Jake Owen

Jake O.

New York, NY

Lesson Details

Film Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You can expect to walk away with tools to break down a script, self tape, enter an audition room, and be the best you. You'll also leave with confidence, and a tape of our session. Film acting doesn't differ much from stage acting. The preparation and partner work is instrumental and fundamental, and our goal is utilize those and making the camera our friend.

I help actors self tape constantly and have helped them receive callbacks for Inside Amy Schumer, Hawaii 5-0, Goodman Theater,
and multiple independent films. I'm also a reader for WB casting, which gives me time to sit on the other side of the table to see and hear what CD's are looking for.

***Equipment supplied***
Camera. Worksheets. Basic Editing.
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Jake teaches



Jake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 55 and special needs

Teaching since:

What drives me to wake up every day, is to supply actors with a safe space to grow and learn trusted actor tools and resources. I want to foster, the lessons I've been taught and learned, and help the actor change their path and careers. I love meeting new artists, collaborating, and getting results.

I'm a producer/actor/director who combines that with my passion of being a life-coach. I attended the high ranking, UNCSA, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCB, and have private coached for 5+ years.
I know the juggling that happens with the life of an actor and have the experience and ability to help you navigate it. During my private coaching, I've had successes such as: Master of None, Hawaii 5-0, Off-Broadway Plays, Julliard, DePaul, and more. My private coaching has helped clients book roles, extend their network, find longevity and purpose in the acting pursuit and life.

I have extensive experience and teaching exp. in: Shakespeare, Monologues, EPA's, Self-taping, Improvisation, Auditioning, Winning the room, Meisner, College auditions, Stanislavsky, and more.

Notable Students

Gus Halper: Truth and Lies: Menedez Brothers, The Goat, Ricki and the Flash
Sarah Viccellio: Master of None, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order: SVU
Michael Labbadia: The Attic Theater Co.
Alex Gagne: Keen Company, Bridge Production Group, MugBug Prod.
Reagan Elizabeth: Stephanie Klapper Casting
Joshua Morgan
Michael Calciano
Owen Laheen
Ellie Barone
Gabe Arant

I hope to meet you soon!

*Online sessions are also available*

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Directing Fellow
May 2018 - Present
The Kennedy Center

I will begin my time at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, in September 2018. I will be coaching local professionals, assistant directing some of the top theatre talent, and work shopping new plays.

Private Coach
Feb 2017 - Present
Tools for Schools NYC

Empowering Actors Co. is a private actor company I started to help actors with affordable acting lessons that cater to their needs. (Monologues, Self-Taping, Shakespeare, Sides, Meisner, Voice Training) We also focus specifically on high school students preparing for their college auditions, with students in 2017-2018 accepted to SUNY Purchase, PACE, Ithaca college, and more!

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College Audition Prep Coach.
May 2016 - Present
Private company

We helps high school students prepare for their college auditions or competitions. We work on monologues, 16/32 bar songs, Winning the room, Industry mock auditions, and more.

Associate Artistic Director
Feb 2015 - Present
Bridge Production Group

I'm the Asso. A.D. of The Bridge Production Group where we inject Shakespeare with spontaneity and vitality. My responsibilities are fundraising, casting, producing, building our brand, getting reviews, play selection and revision, and more...

This company has helped me make connections, find my voice and vision in the professional world, helped me with casting knowledge, and has given my career validity by having John Patrick Shanley, Lyle Kessler, Peter Hedges, creators of The Woodsman, and more, attend my shows and forming a relationship with them.

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Casting and Fundraising.
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
Manhattan Class Company. (MCC)

Working at MCC let me into casting rooms with some of Broadway's top actors and casting directors. I was able to build casting skills, notice what CD's look for in audition rooms, and learned how a top Off-Broadway theatre company is ran. I was able to network with Bernie Telsey, Blake West, and more.

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Shakespeare. War of the Roses Intensive.
Apr 2016 - Aug 2016
Royal Shakespeare Company
Improv 101 and 201
Jul 2015 - Feb 2016
Upright Citizens Brigade
BFA- Drama
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Improvisation 101-301
Jun 2016
Upright Citizens Brigade.

I completed the first three sessions of UCB's improvisation program, which supplied me with truth, the ability to say yes, respond in the moment, and countless lessons as an actor. UCB taught me sketch writing, ensemble games and workshops, and more.

Shakespeare Teaching.
May 2016
Kenan Institute.

