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Meet KIMBERLY JENTZEN, Director-Writer-Coach

Kimberly Jentzen, Award-winning director/writer/coach, was raised at the beach in Southern California where she wrote poetry, rode her bike, and body surfed while training as a “triple threat”: actor, singer, dancer. With a BA from UCLA in Theatre Arts she has gone on to become one of the foremost acting coaches in Los Angeles and a recipient of Back Stage Reader’s Choice Awards: “Favorite Acting Coach,” “Favorite Acting Teacher” and “Best of: Acting Coach”. Kimberly is the author of Acting with Impact and the Life Emotions App.

Her films won “Audience Choice” and “Best of” awards at numerous film festivals and garnered critical acclaim as “powerful and emotionally stirring”. With an MA in Spiritual Psychology, Kimberly is fascinated with the human condition — impassioned by the love of her work and the next creative endeavor.



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
 Rachel Breitag 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 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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