Testimonials

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Troy Ruptash

(The Young Pope, The Rookie, Training Day, Wildling, They Who Surround Us)

“I came to my first work session with Jackie and was completely blown away by the amount of preparation and work she had already done. She had such a deep and detailed connection to this very personal film I had written. It moved me very deeply. It was as if she had been right beside me when I wrote it. She already had such an intimate connection with the story. It dropped me in and took me somewhere in the work that would normally take weeks. She is a master at what she does.”

J. Todd Harris

J. Todd Harris

(Producer, Founder and CEO, Branded Pictures Entertainment, The Kids are All Right, Heathers: The Musical, Chicago 7)

"Jackie Diamond gamely stepped in and cast virtually an entire reading of my new show ‘Death at a Funeral’ with British actors in a matter of days. The reading was a smash and we're now aiming at a London production in the next 12-18 months. Jackie was, and remains, a delight to work with. From my experience with her, I highly recommend her and cannot wait to work with her again."

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Scottie Thompson

(12 Monkeys, Grey’s Anatomy, The Blacklist, Ugly Betty, MacGyver, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Star Trek, 9-1-1, Bones, The Closer)

"Jackie is one of the most nurturing, thoughtful and supportive coaches I have ever worked with as an actor. I got to know her through the visionary workshop she led alongside John Patrick Shanley, and saw her ability to provide a safe and expansive creative environment for all types of actors. I then had the privilege of being directed by her in a Shanley short play, ‘On the Terrace’. It was there that I experienced the gift of growing under her guidance. I love exploring the acting craft with her and I continue to appreciate her vision and approach, as well as her continued support of my artistic journey and career.”

Dustyn Gulledge

Dustyn Gulledge

(Silicon Valley, Person of Interest. Dustyn is a graduate of The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and originated the role of ‘Dino Tortorci’ in Nora Ephron's Broadway production of "Lucky Guy" opposite Tom Hanks and Maura Tierney, directed by George C Wolfe.)

"I trust Jackie Diamond not only as a director, but the type of acting coach that has the insight to bring actors, both beginning and seasoned, to heights they didn’t know they could reach. I am happy to write this testimonial because when somebody displays a degree of magic and transcendence in what they do, the world should know. For actors looking for a coach, director or both who is going to challenge you, and make you laugh and cry at the same time... Jackie Diamond is that key to the next step in nurturing YOU in this, sometimes unkind, profession. The woman is a pro."

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Andre De Vanny

(The Pacific, City Homicide, Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, Killing Time. Stage - 33 Variations with Ellen Burstyn, Hamlet)

“Jackie Diamond is one of the most inspiring teachers you will work with. She lives and breathes her art. As a coach she has guided me to a deeper understating and respect for the craft of acting. I have since been fortunate to collaborate professionally with Jackie on the award winning U.S tour of Irish play Swansong. Having Jackie in your corner is an incredible feeling. She is a source of unending passion and support. Her approach is rigorous and detailed and always, exciting! If you get the chance to work with her, don’t hesitate.”

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Diana Zollicoffer

Producer/Director (FU: A Love Story in Reverse, Throw like a Girl, Bridget and Iain, Schmoolie the Deathwatcher)

"Jackie Diamond has been one of my greatest assets in the industry. Her insight into character development and casting has been a tremendous help to me both on stage and film. I have loved working with her for almost two decades because we have built a lasting relationship and that is very important for me as an independent Producer/Director."

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Wendy Hammers

(Actress/Comedian, Ripe, Grey Nomad, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm)

“Jackie Diamond is a creative cocktail, a delicious concoction comprised of equal parts passion for great storytelling, an intuitive ability to marry actors with material, and a huge heart and warmth that fostered confidence in my abilities and was instrumental in my delivering an award-winning performance. I’d work with her again in a New York minute.”

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Paul Tassone

(The Good Place, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Code, Saving Mr. Banks)

“It can be a very fragile existence when in the midst of the creative process. And confidence is the key. Confidence in your abilities and confidence in your choices. This allows you to be present, and free to play, for all your self-consciousness and self-perceived limitations have melted away. During the run of Grey Nomad, Jackie was the loving, grounding, supportive presence who held the space for this to happen. We were very fortunate to have Jackie in our corner. Every single night.”

