"It has been a blessing working with Jo-Ann. Not only is she one of the most nurturing and kind acting coaches/teachers I have ever worked with, but she has a deep understanding of the craft and is able to communicate and make a part doable. My first time ever working with her, I was called back for the Lead in a Network TV Movie, and subsequently have been consistently called back for network episodic television and even tested for a major network pilot. When we start the session, we discuss what is going on in the scene and then line by line make sure we know the specifics and intricacies of the character and script. Jo-Ann allows for me to feel fully relaxed and loose, which translates into spontaneous and very grounded, specific work. She creates a working environment where I can take risks and make discoveries in my work. I feel I am a better actor for working with her."
- Anthony Bradford
Shannon Joy Rodgers
"I've stayed dedicated to Jo-Ann's class this past year and she's helped my attitude towards auditions. I walk in with confidence and a specific intention instead of the previous nerves. She works with everyone in class on their individual needs and adjustments that need to be made to make you a better auditioner and actor. Since being in her class I've booked a co-star on an Emmy winning sitcom, and commercials, including a Super Bowl commercial! The business side of the class has helped guide me in marketing myself and made daunting tasks like keeping up with postcards and social media, part of my normal practice."
- Shannon Joy Rodgers
"Jo-Ann has helped me so much to be honest with myself in my work and to not settle on the business side. I started to crack open during our coaching sessions and show who I am. It's been such a meaningful journey that reminded me why I began to pursue this career in the first place."
- Adam Ray
I've been working with Jo-Ann for about two years and have nothing to say but great things. She is such a talented and experienced actor/acting coach and it shows. Going into a session, we will go over the sides and breakdown, making sure nothing is missed. We then go over it several times: trying it different ways, exploring relationships, experiences, truths, basically everything that is needed to be successful and feel confident going into the audition. It is open enough to feel safe experimenting and breaking out of your comfort zone, but the time is structured enough to keep your performance grounded and real. I have never felt rushed, but rather treated with compassion and care. Most importantly, I have noticed a significant improvement in my overall skill due to my sessions with her (even if it is only 15 minutes). Like she always says, "don't forget to have fun”.
- Marwin Salama
Better Call Saul (Recurring)
The Last Ship (Co-Star)
"Jo-Ann has coached me on many auditions that have led to bookings. She helps me layer my work and add specificity. I always walk away with a fuller understanding of the character and story–which makes me feel very confident."
- Eileen Fogarty
Good After Bad (Supporting)