Jared Kelner is a masterful teacher, one of the finest I have had the pleasure to work with and one of the best in the industry. I have had the fortune of taking three classes with Mr. Kelner as my instructor, including an 8-week intensive training class exploring Advanced Level Acting Craft techniques and a 10-week Meisner Technique Class focused specifically on providing a solid foundation with this technique. They have been my most favorite acting classes, each providing me with specific tools to enhance my acting ability.
When studying with Jared Kelner, it is like taking a college level course. He is prepared with a class outline, objectives for the course, specific homework assignments with reference and study materials for you to use and keep once the class is done. He is meticulously organized yet simultaneously loose, spontaneous and flexible when teaching. His environment is fun and purposeful.
He is knowledgeable about the various approaches to acting including Meisner, Lee Strasberg’s Method, Checkov, Stanislavski’s System, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and more. His classes have introduced his students to elements from each of those techniques, allowing you to choose those that work best for you. As he says, “it’s important to have many tools in your tool box for you to select from”.
Jared has many wonderful qualities but two that I would like to highlight is his generosity and his passion. He may be one of the most enthusiastic instructors that I have ever met. His excitement about acting is contagious and palpable. He absolutely loves, adores and cherishes acting. He reminds us that acting is fun and that we do this because we want to play. Jared teaches us how to play well. He spends any waking moment he can, researching and studying the craft then shares that information with his students. He has an incredible private library collection which he constantly adds to and his students are the recipients of his efforts.
He is also one of the most generous instructors and makes himself available to you, without hesitation. He is invested in every person being their best and he works to ensure that he has done his part to support you in being prepared and more confident as an actor. He is truthful and will also let you know when you can do better, push harder. There is no BS with Jared. The work does not come without critique and its important if you truly want to excel. It also comes with respect and praise when you have done well. He knows how to work with people from where they are and will do all he can to take you to the next level, making himself available via Facebook, phone, email one on one assistance and more. His level of support is tremendous and one that I greatly appreciated.
Simply put, Jared Kelner is the best…smart, dynamic, insightful, truthful, generous and caring. I am proud to know this man and am so glad to have him in my corner, cheering me on. I highly recommend working with Jared and give a 100% guarantee that you will become a more powerful and purposeful actor with his guidance and support.