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Jan Powell

Theatre and Communications
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Theatre Direction
Public Speaking
Coaching Actors & Singers
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Coaching for Actors & Singers

Jan (AEA, AGMA, AFTRA) has 25 years of experience working with actors, singers, and public speakers. Because of her richly eclectic training—including The Method in Los Angeles and Shakespearean performance in London—she uses a highly individualized approach with each client, working in ways that best suit the client’s needs, ambitions, tastes, and working style.  


  From Shakespeare to Sarah Ruhl; for musicals, classics or stand-up; whether

  you need choreography, character work, or interview technique, one-on-one

  pitch proposals or keynote speeches—Jan can help you achieve your goals.

 Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear

the best sound

a player can hear.

It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television.

It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.


- Shelley Winters

  Email to schedule your session.

For Actors & Singers - Coaching in theatrical interpretation and performance technique for performances, auditions, recitals, and competitions.

Specialization in college entrance audition preparation: Jan's students have been admitted to graduate and undergraduate degree programs at

Yale, NYU, Harvard's Moscow Art Theatre program, Brown, Boston Conservatory, Carnegie-Mellon, Cornish, AMDA, and many other top performing arts universities and conservatories.


For Public Speakers - Coaching in presentation skills, public speaking, advertising/PR strategies, leadership training.  See Public Speaking.

     Ryan Bechard, MACBETH

     Richmond Shakespeare


  A full range of private coaching services for
 actors, from novice to working professionals.

Audition coaching
Competition preparation
Monologue selection

Interview techniques
Headshot & resume review
Character creation

Blocking & choreography
Development of original work
Shakespeare interpretation 


Opera, musical theatre, oratorio, sacred music, cabaret,
      and more. 
Preparation for auditions, competitions, recitals,and performance.

 Theatrical interpretation
Ease of movement

Natural gesture


Creating a character

Building a role

 Acting the intervals
Overcoming stage fright

Looking Glass Theatre, NYC