July 27th, 2011 13:49 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Revered Acting Coach John Pallotta
John Pallotta is quickly establishing himself as one of entertainment industry`s top acting instructors increasingly sought after by film companies, theater companies and actors.
Inspired by his gift for providing deep insight with quiet, well-chosen words, some have taken to calling him the Actor Whisperer. But thanks to amazing reviews from Academy Award winners Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep, his secret is out. And the buzz is getting louder.
Drawing on wisdom absorbed from the masters Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Anne Jackson, William Hickey and many more in 2005 he founded John Pallotta Studio in New York City, where he has honed a highly successful approach that emphasizes teaching students to rely on their own instincts, imagination and choices.
In addition to studio classes, he teaches intensive workshops around the country and offers one-on-one coaching. Actor Joseph D`Onofrio (Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale) credits him with being one of the best acting coaches I`ve ever been around.
Kind words also flow from a diverse range of talent including Emmy-winning sports announcer James Brown, film icon Robert Downey Sr., 90s sitcom star Penwah (Family Matters), Broadway producer Ruben Brache, Kate Pierson of the B-52`s, and actors Dominic Mancino (Life on Mars) and Matt Sternberg (30 Rock).
An established playwright whose work has been optioned for the screen and performed at such venues as Chicago`s famed Steppenwolf, John has amassed nearly 300 professional acting credits experiences that have shaped his passion and talent for teaching the craft.
The line that perhaps best describes John Pallotta`s emerging profile as one of the top coaches in the business was delivered by Meryl Streep, who calls him simply a fabulous teacher.
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Others who have studied with John Pallotta include:
Donna Pallotta - Oscar nominated, Art Direction
Shereen Hickman - Cirque Du Soleil`s Banana Shpeel
Nina Avetisova - Boston Legal, Law & Order, Charmed
S. Dixon - Emmy Award, producer
Jenn Jiles - Emmy Award-winning Actress
Valerie Renee Campbell - (Broadway) Love Hurts
Dan Griffin - Shadow of the Badge
Stephanie Klemons - Broadway In the Heights
Lee Murphy - 20 commercials
D.K. Bowser - 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Law & Order
Anna Chlumsky - My Girl, Law & Order, 30 Rock
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