one for the team. I booked a costar role on
VIP... I got to give credit where it is deserved
and that is to you. Something you told me stuck
in my head that made the most sense of the whole
process. Show up and do the work. That simple
phrase was the best thing I learned. It took
me a good year and a half as soon as I got out
here to LA to join SAG, build up a resume, and
find the right agent. Now things are happening.
So I just want to thank you, and if there is
advice I can give to your fellow students it's
this...do the two years and if you want to go
the rest of the way move out to LA, but never
forget that guy Jim Bonney, cause that guy knows
Jack Benza, Costar, "V.I.P."
forever grateful to Jim Bonney for his brilliant
teaching, which dramatically improved both my
career and the rest of my life. After studying
acting for many years and having only a mildly
successful career, I went to Jim's 2-Year Meisner
program, and my career came alive. Since graduating
from Jim's studio, I've had numerous lead roles
in independent films, plays, commercials, and
industrials. Jim taught me how to access my emotions
and feed them through my characters. He inspired
me to be courageous and go the distance with my
work, and he gave me the tools to take on any
acting challenges. I've frequently been cast in
roles for which I did not fit the casting descriptions
at all, and this is because of the exceptional
training I got from Jim. I still coach with Jim
on every major role, including my current role
as "Jackie O" in a one-woman show I wrote myself.
Jim's creativity, expertise, and dedication to
teaching are unsurpassable."
Andrea Reese, Actress/Playwright, "Cirque
2-year program dramatically transformed my acting.
He taught me to expand beyond my self-imposed
limitations and to use my limitless imagination.
His class gave me confidence not only in my acting,
but in life. After applying his technique professionally
for several years, I have now found the courage
to develop my one-person show about John Wilkes
Booth, something I would never have considered
Christopher Fabbro, Actor/Playwright,
Most Famous Man in America"
priceless care and commitment creates the environment
for full expression at any level of work one chooses
Lisa Kapler, actress and former student
Professional Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist at
only has Jim Bonney taught me the essentials of
acting, he has given me the priceless keys I can
use to access my feelings, my truth, and my heart.
What makes his work so innovative is that he focuses
not only on the acting craft itself, but also
on the instrument (the body); the energy and emotional
life that mkes us each our own unique, powerful
selves. I have not seen such work done anywhere
Robin Michele, actress and former student
Feature film in production, starring as principal
character "Eva" in Hot Lunch
"Jim is guiding me into rooms inside myself which
I've kept locked for years or forgotten completely.
He's brought my work to a whole new level of authenticity."
John Hickok, Broadway Star, Zoser in "Aida"
"Since working with Jim Bonney I have found my
voice both professionally and personally. He is
helping me to become the actress I was born to
Ruthie Henshall, Broadway Star, "Putting
It Together" and "Chicago"
"Jim has helped me make major emotional breakthroughs.
He teaches with great sensitivity and has assisted
me in gaining the confidence necessary to sustain
success in the business."
Dan Cooney, Yale Drama School, "Che" (Star
of "Evita") National Tour
"Jim Bonney is a dedicated, caring artist who
challenges his students to become more than they
are. My connection to character became deep; I
became honest and went deep in my work. I became
the actor I wanted to be."
Jeff Denman, Broadway Cast, "How to
Succeed...Dream" and "The Producers"
"Jim is a coach who gives with great talent and
Jimmy Georgiades Star of "Tony & Tina's
Wedding" and "Law & Order" TV Series
"Jim has not only opened my heart to my career,
but also to my life."
Maria Ralabate on Broadway in "Cats" as
"Jim Bonney has given me the vision and understanding
on how to achieve any goal by using the simple
principals of hard work and discipline."
Austin Noto, Cast member "Saturday Night
Live" and Radio City Music Hall "Jesus Was His
"I found Jim Bonney's Emotional/Instrument workshop
wonderfully effective in helping actors develop
spontaneity, emotional freedom, and heightened
sensitivity to others. He is a dynamic and invigorating
Jack Poggi, Actor/Author of the Best Seller,
"The Monologue Workshop"