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First off he has an exceptional eye. He sees his students and their work with unbelievable clarity. He sees their strengths, weakness, successes, failures, where and when they need to be pushed, and the challenges that suit the growth they need to achieve. His insights into the minutia of their work is inspiring. There have been endless times in working with John, in class, that he has given me a single, well phrased, note, between takes, that has allowed me to take a scene and my work to unexpected places.

Credits: (Pop, Platypus, Six Day Road, War Horse, Breakout Kings)

There are many reasons to work with John, but chief among them is this: John is not a pedagogue. With him, there is no right or wrong choice: no prescribed method for “good acting”. He meets you where you are and brings out your strengths – even the ones you weren’t aware you had. (Directly because of our first coaching session – an audition that I booked – I now box.) He runs his classes with humility, humour, and generosity; his classes are a space to work. He took the initial terror out of film work without dismissing the skills that I brought from the theatre world, and continues to help me navigate both mediums. If you are looking for someone to help you find the process that is uniquely yours, John is your man.

Credits: (Anne with an E, Reign, Seams, Romeo and (her) Juliet; National Theatre School of Canada)

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