Nahanni has over 30 years of experience in front of the camera, in film, television, print, and on stage.
After studying classical theater in Toronto, she started a modelling career in Paris, France where her acting ability helped differentiate her from other models and landed her monthly spreads in Vogue and commercials for L’Oreal, Diet Coke and her first acting job in the Italian film Summertime. She moved to New York to pursue an acting career and has studied and worked in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, Canada. She started acting on daytime television, with roles on One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and All My Children, and moved on to primetime series regular roles on CBC’s Liberty Street and NBC’s Third Watch, and guest stars on shows like Law and Order, and Spin City. She has worked opposite some of her favourite actors: with Greg Kinnear on Emmy award winning The Kennedys, Kevin Costner in For Love of the Game, John Turturro in HBO’s Sugartime, Gary Cole in An Officer and a Murderer, and Mark Ruffalo in Eric Bogosian’s Griller directed by Bob Falls at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. She was nominated for a Gemini(Canadian Emmy) for Booky and the Secret Santa opposite Megan Follows. Between tv and film jobs she wrote and directed plays with City Lab at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Her recent credits include TV Series Minority Report as well as starring roles on Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, Between, Cracked, Nikita, The Following, and a recurring role on Epitome’s Open Heart.
Nahanni started studying acting with HB studio teacher Walt Witcover in New York. She has covered all the famous “Method” techniques including Meisner with David Kagen and the Playhouse West in Los Angeles and Strasberg with Janine Manatis. As her career evolved, she found The Barrow Group in New York and worked with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, in a much more natural and camera-friendly style. In Toronto, after working with Lewis Baumander and receiving her first Gemini nomination, she began coaching at LB Acting Studio.
All of these wonderful teachers & experiences contributed to the body of knowledge that she imparts to the actors she coaches and guides.
Private Coaching: Nahanni is available for private coaching as well as private coach & tape sessions. Please contact the LB Acting Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647 221 4387 for Rates & Bookings.
“I just finished the Drills – Text Analysis class with Nahanni and Lewis. I really loved this class as I did the other drill classes I have taken in previous years. The particular drills we ran along with the industry information and direction from Nahanni were very useful.” Noemi Salamon
“My daughter Myah was in the Acting Workshop during the third last week of the summer (August 17-21). She loved it! She felt that she learned so much about Acting and the Industry. She enjoyed the other teenagers in her group and thought that the Instructor was AMAZING (Nahanni Johnstone) – so nice, funny and treated them age appropriately not like kids. She will definitely take more classes at your studio.” Melanie Graham
Thank you so much for this wonderful session! Emilia loved, loved the acting class and ability to express herself as an actress! I think she did amazing job and we are so grateful to have a such a wonderful teacher as Marcia to help us grow and give […]
No matter where you are at in your career, Lewis brings it right back to the grass roots of acting in film…authenticity and honestly is key.
Working with Dialects was excellent. I learned a lot! And not just about dialects, but also about breathing, speech and resonance. Joy is just fabulous! Funny, engaging and extremely knowledgeable.
Lewis was my first coach whom I approached when I wanted to start acting. I’m happy to say that after 3 years of working with him, he’s built my confidence and given me the knowledge I need to succeed in this industry. One thing […]
As an old theatre actor finding my way into the wonderful world of television/film/commercials, LB Acting Studio has been perfect for my needs. I have already been able to apply what I’ve learned in class, from the Intro to LB Acting Studio, and most […]
“I have been taking classes at LB Acting Studio for about almost 2 years now. During this time, I have learned and improved so much when I’m auditioning for casting directors. Lewis doesn’t just teach you how to act, he incorporates breathing, staying true […]
“Lewis keeps things simple and workable. Everything he uses is based on what we naturally think and do. I don’t worry about being “wrong” or “right” for a role anymore, I just am. He gave me the confidence to do what I always innately […]
“Lewis Baumander is my go to acting coach, life teacher and friend. The skills he provides for his students are timeless and can be applied to all mediums of film, television and performance. He has expanded my thinking as an actor from eliminating the […]
“We have watched Lewis coach and teach for many years now. He is a consummate professional and seems to make the actors feel at ease as they hone their craft. What is uniquely great about Lewis’ approach is that he helps the actor find […]
“Actors enjoy rigorous workouts: stretching and reaching new heights with Lewis. Function, form, and facts are more than baseline with him. They are the foundation he lays for actors to succeed. Lewis Baumander’s diagnostic and practical approach to training actors is pivotal to the […]