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* Monologue/Audition Coaching *
* Creating Your Own Monologue *
* Acting Career Consultations *
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Endorsements - Monologue/Audition Coaching

Well Glenn, you were right! I booked the role on the  HBO pilot and now have meetings with Gersch AND Innovative for representation. Thank you for your help. I really couldn't have gotten through this with out you, buddy.
I look forward to working with you again SOON!

- Rich Mandelsohn

Glenn, I got accepted into The American Academy of Dramatics Arts!! We did it- thank you THANK YOU!

- Jorge Figueroa

Glenn, you were so right, I booked both movies, both of them! We’re going to have to move out to LA for at least a month to do the shoot.

The agent’s audition went just as well. They loved the monologues, they said they were just right for me. I have meetings next week with two of the agents  and another meeting in January with Gersch. Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming! Thank you, thank, you THANK YOU!

- Elinor Kenner

The audition was awesome. There was no problem with the monologues and the interview. Everything was a lot better than expected. I was so well prepared, thanks to you.

And---
Yes, I got accepted in The American Academy of Dramatics Arts!!!
Thanks for all,

- Jorge Figueroa

Nicky got into NYU Tisch School of the Arts!! This is after getting into the Terry Schrieber Acting Conservatory.  Thank you for always being there for him. He’s looking forward to his next session.

- Dr. Reema Maindiratta

My Dear Teacher, Mentor and Coach,

Because of you I GOT INTO  JUILLIARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes,  JUILLIARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never thought I had the chops, talent and nerve. But ith your support and encouragement during our sessions I got to now fulfill my dream. God bless you. I'll be in touch. I want to start working on new monologues for auditions. I still have  a few months until I start and I want to see if I can book a job or two.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

- Francine

"Glenn, this is just a note to share with you how immediately your presence is felt.  You impacted my understanding(s) of the industry, the material and most importantly, myself; at a time when I needed it most.  When I met you I had just arrived in New York. Through your patience, your insights, experience, talent, spirituality, humanity and love you make it possible for me to see and understand that I can do this!  Thank you for that Glenn.  Your books for me are a constant source of support, information and possibility!!!

Thanks to you, I've finally gotten to a place where I hear, understand and comprehend.  To that end, I wanted you to be one of the first to know that I auditioned at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Thank you so much Glenn.  You have given me more than mere words could ever really articulate.  I do believe the universe puts the things in place that we need when we most need them and our responsibility is to be receptive and open enough to benefit.  You may not see me or hear from me very often, but do know that you are always in my thoughts and I will forever cherish the foundation you provided for me to build on."

- Furaha Moye

“I wanted to thank you for all of your guidance, talent, and expertise in helping me prepare for my audition this past Monday. The audition went very well! I was very proud. The monologue was great! It felt really good, and I got laughs at the end! Success! A friend of mine auditioning after me heard them laugh and mentioned it, saying he could hear them from backstage. There were about 30 theaters/companies there! It was a great experience and I am very happy I did it. Thanks so much for everything, and I will be in touch with you soon to set up another meeting to work in the next couple of weeks.”

- All the best, Elizabeth Doyle

"We were thrilled with Glenn's talent, style and ability to get to the 'heart' of the work with students. He has the knack for cutting through the walls. I recommend Glenn Alterman highly!"

- Steve J. Earle, Chairman, Dept. of Theater, Governor's School For the Arts (Old Dominion Univ.)

"In the last weeks before my Early Decision audition, I contacted Glenn for phone consultations. He immediately found two perfect monologues that were appropriate for both my acting style and age. I was amazed at the depth in which he was able to work with me over the phone. With his help and suggestions, I was able to evoke emotions that I might never have discovered in the monologues otherwise. Glenn also greatly helpd prepare me for the audition itself. I am proud to say that I am now attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University as an Early Decision student thanks to Glenn."

- Molly McCoy, presently a theater student at NYU

"Thanks for all your help in getting me ready for the auditions. I know I would not have gotten into BOTH The School For Film and Television and AMDA without your help and guidance."

- Colin C. McDonald

"It was two weeks before my audition for the Drama Department at NYU, and I was terrified. I had two monologues prepared from a couple years ago, but I didn't think they could get me in. I spent countless hours looking for new ones. When someone recommended me to Glenn, I was thrilled. And when I met with him for the first time, I knew I had found the right guy. Glenn and I met four times before my audition. He gave me a bunch of really great, vibrant monologues, that suited me perfectly. We worked to make each piece real for me and exciting for the audience. We also went over the specifics of the audition process. He made me feel comfortable about my entire presentation. I walked into the audition confident and prepared. I'm looking forward to starting at NYU this fall as a Drama major. Thanks, Glenn!"

