"José Santana's chosen field of academic study combined with his deep sense of social responsibility and his many years of experience as an actor in theatre, film, and television has resulted in a great breadth and depth of understanding of the processes of creativity. He brings great energy, commitment and determination to all his projects, has achieved remarkable success in his work with disadvantaged and alienated young people, and remains a highly original thinker." - Trevor Griffiths is a writer, and director; for his film "Reds" he received a WGA Best Screenplay Award and an Oscar nomination.
"I've known José for many years, and have worked with him on stage, and in film. I've seen his work as a student, and I've seen his work as a teacher; and I've always been impressed with his passion, his work - ethic, and his intelligence." - David Mamet, is an author, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter, and director.
"As Drama Director, José always brought inspiration to the young people with his talent for acting, teaching, and always upholding the highest artistic standards. José is a joy to work with! Don't let him get away." - Jane Fonda, is an actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru.
"One would be hard-pressed to find anyone with greater integrity, authenticity and talent for teaching than José Angel Santana. Combined with his gifts for communication and collaboration, his passion for nurturing newcomers is a wonderful asset for his students." - Alan Rosenberg, is an actor of both stage and screen, and President Screen Actors Guild (2005 - 2009).
“My experience with Mr. Santana was one of the most fulfilling and to this day greatest experiences in my life. A little about my background I had been an instructor in the U.S. Army for about 6 years. After retirement I continued to instruct with a contractor named E.P.S. teaching the SINCGARS radio and other communications equipment. I told Mr. Santana I was there to take all that he was willing to teach. He was/is a taskmaster, and he worked us INSIDE OUT! Things that were my strong points he made stronger my weak ones disappeared and if they came back he NEVER hesitated to remind me. This is a program I would recommend to everyone. If you want to learn about yourself and what your potential is as a person I can't say enough about Mr. Santana's training. If you would like to talk to me my DSN is 312 4757940. There's more I can tell you but this message would be to long. After my tour in Germany I would love to come back and teach who knows, just to work with THE MASTER! - James L. Pinkney, NET Frequency Manager, U.S. Army CECOM (2000)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3J0NRjII4s At (1:30) in this video, Elena speaks about the great value of "checking-in" and reaching and honoring "agreements" with one's collaborators: "... I was really open and honest with them about what do I want out of this . . . What will make this investment worth it for me and encourage them to also always be open with me about that . . . That's actually something that we learned in (José Angel Santana's) 'acting classes' . . . working on how to direct actors, to always "check-in" and to always reach "agreements." So we did that throughout our whole process and it made it such a joy to work together and something that I would never in a million years never regret a moment of. I do want to keep producing." - Elena Julia Greenlee Film Director, Producer of Award-Winning "Manos Sucias"
"The challenge is that most people don’t just out and tell you what is really concerning them. Your success is determined by your ability to uncover those challenges. Working with José, greatly enhanced my ability to lead other people by knowing how to read their behavior and uncover their true holdups/areas of concern…because so much of people’s behavior is what is unsaid.“ - Dack LaMarque CFA, Equity Analyst, Del Rey Global Investors, LLC.
“I use Dr. Santana's teachings every day to make sure I learn and then satisfy my patients' needs.” - - Dr. Donald Fanelli, DMD.
"The Art of Connecting course has proven to be the single most valuable decision I've made with respect to the development of customer relationships and team morale. Active listening, reflection and personal agreements help my daily to identify key needs, collaborate efficiently and to hold each other accountable respectfully." - Matt Martone, Lead Solutions Engineer at Salesforce
"Without YOUAND I might be out of business today. It's helped me create new products and services that add great value to my customers' lives." - Albert Gonzalez, Elite Health and Fitness Trainer, Owner East Coast Muscle & Fitness
"What did I learn from Dr. Santana? Know what you're doing. Do it. And keep it real." - Deborah Walker, US Army Central Electronic Command (CECOM)
"The Art of Connecting Professional Development course has vastly improved all of my relationships. My students have become more engaged as I have learned to really listen to them and tune into their needs. I am also more empowered to identify and express my own needs; which makes me a more effective leader and a more responsible and compassionate human being." - Marisol Tirelli, Executive Director, TESOL DRAMA