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Naomi Bailis Studios

Theater Teacher

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Acting Coach

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Workshop Instructor   

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Director

Naomi Bailis is an award-winning theater teacher, director, audition coach and actor. She is passionate about unleashing the creative potential of established theater artists, aspiring theater students and organizations. She inspires through collaboration, creating an individualized approach with exquisite attention to detail that has guided numerous students of hers toward successful and exciting acting careers.

…Naomi is responsible for the level of authenticity and truth I work toward in storytelling…

- Barrett Wilbert Weed, Epix Bridge and Tunnel, Broadway Mean Girls,
Off-Broadway Heathers

...She is not only a wonderful teacher who helped push me past my normal “tricks”,... but she was one of my first experiences of a teacher who genuinely cares for her students…

- Sarah Hollis, Actor/Producer

Coaching

Audition coaching for experienced actors, aspiring actors, students, and professional organizations.  Click here for more information.

Directing

Naomi's directing experience brings her teaching, coaching and wellness skills together to produce creative, state-of-the-art performances for theaters of all kinds.

Workshops

Workshop intensives for schools, theaters and acting studios in Mask, Clown, Meisner, Michael Chekhov and other acting techniques.

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Classes

In person and online classes for small groups of actors. Scene study, improvisation, mock-auditions with professional actors on Broadway, and more.

...If you are an actor ready to approach your work with ferocity, discipline and joy, I urge you to study with Naomi Bailis….

Briga Heelan, CBS-B Positive, NBC/Netflix-Great News, TBS-Ground Floor, HBO-Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC-Modern Family

...Naomi... made different tools of acting...accessible and useful to me at the beginning of my training...it is the reason I now feel I always have a key to freeing myself up in my work…

Justin Hosa-Showell, Hamilton, An American Musical, North American tour

Testimonials

Naomi loves to facilitate the artistic flourishing of her students and clients. She is committed to helping her clients become the storytellers of today and tomorrow.

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Barrett Wilbert Weed

Epix Bridge and Tunnel, Broadway Mean Girls, Off-Broadway Heathers:

“Naomi was my first acting teacher. She taught me the foundations of Meisner technique and set the very high standards I hold myself to as a professional actor. Listening and Responding is the most practical and essential ability an actor can utilize in any circumstance. Character building, mask work, voice work, dialects, breaking down scenes, building stamina for live theatre…all of these skills are completely useless if you don’t know how to listen to your scene partner and “work off” what they’re giving you in a scene. It’s Naomi’s voice I hear in my head when I know I can listen and connect more efficiently because she taught me how to do it. Naomi is responsible for the level of authenticity and truth I work toward in storytelling. The job is never done but, the foundation she helped me build allowed me to excel and is the primary reason I have any career to speak of. I can’t recommend her highly enough as a teacher.”

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Sarah Hollis

Actor/Producer:

“My experience training with Naomi Bailis has been exceptionally memorable for me.   Naomi helped instill in me such fundamental training that I’ve been able to use in my everyday life; a sense of professionalism and preparation, all while remaining free to what is happening in the moment — whether it be in rehearsal, in a play or on set.  She is not only a wonderful teacher who helped push me past my normal “tricks”, which worked up until a point, but she was one of my first experiences of a teacher who genuinely cares for her students.  I cannot say enough good things about working with Naomi.  She will help get you in your body and out of your head and be truthful… and the best part about it is it’s fun!”

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Briga Heelan

CBS-B Positive, NBC/Netflix-Great News, TBS-Ground Floor, HBO-Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC-Modern Family:

"I had the great fortune of experiencing Naomi as a teacher and director during two very formative years of my training. Her classroom continues to be one of the most exhilarating learning spaces I've encountered. She forged a pivotal connection for me between deep preparedness and intrepid risk taking. If you are an actor ready to approach your work with ferocity, discipline and joy, I urge you to study with Naomi Bailis."

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Justin Hosa-Showell

Hamilton, An American Musical, North American tour :

“I studied acting with Naomi Bailis for three years. These years of exploration under her guidance are still the foundation for my approach to any theatrical work or text. The emphasis she places on honest communication with a scene partner and vivid creation of time and space to service the storytelling are inseparable from my actor’s process. Naomi’s ability to make different tools of acting (Meisner repetition, Shurtleff’s Guideposts, three quarter mask work, etc.) accessible and useful to me at the beginning of my training is the reason I now feel I always have a key to freeing myself up in my work. Anyone who has worked with Naomi will say that she is the real deal. Being in Naomi Bailis' studio means feeling a supportive space where everyone is committed to stretching themselves past their perceived limits, coming out with new ideas of just how many ways we can show up as shapeshifters, architects, and communicators. I am currently an actor in the North American Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical, where I cover three principal roles. I can confidently say that my ability to perform three different narratives, while giving sensitivity and honesty to each character’s function in the piece, is largely a credit to Naomi’s handprint on my artistry. “

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Conor Ryan

NBC-Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert , Broadway National Tour Moulin Rouge, Broadway John and Jen, Off-Broadway Victory Train, Desperate Measures:

“Naomi Bailis’ teaching and guidance laid a truly thorough foundation for a career in acting. She kept me firmly rooted in truth always, while simultaneously introducing a diverse range of techniques and styles. Her nose for curiosity gave me an early awareness of what made me special, while her standards for work ethic kept me humble. She instructs with a clear point of view and a playful glee that made every class a privilege and a joy.”

...Naomi doesn’t just teach you techniques; she believes in you and she invests everything she has in you…

Sydney Shepherd, Actor, BFA Musical Theater University of Michigan

...she fuels you with courage to dive deeper into yourself and allow the currents to take you to the places you've always feared to go...She creates daring, unapologetic actors…

Hannah Brennan, Actor, BFA Acting Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Contact Me

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Virtual and in-person options are available.

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