- Juliet Margulis

"Glenn Alterman is an intuitive and very supportive teacher.  He can be of great help to any actor who is serious about finding and developing new material for auditions.  I highly recommend him!"

- Joseph Chaikin, Director, Writer, Actor

"Glenn, you kept our students totally engaged!  You really provided this motivated group with  masterful tips and ideas as well as individualized instruction that they will have the privilege to carry with them throughout their young and promising careers. The kids loved you.  We'd be happy to have you back any time that your schedule allows!"

- Jennifer Johns, Master Class Program Director, Broadway Artists Alliance

"Ö You have inspired me over and over. There are not many people I can say that have helped me to make my own dreams come true. Your amazing work has been part of my life for so many years not only as an actor, but as a teacher, and has spilled over to my students. You are proof that good can come out of living your passion and how it trickles down to others."

- Laurie Ann Davis, Star Map Acting School, Author of "Finally...Monologues That Work for ages 4-18"

"I started coaching sessions with Glenn first semester of my freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College. Within months, he helped prepare me for, and finally receive acceptancance into their Theatre Department. With Glenn's terrifiic coaching I also got into the 2-year conservatory program for The School for Film and Television! It is because of Glenn that Iíve learned to become confident and comfortable with myself as an actress and learn that my aspirations are achievable. There is only one downfall in studying with Glenn- once youíve accomplished what youíve wanted youíre done! I find yourself missing his weekly instruction. Thank you Glenn for believing in me and being simply wonderful!"

- Heather Wagner

"I was out in LA and I landed a day player role in RUNNING WITH SCISSORS!  out in 2006.  I play 'Michael', one of Dr. Finch's patients.  Thank you for the monologue coaching.  It NO DOUBT contributed to me winning the role and feeling more comfortable at the audition.  Thank you."

- Dennis Hurley

"This is Lynn Tune, we worked together in January and February and you helped me tremendously to prepare my audition for AMDA. I just wanted to let you know that I got in, so you can add another accepted student to your list ;) Thank you again!"

- Lynn Tune

"The work I did with you has helped me tremendously and I am in Wynn Handman's class now and loving it! (thanks to the monologue you gave me!!)."

- Heather Aldridge

"Glenn is a terrific coach.  He finds monologues that are interesting, unique, and allow the actor to shine.  With his help and guidance I was accepted to LAMDA (London Academy of Music Dramatic Arts).  They told me right there at the audition that I was accepted."

- Spencer Westergaard

"I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful monologues.  Thank you also for taking away the mystery of getting started in the business in Manhattan.  Thank you for being such a great mentor.  I wish I could come to your studio every week indefinitely.  Thank you Glenn, for everything."

- Furaha Moye

"I just wanted to let you know that the audition for the School for Film and Television went really well.  They called yesterday to tell me that I got in, so I'm very excited.  Thanks again for all your coaching and help."

- Vincent Bozek

"I just wanted to thank you again for the sessions we had.  Iíve debuted two of the three monologues and theyíve gotten terrific response!  The auditioners actually audibly laughed.  Thanks for helping me find monologues that were such a good fit.Ē

- Amy  Hutchins

"I've been a big fan of Glenn Alterman's for many years.  As an actor/acting teacher I have used his monologues for performances/auditions for myself and all my students.  My students have become just as addicted to Mr. Alterman's work as I have!"

"Recently it was an honor for me and my students to have Glenn Alterman come to my acting studio on Long Island to discuss 'Everything You Need to Know about Monologues.'  He also worked individually with each student and gave them workable tips to help them make the pieces they choose more effective.  It's been several weeks since we met with Mr. Alterman and my students and I can't stop talking about him and what he had to say."

"It is a pleasure to be in Glenn Alterman's presence.  He is warm and funny and makes you feel comfortable, as if you have known him for many years.  His knowledge and experience are priceless and we love his monologues and are grateful for his new book, 'An Actor's Guide: Making it in New York City.'  We can't wait to have him back."

