Private Coaching

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Private Coaching offers one-on-one acting instruction
to discover and/or define your technique

Whether you want short-term coaching or long-term private instruction, our coaches can
work at your pace and provide the personal care and guidance to bring your acting to a new level.


Gabrielle is an award-winning writer, casting director, and producer, as well as the owner of Michael Howard Studios. Gabrielle has coached actors at the Studio since 2007, with a focus on on-camera acting that leverages her years of experience in film, television, and commercials. From Sony to Sundance, NBC to Netflix, Gabrielle has worked with actors at every major studio and network, and she imparts that insider insight into each of her acting clients.

Gabrielle has helped guide hundreds of actors at the Studio to careers in theater, film, and television. Just a few of those productions include Hamilton, Wicked, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Succession, West Side Story, Homeland, The Blacklist, Billy Elliot, Billions, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Funny Girl, The Americans, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Aladdin, Cobra Kai, Person of Interest, New Amsterdam, Black Adam, Gotham, FBI, and dozens of other plays, musicals, movies, shows and national commercials.

In-person and Zoom Coaching available.


Michael Colby Jones is the Managing Studio Director at Michael Howard Studios, where he studied with Michael Howard "himself," and has been teaching since 2016.  At MHS, MCJ coaches privately, and maintains a continuing Professional Scene Study Class.  MCJ is the former Program Head of BFA Acting at Brooklyn College, where he taught for 12 years.  He has also taught at Ithaca College, NYU, and LIU in their professional actor training BFA and MFA programs.  MCJ's coaching clients and students have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at major regional theaters, in films, and on television shows such as Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, Atlanta, SWAT, and Orange Is the New Black.  MCJ is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

In-person and Zoom Coaching available.


Cady McClain is a three-time Emmy© award-winning actress who began her professional acting career at the age of nine years old, working with respected directors Herbert Ross, Richard Benjamin, Marvin Chomsky, and John Erman. McClain won Emmy© Awards for her roles on All My Children, As the World Turns, and Days of Our Lives. According to Deadline, she has made history as the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy© for three different characters on three different daytime series.  Studio films include My Favorite Year (opposite Peter O'Toole, directed by Richard Benjamin) and Pennies From Heaven (opposite Bernadette Peters, directed by Herb Ross).  McClain brings all of her skills and shares them with her coaching clients on the material they need help with, and brings the best out of them.

In-person and Zoom Coaching available.


Angela is an award-winning actress with years of experience, all of which she brings to her one-on-one coaching sessions. She has performed in hundreds of theater, film and television projects, which have won Obie & Drama Desk Awards (Alice In Wonderland), Sundance Grand Jury Award (Welcome to the Dollhouse) and Academy Awards (Goodfellas).  Angela bring more to the coaching than technique, she bring years of industry knowledge.

In-person and Zoom Coaching available.


Howard is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director.  The founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre, which has thrived for more than 25 years showcasing new plays and revivals.  He has run his acting classes for many years, and brings a warm communication and open style of coaching to the session, making the actor's choices ring true.

In-person and Zoom Coaching available.