Coaches

 

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Samantha jacks

COMEDY and IMPROV

Samantha Jacks, or Sam, as she is known in the streets of LA, is an actress and all around funny lady. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she made the move to LA, and shortly found her way over to The Groundlings. Sam is a Groundlings Sunday Company Alumni, and can be seen performing there often. Previous TV credits include: COUSINS FOR LIFE, FOURSOME, SCHOOL OF ROCK, INSTANT MOM, and THE HAUNTED HATHAWAYS. You can catch her in commercials, sometimes even wearing khakis. In addition to acting, Sam has written for the CBS Diversity Showcase, Awestruck's series, "Overdue," and for Nickelodeon's digital show, "Short and Funny." Being an actor and a writer makes Sam a unique acting coach as she is often on the other side and knows how to relate. Sam has been an on-set acting coach for Nickelodeon working on both single-cam and multi-cam shows, as well as their features. She has also been an on-set acting coach for a multi-cam show at Netflix. In addition to her coaching, Sam teaches improv at the Groundlings. Her extensive comedy background, as well as on camera experience, give her the perfect tools to help you get the job.

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BRIDGET PETERSON

DRAMA

Bridget is a native Californian who fell in love with dancing, singing, and acting at a very young age. She grew up doing musical theater in the Bay Area as well as commercial, print, and voiceover work in San Francisco. She went on to graduate with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, earning her BFA in Acting. She has worked in both Los Angeles and New York and has extensive scene study, improvisation, and voice training. During college, Bridget spent her summers working at a children's theater camp where she taught acting as well as dance. When she's not acting or teaching fitness, Bridget is most likely at the Farmers' Market, hiking, or cooking with friends.

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Courtney Kamen

IMPROV

Courtney Kamen, originally from West Bloomfield Michigan, has lived in Los Angeles for almost four years. Courtney is a graduate of The Second City. She is a former member of a Sketch team and Short-Form Improv team at The Second City, and currently performs regularly on a Long-Form Improv House Team. Courtney is the creator of a workshop entitled: Embodying The ‘Yes-And’, where she explores how implementing the fundamentals of improv can enhance your relationship with yourself and those around you. Courtney believes that Improv is a key element in any successful acting career. Courtney would take Improv over Kettle Cooked Potato Chips any day, and she is excited to share her passion for Improv with you!

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JESSICA (Jessie) EVANS

VOICEOVER and YOUNGER KIDS

JESSICA (Jessie) EVANS (Instructor) holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She studied in New York with the Stella Adler Studio, CAP 21 Musical Theatre, and Stone Street Studio for Film and Television; Shakespeare at Oxford, England, and Improv at The Groundlings and UCB.

She has assisted in casting with multi cam comedies (Brice/Gergely) as well as film & commercials (Jeff Gerrard). She taught children’s theatre for 10 years at the now closed CTGSC (Children’s Theatre Group of Southern California)

Jessica grew up as a child actor and continues to act professionally 22 years later. She is very comfortable with the ins & outs of the business. Professional credits in film, tv, & voiceover.

*Coaching strengths in comedy & voiceover (can edit e-auditions).