Acting Training

Ready to start or take your acting to the next level? Prepare for that audition, or deepen your work in the part you have been cast in. Whether it is Shakespeare, or the premiere of a new play, one-on-one coaching is your next step to move forward, if you are serious about getting cast or getting in to that program! Harnessing over 30 years of professional performing experience, Leslie Esser-Reitano’s private acting coaching includes expert guidance in:

Auditioning for Plays and Musicals and Film through:

  • Working on the written word to understand the text and how to analyze a scene.
  • Working on the self to bring your own individual sensitivity and impulses to the material in a compelling and truthful way.

College and University Audition Preparation

  • Finding the school that is the best fit.
  • Selecting the monologues/songs that best showcase you.
  • Preparing the audition and getting in!

Contact Leslie today to discuss private acting training.



A Note from Leslie Esser-Reitano:

The focus of my training as an artist and as a teacher is Evolution. To keep growing. I am an eternal student and that is how I approach my work with training performers. There is no one way or best way to train. The most important thing is that you do it! Methods and systems come in and out of vogue. I draw from them all and have evolved my own approach. The prerequisites for training as an actor are simple:

  • An Open Mind: You are going to be challenged, stretched, pushed and pulled. It will be damn inconvenient at times. You will feel uncertain, nervous and exhilarated. Sometimes all at once. Still with me? Good! Because the joy is in the work. In some ways, you will be more alive as an actor than you ever have been before.
  • Consistency: After the “honeymoon” wears off, how are you going to keep working on your craft? Because just like everything else, you have to practice, practice, practice. Actually, in the theatre, we call it rehearsal, though.
  • Fitness: Physically, from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head, acting demands strength, flexibility and stamina. That also goes for emotionally and mentally. Training involves all of it. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How are you dealing with that break up? I don’t ask because I am nosy, I ask because every experience, every event and morsel of life is what you bring to your work as an actor. It’s not therapy, but it sure is therapeutic.


A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.

Sydney Smith

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