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Ernesto González Jr.

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
With Pomona Since: 2020
Ernesto Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Expertise


    Ernesto González, Jr.’s expertise includes all levels of acting, acting for the camera, comedy acting, clowning, improvisation, auditioning/professional aspects, musical theatre performance and beginning-to-intermediate levels of performing Shakespeare. As a bilingual, first-generation, gay Mexican American, Professor González, Jr. adheres to the highest standards in student engagement and equity, diversity and inclusion. He is a proud member of The Actors' Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences (active Emmy voter) and The National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

    Research Interests

    • Acting pedagogy 
    • Improvisation in actor training
    • Latinx theatre
    • LGBTQ+ theatre

    Areas of Expertise

    • Acting
    • Acting for the camera
    • Comedy
    • Clowning
    • Improvisation
  • Work


    Professor González, Jr. has performed regionally at: La MaMa (off-Broadway), Creative Place Theater (off-Broadway), The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Second City Chicago (BrownCo.), Porthouse Theater, The Chicago Fringe Festival, The Victory Gardens Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Musical Theater El Paso. As a company member of The Ohio Shakespeare Festival since 2007, he has performed numerous Shakespearean Clowns, to rave reviews: Bottom/A Midsummer Night's Dream, Touchstone/As You Like It, Both Dromios/The Comedy of Errors, Costard/Love's Labour's Lost, Lancelot/The Merchant of Venice, Lavatch/All's Well That Ends Well, Speed/The Two Gentlemen of Verona. An expert in comedy, he does not shy away from serious roles also playing, Rodrigo/Othello, and Rosencrantz/Hamlet.

    Some of his TV credits include co-starring roles in: Carol's Second Act (CBS), indebted (NBC), Grace and Frankie (Netflix), One Day At A Time (Netflix), Alone Together (Freeform), American Crime (ABC), Training Day (CBS), No Tomorrow (The CW), and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC). He has also appeared in national commercials for Sonic, Rite Aid, Lowes, and Nopalina.

    As a lead comedy mentor with the nonprofit group Laughter For A Change in Los Angeles, Professor González, Jr. spearheads their children's hospital outreach program called "A Dose of Funny." Under his direction, teams of improvisers perform improv games for patients, their parents and the staff at Children's Hospital LA.

  • Education


    Online Certificate Program: The Clown, 2020
    The Clown School, Los Angeles, California 

    The Meisner Approach, 2009 - 2010
    Green Shirt Studio, Chicago, Illinois

    Improvisation Conservatory, 2009 - 2010
    The Second City, Chicago, Illinois

    Master of Fine Arts in Acting, 2003 - 2006   
    Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    Thesis: "Character Acting: Acting Characters, The Son, Chino, and Alain."

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting cum laude, 1998 - 2003
    Texas State University at San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas

    Julliard Junior Experience, 1997
    The Julliard School, New York, New York

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Basic Acting: Tools and Fundamentals
    • Comedy Improvisation 
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    "A gifted comedian who knows how to elicit laughs from an audience with his sly triple-takes and adorable mannerisms."
    -​ The Cleveland Scene, August 1, 2018

    "González is a master of physical comedy and comedic timing." 
    - West Side Leader, April 20, 2017

    "…ever the enjoyable clown…" 
    - Akron Beacon Journal, August 15, 2012

    Best of the Week Directing Award • 1000 South Kelly: 365 Days/365 Plays, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, piece chosen to be performed for Suzan-Lori Parks, Chicago, Illinois, June 2007