The Teachers

25 years ago, we earned MFAs in acting from Yale and NYU before working in TV, film, and theater. Now, at Heroic Public Speaking HQ in NJ, we teach non-actors what actors know about how to give better performances both onstage and off.

Michael Port

Michael Port

Co-Founder & CEO

Michael Port has written eight books, including Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show, the latter which—according to the former President of Starbucks—“might be the most unique and practical book ever written on the topic of public speaking.” He holds a professional speaking career donning thousands of stages around the globe, including Lincoln Center. Michael’s books have been on the bestseller lists of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly and have been selected by Amazon and 800-CEO-READ as "best books of the year." He was once a professional actor, having received his MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City and Law & Order, and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth. In addition to his work as the CEO of Heroic Public Speaking, Michael can be heard on the most popular podcast on public speaking and performance, Steal the Show with Michael Port.

Michael Port
Amy Port

Amy Port

Co-Founder & President

After Amy Port earned her MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, she spent years acting professionally in theaters such as Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare and Yale Rep, and working consistently in commercials. Amy now applies the skills of performance that only well-trained actors know to the coaching of ‘non-actors’ looking to crush their sales presentations, to make their voices heard in TED Talk style presentations, and to take the big stage keynoting major conferences.

Jennifer MacMillan

Jennifer MacMillan

Lead Performance Faculty

Jennifer MacMillan is a performing-artist, educator, activist, speaker, and mental health professional with a BFA in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts, where she graduated first in her class. She has a Master’s in Science in Education and Counseling Services from UPenn, and she completed post-masters credits at Johns Hopkins University. With roles in commercials, indie films, and theater, the Philadelphia Inquirer called her “a gifted comedienne,” “a knock-out,” and “hilarious.”

Her one-act comedic play for high school students won a Playscripts international playwriting competition. The co-founder of the ensemble Bright Invention, she conceived and directed a 24-hour Improv-a-thon.

Before joining the HPS team, Jenn taught in pre-college and undergraduate theater programs and served as a private acting coach. She designed and implemented an extensive college and career readiness curriculum for foster-dependent teens at Temple University.

Jennifer MacMillan