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!

Adult Musical Theatre Returns!

Back by Popular Demand!

Our adult musical theatre students had a great time this past Fall learning singing, dancing, and acting skills from acclaimed singer, actor, and educator Janine Sunday. Class is about to start again, and it’s not too late for you to join! Students ages 18 and over will be able to learn new skills and hone the ones that they already have in this low-pressure class tailored to the interest and tastes of the class. Share what you learn in a final showcase for family and friends at the end of the session. Here are the things you definitely need to know about Adult Musical Theatre:

  • Class Dates: March 11 – May 13 (No class 4/8 and 4/15)
  • Class Time: Saturdays, 3:30-5pm
  • Ages: 18 and up
  • Tuition: $185

We hope to see you there!

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New Site and Ticketing System

We’re excited to launch our new website and ticketing and registration system today. Transitioning to a new system and website over the past year has come with a lot– both positive and challenging. At the heart of any administrative changes that we make here at Drama Learning Center, however, is our desire to more efficiently and effectively serve the families who spend their time and talents here so that more of our resources can go towards providing quality arts education to our students. We are pleased to begin a new partnership with Arts People: a ticketing and registration system for performing arts organizations. Our new partnership with AP brings to a close our relationship with our previous ticketing vendor. While there will be a new look to ticketing and registration (including a new layer of security for student registration), a lot will stay the same. We are confident that the things that are changing will help us to better serve you while also improving your patron experience. Over the next several weeks, we will release some blog tutorials to help you get the most out of this new system. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding ticketing or registration, please do not hesitate to call us at 410-997-9352 for troubleshooting. And, of course, mark your calendars for January 1st when we open registration for Spring and Summer 2016. It’s an exciting time at Drama Learning Center, and we’re thrilled that you’re here to share it with us!