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GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD • GET INTO YOUR BODY • CONNECT TO YOUR HEART • TRUST YOUR GUT
WHAT: An acting studio where students are encouraged to explore new ways of breathing life, specific intentions, and a grounded freedom to their singing pieces. Taught by acting teacher Ariela Morgenstern and Musical Director Dan Feyer.
WHEN: Three-week sessions 7:00-10:00 pm
WHERE: Usually at the SF MIME TROUPE • 855 Treat Ave., in San Francisco's Mission District
HOW MUCH: $175 for all 3 weeks
HOW: Using traditional acting techniques and physical theatre exercises, each student will have individualized work sessions in every class, in addition to group work. Audition technique, performance practice, and character exploration will be worked on over the course of the month.
WHO: From music lovers to seasoned professionals, this class is suitable for all levels; each student’s work session will be tailored to their specific needs. Actors, Singers, Dancers, Professionals, Amateurs & Students are all welcome. This class would also be perfect for classical singers wishing to explore Musical Theater and Crossover repertoire more deeply, and actors and dancers who are looking to gain more experience singing.
WHY: Singing and storytelling go hand-in-hand, and I believe each person has the ability to give the gift of catharsis, emotional connection, and inspiration through their art. We are passionate about creating spaces that unleash unbridled creativity and connect to our authentic, expressive selves.
WHO WE ARE: Ariela Morgenstern and Daniel Feyer are both native San Franciscans, and accomplished musicians who have been working professionally in the New York theatre world for nearly ten years. Now that they’re back in the Bay, they want to work on music that excites people, with people who are excited to be there! For bios please see below the form.
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Ariela Morgenstern, Acting Teacher
Ariela has gained recognition in the world of Musical Theatre, Opera, and Cabaret. She has sung as the soloist at Carnegie Hall for Imant Ramnish’s Symphony of Psalms, and won 2nd place in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s International Lotte Lenya Competition in New York. She was in the original Off-Broadway production of the Obie & Drama-Desk winning musical Adding Machine, and originated the role of Ms. Wilde in the national tour of Flashdance, The Musical. She has also helped found and cultivate theatre companies that promote audacious works - Rococo Risqué (SF Weekly “Best Theatre Ensemble” Winner), and Studio 42 in New York.
Favorite Regional Credits include: Diana, Next To Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Franca, The Light In The Piazza (Theatreworks & Arena Stage), the title role of Carmen, (The San Francisco & Bay Shore Lyric Opera), Jenny, The Threepenny Opera (West Bay Opera & Marvel Rep, Drama Desk-Nominated), and Aldonza, The Man of La Mancha (Flat Rock Playhouse). In addition to acting, Ariela is also a vocal director, and is currently working on a production of Ragtime at the Woodside Community Theater. She's a Leadership Communications teacher at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a facilitator with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, and has a private Presence & Presentation coaching practice in San Francisco.
Daniel Feyer, Musical Director
Daniel Feyer was Music Director for A Christmas Carol and Assistant M.D. for A Little Night Music at A.C.T., and accompanies classes and cabarets for A.C.T.'s Conservatory. Favorite New York City credits include The Underclassman (2006 Drama Desk Award nomination for orchestrations), Evil Dead: The Musical, Working revival, With Glee, Illyria, Yank!, Honor, and Prospect Theater Company's Musical Theater Lab series.
Regional: Weston Playhouse (ten seasons since 1999), Meadow Brook Theatre (seven shows since 2010), CenterStage, Willows, Gateway, Barnstormers. Dan is a San Francisco native and Princeton graduate, author of three books of word search puzzles and four New York Times crosswords, and six-time defending champion at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.