My Approach to Teaching:

Acting is an amazing way to build confidence, relieve stress, and make discoveries about yourself. It should be fun and rewarding, and I try to create a positive, supportive environment where we can explore without judgment.

Since the joy of acting is getting to live in the moment, we are up on our feet and working as much as possible each class. We use improvisation and imagination exercises based on the teachings of Uta Hagen and Sanford Meisner to build strong connections to your character and to the text. Then, we learn how to let go and focus on listening, following impulses, trusting your instincts, and responding truthfully. That’s what makes a performance come to life!

My Perspectives on Training for the Industry:

  • The more experience you have, the more confident you’ll be walking into any room. Get comfortable with being on camera by doing student films, short films, web series, and background work. Learn to take direction, hone your memorization skills, and broaden your skill set by doing theater whenever you can.

  • Look at every experience (good or bad) as something to draw on for a future role.

  • Always update your materials so that they reflect your best work. Having a strong online presence, solid resume, and captivating headshots will help you get in the room and book the job.


Meet Jacqui Calloway:

Jacqui is a SAG-AFTRA member and spent time acting in Los Angeles, where she appeared on Rosewood (FOX), The Inspectors (CBS), and as a series regular in the CW Seed’s I Ship It.

Here in Austin, she is a company member at The VORTEX, and has performed with New Manifest Theater Company, Jarrott Productions, Communication by Captivation, & Three Willows Theater. She is the winner of four B. Iden Payne Awards – Outstanding Featured Performer in a Drama & Small Cast (Edit Annie); Outstanding Featured Performer in a Comedy (BLKS); and Outstanding Lead Performer in A Digital Production (The Frog Prince). Her commercial credits include work for: Fruit of the Loom, Bud Light, Amazon, Discover, Living Security, & Giant Grocery.

As an educator, Jacqui has taught for Texas State University’s Department of Theatre & Dance, and currently directs Creative Action’s Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, a group of teen artists and activists who write and perform original plays promoting healthy relationships. She is also a Paramount Story Wranglers teaching artist and ensemble member, and has worked for SAFE Alliance’s Expect Respect program. Jacqui graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, and the Relativity School. | LinkedIn