Jess Jones

Our renovated space offers:

  • Whisper Room Sound Booth in the Audio Suite with Editing Capability
  • Professional Grade Video Camera, Lighting, and Editing in the Video Suite
  • MAC Workspace with FREE internet
  • Modern, Ergonomic Work and Meeting Space
  • Rehearsals and Table Reads
  • Casting and Production Meeting Space
  • Year-round Professional Development Workshops and Seminars
  • Convenient Location to Work Between Auditions
at the kaufherr center, we are in the business of growing community & supporting growth minded-artists WHO ARE BUSY growing business. 

Henrique Lazary was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and moved to Chicago in 2018. He began his career in 2013, as a film editor, always creating and collaborating on different and significant projects, as short films and independent documentaries. Most of his current work varies between social and cultural demands; as well as commercials, music videos and digital content. During his journey, Henrique joined Medialand in the post-production department and became the main editor of, where he also got the chance to work with renowned directors from Bossa Nova Films, one of the biggest production companies in Sao Paulo. As The Kaufherr Center's Media Technician, he assists actors and professionals of the audiovisual industry with auditions, video and audio recordings. He also produces technology tutorials and runs our workshops & live broadcasts. “I tell stories so people look at the world through different perspectives”

Jess jones, Center Director

Henrique Lazary, Media Technician

A Chicago area native, Jess Jones joins the Kaufherr Center after working at Grossman & Jack Talent, representing the on-camera/theatrical division. She started her career in Chicago as a talent agent in 2007, after working as a freelance casting associate with O'Connor Casting, Claire Simon Casting & PR Casting. As a talent representative, she has helped develop and place actors in contract positions and major/recurring roles for network television, feature films, broadway, off-broadway, and regional equity theatre contracts. For over 10 years, she has assisted artists in managing their media, development, and marketing efforts, and guided them in utilizing relevant industry interfaces frequented by targeted casting professionals and industry personnel. She is excited about bringing her experience to the Kaufherr Center to serve the Chicago members in our ever-changing industry!

who we are

The Kaufherr Resource Center supports professional and emerging performing artists seeking opportunity within the entertainment industry.  Our work is focused on assisting performers in finding gainful employment by providing them with the necessary tools.  

We do this by providing the technical tools and training to engage technology, on-line resources, professional development workshops, and networking with fellow performers on all career levels.

The Center is located in a 2,500 square foot newly renovated space in Chicago's River North area, conveniently located close to film and broadcast studios, talent agencies, regional theatres, casting offices, and ad agencies.

Meet our media technician!

Meet our center director!

Who is Kaufherr?
Founded in 2001, The Kaufherr Resource Center emanated from a vision of the late, legendary voiceover artist Jerry Kaufherr (a.k.a., narrator of the “Morris the Cat” campaign). Today, the Center’s mission reflects Kaufherr’s vision: an organization with commitment to offering and facilitating programs that support working performers and aspiring professionals reach their goals to enhance their performance skills, broaden their work opportunities, market their talent, and network with their fellow performers and industry professionals, all to advance their careers in the entertainment industry. ​After Kaufherr’s death, the Center was launched through the generosity of the Daniel M. Kaufherr Charitable Trust. Fifteen dedicated performers took out their paint brushes and reached out to others for donations of furniture and equipment to create what became the Kaufherr Members Resource Center