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Jeff Janisheski has extensive training in both Stanislavski and Viewpoints training. He worked with artists at the famed Saint Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy (working on Stanislavski’s approach to actor training); and trained for several years with Anne Bogart, co-creator of the Viewpoints, and associate-produced her work in New York City.

Jeff was Head of Acting at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia) – the only American to run this prestigious program. In 2013, Hollywood Reporter ranked NIDA as number 8 among the top 25 theater schools in the world. While at NIDA, he introduced Viewpoints training into their curriculum.

He is currently Professor of Theatre Arts at California State University, Long Beach; and for four years was Chair and Artistic Director of Cal Rep. From 2008-2011, Jeff was Artistic Director of the National Theater Institute (NTI) at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, America’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new plays and music theatre. From 2004-2008, he was Associate Artistic Director at New York’s Classic Stage Company (CSC) where he associate-produced shows featuring Anne Bogart/SITI Company, Alan Cumming, David Ives, David Oyelowo, John Turturro and Dianne Wiest.

Actors operate on impulse. Especially in the fast-paced medium of film and television, an actor needs to be alive and instinctively react to everything around them. Even in heavily blocked and well-rehearsed scenes, an actor needs to nurture those impulses to keep their work alive, spontaneous, and free. Without that skill, the actor becomes rigid and incapable of reacting to the here-and-now.


This is a workshop about nurturing and honing this vital skill – and offering tools to sharpen your artistic impulses. This two-day intensive draws upon a diverse spectrum of tools and offers a dynamic approach that reawakens the actor's instincts through impulse work and play. It encourages students to get “out of their head” and live in the spontaneity of the moment. Over the course of the two days, students will explore impulse work, active listening, and building a deeper connections to the text and the world around them.


  • Date: Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday June 4th

  • Time: 10 AM - 5:00 PM 

  • Where: In-person 

    • Location: The Last Acting Studio 

                                2120 W Pico Blvd, Suite A-1

                                Los Angeles, CA 90006

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