JOHN ROSENFELD has been one of the top acting teachers in Los Angeles for many years. He works with a range of actors, from Academy Award-winners like Mahershala Ali, comedy geniuses like Randall Park, dramatic series leads like Alycia Debnam-Carey, blockbuster stars like Paula Patton, stand-ups like Chris Estrada and Adam Ray, and up-and-coming actors new to Los Angeles. He helped a young Margot Robbie get her start here, and he is looking forward to partnering with us to help Australians find their footing in LA.
John understands the transition to acting in Los Angeles comes with a steep learning curve. John received his MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill, where he first began teaching. When he made the move to LA, he realized how much he didn’t learn in grad school that was necessary to survive and thrive here. Not only is there a specific acting aesthetic in LA, but the expectations of actors are highly elevated: they must be able to fully understand any text and genre, absorb notes quickly, bring a specific version of the story but be malleable, all while being present, truthful, and personal.
Through trial and error, John built his own process, and now has dedicated his studio to helping actors find theirs. John’s philosophy on acting comes from seeing so many actors mired in trying to learn “a” process as opposed to building one that works for them. He believes in all methodologies but does not have an allegiance to any specific one. With JRS, he wanted to create a place where the method was tailored to the actor, not the other way around. In an industry that requires you to do so many things simultaneously, John gives you the tools to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
John’s approach is holistic, with the goal of cultivating the constitution of a happy working actor. His classes will not only teach you how to break down a script, think as your character, adjust quickly while making strong choices, and find the process that works best for you, but also explore your individuality as an actor. You’ll learn how you are perceived, how to play into or against type, how to access new points of view quickly, and how to find choices that pop on you specifically. By working on currently casting projects to develop a comprehension of all genres and text, John makes sure you are prepared for the challenges of acting in Los Angeles.