has been directing, coaching and teaching since 1974.
He works with professionals and
non-professionals, celebrities and amateurs of all levels
and ages. His students love his work!
|Jeffrey is available for public and
private classes in:
- theater games
- character development
(emphasizing narrative vs. "barprov"/gag
- film acting technique
- cold reading audition technique
- basics for theatre, film, television
- environmental acting techniques
- elevating world consciousness through
- history of early sound recording
- music history
As an acting coach, Jeffrey has helped novice to veteran
performers develop their craft. His seminar,"The Art
Of Making it As An Actor" is about the business of
acting, providing the aspiring thespian with the nuts and
bolts of what it takes to get one's career going and what
to do to keep it on track, from building a team and finding
jobs to gaining and maintaining a celebrity status.
has been teaching and sharing his years of experience all
over the Bay Area lately:
In 2008, I taught film acting classes at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, a three week advanced acting intensive for young actors in Education Unlimited's camp on the U.C. Berkeley campus, and I was part of Theater Bay Area's ATLAS program, helping guide actors to tools to help advance their professional careers .
fall of 2007, Professor Weissman taught improv comedy
at Sonoma State University, was an "Artist in Residence"
at San Francisco High School of the Arts Academy, and coached
an ongoing "film technique" class in Sonoma County.
Jeffrey also taught
theater games "intensives" for many fun filled teen
improv workshops (immediately followed on the same
day by publicly-performed all-teen improv shows!) at
the Novato, South Novato, Corte Madera and South San Francisco
libraries. These workshops and shows have
proven to be a big hit, especially during the "Teen Read"
weeks. They inspire reading, imagination, teamwork and
Theater Bay Area invited
Jeffrey to present his "Business of Acting" seminar as part
of their hugely successful 2008 ATLAS (Advanced
Training Leading Actors to Success) program.
Several hundred actors benefited from his advice and career-building
of 2008, Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose invited
Jeffrey to give his "Business of Acting" seminar and a demonstration
of Commedia Dell'arte to their advanced acting
accomplishments include helping to form Los
Angeles Theater Sports, whose list of alumni includes
some of the television industry's top sitcom writers, performers
from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and scores of other great
talents working in the entertainment world.
an improv workshop for a class of pre-teens - click images for
Jeffrey is in demand as an on-set acting coach,
and has worked with film directors to achieve effective communication
with talent and crew. His workshop for directors, "Directing
Actors: How to get the performance you want from your team",
applies not only to working with actors but also shows how to get
the very best performances from the whole cast and crew.
often works with aspiring young filmmakers at schools such as USC,
UCLA, Loyola University, Chapman College and the American
Film Institute. He has worked on the student film projects of
a number of up-and-coming young directors, including:
- Greg Araki and John Schwartsman
- Catherine Hardwicke
Jeffrey is also active off-set and behind the
scenes in the film industry - as a writer, he has assisted with
film writing projects, developing plots, characters and scenes.
With his network of connections,
he is invaluable in helping producers find talent for all departments.
Aside from his wealth of experience in the movie
industry Jeffrey also has worked extensively directing live theater
productions, including Music Hall, Vaudeville, Musical Reviews and
is a master of the art of Environmental Theater: acting without
a theater, playing characters directly to the public as part of
the environment in a theme park or special event. He directed several
shows for the multi-billion dollar Universal
- Japan theme park in Osaka that remain in performance today,
and has trained performers around the world.
Jeffrey has taught classes, workshops and seminars
for corporations, casting companies, universities, city colleges,
high schools, libraries, outreach programs and fine arts schools,
Jeffrey is available for career coaching for
actors, directors, writers and entertainers.
career highlights include a stint as the artistic director of the
Flying Penguins improv comedy troupe, which became the founding
varsity members of Los Angeles Theater Sports (LATS). While
performing and directing with LATS, he helped the late Ellen
Idelson with KIDPROV, and has recently developed TEENPROV,
a fully improvised show using teenagers. In 2005, Jeffrey taught
students studying to be teachers how to use theater games to develop
their students' narrative voices in "From Page to Stage"
at Dominican University. In 2005 and 2006, Jeffrey taught
three day intensive workshops as well as a four-week course on Commedia