Naomi Jacobson has been teaching and developing classes and workshops in Acting, Public Speaking, and Voice Over for over 15 years. She was instrumental in creating Actors Arena at Arena Stage, a forum for growth and development for professional actors. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Temple University, and has had over 100 private coaching students for Acting, Auditioning, Public Speaking and Voice Over.

Unique Classes & Workshops: Ideas Into Action, Acting through YourSelf, Nitty Gritty Audition, Owning the Character, Acting From Within & Without, Take It Personally: Voice Over Technique, The Authentic Voice: Beyond Technique, Improvisation for Plays.

Traditional Classes: Intro To Acting, Beginning & Advanced Scene Study, Improvisation, Voice for The Actor, Audition Techniques, Dream Roles

Teaching Credits

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company – Associated Artist
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre – Company Member
  • Theatre Lab – Faculty
  • University of Maryland Graduate Opera Studio – 16 years
  • George Washington University Theatre Dept – 5 years
  • Catholic University
  • Howard Community College Summer Opera
  • Bel Cantanti Opera Workshop
  • The Actors Center – DC
  • Potomac Theatre Company
  • Church Street Theatre
  • Horizons Theatre

VO/ Public Speaking Coaching

  • Pine Rock Productions – Corporate Clients
  • Edge Studio – VO Studio, NYC
  • On Trial Associates – preparing witnesses for deposition and trial
  • College Of Preachers – Weeklong Workshop Presentation Skills
  • Acting For Lawyers

Workshops/Guest Lecturer

  • The Berkshire Theatre Festival
  • Middlebury College – Vermont
  • California State University at Northridge
  • Lee Strasberg Institute

Naomi is not only one of the most gifted actors in the DC area, she is a talented educator who invests in her students personally and challenges them to push the limits of their acting skills. In my two years of hiring Naomi to teach classes at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, I have heard only high praise from all of her students. In addition, she is a consummate professional who is always accessible, direct, and a pleasure to work with.

–Brent Stansell, Theatre Educator and Training Programs Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Naomi is a very attentive, very inventive coach who shares her own wealth of artistic knowledge, she is delightfully challenging and wonderfully supportive and patient.  If you have the chance to work with her, do it!  She’s a master actor for a reason!  – Carol McCaffrey

Naomi gives me the tools to go after what I want in every moment of every scene or monologue. The best part is these tools are easily accessible, and can be pulled out of my back pocket at any audition or rehearsal. I always treasure my time spent with her.  –  Stephanie Tomiko

Naomi offers extremely practical, hands-on observations, suggestions and techniques that I’m able to immediately put into practice on stage and in film. She takes time to thoughtfully answer my questions – whether in person, by phone, or in writing – and her feedback is specific, relevant, and always constructive. I have also taken many small-group classes and workshops with Naomi and have witnessed first-hand her razor-sharp ability to assess the strengths and needs of individual actors at every skill level. She’s a superb coach/teacher who always goes the extra mile and makes every moment matter.Peg Nichols

We love to bring Naomi to our clients because we know they’ll get insightful, practical and transformational coaching. She gives people what they need to move from “before” to a way better “after.” No hype. All results.     Jane Beard – Founder InVisible Light: Conscious Speaking

Her enthusiasm is infectious and her wisdom is inspiring, I left feeling encouraged and challenged and excited about the work –  Emily Morrison, Board President, the Actors’ Center

I always know I can rely on Naomi for precise, thoughtful advice that I can immediately put into practice.  She helps identify and clear away fears and habits that are keeping you from your best work.  Sessions with her have been life-savers when I felt lost or uncertain, allowing me to jump into the next rehearsal process feeling better equipped and more confident. –  Gwen Grastorf

I am a much more confident and assertive artist as a result of working with Naomi. She has helped me to find my voice and trust my own instincts, and has safely, courageously, and passionately guided me towards recognition of my own artistic spirit.  –  Jenna Zhu