Teaching Artist Spotlight: Getting to Know Andy Clemence

Welome back to our weekly feature as we introduce you to our private instruction faculty members! Next on the docket… Mr. Andy Clemence (who teaches on-screen acting, voiceover acting, monologue coaching, and audition prep on Fridays).


At the Hollywood premiere of Andy’s film “Super Cyclone”

Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
I’m from Annapolis, MD. I’ve lived here for over 15 years. I grew up nearby, although I was born in Rhode Island.

Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
I’m an acting instructor. I teach On-Camera Acting & Auditioning for Film, Television, Voice-over, and Theatre. That includes: audition technique, scene study, monologue preparation, audition taping, and all about the business of acting.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
I love that it’s all about that student! They get the whole hour to themselves and don’t have to share the time with anyone else. Also, I love to watch a student go from a “stagey” artificial performance to an absolutely real and natural one.


Having lunch with Disney composer Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book) at The Magic Castle in Hollywood

Q: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you in a private lesson?
I was working with a very young girl (6, I think) who became fascinated with my camera and tripod. She said she wanted to try it. So I did the scene and I let her film it. She was thrilled. That Christmas, she asked for a camera and tripod, and her parents got it for her. (wow!) So who knows, she may become a famous director someday!

Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
I act in film, TV, theatre, and voice-over. I’ve been a professional actor in Los Angeles, New York, and DC for over 35 years. I’m also a musician and writing a musical about an infamous safe-cracker based on an O’Henry short story.

Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
I do occasional training for Federal Law Enforcement officers, and I get handcuffed and shot at all the time!!

Mr. Andy’s film and television acting lessons are the newest offering in our private lesson studio, and we’re so excited to bring it to our students. He’s also teaching two weeks of summer camp for Middle and High School students where he will cover a lot of what he teaches in private lessons as well. Check out Acting for Film and TV: Take 1 (July 3-7) and Acting for Film and TV: Take 2 (July 10-14) to receive instruction from Andy Clemence in a group setting!


With Ming-Na Wen (who is now starring in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) in “Super Cyclone”

Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with Andy Clemence for acting for film and television. Interested in private voice or piano lessons? Try one of our other highly-qualified teaching artists availabile for lessons in the private studio from Monday through Saturday!

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Getting to Know Dustin Merrell

Join us for a weekly feature as we introduce you to our private instruction faculty members! First up… Mr. Dustin Merrell (who teaches private voice, acting, and audition prep on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
A: I was born in Virginia, but raised in Columbia, MD. I have been here for most of my childhood and adult life. 
 
Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
A: I have taught piano and acting lessons, but my primary focus is in vocal training. I have been teaching privately for six years.
 
Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
A: I love to see the moment when something “clicks” with a student. When that happens, it’s rarely due to my instruction alone; rather, it happens when a student begins to learn how to practice, and how to set and accomplish personal goals. When a student tells me about an obstacle that he or she has tackled – away from the private studio – I can’t help but feel proud and fulfilled. As an educator, one of my significant goals is to teach students how to problem solve.
 
Q: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you in a private lesson?
A: I once helped a student prepare for her third callback for Matilda on Broadway. It was really crazy to help this young performer prepare the same 32 bars from one of Broadway’s hottest musicals over and over again.
 
Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
A: Professionally, I also work as a musical director and accompanist. Outside of work, I spend my time composing, playing video games, and watching sports. I am an impassioned sports fan; in fact, I just formed a softball team. We will be playing double-headers every Thursday, for ten straight weeks.
 
Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
A: I’m an avid J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings six times (in addition to Tolkien’s other works). When I was in 7th grade, I joined a Tolkien literacy club. The club hosted an in-school Lord of the Rings trivia competition every month, and after winning my third competition, I was asked to refrain from participating. During that time, I also learned how to read and write in Sindarin and Quenya (the two prominent Elven languages in Tolkien’s works) – a skill I still possess.  
 
Mr. Dustin’s studio hours are often full months in advance. Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with him or any of our other highly-qualified private instructors in voice, acting, piano, audition prep, on-screen acting, and more!

New Staff Alert: Rachel Sandler

We are thrilled to welcome DLC alum Rachel Sandler to our private instruction faculty as our newest private voice and piano instructor. Ms. Rachel has experience teaching classical, pop, and musical theatre repertoire to students of all levels. She emphasizes a healthy, classical technique that can be applied to all genres in order to avoid vocal fatigue and other vocal health issues. In lessons, Ms. Rachel also focuses on stage presence, audition techniques, and text interpretation. Ms. Rachel will begin holding studio hours at DLC on Wednesdays starting April 5th. Sign up for a package in the month of April to lock in pricing before rates increase in May! Add yourself to the interest list using the form below.

 

New On-Screen Private Instructor: Andy Clemence

Are you interested in acting for film, TV, or voice-over work? We’re excited to welcome Mr. Andy Clemence to our private instruction faculty to provide guidance to children and adults in this highly marketable skill. In addition to being a film & television actor and voice-over artist, Andy is a skilled teaching artist with specialties in On-Camera coaching, audition preparation, and scene work. Mr. Andy will be in DLC’s private lesson studio on Fridays. Get a couple of sessions on the calendar before the studio officially opens in January.

Take a sneak peek at what pricing will be for Mr. Andy’s On-Screen coachings in January.

​1-Hour Session
 
10-Lesson Packages
 
Drop-In & Trial Lessons
(30 minutes, space permitting)

​$85
 
$825
 
$45

 

Get 2015’s pricing for sessions booked and scheduled through the rest of this year. Any other questions about private instruction at DLC? Ask us in the form below or give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today.

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TYA Fall Title and Auditions Announced (Part 1)

TYA directors announced Senior Company’s Fall/Winter production at last month’s TYA Cabaret and Senior Showcase. Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program has a long-standing history of producing area premieres, and this season’s Hands on a Hardbody is no exception. Past area premieres include shows like High School Musical13, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Carrie, and last season’s First Date. In addition to being the first performing company in the area to produce this title that was nominated for 2013 TONY Awards for Best Original Score, and Best Featured Actor & Actress in a Musical, company members will have the opportunity to explore contemporary musical styles often not found in musical theatre (such as Country Western and Gospel among others).

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The exciting announcements don’t end with the revelation of Hands on a Hardbody, though. Junior Company candidates will learn the production they are slated to produce on September 1st. TYA Junior Company has previously mounted successful productions of SHREK the Musical and The Addams Family. This season’s Winter 2017 title is sure to please as well.

Junior Company students should note that students who are accepted into Fall/Winter session of Junior Company will be unable to do a Drama Learning Center Winter production class. Directors recommend that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes in conjunction with TYA Junior Company’s Winter production and Spring skills-based class to maximize their performance opportunities and skill-building potential.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post when we are able to announce the title on Spetember 1st. Secure your spot on the audition schedule now, though. Spaces are limited, and you’re not going to want to miss out on the incredible productions being produced by both companies of TYA Professional Training Program. Full casting call information can be found on our TYA page. Have you already decided to give TYA a try, but want to polish your material? Consider setting up a couple of audition prep lessons with one of our highly qualified teachers and rock your next audition!