About Bob...

Bob on SetBob Krakower is recognized as one of the top acting teachers and coaches in the business. Sought after by studios, networks, theatre companies and actors, he works out of home bases in New York and Los Angeles, while maintaining a busy schedule of coaching on set for film and television around the country.

Film & Television

abcAfter years of teaching acting and directing for the stage, ABC -- noting his eye for young talent -- offered Mr. Krakower a job in casting. Over the next three years -- at ABC, MTV, Paramount, and Tollin-Robbins Productions -- he worked as a casting director on over 50 projects, including "NYPD Blue," "My So-Called Life," "Arliss," "All That," and "Varsity Blues." Noting Bob's teaching background, director Brian Robbins also employed him as an acting coach on many projects, culminating in their work together on "The Perfect Score" (starring Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, and Darius Miles), and "Hardball" (starring Keanu Reeves). In the director's commentary of the DVD for "Hardball," Robbins says, "Bob helped find a lot of the kids and more importantly --I knew I had my hands full with ten actors who never acted before -- he really gave the skills, and he really turned them into actors. Because when I got them on the set, they were ready. They knew the essence of a scene, they weren't just saying words, they really had some chops built up and he just did afantastic job with them."

one on one logoKrakower has gone on to coach actors on dozens of films and television shows, hired as often by the studios, networks, and production companies as he is by the actors themselves. Whether he is working with kids ("Hardball," "All That"), stand-up comics (Louis C.K., Lewis Black, John Pinette, Jimmy Fallon, Greg Geraldo, Jim Norton, and others) or actors (Reba McEntire, Josh Duhamel, Eden Espinoza, Antonique Smith, Milena Govich, and many more), he does so with what Emmy Award Winning director Michael Lembeck has called "the most passionate, kindest, and brightest approach I've ever seen." His studio in New York is housed at One-On-One Productions in NYC. There, with business partner Marc Isaacman, they have built one of the most successful long running acting classes in New York.

Writing & Directing

For many years, Krakower was a theatre director, producing and/or directing over 100 plays around the country, a majority of them new works by American authors. As he moved into film & television, his coaching work evolved into directing assignments, including stints on "What I Like About You", (starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth), "Reba", (starring Reba McEntire) and "I Say Nay, Nay" a concert starring comedian John Pinette. Over the years , he has written several plays that have been published and performed around the country. These include "Mixed Emotions", "No-Win Situation", and the very popular "4a.m. (Open All Night)", which was made into a film starring Tate Donovan and Wendy Makkena, directed by J. Miller Tobin. His script "Bobby Z" (written with partner Allen Lawrence) was directed by John Herzfeld, and starred PaulWalker, Laurence Fishburne, and Olivia Wilde. Currently in development (also with Mr. Lawrence) are "Ramblin Man: Woody Guthrie" and "Any Rough Times".


chazzA graduate of Tufts University, he got his first teaching job at San Francisco's famed American Conservatory Theatre.The company's founder and Artistic Director (William Ball) and the Conservatory Director(famed acting teacher Allen Fletcher),took him under their wing and by the age of 24,he was teaching first year graduate acting, directing projects, and held the title of Associate Director of the Conservatory, making him the youngest person to hold that post at a major Theatre Conservatory in the United States. When Allen Fletcher left A.C.T., he asked Krakower to gowith him.Together they started the National Theatre Conservatory, a graduate program created by Act of Congress and Presidential designation in association with the AmericanNational Theatre and Academy. Fletcher passed away at the end of the conservatory's first year, and it was not long before Krakower wasinvolved with yet another landmark institution: a few months later, Jon Jory, Producing Director of the Tony Award winning Actors Theatre of Louisville, asked him to come to the theatre and revive its Student Company. For six years, Bob was the Director of Actor Training and Master Acting Teacher, shepherding the school into the national spotlight. In a 1988 he taught at the theatre with the Moscow Art Theatre's famed Studio Chelovek . Along with Jory and Michael Dixon, he was a creative force behind the bi-yearly Shorts Festivals of New American Plays, producing and/or directing over 100 plays by writers such as Howard Korder, LanfordWilson, Jane Anderson, and Jane Martin, among many others. As a Resident Director, he helmed several productions, including the first regionalproductions of David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow" and CraigLucas' "Prelude To A Kiss."

encore logoWhile at Louisville, he remained involved with his own San Francisco-based theatre company, "Encore" (winner of several Bay Area Theatre Awards for Acting, including Best Ensemble), serving as a founding member, actor, and Artistic Director. Mr. Krakower directed two of the company's most critically acclaimed productions: the sold-out runs of Howard Korder's "Boys Life," and Chekhov's "The Three Sisters." During this time, he also served as Guest Director/Teacher for the Atlantic Theatre Company (founded by David Mamet & William H. Macy). He directed original productions, including Steven Dietz's "Trust," starring Kristen Johnston. In 1996-97, he took over as Director of the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School, running both the Professional and NYU Undergraduate Divisions. He has been on staff and guest-taught for (among many others), NYU, the Stella Adler Conservatory, The Howard Fine Studio, and The Actor's Center in New York, where he joined Earl Gister (Yale), Lloyd Richards (Broadway), and J. Michael Miller (NYU) as a Founding Faculty Member.

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