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Jon's been working with actors for over 20 years, first as the on-set coach of Nickelodeon's hit SECRET WORLD OF ALEX MACK and then one-on-one with many who've been studying with him ever since. His practical approach, nurturing yet rigorous, is born out of a broad range of training and experience. Shear's first teachers were the legendary Sandra Seacat - in her small master class where other students included Jessica Lange, Lily Tomlin, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laura Dern - and improv master Stephen Book, whose Book on Acting has become a standard text.


As an actor, Jon's worked with a wide range of directors whose varied approaches proved inspiring or potentially destructive, both of which were helpful in his developing an approach that works in every medium, genre, and kind of director. He's also an award-winning producer, writer, and director himself, so can offer insights into every aspect of the process.

In addition to private hourly sessions, brief follow-up Skype sessions are available as a final prep before auditions.

To request a session or ask a question:

Oscar-nominated screenwriter of FOXCATCHER & CAPOTE, star of URBANIA, Best Ensemble SAG Award for THE BIRDCAGE

"You could make no better decision than to have Jon Shear as your teacher. He brings insight, patience, and excitement to the process. I did some of my best work as an actor while working with Jon."

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