My students' success is my highest priority.
A professional actor myself, I create a safe class environment where you can take creative risks in order to grow quickly and accomplish your performance goals. I work with seasoned professionals and beginners, too.
Audition pieces: whether you are just beginning work on a new piece or want to polish and refine your current pieces, there's work to be done to stay fresh and confident in "the room."
Text analysis: finding beats, identifying objectives and operative words, exploring pacing and subtext are the daily tasks of the working actor; maintaining a keen awareness and facility with your craft is critical.
Characterization: whether you are preparing for a specific role or simply want to understand how to make choices that set you apart from the crowd and yet remain authentic to what you bring to the part, I have tools and techniques to support you.
Speaking: do you have a big presentation to prepare for? Let's get started!
Improvisation: a skill EVERYONE can enjoy and benefit from participating in. Fun for the beginner and necessary for the acting professional.
My students have performed in NYC theatres and various regional theatres as well as in TV and film. I am a member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of TV and Radio Artisits.
I have coached and taught students ranging from Professional to College to High School to Middle School performers.
I love working with each person, starting where that individual is and watching him/her/them GROW and become more confident and more able to reach their highest potential. Acting is hard work, but it is also the most FUN you can have!
A MUST FOR ANY ASPIRING SERIOUS ACTOR!!!!!!! Jo approaches coaching with a passion, focus, and care that is unmatchable. She is an active listener and the best audience member. She is never “judgy” and really takes her time to ensure she is creating the best workspace and environment for her clients to succeed. She provides compassion and empathy for every student she encounters and allows them to work at whatever pace is healthy for them. Her approach to the technique not only encompasses the text, but the whole physicality of the character. Jo’s attention to detail is impeccable, and she goes above and beyond to make sure whatever you are preparing for, you can present with the utmost confidence. She is not afraid to be honest with you, but will never provide criticism without brainstorming some potential solutions. When working with Jo she makes sure to constantly nourish your own creativity as an artist by asking questions and your thoughts and inputs on the work so it never feels like she is just telling you what to do. Jo makes her students feel like she really cares about their own artistic voice and identity. When you are not working with her, Jo is a quick text/email away for any additional questions that may arise. Jo is also an extremely talented artist in her own right and can relate to each client on a personal level because she has a massive amount of experience in the profession. She is a seasoned industry veteran that has a lot of insight for anyone with questions about the “business aspect”of the performance industry. She also has a great deal of references and referrals for anyone looking to build their own community in this industry. Finally she a beautiful person that generously gives her heart and soul to each individual she works with. You will not find another coach who actually cares as much about your own success as Jo does. Everything she does is real and genuine, and if you are looking for a coach that is still invested in your success even on the days when you don’t feel your best this is the right fit for you. I consider myself very lucky to have been coaching with her for 2 years, and she has helped me approach stage/film/tv auditions and roles that I would have otherwise had a great deal of difficultly with.
Jo is an incredibly supportive and knowledgeable acting coach. She knows all the right questions to ask to analyze the script and character to you can be fully immersed in the scene. I go to Jo to help with scenes for casting director workshops and auditions, and she helps me explore choices and I always end up feeling so confident with a solid scene. Thank you Jo!!
Jo is a caring and insightful acting coach. I have worked with her on a number of projects and can confidently say she has gotten the best out of me. Her system is comprehensive; she will work with you on figuring out the beats of your script to the character's subtext to the background and motivations to the movement and vocalization. Best of all she will never give you a line reading or tell you that there's a right or wrong way to do something. She helps you to figure out the best way that you, as an individual, can express and perform a character, leaving you with a performance that is unique and meaningful to you as an artist. Jo is a demanding coach, but working with her is always playful and joyful. I can't recommend her highly enough!
First, we determine what the student's goals are. (I don't teach a "one size fits all" class.)
Once we have identified the student's goals and I have an understanding of his/her background, we determine the necessary steps and timeline.
Each session is then designed according to the student's specific needs and interests and the skills the student wants to acquire. If the student is a beginner, I teach the basic tools necessary to succeed; if the student is an experienced performer, I offer feedback and new tools/skills she or he will benefit from exploring and using.
Sessions are tailored to the student.
I have trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and hold an MFA in Acting from the PATP program at the University of Iowa. In order to stay current on trends in the business and upgrade my own skills, I regularly attend workshops and seminars studying with teachers such as Paul Russell, Casting Director and Author ("Acting: Make it Your Business"), Amy Jo Berman, former VP of Casting, HBO, and various other instructors in the NYC area.
My fee depends upon the following:
1.) Student goals.
2.) Number of sessions.
3.) If I travel or if the student travels.
My fee averages $50 per hour.
Example #1 - If the student travels to me and we work in my apartment for 1.5 hours, I usually charge $50.00.
Example #2 - If I travel 60 minutes round trip to the student and we work in a studio, the student is responsible for booking the studio, and my fee is $75.00.
I sometimes offer a sliding scale for students who present a need. It is best to talk with me about my fees.
I first taught acting in Seattle, WA at a college program as well as at the Seattle Children's program.
I have 25+ years experience working with all age groups. It is my passion to help actors reach their highest potential...I believe in my students and love teaching!
I have worked with a wide variety of students:
Housewives, lawyers, business professionals, etc.
Teenagers who know they want a career in theatre
Teenagers who just want to try it out
Recently, I directed a piece for the New York City Fringe. It was an amazing experience involving 8 actor/dancers and 1 older actor. We created the piece with the writer. Building a team out of 12 strangers was so exciting and all of these performers remain connected to each other ... each one continuing on his/her individual journey with a memory of a time they felt safe to create beyond their idea of what was possible. The team was completely dedicated to the process and we wound up with an inspiring and touching (as well as sometimes very amusing) theatrical piece. That's the best part of theatre!
Be sure the teacher has YOUR goals and interests and well-being at heart.
Think through what you want in a teacher...
1. What kind of teacher are you looking for? (write down some words that describe the kind of person you want to work with)
2. Ask yourself: "what do I want to have at the end of this acting class that I don't have now?"
3. Think about what your DREAM is and what your goals in acting/speaking/presenting are.
4. Then think about what you are afraid of and what's holding you back. If you can articulate this to a teacher it helps him/her understand your needs.
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