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Brooke makes the experience enjoyable. She has a balance of pushing you out of a comfort zone and keeping the environment safe for you at the same time.
Brooke came and led our Portland-based office in a combination improv and public speaking half-day session. It was so much fun, and very useful as well. She was well prepared to make the most of the time and also flexible to our needs and various skills as professionals. For anyone looking for an informative improv for business class or a fun and useful team-building activity, I would definitely recommend working with Brooke!
I’m so happy that I found Brooke Totman online. I had been looking for an acting class offered in a convenient Portland location to supplement my previous acting experience. Her classes are fantastic for all skill levels. She provides fun exercises and truly helpful feedback — in an incredibly supportive way. I’ve seen my skills and confidence grow considerably since I started working with her.
Brooke is AMAZING! I took my first on camera class with her and now am in her intermediate/advanced class. In addition to being a lovely and hilarious human, she's a dedicated teacher. Her genuine commitment to the craft and helping actors grow creates a safe place for anyone, no matter what level you're at. She knowledgeable, supportive, and gives honest feedback, making the learning process organic and fun. She's open to collaboration, meets individual needs and wants the best for her students. I've gained a ton of skills and confidence with her as a teacher. I would highly recommend Brooke and her services!
If you've ever considered taking an acting class but feel nervous about it, Brooke is exactly the person you want to learn from. My initial goal was simply to try something new that got me out of my comfort zone and her Intro to Acting class seemed like a good fit. Everyone was nervous on the first day and feeling pretty green. Brooke was extremely welcoming right from the start and did a great job of moving us past our initial apprehension so we could focus on exploring who we are and how we tap into our emotions/experiences. She broke down the basics of character and scene development and encouraged us to observe and explore the world around us and use it to inform what we do. Brooke is kind, compassionate, supportive and funny which created an environment free of judgement or embarrassment. This made everyone feel comfortable and safe to just go for it. It was so much fun and I can't wait to take another class from her.
Rarely will you find an environment that is so friendly and welcoming while also so conducive to self-discipline and growth. I've taken acting classes my entire life and this is maybe the first that's made me feel like I'm working toward mastering my craft. You can always expect honest feedback from Brooke as well as a genuine care for your well-being. Working with her has reaffirmed my desire to continue acting, my drive to openly embrace challenge, and the need for creative ambition in my day-to-day. Well worth the investment for actors of all ages and experience.