After attending Carnegie Mellon University, Jeffrey Marcus moved to New York to be an actor. To further his craft, he studied the teachings of Stanislavsky, Strasberg, Meisner, Hagen, and Adler. His most powerful influence was Mira Rostova – mentor to Montgomery Clift and Geraldine Page. Most recently, he completed a Masters Program in Spiritual Psychology in 2006, bringing a new ease and depth to the work.
In 1989, Mr. Marcus moved to Los Angeles to act as a series regular on “Alien Nation”. A number of actors that he coached in New York put together a class for him and he’s been joyfully teaching ever since. His work as a teacher has been profiled on the E! Network, CBS, and Oxygen. Clients currently consist of series regulars on major networks, leads in feature films, and beginning students. In addition to the classes, he coaches privately and on set.
As an actor, he appeared in feature films, on television (series and MOWs), on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters. He has directed a number of plays in Los Angeles including “LA Weekly”, “Backstage West”, and “Ovation” award winners.
Jeffrey on IMDB.
A narrow white door. A path bounded by succulent plants. A small, intimate, studio space. This is the beginning of every actor’s experience in Jeffrey’s class. His garden patio and serene backyard provide the backdrop for a nurturing and healing space where the actor can learn how to inspire and excite others through their work.
You will not see testimonials or the names of my more ‘famous’ clients on this website. Many casting directors, producers, and executives of Fortune 500 entertainment companies use my services. I will not drop names, and I respect my clients’ privacy.
An athlete, musician, or doctor, would never ask such a question. If acting were such an easy career, wouldn’t everyone want to do it? If you want to be an artist who affects people, then you must prepare your craft. As Stanislavsky said, “Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.” Of course, we can all act passionately and emotionally all by ourselves. But when the stakes are high and tension and self-consciousness creeps in, we need techniques to fall back on in order to soar.
CAN ACTING BE TAUGHT?
No. A child is electrifying to watch because the focus and concentration, elegance and economy, are all there. So is a cat. As self-consciousness creeps in – so does ego and the desire to ‘perform’. Anyone can be interesting to watch – as long as they’re not conscious of being observed. What can be taught is ways to take the focus off of the self in order to do truthful, organic behavior in imaginary circumstances.
Tension is talent unexpressed. Through practice, you can turn fear into excitement and tension into astonishing behavior. It’s all just energy. Learn to channel it correctly!
It is my belief that each actor has the talent, wisdom, courage, and boldness already inside them. I assist in training the artist to unlock their potential. I have found that as we transform as individuals, so do we transform as artists. As we transform as artists, so do we transform our audience.