I’ve spent ten years in the theatre, working with actors and singers. Through my work as a director and teacher, I’ve helped actors build their characters through scene and song. I’ve worked with students just starting out to adults with long careers in the theatre.
Accepting ages 14-70
8th grade, 30 Min. for $35
Adults, 45 Min. for $45
Contact Karen Liegl, School Manager
Lessons are held at Orchestra Iowa, downtown Cedar Rapids
Monologues, Audition techniques & Acting the song
How to select a monologue, understanding the material and preparation.
How to act the song. Performing in the musical theatre.
How to prepare for the audition.
"I just wanted to play one part. Toddy. In my younger years I performed in a lot of musical theater, at one point obtaining my Actor’s Equity Card. Then I gave it all up and pursued other careers. I wasn’t on a stage for 30 years. I have only in the last few years returned to performing in the world of Community Theater. I have been lucky to have been cast in a few local productions and have enjoyed them. Then I was cast in Victor/Victoria directed by Brian Glick. I knew right away, this was not Community Theater. This felt very different. Brian Glick had a clear vision and plan. I was provided with a voice coach to work on my British accent. I was given a clear schedule so I always knew where I had to be and when. The most striking part of the experience was having Brian as a director. He challenged me in ways that built my confidence and definitely stretched me as an actor. You see, I am a musical nerd, the acting is the least of my concerns, I love to sing and dance. Brian made me an actor in this show. He challenged some of my choices (which I thought would get huge laughs) because he knew the moment was not right for a huge laugh. I was also lucky enough to be surrounded by an incredibly talented cast, quite often I felt like the least talented person on stage. The dancers could dance, the singers could sing and the actors acted so much better than me. Brian brought me up to their level. Not by managing my choices but by letting me explore my role and when necessary, reigning me in or asking me to try something different. Brian Glick’s directing skills are those of someone far beyond his years. He understands how to treat people with respect without being condescending. We also laughed a lot. The entire cast did. We had pre-show “dance parties”. We worked very hard, but we also laughed. At this point in my life, enjoying the moment is everything. I never dreamed I would learn to become a better actor at my age, but then I met Brian Glick and I am more confident as an all-around performer, some might even say he turned me into a triple threat!" Actor, Larry Newman