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Jesse Bernstein

Actor, Director, Writer and Teaching Artist

"Bernstein is the glue that holds it all together. He is positively exhilarating."

 -Laura Knowles, Lancaster Sunday News

"Jesse Bernstein... delivers the goods with energy and panache to spare."

  -David Fox, Philadelphia Magazine

ONGOING: "Ethics of Our Fathers (aka The Gangster and  Grandpa)" -- my one-person show -- is now touring!  

UP NEXT: Directing THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI also at the Walnut! Followed by PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Drexel University! 

ABOUT ME

JESSE BERNSTEIN is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech and has nearly 30 years’ experience working in film, TV and theatre. He has performed Off-Broadway and at regional theatres across the country, including the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Arden Theatre Company (where he originated the role of Reuven in Chaim Potok's The Chosen), Ventura Theatre Company and the Walnut Street Theatre Company (where he was one of only a handful of actors to have played Eugene in each part of Neil Simon's "B&B" Trilogy). TV appearances include Law & Order, Veronica Mars and Days of Our Lives. His directing credits include The History of Comedy (Abridged) (Cardinal Stage), The Gifts of the Magi, Shipwrecked!, Ivy and Bean and It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (Walnut Street Theatre), Member of the Wedding (Rutgers-Camden) and several productions for the National High School Institute and Northwestern's WAVE Productions. Writing credits include several successful outreach plays and the book for a musical commissioned by 11th Hour Theatre Company. Jesse wrote, produced and directed the short film Allergy (official selection, Audience Awards and LA Comedy Shorts Fest) and wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Us One Night alongside Alison Brie and Liza Weil (official selection, Williamstown Film Festival and New Filmmakers LA). He has also taught for theatres and organizations in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia, including Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Northwestern University College, NHSI ("Cherubs") and University of the Arts. He has also lectured on public speaking at Drexel University, the Philadelphia Defender's Association, PennMed and the Montgomery Bar Association. Proud member Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA. 

"Director Jesse Bernstein has clearly had a good time giving us a good time."

  - Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"Bernstein's boisterous production... uses a boundless supply of theatrical imagination."

  - DC Metro Theatre Arts

 
 

RESUMES

Jesse Bernstein
Jesse Bernstein
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Actor

Director/Writer/Producer

Teaching Artist

"A delight of a theatre piece... maximized by spell-binding performance [and] fast-paced and witty direction."

  - phindie.com

"Bernstein's irresistibly appealing portrayal carries the audience into and through [the play]."

  - Douglas Keating, Philadelphia Inquirer (Biloxi Blues)

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