Private Acting Coaching

I am an acting coach in Chandler, AZ with 15 years  of teaching experience in all levels. I give private acting lessons, audition coaching and group acting classes to children and adults. My goal is to give you the personal attention, acting techniques that are reproducible  consistently, and career guidance so that you can reach your full potential.

I work extensively on listening and answering truthfully, discovering what makes each student unique so that their qualities bring a creative and truthful approach to each role. I hope to instill a balance of how to prepare and yet remain flexible.

If you are interested in private coaching or classes please contact me directly at: or 480-332-7914

“Back to School Night” Storytelling Benefit at ImprovMANIA

Raising funds for education in an underserved Chandler School.

Raising funds for education in an underserved Chandler School.

Summer Actor Workshop – July 13th-16th

Join us for our Summer Actor Workshop!Holka Polka Camp


Dates:  July 13th – 16th
Time:  2:30-4:30pm
Ages:  9-13
Location:  Improvmania!

Standing Room Only crowds enjoyed Alice in Wonderland

Alice-0094Burns It Up presented their second production – Alice in Wonderland – on January 28, 29 and 30, 2011 at Center Pointe Dance Black Box Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona to rave reviews from hundreds of people in the sold out, standing room only performances. 17 talented East Valley actors and actresses ranging in age from 8 to 16 told this unique, creative and amusing rendition of the classic children’s story. Shoes donated to Haiti earthquake victims were collected at each performance and are now on their way to Haiti.


Parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages enjoyed the shows and provided amazing feedback including:

  • “Awesome show! Karen Burns always produces quirky, hilarious renditions of stories we already know by heart. I’m so glad I made the time to come!” Abby Stewart-Reinoso, Mesa
  • “The best Burns it Up production yet!” Carrie Duke, Ahwatukee
  • “The Queen was hilarious!” Madi
  • “The Cheshire Cat had a fur ball! Kalin G., Ahwatukee
  • “The Queen brought me up on stage to be a wicket in the croquet match!” Bella G., Chandler
  • “The entire cast and crew were wonderful… and a HUGE thank you to Karen Burns for her tireless dedication to our kids as well as her endless devotion to helping others and sharing her amazing talents with us all!” Claire Robertin, Ahwatukee (Cheshire Cat’s mother)

Alice in Wonderland
was a resounding success. We look forward to our next production and the ongoing classes at Center Pointe Dance in Ahwatukee.

See more photos in our Facebook Photo Album!



Alice in Wonderland Pictures to Benefit Susan G. Komen

From Nathan Nitzky, our fabulous photographer from Beauty Is a Beast and Alice in Wonderland:

Alice-0051I have joined a team walking in the 3-day breast cancer walk this November in honor of a friend and colleague who is fighting breast cancer, as well as for my sister who is a breast cancer survivor. In order to do so I need to raise a minimum of $2300. I thought one way to raise funds would be to donate 100% of the proceeds of sales of photos on my website between now and Sept. 30th to the organization. If you could help me by getting the word out to the parents of the kids in your productions that I’ve photographed, perhaps I could generate some donations. I will donate 100% of the profit from sales of any photo on my pages, including theater photos and any of my birds or wildlife photos.

The main page is

Alice-0082If you know anyone who wants to donate but prefers to do it directly for the tax benefits (obviously I am not a charitable organization so I can’t give out tax receipts- I can only offer the benefit of having photos of the parents’ kids for memories and the promise that any profits will go to a good cause), they can donate through This Site and search for me “Nathan Nitzky” or the team I am on “Marciano”

Thanks for your help in getting the word out!

BIU Volunteers Helping Hullabaloo Entertain the Families at the 2010 San Tan School Carnival

wp-CIMG2584Members of the Burns It Up and Burns It Up Too musical theatre groups and their families had a blast helping the San Tan Elementary kids have a blast Friday night, April 9, 2010, during the school’s annual Spring Carnival. Jen Peters of Hullabaloo “hired” the company members and their families to supervise the inflatable bouncy houses and obstacle courses and in turn donated $500 to help with the purchase much needed sound equipment.

Burns-it-Up, a non-profit organization in Chandler, Arizona, performs regularly for local and national charity events and has been in great need of their own microphones and additional sound equipment. Hullabaloo’s generous donation will go far toward letting the kids’ voices be heard! “We’re hoping to have our new equipment in place by the May 21, 2010, show at Sun Lakes Country Club which will help St. Mary’s Food Bank” says director Karen Burns. “We have been honored to use our talents for so many worthy causes: breast cancer research, Save the Family, Books for a Better World, MDA, animal shelters, homeless shelters, juvenile diabetes, etc. The San Tan Elementary Spring Fling marks the first benefit for Burns-it-Up!”

Check out our fun in our Facebook Photo Album!

Hundreds enjoyed the Burns It Up production of Beauty IS a Beast and raised much needed funds Hope for Haiti.

Burns-It-Up, a non-profit organization in Chandler, Arizona, presented their first production – Beauty IS a Beast – on February 26 and 27, 2010 in Chandler, Arizona to rave reviews from hundreds of people resulting in the ability to donate 50% of the proceeds to Hope for Haiti. Starring 20 talented East Valley actors and actresses ranging in age from 6 to 18, the fairytale provided a positive message to audience members showing how true beauty is found on the inside.

Parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages enjoyed the shows and provided amazing feedback including:

  • “When the cast broke into the Macarena, I laughed so hard I cried.” Anthony Aquino from Queen Creek
  • “I couldn’t take my eyes off the Queen!” Anya Ross, 10-year-old from Ahwatukee
  • “Lavish and professionally done!” Jennie Lee Voyce, parent from Casa Grande
  • “Great fun family entertainment! We were very impressed! Jen Peters, parent from Chandler
  • “Scrolls on the ground! Hilarious!” Marti de Angeura from Tempe

Beauty IS a Beast was a resounding success.


Check our our Facebook Photo Albums of the show:

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