I partnered with The Kenan Institute in teaching and sharing Shakespeare. We went through a cycle of workshops with industry professionals, performed shows, broke down text analysis and history, and were able to teach ages from 15-35 in Shakespeare intensives ourselves.

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Best Supporting Actor Nominee
Sep 2015
Best Featured Actor
Jun 2015
North Carolina Shakespeare Theatre Festival.


Actors' Equity Association
Sep 2016

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Lauren Taub Photography

Jake Owen in a Moven Commercial with Gus Halper, from the film Goat(Nick Jonas, James Franco).
Photo by Kai_Rav Photography (SNL)

Kai_Rav Photography.

Lauren Taub Photography

Jake Owen singing That's Life.
Jake Owen in performance as Romeo in Romeo's Midsummer Night's Dream of Juliet at The Gowanus Lofts.

Jake Owen premiering Prince Alfred in The Heart of Oak (The Kraine). Heart of Oak was voted best show in The Winter Fringe Festival in 15'.

Jake Owen in Moven Financial's St. Patrick's day commercial. Shot by Miles Flatt, featuring Gus Halper.

13 Reviews

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Joaquin Sep 10, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

Reine Jul 13, 2017
Acting · Online

Really great insight and learnt a lot. Very focused and on point. Looking forward to my next online session with Jake.

Sarah Jul 10, 2017
Film and TV Acting · In home

I became a fan of Jacob's theatre work in NYC. It's always fresh and inventive, which is why I coach with him on my audition scenes. I primarily go in for tv/film work, but his classical training foundation and fresh perspective translate to the screen. If you're looking for affordable coaching with a cutting edge, up and coming artist- call Jake!

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Ellie Jul 5, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jake Owen is an excellent teacher and support system for not only fellow professional actors but also for aspiring performers! His radiant energy is contagious and his conservatory training is exceptional and diverse. I highly recommend!

Gabriel Jul 5, 2017
Acting · In studio

I've known Jake for a long time and he definitely has what it takes to be a great teacher! I learn just from being around him.

Joshua Jul 5, 2017
Acting · In home

Jake is a wonderfully caring, empathetic, smart acting coach. He's very in-tune with people's emotions and what they're capable of and knows how to tap into innate talent. He also knows how to approach the process from all angles for different ages.

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Gus Jul 4, 2017
Acting ·

Jake is amazing. I've known him for 7 years, and he's always been incredibly generous and attentive. He's an amazing actor with a real love for it, and combined with his passion for helping people, I have no doubt that Jake is the perfect coach for kids looking to audition for drama schools.

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Michael Jul 4, 2017
Acting · Online

Jake was so helpful and gave me tons of confidence for my audition. I left feeling so much more specific and clear about what I was doing. Now I always ask for his advice when I have an audition coming up!

Miles Jul 3, 2017
Acting · In studio

I went to school with Jake, and I know him to be a patient, kind, and adaptive man who is capable of adjusting to any situation. Jake will make an excellent teacher. He has a firm grasp of a variety of different techniques, a strong intellect, and a remarkable ability to listen. Take his class. You will not regret it.

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Cat Jul 3, 2017
Theater Acting · In studio

Jake is amazing !

Alex Jul 3, 2017
Acting · In studio

This guy is everything. His honest and direct insights are everything an actor needs to to cut through the noise of self doubt. Jacob's insite has become an absolute asset in my process and I highly recommend his help in whatever project you need.

Jasmine Jul 2, 2017
Acting · In studio

I know there are tons of reviews on here but he's been a huge help to my career and I feel like no matter what your level of knowledge you're at or what your goals are, he's just the type of person who you will grow and learn from.

Jake has worked with me on and off over the past 3 years and has been an absolute blessing. I have come to him when bigger opportunities have opened for me and he's kept me grounded in the work so I feel confident and prepared walking into the room. I've booked two guest star rolls since working with him, one on ABC, the other CBS and have seen a steady increase in callbacks the more often we work together. Couldn't recommend enough.

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Mike Jun 30, 2017
Acting · In studio

Recently I worked on a callback with Jake. Being an actor himself he knows exactly how to talk to performers in a way that empowers them. In his mock audition settings he successfully creates the feeling of professionalism that you encounter in the world and enables you to find confidence in your process and work within that setting. Most importantly, Jake is encourages you to be yourself and bring you to the audition, not give the people behind the table an idea of what you think they want. Jake understands that auditioning is not about delivering what you think it should be, but taking the opportunity to express your unique self within the character and circumstances.

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