studied at P.C.P.A. in California, Roosevelt University in Chicago and Actors Studio Drama School in New York. He is the author of The Portable Acting Coach.
He has performed throughout the country as well as internationally in South Korea. His body of work includes: Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly!, Balm in Gilead, The Lesson and The Authors Voice.
Choosing not to go the Broadway route, Tanner focused his acting talents on performing theatre for children throughout the U.S. educating them about drugs, smoking, and self-esteem. His touring performances extended to literature including Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer and The Barber of Seville.
He worked overseas in South Korea where he was the Artistic Director for the theatre program at English Village. He produced over 20 shows including gameshows and activites and created a three-week acting training program for Korean middle and high school teachers which is currently celebrating its third year of success.
He has appeared in commercials for Toyota
, GE and Nationwide. His film credits include Peggy Sue Got Married, Smooth Talk and the local film Remnants. He recently appeared on the NRACT stage as Ram Dass in "A Little Princess." If you look quick and don't blink, you may see him in Ironman3
, coming out in May.
He relocated to Raleigh in fall 2010 to teach acting under his business name of Actors Training Ground to
provide NY acting training to an area that has a fast growing theatre and film community but not the accessibility to many choices for quality training. Besides being a private acting coach he also teaches Character Development, Stage Combat, Audition/Monologue Technique and Scene Study at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre during the school year.
His directing credits include: I Hate Hamlet, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sure Thing, Andre's Mother, The Bear, and The Snow Queen.
"Tanner taught me new ways to look at the character and really improved my ability to be truthful to the scene. You won't be disappointed.
John Lewis III
Private Acting Student