Deep empathy, a sense of humor and a life-long study of human behavior are probably the biggest tools in my coach toolbox. Scratch that—they’re the biggest tools in my life toolbox. They seamlessly feed me as an artist, teacher, coach, mentor, friend and human being.
Those skills allow me to recognize your strengths, identify your personal and creative blocks and guide you to a more authentic experience. I know what you need to get out of your head, embrace your journey and enjoy every acting opportunity you get.
My goal is to always create a safe, fun space so you can truly evolve as an artist. Also, I’ve been known to do an awkward happy dance when students discover deeper layers to their craft.
Whether I’m teaching or coaching privately, I explore, improvise, imagine, listen, encourage, support, create, laugh and get right down there in the dirty dirt with you. It’s all play time to me.
Then…and its impact on now.
While I majored in psychology (and minored in theater) a million years ago, my fascination with human behavior didn’t stop with my B.A. (Notice that’s a Bachelor of Arts – even psychology is an art.) I devour TED Talks and psych books and am constantly annoying my friends with the new stuff I’ve learned about the human brain. (Did you know that doodling actually allows you to retain more information than NOT doodling? Please feel free to doodle in my class.)
Since 1991, I’ve taught acting and improvisation throughout New York and Los Angeles to artists from 7 to 70. Just prior to joining the Margie Haber Studio, I co-created and taught an arts program focused on empowering students through drama and improv games.
Over 20+ years as an actress means I understand everything you’re going through: the love of it, the frustration, the exhilaration, the fear, and the joy – every part of the journey. It also means that as your coach, I know how to get you past your nerves and into your talent.
Coaching is a creative collaboration; I don’t take credit for these artists’ success. Anyone who has booked a job or agent after coaching with me did so because they worked hard, were emotionally open and asked for my guidance in developing an authentic experience for their character.
So, no, I don’t take credit. But I do heartily applaud the actors who have booked! A few examples:
Leads/Series Regulars: Netflix’s “Hollywood,” Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever,” Apple TV’s “Little Voices,” Netflix’s “Wu Assassins,” SyFy’s “Z Nation,” “The Chronicles Of Jessica Wu,” “T@gged,” “Zac & Mia,” “The Kicks,” “The Inspectors” (Emmy nominated lead), “Untitled Jessica Gao Project,” SyFy’s “Megalodon”
Recurring/Supporting/Guest Stars: “How To Get Away With Murder,” “The Good Place,” “Silicon Valley,” “FBI,” “The Ranch,” “S.W.A.T.” “The Neighborhood,” “Proven Innocent,” “Lucifer,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Outpost,” “The Boys In The Band,” “The Haves and The Have Nots,” “Quantico,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Patriot’s Day,” “Only The Brave,” “Goat,” “Assassination Nation,” “Doom Patrol”
Co-Stars: “Westworld,” “This Is Us,” “The Morning Show,” “The Affair,” “Speechless,” “Ray Donovan,” “Shazam,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” “Parks & Rec,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
[Insert awkward happy dance here.]