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Los Angeles Acting Schools & Coaches

By Backstage Staff | Posted March 25, 2010, 5:40 p.m.

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The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and acoaches organized by category and alphabetically.

Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether classes are ongoing or by sessions; any special emphasis used in classes or coaching; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, schoool, or coaching are provided by the instructor or institutions and edited by Back Stage.

Schools or teachers who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listings, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list.

Acting Technique/Scene Study

West Hollywood, CA
Class size varies, 12 max. for auditioning class, 40 max. for scene study; day and evening sessions available; all levels; auditing permitted with industry referral; small auditing fee for others; month by month basis
Actor, teacher, director Aaron McPherson received a master's degree in acting from the California Institute of the Arts and has trained under Larry Moss, Jeffrey Tambor, Patsy Rodenberg, and the American Conservatory of Theatre. His experience as a teacher at Cal Arts combined with his work as a private coach led to McPherson opening his own studio in 2005. His credits include appearances on the television series "24," "NCIS", and "Criminal Minds"; in the films "Street Kings," "PornStar," and "Cruel Intentions"; and on stage in "Death of a Salesman," "Fool for Love," and "Speaking in Tongues." McPherson offers classes in on-camera audition technique and scene study, with the focus on both technical and organic acting.
Other: On-Camera Technique; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

1644 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 399-4567
25-45 students per class; private coaching available; all levels; after an interview, one audit is allowed in most classes for a $25 fee;
Speiser has been a trainer and coach in the industry for over 25 years, having worked with numerous acclaimed actors including Will and Jada Smith, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Lopez, Gerard Butler, L.L. Cool J., the Wayans brothers, Shannyn Sossamon, Mandy Moore, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Brooke Shields, and Jeff Foxworthy. Several of his actors, including Madsen and Smith, have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards and other notable recognition. He has worked with several directors and producers as well including F. Gary Gray of "The Italian Job," Michael Mann of "Public Enemies," Francis Lawrence of "I Am Legend," Neal Israel of "Finding Neverland," Oliver Stone, Adam Shankman, Wayne Wang, and Peter Berg. Speiser's approach is "specifically designed for professional actors, or actors who want to be professional,  it's very specific and no-nonsense." The studio specializes in on-camera acting for film and television. Ongoing classes include beginning technique, cold-reading, improv, voice, dialect and accent, intermediate and advanced scene study, an invitation-only master class, and casting director, business of acting, and comedy seminars. A comprehensive teen program is also offered.  Private coaching for auditions, career counseling, and image consulting are available.

(323) 660-7342
Aaron, the former head of of graduate programs at CalArts and U.C. Riverside, is an award-winning director and acting teacher. He has won numerous directing awards. By audition only.

Rita Litton, Director
35 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 391-5915
8-12 students average per class; private coaching; All levels; Auditing is permitted; By sessions: year-round and summer academy
Film, television, commercials, improvisation, musical theater, Shakespeare, and movement classes for children and teens. Also speech, voice, and auditioning technique classes.
Other: Young Performers; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique

5514 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 962-2100
20-50 students per class; private coaching and career consultation by appt.; All levels; No auditing, no audition, but an interview is required; Ongoing; improv runs in eight week sessions; Work study possibly available for dedicated students
The Acting Center is an acting school that produces uniformly confident, completely certain actors who can create any character, in any emotion, in any situation-instantly. Classes are composed of exercises, cold reading, scene study and Improv. Also acting and improv class for kids & teens. Classes meet 7-10 p.m.  Mon-Wed., Tues.-Thurs., and Sun. from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost is $280 per month for adult classes . Call for kids class pricing. Gated parking available. See student bookings on Twitter.

5508 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 753-2800
Small class size; Interview is required; Ongoing
The premiere short term Los Angeles acting conservatory believes "to do anything well, one must do it every day; and one must do it extensively, guided by experts in that field." Favoring this daily concentrated approach, as well as the practical and effective over the self-serving and vague, Acting Corps offers the original Actors' Boot Camp in its brand-new, three-theatre facility in the NoHo Arts District. It is a four-week, every day, in-your-face Meisner-based acting program, which not only teaches this legendary technique but also applies it to cold reading and scene study. Classes are small, averaging 16 actors, so everyone works extensively in every class. All instructors are accomplished, currently working professionals with extensive on set and teaching experience. After the Actors' Boot Camp, some actors are invited to the Actors' Boot Camp II; eight weeks of deepening acting technique as actors learn about the industry and where they fit in, as well as what it's really like to work in front of the camera on a film and television set. Actors are encouraged throughout to attend the Daily Acting Workout: an hour per day, morning or evening, of Meisner exercises, monologues, and whatever sharpens an actor's instrument. For those working on specific career goals, there is an advanced program, a six-month program of study where actors work with instructors on achieving concrete creative and professional career goals. The advanced program culminates in a showcase attended by agents, managers, and casting directors. The Acting Corps seeks actors with some, little, or no professional experience who are ready to seriously train for film and television.

