Student Achievements & Testimonials

Ayla Gittelman Ipek

Ayla Gittelman Ipek

Congrats to Ayla Gittelman Ipek on acceptance to her first choice. Manhattan School of Music – Class of 2025

“Cheryl is one of the most dedicated coaches I have ever worked with.”

She is always focused on making sure the material I have is a good reflection of me and always creates a safe environment to make bold choices. Truly a one of a kind person.

Omara Morales

Omara Morales

Accepted to AMDA conservatory. Congrats on great work!

Violet Young

Violet Young

So thrilled for LaGuardia student Violet Young who is currently shooting a hot new Hulu series! Stay tuned for more info soon!

Chloe Mollis McBride

Chloe Mollis McBride

Congratulations to Chloe Mollis McBride on booking her first commercial for Let’s Get Checked!! Brava Diva!!

Ally Stanton

Ally Stanton

So proud of Ally Stanton who will play “Jo” in Little Women at Trinity School this Fall.

Current College Students and Graduates

Rachel Gesner

Rachel Gesner

Muhlenberg College – Class of 2024

Congratulations to Rachel on Early Decision acceptance!

Brianna Paradiso

Brianna Paradiso

NYU Tisch – New Studio Class of 2024

Congratulations to Brianna on Early Decision acceptance!

Morgan Waggoner

Morgan Waggoner

Graduate University of Michigan 2019

Morgan began working with Cheryl her Senior year of High School and got into her first choice at UMich. She is now pursuing a vibrant acting career in NYC!

Tyler Gent

Tyler Gent

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Tyler worked with Cheryl on his college auditions and landed right where he wanted at CCM. He is currently with the National Tour of Kinky Boots.

Juliette Reilly

Juliette Reilly

Graduate Muhlenberg College

Juliette Reilly is now a chart-topping, soulful pop singer/songwriter from NYC on a mission: to end bullying in schools and help tween girls believe in themselves. She strives to give a voice to the voiceless, and stays active through social media and interactive music video campaigns to involve her fan base of almost 300,000.

Gabi Garcia

Gabi Garcia

NYU Tisch graduate

Gabi worked extensively with Cheryl to prepare for her auditions for college and was accepted to The Tisch School NYU! She is now out in the world and has performed Off B’way and continues to coach with Cheryl for every audition. Congrats to Gabi who just booked “Mae” in Tuck Everlasting at The White Plains Performing Arts Center.

Hannah Zimmerman

Hannah Zimmerman

Stanford University

Having worked with Cheryl since she was 13, Hannah got into the famed LaGuardia High School and is now happily at Stanford University with a double major in Political Science and Theatre.

Hannah Maurice

Hannah Maurice

Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory

Congratulations to Hannah Maurice for acceptance and a scholarship to the Atlantic Theater Company’s Evening Conservatory!

Ava Chiocco

Ava Chiocco

Muhlenberg College – Class of 2023

Congratulations to Ava who received a scholarship award of excellence in acting.

alexa green

Alexa Green

Graduate Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Alexa was one of Cheryl’s first college audition students and booked “Glinda” in Wicked right out of CCM! She is now a most sought after recording artist, actress and voice teacher in NYC. So proud of her!

Testimonials

Sarah Corey

Sarah Corey

A Letter To Harvey Milk, Book Of (Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Beau Jest (Public Theatre)

“Cheryl Stern is my secret weapon.”

Her unflagging energy, warmth and enthusiasm make working FUN and FREE. Yet her work is so specific that I can always count on the results to be dropped in by audition time. So far I’ve booked every role I’ve coached with her–all central roles at prestigious regionals.

Juliette Reilly

Juliette Reilly

Graduate Muhlenberg College, YouTube Star

“I cannot recommend Cheryl enough.”

Working with Cheryl Stern is, plain and simple, a life raft for navigating the turbulent waters of any audition/performance experience. Even having gone to school for musical theatre, no one ever taught me how to really get underneath the meaning behind the lyrics the way she does. I am always inspired, empowered and calm going into any audition after I’ve worked with her — even after having experienced horrible performance anxiety in the past! She’s coached me through college auditions, callbacks for shows like The Voice, and even how to perform my own songs live with more confidence. Cheryl is an incredible asset to any team she is a part of, is a SUPER talent with years of experience, and perhaps most importantly, is the most cheerful and kind teacher you could ask for!

