Values-Driven Arts - Shine Your Light!
STUDENTS CAN WORK WITH COACHES TO POLISH AND IMPROVE. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE SEVERAL LEVELS OF COACHING AVAILABLE. SCROLL DOWN TO FIND YOUR COACH. FOR TESTIMONIALS, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
Whether you are an actor preparing for a stage role or a speaker or interper preparing for a competition, working with a coach may help you achieve your next goal. We have several coaches available to help fit your budget and your work.
Makenna is a recent alumnus of the NCFCA, where she experienced great success as a speaker and interper, attending nationals three years in a row and placing in the finals each time. After working with a professional coach for six years, Makenna looks forward to moving from speech into the world of theater, pursuing work on stage. Her knowledge of acting and interpretation would benefit students seeking to take their acting and performance skills to the next level.
"Working with Makenna is joyous, her love of the work, her desire to give life to each character and to impact the audience is what makes her a great performer. While she is my daughter, she is also the best student of acting I have ever coached."
Professor of Theater
Artistic Director of Kingdomarts Alliance
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René received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Evangel University. She then graduated from York University in Toronto with her Master's of Fine Arts in Acting.
Discovering a passion for directing, she founded Open Sky Theater in Springfield, Missouri and produced A Midsummer Night's Dream to rave reviews. She went on to write and direct The Passion of the Christ at Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale Bible College) before moving to Oklahoma where she was Professor of Theater at Northern Oklahoma College. While there she directed numerous shows including The Fantasticks, Quilters, A Little Night Music, and Oklahoma!. She also directed The Sound of Music and Forever Plaid for the Ponca Playhouse.
After moving to Houston with her husband and deciding to homeschool their three children, René produced and directed the homeschool production of Through the Looking Glass performed on the Cypress Lone Star College Stage. She followed with homeschool productions of The Happy Prince, Aesop's Fables, and revived Through the Looking Glass for Regina Caeli homeschool co-op.
For the past five years, René has coached her daughters, Makenna and Maggie, her son Brennan, and numerous others competing in speech and debate with the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA).
With a heartfelt desire to return to the boards, René is once again turning her focus toward staged theater works. She is also available to coach stage actors, speakers, and students in performance areas from acting to public speaking.
René is very honored to have recently been invited to become a member of the CITA (Christians in Theater Arts, Board of Directors.
Alumni Rate: $15.00/hr. Professional Rate: $25.00/hr.
"Coming from a background where I was exposed to professional coaching and oratorical development, I found Mrs. Schiltz's instruction brought with it a whole new world of detail. Her knowledge and incorporation of body-language, tone, and non-verbal communication set me apart from my peers in a way that I was unable to do on my own. This, and her down-to-earth coaching method, is why I highly recommend Mrs. Schiltz as an exceptional oratorical coach."
- Johnathan Mitchell