John Pallotta Curriculum Vitae
Master On-Camera Acting Coach
New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Fairfax, Roswell
40 years’ experience as an acting coach and teacher, actor, playwright, director, and producer. Studied with Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, William Hickey, Sandy Dennis, and Austin Pendleton. The pedagogical approach is based on the conviction that the best teacher is the experience. In intensives, classes, and workshops focused on doing and experiencing rather than lecturing and taking notes, students master techniques of on-camera acting, auditioning, breaking down a scene, and developing fully rounded characters, as well as fundamentals of acting as a business such as branding and marketing.
American Theatre of Actors - Jim Jennings, Eve Powers 1976 - 1977
Lee Strasberg Institute 1977 – 1979
Stella Adler 1980
HB Studio 1980 – 2007
Teachers of note: Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, William Hickey, Michael Beckett, Carol Rosenfield, Sandy Dennis, Austin Pendleton, others
The American Place Theatre - Wynn Handman
Tom Todoroff Studio - Tom Todoroff
Queensborough Community College 1980
Queens College 1980 – 1983
Honors and Awards
BACKSTAGE Readers’ Choice Awards Nominee 2013 - 2016
Acting Teacher Nominated BEST Acting Teacher and coach 2013
Audition Technique Teacher, On-Camera Teacher, 2014
Acting School/Coach, Voiceover Teacher, Improv Training Center,
Monologue Coach, Best Intro to Acting Course
On-Camera Acting Teacher 2015
Audition Technique Teacher, On-Camera Teacher, 2016
Kids’ Acting Coach, Casting Director, Intro to Acting Course 2016
ACTOR-RATED Best Film Acting Teacher and School 2010 – 2015
THUMBTACK Top-Ranked Acting Teacher 2018 – 2019
GOOGLE Top-Ranked Acting School 2017 – 2018
CBS Local Top Acting Teacher (Various)
Classes at John Pallotta Studio
New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Fairfax, Roswell
Weekly On-Set Film Lab Students learn the skills to work on a film or TV set, gaining the practical knowledge of camera technique that is rarely covered in traditional acting classes while building their reels with professionally shot and edited scenes
Set Essentials: Camera terms; playing the lens; adjusting for shot size and angle; emotional and physical continuity; rehearsals; eye-line; hitting marks; tempo; dynamics; off-camera acting; Steadicam vs dolly vs sticks; dialogue changes; lead vs supporting; approach; the edit; maintaining the arc in out-of-sequence shooting; multiple takes; making strong, imaginative acting choices; etc.
Set Etiquette: Call times, working with the crew, set language, roles, and relationships, emotional prep, taking notes, serving the story, etc.
Story Prep: Discussing story, theme, conflict, character, arc, and approach in assigned scenes and preparing individual scene analyses
Shooting: Blocking, working with multiple camera angles, lights, sound, marks, and props; on-camera business; exploring different camera scenarios and set surprises; students not in the scene serve as crew.
Audition Technique Selecting and preparing monologues, cold reading drills, and “in the room” best practices
Acting as a Business Identifying and addressing strengths and opportunities in prior training and developing a strategic plan to get work, including how to approach agents, managers, and casting directors; analyzing breakdowns; acquiring headshots and creating a resume; knowing and working with one’s type; creating a reel; pros and cons of joining a union; branding; social media marketing; creating the actor’s website, etc.
On-Site Workshops and Conservatories
Workshops with John Pallotta
The Actors Studio PD Unit (New York NY) 2017-2018
The Actors’ Center (Washington DC) 2011 – 2014
Howard University (Washington DC) (Outside Workshops) 2013
High School for Performing Arts NYC (Outside Workshops) 2016
Alliance Theatre (Atlanta) 2014
Columbia College (Chicago) (Outside Workshops) 2016
The Little Theatre (New Mexico) 2016, 2018
The Kennedy Center American College Festival 2013
York Central (York PA) 2014
National School of Drama - New Delhi (SKYPE Web) 2016-2018
13th Street Theatre Program (New York) 2008
Screen Actors Guild Conservatory (NYC Philadelphia) 2018 – 2019
Online Master Classes
“Acting for the Camera with John Pallotta, Part 1” 2019
“Acting for the Camera with John Pallotta, Part 2” 2019
Character Works with John Pallotta (series) 2019
Special Projects Consultant - Trained and coached government and military personnel in developing and maintaining a character in preparation for assignment on classified, high-risk field operations
Past clients include the FBI, DARPA, and Department of Defense (DOD)
On-Set and Audition Coach Various Actors & Shows
Discuss every aspect of the film and TV audition, including clothing choices, physical appearance, and memorization or cold read; how to research the project, casting and production personnel, and genre; and guide the actor in making bold, specific choices by analyzing sides, understanding given circumstances and relationships, and working the scene in different ways
On-set Coach: Act as liaison between director and actor; help the actor prepare lines, understand the scene, and focus on delivering emotional truth in spite of the multiple distractions present on a film set
Actors of note coached, directed, or endorsing include Academy Award winners or nominees Danny Aiello, Billy Badalato, Kevin Kline, Chazz Palminteri, and Reese Witherspoon; Emmy Award winners or nominees Ben Aaron, Johnny Alonso, James Brown, Josh Charles, Anna Chlumsky, Patrice Covington, Jon Favreau, Jen Jiles, Mia Michaels, E. Dawn Samuel, and Kelvin Terrell; and Tony Award winners or nominees Hettie Barnhill, Ruben Brache, Billy Porter, Stephanie Rosenberg, and Guy Shahar
Pallotta, John. CHARACTER WORKS. Self-published, Atavist, 2016.
