Private Acting Coaching from the Artists Rep family

We offer private coaching from a variety of qualified coaches.

Coaching options include:

  • Monologue and Audition (Classical & Contemporary)
  • Scene Work (Classical & Contemporary)
  • Dialect & Voice
  • Vocal & Musical Theatre
  • Career Coaching
  • Public Speaking for Professionals (from individual coaching to in-office seminars)
If you are interested in coaching, please send the following information to or call Education Director Karen Rathje at 503.972.3001
  • Name
  • Age Range
  • Skill Level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)
  • Type of Coaching
  • Purpose of Coaching (ex. college audition, call-back, maintenance, etc.)
  • Coach Preference (general: gender, age, skill-level OR specific: coach(es) from our list below!)

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Linda Alper


Ayanna Berkshire


Chris Harder



Acting & On Camera






Val Landrum


Sarah Lucht


Michael Mendelson







Amy Newman


John San Nicolas


Vin Shambry





Acting & Musical Theatre

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Andrea Stolowitz


E.M. Lewis


Adriana Baer

Playwriting   Playwriting   Acting & Public Speaking
CF2   MH    AH2

Courtney Freed


Matthew Hayward


Angela Niederloh

Singing & Musical Theatre





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Zak Westfall


 Accent and Dialect Coach;
Public Speaking; 
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Recent directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Price by Arthur Miller (Artists Repertory Theatre), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Portland Playhouse), Dead Man’s Cell Phone and In the Next Room… or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard (Profile Theatre, Artistic Director 2012-2015). Other credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids,and No Exit at Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), and productions in New York including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull,and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages) and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2 and The Acting Company. New play development workshops include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Primary Stages, and The Lark Play Development Center. Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts,The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus and has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide. She coaches theater artists and public speaking through her coaching company Adriana Baer Creative. Next up: Macbeth at Portland Center Stage and Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of SDC.



American lyric baritone Matthew Hayward has rapidly established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is the winner of the Gerard Souzay-Grand Concours de Chant and made his European debut in concert at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. In recent seasons, Mr. Hayward’s operatic engagements have included creating the role of Marquis de Brisaille in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ravenal in Showboat at Lakewood Theater, Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera, and Pelleas in Pelleas et Melisande at Opera Theater Oregon. Active in recital and concert, he was personally invited by Maestro Julius Rudel to debut with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Arts Festival, where he sang an all Kurt Weill Gala with soprano Angelina Réaux, he also sang the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Moabit Sonnets with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. A Seattle native, Mr. Hayward completed his undergraduate and graduate music studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As the Founder of Vox Northwest Voice Studios, he maintains a select private voice studio in Portland, Oregon and is serves on the voice faculty of Portland State and George Fox Universities. He is sought after as a District and State Vocal Judge in Oregon, as a Master Clinician at major universities throughout the West Coast and as a dramatic and interpretive coach.



Angela Niederloh has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "a charismatic mezzo soprano." She recently made her Portland Opera debut as Melibea in II viaggio a Rheim. A recent participant in the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Ms. Niederloh was last seen as Meg Page in Falstaff, Karolka in Jenufa and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Flora in La Traviata, Rosette in Manon and Olga in the Merry Widow. Other operatic engagements for the American artists include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (San Francisco Opera Center), The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Omaha), Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, and Mrs. Slender in Salieri's Falstaff (Wolf Trap Opera.) Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Niederloh's solo credits include performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Columbia symphony, Choral Arts Ensemble, and Choral Crossties. Ms. Niederloh is also actively sought after nationally for music clinic workshops for choirs and individuals and currently serves as a faculty member at Pacific University.



Courtney Freed is a Portland native who spent several years performing in Chicago and Los Angeles. No stranger to the local theatre scene, her most favorite recent roles were Florence in Chess at Lakewood Theater Company and Trina (Drammy nom!) in Live on Stage's Falsettos. She has also tread the boards of Portland Center Stage, Pixiedust Productions, Broadway Rose, Lakewood, Profile, Triangle Productions and many more! Courtney is the creator of the wildly popular local concert series, Portland Sings!, bringing together some of the city's finest vocalists for a magical evening in a variety of musical themes. As a producer and creator, she has helmed countless themed concerts, including "I’ll Stop the World and Belt with you," a John Hughesical, “The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour" and most recently, a Freddie Mercury tribute show called "Mercury Rising," which premiered in Portland with Live on Stage in April 2018. An avid lover of vintage jazz, her first album titled "Happy Little Bluebird" lovingly celebrates the timeless melodies of Harold Arlen. She also sings in clubs and bars around town and is the lead signer for the local gypsy swing band, The Courtney Freed Five. Learn more at