Is there anything more satisfying than saying, "I got the part!" Whether a lead in a Broadway show or seven lines on "Law & Order: SVU", the achievement represents more than a momentary accomplishment. It’s the opportunity to put your heart, mind, and talent into a project and connect with an audience.
It's what great careers are made of. I believe that there are no limits to what is possible when collaborating with an actor on their work.
For the Professional Actor
- Specific Audition -- Be prepared and confident and have a comprehensive understanding of the role to make adjustments.
General audition – Hone your audition skills through a series of exercises and mock auditions and cold reads.
Role Preparation – Comprehensive script analysis and acting coaching to support you throughout a rehearsal process.
For the Chicago Actor – Prepare to audition for casting directors on the other coasts.
For the Young Actor -- For those at the beginning of their training using understandable language and techniques.
The goal is to not only train the actor for the audition but for future work opportunities.
High School Preparation for BA/BFA and conservatory Auditions.
For Cabaret and One-Person Show Performers
Develop and produce a one-person cabaret or play based on their own writings or personal experiences.
I guide you through all aspects of the process -- from pitch to performance.
"Diana offers this: an uncanny ability to get to the beating heart of a scene. An intelligence that is both cerebral and visceral. I don’t know anyone who can better prepare an actor for the work at hand. She is indispensable."
KATE BALDWIN, Tony-nominated actress for Finian’s Rainbow and Hello, Dolly!
"Throughout my tri-coastal 20-year career—which has included Broadway, several lead roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, feature films, and recurring and guest star roles on major television series—I haven’t coached with anyone better than Diana Basmajian. She not only helps me book the auditions I am working with her on, but she has also made me a better actress in the process. She encourages strong, interesting choices that are supported by the text...And most importantly, she helps me find myself in the character so that the portrayal is as authentic as it can be. She is my absolute go-to acting coach."
RAE GRAY, Roundabout's The Real Thing, Boardwalk Empire
“I was introduced to Diana’s enormous gifts when we collaborated on my first show. She was everything I wanted in a director and more… she taught me a great deal about my performing and was an incredible source of support throughout. She is warm, funny, creative, demanding, and incredibly smart.”
DENIS LAMBERT, Actor in A Chorus Line, Dr. Zhivago
"Diana is the best coach! She has such a good eye and gives specific, actable notes while being very encouraging and positive. There's no way I would've done so well in my grad school auditions without her help picking out, editing, and especially coaching my monologues!"
ROGER AINSLIE, Actor and Professor
Teaching has been the driving force of my professional career and private coaching continues to be one of my greatest joys. Preparation for an audition that not only makes the you feel prepared, comfortable, and confident for the audition itself, but gives you a comprehensive understanding the role that you are auditioning with or auditioning for. Primary goal is to get the part. Secondary goal is to make you stronger at auditions and readings that will bring additional work or exposure.
Studio appointments are 55 minutes long. Location is announced two days prior to appointment. Studio Rate is added to the hourly fee.
FaceTime/Skype appointments are 65 minutes long. No additional studio rates apply.
I will always try to fit you in. Email me at .
If audition is within 24 hours, please text me at 646.467.1209.
Payment is due at beginning of session. If you'd like to pay in advance, Venmo is @DianaBasmajian
For new clients, there is a 50% deposit due at time of booking.
There is no charge for cancellations within 48 hours of appointment.
Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged 50% of fee, plus studio rate, if already booked.
For specific rates, please email .
MORE ON ME
Diana has directed and/or developed shows with Tony Award winners Shuler Hensley, Lea Salonga, Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Tunick, and Austin Pendleton; Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin, and Emmy-winners Paul Miller and Eileen Fulton, among others. Venues include Lincoln Center’s The Allen Room, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Arena Stage, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, Café Carlyle, and NYMF.
As an acting coach and teacher, Diana has proven success having coached over 200 actors in NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She regularly leads master classes in acting and directing for schools, groups, and corporations.