John Gazzale
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John Gazzale

John G.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I specialize in coaching actors for auditions for film, television, agents, casting directors, theatrical performances or drama schools. Whether you are starting out on your journey as an actor or already have extensive experience, together we will make your audition distinctive. You may need one or two sessions to prepare for a self tape, or to work over an extended time to craft a role for film or theater. I will be there, in your corner, to help you focus your creativity and be successful.

I will help you define the specific situation of your character; and ask you provocative questions to help you journey deeply into the role. We will find the key to tapping into your own life experience to bring the role to life. In addition, I can give you tips on setting up your home studio.

The industry has changed dramatically in the past two years. SELF TAPING your auditions and submitting the digital media to casting directors, agents and film producers has become the new standard way to audition.

I have an MFA in Drama from The Actors Studio Drama Program at the New School in New York City as well as 25 years of experience as an actor in theater and film. I look forward to working with you!

About John G.

I am a professional New York based actor with 25 years of experience. A graduate of The Actors Studio, New School University, MFA, I have performed Off Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Theatre Row.

In 2015 I began co-producing and acting in short films with Sideway Brothers, including Nuclear Knack Knacks (winner of Best Dark Comedy Micro Short at the Portland Comedy Film Festival) and Bande de Juenes (winner of an award at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London). I have also appeared in various other shorts produced in New York and New Jersey.

Having grown up in a military family, I did not find my roots until I moved to New York to study acting in 1995. I'm a longstanding supporter of Greenpeace and The Nature Conservancy. I enjoy singing, cooking and travel.


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4 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

John is fantastic to work with! He gets you to ask the right questions to get to the heart of a scene and of your character. He is incredibly intuitive and drawing from his experience as an actor and a director he creates a collaborative atmosphere that helps your creativity flourish!

Posted Sep 20, 2021
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John is such a great coach and teacher! He coached me for my upcoming play. John created such a safe environment, asked so many thought provoking questions, challenged me, provided innovative ideas, and gave me great insight into my character development. He is extremely professional, always very prepared for our sessions, and gives very helpful feedback. He always goes above and beyond. It is very evident that he is so passionate about our work and about helping me grow. I always feel so comfortable and encouraged in our coachings. I would absolutely recommend John as an acting coach and teacher!

Posted Sep 16, 2021
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

John recently helped me with a zoom audition. He guided me to choices that were more nuanced and more honest. I got a callback! The director loved the audition and I loved working with John. Very wise and patient.

Posted Sep 16, 2021
Devin Doyle
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John has been a great mentor and teacher of mine for the last six years! He not only draws on a wealth of experience across theater and film, but was deeply attuned to my personal growth during our time together. Very few acting coaches I've trained with were both expert at their craft and sensitive to the vulnerable experience of learning -- John was both! He commands a depth of canon knowledge and was able to suggest great monologues for me, including several Shakespeare monologues.

Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 15, 2021


MFA Drama
Sep 1995 - Jun 1998

The Actors Studio Drama Program at The New School

BA English
Sep 1987 - Jun 1991

College of William and Mary


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Actors' Equity Association
Sep 2021
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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