(818) 754-4442
see Joe Palese

6128 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 110
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 969-4953
12 students max; private coaching available; All levels; Free introductory session is given with interview/audition; Ongoing
Jolene Adams and the Actor's Art Theatre offers private classes and workshops in acting technique, script analysis, directing, play and solo show development. All classes are available in private or semiprivate sessions.

J.D. Lewis
(310) 621-3900
Acceptance is by interview/audition
J.D. Lewis, known for coaching many well-known working actors, offers ongoing cold reading, scene study, and career guidance classes.

PHS Productions
8447 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 401
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 407-3530 or (310) 277-2355
6-10 students max; private coaching is available; All levels; Observation is welcome; Ongoing; Internship possible if related to college credit
Peter-Henry Schroeder teaches progressive and unique workshops that focus on relaxation and concentration techniques, as well as audition preparation, cold reading, and scene study.

Michael Scott Butler
(310) 459-5064
Small classes; Intermediate and advanced; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Creates an atmosphere that gives an actor "the inspiration to explore the depth and range of human experience." Scott Butler believes "training is more than a matter of technique," and the Center's goal "is to get you working at a level of excellence."

Marcie Smolin
4475 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 837-4536
8-14 per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Offers television and film acting workshops for children, teens, and adults, in scene study, cold reading, improv, character development, and interview technique.

2703 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 752-1922
Limited size; private coaching available; All levels; Free workshops for actors to meet the coaches; 4-6 week sessions as well as ongoing classes and workshops
Offers audition technique, intensives on mastering the internet, comedy, voice over, on-camera techniques, and scene study. Staff consists of industry professionals that have worked both in front of and behind the camera.

West Hollywood, CA and
(818) 506-6194
No limit; private coaching also available; All levels; Free one-time audit available; Ongoing
Led by actor-director David Hall, Sanctuary offers scene-study/monologue classes that meet every week and emphasize cold-reading and audition technique exercises.
Other: Audition Technique/
Cold Reading

Rick Walters
(323) 876-1100
Private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing permitted once only; ongoing
Since 1961 Rick Walters has taught actors to tap into their own unique experiences to reveal more natural responses of character. His classes include cold reading, scene study, improvisation, audition scenes, and monologues.

4735 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 766-2171
16 students max.; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing; Limited work study available
Fran Montano, an actor for more than 25 years and a teacher for over 20, specializes in "troubleshooting actors' blocks." To that end, he says, classes are small, "very individualized, and it's very much an intense workout where everyone works every class." His classes, based on Meisner technique, include exercises, improv, cold reading, and scene study. Montano is also the artistic director of the Actors Workout Studio, where class members regularly mount performances and industry-invited scene nights. His ongoing weekly workshops divide into beginning and advanced, and he requires an interview and audit.

5703 Oberlin Dr., Ste. 210
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 587-6666
15 students maximum; Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced; Auditing permitted; Ongoing
Established in 1989, the Actors Workshop Studio provides on-camera training in film and television acting and audition techniques based on the Meisner approach.

(949) 855-4444
All levels; Auditing not permitted
Under the direction R.J. Adams, workshops are held twice weekly with an emphasis on film and TV audition techniques, cold readings, on-camera scene work, and marketing and imaging guidance.

Susie Thomas
5714 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 308-7981
14 students max. per class; All levels; Up to two free audits; Ongoing and by session
The Atelier offers a supportive place where students can find answers to their questions, where teachers who are experts in their field offer encouragement, and where students can also find collaboration among their peers.

(310) 375-2724
Private coaching available; One free audit, call for interview
Writer-director Wilson has 15 years' experience as acting coach in the "Meisner-Conrad-No Acting" approach. Courses include TV/film audition workout, scene study, and cold reading/on-camera.

