John Jacobsen

John Jacobsen

5.0 (12)
3 hires on
3 employees
32 years in business

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HI - I'm an Emmy Award winning director who teaches acting, directing and screenwriting in Seattle.  I am one of the leading acting coaches here and I have taught a lot in Los Angeles as well. See my website:, please.

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Bellevue, WA 98006
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  • Peggy Ferderer

    He can train you to be a real the industry.! He's not just an instructor teaching the acting techniques. He can teach that to you, for sure, but because of his experience with the industry, he can provide insight and guidance for navigating the industry. He is friendly, approachable, and you can tell he's enjoying his job. :)

  • Jack Sneed

    John is great at finding weaknesses in the actor's analytical and emotional skill set. He teaches you how to strengthen these weaknesses based on the teaching approaches of Uta Hagen, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner and his background as a writer and director. I love his up beat teaching style and endless forms of motivation. Your success is tied to self-motivation and hard work, but John can definitely show you how to acquire the tools to become a professional actress/actor.

  • Richard Snyder

    John helped me prep 2 monologs and 2 scenes for an audition to a conservatory NYC. He taught me the moment to moment acting approach which added to my Meisner training and took my audition pieces to a point of excellence that not only satisfied me but also got me accepted to my program. I highly recommend him.

  • Sean Ferguson

    I started working with John in April of 2017. Immediately I was impressed by his attention to detail during his feedback with what he does or does not pick up from your performance in a monologue or when rehearsing a scene. I'm just starting out in the world of acting which has been intimidating yet exciting and John has provided for me a great balance of encouragement and experienced coaching. He's frank with his feedback (which I greatly appreciate) when there are ways to improve and he expresses genuine enthusiasm and support when you've performed from a place of true connection to the character. John also takes time to work with you on the business aspect of acting and places great emphasis on what it takes to create success as an actor. I've set some major dream goals and he has helped me understand all the small steps it will require before actualizing those bigger goals. He always follows up with my progress and knows how to motivate me if I get off track. His insight in to the business aspect of acting from the auditioning process, to creating a network as well as the attitude and behaviors I need to adopt on a daily basis in order to make tangible strides, have all been incredibly helpful. John is as well rounded of a coach as you can ask for. I consider him a mentor to me in this area of my life simply because his expertise, extensive background and knowledge have given me more than I could ask for and has become the foundation for my success. Now all I have to remember 10 years from now is to thank him during my acceptance speech at the Oscars. :)

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

We meet for an hour to dicuss the student's needs and desires, and for me to assess their level of their experience.  From there, we can plan how often to meet and specifically to work on.

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

I am an Emmy Award winning director with over 30 years of directing feature film, television. commercials, and theatre.  

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

I charge $125 an hour for private lessons, and between $495-$595 for my group sessions, which meet one night a week, for three hours each night, for 8 sessions.

How did you get started teaching?

I ran the Film and TV Department at UCLA Extension and one of my jobs was to supervise the teachers we had there.  I learned a lot from watching them, and thought I could do better.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught thousands of students, of all ages really, from all over the world. I teach acting, directing and writing.

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

Only study with the best.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film Schools Theater Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Stage Performance Training Method Acting Classes Scene Study Classes