coaching

As Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater, and a professional director for over 25 years, I have had thousands of singers and actors audition for me, and have observed the traps and habits that held them back and kept them from booking the job.

My work releases the performer’s natural energy and creativity, while providing a framework that promotes focus and maximizes the presence of the actor, deepening their connection to the material. I am also available for consultation regarding monologue and song choice, as well as cold reading skills.

Skype Coaching Session -- $100/hour

In-Person Coaching Session -- $140/hour

 

coaching testimonials

"Will manages to dependably elicit stunning performances from actors and singers that feel spontaneous, yet deeply felt, and are beautifully structured, yet surprising. Will has conducted audition workshops for our theater, and always finds supportive ways to unlock the creative potential in actors and singers in a way that is transformative. He has an enviable ability to diagnose and solve actor problems as well as consult on material."

– Scott Schwartz, Stage Director and Artistic Director, Bay Street Theater

 

"During my first session with Will Pomerantz, I found myself on doing things I never thought I could do -- within literally minutes, without even realizing it, I had gone from singing frozen in place to living in the world of the song and working physically without a shred of self-consciousness. I genuinely don't know how he did it – the debilitating self- consciousness that had plagued me for years was gone in minutes."

– Cecilia Ticktin, Singer Actor

Click here for the full testimonial I had the pleasure of working with Will for the first time this past fall, when he helped me stage four songs for my performance application to The Lotte Lenya Competition, a distinguished singing prize. I am a confident singer, but when it comes to acting, and “owning” space on a big stage, I have always been extremely nervous and uncomfortable. Because I had never found the right acting coach, I never was able to address these insecurities in my performance technique.

In past applications to this competition, I had presented sets that showed me mostly standing still, frozen center stage, focusing all of my energy on hitting high notes, terrified to move around and feeling very unsure of what to do with my arms. During my first session with Will, I found myself on doing things I never thought I could do -- within literally minutes, without even realizing it, I had gone from singing frozen in place to living in the world of the song and working physically without a shred of self-consciousness. I genuinely don't know how he did it – the debilitating self- consciousness that had plagued me for years was gone in minutes.

I wish I could say what's different about Will from the directors and coaches I have worked with in the past - but it's hard to define. He is intrinsically supportive and encouraging, and yet no critiques or evaluations go unsaid. He is extraordinarily efficient, which is also important, but takes time to address every necessary detail.

The most notable aspect of working with him was that I left every single session bubbling with joy, smiling the whole way home - I was just having so much fun. Free of anxieties, comfortable in a safe acting space, and seeing that my performance was so obviously better with each session, I just derived so much joy from the experience.

I'm incredibly grateful to Will for the sessions of play and betterment, and I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for some coaching to expand their work or just become better at auditioning.

– Cecelia Ticktin, Singer-actor

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