2210 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 320
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 563-4142, Fax: (818) 841-7118
20-24 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing; Work study and internships available
AIA Studios is a career-development actor's studio focusing on the art and business of acting.  Consultants show actors the concrete steps needed to develop and manage their careers.
Other: Business of Acting

AIDA Theatre
6444 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 378-5319
10-15 students average per class; All levels; accepts international students and will sponsor them with a student visa; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing; In the diploma program there is industry placement similar to internship
Artistic director Paul Parker's mission is to train and coach aspiring and seasoned actors in the renowned Australian technique. Focus is on helping actors access their full emotional range and broaden their artistic

(323) 650-7766
Private coaching available; admission by interview only
Feinstein and Tuerpé, both veteran working actors, offer five ongoing classes which cover scene study from beginning to advanced, fundamental and emotional exercises, on-camera cold reading, and the newly added voice training. Feinstein says of their teaching: "I call the classes 'emotion into action.' The classes emphasize freeing the actor's emotions for maximum creative results in a safe and supportive environment."  Admission by interview only.

Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Kristof Konrad
P.O. Box 3194
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 443-4483, Fax: (310) 443-4483
12-15 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing arranged by appointment; By sessions
For over 30 years AlexanderTech Works has provided  courses in LA, NY, and Europe by AmSAT certified teachers that help actors gain a fundamental awareness, control, and freedom of the self in performance.

13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423,
(818) 779-1118
Free audit of the scene study class is offered
With more than 20 years of industry experience, this protégé of legendary coach Roy London offers scene study, commercial workshops, and cold reading/audition technique classes.

6305 Yucca St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-3300 or (866) 374-5300, Fax: (212) 247-0488
20 students per class; Intermediate and advanced; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing with fall, spring, and summer semesters; Offers extensive scholarship opportunities
AMDA, America's Premiere College of Performing Arts, is the only Performing Arts College that offers Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degrees and Conservatory Studies Programs with campuses in both New York and Los Angeles. The Integrated program offers training in singing, acting, and dance. The Studio program trains students in acting for stage, film, and television. AMDA also offers BFA programs in acting, dance and musical theater. AMDA New York is located at  211 West 61st St., New York, NY 10023, (800) 367-7908 or (212) 787-5300.

10944 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 763-4431
Audition required
The Academy, directed by Dorothy Barrett, is a nonprofit organization chartered by the state of California. They offer year-round classes in acting, ballet, modern jazz, tap-dancing, improv, cold reading, scene study, observation, pantomime, stage presence, musical comedy, and auditioning.

Studio City, CA
(818) 760-8501, Fax: (818) 760-2006
Three students per class; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Lyndon has six cold reading/booking classes that she says help the student break through into the 1 percent booking category by providing a 15-guideline map to booking.

4930 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 386-5867
All levels; Auditing is permitted
Develops professional actors, with a focus on each actor's individual training needs to book paid acting work, rooted in moment-to-moment work.

Andew Utter brings the acting technique learned at the Yale School of Drama to his courses and workshops. Technique is presented through exercises, discussion, and scene work.

7461 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 403
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 954-1200, Fax: (323) 954-1200
Class size varies; all levels, private coaching available; monthly free workshop is held for students to experience Grindlay's technique; ongoing and by session
Annie Grindlay is an actress, teacher, and most importantly someone who nurtures the artist within the actor. She began teaching in 1988 and opened her own studio in 2009. Grindlay's approach starts by  answering the question "what does it mean to be an artist" and builds from there. "I feel at times, Hollywood strips away the art and encourages a paint-by-numbers type of approach. I strive to change that." As the major studios continue to go with "sure bet" actors, Grindlay believes it is crucial that actors, more now than ever, walk into audition rooms with their imaginations flowing. She teaches that the writer puts fifty-percent on the page and the rest is up to the actor. Actors too are storytellers. Having a specific point of view about everything an actor says allows them to take ownership of the words and make authentic "me" not "my character" choices.
Other: Audition Technique/
Cold Reading

7801 Melrose Ave., Ste. 6
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 852-6963
All levels; Free auditing is available; Ongoing
Meindl's holistic approach to acting diverges from traditional techniques. Actors learn to expand consciousness while simultaneously propelling growth and healing through elevated self-expression.

(323) 655-5167
private coaching; all levels
The Emmy-nominated Applegate studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute on scholarship and offers ongoing individual performance coaching combining Strasberg's methods with her own. On-set coaching also available.

1680 Vine St., Ste. 806
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 460-6292
Private coaching available; Advanced and professional; teens to adult; No auditing; By session
Successful casting directors Deb Aquila and Donna Morong recently formed their new Aquila/Morong Studio for Actors in Hollywood. Aquila offers master classes based on the teachings of Stella Adler,  Morong offers Meisner based technique and scene study classes for professional teens and young adults.

