For scheduling/pricing for private voice/acting lessons, please contact our staff directly:
J. Scott Handley (Voice Lessons): firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Cavanagh (Acting Lessons): email@example.com
Why study vocal performance and acting? Arts education at any age has the powerful ability to change lives. The Arts unite us by teaching us empathy, and having the skill to create Art using the voice and body can greatly enhance one’s life physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether you’re new to the world of theatre or your favorite pastime is rating Sondheim musicals during rehearsal breaks with your theatre-fam, personal study is an enriching and rewarding experience, and individual coaching serves to deepen that experience and accelerate an artist’s personal growth. What do vocal performance and acting lessons do?
Build self-esteem and sense of confidence.
Inspire/create higher academic achievement.
Increase social skills and attentiveness.
Boost memory and cognitive reasoning.
Drive cultural awareness.
Help lower anxiety.
Allow for healthy self-expression.
Help learn and recognize the importance of discipline.
Why take private lessons? Do you ever wonder if there’s anything else you could do to bring out the best in yourself as an artist? Do you find yourself wishing you felt more prepared for auditions? Or are you simply interested in receiving more personal feedback and focused training so you can achieve personal goals and shine under pressure? Private coaching can help!
Scott Handley (Vocal Performance Coach) and Jessica Cavanagh(Acting Coach) have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective fields, and they’re excited to help you realize your full potential as a performer!
J. Scott Handley most recently served as the Executive Director, Founder, Music Director, and Vocal Coach for the non-profit organization, Broadway Method Academy (BMA). The company grew from his private voice studio attracting students from all over the tri-state area seeking elite musical theater training. At BMA, he implemented an educational partnership with the prestigious Westport Country Playhouse. In 2002, Handley became department chair of musical theater at Regional Center for the Arts in Southern Connecticut. Many of his students have won awards including the National Jimmy Awards and have gone on to receive degrees in Musical Theater at the top musical theater programs in the nation. Handley is an accomplished collaborative artist, having worked with Alice Ripley, Klea Blackhurst, Nicholas Rodriguez, Meredith Inglesby, Steve Blanchard and Noah Rickets to name a few! He holds a BA from the Florida State University College of Music.
Jessica Cavanagh (she/her) got her start at YAT (class of ‘93, baby!) and she’s beyond excited to be back in her theatre home after having a phenomenal time adapting and directing Little Women during the 2020-2021 season! Her semi-autobiographical play, Self-Injurious Behavior, opened at Theatre Three, the oldest professional theatre in Dallas, Texas, in 2018 and was subsequently given an off-Broadway run at Urban Stages/30th St. Theatre in NYC, followed by an LA premiere in late 2019 (produced by Joe Mantegna). Selected stage credits include roles in August:Osage County, Doubt, The Glass Menagerie, A Feminine Ending, Heisenberg, Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Proof, Outside Mullingar, and ‘Night, Mother, earning recognition from the DFW Theatre Critics Forum several times over the years. Jessica worked as a staff writer for Sony/Funimation for 8 years, adapting Japanese anime for an English-speaking audience, and she’s also voiced roles in over 100 titles. You can hear her on Cartoon Network in shows such as My Hero Academia (as Mama Inko), Attack on Titan (Carla Jaeger), and One Piece, among others!
SONG INTERPRETATION CLASS Open to High School Company Members Mondays, 2:45-3:45pm Instructors: J. Scott Handley & Jessica Cavanagh
Would you like to feel more confident in your ability to communicate with an audience through song? Do you want to know how to look at a song and make the kinds of decisive choices as an actor that will help you stand out at an audition? Students in our Song Interpretation class will learn how to look for the clues provided in music and lyrics to interpret a song for themselves, and acting techniques to turn that interpretation into an authentic, unique performance.