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Michael Karl

Studio Owner + Head Vocal Coach

Buckhead

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Anna Rider

Voice Instructor + Audition Coach

Vinings

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Jessie Brownie

Voice Instructor + Audition Coach

Buckhead

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Jimmy O'Connor

Head Acting + Audition Coach

Kennesaw


Studio Owner | Head Vocal Coach
Michael Karl

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.

Acting | Audition Coach
Jimmy O'Connor
Jimmy O’Connor is an Atlanta native. He is an actor, performer, and educator who works with both children and adults by helping them with techniques and methods that help the actor open up their inner life to the audience, their fellow cast, and themselves.

Jimmy studies Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. On top of his Performance Studies concentration, Jimmy specializes in acting methods by Uta Hagen. Not only is he experienced with contemporary works, but also classical ones such as Shakespeare.

In 2019, he studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Working under renowned actor and theatre director, Donal Courtney, he gained experience with playwrights such as Wilde and Brecht as well as writing and acting solo performance.

In the Fall of 2019, he joined Michael Karl Studio to help further expand the acting program for students ages 11 and older.

Vocal Intructor | Audition Coach
Anna Rider

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.

Vocal Coach| College Audition Coach
Jessie Brownie

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.

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Locations across Georgia: Atlanta | Buckhead | Brookhaven | Sandy Springs | Smyrna 

Michael Karl Studio, an Atlanta-based performance arts studio, is a leading provider of singing lessons, vocal coaching, acting lessons, audition preparation, self-tape coaching, and dance coaching services for adults and children. Rather than using a conventional, “one size fits all” teaching methodology, we create an individualized program for every single student which includes baselining, goal-setting, and problem targeting to create long-term solutions rather than short-term fixes.

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