Tom Ardavany
517 Ocean Front Walk, Ste. 8
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-2848
8-12 students per class; private coaching; All levels; Auditing permitted on a case-by-case basis; Ongoing; Work study/internship available
Tom Ardavany has been assisting actors professionally for fifteen years. The "Ardavany Approach" is a unique method to enhance perception and creative expression for actors. By utilizing "the approach," the actor connects to his inner present power source for maximum impact on-camera and on-stage. Ardavany's insightful and advanced approach helps actors define and perform the right action every time. The Aproach Studio, located in Venice Beach, provides an open, inspirational environment for actors to develop their craft. Approach actors have gone on to win multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, awards and

Anthony Montes
3634 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
Fireside Room
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 400-2270 or (818) 705-4364
Auditing of the first class is allowed
ATG offers acting technique and scene study, and encourages students to take the work out of the classroom and create their own opportunities.

West Hollywood,
(310) 289-4962
Private coaching; Intermediate, advanced, and professional levels; Ongoing
Dino S. Ladki is a working casting director who helps actors "determine the best scene deliveries for them as individuals." He believes that each actor's unique qualities should be encouraged to shine through the character while also staying true to the role as written.

(818) 501-4734
Small classes, private coaching also available
Barnstable, who studied at Herbert Berghof Studio in New York and has been teaching for over 15 years in Los Angeles, offers a positive, supportive, and challenging environment for the actor.

Stage 13
10749 New Haven St., #15
Sun Valley, CA 91352
(818) 768-5574
4 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Beecher's Stage 13 offers four weeks of coaching in scenes or commercials for $60. For beginners or professionals alike.

c/o The Hayworth Theater
643 Carondelet St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(323) 666-3382
Private coaching available; All levels; Audition required
Gregory Berger-Sobeck teaches the Yale School of Drama technique.Classes cover scene work, commercial and theatrical audition on-camera, and cold reading, and meet twice a week.

14370 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 781-8000
15-20 students per class; private sessions are available; Immediate, advanced, and professional levels (some beginners); Introductory private lesson required; Ongoing, plus international master classes
Bernard says he has designed his classes to achieve acting success. He has been an acting and dialect coach for more than 30 years. He trains professionals at his studio in Los Angeles and teaches his well known master classes in London, Paris, Rome, and Germany. He was the acting teacher and on the Jury on several reality shows including "The Starlet" NBC.   British TV, "California Dreaming," based on his teachings as well as recently on German TV. "Mission Hollywood". He says his techniques "teach actors to discover their unique quality and overcome self-defeating behavior. He also help actors to map out their strategy for a long and successful career. Actors will learn the latest acting technique using monologues, scene study, movement, and personal exercises." Hiller believes that success in show business is not an accident. He has started many careers in Hollywood including Cameron Diaz's, Chace Crawford's and he has worked with Billy Crystal and Richard Dreyfuss. He has also appeared alongside Julie Andrews, George Clooney, Kate Hudson, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer to mention only a few. The studio also offers film/TV casting workshops and commercial classes.
Other: On-Camera Technique

254 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 855-1556
No auditions, but an interview is required for admission
"The BHP is one of L.A.'s oldest and most respected acting schools," says executive director Allen Barton.  The BHP offers ongoing intensive scene study classes to instruct aspiring professionals in the areas of acting, career administration, and attitude. "Instruction focuses on identifying the goal of honest, authentic, moment-to-moment, behavior-oriented acting work, and finding each actor's individual way into that work, rather than on rote enforcement of a certain school of acting technique," says Barton. "High-quality, well-rehearsed scene study is emphasized, with exercises few and far between."

855 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 433-7445
14 students per class; private coaching available; Intermediate to advanced, age 18 and up; Auditing with approval beforehand; Ongoing
Howey's goal is to get actors to be the most vulnerable, the most emotional, have the most intention, have the most charm, and be the most affecting. In short, become the most compelling actor in the room.

6440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 467-9987
All levels; ongoing and by session
Susan Batson, who created the Black Nexxus process, says it was created by the actor, for the actor and it is aimed to prepare the actor for today's challenges in the workforce and to respect acting as a primary art form.

(323) 559-9466
Private coaching; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Bolt describes his approach to coaching act ors as "honoring the character's experience." He is currently available by appointment to coach actors for specific auditions, roles, and acting jobs.

