Testimonials from clients:
"Torie is an excellent teacher. Not only does she have an incredibly experienced and discerning eye, she knows what the individual needs and how to unlock that person's best work. She ascertains quickly what moments need attention, and can communicate in a way unique to each actor how to approach those moments. She helped me get out of my head and focus instead on my (invisible) scene partner and the circumstances of the scene. She is also a unique coach in that she approaches her work with humility; she is not a teacher that will take up your time with her opinions or esoteric artist language. She approaches work with questions to help the actor work quickly toward what will serve him or her best. Moreover, she paints her environment with positivity. I feel much more equipped to take on my MFA auditions having worked with Torie."
- Linnea Bond, local actress
In 2013 I was considering auditioning for a second time at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, a resident ensemble group that Torie had worked with previously. Torie encouraged me to continue to “hustle” for my own work, to take the leap, audition again, and show CSC exactly why they should hire me. When she offered to coach me on my audition pieces I accepted. We worked together on all of my classical material and Torie of course made me feel comfortable and also polished the pieces that I’d had in my book for several years. She gave me confidence in my own ability and guidance technically on each piece, as well as insight into the likes of the artistic director and associates at CSC. In the end, I was hired at CSC as a member of their Touring Company and Ensemble.
This past year I made the decision to contact Torie as my private coach. I feel comfortable with her: she knows my type and my career goals for the next several years. Knowing I have a lesson with her motivates me to read more and chose more audition material. Her professional experience as well as her kindness as my friend has strengthened me as an artist and as a woman and I would highly recommend her to other actors looking for a coach who is realistic as well as inspiring.
- Tess Talbot, Touring Company and Ensemble Member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 2015