Students and Program Directors Say:
RACHEL BLACK SPAULDING
"I first came to Rachel for some monologue coaching and came away with so much more. Rachel
really helped me to find the character and connect to the material. She’s got a keen eye for what works
and what doesn't, and is great at sculpting or editing a piece that may need to be cut down for time. I
highly recommend her."
~ Liz Samuel
Film, Television, Stage Actress www.MOMtress.com , Pilot Web Series; Law and Order SVU; THE WEEK OF
[Direction of OUR TOWN '18] "... I woke up Sunday morning beaming with pride in the fact that that performance was put on at MKA. You did such a wonderful job with these kids and got them to a place, emotionally, I bet none of them thought they could reach. Thank you for sharing your expertise with MKA and our kids. You provided them with an experience they won’t soon forget.
~ David C. Flocco, Ed.D.
HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
MONTCLAIR KIMBERLY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
“Rachel demonstrates great insight into what each student needs and finds ways to tap into their
strengths and motivate them to set the bar high for themselves. … I am so grateful to have found her
and proud to have her as an integral part of our theatre program.”
[for full letter of recommendation]
~ Randy Kravitz Elman
Artistic Director, Musical Theatre Conservatory
“I came to Rachel for professional acting coaching in the fall of 2013, and have been working with her ever since. Rachel can prepare you for any audition - whether it’s a movie, a play, or a musical - even if you’re just beginning to act! I’ve learned so much from her, plus she keeps me relaxed and focused!”
~ Nia Ashleigh LION KING (Young Nala), BROADWAY and Las Vegas Companies Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 (Addie Mae Collins), Project 1 Voice, NYC
"Rachel takes her students through a thorough and thoughtful process … I did not really know what to expect going into my first lesson, but by the end, my confidence in my acting abilities grew significantly … The work was challenging, but all the while I had a ton of fun!”
~ Aidan Dunn
Senior, Montclair HS, School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA)
“Throughout the five years she taught here, it was evident how much Rachel cherished her work and her students, and how much kindness, warmth, and generosity she imbued in her teaching.” [for full letter of recommendation] ~ Sosha Halpern Director, Creative and Performing Arts Central Queens YM & YWHA
"Rachel transformed me from a shy girl with a pretty voice to a confident singer. When I began voice lessons in my junior year of high school I was terrified of singing in public and had no idea how to use my vocal instrument. With Rachel, I gained a wide skill set to sing confidently and musically. I am so thankful for the many vocal opportunities that opened up due to my vocal transformation under
~ Charlotte Eveleth
Washington Chorus - Soprano 1, plus Special subset that tours at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and more.