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Helen Kearney Konen 

Theater teacher

Helen Kearney Konen is all about theater: from acting to directing, writing skits and teaching. She offers acting workshops, day camps and private coaching to preteens, teens and adults.

When Konen got the part of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., it altered her direction in life. After beating actress Diane Keaton for the part she decided to major in theater. She went on to earn her B.A. in Theater Arts at California State University-Long Beach.

Some of Konen's favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Reese Witherspoon. Her favorite movies include Walk the Line, The Queen and Polish Wedding.

"My focus is on real, honest acting whether it's on stage or on camera. I tell people the way I teach would be camera-ready. It is much more focused on reacting and connecting with other actors," says Konen.

"People can have talent or not have talent, but I think there are many people with potential that's just untapped. If I see potential in somebody then my job is to bring that spark out and show them how to bring it out and make it into something," says Konen. For more information, check out www.settingthestagecharlotte.com.

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