I teach too!
My work is person-first, with a special focus towards building confidence and empowerment in my students!
I specialize in Classical Work, Voice for the Actor, Styles (specifically Chekhov, Brecht, Greek, Comedy of Manners, and American Realism), Contemporary Acting, Audition Technique, and Shakespeare.
How we do things here
I believe wholeheartedly in letting language and the uniqueness of our own voice guide each student to their steps.
Speaking and using our voice can feel vulnerable and so very frightening, which is exactly why it is the most powerful thing we can do. And to do that, we must get comfortable with making mistakes.
I encourage my students to fail:
Fail in frost and in flames.
Fail exquisitely and courageously.
As a student myself, I remember feeling frozen by "getting it wrong." This prevented me from finding my own voice as an artist until much, much later.
This is not something I want for the people I teach.
I don't believe in "rights" and "wrongs" in the way of things, educationally. I only believe in finding new tools for each student to keep in their toolkit.
If we trust our voice as an artist, we trust our place. Every word, every act of communication in our theatrical work has its own perfectly balanced weight, exactly calibrated in the story just as each human in this world is.
Finding the courage to use our voices, both in the context of the story being told as well as in our lives is immensely powerful.
We cannot sound our own depths until at first we speak.
Using our voice is one of the most powerful and vulnerable things we can do.
Let's find yours together.
"Every time I work with Hannah, I emerge feeling enabled, empowered, and inspired. She has a way of guiding you to find your own strengths, prompting you to explore your work in a new way, and then patiently waiting and listening as you make new discoveries. In her presence, I feel seen, heard, and fully capable of what I aspire to do. Her spirit is admirable, she exudes a sense of joy in her work, and there is an undying, genuine kindness in everything that she does. She is the ultimate encourager, and I look up to her in countless ways. "
Mia, university student
"Hannah was the person who encouraged me to find my self confidence and improve upon it. She gave me a chance when I didn't think I deserved it, and she showed me to have self-confidence, which really helped improve my outlook towards things and my self-image. I was a lot happier with my life because of her. Hannah exudes compassion and focus, and she consistently produces tremendous and moving work. She is one of my biggest role models, and she inspires me every day. I cannot wait to continue working with her later on! "
Amelia, high school student
"Hannah is truly one of the most invested, kind, and supportive people I have ever gotten the honor of working with. Her dedication not only to the story she is telling, but to the individuals around her is astounding, and shouldn’t go without recognition. She is the kind of person who makes you want to better yourself in your craft, and as a person. The environment Hannah creates is one that you definitely want to surround yourself in. It is the perfect mix of professional and fun. She does an amazing job at capturing a room's attention, and getting you to follow her direction, while also encouraging vulnerability, and softness. As a student, Hannah has been hands down one of my favorite teachers. While working with her, she has been a real rock in my life, and has helped open doors I never thought were possible for me. She has been a shoulder to lean on in my times of need, and the biggest cheerleader during my victories.
Hannah is a champion, who makes champions. She takes time to make sure her students know exactly what she is talking about, and uses many tactics to make sure everyone is able to follow along clearly. No student is ever left behind, or out, but always encouraged to bring their creativity and collaboration to the project. My experience with Hannah has been beyond compare, and I feel so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to learn from her."
Savannah, high school student
She inspires happiness and joy in the workplace, while still making it a place of work. Hannah makes a place for people to create alongside her and generate a story told by every member of the cast. She can give direction where it is needed, and notes when she sees something that needs to be changed or fixed, and is always ready to tell us that it doesn't mean that we're bad actors. She is ready and willing to have difficult conversations with the cast and will make sure that each person knows the story that is trying to be told, or when something unpredictable happens that rocks the foundation that had been made. Hannah is ready for anything that comes her way, and will make plans accordingly to make sure that should something happen, it is covered."
Pollox, high school student