- Laurie Ann Davies, Author of "Finally...Monologues That Work for ages 4-18," Star Map Acting Studio, Hicksville, Long Island

"I just wanted to thank you for the coaching session in preparation for the URTA (University Resident Theatre Association) MAP (Master Audition Program).  I passed the screening audition and went on to the finals.  After the finals I received a call from New York Theatre Works to schedule an interview.  Thanks again and I'll be in touch."

- Mark Sage Hamilton

"The monologue really worked at the L.A. auditions!  I got a terrific response from many of the agents and casting directors.  I'm signing with a manager I met out there and moving to L.A. in the next month or so.  Thank you for all your help - I really mean it!"

- Frederick Thenault, actor

"Primarily due to your help and brilliant insights and coaching, I won the role of the priest in the film "Midnight Mass". Thank you VERY MUCH!"

- Marvin Schwartz, actor

"Thank you so much for your help in preparing me for the auditions.  With your help I discovered that I have a dramatic side to my acting ability and I will take advantage of it.  I've been accepted to Stella Adler and Caps 21 for their summer programs.  Thanks again!

- Diana Henenberg, actor

"Glenn, I got the part on ďMalcomís InjusticeĒ primarily due to your terrific coaching.  As youíll recall, when I got the sides, I didnít have a clue. You took me right to the core of the material.  Iíll always appreciate your insights and help.  Thanks."

- Harry Gaines, star of Malcomís Injustice

Glenn is "....a prince among men"

- Richard Southern, School For Television and Film

"I got calls from several of the theaters at the Philadelphia auditions.  Couldn't have done it without you!  Let's set up another session as soon as possible."

- Susan Moses, actor

"I just wanted to thank you for adding me to your student list.  I can already feel that your coaching has taken me to a much higher level of ability than I could have ever hoped for.  Basically -- I think YOU ROCK!"

- Nichole Antonelli

"I would like to thank you for a wonderful meeting today. I found your mannerisms to be very friendly, professional and courteous. You create a very comfortable atmosphere for the newcomer. I learned a great deal from speaking with you and am greatly looking forward to continuing our work and attaining the skills and knowledge that you provide."

- James Anton

"Glenn, thanks for all your help...I really mean that.  You have given me a lot of confidence."

- Anthea Hatzimihalis

"Thank you so much for those terrific monologues.  From the first read, I knew that they were exactly what I was looking for.  Iíd been knocking myself out for three months trying to find material for the fall auditions. Now thanks to you, Iíve got a bunch."

- Bonnie Stapleton

"Not only did you help find the most right on material for me, but your coaching gave me everything I needed to make them fly.  Iíve been getting call backs left and right.  And I think I booked my first regional theater gig. Thanks a lot Glenn, I mean it."

- Gary Rosen

"I blew them away!  It was incredible!  There was no way I could have done it without you.  I'm going to recommend you to everybody!  Thanks for everything!"

- Dan Wells, actor

"I just wanted to thank you - for being so kind and generous - not only with your knowledge but with your compassion.  You really opened me up to the idea of intention and focus in a way that has permeated all my actions and movements in my life - and not only 'the craft'.  Thank you so much!"

- Yasmine Kazi

"I consulted with you regarding my one-woman show, "Where Have All the Girdles Gone?"  Thank you for your help.  Well, it's completed, Glenn, and I performed a staged reading of it last Monday and it was fabulous.  What a delightful romp!"

- Donna Del Bueno

"I want to thank you for working with me on monologues.  Your assistance and advice was GOLDEN.  Since then, I booked two plays.  I wanted you to know, though, that I used the monologue that you recommended for the audition and I guess they liked it.  So thank you, thank you, thank you for that!  I am so grateful."

- Jodi Renee Redmond

"Thank you so much for your guidance, advice, insider tips, and your honesty!"

- Stella Inserra

"Just wanted to let you know that I got into the summer program and I want to thank you so much for all your help.  See you again soon."

- Mike Kaplan

"I got 3 callbacks yesterday, and I was very happy!  I felt good about my monologue, and I think it definitely showed.  Thanks so much!"

- Alex Gushin

"Thank you so much for working with me and helping me jump back into the acting game.  I have been working on the monologues, polishing them to the best of my ability.  Your books are amazing, and have become a constant source of knowledge.  I read and re-read each page!"

- Bobby Holder

"I received a good compliment that my audition was the best work they had seen performed by me.  This to me was progress.  Thank you.  That comment about my audition is in large part thanks to you.  The sessions really helped."

