Jo-Ann is a working actor in both film and television who has appeared in over 20 national commercials to date. Her relationship with Annie Grindlay began in 2005 at Margie Haber Studio. When Annie left in 2009 to start Annie Grindlay Studio, Jo-Ann joined her to become an instructor and Studio Director. Jo-Ann has taught and coached hundreds of actors since and created the taped audition with private coaching service now offered at Annie Grindlay Studio.
Her students and private coaching clients have appeared on every major television network including “Mad Men” (AMC), “New Girl” (FOX), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Ray Donovan” (Showtime), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “30 Rock” (NBC), “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS), “Brooklyn Nine Nine” (FOX), “Breaking Bad” (AMC) and “Better Call Saul” (AMC) and many, many more.
With almost two decades of industry experience, Jo-Ann has worked alongside the likes of James Franco, Mark Pellegrino and Jamie Anne Allman and studied with some of the most respected Los Angeles based acting instructors including Robert Carnegie, Lesly Kahn, Diane Castle, Harry Mastrogeorge and Larry Moss with improv training at both UCB and The Groundlings.
Jo-Ann’s recent credits include the feature film “Confessions of a Womanizer”, a recurring spot on “After Chelsea Lately” and appearing on the ABC daytime soap “General Hospital”.
Transforming an actor’s fear from a liability to a superpower is what JoAnn specializes in and her students continue to book role after role after applying her techniques.