I had the opportunity to take Jaclyn's DIFFICULT WOMEN Scene Study class, and it completely elevated me out of a sleepy winter into an energized spring! Jaclyn creates a safe space and a brave space by building a class for women+ and selecting material with characters that are three-dimensional and devoid of feminine tropes. I felt safe to take risks in this environment, whereas - in a more patriarchal environment - I might feel more fearful. Jaclyn is patient and wicked smart, and no matter your skill-level, she meets the actor where they are. She was both chill and challenging. I walked away with great respect for her, and made a mental note to call her for future private coachings! I choose to surround myself with other feminists - and Jaclyn speaks my language, both as a feminist and theatre artist. She is simply the best.
Jaclyn knows people. She approaches her work with honesty and humor, which makes an actor feel immediately comfortable opening up, sharing, exploring, and most importantly failing. She started on the stage herself, which gives her an immediate understanding for the needs of actors during their process. She is highly trained and has studied and worked along side some of the most respected theatre artists in America, but what I found most important and impressive was her incredible capability to combine her extreme intelligence with the basic humanity of the human race to express ideas about the play and characters in the most clear and actable ways.
Jaclyn has the knowledge and intellect to expertly steer a coaching session from scene selection to audition ready in the time available. She was able to rapidly assess my qualities as an actress and offer very specific - and actable - options, whilst also asking me exactly the right questions to help me to find myself in the role. I was also impressed that Jaclyn was able to offer some of the best dialect advice i have ever received, easily detecting my natural speech patterns and again suggesting modifications that were entirely sensible and effective. Most importantly Jaclyn has a great sense of humour, which made our session enormous fun, as well as being hugely productive. i cannot recommend her highly enough.
Just had an awesome monologue coaching session with Jaclyn Biskup Acting and Audition Coach ! I'm working on a new piece and she was able to help me approach the text in a very clear and concise way. We practiced how to go from slating in the room to the 'moment before' I begin to speak -which was so helpful and smart!! that is what an real audition is. She was insightful and direct(which I appreciate) as well as supportive and open to my thoughts about the character. I felt confident with my work and motivated to keep going. I can't wait to work through all my audition pieces with her......I highly recommend.
Jaclyn Biskup really is an exceptional coach. I've worked with her as a director and as a coach (and won a role after our first coaching session!) She brings a unique, thoughtful and effective approach to coaching, using a director's eye to help you articulate your own choices and show your best self. If you are a smart actor who wants to work with a real coach I highly recommend Jaclyn Biskup.