Jennie Bissell

Jennie B.

Baltimore, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a lifelong actor and passionate teacher-- and I would love to take your work to the next level!

As a teaching artist, I have worked with students age 5-88 on audition preparation, role development, and physical and vocal technique. I am a certified Yoga teacher, and I love to draw on principles of mindfulness in performance preparation.

As your coach, we will patiently and persistently discover the methods that enable your absolute best work. From Linklater voice work, to Mask exercises, to silly vocal exercises, we will develop a system that works for you. Best of all: we'll have a blast doing it.

About Jennie B.

I am a lifelong actor who is passionate about helping clients uncover their natural ability to captivate an audience. I work with both professional performers; and with executives, academics, and anyone seeking to communicate with power, ease, and authenticity.

I hold an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, and an MFA from NYU-Tisch.

I assist medical students with patient communication at John's Hopkins University, teach acting at Everyman Theatre, and perform regularly in the DC/Baltimore area. I am also certified as a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, and am currently completing my 300 hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

I am passionate about helping clients find greater fulfillment and a deeper connection to themselves and others: be it through mindfulness practice, public speaking coaching, or acting training.

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John G
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I came to Jennie with basically 0 acting experience and wow am I glad I went to Jennie. She is the most kind, compassionate and supportive instructor out there. Her knowledge was vast and whether you want to get into film, Tv, theater or just wanna get out of your shell, Jennie is the instructor for you.

She helped me every step of the way to hone my craft, work on monologues, mock audition and so much more. Jennie’s way of teaching makes you think differently and she truly brings out the best side of you. Plus Jennie is so supportive going at my speed giving constructive feed back and making me feel great about my progress.

Lastly, Jennie was understanding of my time and worked around my schedule as well as the “homework” or “things to work on” she gave. Jennie was flexible and the Zoom calls worked incredibly well during this pandemic. Every day I would get off of our call with a smile on my face feeling accomplished!

Overall I would say Jennie was helpful, knowledgeable and a great instructor. I would highly recommend her for anyone who is looking to start acting and have no idea where to begin.

Posted Jul 22, 2020
James Sclafani S.
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My daughter loved the session. Thank you!

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Chad S.
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A truly gifted instructor. I came to Jennie with zero acting experience. She was able to patiently and carefully guide me to focus on my scene and most importantly how to RELAX and let the scene flow. Her knowledge of acting techniques and tips is unparalleled. She teaches you how to look at the scene as a whole and truly understand what your character is feeling. I highly recommend Jennie to anyone who is interested in learning more about acting.

Posted Jan 21, 2020
Madeline
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My daughter was so happy to start a acting lesson. jennie did great she was so sweet and kind and know just how to get her comfortable with learning acting we cant wait to do so many more lessons with jennie

Posted Jul 30, 2019
Madeline
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter was so happy to start a acting lesson. jennie did great she was so sweet and kind and know just how to get her comfortable with learning acting we cant wait to do so many more lessons with jennie

Posted Jul 30, 2019
Willa
Profile-location-online Online

Jennie is a wonderful speaking coach! She is incredibly kind, patient, and encouraging. I feel much more confident in how I present myself to others, especially those I've just met in the formal setting of an interview. Jennie has prepared me with warmup exercises to suit any type of mood, whether it be calming down or harnessing nervous energy in a positive way. Additionally, I learned effective ways to be more present and truly connect with people in interviews. I recommend working with Jennie- she is very genuine and truly cares about her students. I look forward to the chance to work with her in the future!

Posted Jul 23, 2019
Abdul
Profile-location-online Online

Jennie was excellent. Very instrumental in prep'ing up my daughter for her competition. Jen was very flexible and always adjusted to our varying dates & timings. My daughter loved to work with Jen. I would highly recommend Jen!!

Posted Jun 5, 2019
Susan
Profile-location-online Online

My daughter took 10 acting sessions with Jennie - the first one was in person and the rest were over skype which worked perfectly! Jennie started each session with warm-up activities to 1) break the ice and 2) to learn how to deal with nervousness (breathing/relaxing techniques). Each session consisted of singing and practicing a monologue. Jennie suggested a book on monologues and my daughter chose one she liked. Each session they worked on expressing the emotion that was being expressed in the dialog. They broke down the feelings being portrayed and practiced different ways to express the emotions. Jennie was SO supportive of my daughter. Her lessons are going to be VERY helpful to my daughter when she goes to try out for the spring musical next year. We are planning to sign up for more lessons prior to auditions as a refresher! I highly recommend her.

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Ethan
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I have had several lessons with Jennie Bissell in my home. I often give lectures in academic settings, and I was hoping to improve the quality and fluency of my speech to a level equivalent to top public speakers. Working with Jennie, I made improvements beyond what I could have expected. We worked on a variety of breathing and relaxation techniques used by professional actors. By focusing on producing speech "on voice" the quality and ease of understanding of my speaking increased substantially with immediate benefits. I highly, highly recommend her services for anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills.

Posted Jan 11, 2019
Gene
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I have had two lessons with Jennie via Skype. Both were excellent. I have participated in many public speaking classes and coaching sessions. What makes Jennie's approach unique is that she shares the techniques she has learned as an actor - to help you be more relaxed and natural in your delivery, to improve the quality and resonance of your voice, and to make the way you deliver your lines more interesting and effective.

Posted Jan 8, 2019

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Experience

Teaching Artist
Oct 2017 - Present

Imagination Stage, Educational Theater Company, and others

Standardized Patient
Sep 2017 - Present

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Actor
Oct 1996 - Present

The Actors' Studio, Annapolis Shakespeare, East Lynne Theatre Co, many others

Education

MFA in Classical Acting
Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

George Washington University/ The Shakespeare Theatre of DC

BFA in Acting
Aug 2006 - Dec 2009

New York University- Tisch School of the Arts

Classical Acting Intensive
Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

British American Drama Academy (UK)

Certifications

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Dec 2012

Yoga Alliance

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Aug 2007
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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