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David Ross Paterson

(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Australian Cast, Saving Mr. Banks, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Revenant, The Bold and the Beautiful)

“Jackie Diamond gets actors. Not only in the sense that she is an astute and effective casting director, but also in terms of her understanding of process and her nurturing and sensitive communication. My artistically satisfying association with Australian Theatre Company is in no small way due to working with Jackie Diamond. Through two mainstage productions and a number of readings I benefitted significantly from her blend of support, direction, expertise and friendship.”

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Ros Gentle

(Picnic at Hanging Rock, American Crime Story, Lucifer)

“I worked with Jackie on a play (Grey Nomad - and yes it won several Broadway World Awards!). She is the consummate professional as both producer and assistant director and all round gorgeous human being.Caring and nurturing of the creative spirit with a keen eye to spot what’s brilliant, what’s missing, what’s attainable. Would absolutely love to work with her again and again and AGAIN!!!”

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Shane Connor

(Wentworth, House Husbands, Wolf Creek 2, Satisfaction, Killing Time, Neighbours)

"I worked with Jackie in 2016, and even with all my experience she was able to pinpoint with delicate and direct accuracy the problem I was dealing with (or not dealing with) in my acting. She saved this old man’s arse! I would work with her again in a heartbeat. .............. she's also a truly wonderful energy!"

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Vivienne Powell

(Shameless, Love, Bridget and Iain)

“There aren’t enough superlatives available to describe how I feel about working with the wonderful Jackie Diamond. Apart from her being one of the kindest, most open hearted and giving people on the planet, she is an incredibly insightful and skilled director and acting coach. My first experience working with Jackie was in her role as assistant director of the Australian Theatre Company’s highly acclaimed production of Ruben Guthrie in Los Angeles in 2016. I have also worked with Jackie in preparation for roles and auditions. Jackie’s processes quickly get to the heart of the script and motivations of the character. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

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AMY STARBIN

(Writer/Director/Producer, Los Aliens, Kelly & Cal, Loveology, Lilian)

"I needed to cast Latinx actors for a sci-fi short about immigration so I reached out to Jackie Diamond - and boy did she deliver! Within a week I had cast the roles with talented actors who were tremendously skilled, professional, and generous human beings. I am so grateful to Jackie. There's no question in my mind the film has been elevated by her involvement in the casting progress."

Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett

Ashleigh Taylor & Ben Bennett

(Writers ‘The Life of Us’)

“Without Jackie, our production would not have come together. The talent she sought out and brought to us were exceptional and throughout the process she was kind, generous with her time and advice, punctual and in general just a wonderful person to know and work with.”

 

Shaun Goss

Shaun Goss

(Emerald Falls, Neighbours, Static)

“I found Jackie's classes to be enthralling. She combined her considerable skill as an actor and teacher to deliver a detailed study into the human condition and it's representation in art. Jackie's understanding of her craft and ability to communicate the complexities of the Chubbuck technique to her students with compassion and ease allowed for a space of true creativity and learning."

Jerome Velinsky

Jerome Velinsky

(Love Child, The Heart Guy, ROGUE, Fun House)

"Jackie is a rare gem. She's a wonderful teacher and a beautiful human being with an invested care for character and for finding the truth in every story they're part of. There is never a lack of playfulness in her work and she creates a nurturing environment that encourages actors to take bolder risks than they had ever imagined possible. The depth of her script analysis is impressive and always leads to greater discoveries in the work, helping the artist further anchor their choices within the scene."

Laura Pike

Laura Pike

(Home and Away, The Dr Blake Mysteries, The Straits, Sea Patrol. Founder of Flourish Lane!)

"Jackie's attention to detail and her ability to connect on an emotional & intellectual level to character development is precise, profound and inspiring. Professional attributes aside, her warmth, generosity, support and encouragement is genuine and makes for a safe and comfortable environment when working on the floor."

Olivia Simone

Olivia Simone

(Dance Academy, Love My Way, All Saints, Winners & Losers. Graduate of NIDA.)

