I found myself mid-career and not being able to propel myself into the next level of the business.  My audition skills were mediocre and my career had stalled.  I started working with Meryl with the hope that I could get a shot of motivation and sharpen my approach to auditions.  After working with Meryl, not only am I getting more auditions and I am booking more – on the stage and on-camera.  I credit my private coaching directly to getting into a “bucket-list” theater and dream production.  I recommend both workshops and private coaching to any level of actor who feels their work and/or career has stalled, anyone who might need help strategizing to the next level.  Her advice and expertise is invaluable to any performer.  The best take-away I have from my work with Meryl is the empowerment to be myself in all aspects of business.  Showing my true, authentic self in auditions, performances and meetings really helped me turn the corner on my career – and it’s growing in leaps and bounds. 

Laura Jane Bailey

Meryl is simply THE BEST audition coach. She guides you through defining your audition goals, choosing material that suits you to a tee, then working with you through very specific text, meaning, voice & movement work. With Meryl’s signature warmth and humor, she guides you to fearless, fabulous performances! If you need an audition coach, Meryl should be your only choice. And, if you need MORE…Meryl’s guidance as a business coach is equally invaluable, as she gains insight into your particular business needs, she mentors and suggests actions that give you clarity and focus, and, if you follow, you will succeed. I – beyond “highly” – recommend Meryl if you wish to take your acting business to the next level of success.

Terry Bamberger

I recently had an opportunity to work with Meryl for a few sessions. I was extremely hesitant at first as my focus is on-camera, and hers is theater.  I jumped in anyway, and I’m so glad I did; Meryl blew me away.  My first session with her was audition prep for an actual audition I had later that day.  In 30 minutes, Meryl had me so prepared and sure of my choices, that it turned out to be one of the best audition experiences I’ve ever had. It’s true that preparedness calms the nerves!  In another session with Meryl, I cold read several monologues that Meryl pulled from her massive arsenal.  Her ability to quickly pull ‘just right’ monologues for me, as well as for the others in my workshop, was uncanny.  What an incredible resource Meryl would be for any actor.  I can’t recommend her highly enough!

Heather Hiatt

The tools we applied in Meryl’s classes were practical and efficient.  I learned to define my strengths, examine my choices, and focus on making some small behavioral shifts.  I learned to trust my instincts and pick audition pieces that showcased my strengths instead of trying to figure out what somebody else wanted.  I gained confidence and started making decisions from my gut, and an unexpected bonus was that I lost the need for the protective armor of extra pounds.  Subsequent instruction on posture and inner corset work made me feel two inches taller, which brought an energized physicality to my work that was reflected in the power of my Mrs. Warren audition piece.  After several months of working with Meryl, my auditions suddenly went from callbacks to castings!

If you have good acting chops, then the impact of Meryl’s coaching is like applying a new layer of polish that makes you shine! 

As I navigate the competitive audition landscape in the Bay Area, I will continue to use Meryl’s coaching expertise as a North Star, always guiding me safely home.  The jewel that I learned from Meryl is to simply do your best and then let go, let go, let go.

Post script, 2 years later: I’m still using two of the monologues that we worked on in class in 2013! And just to show you how right they are for me they got me cast in five shows in three different theaters in 2015 and now I’m in rehearsal for my first one in 2016!

Jackie Blue

I came to Meryl to help me prepare 2 classical speeches for a callback.  Her warmth and friendliness made me feel comfortable right away which helped me feel free and relaxed in the work.  Her extensive knowledge of the plays and pieces I was doing was super helpful in giving me fresh insight into both pieces.  She drove me to take the most active approaches to the pieces.  And the best part is…I ended up booking the job!  Thanks meryl!

Michelle Drexler

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