Boston teaching acting coach

Outstanding Teaching Award:
Performing Arts - Acting

Emerson College, Boston, 2008

Student evalutations from Emerson College

"Dossy is a brilliant acting coach. It was thrilling to watch her make transformative suggestions to students, and to receive them. She is warm, and also focused and serious about the work, which I appreciate."

"Dossy possesses a tremendous breadth of experience in every conceivable acting scenario. Her methods educate, surprise and tease firmly and positively nuanced performances from her students. She utilizes her years of training and knowledge seamlessly. "

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Dossy Peabody- Boston area acting coach

Dossy Peabody
Boston based acting coach

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Emerson College
Boston, MA

Scene Study,  Monologues & Auditions

 

1999 - Present

 
Longy School of Music
Cambridge, MA

Acting Workshop

  Fall of 2010 - Present
 
Huntington Theatre
Boston, MA

Introduction to Acting

  2008
 
Harvard College
Cambridge, MA

Professional Workshop for Actors

  2003
 
Wheelock Family Theatre
Boston, MA

Acting Scenes for Teens

 

2001

 
InterActing
Marblehead, MA

Scene Study Workshop

 

1996

 
Concord Youth Theatre
Concord, MA
Performance Workshop, Drama and Music  

1995

 
Lincoln School PALS
Brookline, MA
Co-Director of: Peter Pan and Fiddler on the Roof  

1994-1995

 
Fayerweather School
Cambridge, MA
Acting/Directing Consultant  

1994

 
Landmark School
Beverly, MA
Acting Workshop  

1994

 
Endicott College
Beverly, MA
Acting Workshop  

1993

 
Willow Hill School
Sudbury, MA

Coach/Assistant Director:
Oliver, Camelot, Wizard of Oz

 

1989-1992

 
Waring School
Beverly, MA
Drama Workshop  

1992

 
North Shore Music Theatre,
Beverly, MA
Teenage Acting Class  

1990

 
Cotting School
Lexington, MA
Coached and Directed All-School Musical Productions  

1988

 
Gloucester Stage
Gloucester, MA
Master Acting Class  

1988

 
Private Acting Coach
Professional and Non-Professional Actors  

1995 to Present

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"Dossy Peabody's own experience as a gifted actor informs her work with you. In a safe and supportive environment, she guides you to aim for your highest level of work. With an amazing sense of perception and sensitivity, she brings you to your own truths - to learn to trust your heart's wisdom - to trust your instincts. You will instantly trust her, because you can. You will have fun, too. You work in a gentle and rigorous way that cannot help but lift you up to your next level of acting - it is a powerful collaboration between coach and actor. It is exhilarating!"

Moira McCarthy
Teacher, Actor

Dossy at work

“Dossy is a ‘connector extraordinaire ’. I recommend her highly as an acting coach for any level from student actor to experience professional. She is a talented actress, a compassionate advocate for the arts and a very fine human being. She was the leading actress at Gloucester Stage Company in the 80's and her capacity for creating trust, joy and connection between her fellows in the rehearsal hall was extraordinary. It marked her as a leader and mentor. I learned a tremendous amount from Dossy over a three year period.”

Molly Noble
Actor/Director
Porchlight Theatre Company


Student evaluations from Emerson College
What aspects of this instructor's teaching did you find most beneficial?

"Enthusiasm, and "outside the box" thinking"

"Her patience and willingness to to approach each student with kindness and determination."

"Her ranges of experience when teaching theater gave her the know-how to assign suitable exercises for each and every student, in order to invoke the strongest and most positive response as an actor. I was very impressed by Dossy's skills as an actor and instructor."

"Dossy is a brilliant acting coach. It was thrilling to watch her make transformative suggestions to students, and to receive them. She is warm, and also focused and serious about the work, which I appreciate. She put together a fantastic reading list for the course, and assigned us a reflective journal project that helped enhance my learning tremendously. It was a fabulously well designed course, with a good amount of work. She was flexible, kind, insightful, available, and honest, and really a pleasure to have as a professor. Plus I learned a whole lot."

"Dossy possesses a tremendous breadth of experience in every conceivable acting scenario. Her methods educate, surprise and tease firmly and positively nuanced performances from her students. She utilizes her years of training and knowledge seamlessly. The required reading, reflections on readings, scene and monologue work were informative, thought provoking, boundary pushing and rewarding. The foundational exercises enabled deeper concentration and focus in class and spilled out into real world. Most of all, Dossy possesses an indomitable spirit that at once infuses passion, the art of letting go and being in that delicious moment we call "Acting." As a teacher, she focuses on the subject allowing each student to find their way along their personal continuum so whether a seasoned actor or neophyte."

"Dossy has a friendly, easygoing manner and a vast wealth of experience and resources from which to draw."

"Dossy has a very straightforward style of teaching acting, which was a breath of fresh air ... Everything she communicated to us was done on a practical level. I feel that, because of her teaching style, I will have a lot to bring to the table as a teacher for my own future acting classes."

"Dossy is really passionate about acting and comes from a unique perspective in her teaching so she provides valuable insight from a completely different standpoint."

"Dossy knows her stuff! She guides her classes in a warm and engaging way."

"She changed the way I approach theater, period. I now have yet another shining example of the type of theater instructor I want to be someday, further impressed onto my mind."

"She knows her craft, and is an inspiring teacher of it."

"Dossy teaches acting so that a person believes that is possible to do so regardless of a personal skill set or innate ability. In the class, she also included ideas, motivating quotes, videos, texts and extra materials on techniques along with a comprehensive reading list both related to acting and teaching. She teaches 'acting' modeling through her own steadfast, playful and imaginative teaching and coaching style offering her ideas without imposing them. I have learned so many things - the use of a variety of warm up activities, thinking deeply and critically as it relates to acting, playing - the mere need to play, the essence of acting, use of games and props to finding and perhaps the most important advice: Start with yourself and work from there - maybe obvious and yet -not."

"Dossy really knows what she's talking about. As someone who swore off acting classes a while ago, I was shocked by how much I loved her teaching style. Also, she goes out of her way to meet with students and to address their concerns, which is wonderful."

"I love this teacher, she is one of the best acting teachers I have ever had."