no smile shirt & glasses cropped Based in Los Angeles, Jon Sperry is one of America’s preeminent acting & dialect coaches for theater, film and television. His coaching work includes acting, voice, speech, dialects, Shakespearean text, accent reduction and accent elimination. Jon has a special passion for teaching foreign speakers how to learn an American accent. Now based in Los Angeles, he has been teaching and coaching for 30 years, in the United States and all over the world. He has coached over 60 feature films and TV shows, including Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning film Thelma and Louise, and Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Piano, as well as numerous theatrical productions.

He has a degree in Theater from
Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York.

Jon has taught at some of the most prestigious theater schools in America, including Circle in the Square Theater School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts, and The Actors Studio.

He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Harvey Keitel, coaching him on many of the most important films of his career, including Thelma and Louise, The Piano, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, The Bad Lieutenant and Ulysses’ Gaze.

ACTORS COACHED/TAUGHT (partial list): Wes Bentley, Julie Benz, Gael Garcia Bernal, Thora Birch, Raoul Bova, Lorraine Bracco, Alice Braga, Manolo Cardona, Stephanie Cayo, Geraldine Chaplin, Mario Cimarro, Lily Cole, Emilia Clarke, Charlie Cox, Cliff Curtis, Russell Crowe, Geena Davis, Julie Delpy, Aislinn Derbez, Eugenio Derbez, Matt Dillon, Minnie Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Sabrina Ferilli, Rebecca Gayheart, Jami Gertz, Giancarlo Giannini, Melanie Griffith, Martha Higareda, Iben Hjejle, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Timothy Hutton, Derek Jacobi, Famke Janssen, Erland Josephsen, Harvey Keitel, Elias Koteas, Thomas Kretschmann, Olga Kurylenko, Ricki Lake, Juliette Lewis, Sophia Loren, Anitta Machado, Gabriel Mann, Debi Mazar, Idina Menzel, Laurie Metcalf, Jordi Mollà, Liam Neeson, Francesca Neri, Don Novello, Nicole Ari Parker, Jeremy Piven, Julieth Restrepo, Debbie Reynolds, Manuel Rulfo, Zoe Saldana, Rodrigo Santoro, Susan Sarandon, Riccardo Scamarcio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dougray Scott, Stephanie Sigman, Brittany Snow, Sharon Stone, Lili Taylor, Ana Torrent, Aida Turturro, John Turturro, Chris Vance, Leonor Varela, Sofia Vergara, Gian Maria Volonté, Katheryn Winnick, Catherine Zeta-Jones

DIRECTORS OF FILMS COACHED (partial list): Theo Angelopoulos, Jane Campion, Francis Ford Coppola, Andrew Davis, Guillermo del Toro, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, Abel Ferrera, Peter Jackson, Roland Joffé, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, Robert Rodriguez, Alan Rudolph, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino

For Jon's complete film credits check the
Internet Movie Database.

In addition to his Acting, Voice, Dialects and Accent Reduction coaching, Jon is an actor (
click here). He teaches and coaches all over the United States and Europe. Jon has lived in Paris, Rome and Buenos Aires and speaks French, Italian and Spanish. He presently lives in Los Angeles.

Jon also produces (
click here) with his partner Italian writer-director Ivana Massetti through their company Nomads Entertainment.

Wesleyan University, B.A. in Theater
American Conservatory Theater summer workshop
HB Studios - 2 years study of Speech and Dialects
Circle in the Square Theater School Professional Workshop
1 year apprenticeship with Richard Ericson, Speech & Dialects teacher at Circle in The Square Theater School
Additional Training: Larry Moss, Wynn Handman, Suzanne Shepherd, Marcia Haufrecht, Sam Schact, Penny Allen

The Actors Studio West
Circle in the Square Theater School
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts
Margie Haber Studio, The New Collective, International Film Actors Training
Workshops all over the world