ready, acting a song, audition technique, and “what casting directors are really looking for”.

Scheduling Lessons

Lessons may not be scheduled until payment is received. Instructors will contact the student to schedule a lesson for a mutually agreed upon day and time. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of a lesson must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson time in order to receive a make-up lesson at a time convenient to both the instructor and the student. No shows or failure to notify ACT and/or the instructor within 24 hours is considered a forfeited lesson. There are no refunds on forfeited, unused or cancelled lessons.

Scholarships Available

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the generous support of Gary and Susie Singer, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for eligible students to receive a virtual singing or acting lesson(s) with an ACT instructor.

 

Eligible students are those between age 8-18, with a demonstrated interest in the performing arts, who are otherwise financially unable to purchase a lesson.

 

To apply, parents should submit a short statement referencing general financial need, including any COVID-related hardship.  Students should submit a short statement specifying the type of lesson they would prefer and answering the following questions:

 

 - Describe your past experience in the performing arts.

 

 - Why do theater and the arts matter?


 - How would you benefit from these lessons?

 

We are presently accepting applications and the application process will remain open until June 15.  Lessons must be redeemed by August 2, 2020, and scheduling is dependent on instructor availability.  All submissions should be sent to education@actofct.org.

To register, complete the registration form and pay for your lesson.

 

We will be in touch shortly to schedule your lesson!

Questions? Email education@actofct.org for more information. 

Instructor Bio’s

Bryan Perri is the resident music supervisor at ACT of CT and is also the music director of JAGGED LITTLE PILL on Broadway. Bryan has conducted several Broadway and national tours including NEXT TO NORMAL, CHAPLIN, and was the conductor of WICKED for nearly a decade. His upcoming production of ALMOST FAMOUS opens on Broadway next season. Bryan has worked closely with Lindsay Mendez and Aaron Tveit on their live performances and concerts. While JAGGED LITTLE PILL (and Broadway) is temporarily shut down, Bryan is happy to spend some time working with students that he adores. 

 

Daniel C. Levine is thrilled to serve as Artistic Director of ACT of CT. Daniel has appeared on Broadway and in the Broadway National Tours of: MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY. Daniel was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical by The League of American Theaters and Producers, for his role as Cousin Kevin in THE WHO’S TOMMY. He also originated the role of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway National tour of CHICAGO. Daniel has worked extensively across the country and has been seen in: OKLAHOMA! (5th Avenue, Seattle), NEXT TO NORMAL (Seven Angels Theater), GUYS & DOLLS (The Ordway Theater, Minneapolis), COMPANY (5th Avenue, Seattle), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Cleveland Playhouse), SWEET CHARITY (West Virginia Public), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (North Carolina Theater and Kansas City Starlight), JOSEPH…..DREAMCOAT (North Shore Music Theater, Boston), and EVITA (Music Theater of CT). Daniel is the creator, producer, and director of BROADWAY BACKSTAGE!, DANCIN’ BROADWAY, and AMERICAN DANCE SPECTACULAR! – all which have toured throughout the U.S. He is the creator and director of BORN TO DANCE, a multi-media production performed throughout the fleet of ships on Princess Cruise Lines, in collaboration with Stephen Schwartz. While he is not currently directing a mainstage show at ACT, Daniel is happy to spend this time helping students improve. 

 

Christopher Hudson Myers has been teaching, directing and choreographing in CT for 4 years after closing the Broadway hit MAMMA MIA! as Swing/Dance Captain in 2015.  In addition to teaching at ACT, he is currently the Company Manager for The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, choreographer for Staples High School in Westport and also teaches at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan. As a performer, Christopher has had the privilege of being directed by Josh Rhodes, Stephen Nachamie and Janet Rothermel and has shared the stage with Broadway legends Judy McLane, Felicia Finley, Fred Applegate and Alan Campbell. He also considers himself very fortunate to have had the chance to perform and work with his beautiful and talented wife, Rachel MacIsaac on many occasions throughout their careers. 

 

Diane Tauser is an established New York City vocal technique teacher, musical performance coach and produced composer/lyricist (“I’ll Be Seeing You” at the Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA). Formally the Resident Voice Teacher at Davenport Studios, owned and operated by Tony Award winning producer Ken Davenport (Once On This Island, Kinky Boots) from 2011-2015, her studio is currently featured at The National Opera America Center. For over 20 years Diane has worked closely with young talent (PPAS, Rosie’s Kids, Harlem School Of The Arts). In addition to working with Broadway/Off-Broadway/Regional theater actors, Anime Voiceover and dance performance artists, she specializes in assisting singer/songwriters and multi-genre composers in developing and recording their original work. As a master voice teacher, she embraces vocal techniques and body-release work that increases range, breath, tone and over all vocal health. She believes in a “Mind-Body-Spirit” approach to the art of the performing voice, as well as exploring creative applications for enhancing musicality, stylistic freedom and most importantly dramatic intention. Diane’s musical background features mentorship with the late, great Sebastian Engleberg (Frederica Von Stade’s voice teacher who led her to win the Metropolitan Opera Auditions); Anthony Amato (Amato Opera); world renown dramatic soprano Doris Jung (Metropolitan Opera; Prima Donna of both Munich and Stuttgart Operas). Placido Domingo and conductor Felix Popper were advisors for her first company, American Singers Ensemble. She is forever grateful for the invaluable gifts that all these great artists have shared with her. She is dedicated to passing it on! 
 

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