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

Serena Tarica

Serena Tarica [Teacher/Coach] 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). 

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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


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