JW Actor’s Studio is for anyone aged 8 through adult for professional training in acting, improvisation, comedy, and voice over. In addition to our original studio in Princeton, NJ we now have a studio in New York City for students age 17 + seeking to become professionals and for professional working actors to have a place to continue to work their craft and to call “home.” If you are truly serious about being the best you can possibly be or are a parent looking for that extra professional edge for your child—on stage, on television or film, behind the microphone, or to increase confidence in the classroom, or at the speaker’s podium—you will benefit from our guidance. Director Jody Wood is an actor/director with over 30 years of professional experience. He knows first-hand what it takes to be a “working actor,” sketch comic, voice over artist, and to master the art of of speaking in public. He will guide you to overcome the fear of, and excel at Improv. Our workshops are designed to ensure each student will feel very safe in knowing you can tap into your creativity where no one is judging you. If you’re willing to work we will pull out the very best from you…Guaranteed!
A well-trained actor speaks and behaves truthfully in the imaginary circumstances.
Ignite your passion!
We look forward to working with you!
“If you want some safe-blanket, cushy, being praised for everything you do, “I’m gonna be a star” acting class. This is NOT for you. If you’re looking for a real class with no bull, finding the truth in whatever work you do and learning what it truly means to be an actor, you’re in the right place.”
Declan Maloney Drummond NYC Student
“It’s almost every day I come across casting that requires improv, and it’s almost every day that I thank Jody in my head for all the improv classes that he gave and all the extra time he took for us, giving up his lunch breaks and staying at school long hours to prepare us for the real world in a way that AADA couldn’t have done without you. Thank you Jody!”
Georgia Sidell NYC student (Now working in London)
“Our daughter was first in line when Jody Wood opened JW actors studio. She takes acting very seriously and Jody’s classes are a perfect fit for her intensity and passion for acting. Jody sees that his students are committed to the challenge of becoming great actors because he teaches with the utmost respect for the craft and the individual who is determined to work hard to skill build. His tremendous sense of humor keeps things fun and comedic at just the right time! Since beginning, our daughter has successfully played some much sought after stage roles and, with Jody’s coaching and contacts, begun auditioning for film, television, and Broadway roles! More importantly, she is confident in her ability to communicate in front of an audience…a skill that will serve her well all of her life. We have no doubt that Jody will remain an important teacher and coach in her life for many years to come.”
Gigi Goldman, Mother of Princeton, NJ student
“Where do I even begin? Jody Wood is a genius. He understands the provenance of his own work as both an actor and a teacher. He enters his class and gives an experience anyone would describe as awesome. He is open-minded, friendly and very professional in creating a safe environment where you never feel judged. I admire how Jody always takes the time to talk and listen to his students.
Jody brings you out of your comfort zone while letting you explore your own space and calls you out on any nonsense in a supportive way. He genuinely wants nothing but the best for you as an actor and as a person. His classes taught me to listen closely, work off of behavior, to be truthful, to go with simplicity and most importantly, to be a generous actor.
Although it goes without saying that his forte is Improv, he never limits your work to one style but also strongly expresses the need for and teaches his students other techniques that suit them best as an actor and ways to discover the range of their personal palette. I look forward to working with him again!”
Marie Dinolan NYC Student
“I met Jody when my daughters were interested in taking an acting class. Being in Jody’s class has given them the opportunity to learn the craft in a safe, fun, environment. They have acquired skills necessary for any actor. Jody stresses the process, which allows the young actor to explore their work to the fullest without feeling pressure. I was so impressed that I took Jody’s adult class! It has provided me with an extension of my many years of acting. His professional experience in the field and his love of his vocation shines through and makes me realize how much I miss being on stage. Jody’s energy and enthusiasm makes his class one of the best I have ever taken.”