Who we are


Jane Bement Geesman, M.F.A., is an actor, director, teacher, and workshop leader.  A former freelance court reporter, Jane owned the successful Geesman & Associates freelance reporting firm for over 20 years before devoting herself full-time to theatre  endeavors and actor training.  A professional actress and director since 1980, Jane has taught acting fundamentals, scene study, and monologue development since 1997 at local colleges and the Portland Actors Conservatory.  She is a guest faculty member at the Haven Institute in British Columbia, where she leads personal-development courses using principles of actor training to develop confidence, creativity, and energy in any endeavor.  She and co-founder Sarah Lucht created Act Natural, a series of workshops for actors, attorneys and other professionals, in 2001.  Jane has performed and directed at numerous  Portland theatres, including Artists Repertory Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, and Theatre Vertigo, as well as Palo Alto Players, City Lights, Pear Avenue Theatre, Dragon Productions, and TheatreWorks in the Bay Area




Sarah Lucht served on the faculty of the Portland Actors Conservatory for 13 years, teaching Acting, Audition Technique, Breath and Energy for the Actor, Meisner, and Master Class weekend intensives. She has also taught fundamentals of acting and a Shakespeare intensive for teens at Portland Center Stage, playwriting, scene study and audition technique in area high schools, as well as numerous weekend intensives, master classes, and workshops focusing on breath work, advanced scene study, Meisner, and ensemble building for actors of all levels of experience.  Sarah is also a private acting coach specializing in breath work and audition preparation.  She is a guest faculty member at The Haven Institute in British Columbia, leading workshops in acting and theatre arts for non-actors, to enhance personal and professional performance and experience.  Sarah is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and has thirty years of experience as an actor in stage, film, television, and voice-over work.