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develop as an artist

My entire life, I have been fascinated by the effect stories can have on others. My mission as Coach Lena is to empower people to love themselves through their art. Through professional training in Acting, Voice/Voice & Speech, Audition Preparation, and Theatre in English, Coach Lena nurtures and cultivates her students' craft to fulfill their desires.

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meet coach lena

An internationally trained actress, director, teacher, and world-traveler in the making, Lena Sakalla empowers developing artists through their art. Coach Lena was created to provide professional training in a safe environment, inclusive of all individuals, for her students to trust, thrive, and transcend previous obstacles. Blending fun exercises into digestible techniques in acting, voice, and audition preparation, students not only elevate their art, but unlock a more confident version of themselves. 

Put simply, this is Lena’s passion. She has been coaching, directing, and teaching ages 5+ since 2018. Lena has created and taught voice classes while directing children’s plays and showcases in Florida and California, including the Hippodrome Regional Theatre, STAR Theatre, We the People, Co., and B Street Theatre. Lena has been a part of 25+ productions, including 6 international ones. After studying at The Acting Studio in NYC and double majoring Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of West Florida, Lena moved abroad and studied Theatre Techniques at La Escuela de Artes Escénicas de Manresa in Barcelona. 

Lena is adding Theatre in English classes for students seeking greater communication and self-expression skills in English as a foreign language using a natural approach. She also holds a 120 hour Master Certificate from TEFL Bridge and an AMET Certificate from the International University of Catalonia. 

Check out previous project galleries here!

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gabby byam

Coach Lena is an absolute pro. Her ability to teach and understand young actors is next level.  Her use of exercises and games to explain acting techniques is so helpful and orchestrated in a way that students of all levels get the most out of the experience. I highly recommend her classes and workshops.

Education Director
Hippodrome Regional Theatre
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