"Jackie is the most wonderful, inspiring teacher, person and mentor. Her passion is relentless and her care for people is outstanding. She really took me to the next level in my acting ability and more importantly as a person."

Tara Hazel

Tara Hazel

(Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Aiden, General Manager 16th Street Actors Studio)

"Jackie gives an actor the ability to delve into the depths of their souls, in order to bring truth, complexity and a deeper, more satisfying understanding of characters and performance. She is there 100% experiencing and going on the journey with you, always making you feel safe, giving you the ability to be open and raw to wholeheartedly serve your character and the script."

Richard Cawthorne

Richard Cawthorne

(Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Killing Time, The Straits, Bikie Wars, Underbelly, Catching Milat)

"I found working with Jackie an incredibly rewarding experience, both creatively and personally. Her dedication and commitment to her craft is contagious. Her values and her love of the work are constant sources of inspiration."

Matt Hetherington

Matt Hetherington

(Tv – The Detour, Dr. Blake Mysteries, Seachange, Stingers, Marshall Law, City Homicide. Stage – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Becoming Nancy.)

"Jackie is an extremely generous person and this is evident in her work. Her warmth and sensitivity enables her to interact with actors, producers, and directors of all walks of life with great effectiveness."

Ratidzo Mambo

Ratidzo Mambo

Finalist for the 2017 prestigious Health Ledger Scholarship (Tv - Glee, Wicked Science, Neighbours, Flawed, The Legend Maker. Stage – Prize Fighter)

"Jackie has a way of making me feel safe and fearless in how to approach my craft by using my personal history, which I had never fully used in my work before. She has helped me to grow as an artist by creatively, instinctively and skillfully analyzing a script and breaking it down to reveal multiple layers of truths and empathy for my characters."

Liza Dennis

Liza Dennis

(Plague, Good Boy)

"Jackie encouraged us to breathe, listen, and look at our experiences like an investigator would, very mindfully. She has a deep care, kindness, equality, and respect for all people she works with."

Carla Bonner

Carla Bonner

(Neighbours, Wentworth)

"Jackie assisted me to delve deeper into myself and find hidden treasures within that I was previously unaware of. Scene study and audition preparation with her enabled me to feel my characters take on life, leaving me feeling exhilarated in having built foundations on which to grow. Her warmth and generosity allowed me to open up and go further. Thank you Jackie Diamond. You truly are a gem!"

Taylor Ferguson

Taylor Ferguson

(The Killing Field, The Turning)

"Jackie translates her words into the world of the actor she is working with in order to allow them to understand thoroughly and clearly. She has been an influence when it comes to scenes in understanding how many layers there are to discover. She always lead me in the right direction when interpreting a character."

Des Fleming

Des Fleming

(Laws of Attraction, MDA, Blue Heelers, All Saints, Jack Irish)

"Jackie's willingness to share her own humanity and vulnerability has been crucial in supporting me to go where I've needed to go, and to successfully create the characters I've played in theatre and TV over the last number of years."

Tom Barton

Tom Barton

"Jackie patiently guided me to new understandings about the craft of acting. I felt very nurtured by her and fully trusted that she knew what she was talking about. I feel that the success I have had since is owed to Jackie's tutelage."

Charlie Cousins

Charlie Cousins

(Scooby-Doo, The Lost World, Winners & Losers, Blue Heelers, City Homicide)

"Jackie brings such an unwavering passion and commitment to helping actors deepen their craft. She helped me to grasp the deeper themes and intricacies and hidden layers of the character and the script and refine them. Which resulted in a richer and more moving performance. Her insights increased the complexity of my performance without complicating it - A rare skill to impart."

Kim Denman

Kim Denman

(Blue Heelers, Neighbours)

"Jackie's innate understanding of the human condition combined with detailed script and character analysis skills, allows her to guide actors to a more truthful, authentic interpretation of their role within a story. Her patience and lack of judgment provide a safe, nurturing environment for actors to explore, make mistakes and ultimately grow as artists and human beings."

