John Smiley

John S.

New York, NY

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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
August 2010

As a working and aspiring acting professional being able to exercise your mind, body, and voice is important. Sometimes we need an extra push to guide us through rough career patches or we just simply need an outside eye and nonjudgmental opinion to assist in the refinement of our acting instrument and process. This is where I come in as an acting coach. I work to bring out your authentic self through the excavation and exploration of an actor's emotional and physical life.

I’ve been a student, teacher, director, and performer for over 20 years and I bring that experience and professionalism into our coaching sessions. I coach actors from a Stanislavski based acting technique that is also heavily influenced by the exercises of Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Patsy Rodenburg, F.M. Alexander, Michael Chekhov, and Jerzy Grotowski.

John has an MFA in acting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

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Acting Coach
Jun 2016 - Present
John Smiley Acting Coach

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Assistant Instructor
Aug 2010 - May 2013
The University of Texas at Austin

At The University of Texas at Austin I served as Assistant Instructor of Acting where I taught Training the Speaking Voice and the Fundamentals of Acting. I was also the Teaching Assistant for courses in Theatre History and Undergraduate Acting Major classes.

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MFA Acting
Aug 2010 - May 2013
The University of Texas at Austin
BA Theatre (Acting/Directing) & English Literature
Aug 1997 - May 2002
State University of New York at Oswego


Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2008

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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Alpha Psi Omega
Mar 2001

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society (ΑΨΩ) is an American recognition honor society for participants in collegiate theatre. The Alpha Cast was founded at Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University) by Prof. Paul F. Opp

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Leading a Suzuki Workshop at the 2015 SUNY Oswego Dramfest

The first teaser trailer in my advertising campaign. The video highlights my approach to coaching and provides contact information.

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Sean May 25, 2017
Acting · In studio

After our coaching session I felt more confident in my ability to trust myself and the training I received in college. I had the tools, but felt that I needed help revisiting how to use them and use them well. I was able to pinpoint my weakest areas and target obstacles that prevented me from feeling successful. I felt as if I was being walked through all of the things that I do naturally and use that to my advantage to strengthen my acting choices. Remembering to relax and to use my whole body when performing was the most helpful during our session.

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