Jo-Ann’s relationship with Annie Grindlay began in 2005 at Margie Haber Studio. When Annie left in 2009 to start Annie Grindlay Studio: The Audition Experience, Jo-Ann joined her to become an instructor and Studio Director. Jo-Ann has taught and coached hundreds of actors since. Her students andprivate coaching clients have been featured in dozens of feature films - “Blue Pit”, “Maggie’s Dawn”, “Dead Man Walking”, “Black Hole of Calcutta” to name a few - and have appeared on every major television network including “Mad Men” (AMC), “New Girl” (FOX), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Ray Donovan” (Showtime), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “30 Rock” (NBC), “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS), “Brooklyn Nine Nine” (FOX), “Breaking Bad” (AMC) and “Better Call Saul” (AMC) and many, many more.
Jo-Ann has studied with some of the most respected Los Angeles based acting instructors including Robert Carnegie, Lesly Kahn, Diane Castle, Harry Mastrogeorge and Larry Moss with improv training at both UCB and The Groundlings.
Transforming an actor’s approach to the audition process, instilling superpower-like confidence, is what Jo-Ann Pantoja specializes in and her students continue to book role after role after applying her methods and techniques.