The Jentzen Technique
Kimberly Jentzen has been featured in numerous publications and voted “Favorite Acting Coach” in Los Angeles multiple times by Back Stage West. With more than 20 years capturing the essence of artistry, incorporating Chekhov, Adler, Strasberg and Meisner, Kimberly Jentzen is the expert in artistic creation.
She is the creator of the inspiring Jentzen Technique, a series of essential Power Tools designed to cultivate the master level actor. Jentzen’s approach helps build a necessary foundation, instilling within an actor the motivations and needs of authentic characters.
Jentzen’s focus is to guide students of all levels to find their artistic fuel and constantly challenge themselves. “To master skill, an actor must find the fire to make strong, active choices for performance consistency,” says Jentzen.
Classes concentrate on helping actors discover how to OWN IT, eliminating fear, creating an honest character from beginning to end. In her class, one’s craft is continuously molded and applied. Jentzen’s studio has become one of the most creative environments for an actor to grow. Her students regard her as one of the best acting coaches and rate her studio as one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles.
Professional training classes are offered in scene study, cold reading, audition technique, on-camera training, character tools, script breakdown and improvisation, with an emphasis on individual attention. Classes range from beginners to masters. Jentzen also holds her popular Cold Reading Weekend Intensive, as well as her Essence Weekend Intensive.
Her new book, Acting with Impact, is available at Samuel French Bookstore in Hollywood. Actors are accepted by interview only.
Private coaching available.
“I established the Jentzen Technique because I believe the bravest and most important work is the inner work of the artist. I bring that belief to everything I do. I have been so fortunate to work with so many talented artists over the years.
My most recent film, ANNE FRANK MEETS GOD, adapted from a poem by WWII veteran David Epstein and starring Aubrey Peeples (NASHVILLE) and Screen Actor’s Guild Award Winner Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black). My previous film, REIGN, offered me the incredible experience of working with Academy Award® nominated Cinematographer, Jack N. Green (UNFORGIVEN) and Academy Award® winning Sound Mixer, David MacMillan (TWILIGHT) and directing the stars, Andrew Fognani (THE BANKSTERS, MADOFF WITH AMERICA) and Sheetal Sheth (LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD).
Receiving awards for writing and directing is a wonderful feeling, but it’s of the Back Stage Reader’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Acting Coach”, “Favorite Acting Teacher” and “Best of: Acting Coach” that I am particularly proud. My passion is to profoundly impact my students’ success, and it is deeply gratifying that they acknowledge that.
It wasn’t long after completing my BA as an ingénue “triple threat” from UCLA that fellow actors began asking me about my technique. Directing soon followed and I owe so much to my mentor, feature director Michael Nankin (DEFIANCE) and so many amazing actors that I have worked with. It was as a director that I realized that there was a real need out there for the technique I had developed. When I began writing Acting with Impact pursuing an MA in Spiritual Psychology was a natural progression. When you guide artists on such a deeply personal journey of growth, it is essential to address the whole being.
I am really enjoying the diverse groups of actors I am currently teaching. I am also in development on my first feature, a dark comedy that I am having a blast writing. I’ve enjoyed many years contributing my expertise to the Screen Actor’s Guild Conservatory and am a proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors.
Reach out and let’s talk about how I can help you achieve your goals in the craft and the biz.”
~ Kimberly Jentzen
Guest Teachers and Staff at the Acting With Impact Studios
|Michael Nankin [Guest Teacher] is a director with credits spanning 30 years, including: Red Faction: Origins (pilot for Syfy), The Cape, Caprica, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as episodes of Eureka, FlashForward, Heroes, Lie To Me, The Dresden Files, Life Goes On, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Agency, CSI, Veritas, Invasion, among others. His first job in Television was writer/director/showrunner of Life Goes On. Nankin is a recipient of the “Humanitas Prize” and the “Peabody Award”. He has taught acting and directing at The Art Institute and Actors’ Foundryin Vancouver, B.C. Michael Nankin’s website|
|Brienne La Flair [Private Coaching] has always had a love for the art of acting which has lead her to many opportunities, including her work in numerous independent films, television series, and plays. Brienne grew up on Long Island, New York and began her performing career at very young age thanks to the abundance of Disney musicals she performed in her parent’s living room. That passion saw her spending her early years performing in regional theatre productions, and then to earn her BA in Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz. Some of her most memorable theatre roles are Hope in Anything Goes, Julie in Carousel, and Bobbi in Some Girl(s). Brienne then relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. At that time she met acting coach Kimberly Jentzen and has been studying with Kimberly ever since. The opportunity of connecting with Kimberly has led Brienne to booking many lead roles in TV and film, including the recurring role of the straitlaced housewife Emily on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Vietnam nurse Rebecca Phillips in the film The Road Home, and Margot, Anne Frank’s sister in Anne Frank Meets God. As a coach, through the Jentzen Technique, Brienne strives to help actors break down their walls, gain confidence, and live truthfully in the art. Brienne’s IMDb page|
|Serena Tarica [Guest Teacher/Writing Coach] A graduate of the University of Washington, with a B.A. Journalism, and a member of Screen Actors Guild, Serena has worked as a writer in Los Angeles for over 10 years. Her passion for writing extends to screenplays, where she won film festival awards from The New York Festivals and The Film Council of Greater Columbus for Of Earth & Sky. Her screenplay, The Locked House, is currently being produced by Libertine Films with Jules Stewart attached as director. Her screenplays have been read by over a dozen producers who, upon meeting with Serena, had this to say: “Smart, well-written…” “Original story…” “I could not put it down…” “It brought back intelligent, smart, clever supernatural thrillers… Highly Consider.” Her latest thriller Allagash, based on the non-fiction book ‘The Allagash Abductions: Undeniable Evidence of Alien Intervention’ by Raymond E. Fowler is currently being submitted with avid interest from Feature Film Producers and talent alike. Serena Tarica thrives in Los Angeles and Seattle, and has been a well-received guest teacher for The Jentzen Technique, coaching and teaching writers. Serena’s website|
- Casting Frontier
- Backstage: Casting
- The Actors’ Fund
- Kimberly Jentzen’s YouTube Channel
- Stage 32
- Seed & Spark
- Hollywood Networking Breakfast
- Women In Film
- Film Linker
- Box Office Mojo
- Writers Assistants
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