- James Kozmoski

"Thanks for all your great help, insight -- and good advice.  The piece you recommended is a great comedic monologue, one that I really love doing, which is a great find"

- Christopher Currie

" I wanted to thank you for all of your guidance, talent, and expertise in helping me prepare for my audition this past Monday. The audition went very well! I was very proud. The monologue was great! It felt really good, and I got laughs at the end! Success! A friend of mine auditioning after me heard them laugh and mentioned it, saying he could hear them from backstage.  Overall, it was a great experience and I am very happy I did it. I now have a 90 second set, and a successful monologue! Thanks so much for everything, and I will be in touch with you soon to set up another meeting to work in the next couple of weeks!"

- Elizabeth Doyle

Endorsements - Creating Your Own Monologue

"This past spring Glenn moderated a discussion on writing your own monologue play at The Dramatist Guild. Glenn provided our members with an easily understandable set of tools of how to begin writing and organizing their monologues and monologue plays. He also shared his personal insight into the selection process for getting oneís monologues published and produced."

"Glennís seminar was a highly attended and successful event, filled with information that was easily accessible and ready to be put into practice by our membership."

- Micah Hollingworth, Coordinator of Special Services, The Dramatists Guild

"Glennís understanding of the process of writing monologues was indispensable. He helped me to make adjustments with my material that allowed my work to come fully alive."

- Bob Zemedke, writer of "One Thing I Ask", The Lambs Theater, NYC

"... offers invaluable techniques and tools that can assist you each step of the way.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"

- Spalding Gray, actor, monologist, "Swimming to Cambodia,",  "Gray's Anatomy," "Morning, Noon, and Night"

"You really helped me to get my one-man show to work!  It was amazing how after just a few coachings, the piece really took off!  The audience went crazy!"

- Mike Shapiro, "All of Me!", (The Duplex), Winner of 7 Sage Theater Awards

"Glenn, there's just no way I could have created my one-man show, "Man Off The Mountain," without your incredible support and guidance.  I thank you wholeheartedly for your patience, insight and wisdom.  As you know, I didn't know the first thing about writing when we met.  But you encouraged me and guided me right through to the end.  The first performance (of the twenty city tour) will be November 1st in Los Angeles.  Believe me, I'll be thinking of you right before I go out on that stage.  God bless."

- Dick Klienman, writer, "Man Off The Mountain", (now touring the U.S.A)

"It is my pleasure to recommend Glenn Alterman as an inspired teacher.  He has been a member of Circle East/The LAB, and Circle Rep Lab for many years.  We have nurtured and produced his plays, and he has taught in our schools and sat on panels and workshops.  He is a vital contributing member of our company."

"Glenn was part of a panel of playwright mentors for The New York State Summer School of the Arts at Southampton College. He was an effective teacher, modifying his responses for the individual student, supporting and guiding."

"Last summer, Mr. Alterman was a mentor/panelist at The Edward Albee Conference in Valdez, Alaska.  During this conference we hear new work by young playwrights.  Glenn was sensitive and creative in his support for these young playwrights, creating lasting impressions and guidance."

"I recommend Glenn Alterman without reservation."

- Michael Warren Powell
  Artistic Director, New York State Summer School of the Arts
  Director of New Play Workshop, Edward Albee Theater
       Conference, Valdez, Alaska
  Professor, Rutgers University
  Artistic Director, Circle East

"I was a student at the NYSSSA school of theater last summer. You and few other playwrights came out to Southampton to help us develop our material. I just wanted to say that I was accepted to my first-choice college's theater program with the help of one of your wonderful monologues. So thank you for coming out to Southampton last summer and making your name familiar to me so that I could go out and buy a book of your monologues, perform one of them, and be accepted to my school. and, of course, thank you for being a great writer. Your writing is fresh and crisp, much like the air out here in central New York."

- Matt Stapleton

Endorsements - Acting Career Consultations

"All of us at The Actors Coalition Theater Company have nothing but accolades for Glenn Altermanís ďActing Career ConsultationsĒ. Working in a nurturing and supportive way, he gave each member of our company clear and personalized attention. The results of his consultations yielded impressive career leaps for each and every one of our actors."

