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Miranda

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  • Hourly rate $70
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 13
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Private Acting and Drama lessons for LAMDA exams and Drama School Auditions

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We have the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Miranda will be happy to arrange your first Acting lesson.

About the lesson

I currently only offer Zoom lessons.

I am a professional actor and have taught drama for companies such as Stagecoach for many years. This is my 11th year of coaching and submitting students for LAMDA exams in Acting, Verse and Prose, devising and occasionally teach acting through song to support Musical Theatre grades.

I have a 90% Merit and Distinction rate with several at high Distinctions in the 90s.

I trained at Guildford School of Acting so I also teach Drama school audition technique with much success as well as my new addition of Life Coaching.


N.B I am a drama teacher and professional singer so I can help with acting through song for auditions but I can suggest great singing teachers if technical singing help is what you currently require.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

MA Musical Theatre with Merit - Guildford School of Acting (validated by University of Surrey)
BA (Hons) Acting 2:1 Bretton Hall (validated by the University of Leeds)

98% Grade 5 Music Theory, Distinction at Grade 8 Gold LAMDA Medal, 97% LCMM Musical Theatre Grade 7

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I currently teach 5 year olds - adults

subjects

  • Acting
  • Drama School Entrance
  • LAMDA Exams Preparation

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Miranda

- *Fully booked until Spring 2021

What kind of experience do you have?

I have been teaching for 'Stagecoach' Amersham for 11 years. In the past I have also taught for Gerrards Cross based, 'Vocal Performance Academy' and as an after school drama club teacher for 'Flip Theatre Arts' in Watford and for BOO in St Albans.

I have been coaching LAMDA exams privately and through Stagecoach throughout this time with an incredible rate achieving high merits and distinctions. With 'Vocal Performance Academy', I have coached students taking Musical Theatre exams as well as auditions for school and amateur productions.

My students have gone onto attending further training at bodies such as: Italia Conti, Millenium Dance, Performers College and various University drama courses.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes - I am part of the update service.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Bretton Hall and the Guildford School of Acting achieving my BA (Hons) in Acting and MA in Musical Theatre

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Equity and Spotlight

- Tell me about some of your current students.

We just had 46 students at Stagecoach Amersham achieve fantastic LAMDA results plus I've seen improvements in technique and confidence in class - it's not just about the mark but about the process.

I have helped several students achieve scholarships at Pipers Corner and Berkhamstead School.

An interesting thing to note is that one of my LAMDA students went on to University to study Law, a subject she found she was seen for because of LAMDA being on her CV.

Rates

packs

  • 5h: $350
  • 10h: $700

webcam

  • $70/h

Details

Currently only on Zoom - £20 for 30 minutes and £35 for an hour.

Learn more about Miranda

  • 01

    When did you start practising? How did this passion find you?

    I was first interested in drama aged 7 when I went to a Summer Holiday workshop and it grew from there - expanding into singing, guitar, piano, tap, ballet and modern dance lessons alongside performing in Youth productions such as 'Oliver' throughout my school life. I, of course, decided to take this passion further and go on to train at drama school in my late teens/early twenties.

  • 02

    Which artists or works affect you the most?

    Initially, it was watching actors like Judy Garland and Katherine Hepburn on film that influenced me - now I look to stage performers such as Samantha Spiro, Imelda Staunton or film and TV actresses including Kristen Bell and Mindy Kaling. I love actors that make their own work and stand up for what they believe in.

  • 03

    What are the qualities and skill required to succeed in this area?

    Aside from talent,you need to have focus, tenacity and good self-care. Acting isn't an easy life and you will spend a lot of time working your 'side-hustle' to fund the performing life. Motivation can be hard to muster after a while but always find ways to keep your passion alive. There is also strength in realising the life-style of the job isn't for you but you'd like to continue your skills as an amateur as many of my friends have done in recent years.

  • 04

    What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?

    Break it down into manageable chunks so you don't get overwhelmed. Funnily enough, business books and videos can offer great transferable advice. If acting is to be your job, you have to treat it as a business.
    That being said, if you are more interested in furthering your talents because of passion/ improving self-confidence I would say, making sure you have a mixture of solo and group performing/learning opportunities is paramount as acting is about being an ensemble. You should also go to see as much theatre as you can - not just big West End Musicals. Go to see new writing at the Royal Court or Bush - see a solo show at the Soho theatre, some physical theatre at the Lyric or even dance and opera. Really explore the arts.

  • 05

    How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?

    I love theatre/film/TV because of the storytelling - we learn so much from watching other people's walks of life. I can feel emotional just from the Overture of a musical or can feel impassioned and angry watching a political play - it's all about connection.

  • 06

    What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?

    I'm very proud of every show I've directed - sometimes in very short, stressful time frames and I'm proud of every new skill I learn. I'm currently developing my voice-over work.

  • 07

    Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?

    I'm always over the moon when the hard work pays off - when a high mark or entrance into drama school is achieved, particularly if they started off having a bit of a self-conscious 'front' that slowly goes during the course of performing as the new character who is unlike takes hold - it opens them up and helps them to grow as people.

  • 08

    Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?

    Knowing that every student is different and you have to help them to be comfortable with who they are if they are going to excel at being someone else.

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