testimonials


I’ve been working with Stephen for almost a year now. His extensive experience shines through during every lesson. In the time that I’ve worked with him, I’ve booked many student films and independent projects. Stephen helps me with a wide variety of things each and every lesson, including:

Monologues - It is so important to have great monologues ready for agents, managers, and auditions. Stephen has helped me work on several monologues that range from dramatic to comedic and we even work on Shakespeare.

- emma waters

- emma waters

On Camera Technique - If you are interested in film and television, I advise you to work with Stephen either online or in person. With his tips and tricks, we have recorded self-tapes for my auditions and I’ve landed two major roles: an independent short film and an independent feature film!

character Analysis - Through heavy script analysis and improvisation techniques, Stephen helps me develop and understand my characters, their motivations, and their feelings. These are all important in booking the role.

Voice - I’ve learned that vocal exercises and warm ups are not only important for singers but for actors as well. Stephen and I work on building my voice from the ground up.

Business and Branding - Stephen has been in the industry for many years and offers great advice on how to approach the business side of things. From choosing headshots and reel footage to practicing audition technique for agents, he knows it all. Stephen can help you build a brand and offer advice on how to enhance it.

Investing in yourself is the first step to success. I highly encourage anyone that is interested to give TIYA a shot - you won’t be disappointed.

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I started out primarily as a dancer and Stephen has been my personal trainer for my voice for the past 2 years. Thanks to him I have booked West Side Story and Evita on Broadway! I would highly recommend his TIYA lessons and online course.

-KRISTINE COVILLO

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“I have had the pleasure of playing Gloria Fajardo in On Your Feet on Broadway, Rosalia in West Side Story on Broadway, and also Christina in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Broadway. I was able to apply my lessons with Stephen directly to being on stage in front of 1,500 people. I would highly recommend Stephen's TIYA lessons and "Sing Like You've Always Imagined."

-JENNIFER SANCHEZ

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-Alexis Guarneros

-Alexis Guarneros

Getting to study under Stephen has exceeded my expectations. Not only does he know exactly what he is doing, he definitely takes your artistry to the next level. He is also challenging yet very supportive when he is training you in order for you to overcome your own boundaries. He is that kind of coach who really cares about helping people achieve their dreams. In my experience, not only he has helped me evolve tremendously a songwriter in a very short period of time but he is also helping me produce my first song and teaming up with me to make my vision a reality. I would definitely encourage anyone to give him a shot because it is definitely worth it. 

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"Stephen is an extremely talented, hardworking, and gifted performer and teacher. His passion, knowledge, and attention to detail show through in every TIYA session. Whether we are working on building my voice, exploring a monologue, or discussing career strategy, Stephen has worked diligently over many years to hone his craft both in singing and acting and he generously passes on his expertise to all of his TIYA clients."

-DAVID BRICKMAN

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-amy wilson

-amy wilson

Even before our first session, Stephen reached out and asked me what my goals were and what I wanted to focus on.
My main goal was to get a manager and start auditioning more regularly and with more confidence.
On my second session with him I had a meeting set up with a talent manager. 
The preparation I did with him before my meeting made me feel so confident. I was able to walk into that meeting knowing exactly what I wanted to say and more importantly, what not to say.
An hour and a half into the meeting, I was signed and had a manager!
I was shocked that I had reached my goal so quickly. I learned when you take action to better yourself and your craft, good things will come to you. I would highly recommend Stephen's Show-biz consultations and acting training. 

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-Lawrence Street

-Lawrence Street

When I began working with Stephen I was stuck in a rut of singing big and loud. Stephen's TIYA approach helped me realize the difference between working hard and working smart. His vocal technique allowed me to find more consistency in my upper range and unlocked my ability to use different dynamics and vocal colors throughout my voice. Now I am booking and getting callbacks for very interesting roles because I am more complete singer/actor."

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I had just come off the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast and was having some vocal fatigue and stress issues. Stephen quickly changed all of that teaching me how to release my voice, be in my body and thanks to him, I am now performing at the Kennedy Center. I highly recommend Stephen's TIYA training.

-LARS HAGLUND

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- ZHUOWEN (Ben) ZHANG

-ZHUOWEN (Ben) ZHANG

Stephen is a very competent instructor. I came to him as a non-native English speaker trying to improve the quality of my speaking voice, and together we worked out a plan that combined vocal training with acting exercises. I had the problem of speaking in monotones and straining my throat when talking for a long time, but through the vocal training I expanded my vocal range so that I was able to speak with sharper inflection and greater ease. Through the acting scenes I was able to get a handle on what people go through as they talk in real life, and this made my prose and thoughts more fluid when talking to native speakers. Stephen and I met on Skype once a week for six months. He was the best among the half-dozen instructors I shopped for so I feel very fortunate to have met him. I would recommend him to those hoping to work on their delivery of everyday dialogue. 

 
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Stephen helped me book my first lead role of Val in A Chorus Line! He is an amazing vocal trainer and acting coach. I highly recommend his online course, "Sing Like You've Always Imagined," and his TIYA sessions.

-LAUREN BRATTON-KEARNS

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Stephen has been training my voice over 2 years now via Skype lessons from Budapest, Paris, and L.A. Thanks to him I booked my first a cappella group. I have seen and continue to see immense improvement in my voice and my songwriting, which we explore weekly. I believe he is the best at what he does and he is a true professional. I would definitely recommend his TIYA feedback, and online course.

-ISTI URBAN

 
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