Jasmine Ward

Jasmine Ward

Dancing Still” directed by Susan Stroman, Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”, Pecola

When I first started with Cheryl, I was a timid dancer that had trouble finding her voice, but after the very first session, I knew I found my acting coach! She has given me the tools needed to walk into the audition room with confidence and she’s always pushing me to go outside my comfort zone and try something new. I can now boldly say that I’m an actor and that is thanks to Cheryl!

Rachel Gesner

Ellen Gesner

College Audition Prep Mom

“Cheryl is an amazing human being.”

She is beyond talented and an excellent acting coach. Not only did she coach my daughter, Rachel Gesner for her college auditions (got in first choice at Muhlenberg College), but she has helped her with many roles. She had always been there even with last minute auditions/call backs. Cheryl is the complete package. She goes above and beyond to accommodate her students’ needs.

Ravi Roth

Ravi Roth

Altar Boys, A Letter to Harvey Milk, Ravi Round The World

“4 weeks of pure GOLD!!!!!”

Thank you for your genius artistry! EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE THIS CLASS! The Cheryl Stern Creative Action scene and writing class made me realize I HAVE IT ALL INSIDE. Cheryl has been a mentor and coach of mine for years but this class transformed me into a writer. It simply got me out of my head and onto the paper. Doing it via zoom during quarantine was the highlight OF QUARANTINE! Being in a class with people ranging from 13-60 helped me get a grasp of where we are in the world and understanding multi generational points of view. I highly recommend this class to ANYONE in this industry. The cold reads were EPIC in self discovery and Cheryl hand picked scenes and monologues for all of us. I am leaving this 4 week class with a book and a play in full swing that I WROTE!

Ayla Gittelman Ipek

Ayla Gittelman Ipek

Manhattan School of Music – Class of 2025

“Cheryl is one of the most dedicated coaches I have ever worked with.”

She is always focused on making sure the material I have is a good reflection of me and always creates a safe environment to make bold choices. Truly a one of a kind person.

Rosemary Loar

Rosemary Loar

Sunset Blvd, Chess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, You Can’t Take It With You, Cats

“Cheryl Stern is the best acting coach around!”

Her uncanny ability to analyze the script and instill you with the excitement of discovering it for yourself and then applying it, is only matched by her joy and generosity of spirit. I always feel confident and well prepared going into my auditions after I work with Cheryl.

Kyra Christopher

Kyra Christopher

Graduate Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, National Tour of Cabaret

“Cheryl just GETS IT.”

Cheryl has the ability to pinpoint each of her student’s unique and specific natures and how that uniqueness can be used as an asset in whatever material you may be working on. Also, because she has consistently and is still consistently working in the business, Cheryl also just GETS IT. Unlike many outdated coaches and teachers, she understands and works with you to be your best self in this demanding, extremely competitive, yet beyond fulfilling college audition arena.

We crafted fully realized auditions that felt authentic and specific to me and Cheryl made my auditions fun and fulfilling. I felt fully prepared and got accepted into my first choice at CCM!

Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss

More than 7 – Netflix, The Outcasts with Victoria Justice

I have had the privilege to take class with Cheryl in both private and public settings. I have seen tremendous growth in myself as a performer and person since studying with her. She is my go to person for any audition. Any note, critique and suggestion is so smart and just makes sense. You seriously can’t go wrong with Cheryl!!

alexa green

Alexa Green

CCM Graduate & Glinda in National Tour of WICKED

“I know I can always count on Cheryl Stern.”

Whether it’s preparing for an audition, going over sides or monologues, or coaching a song, she instills in me the confidence to achieve success. She helped me with college audition material, and gave me the tools to land my first job. Thank you Cheryl for your generous spirit and immense talent, I look forward to working with her every time and know that she’s simply the best! I recommend her to anyone!”

Cathy Cavender

Cathy Cavender

Tuck Everlasting at White Plains Performing Arts Center
Josephine Strong, Urinetown, Village Light Opera

Cheryl Stern is patient, creative and supportive. Cheryl is a dream coach–she’s flexible about scheduling, and endlessly patient, creative and supportive. I loved working with her, and look forward to the next time!

Tina Mollis

Tina Mollis

A Chorus Line – National Tour, The Rhythm Kings Jazz Orchestra

I can’t thank you enough for what you have given me the past 4 weeks. I’m still taking it all in. You are truly an extraordinary teacher – and I mean that. I definitely want to continue working with you – So – thank you Cheryl for the gift you have given to me as an artist, an actress, a writer and a human. Thank you for letting me share my stories and opinions, and venture into getting back into the game. I will also definitely continue writing my family story.