Teacher Spotlight: John Yearley

Doug GoldringCommunity, Training

We’d love to introduce you to one of our incredible TBG teaching artists, John Yearley! Read our interview with him below…

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

JY: Finding teaching in midlife is one of the great gifts of my life, so it’s hard to narrow it down to any one thing.

People tend to come to my classes hungry to write, but something has gotten in their way. To help them clear those things away, to find their voice and what they want to write about, to then see the joy in their faces when they’ve written something they’re proud of, something only they could write…it’s pretty gratifying.

What is a TBG tool you love to use in your own acting journey?

JY: My latest is deleting my podcasts and walking the dog. When there’s too many voices in my ears I can’t hear the voices in my head!

What is a project that you’ve been a part of that you are proud of?

JY: My play Triptych is being performed at TBG in the fall. The speed with which the production came together and the quality of my collaborators (Eric Paeper, Tricia Alexandro, Michael Giese, Seth and Lee) is kind of astonishing. As a writer, you spend years banging your head against a wall to no avail. To have this happen so clearly and cleanly and beautifully (and did I say quickly?) still kind of has me spinning. It just doesn’t really happen this way. Except, I guess, at The Barrow Group.

To take a class with John, try ONLINE Writing for TV II starting 7/9, or ONLINE Writing for TV I starting 7/10.

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