Voice & Acting Teacher, Coach, and Mentor
Private Sessions & Group Workshops
What is it all about?
Acquiring tools, techniques,
perspectives, and awareness
on a journey of discovery and self-expression
that is creative, ever-evolving, and highly personalized.
Voice & Acting Coach Information
VOICE WORK: A contemporary vocal technique for a healthy, open, supported voice that uses both registers fully—separately and blended together—to be able to sing in all musical styles. A highly individualized vocal process utilizing breathing and support, articulation, physicalizations, and relaxation and release of tension spots.
COACHING: Choice of material (favoring the original and esoteric); text analysis; subtext; character development, actions, and objectives; exercises to release physical, psychological, and emotional blocks. Work with students on songs and monologues as well as on material provided or requested for specific auditions.Click here for a Video on the Approximation of the Voice filmed by Shellen for the American Star Academy.
Click here for Shellen at the piano with coachee Tony Schatz "Schatzie" singing "I Remember It Well."
Shellen's One-Night Work-ShopNext One: Fall 2019
We begin with some voice and movement exercises to get the energy flowing and explore in some new ways. Then each participant has the opportunity to be coached/directed by Shellen on one song or monologue.
These work-shops serve as a valuable stepping stone between working in private and performing for an audience. It increases the variables and the level of risk while maintaining a certain degree of comfort and safety. ($50 if paid in advance; $60 that night.)
What better way to grow as a performer than to collaborate on a
show with a talented and supportive group of artists? This
leads to a group performance in which each person will participate
two group numbers as well as perform two solos. The group
will be at DON'T TELL MAMA, a pre-eminent cabaret and piano bar in
theatre district. Through seven work sessions, a dress rehearsal,
performance, and a post-performance wrap-up session, we work on
identifying who you are as a solo performer, choice of material,
interpretation, vocal and musical arrangements, patter, microphone
technique, performance blocks, and creating a relationship with
audience. ($1,000 TOTAL COST includes show and flyers.)
Acting for SingersThis eight-week workshop is for singers, dancers, and others new to acting techniques who want to explore the soul of acting, including basic acting exercises and theatre games from a wide variety of schools of thought about acting. Although there will be some history and pedagogy as we go, this is mostly fun: an exploration of yourself as an acting instrument, both solo and interacting with others. ($750 TOTAL COST)
|Individual and Group Lessons
Includes voice work, coaching, audition prep, or any private or small group work.
|$120 for 50 minutes|
Ten 50-minute sessions paid in advance for the reduced price of $1000, $100 each session.
| Shellen’s Work-Shop
This one-night “shop” is an opportunity for singers and actors to dig in and “work” for and with each other. Participants vary each time, but the climate and feedback are always supportive and encouraging. Each participant has the opportunity to be coached/directed by Shellen on one song or monologue. These workshops serve as a valuable stepping stone between working in private and performing for an audience. It increases the variables and the level of risk while maintaining a certain degree of comfort and safety.
|$75 ($50 if paid in advance)|
| Cabaret Workshop
This ten-session workshop is for people who love to sing and perform—-with or without professional experience-—who want to work with a supportive group of like people, leading to a group show in which each person will participate in two group numbers as well as perform two solos. The group performance will be at Don’t Tell Mama, a cabaret and piano bar on Restaurant Row in the Broadway theatre district. Over seven work and rehearsal sessions, dress rehearsal, performance, and wrap-up session, we work on identifying who you are as a solo performer, choice of material, song interpretation, vocal and musical arrangements, patter, mike technique, staging, performance blocks, and creating a relationship with the audience.
For the initial custom-designed CD or emailed mp3s of voice warm-ups, the cost is $25.
For each additional CD or mp3s needed: if the material is already on file, the cost is only $10 per recording or set of files. (A great many of Shellen’s basic and extended as well as individually- designed exercises are already on file—and a list of those exercises is available—so that long-term students can custom design recordings for themselves.)
For all piano tracks and any material that needs to be individually recorded, the cost is at the same rate as lesson time.