Testimonials

D. B. SWEENEY
D. B. SWEENEY Actor, Feature Films, Broadway,
 Off-Broadway, Television
The real bonus with Jeff is his insight into the craft of acting. Bennett has clearly digested most of what’s in print on the subject and distilled it down to a startlingly clear system.
CHRISTINE COPLEY
CHRISTINE COPLEY Actress
Jeff is a seasoned director who encourages his actors to take risks and create interesting characters that complement the piece as a whole. I love working with him because he is passionate and has an infectious energy that makes the process fun and exciting. Jeff is also very organized, so when it comes times to perform, the actors feel prepared and confident to go on. He also supports his actors by coming to see their film and theater performances outside of Bare Bones. Everyone involved in the Bare Bones Theater Company collaborates very much like a supportive family that inspires, creates, and feeds off each other.
BRYAN FITZGERALD
BRYAN FITZGERALD Actor
Jeff’s powerful teaching style and caring personality create an acting environment where anything is possible.
ALLYSA ADAMS
ALLYSA ADAMS TV Reporter
Jeff Bennett is not a one trick teacher. There is never one answer to an acting problem in Bennett’s class. I still use the tools I learned in his classes in my job today.
JACKIE GEARY
JACKIE GEARY Actress
It all comes down to having the courage to be honest and instinctual, to trust yourself and allow yourself to play, to just focus and be. That’s what Jeff taught me.
FRANK ZINGHINI
FRANK ZINGHINI Actor
I’d never set foot on a stage before entering Jeff’s program — never even thought to — but after just one class I knew I was hooked. Jeff has a way of making even a complete beginner feel totally at ease, and he draws out talents and skills you never knew you had.
STEPHEN SHELOWITZ
STEPHEN SHELOWITZ Actor
As a person who never had the nerve to get up in front of people to speak I must say that taking Jeff’s class has given me the courage to let myself go and be the person that I am today. I enjoyed the class as much as the students that joined me in it.
ANTHONY GRASSI
ANTHONY GRASSI Actor
Jeff’s methods of teaching make me feel extremely comfortable. He makes me excited to get on the stage and always helps me to find that place my mind and body needs to be while performing!
ANNETTE KIRK
ANNETTE KIRK Dance Leader
As a folk- and square-dance caller at schools and corporate parties, I thought acting lessons might reinforce my presentation skills. With Jeff Bennett, I learned techniques that improved my voice, concentration, memory, stage presence and confidence…all in a supportive, entertaining, and loving atmosphere.
MICHAEL CANZONIERO
MICHAEL CANZONIERO Director
Jeff is passionate about the craft of acting, and his enthusiasm is absolutely contagious. He was a great ally in the casting of my film “The Marconi Bros.” and is constantly championing his talented students inside the film industry. As a teacher of the craft, he will always be my Lee Strasberg.
SHERRI BENNETT
SHERRI BENNETT Actress
I’m so happy I took Lynn’s class. I think she is the best acting teacher. I never felt so relaxed in my work. Without relaxation the actor can not be creative or ACT. Lynn has the winning combination of support, creativity and a strong work ethic. She gets right down to it. Oh, and also comes up with the best scenes for each actor in her class. She gives equal time to all her actors and helps everyone be the best actor they can be. Lynn is very up front, giving really best direction and then letting the actor run with it!!
KARMINE ALERS
KARMINE ALERS Broadway Actress from RENT and Aida
I truly enjoyed the productions I’ve viewed at The Bare Bones Theater. The actors and direction of the production were of Broadway caliber.  As an actor myself it was inspiring to see and made me want to work that much harder and better.  I would highly recommend anyone to attend.
JENNIFER CASEY-CABOT
JENNIFER CASEY-CABOT Opera Singer (soprano)
Unending enthusiasm! He created a real professional atmosphere during productions. His love for the piece was always catching.
WILL MERCADO
WILL MERCADO Actor
I have taken classes from lots of instructors over the years, but I have to say that Jeff’s class is in a league of its own. With his straight-forward technique and incredible communications skills, I was able to become a better actor than I thought possible.  His passion for the craft is unmatched by anyone else I know.
STEVEN M. RAISER
STEVEN M. RAISER Attorney
As a trial attorney, I wanted to find a way to challenge myself and gain a competitive edge on the courtroom stage. Jeff welcomed me with open arms into the theater world and gave me opportunities to grow. I enjoyed working with Jeff and my fellow students at Bare Bones, whom I can now count among my personal friends.
TOM FISCHER
TOM FISCHER Actor
I would happily match Jeff Bennett against any of the vaunted acting teachers in Manhattan anytime.
CHRISTOPHER TULLY
CHRISTOPHER TULLY Actor
Having never acted before, I joined Jeff’s class to gain skills and increased confidence for public speaking in business. To my surprise, the atmosphere of Jeff’s program released and nurtured an actor hidden deep within me. You walk into the class for the first time and soon realize that your are among students returning for the 4th or 5th time. They’re hooked on Jeff’s style and approach to creating believable performances.
CHRISTINE NELSON
CHRISTINE NELSON Actor and teacher
One of the reasons that I enjoy Jeff’s classes so much, is the welcoming atmosphere–which reminds one more of a family gathering than of formal instruction. Secondly, his ‘take it off the page’ approach has helped me tremedously in auditioning.
AIMEE BERLIN
AIMEE BERLIN Actress
Acting has been a passion and hobby of mine since I was young. Working with Jeff and my fellow actors in Bare Bones has enhanced my skills and enriched my life. It is a wonderful place to study the craft of acting. Jeff really gives you the freedom to take chances and have fun with characters.
KATE KELLY
KATE KELLY Actress
Jeff is an extraordinary teacher and theater director. Over the years he has continued to bring to the experience fresh, innovative, and challenging techniques that encourage his students to explore and develop their talents.
ROSEANNE FISCHER
ROSEANNE FISCHER Actress
Having participated in numerous dramatic interpretation competitions in the past, I’ve received a good deal of instruction about acting. Jeff Bennett stands head and shoulders above other instructors. He has a gift for maximizing his students’ acting potential. He is a master at casting as well as directing! I always look forward to his classes!

