Jane Brody

Jane B.

Chicago, IL

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Jane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+

Teaching since:

My passion is teaching acting!

My mission is to help actors learn and grow, especially those who weren't given lots of help. I myself had few financial advantages, and little help or encouragement from my family. I am not particularly good looking nor was I not able to attend one of the prestigious universities or acting schools.

However, At the age of 20, I began making my living as an actress and as a singer.I am now a long time member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

My success came from hard work, determination, and talent. My drive to work as an actress never included fame, I simply wanted to act anywhere and anytime.
I struggled for many years to find a teacher or a method that would help me develop my talent and finally found one in Michael Shurtleff, author of the book, Audition. I worked with Michael for two years and became his assistant. He inspired me to become a teacher, and I stopped acting because it no longer was as exciting to me as teaching and directing.

Now I teach workshops all over the country, do lots of skype and facetime coaching, and guest teach at universities. My dream of reaching lots of actors has come true and for that I am grateful.

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Jane B. Teaches
Jan 1984 - Present
Private company

Acting talent is God given, but the skill needed to reveal talent is a result of hardwork and commitment. Learning the craft of acting can release talent and take it to unknown heights. Without skill, talent simply exists, it doesn't flourish.
I am known for my ability to diagnose and solve an actor's problems quickly, to see where an actor's talent lies, and for my straightforward approach to instruction.
I have been teaching acting for thirty years privately as well as at acting schools and conservatories. I founded Acting Studio Chicago, headed the acting program at Louisiana State University, and recently retired as an Associate Professor of Acting at The Theatre School Conservatory at Depaul University in Chicago. My mentor was MIchael Shurtleff, author of the book Audition and I have been teaching all forms of audition methods both on camera and off for many years. I have also been a casting director, member of CSA which honored me with an award for casting on the film Fargo. I have written two books for actors, The Actor's Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life, and Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience. My students include Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Elvis and Nixon), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Alex Koch (The Dome), Melissa Peterman (Reba, Baby Daddy) and many others.

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Sep 2000 - Jul 2001
Illinois State University


Jan 2017
Screen Magazine, Chicago
Best Director: Crimes of the Heart, Immediate Theatre
Jan 2017
Jeff Committee
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD, Nice Faces of 1943
Jan 2017
St. Paul Pioneer Press
BP Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
Feb 2006
Louisiana State University
Outstanding Teaching Award
Apr 2003
Louisiana State University
Tiger Excellence in Teaching Award
Feb 2002
Louisiana State University
Best Location Casting: Fargo
Feb 1985
Casting Society of America


Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Mar 1970

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Actors' Equity Association
Mar 1969

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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8 Reviews

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Alessandro Sep 18, 2017
Audition Prep · In studio

In July 2017 I attended Jane's Fresh Faces for Film group session and from the moment she began the class I was taken aback by the depth and realism she brings to the art of acting. I knew I had come across an incredibly important person in my life; akin to the handful of teacher's in my youth that left an indelible mark on me. You quickly realize the experience and knowledge that she has established over her long career are immensely engaging and enriching. If you are willing to give in, she will take you down a path whereby you will learn not only acting but also something new about yourself. I am the sponge to her rain and extraordinarily privileged that our path's have crossed. I look forward to our next session.

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Peter Sep 14, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jane Brody is a force of nature, and an amazing teacher, mentor, and coach. Jane believed in me before I believed in myself, taught me how to act with immediacy and truth, and gave me an unshakable foundation on which I can base all work. She's tough, passionate, creative, and whip-smart (also very funny).

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Leah R Sep 14, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jane teaches a no-nonsense and innovative process that gives you the tools to prepare and feel confident in the audition or rehearsal room. Her energy is highly motivating.

Matt Sep 13, 2017
Film and TV Acting · In studio

Jane is incredible in the classroom. She truly believes in loving the artist in each student and in drawing that artist forth. She uninhibitedly breaks through the layers of BS that prevent an actor from sharing their deep emotional natures with the camera, or the audience. She uses techniques both loving and uncompromising to shake students up and coax them into opening.

She also uses the seemingly incompatible languages of science and myth, and weaves together a vocabulary for the artistic pursuit that is at once invigorating, fresh, and practical (not to mention fascinating!).

Best of all, you can tell right up front that her joy comes from taking the journey with each of her students. She IS the magical guide in the Hero's Journey of each student she comes across. You should drop everything right now and sign up for her next class. :)

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Peter Z Sep 12, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jane is hands down the best instructor I've worked with. Her approach is raw and no nonsense...always encouraging a sense of play and inspiring this willingness to take risks. I was left with a feeling of accomplishment knowing that I had a solid set of tools for character building ...not to mention for auditioning as well.

*Highly* recommended for actors who are ready to put in good work and that are truly serious about craft.

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Mike Sep 11, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jane is an incredible instructor with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend to serious actors looking to broaden the depth of their work.

Robert Sep 11, 2017
Acting · In studio

Jane is a great teacher. I still feel like I get better all the time using the tools I learned from Jane.

Samuel Sep 11, 2017
Acting · In studio

I've received some of the most valuable training from Jane - training that stretches beyond acting and into the way I navigate life itself. I cannot recommend Jane highly enough.

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