- Sidney Hauptman, Artistic Director, The Actor's Coalition Theater Company

Dear Glenn,

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help.  Your consultation was invaluable!  Finally my career seems to be back on its feet.  I have three appointments tomorrow with new agents, and I've actually started booking again (a principle on a commercial and a day player on a soap)!  Thanks for those wonderful monologues; they've really been working, I love them!"

- Linda Watson, actress

"I am one of those people who spent years trying to find the right ways to get to meet people.  Glennís support and guidance helped me a great deal. He saved me years of wasting time and energy.  Plus, heís one of the most supportive guys I know.  Since my consultation, Iíve signed with a legit and commercial agent, and have booked 3 commercials. My career has truly been launched."

- Mel Drucker

Endorsements - Lectures and Workshops

"Glenn, you kept our students totally engaged!  You really provided this motivated group with  masterful tips and ideas as well as individualized instruction that they will have the privilege to carry with them throughout their young and promising careers.

The kids loved you.  We'd be happy to have you back any time that your schedule allows!"

- Jennifer Johns, Master Class Program Director, Broadway Artists Alliance

"It is my pleasure to recommend Glenn Alterman as an inspired teacher.  He has been a member of Circle East/The LAB, and Circle Rep Lab for many years.  We have nurtured and produced his plays, and he has taught in our schools and sat on panels and workshops.  He is a vital contributing member of our company."

"Glenn was part of a panel of playwright mentors for The New York State Summer School of the Arts at Southampton College. He was an effective teacher, modifying his responses for the individual student, supporting and guiding."

"Last summer, Mr. Alterman was a mentor/panelist at The Edward Albee Conference in Valdez, Alaska.  During this conference we hear new work by young playwrights.  Glenn was sensitive and creative in his support for these young playwrights, creating lasting impressions and guidance."

"I recommend Glenn Alterman without reservation."

- Michael Warren Powell
  Artistic Director, New York State Summer School of the Arts
  Director of New Play Workshop, Edward Albee Theater
       Conference, Valdez, Alaska
  Professor, Rutgers University
  Artistic Director, Circle East

"We were thrilled with Glenn's talent, style and ability to get to the 'heart' of the work with students. He has the knack for cutting through the walls. I recommend Glenn Alterman highly!"

- Steve J. Earle, Chairman, Dept. of Theater, Governor's School For the Arts (Old Dominion Univ.)

"I've been a big fan of Glenn Alterman's for many years.  As an actor/acting teacher I have used his monologues for performances/auditions for myself and all my students.  My students have become just as addicted to Mr. Alterman's work as I have!"

"Recently it was an honor for me and my students to have Glenn Alterman come to my acting studio on Long Island to discuss 'Everything You Need to Know about Monologues.'  He also worked individually with each student and gave them workable tips to help them make the pieces they choose more effective.  It's been several weeks since we met with Mr. Alterman and my students and I can't stop talking about him and what he had to say."

"It is a pleasure to be in Glenn Alterman's presence.  He is warm and funny and makes you feel comfortable, as if you have known him for many years.  His knowledge and experience are priceless and we love his monologues and are grateful for his new book, 'An Actor's Guide: Making it in New York City.'  We can't wait to have him back."

- Laurie Ann Davies, Author of "Finally...Monologues That Work for ages 4-18," Star Map Acting Studio, Hicksville, Long Island

"This past spring Glenn moderated a discussion on writing your own monologue play at The Dramatist Guild. Glenn provided our members with an easily understandable set of tools of how to begin writing and organizing their monologues and monologue plays. He also shared his personal insight into the selection process for getting oneís monologues published and produced."

"Glennís seminar was a highly attended and successful event, filled with information that was easily accessible and ready to be put into practice by our membership."

- Micah Hollingworth, Coordinator of Special Services, The Dramatists Guild

"We would just like to thank you once again for giving us such a great seminar on Promoting Your Acting Career.  We thank you for making the seminar such a huge success.  Everyone who attended the seminar was very pleased with all the information that you gave to them."

- Paula Philip / Kerreu Soares
Emblazon Media

"It was such a pleasure and joy to have you with us this week! How lucky these young people are to have the opportunity to meet you and have you share your knowledge and talents!"

- Martha Hart
Broadway Artists Alliance

"Just wanted to thank you for teaching " The Perfect Monologue" class at Broadway Artists Alliance Winter Workshop this past weekend. It was my daughter, Rachel Akin's favorite class of the workshop. She told me that it was very informative and she picked up some good tips."

- Mary Ann Akin
(Rachel's mom)

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