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis

(Killing Time, Neighbours, It's a Date)

"Jackie is one of those rare teachers who is able to tap into the extraordinary. She works without judgment for the actor while maintaining a razor sharp analytical mind for getting to the guts of a character, scene, script, or situation. And she manages to do all this with charm and an infectious sense of play!"

Kathryn Tohill

Kathryn Tohill

(Belladonna, Higher Plane, Auditioning Fanny, Status)

"Jackie Diamond is a rare individual that has helped shaped my learning. I felt challenged, supported and inspired under Jackie's guidance. She is one of the most generous teachers that I have ever had."

Lana Meltzer

Lana Meltzer

(Home & Away, Desolation Angels, Planet Unearthed)

"Jackie's coaching truly tapped into the heart and soul of my acting. She brought out the best in me in the most compassionate and loving way. I am so grateful for her patience and understanding!"

Dee McLachlan

Dee McLachlan

Award Winning Writer/Director/ Filmmaker

"Jackie is an inspiration - as a person, an actor, a coach, and a teacher. She is a special person destined for special tasks, as she has the innate ability in her DNA to inspire and guide people. Her commitment to excellence is unstoppable."

Jamie Zamudio

Jamie Zamudio

Executive Director, Global Creative Services

"Jackie's profound understanding of what drives human beings, her commitment to actors and the work, as well as her nurturing and support makes her a first-rate teacher. Her analysis skills are superlative and her private coaching is distinguished by focus, insight and detail, coupled with sophisticated script and character analysis."

Karla Burt

Karla Burt

Co-Founder and Creative Director 720 Creative, Talent Manager, Adams Management Australia

"Jackie makes you love acting even more than you did when you first entered her class. She inspires you to get to the bottom of every character and empowers you as an artist and investigator. She has a beautiful teaching sensibility that really cuts through and a killer sense of humor."

Peter Blackburn

Peter Blackburn

Director/Dramaturg

"Jackie has an innate ability to not only fossick for true gold in the depths of a script, but the capacity to communicate this to actors in ways specific and meaningful to their experience. Actors are supported creatively and emotionally to explore without compromise. Inspiring, engaging and uncompromising in the pursuit of excellence, Jackie is an acting coach of unique talent."

Lissa Pallo

Lissa Pallo

(Shameless, This Is Us, CSI: NY, 24, Trophy Wife, S.W.A.T., The Rookie)

"Jackie' and I studied with the renowned lvana Chubbuck. She has always immersed herself in her work, which has resulted in great performances. I enjoyed watching her perform and learned from her detailed choices that brought her characters to life. I would highly recommend her to help expand your growth as an actor."

Nadia Townsend

Nadia Townsend

(Knowing, Life, City Homicide, Sea Patrol, Rush, Farscape, Home & Away)

"Jackie Diamond is a wonderful coach who has the capacity to get the best out of an actor."

Kim Krejus

Kim Krejus

Artistic Director, 16th Street Actors Studio, Australia

"Jackie's work ethic is unrivalled. She works tirelessly and compassionately. Her own personal attention to detail, and her innate ability to understand human behavior has made her an exceptional teacher. I can honestly say that anyone who has the privilege of an association with Jackie Diamond will be the richer for it."

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

(Canal Road, Underbelly, The Saddle Club, All Saints, Two Brothers and a Girl, Drown)

"The first time I was coached by Jackie Diamond, I knew that she possessed an extraordinary curiosity and insight; and that a gift to see into the human condition and understand what's true and what's real came naturally to her. Her love and passion for people coupled with her genial ability to deliver her guidance and teachings make her a paragon in any field."

Sachin Joab

Sachin Joab

(Lion, Perception, Rush, City Homicide, Big Mamma's Boy, Conspiracy 365, Better Man, Neighbours, Fat Tony & Co)

"Being in the presence of Jackie provided a positive, friendly energy which immediately placed me in a state of artistic freedom. Her approach as both an actress and coach will improve any scene from an acting or teaching perspective."

Penelope Andrews

Penelope Andrews

(Offspring, Kittens of Woodlake)

"Jackie guides me patiently and gently. My work, I believe, improved greatly, along with my self-confidence and workload in the Industry. I credit all this to Jackie and her loving and dedicated hand. She is my pinnacle of acting teachers."