(323) 383-4444
Class size varies; semi-private coaching available; All levels welcome; Auditing by special arrangement only
Bontempo is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre under Sanford Meisner and trained in Los Angeles with Nina Foch. He has privately coached actors, directors, and writers for numerous projects for more than 20 years.

7954 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-5593, Fax: (323) 874-5593
All levels; An orientation session is required for admission; Ongoing
Reise's classes specialize in cold reading. The focus is on the reality of the acting business; teaching actors how to develop their skills so they can audition more effectively.

Los Angeles, CA and
(818) 761-9042
16 students average per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; newcomers invited to take a single class; Ongoing classes, workshops, and private sessions; Offers work/study program
Eugenia Buerklin is an award-winning director and the developer of a technique based on intuition and the mind-body connection. "We take acting out of the thinking mind and put it back in the feeling body where it belongs."
Other: Young Performers

(323) 653-5947
Private coaching
An award-winning writer-director, Burgos has worked on and Off-Broadway and in theaters across the country. He has taught at NYU, and the Art Center in Pasadena, among others, and has been an on-set acting coach on numerous films and television shows.

(818) 760-2448
Private coaching
Carmen is a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West, and Women in Film. She teaches scene study and script analysis.

11916 Saltair Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-5113
Private coaching
Caruso, a current professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, offers private coaching and audition preparation. She studied with Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen, Katsalas, and graduated from the NYU Theatre Department, and holds a master's degree from UCLA.

(310) 390-5984
Free consultation
Casey, an award-winning actor, coaches actors for auditions. She is also experienced in English as a second language and in accent reduction.

The Imagined Life
5615 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 936-6818
40 students max. per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; interview required; Ongoing
Artistic director of The Imagined Life, Castle has been teaching and coaching actors for over 15 years. Her ongoing scene study class emphasizes "a creative state of mind and the use of imagination."

Los Angeles, CA
(323) 851-8811
Limited class size; private coaching is available; All levels; Working audit permitted; Ongoing, Monday professional class; Thursday craft class
Classes focus on developing the actor's craft and cover improvisation, sensory work, auditioning techniques, camera work exercises, monologue, and scene study. Adams specializes in taking the actor to the next level of the their work.

(818) 547-9018
Chaet teaches business for actors through private instruction. He focuses on goal-setting and methods for organizing and advancing one's career.

Greg Shane, artistic director
(310) 428-4696
10-15 students average; All levels; Auditing is permitted; 16 week sessions; Work study and internships available
Year-round program of drama workshops and performances serving visually and/or physically disabled adults ages 18-plus. Weekly workshops in basic acting technique, improvisation, theater games, movement, voice, emotional strengthening and tuning, character analysis, and script interpretation are offered free of charge. Original works are created by theater company members in weekly rehearsals. Theater company tours an original play designed to educate the public on disability issues with public performances each year.

Venice, CA
(213) 486-4229/ (310) 650-4030
24 students per class; private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Classes include relaxation, sensory work, scenes from TV, film, and contemporary theatre, and improvs. Current clients include Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, etc.

Hollywood, CA
(202) 465-5315
12 students max. per class; private coaching available; Intermediate, advanced, professional; One to two month intensives year round; Work study available in certain cases
Makela teaches students how to embrace the moment, combat anticipation and stage fright, and live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances an actor creates, with the help of an actor's physical imagination and spatial awareness.

(323) 422-5013
10-20 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; By sessions; Work study/internships available
Chodos is a veteran of regional theater and Hollywood and has taught at Dartmouth College and Temple University. He offers traditional scene study focusing on stage technique and on-camera technique, with periodic showcasing.

(818) 523-8283
6-30 students per class; private and on-set coaching available; All levels, age six and up; Auditing is permitted at $20 per class; Ongoing in NoHo and by semesters in Valencia; Annual scholarship at NoHo location
Christiansen is an acting/life coach who recently appeared on the reality show "Faking It" and was a recent guest director at CalArts. She offers professional classes for kids, teens, and adults in North Hollywood and Valencia, and life coaching sessions for actors and other artists.

P.O. Box 586
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 226-6144
Admission by audition/interview only
Jack Stehlin teaches an advanced scene study workshop with performance showcase that enhances the actor's ability to work anywhere; in theater, film, or television.

137 N. Larchmont Blvd., #242
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 578-1936
Can you hold frame? What is a film director ultimately looking for? Do you deliver effective emotional intensity in an ECU (extreme close-up)? This on-camera, no nonsense acting and audition technique is geared specifically for film acting.

