Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New York's Top Acting Teachers, Coaches, Photographers and Managers

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” "Nightshift," "Walk The Prank," and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.
Every year since 2006, Backstage has asked readers to pick their favorite headshot photographers, acting teachers, rehearsal spaces, and other providers of actors' services. Here are the top three in each category, in order of the number of votes received. (Back Stage does not endorse any of those listed below; they are chosen by an impartial online poll.) This list was taken from Backstage Magazine. 

Favorite Headshot Photographer
1. Dennis Kwan
2. Caroline White
3. Douglas Gorenstein

Favorite Dance Studio
1. Broadway Dance Center
2. Steps on Broadway
3. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Favorite Scene Study Teacher
1. James Tripp
2. Maggie Flanigan
3. Jagger Kaye

Favorite Rehearsal Studio

1. Ripley-Grier Studios
2. Simple Studios
3. Shetler Studios & Theatres

Favorite Audition Technique Teacher

1. Jagger Kaye
2. Karen Kohlhaas
3. Andrea Burns

Favorite Cold-Reading Teacher
1. Jagger Kaye
2. Karen Kohlhaas
3. Charlie Sandlan

Favorite On-Camera Teacher

1. Rosalyn Coleman Williams
2. Ron Burrus
3. Jagger Kaye

Favorite Private Acting Coach

1. Jagger Kaye
2. Maggie Flanigan
3. Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Favorite Vocal/Singing Coach

1. Nancy Mayans
2. Alyssa Ciccarello
3. Alithea Phillips

Favorite Voiceover Teacher

1. Diana Lote
2. Roger Becker
3. Andy Roth

Favorite Improv Training Center

1. Upright Citizens Brigade
2. The Peoples Improv Theater
3. Castings Classes Studios

Favorite Acting Class for Kids

1. Castings, Classes-Kids
2. The Performing Option
3. ACTeen

Favorite Litho/Reproduction House

1. Reproductions
2. Modernage
3. Precision Photos

And just in case you were wondering who some of the top Talent Managers in New York are here is my list to get you started with your research.

1. Eric Faber - Faber Talent
2. Cyrena Esposito - Red Letter Entertainment
3. Rachel Maran - MKS&D
4. Cori Gardner - Whole Artist Management
5. Michael Katz - Michael Katz Talent Management
6. Rebecca Atwood - Door 24 Entertainment
7. Sana Hanible - Steinberg Talent
8. Caralie Chrisco - Davis/Spylios Management9. Chris Evans - One Entertainment
10. Achilles Tsakaridis - Prestige Management Group

And a few more really good ones..... Cima Talent Management Inc.

Stay Close and see you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager

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