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Jack Bronis

Jack Bronis

Jack Bronis most recently finished performing the role of The Father in a tour of Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play, which he did at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and Syracuse Stage. He is proud to have been a founding member of The Noble Fool Theater, performing in various shows including Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants, Roasting Chestnuts, Flanagan’s Wake, and The Baritones, among other shows. He wrote the book and lyrics forVikings- A Musical in Two Axe for Noble Fool (which was brilliantly directed by ASC’s own Linda Gillum). He is a longtime faculty member of Acting Studio Chicago, and has also taught improvisation at The Second City for nearly two decades. He conceived and was the original director for the long-running Flanagan’s Wake, which he has directed in Chicago at various venues including The Noble Fool, The Royal George, The Improv Institute, and Chicago Theatreworks, in addition to having directed productions in Rochester, New York, New Orleans, and Minneapolis. He also directed Rick Almada’s one-man tour-de-force farce The Paradox of Insanity, I Mean, Humanity, and Nolen & Nolen in The Science of Love. Film and television roles include Chicago Fire, Early Edition, The Playboy Club, Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Chicago Overcoat, The Last Rites of Joe May, Dirty Work, Best if Used By, The Package, and Jeri’s Grill.

Classes

Testimonials

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His (Jack BronisLevel 1 Introduction to Shurtleff: Online) feedback was specific and helpful, and delivered with honesty and compassion. I think he did a great job of meeting us where we are but also pushing us to grow. He also worked within the bounds of the Zoom/remote format well!

— Amanda Lee Anderson

He (Jack Bronis  Improv For Actors: Online) is great! He gave great advice and was very supportive!

— Sarah Sherwood

Jack (Bronis — Improv For Actors: Online) is always great at providing positive feedback. He encourages us to make bold choices and reminds us that we are in a safe place to explore creatively and push our boundaries. He always highlights all of the great choices that we make, and I enjoyed when he would interrupt our improv scenes to make things a group learning moment for everyone. I think that is super important to learn while doing, and Jack is amazing at doing that without making us feel like we are doing something wrong. After all, we are there to improve and only hearing "Yea you did great" doesn't really do that. Getting in the moment responses to our work was constructive and useful.

— Improv for Actors Online Student

This is my second time taking a class with Jack (Bronis — Improv For Actors: Online), and he always strikes a great balance between challenging us and never giving us more than we can handle. He also made the class fun by using a variety of improv games and strategies whenever we perform a scene, and he helped us become comfortable with one another in a short amount of time.

— Oana Ionut

He (Jack Bronis - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff: Online) was very supportive of everyone's talents, and his criticisms were always constructive.

— Kurt Collins

Jack (Bronis - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff: Online) was very welcoming and encouraging to someone like me who had no previous experience with acting.

— Chad Riley

(Jack Bronis-Level I online)  was thoughtful, sensitive, and yet truthful in his advice.  He never got annoyed with anybody’s challenges, and handled a case of stubbornness with the grace of a ballerina.  He’s where he needs to be in a fluid way that comes off as natural.

— Michael Hill

Jack (Bronis-Level I Online) did a wonderful job of promoting respect, opening up, and making us feel valued as a beginning actor. Prior to class, I was feeling uneasy but that quickly ended and I felt like I belonged exactly where I was.

— Michael Rubio

Jack (Bronis - Level 1) was amazing and everything I needed in an instructor. So incredibly grateful for his expertise and the safe place he created for us to learn and grow. 

— Heather Dyer

Jack (Jack Bronis - Level 1) gently pushed me out of my comfort zone. His direction was always on point. I loved this class; the lessons, the principals, the foundation and the intention was always crystal clear.

— Crystal Waters

I took LEVEL 1 INTRODUCTION TO SHURTLEFF with Jack Bronis. It was an amazing class. I consider Jack Bronis a terrific teacher and person. His way of conducting the class, and making you feel comfortable in your own skin, while also getting you  to reveal the best in you, was absolutely remarkable. I strongly recommend this course and Jack as a teacher! Thank you.

— Adriana Belan

Jack (Bronis, Level 1) is fun, helpful, smart, talented and provides great feedback while allowing students breathing room to express themselves. It's a very welcoming environment and it's clear Jack loves what he does.

— Cherrell Anderson

"Jack Bronis for Level 1 Shurtleff is great at giving balanced feedback as well as helping students to discover rather than telling them what to do.  Jack is fun and engaging.  He knows how to direct and encourage "newbies" like me."

— Roy K Pugh

"Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) is very great at making students comfortable and finding ways to bring them (us) out of their (our) shells."

— Rashundra Dudley

"I learned a lot about putting a relationship together in a scene and what certain cues scene have. I always approached a scene better the second time around due to Jack’s (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) feedback. Regardless of how bad I felt I did, Jack would push to me that I did well and that’s the purpose of the class, to learn. Jack also had some really good one-liner tips."

— Level 1 Student

"Having a break from acting in musicals as a kid, this class helped bring back my confidence and challenge my skills. I thought Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) was an outstanding teacher. I enjoyed learning the 12 Guideposts and also loved how helpful they were for every scene. I really enjoyed the class and will continue to use your feedback for the future. Thank you for bringing back my confidence on stage!"

— Meaghan Nelson

"Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 and Improv for Actors) was dope- very encouraging and challenged us to push our limits. I also appreciate how available he made himself for feedback and council. I really felt like we grew as a class in terms of taking risks."

— Kelsey McGrath

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ASC alum Destiny Martino has been cast as Jenny June in an online production of Failure: A Love Story at Governers State University.