explore & enjoy.

#1 Wyatt Fenner & other actors in Classical Styles.
photo: me 

#2 Wonderful actors I've taught and/or coached: Brooke Bloom, Chris Pine, Simon Helberg & Melanie Lora.
photos: Michele K. Short / Geoffrey Wade 

#3 Ryan Spahn, Kellie Mattison, Paula Christenson rehearsing for Chekhovia, a project I directed with Antaeus' A2 company.
photo: Jeff Mandell

#4 Me, directing Chekhovia.
photo: Jeff Mandell 

#5 Some terrific actors from the Classical Styles scene presentation. Left to right, top: Joe Fuhr, Jeanne Squia & Sarah Hollis. Bottom: Brett Colbeth & Kate Mahar, Abby Wilde & Etta Devine & Drew Doyle.
photos: Geoffrey Wade 

#6 Two extradinary actors I've had the privledge of teaching, coaching &/or directing: Angela Goethals & Ramon DeOcampo. Angela is also my goddaughter.
photo: Karianne Flaathen

                   jeanie hackett knows as much about acting as just   
about anybody I 
know. She is herself an actress, a fine one.  
She has run a theatre 
company that involved the care  
& feeding of actors on the most 
complicated level.  
she knows, in other words, 
what an actor goes through. 
She teaches acting, brilliantly. And she has written  
books in the form of i
nterviews, that are the most perceptive  
books about that acting process 
that I know anything about.  
Be in touch with her.  






ongoing ~ 
risk more + fail better = great acting.
My ongoing workshop is back, with an innovative new structure.
Read: How Classes Work, in The Workroom
Tues. nights, 7 - 11

ongoing ~ THE ART OF THE BIZ
career focus group + industry guest
to enhance the entrepre-artist in all of us. Free for anyone who works with me, $35 others. Members contribute to The Art / Biz Diaries
4th Tues. of every month

 Next up: On Camera Workshop: Thurs. April 17, 6 - 10
Cold Reading: Weds. May 14, 10 - 1 // At AFI

one-off ~ CHEKHOV at EMERSON
a three hour seminar for the drama dept. at Emerson College in Boston!
Monday, March 31 / 12 - 3 

a week-long intensive focus on Chekhov's plays with WTF apprentices.

for more info, SUBSCRIBE to The Workroom!


How Classes Work, in THE WORKROOM

Class isn't just class, it's community. It's where we learn secrets about the work through others. It's where we tell our secrets, expose our essential self. 

Heather Corwin & Wyatt Fenner, Scene work. Photo: Geoffrey Wade

Save for on-the-job, it's the only place we seriously & playfully engage the intimate relationship between ourself and the work.

The Workroom offers an innovative class structure to strengthen the discipline, commitment & energy this relationship requires. Essentially it’s this: the more you commit, the more you get & the less you pay. You can choose what works best for you & how you want to pay. 

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inside The Workroom: private coaching

         I recommend Jeanie to actors because of her strong theater
background & her own extensive experience 
in front of
the camera. She is able to give them the best of both worlds & 
strong, interesting choices 
based on good script analysis & 
the experience to know how to make those choices
work for the camera. 

more info: theworkroom@jeaniehackett.com

Welcome to the Olympics of acting. The super-competitive arena of the art & industry in NYC & LA means that the readiness really is all. Out of the gate: work that is fearless, original, real, fueled by the white-hot energy of your intelligence, sexuality, humor, need, danger, warmth, confidence, agression, vulnerability & charisma. In other words, YOU manifesting every bit of your potential. Great work. That's what we're going for.

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inside The Workroom: acting class

    In her teaching, Jeanie exhibits the qualities she tries to encourage

 in her students. She is highly present, emotionally alive, explosive,
sensitive, & above all, open & available. When I work with her I am
getting much more than an intelligent, technically masterful teacher.
I am able to benefit from the experience of a graceful, 
nuanced actress & passionate person

Why do some actors' emotional worlds move us & others leave us cold? Why do some voices compell us to listen & others tune us out? Why is the inner life of one actor mesmerizing in stillness & another's boring in histrionics? What makes for the difference between good & great? 

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The Art / Biz Diaries

Laura Jean Salerno's tag line "Sassy, Sarcastic & Slightly Sweet" describes her to a "T." I first met LJ when she joined my Classical Styles class at Antaeus. Right away we could all see she's found that great big "x" on the success map I call "holding onto your roots." LJ's embrace of who she is & where she comes from allows the entire wow-factor of her unique & essential self to show up big time in her work. She calls her business "Make Something Productions." (as in, DO IT!) Her title is "Classy Bitch in Charge." Read on.

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sunday in the park with shakespeare

READ: interview with jh 


Says Hackett, "If you look at who gets nominated for Oscars, it's often Australians & Brits who've had classical training. Actors with classical training have a set of skills that are not always used in tv & film, but ultimately are what separates the men from the boys. If you have the skills for Shakespeare you can do anything with language. If you have the skills for Chekhov, you can do anything with behavior. The bar is set higher, your talent is stretched to serve the demands of these mighty authors. & then when you settle back down to television & film -- it's easy. It's just a piece of cake."


I'm Not That Guy

READ: interview with JH


"If you deny the fact that you're bigoted or mean, if you're not in touch with the fact that you can be as mean as this character, then you can't play her," Hackett points out. Also, "If you don't think much of yourself, how are you going to play a really confident character? If you haven't nurtured the ball-buster side of yourself, how are you going to walk into an audition and ooze confidence? Or if you haven't claimed your own brand of sexuality, if you keep it under wraps, how are you going to play Blanche when she's alone with the delivery boy?


more stuff for actors

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