Meet KIMBERLY JENTZEN
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.
ACTING COACH AWARDS:
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 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
Kaight Zoia [Office Administrator] grew up in Rose City Michigan, a town with only 600 people. The cliche of the naive small town girl being stunned by the big city was actually her story. She has performed in numerous films including Halcyon Dreams, Red Veil and Beautifully, Love, Dark – which earned 23 nominations and several wins in the film festival circuit. She also played Pope Joan/Mrs. Kidd on stage in Top Girls, at Dow Arena Theatre. The entire Top Girls production received a prestigious invitation to perform at the Los Angeles Theatre Center for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Region VIII Festival 51 and earned a festival award. Kaight has trained in the Jentzen Technique for the past seven years, and she attributes most of her major acting, and even personal breakthroughs, to this training. Kaight is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), has a B.A. in psychology from California State University Northridge and plans to attend graduate school, seeking a PhD in clinical psychology or neuropsychology. Kaight feels most at home in nature and is fortunate to live in the magical southern California city of Topanga, with her husband, son Sol Drago and their critters which include a tarantula, snake, turtle, frog, fish, and some chickens.
Holly Davidson – [Acting Teacher, The Jentzen Technique] Mastering the cello at the age of nine, Davidson has been creating as an artist ever since. A Modeling career landed gigs for Ford Motor Co. and Maybelline. Davidson grew up in Dallas, Texas where she studied TV and Film in college. Her passion for feature films resulted in being cast in Pancho Barnes with Valerie Bertinelli, Ted Wass, Sam Robards, and Todd Allen, and It Takes Two starring Barry Corbin, Anthony Geary, and George Newbern. Her favorite memories were on set working with legends Larry Hagman, Linda Gray & Patrick Duffy on the hit TV series, Dallas. When Davidson’s not playing the role of “mom” to her twin teenage sons, she’s busy on set in Florida–featured in the Disney + series Something Bit Me! and The Advocate (release date: 2023). Davidson recently won “Best Actress” at the Miami Film Festival for Bath Time. Since returning to her love of acting three years ago, Davidson has trained consistently in The Jentzen Technique and attributes her “Best Actress” win directly to training with Kimberly Jentzen. A member of Film Florida’s Legislative Committee, Davidson enjoys performing at her local theatre in Palm Beach County. She also takes pleasure in cooking for family and friends, enjoys listening to Jazz & Blues, and spending time with her Golden Retriever, Finley.
Serena Tarica [Acting Teacher, The Jentzen Technique] received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA). Serena is a sought-after coach/teacher for The Jentzen Technique, working with actors in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and online — praised by parents for her work preparing their kids for the industry and auditions, she excels teaching Kimberly Jentzen’s Acting for Teens and Comedy Workshop and also offers private coaching. Serena was hired to write and develop a TV show based on a true 9/11 police story, and works as writer/editor for books, websites, and marketing materials. As a producer, film festival awards include: Best Short & Audience Award, Anne Frank Meets God; Audience Award & Best Short, Reign; writer/producer awards from New York Festivals and Film Council of Greater Columbus for Of Earth & Sky. Producers had this to say about her screenplays: “Smart, well-written…” “Original story…” “I could not put it down…” “It brought back intelligent, smart, clever supernatural thrillers…” Project Neptune and Allagash, based on ‘The Allagash Abductions: Undeniable Evidence of Alien Intervention’ by Raymond E. Fowler, garner avid interest from Feature Film Producers and talent alike, and The Locked House was optioned and in development at Libertine Films (Jules Stewart, producer/director).
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
- 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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