LAURA BERG
LAURA BERG Actress
Jeff’s acting classes have an atmosphere of giving and trust. Under those conditions, anything is possible. Whether you are a recreational actor or a serious thespian, Jeff will be able to stretch your possibilities. The actor will gain dimension, growth, and range. You will become a versatile actor as your skills flourish!
LEE MEYER
LEE MEYER Actor
Jeff is that rare teacher and director who truly cares about all of his students and their growth as actors. He makes sure that everyone has their chance to shine, whether or not they’re destined to make it in the big time.

JOHN DORCIC
JOHN DORCIC Actor
There’s a time, at the end of every Bare Bones class I take, or after the final bow at every performance, when I look at the mangled multi-paged script I’ve left backstage and hear the words “Great job!” repeated over and over again. And I think to myself, “How the hell did I manage THAT?” The answer is…Jeff Bennett.
KAREN SILLAS
KAREN SILLAS Actress, Feature Films, Television, Stage
Unending enthusiasm! He created a real professional atmosphere during productions. His love for the piece was always catching.
CLAUDE SOLNIK
CLAUDE SOLNIK Writer
All I can say is that I love this group. They may not have the bells and whistles of Broadway, but they work with, nurture, and develop actors and anyone else who comes their way. As a teacher and director, Jeff created a theater group that brings excitement to new work and classics. The company’s work is a blend of courage, creativity, and craft—whether it’s a fully staged production or a scene night. I always look forward to seeing their latest shows and showcases. I’m glad Long Island has such a vibrant group and can’t wait to see what they do next. 
CHARLOTTE KOONS
CHARLOTTE KOONS Actress
Jeff Bennett has really started something! Bare Bones Theater Company is an ever-changing group of players that explores new acting techniques and translates them into vibrant performances under Jeff’s masterful direction.
BEN INTONATO
BEN INTONATO Actor and teacher
Jeff Bennet is the mentor and teacher that we all dream about one day having. He can put any willing actor on a track to pure artistic growth.
AZADEH HASHEMKHANI
AZADEH HASHEMKHANI Actress
There is no limit in learning to act, eventually it becomes so much a part of you that you actually start to feel different…you grasp it in a different way…and your performance holds so much truth. Jeff brings that out in you, he feeds the process, then makes sure your heart is really in it.
JASON KIRCH
JASON KIRCH Actor
Jeff Bennett is a deeply perceptive, understanding, and passionate teacher. Most of all, he is a good man–which is my utmost consideration when choosing a teacher. I highly recommend him.
PAT PICCHIONE
PAT PICCHIONE Actress
My experience with the Bare Bones Theater opened the door to so many opportunities. In my “real life” I play a management role at a local car dealership and Bare Bones gave me the opportunity to showcase my acting talents in a soon-to-be-released independent film. I would recommend the Bare Bones program to anyone who wants to have fun while also building confidence through the art of acting. The instructor, Jeff Bennett, along with the students I worked with were integral in teaching me lessons that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else …

DEBBIE STARKER
DEBBIE STARKER Creator Deb’s Web
Although I have never attended Bare Bones Theater classes, I did have the pleasure of working with teacher Jeff Bennett (as my director for Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians – Theatre Three, circa 1987) and, more recently, saw their wonderful production of Brooklyn Boy. Jeff is a talented, consummate rofessional in every way–and a nice guy, too.