Pallotta, John. Automated Branding and Marketing Tools for The Working Actor. Self-published, Atavist, 2016.
Pallotta, John. Acting is a State of Mind. Self-published, coming 2020.
Pallotta, John. The Stuff They Don’t Tell You. Self-published, coming 2020.
Pallotta, John, “Jane Ho,” developed at The Actors Studio; workshopped at Steppenwolf, LAByrinth, and The Actor’s Lab (Louisville, KY); produced at Theatre Row and read on Broadway in 2005.
Pallotta, John, “Vegas,” workshopped at Steppenwolf; read at The Dramatists Guild; produced at Lamb’s Theatre (Off-Broadway) and starring Anna Chlumsky.
Pallotta, John, “How I Killed My Roommate…and Got Away with It,” produced on the college theater circuit and at the Producers Club.
Pallotta, John, “Love Is a Verb,” developed at The Actors Studio NYC.
Pallotta, John, “Mulberry,” produced Off-Broadway and at Players Theatre.
Screenplays, Teleplays and Webseries
Bruno, John, and Pallotta, John, How I Killed My Roommate…and Got Away with It (2012). Currently in development as the Netflix original series “Roommates.”
Pallotta, John, Vegas (stage/film; 2005). Featuring Emmy Winner Anna Chulmsky
Pallotta, John, Hustle (film; in production).
Pallotta, John, Killing Spree (short; 2019).
Pallotta, John, The Messenger (TV mini-series; 2018).
Pallotta, John, and Mincin, Carolynn, The Accidental Redhead (Web series; 2018).
Pallotta, John, Dixon, Marque, and Johnson, Charles, Wannabees (Web series; 2018).
Pallotta, John, Barely Legal (Filmed Short; 2017).
Pallotta, John, Dirty Laundry (TV series; 2015, 2017, 2019).
Pallotta, John, Chapman, Paul H., Thompson, S. Aurora, Thorp, Dan, Malkhia, Shenetta, Muhammad, Adiyb, and Eremenko-Berg, Anastasia, Capitol Sins (Web series; 2013, 2014).
Additional Professional Experience
Panel Moderator, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2013
On-Set Acting Coaching
Various Actors, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Elementary, Taxi Brooklyn, Blue Bloods, FBI, New Amsterdam, Star Trek, Orange is the New Black, Bull. More at:
Actors’ Equity Association
The Dramatists Guild of America
The Actors Studio (PD Unit)
Industry Journal and News Media Appearances
NBC News “New York Live Interviews Acting Coach John Pallotta” Interview march 2017,
“FOX 45 - BMORE Lifestyle” Interviews Acting Coach John Pallotta, January 2017,
“Long Island Filmmakers Show Interviews Acting Coach John Pallotta” Interview, November 2014,
Malcolm, Wade, “Central York High School students going to New York City to perform ‘Reach,’” Daily Record/Sunday News, October 2009,
Piazza, Judyth, “John Pallotta Predicts the Emmys,” The SOP, September 2011,
Prato, Alison, “Handicapping the Emmy’s With Acting Coach John Pallotta,” The Credits, July 2013,
Pallotta, John, Barry, Carolyn, and Wright, K.C., “7 On-Camera Teachers to Get You Audition-Ready,” BACKSTAGE, March 2015,
Wright, K.C., “8 Great Teachers to Kick-Start Your Voiceover Career,” BACKSTAGE, March 2015, www.backstage.com/magazine/article/great-teachers-kick-start-voiceover-career-9507/.
Wright, K.C., “8 Great Improv Schools in NYC and L.A.,” BACKSTAGE, April 2015,
“New York Acting Coach John Pallotta,” Chicago3Media, June 2013,
Lindsey, Benjamin, Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards Announced, Backstage, July 2016.
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