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Opens August 15th

Summer 2015 CLASSES:

Singing & Performance
Monday 6:30-9:30p
Wednesday 5p-7:30p
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FALL 2014 WORKSHOPS

Recording Studio Intensive
Professional Recording Session

Performance Intensive
Performance Craft in a Professional Venue



 

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Michelle Kopper Seymour

Studio Founder/Actor/Singer/Songwriter/Director/Producer

 Michelle Kopper Seymour, Owner of Vanport Square Studio combines over 25 years as a professional actor/singer with 15 years of yoga & dance meditation to bring unique insight to her class facilitation & coaching approach. After teaching, coaching and performing in Manhattan for 16 years, Michelle returned to Portland in 2004 with her passion for teaching and a strong commitment to her own artistic process to reunite with this vital community of performers. She is committed to facilitating students with integrity, sensitivity and compassion.

Michelle made her Portland directing debut last year with the fully staged reading of a new musical "Fight Call" in the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works and had the pleasure of Assistant Directing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Portland Playhouse fall 2012. Michelle is excited to be working with studio member Katje Wagner on her performance piece: "True Colors" for Fertile Ground 2013. 

Michelle is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the Portland Area Theatre Alliance where she served on the board of directors for over 5 years most recently as President 2010-2012 and continues to serve on the Advisory Council.  She is also developing an original musical play based on her work facilitating the release of unrealized, stifled or inhibited artistic expression and continues to perform her original music locally when she has the chance. 

Michelle's Resume PDF

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Teaching Philosophy:

Our creative expression is as unique as our DNA. Your Sound is Uniquely Yours. If you don't express your sounds, words & ideas no one will they will never manifest and go unheard. Everything I "teach" -- Singing Performance, Acting, Yoga, Nia -- is about facilitating you toward freedom of thought, action and behavior. Singing is super charged for most of us a heightened experience of expression making this Singing Performance work a powerful way of opening hearts, minds and doors to creativity.

 "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."
Martha Graham

I want to empower authentic self-expression. I want to facilitate you deepening your relationship with yourself and the world around you. I aspire to create and sustain an environment that supports risk-taking, artistic growth & vulnerable exploration of Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit. I believe that anyone who calls himself or herself "Teacher" holds a sacred responsibility to continue their own seeking, risk taking and journeying down their own path of creative self-expression.

"Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think."
Eknath Easwaran

I draw my intuition through my entire life experience including 20 years of yoga study & meditation, my professional experience and my music and theatre training to facilitate you toward goals that you have and that we discover together. My goal as a teacher is to ask the questions that help you discover and achieve your goals and take your artistry where you want it to go.

The seed of goodness and creativity is in everyone. This seed does not need to be planted on a particular date, for it is already within us. It is indestructible. When at last we begin to search for it, we discover it is covered with weeds of fear and anger, giant thistles of greed. Once we cease to water them, the weeds begin to wither and droop, and finally they fall to enrich the soil where the God-seed is growing. This God-seed within us will grow into a God-tree of love and service if we nurture it carefully.
Eknath Easwaran

I agree with Julia Cameron when she says in the Artists Way that artists receive appropriate "criticism" with a feeling of "A-Ha" rather than feelings of despair, futility or shame. I believe in encouraging you outside your comfort zone toward your next level of personal risk taking through supportive encouragement, challenging habitual behaviors & limiting self-concepts, developing your technique and accessing ways for you to take your next level of risk as an artist by maintaining an atmosphere of joy and playfulness.

 "We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way,
by adding to the joy of others."
Eknath Easwaran

I hold the space to sustain a community of artist -- and YOU are an artist -- that thrives through shared risk taking, support and encouragement. I maintain an arena for established artists and those just daring to honor their own creative spark to nourish themselves and their creativity, fill their wells, rest and dream.