An internationally renowned acting coach, movement director and professor, Jean-Louis Rodrigue has worked on many Academy Award-winning films, plays, television, opera and music events. Jean-Louis has worked with Berlinale Talents since 2009, developing the acting programme and mentoring its participants. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Born in Morocco, raised in Italy and originally an actor himself, he was inspired to study the body when, as a boy, he saw some of Leonardo da Vinci‘s drawings in Milan. “He depicts the body as a place where creation happens and imagination lives,“ he says. “That idea stayed with me.“ Through mental and physical processes, his techniques allow actors… to expand their level of awareness of themselves, in stillness and in movement, teaching them to transform into character.
Jean-Louis has worked with actors such as Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Binoche, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, Jonathan Pryce, Josh Brolin, Rachel McAdams and Helena Bonham Carter to name a few.
“Jean-Louis Rodrigue’s is generous, genuine, and creative such that even when a character or a story is frightening, it becomes about exploring the work and being of service” Juliette Binoche (Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress – The English Patient)