Coach, Director, Writer

One of the most acclaimed acting coaches in Los Angeles, Kimberly Jentzen is an award-winning director/writer/coach and a multi-winner of Back Stage Reader’s Choice Awards: “Favorite Acting Coach,” “Favorite Acting Teacher” and “Best of: Acting Coach”. Kimberly is the founder of The Jentzen Technique and author of Acting with Impact and Life Emotions App. As a producer/director, her films have won film festival “Audience Choice” and “Best of” awards garnering critical acclaim as “powerful and emotionally stirring”. With an MA in Spiritual Psychology, Kimberly is fascinated with the human condition and impassioned by the love of the work. Her actors hone their talents to star in major motion pictures, as series regulars on television, and on Broadway.


Winner – “Best Of” Backstage West
Winner – “Favorite Acting Coach” Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards (2 time winner)
Winner – “Favorite Acting Teacher” Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards 
Runner Up – “Best Scene Study Class” Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards (5 times)
Runner Up – “Best Cold Reading Class” Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards (6 times)
Winner – “Most Voted for Acting Teacher” in Every Category – Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards
Winner – Hollywood Weekly’s Top Pick – Acting Coaches


Winner – Reign: Best Direction – Actors Film Festival
Winner – Reign: Best Short Film – New York International Film Festival
Winner – Reign: Audience Award – New York International Film Festival
Winner – Reign: Best Short Film – Louisville International Film Festival
Winner – Reign: Audience Favorite – Louisville International Film Festival
Winner – Reign: Award of Merit – Best Shorts Competition
Winner – Reign: Bronze Bulb Award – VIFF!
Finalist Award – Reign: USA Film Festival
Winner – Grounds – Best Webisode – Louisville International Film Festival
Finalist Award – Personal Space Invaders: Secret Rose Theatre
Finalist Award – Laurietta (Writer): Outfest
Winner – Of Earth & Sky: Honorable Mention – The Film Council Of Greater Columbus, Ohio 
Finalist Award – Of Earth & Sky: New York Festivals

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Guest Teachers and Staff at the Acting With Impact Studios

 Michael Nankin 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
Serena Tarica 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


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