John Barnett Memorial Scholarship:

(Foster Child or Teen Only)

John Barnett

John Barnett


The John Barnett Memorial Scholarship at ZBS is for a foster child or teen looking to be a professional actor.  John grew up in an orphanage in Staten Island, NY and later in the foster system.  His artwork and creative/independent spirit saved his soul, and gave him a life far beyond anyone’s expectations, including his own.  

The scholarship recipient will receive training and private coaching from two of the top Los Angeles acting teachers/coaches for one calendar year, as well as introduction to top level agents, managers and casting directors, and headshots from one of the premiere LA’s premiere photographers, valued at over $12000.

  • One year of audition classes with Master Acting Teacher Zak Barnett 
  • One year of scene study with Master Acting Teacher Martha Gehman
  • 12 private coaching sessions
  • Headshots by acclaimed photographer Marc Cartwright
  • Introductions to top Hollywood agents, managers and casting directors

To submit scholarship applications please e-mail all materials to

Please include in the subject line your last name as well as “John Barnett Memorial Scholarship, SUBMISSION.”


  • Audition video (2 – 5 minutes): song, poem, spoken word, rap, story, monologue, comedic rant.
  • Short video interview (2-5 minutes): why you want the scholarship. 
  • Recommendations: 1 – 3  recommendations from (one must be from an adult mentor in your life) describing why you are a great fit for this scholarship
  • Written application, including:
    1. Name, address, email, phone
    2. Are you currently or were you previously in foster care?
    3. Why ZBS?
    4. Describe your performance experience
    5. Mentors in your life, your experience learning from someone
    6. LinkedIn or resume (only if you have one)
    7. Will you be able to attend class on a regularly basis? How will you get to class?