"Amanda has a wonderful teaching style that brings results through positive critique. She is encouraging, yet honest and I feel it is her supportive nature which has helped me to open up more in my acting." - K.G.
"I just wanted to say thank you for helping me with my monologues/audition and encouraging me to be in your acting class. I had a great time and learned a lot. Your class helped me with my confidence and acting ability. You’re a fantastic teacher and I would recommend your class to anyone. I can’t thank you enough!" - R.D.
"Amanda: You are one of my favorite acting coaches. You have a very unique way of teaching that I have learned so much from. I have finally also discovered what my niche is because I have learned so much about myself in class. And thank you so much for caring about me. You are the true meaning of "coach." I would recomend you to every one and any one who wants to learn more about themselves. Thank you!"- N.A.
"I really owe a lot of thanks to you. I would of only known that I had to read the script (which is a "duh") if it wasn't for you and your training! Honestly, I've learned so much! I mean it looked EXACTLY like how you explained and showed the way a film and commercial audition would look like. I can't wait to see and learn from you again!" - A.H.
"I just wanted to congratulate you on your award, and let you know that you so deserve it. I have always been so impressed with your eagerness to teach the craft you are so good at. You have helped me so much I can't even quantify it. Even if my whole life was just going to class and doing plays, or free Indie films, I can't even imagine a life without acting. Thank you so much!" -A.S.
"Thank You again for the showcase and for everything. You're a great teacher and I look forward to attending more of your classes. Ever since I have started taking acting seriously and really pursuing it, I have felt more fulfilled with my life, more confident, and all around happiness in who I am and what I am doing. It's amazing how much a person can grow by putting themselves out there in uncomfortable situations. Your class has been better for me then you will ever know." -R.D.
"You are a great teacher with the perfect mixture of knowledge, kindness, encouragement and humor. I learned and relearned some of the things I was able to do many years without thinking about. I was reminded and re-motivated that I needed to get back to doing more." -J.C.
"Thank you for your help with my career, the help you give to actors is priceless Amanda." - R.D.
"Your workshop and this experience is teaching me that the blocks are sometimes the DON’Ts that I have put on myself over the years of my life. It was a big Defining Moment for me as an actor. I knew that I had tapped into an emotional level that I had never experienced before or “re-lived” as an actor. Thanks." - R.Z.
"I am a superb judge of character. I concluded quickly that you are exceptionally talented and more than qualified to teach anything related to acting, etc. Your interpersonal skills and ability to read situations are exemplary. I also recognize that you have an innate ability to recognize when there is a something missing that is invisible to most people." - J.G.
"Tonight's class was great I learned a lot about how important it is to have an objective. I am very excited. I feel like I have come a long way, but I know I still have a long way to go. Thanks for running such a good class." -A.S.
"I love your class and think that you're an amazing teacher. Not only have you let me discover Uta Hagen, but I have learned so much from you." - N.W.
Messages from Current and Former students wishing Verve Studios Owner and Head Coach Amanda Melby Happy 10th Anniversary!
Current and Former Students discuss working and studying at Verve Studios.
Cinematography by Webb Pickersgill. Edited by Bryan Simcox. Some photos by Laura Durant. (2014).