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Michael Karl is an Atlanta- and New York-based actor who has performed professionally since the age of 10. He has performed in multiple regional productions and has worked for Disney Cruise Line as a mainstage performer. Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as well as a certificate of Vocal Pedagogy from BAST under the tutelage of Lisa Haupert.
In 2016, Michael moved to Atlanta, Georgia to continue his career in TV/Film and the performing arts. Shortly thereafter, he opened up a private, in-home studio for coaching voice, acting, and audition preparation.
As a private voice coach, Michael helps his students with various techniques including accessing a healthy belt, strengthening head-voice and a strong mix, and works with each student to find and discover their true potential as a singer & performer. By incorporating various vocal exercises, coupled with song material selection, Michael works with each student to set goals and is able to address the various issues that every singer comes across.
It is his belief that finding & developing your inner artist, follows a sincere passion for your craft. It is this very passion for which he is driven to develop his students’ voice & acting abilities as they continue to grow.
Jessie Brownie is an Atlanta-based performer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Elon University. Jessie grew up in Houston, Texas where she studied theatre and dance from a young age. She began performing professionally in grade school and began teaching and choreographing full-length musicals at local theatres by the time she was 14 years old. A year later, she made her Off-Broadway debut dance captaining the original musical Kissless. In preparation for college auditions, Jessie studied with the Houston Repertoire Ballet and began audition coaching with Broadway veterans Dave Clemmons and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. After auditioning for 18 schools, she was accepted into one of the top musical theatre programs in the country: Elon University.
While at Elon, Jessie appeared in a variety of roles (Whatsername in American Idiot, Jennyanydots in Cats, and Lizzie in Baby, to name a few). Along with her standard courses, she also took multiple Shakespeare and audition classes, and served as a teaching assistant for Rock the Music Theatre (a class dedicated to performing pop/rock material in auditions). She ended her time at Elon with an eight-week casting director series where she refined her audition techniques with some of the top casting directors and agencies in New York. After graduating, Jessie signed with Heyman Talent Agency and performed a full-year-contract with Dollywood Theme Park.
Jessie’s goal as an audition coach is to provide updated industry insights that will help students attack their auditions with confidence and ease. As a teacher, she hopes to do much of the same while maintaining a strong focus on technique. She believes strongly in balancing passion and play as you work to find the best “you” to bring to each audition.
Anna is an Atlanta and New York based actress who has performed in regional theatres across the country. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belmont University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She’s spent the last two years performing in Colorado, California, and Indiana as well as living and studying in New York City.
Anna has performed with highly acclaimed companies such as Studio Tenn, Thin Air Theatre, Mountain Repertory Theatre, and RWS Productions. She has trained with Broadway professionals such as Lisa Leguillou (Associate Director of Wicked), Rachel Hoffman (casting director at Telsey), and Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay of Wojcik/Seay Casting.
In 2019, Anna moved to Atlanta to join the Michael Karl Studio as a Voice Teacher and to pursue performance opportunities on both stage and screen.
She approaches voice lessons as a collaborative experience between teacher and student. She strives to enable her students to try new things by providing guidance and support in a safe, judgment-free environment. Her goal is to give students the technical tools they need to sing safely, as well as the confidence to express themselves through music.
He has taught acting and musical theater at performing arts high schools in Los Angeles such as CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts (where he also acted as Department Chair of Theater) and the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School. He completed his student teaching at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York. His directing credits include: Rent, Twilight Los Angeles 1992 (CHAMPS Charter HS); Shrek, 13 the Musical, Legally Blonde, Once on This Island (VoiceworksNJ, Georgestreet Theater). He was music director for productions of Next to Normal and Spring Awakening for North Star Academy in Newark, NJ. Aaron was chosen as one of 20 arts educators and administrators in the state of California to serve on the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Frameworks and Evaluation Criteria Committee which revised the framework which will be used by performing arts teachers to create and implement arts curriculum throughout the state. While at NYU, Aaron was TA and Company Manager for Amy Cordileone’s course Acting: Pedagogy, Performance, and Technique. Other teaching experience includes: New York Theater Workshop and Jersey City Children’s Theater.
Aaron is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and has toured and performed in regional houses throughout the US. Credits include: Barefoot in the Park (New London Barn Playhouse); South Pacific (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); Fairytale (NYMF, 45th St Theater, NYC); 12 Irish Tenors (Spirit Productions, UK); White Christmas (Cohoes Music Hall) Pajama Game (CLOC); Joseph and the…Dreamcoat (Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater).
Aaron’s approach is centered on facilitating experiences where the student is empowered to create and express themselves at their fullest potential. His students have gone on to work in national touring productions and gained acceptance to some of the best college programs in the US such as: NYU, Julliard, Rutgers, Marymount Manhattan, and Boston Conservatory among others.
She grew up in the small town of Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from 2 of the top arts schools in the country. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and Elon University (One of the top 5 Musical Theatre schools in the country). She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
She is trained and proficient in many vocal techniques including Classical, Musical Theatre (Kenneth Lee), Belting (April Hill), Vocal Health Maintenance (Leda Scearce & Tara Nixon from Duke Otolaryngology) and her favorite style, Pop/Modern Music! For her Pop Music foundation, she worked with the voice magician Kurt Robinson, who’s students include Arianna Grande, Krystina Alabado, and Eden Espinosa.
Jordan’s specialty genres in Pop vocal styles are Country/Folk, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Rock, Motown, Singer/Songwriter styles, and Riffing (& melismas).
Her background in Acting is rooted in Meisner, Stanislavski, Music Theatre Acting, Improvisation, and Linklater Technique. With professional commercial, film, and stage work under her belt, she is equipped to ground your acting in truth and vulnerability.
It is extremely important to work with people who have diverse industry experience because singing a compelling song and acting a compelling scene is more than just technique! We will work together to polish you into the most excellent well-rounded performer! Jordan is fun and easy-going. There is balanced camaraderie in the lessons, but she will challenge you… pull the best out of you… and make sure that you reach your goals, whatever they are!
While at USI, Craig worked as the head of Student Recruitment for the theatre department. In this role, Craig was responsible for screening students at the biggest undergraduate conventions in the country. Craig was able to use his training to perform in AEA contracts with the New Harmony Theatre, such as Next to Normal (Gabe), Fox on the Fair (Justin), and Picnic (Alan). His favorite collegiate shows also include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Company (Paul), and Spring Awakening (Ernst).
In 2016, Craig attended the Open Jar Institute in New York City and was able to train with artists and casting agents, including James Gray, Joanna Gleason, Michael Cassara, and Bob Cline. Craig ended his time at USI by representing the university, and the KCACTF Region 3, at the Kennedy Center as a National Musical Theatre Finalist. Upon graduation, Craig moved to NYC and immediately started working with theatre companies across the country (Sharon Playhouse, Dollywood Theme Park, and Tweetsie Railroad). Craig is currently performing in the Gemtones, a 5-person, acapella group based at Dollywood Theme Park.
Craig loves the art of the inner monologue and what an individual can bring to the piece they are presenting. He firmly believes that “all singers can sing, not all singers can act”, which incorporates into his teaching methods. With a balance between vocal and acting techniques, Craig encourages his students to focus on what they can bring to a song or monologue, rather than what the industry “wants” them to bring. Craig loves providing up-to-date information on the business as a whole, and learning how he can be the best resource for his student’s on making a memorable, yet honest impression in the arts. He wants to learn just as much from the student as they do from him.