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.