Actors who have studied John’s techniques have booked over 8,500 jobs.

Want to know why?

First, the teacher: What John teaches isn’t theory. He has made his living as an actor for nearly forty years. He has guest starred in scores of TV shows, played leads in more than twenty-five plays, directed four films and was the founder of Full Circle Productions – one of the country’s premier school for actors interested in working in film and television. He has also directed, produced or starred in over 200 national commercials.

Second: the technique. John techniques are designed to help the actor turn in performance level work without the benefit of rehearsal. Whether it’s a commercial, a television show or a film actors are expected to show up on the set ready to work. There isn’t any time or money budgeted for rehearsal.

Matt Penn guesting in one of John’s classes.

Third, the practical experience. At the end of each class the actors get to showcase their work for one of the leaders in the business. Commercial casting directors Donna Grossman and Kyle Coker and agent Phil Casesse have been recent guests in the commercial class. Matt Penn (director – Law and Order, Orange is the New Black, Big Dogs, etc., etc.) and director/producer Tony Glazer (Big Dog, Junction, The Substance of Bliss, American Stare, etc, etc.)were our most recent guest in the scene study class. These sessions are followed by a Q & A giving the actors access to some of the movers and shakers in our industry.


Commercial Level – 1                                                                                                       Dates: 15 April – 20 May 1019                                                                                        Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM                                                                                                Location: T. Schreiber Studios                                                                                          151 W. 26th Street, 10th floor, NYC                                                                       Investment: $395.00                                                                                                          Click here to sign up for the Level 1 commercial class.                                               ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT!

“John has an ability to see the tiniest things in a person’s work that could make or break the deal. He meets the student at whatever level they are working at and helps them take it to the next level. The only thing more fun than knowing I’m improving every time I get up in front of the camera is watching the growth of everyone around me. His class is an amazing gift for anyone wanting to break into the commercial world.” Jessica Rauum-Foster

John’s classes are interactive and informative, and designed to help you succeed. Because of the techniques I learned there I just booked a series of commercials for RUNZA. I am so grateful. Thank you, John.”  Jessica Tillman — Actor

And here’s an example of John’s commercial work:                                                       

Commercial Level – 2                                                                                                      Dates: April 4 – 9 May 2019 (no class April 18th)                                                              Location: T. Schreiber Studios                                                                                                                                        151 W. 26th St, 10th Floor, NYC                                                                                       Investment: $375.00                                                                                                            Actors who want to sign up for this class must have permission from the instructor and must sign up over the phone 212- 741-0209.  SOLD OUT!!

Two-Camera Scene Study Class
Dates: 16 April – 4 June
Tues: 6:30 – 10:00  PM
Investment: $495.00
Location: Simple Studios, 2nd fl.
134 W. 29th Street NYC      SOLD  OUT!!

If you have any questions about this class send an email to

“John’s approach to acting is the foundation of my work. He’s given me a set of tools I continually rely on. As I learn more from my experience, I’ve gained even more respect for the depth and flexibility of his technique.”    Sumalee Montano, Actor — This is Us, Blue Bloods,Actor, Nashville, Nip and Tuck, Big Love, West Wing, Boston Legal, Transformer, Lincoln Heights, etc. etc.    

“John uses a clear and concise approach to simplify an incredible complicated art form. In addition, his honest and realistic outlook on the business is refreshing and a great help to aspiring actors.” Philip Huffman, Casting Director Law & Order SVU                                                                   
And here’s a sample of John’s most recent episodic work:                                                    

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To register for the scene study class, click here.

And then there’s the book.

John’s highly acclaimed book, The Science & Art of Acting for the Camera is now available. “John Howard Swain not only knows how to do it, he knows how to teach it…and that is exactly what he does in his wonderful new acting manual. He clarifies, encourages and enlightens. A must-read for anyone who wants to be a better actor!” Mary Lou Belli, two-time Emmy award-wining director, NCIS: New Orleans, Hart of Dixie, Pitch, Monk, The Game, etc., etc. Co-author of Directors Tell the Story.

“Swain’s The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera is a welcome addition to the study of on-camera work! It covers the nuts and bolts of a very important and sometimes ignored medium in the actor’s training. Swain provides a touchstone for any actor wanting to learn and know more about working on-camera. A great addition to my library in teaching the actor for today’s world.” James Calleri, NYC Casting Director, Head of Graduate Acting, Columbia University.

The book is available at the Drama Book Shop in Manhattan or – here’s a link to it on Amazon.


John is available for private in-person and SKYPE coaching.                                    For details contact:













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