John Ertman
New York, NY
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John Ertman

John E.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
John has directed numerous productions in remote-immersive theatre and is the Resident Director of Candle House Collective. At Candle House, John has pioneered directing for the voice, adapting principles of voice acting for live, interactive theatre. He has received international praise for his work including mentions from Broadway World, Vulture, Everything Theatre UK, and No Proscenium. You will receive training in voice acting that involves learning how to create a naturalistic sound, integrating fundamentals of acting into the voice, audition preparation, and self-recording skills. Lessons are tailored to each student's needs!

About John E.

I have a huge range of interests in the performing arts. At Northwestern, I trained simultaneously in acting, directing, music theatre, legal studies (for fun), and composition/writing. As a director and a coach, I pride myself on creating a positive atmosphere where actors are encouraged to try their best and are safe to make mistakes and try again. Lessons will assess each student's needs as they come and I am excited to work with you at your pace to reach your goals. My lessons involve warm-ups and exercises, working through specific songs/scenes, and providing tips and advice for auditions and self-tapes. I try to make myself available for students and am happy to answer any questions outside of lessons that students may have about what working together will be like!


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2 Reviews
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John is very experienced and helpful. More importantly, he has a calming and supportive vibe that I find really helps me stay motivated. Highly recommend!

Posted May 23, 2021
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I have worked with John as both an actor and a writer in a professional capacity. He directed me during my first foray into immersive theatre and was so terrific at breaking down concepts and offering his insight and experience while still treating the process as collaborative. I cannot recommend working with John as a student or a collaborator highly enough. Although I have not worked with him in a musical capacity, the work of his I have had the opportunity to witness is first class as a composer, lyricist, and musician. Most importantly, thanks to John, I have found my own voice as an immersive artist.

Posted May 19, 2021

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Resident Director
Jan 2018 - Present

Candle House Collective

As the Resident Director of Candle House Collective, John has pioneered directing for Remote and Immersive theatre. He is responsible for directing Candle House's main stage shows, maintaining a consistent artistic brand with ongoing shows, assist in casting, and supervise the direction of developmental works

Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

The Summit Playhouse

Director of Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth Production of Bye Bye Birdie

Artistic Director
May 2017 - Aug 2018

No Drama Theater

As the Artistic Director of No Drama Theatre, John was responsible for developing a season-wide artistic vision, directing the main stage summer show, participating in casting, and developing community programming outside regular productions

May 2017 - Aug 2017

No Drama Theater

Director of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) at No Drama Theatre

Teaching Assistant
Mar 2017 - Jun 2017

New Providence Middle School Department of Drama

Responsibilities included assisting in creating lesson plans for daily Middle School drama classes, teaching or co-teaching class each day, coaching students through group scenes and acting assignments, and leading daily warm-ups.


Bachelor of Arts of Communication (Theatre and Legal Studies)
Sep 2017 - Present

Northwestern University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Music Theatre Composition (CTM)
Mar 2021

Northwestern University

Certification of Music Theatre Composition training
Music Theatre
Mar 2021

Northwestern University

Certificate of Music Theatre Performance Training


Audience Choice Award for Best Interactive Experience
Mar 2021

FIVARS Film Festival

Best Shows and Experiences 2020
Dec 2020

No Proscenium

Outstanding Performance by a Solo Actor
Dec 2020

No Proscenium

Best Shows and Experiences 2019
Dec 2019

No Proscenium


Lambda Pi Eta
Sep 2020
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.

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