Darius Journigan
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Darius Journigan

Darius J.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Actors are to seek truth in everything that we do. That begins with the actor. From tearing apart the text to finding the physical and vocal tendencies of character, I work with my actors to the bitter end. I utilize tools from Alexander, Meisner, Hagen, Chekhov, Williamson, Laban, and other approaches to make sure the actor can both connect to and deliver the text in a way that is honest and free while being fully immersed in the world of the play/film/show.

I begin by having the student read the text aloud to me. If needed, I will help the actor maneuver the territory of character-specific speech with a focus on clarifying speech sounds. We then have a discussion about the world of the play/film/show to get on the same page. What follows depends on the actor and their needs. We can explore anything from imagination strengthening to Laban's 8 efforts and prep for upcoming auditions/ jobs. We'll incorporate exercises and ideas that will assist the actor in both behaving truthfully and creating multi-dimensional characters. I aim to equip the actor with skills that (with practice) will heighten their awareness of self, stretch the limits of their body and voice, expand the barriers of their imagination, increase confidence, and fine-tune their audition/performance technique.

About Darius J.

Who’s YOUR Acting Coach? I am an Actor and Coach from Detroit based in the Chicago area. I worked and lived in NYC for 11 years where I studied acting at Marymount Manhattan and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I have also trained privately with some top acting/speech coaches like Dennis Hilton-Reid and Thomas Rene. I teach audition technique workshops monthly with The Family Repertory Company where I've worked for the past 5 years as Associate Director and Resident Actor/Director/Instructor.

I have performed abroad (Athens, GR), regionally (LA, Detroit, Jersey), and locally (off-off Broadway and off-Broadway). I've worked alongside actors like Norbert Leo Buts & Shaquille O'Neal, and have done (and continue to do) my share of short films, commercials, audio series, and music videos. My biggest bragging point (let's be honest, that's what this is. Lol!) Is getting to work with Tony Award winning Broadway Director Kenny Leon at The Public Theatre on HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU.

Whenever I coach an actor, I start by having them recite a 2 minute long monologue. That way I get a sense of their connection to text, and of their ability to clearly and specifically Express an intention in a way that is both engaging and truthful. I also get a baseline assessment of voice, speech, and movement habits. We will work on diction, projection, timing, developing a heightened sense of self, improvisation, text analysis, the expressive voice, breath, classical performance Technique, advanced acting techniques (Method, Laban, Meisner, Williamson, etc.), and more!


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7 Reviews
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

After a long time of searching for an acting coach, I finally met Darius.

His coaching approach is very unique and truly changed my career and skill as an actor. He has a depth of knowledge and is very caring.

I highly recommend Darius.

Posted Aug 16, 2021
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Taking classes with Darius was tons of fun. Helped me through a few problems with a monologue I needed to learn and helped add another layer to it that I didn't even think of. I definitely recommend taking one of his classes as it'll help you reach into whatever piece you're working on and draw out something new for your character work and overall understanding of the play/film/show. if you're wondering whether you should do it or not, I say, take the class! In the long run, you'll be grateful for the help.

Posted Aug 12, 2021
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Darius is a great teacher. Not only does he care about his students, but his attention to every detail is spot on. A true theatre artist in every respect of the term, Darius is just as talented as a performer and playwright. Take class from him before he becomes the next Lee Strasberg and the waiting list is eons long

Posted Aug 11, 2021
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I’ve booked 90% of the auditions I’ve worked with Darius on. He should write a book!

Posted Aug 11, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Darius really gets it. After 3 years working with him, he still manages to know exactly what I need as an actor for every audition and for every role I land. He’s my coach for life.

Posted Aug 11, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Darius helped me develop a sense of awareness that has helped me in every aspect of my life! Since beginning our training together, I am much more confident in my work and continue to book gigs. Highly recommended!

Posted Aug 4, 2021
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Very helpful experience! The lessons are wonderful and I'm learning so much!

Posted Jul 9, 2021

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CEO / Acting Coach
Feb 2018 - Present

Coach Darius

Resident Actor/ Director/ Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present

The Family Repertory Company - NYC


BFA - Acting
Sep 2017 - May 2019


Associates in Occupational Studies - Acting
Sep 2015 - May 2017

American Academy of Dramatic Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best of Lessons.com 2020
Dec 2020


California Arts Scholar
Aug 2007

California Institute of the Arts


The Actors Society
May 2016
Together we share a common story in our individual pursuit for truth and deeper knowledge of self and the craft. This narrative continues to unfold each year from our past alumni and with each new graduating class, adding to the richness of our connections and impacting our world for the better.

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