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Private Lessons

  • Voice lessons
  • Acting lessons
  • Audition coaching
  • Beginning Piano
  • Performance Coaching
  • Semi-privates lessons
  • Self-tape coaching & taping sessions



Lessons canceled with twenty-four (24) hours advance notice will be rescheduled. Students are responsible to pay for lessons canceled without twenty-four hours notice. No refund will be given for no- shows or tardiness. Only 3 lessons will be rescheduled per season before you forfeit your time slot.

Private Lessons pricing:

30 minutes $35

45 minutes $50

1 hour $60

1 hour semi-private (max. 3) $20

By Appointment only

Email info@yayasacademy or call
562-355-2004 to book your time slot today!!!  Limited space available.

Meet our Instructors:

Private Voice & beginning piano Lessons

Kathleen Van Ruiten

Ages 6 years & older

Kathleen welcomes singers with any level of experience to work on vocal technique, musicality, and expression in a variety of musical styles. She is passionate about working with students to encourage strong, healthy singing and build confidence in their voices!  Kathleen is a classically trained soprano and vocal instructor with experience in musical theatre, pop, jazz, and opera styles. She recently attended the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, studying with operatic soprano Shigemi Matsumoto and earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. In her time there, Kathleen toured and competed with the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, winners of the 2016 Choir of the World competition in Llangollen, Wales and the 2017 International Choir Competition in Spittal, Austria. She currently sings with the Los Angeles-based choir Tonality. Beyond classical voice, her credits include Most Outstanding Vocalist at the Reno Jazz Festival, Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Maria in the Sound of Music.

Private Acting, audition, & performance coaching

Asher Ehrenberg

Ages 10 years & older 

Asher Lloyd Ehrenberg (they/them/theirs)  is thrilled to be back with the Yaya’s family! A theatre artist currently based in Southern California, some of Asher’s recent credits include: Dutchman, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, Billy & Ray, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, Spamalot, and Cabaret. Asher is a graduate of the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts and has since studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and New York City as well as Directing at Boston University. Recently, Asher served as a Production Assistant at Laguna Playhouse—under Director, Michael Matthews—and served as an Education and Outreach Intern at La Jolla Playhouse. Over the past 8 years, Asher has been a Teaching Artist at many different children’s theaters and training programs throughout Southern California. In their work, Asher aims to bring the stories of marginalized voices to the stage while challenging the social perspectives of an audience. As an educator, they intend to instill a sense of passion and encourage self expression in their students while providing them with intensive training to be exceptional, well-rounded artists on the stage and human beings in the world. 

Private acting, audition & performance coaching

Caitlen Cusimano

Ages 8-18 years old

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your acting skills, expand into different acting genres, or a beginner looking for a great place to start, Caitlen can help you get there! She has been in the acting field for over 15 years and has helped run acting workshops in the OC area which have included Laura Bell Bundy and Paul Canaan. Caitlen has been with the YaYa's family for 6 years now as a Director, Assistant Director, Acting Coach, after school program Director, Performer, and Camp leader.  She can help you learn how to develop a character, tighten your cold reading for auditions, and widen your range in the dramatic and the comedic. All skills levels welcome!

Mike Bradecich

Ages 9 years & older 

Self Tape Coaching & Taping

Between YouTube, Vimeo, and DropBox, self-taping auditions for TV and movies is more popular than ever.  We can coach you on your audition sides, and offer a full-service production suite to shoot, edit, and post your audition video. Everything you need to get your self-taped audition ready to show the casting director who gives you your big break! By appointment only.

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