no smile shirt & glasses cropped Jon Sperry is one of America’s preeminent acting & dialect coaches for theater, film and television. His coaching work includes Acting, Accent Reduction and Elimination, Dialects, Voice, and Shakespeare. 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 over 30 years, in the United States and all over the world. He has over 100 credits coaching feature films, (including Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning film Thelma and Louise, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Abel Ferrara's The Bad Lieutenant, and Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Piano,) TV and streaming shows, (including Westworld, Queen America, Queen of the South, American Crime, Sense8, The Purge, The Son, True Blood, and Netflix's most ambitious show to date, Altered Carbon,) as well as numerous theatrical productions all over the U.S.

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.

ACTORS COACHED/TAUGHT (partial list): Ana de Armas, Ana Isabelle, Anitta, Wes Bentley, Julie Benz, Gael Garcia Bernal, Thora Birch, Raoul Bova, Lorraine Bracco, Alice Braga, Manolo Cardona, Stephanie Cayo, Omar Chaparro, 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, Tom Ellis, Golshifteh Farahani, Sabrina Ferilli, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, 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, Gabriel Mann, Debi Mazar, Idina Menzel, Laurie Metcalf, Jordi Mollà, Liam Neeson, Francesca Neri, Don Novello, Paola Nuñez, Nicole Ari Parker, Jeremy Piven, Julieth Restrepo, Natalia Reyes, Debbie Reynolds, 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.

EDUCATION
Wesleyan University, B.A. in Theater
American Conservatory Theater summer workshop
HB Studios - 2 years study of Acting as well as 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

WHERE JON TEACHES & HAS TAUGHT
The Actors Studio
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 in Acting, Dialects and Accent Reduction all over the world