I believe that all people have a valuable creative voice that deserves to be heard.

It is my job as acting coach to give you the tools to effectively and productively express yourself – and to book the job while you’re at it!


“John is as approachable and kind as he is insightful. A coaching with John gives you a great way of approaching your material, as well as the support of a friend in your corner.”
— Molly Lyons, Actress
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I employ a variety of techniques in voice, speech, text analysis, movement, objective work, and creative play.

I believe the ultimate performance comes from within, with strong technique and self-understanding working in tandem. And most importantly, acting should be FUN - they are called "plays" for a reason! I seek to unleash that energy in every client, and translate it into an active working career!

I was trained in Chicago by Anna D. Shapiro, and employ an approach that blends gritty Chicago realism with an intellectual understanding of heightened text.  I focus on releasing the voice, improvisation, text analysis, and the combination of technique, content, and self-awareness.



• 10 years experience as a private acting teacher and professional regional theater director. 

• Extensive knowledge of casting directors, agents, and nationwide MFA and BFA acting programs.

• MFA from Northwestern University. 

John Michael Diresta Director Coach
Johnny is insightful and patient, but is never afraid to push me further than I’d go on my own. He manages to be encouraging and supportive all while gently challenging me to make more specific choices. He won’t let me leave any moment or possibility unexamined. His consistent sense of humor and fun make working with him an absolute joy, and our rapport lets me comfortable to be bold, make mistakes, and discover things without fear of judgement. I always leave coaching sessions with him feeling invigorated and positive.
— Rachel Kenney, Actress (The Mystery of Love and Sex, Boardwalk Empire)


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