“My number one goal as an educator is to create an environment founded in playfulness. Everything we do as artists is a game, after all! Once we accept that, we can begin to walk the tender balance between our fear and our courage, our breath and our body, our feelings and our thoughts.
In the end, I strive to create a space where the student will leave equipped to confront the harsh realities of the industry, without ever having lost their sense of of what truly makes or breaks an artist:
their own unique love
for true seeing, hearing, and feeling
for the never ending journey into the unknown; not to seek answers but to ask better questions.
So, let’s begin the game, shall we?”
Jacob Dresch first started teaching in 2012 while attending the University of California at Irvine where he received his M.F.A. in Acting. Since graduating in 2014, he has been an instructor at the New York Film Academy, creating unique syllabi and lesson plans for a wide variety of subjects. In addition to his work at their NYC campus, Jacob has also been an instructor at NYFA’s Mumbai campus in India and, most recently, at NYFA’s Harvard campus in Cambridge, MA.
He has also had the honor to work as a lead instructor with Chautauqua Theater Company’s Young Playwright’s Program: helping over 500 third and fourth graders to write their own original plays.
Acting for Directors
Business of Acting
Voice and Movement