Bonnie Jean Acting Coach

Bonnie Jean Acting Coach

5.0 (3)
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About this pro

I have a BFA in theatre performance and technical theatre as well as a minor in directing. I specialize in young actors up to college age students. I use more of an imagery technique- the story within the story. I also use Utah  Hagen, Stanislavsky, and Alexander technique for references. Website @ www.bonniejeanis.com

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Los Angeles, CA 91601
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Christina L.

    Bonnie is knowledgeable and has a very good understanding of the industry. She has vision, especially when it comes to scene work, and is great at finding your natural beats, as well as guiding and directing you to the strong and unique beats that make a scene shine. She is kind, personable, professional, and creates an environment that makes you feel comfortable to flex your acting muscles. She’s dedicated to working with you and making you the best you can be! She is one of those people invested in lifting others up and helping them succeed! I highly recommend working with Bonnie!

  • Matt Adkins

    Bonnie really helped me open myself up and dive into a variety of characters. I figured I'd be likely to just get type cast however she helped me feel more confident to approach multitude of characters types. 10 put of 10 would recommend.

  • Juli Zimei

    Bonnie is very insightful. She may seem young but she is wise beyond her years. Her coaching style really simplified and made my acting choices the most realistic they have been. Looking forward to working with her again!



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to give my student a scene to memorize and perform, then I start breaking down the scene with them and having them perform again. We then explore different techniques that could be used in this scene. As the student advances we continue with more difficult scenes. We pause lessons to prepare for auditions or scene work the student may have. I also help my students with connecting to good photographers to have appropriate headshots, websites, and business cards/resume etc Once the student becomes more advanced we will work together to produce a short film where I will direct and the student will play the lead. This is the perfect opportunity for an actor- whatever age to learn more about all areas of film or stage(whichever they prefer) and in the end, they've added to their resume. After taking my lessons I can be called to set to help an actor, called specifically to help an actor for an audition, for advice on life- whatever.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BFA in both theatre performance and technical theatre with a minor directing. I took classes covering Stanislavsky,  buddha Hagen , Alexander technique, voice, stage movement, acting for the camera, improv, and more. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I prefer imagery work. Though I know the typical methods and standards, use of imagery, sound, movement- has become my alternative treat for those who like to stray from the books.


How did you get started teaching?

during college I found myself teaching the other students in my classes, and continuing on to direct plays with them in the lead roles. I found that after 4 years of cramming techniques- they were grateful to just go with a different, less complicated route. I moved to LA and worked my way up at a theatre that accepted all levels of training and found myself directing 6 plays with mostly fresh actors. Therefore, most rehearsals were spent just teaching actors to live in the moment and understand their characters in order to be true to them.


What types of students have you worked with?

ive worked with actors as young as 8 and as old as I guess 100... I don't know, she was old though. Haha kidding! Sort of... I love working with kids, they seem to be the most eager to create some strange character, but high school to college age actors are usually the ones that are at their turning point as an actor and that is such a joy to witness.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

i perform in an  immersive dinner theatre and sometimes I get to take an audience member, give them a role and introduce them to the audience as one of our actors. Recently I chose this young girl to be a super secret agent and scope out the perp I needed to search for possible clues to solving a very dangerous murder. She stepped up to introduce herself and completely mimicked my character as she called out her own father to be searched for clues. She then proceeded to claim he's just a natural born killer! When I walked in she was just a bouncy little princess. When I walked out she was hunched over with a squinty eye and dramatically wide steps, but more importantly she was completely confident in whatever she was going to be.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

be open minded! This is a very personal journey for yourself and you need to trust that I only want you to succeed. Whatever homework I give or technique I ask you to try, it's not to burden or humiliate- but to push your limits so you can grow.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

how much actual performing they'll be able to do, because practice is the best my way to grow. However, I also think a proactive actor will want to know- how much will I be in charge of? You, the actor, will be navigating your own future one or another, so I find it best to be in a setting where you get to make more decisions. What kind of material do I want to practice? What kind of characters do I want to create and master? What kind of career do I want? Communicate those things and see who is receptive.


Lessons offered

Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Theater Acting Classes