Allie Dunbar (actor)

There are so many reasons that I keep coming back to study at The Dirt. It all starts with the first class of each session. John checks in with every student to see where they’re at. “What do you want to work on right now?” is a question that I’ve heard from him many times now, and each time my answer changes and evolves as I do as an artist… and each time, he listens. The Dirt is a refreshing in its actor-driven environment. It is about play and experimentation and getting confident and comfortable in what makes us all unique performers. It is an opportunity to work with other excellent actors, on film and tv scenes that are in tune with your specific goals of what muscles you want to stretch. John is a world class teacher and director. He has an ability to understand the essence of a scene and what is being asked of the actor in a way that has helped immensely in my auditions and when I’m on set. John embraces actors for who they are and helps them hone in on their individual strengths and work through any weaknesses. The bar is set high in his classes and the work is extremely strong. John is not a guru, and he doesn’t want to be. He is, however, an excellent acting teacher and I am damned lucky to have found him and The DIrt. This studio and community have had a profoundly positive impact on my acting career. I love this place. Thank you John.

Credits: (Stardust, Mrs. America, Handmaid’s Tale, Cyrus and Chels)