Jessica Morris – Houde School of Acting
Houde School of Acting
Owner: Jessica Morris
Established in Coventry Village: 2004
# of Staff: 4
Q. Tell us about The Houde School of Acting. What do you offer?
A. Houde provides acting classes for children and adults 6 days a week. Our focus is on the Meisner technique, which many well known Hollywood actors study. We also offer improv, on camera, and scene study classes.
Q. Tell us about your work prior to opening Houde?
A. I taught acting in Los Angeles at Playhouse West alongside actors Jeff Goldblum, James Franco, and Scott Caan. I’ve also appeared on the Becker television show and was in a production of the Glass Menagerie with James Franco.
Q. Why did you choose Coventry Village for the school?
A. I first came to Coventry Road as a teen. A friend and I drove out to visit the famous Big Fun. When I stepped out of the car onto Coventry for the first time, I knew this is where I would open my business one day. I love the energy on the street.
Q. Tell us about your students. What type of acting jobs have they secured after taking classes?
A. It’s always wonderful to see Houde School students working in the field. I’m so proud of all of them. I have students who have appeared in national television commercials for Goodyear, lots of Houde School of Acting students were in the Cleveland Playhouse Square production of “A Christmas Story” and one of our talented students was in the movie “Wont Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Q. When you’re not teaching, how are you spending your free time?
A. Spending time with my family. I just had a beautiful baby girl 5 months ago. So, whenever I am not at the school I am spending every moment with my daughter, Essic and my husband.
Q. Share with our readers a family holiday shopping tradition.
A. My husband and I love going Black Friday shopping. Not to shop but to watch all of the “mad Black Friday shoppers.”
Q. Where do you shop local?
A. Blush Boutique (just a few doors down from the school) is where I buy most of my clothes. I also love to shop at Avalon Exchange.”
Q. Are you running any special holiday promotions?
A. We do offer gift certificates for classes. During the month of December, we’re offering 30% off classes for first time students.”
Thanks to Jessica for taking the time to share with us. Houde School is also a participating in the Coventry Village Holiday Window Contest that ends next week. Take a minute to check out the windows and vote for your favorite!
Every weekday this holiday season, we’re introducing you to the independent business owners that help make Coventry Village a great place to live, work, shop, dine and play.
Happy Holidays from your friends in Coventry Village.
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