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Jill Panyard Reviews

Jill Panyard is joining the Aim Academy staff for the 2020-2021 school year. We are very happy to have her contribute to our expanding arts program. The reviews below are from her prior teaching and directing experience.

Anonymous (Student in Acting 101: Character Development With Games and Exercises) October 25, 2020

It was so cool creating a character! Not just imagining, but bringing the my character to life through acting was especially fascinating. My favorite part was exploring the all the depth and variation you can act with. Different spectrums of emotion, etc.

Parent ( Acting 101: Character Development With Games and Exercises) October 26, 2020

My son was fully engaged during these classes. He eagerly anticipated Mondays and another opportunity to meet with the group. When we enrolled I was somewhat skeptical of the effectiveness of an online acting class. But the course proved to be productive, interesting, and full of fun. If only my son begged for more classes in his other subjects!

Parent ( Acting 101: Character Development With Games and Exercises) October 15, 2020

Adam loved the class – so it exceeded my expectations. I would love this to be a full semester course. I would love to have assigned roles and maybe do a little online skit. The class was fantastic.

Evan R. (Student in Acting 101: Character Development With Games and Exercises) October 15, 2020

It was very fun, and I really enjoyed the games.

Chico Monroy (Alumni of Encore Homeschool Productions) June 18, 2020

Mrs. Panyard is one of a kind! I had the opportunity and privilege of working with her for 5 years. Her unique way of teaching is one that can always bring the best out of any actor no matter what level you’re at. She has brought me from just a kid who did ensemble to being a 4 time Hershey Theater Apollo Award nominee and a 1 time winner for outstanding lead actor in a musical. Although I did put in the work, I couldn’t have done it without the guidance and mentoring of Mrs P. The love she has for her students and the theater is truly amazing! Highly recommend if your looking for a safe and effective environment to grow and find yourself as an actor/actress!

Bethany Stutzman (Alumni of Encore Homeschool Productions ) – June 12, 2020

I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Panyard on many occasions. Her direction, insight, and encouragement has shaped me into the actor I am today. Taking her acting class in high school provided me with the fundamental tools needed to pursue my professional career in the theatre. Not only is she a teacher, but also a mentor, patiently guiding her students every step of the way. She always provides a safe environment to learn, grow, and explore one’s craft. She also truly cares about each of her students, encouraging them to succeed to their highest potential. I will forever be grateful to Mrs. P for being such an influential part of my life and acting career.

James Snyder (Alumni of Encore Homeschool Productions ) – June 12, 2020

I have been directed by Mrs. Panyard during my past 11 seasons with Encore Homeschool Productions. The characters I played came to life on the stage thanks to her. She patiently teaches you how to understand and really learn the character that you are trying to portray. Her ability to not be too serious during character work puts you at ease so that you can fully get into character and not feel embarrassed. Her techniques are full of fun and knowledge. Mrs. Panyard is also great at encouraging you to be your best both on and off the stage.

Miles Brouillette (Alumni of Encore Homeschool Productions ) – June 12, 2020

The way that Mrs. Panyard brings out character through games and exercises excites me. Most of what I know now I learned as a beginner from Mrs. Panyard, about the purpose of acting and the method of being authentic. We almost got that Hershey Theatre Apollo Award when I played Tevye, but that’s all to Mrs. Panyard’s credit because I couldn’t get there without her. I recommend Mrs. Panyard to anyone trying to grow as an actor on stage!

Kyla Blazer (Former Hershey Area Playhouse Student for 10 years) – June 12, 2020

I have known Jill Panyard as a personal and professional mentor for many years. I have had the privilege to have her as my teacher when I was younger where she pushed me to do my best and reach my full potential. She always makes the best out of every situation and ensures that all students take something away from every class. Getting to work along Jill as an assistant teacher has be an amazing experience. She allowed me to take my passion and help her teach others. Jill takes input and truly cares deeply for every student. Her deep passion for theatre education is inspiring. I know from having Jill as a mentor in my life has helped shape me into a better actor but even more importantly person.

Katie C. (Student from Previous Course) – June 12, 2020

Jill Panyard has helped me grow as an actor for many years! Her critique greatly improves my performance, and I’m constantly learning something new. Jill is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and an incredible teacher! I would not be the performer I am today without her expertise.