- 19 years of professional industry experience
- current working professional
- coached actors to major successes on Broadway, National Tours, Film & TV work as well as acceptances to major conservatories and universities for college
- Northwestern University graduate; taught acting at my alma mater as well as at Roosevelt U (Chicago), Orange County School of the Arts (CA), Johns Hopkins U (Baltimore) and various others.
- trained in & can teach on-camera acting, classical Shakespearean text, movement, and great at working with beginners.
I love when clients feel confident, succeed and reach their goals! It's so exciting to hear when they book!
I am new to acting and Jessica definitely helped me to begin and understand what I needed to know to get me started. She is great for any beginning student.
Jessica is an awesome instructor. She is organized, knowledgeable, dependable and funny! She makes each session productive and fun. I have learned so much by working with her.
Jessica always has good ideas to add layers to the context of any character or song. She is very down to earth which helps the performer feel safe to play around with the character or song in different ways. Her experience in the industry helps with preparing for auditions or career planning in general. I truly value her as someone I can trust to help make me me a better and empowered actress and performer.
We worked organically. Profesh but fun. Instilled confidence in my strengths.
First, I assess the student's goals, needs and experience. Second I learn about what they've already learned, either in previous acting training or in a job or experience non-related to the arts. Third, I create a common language translating their previous experiences with the methods in The Practical Handbook for The Actor, a utilitarian-style method of acting founded on the basis of Stanislavski's principles.
I have worked 19 years in the industry as an actor, director & award-winning choreographer. I've been successfully coaching actors for 15 years to great successes. I am originally from Chicago and my teaching is towards a very practical style: action based, acting -- getting to the essence of what you're physically and essentially doing so you can toss away nerves and bring the play to the room. This way of working allows you to show your best self and know what the character is *doing* so you as the actor need to only play this action.
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I was offered a teaching position at Northwestern University, my alma mater, to substitute one year after I graduated, and the students were so enthused by my work they wrote to the department chair to ask me to stay on. I did for a year!
College auditions, high school students, Broadway professionals, professional actors in film and television.
Recently taught at Orange County School of the Arts and working on actions - watching lightbulbs go off in the students is so exciting! I have great success with actors of all abilities and ages, and am able to communicate principles of acting in a clear, relatable and enjoyable format.
Be thorough - makes sure the things you read from a teacher resonates with the work you'd like to do.
Ask to see what a teacher's approach is or how they might approach a certain monologue or scene. You're the client and it's you're time -- make sure the person you're working with is a professional and isn't trying to sell you their "method." There are a lot of ways of working but make sure you enter into a practice which keeps you emotionally safe but expressive as it relates to the script. A studio that promises crying on cue you might want to skip. :)