Guest Teachers

 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 Rachel Breitag [Studio Producer] was bitten by the acting bug at a young age landing her first lead as Peter in Peter and the Wolf as a child. She continued pursuing acting as she was scouted at the age of 16 by a modeling agency. Since then Rachel has appeared in many, many magazines, highlights include Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and was picked up by QVC as a full time on air talent. She split her time between East Stroudsburg University majoring in psychology and elementary education, and working as an actress/model. She moved to New York and mastered studies at The Lee Strasberg Institute booking film and television roles including: Curb Your Enthusiasm, White Collar, How Do You Know, as well as numerous national commercials. After relocating to Los Angeles she immediately began her studies with Kimberly Jentzen and continues to find her home in the Advanced and Master classes and most recently booked a role on the sit-com About A Boy. With the influence of becoming Kimberly Jentzen’s Living the Art Institute’s studio producer she is adding producer to her list of credits, co-producing the film Anne Frank Meets God. Rachel’s IMDb page.
Daniela Torchia Daniela Torchia [Guest Teacher] received her B.A. in Psychology/Theater Arts from California State University, Northridge (magna cum laude) and a master’s degree in Public Health/Nutrition and Education from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. Daniela founded the Verdugo Hills Theater Company (VHTC) in Los Angeles with Emmy® Award winning director/sound editor Tim Borquez and choreographer Carlos Ramos.Daniela landed several musical theater productions in Los Angeles including: Grease (Cha Cha), West Side Story (Rosalia), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Sweet Charity (Charity Hope Valentine) and Pippin. She was named Music Connection Magazine’s “Top 100 Hot Unsigned Artists,” received 3 nominations for “Best Performer” and 4 for “Best Song” from the Rock City News Awards, and received an Honorable Mention from the John Lennon Song Writing Competition for her song “Will You.” Recent independent films include Bugs and Sauce, Postcards, God and the Devil, Let It Out,Young at Heart, and Empires.”Acting is my passion. Whether I’m teaching or being taught, there is no greater high for me than becoming a character and experiencing all the emotions at each moment and helping others do exactly the same thing.” – Daniela Torchia Daniela’s IMDb page.
Diane Singel Kimberly Jentzen Diane Singel [Guest Teacher] On any given day, you might find Diane swimming laps or running long distance along a path in the Malibu hills training for triathlons and numerous races across the country. As an actor, she has been working with Kimberly Jentzen for the past several years, advancing to the advanced level class. As an instructor, Diane has taught acting at SAG Conservatory for the Young Performers Class and the Adult Cold Reading Class. These experiences stretched her teaching wings as she has cultivated students.Diane graduated from the University of Rochester, N.Y. with a B.S. in Optics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering, then followed up with an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Her studies include the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and School for Film and Television in New York City. Theatrical acting highlights include: Our Town and Moonchildren and in film, features Who Stole the Electric Car? and Take 24. Her extensive business training and experience aid Diane in her facilitation of the Essence Weekend Intensive. Though she is educated to run a major corporation, acting has held her heart and she is determined to apply her business skills as well as her studies with The Jentzen Technique to guide her successful career as an actress. Diane’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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