(310) 454-1959
8-10 per class; Auditing permitted by appointment
Colman teaches acting from a working director's point of view, emphasizing comedy, voice correction, character analysis, timing, and auditioning.

(818) 763-8081
All levels; registration free to adults over 62; ongoing, enrollment open year-round
Featured on "Visiting With Huell Howser. " classes are designed for beginners who are interested in the world of television commercial acting.

(310) 383-0910
A member of the USC School of Theater faculty, Cornwell is a classically trained English actor with more than 30 years experience in film, TV, and theater. Her coaching is "a direct and simple approach to the craft of acting."

(310) 573-6288
Private coaching also available
Crouse, an acclaimed star of film, television, and theater, offers classes that clearly define what the actor's job really is and show actors the high road - that acting is at heart a spiritual profession.

at The Acting Studio at Edgemar
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-0815
Class size varies; ; private coaching available; begginer,  intermediate, and advanced ; free informationla session
Acting coach and director Michelle Danner has worked with a wide range of notable talent including Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek, and Zoeey Deschanel. Her classes include on-camera, scene study, and the "Golden Box" intensive. Danner is also known for her "Scene Bites" industry showcase.
Other:  On-Camera Technique; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

2811 Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 508-0723
16 students per class; Intermediate, advanced, and professional levels; Auditing is permitted by appt.; Ongoing and by sessions
D'Avanzo describes his acting classes as "dynamic and thorough scene study classes where the actor works every week in a prepared scene." Work is based on the teachings of Uta Hagen.

4854 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91607
(818) 752-9678
12 students max.; private coaching available; All levels; One-on-one session with Kagen for interested students; Ongoing
Kagen has been coaching around the world for more than 35 years. His highly successful students include Ted Danson, Robin Wright-Penn and Alec Baldwin, and he now offers ongoing on-camera classes.

(818) 506-0717
LeGrant has spent 60 years in show business. He accepts students by interview only.

Los Angeles, CA
(323) 868-9913
Small class size, private coaching available; All levels; Auditing by permission; Ongoing
"Meet The Biz" is looking to make acceptance of diversity a common place. By bringing the producer, director, actor, writer, editor, technician, casting director, agent, teacher, life coach, ability, disability together, we become more well rounded as artists. Each class explores different areas of acting, including but not limited to: scene study, monologues, improv, connection, cold reading, and learning from the pros.
Classes are not just for actors, they are for everyone in the industry to get together, to meet, and to learn from each other. Founder David Zimmerman has been coaching actors and putting together workshops for almost a decade. As a personal coach, he has been hired by production companies such as FX's ground breaking series NIP/TUCK and the Weinstein Company's feature film, UNKNOWN. As a casting director his credits include the Showtime pilots and Star Price Productions "Prpoject X" and "Shadow Point", as well as the popular series "Penn & Teller's Bullshit." He has also cast several features including: "Fighting Words," and the Joey Travolta project "Spud."
Other: Business of Acting; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

(818) 314-7540
Dayan places an emphasis on craft and not industry concerns, and directs his actors to unsentimentally address their bad habits and expand their range.

(818) 876-0386
Wallace's classes have limited enrollment; loosely based on the techniques of Meisner and Charles Conrad, they focus on moving actors through blocks that stand in their way.

5455 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2124
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 927-7754
Dickey's philosophy is that an actor only has a few minutes to dazzle the casting director, producers, or director, and to make the most of that time is key.

Castaway Studios
8899 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 479-5647
All levels; Auditing is permitted
Warhit's classes are specifically designed to prepare the actor for work in film and television. Once a month an industry professional is invited to observe students' work and sit for a Q&A.

(323) 856-4767
Duane Whitaker brings years of practical experience as a working actor-writer-director to his workshop. The class is designed to teach a realistic and usable approach to the craft of screen acting.

Piero Dusa Creative Studio
1453 Third St. Promenade, Ste. 608
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-9378, Fax: (310) 209-8502
Limited class sizes; private coaching available; All levels; Interview by phone required; Ongoing client specific syllabus
Since 1985, Piero Dusa has coached and directed a distinguished list of well known actors. Piero offers exclusive coaching and consultation for actors and writer that will take your acting skills to the next level.

1949 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 462-5328
12 per class; Beginner, intermediate, and professional; Free audit required; Sessions twice a year
Dvorak has been a teacher for over 20 years and holds a BFA and an MFA in theater. He teaches a full two-year professional level Meisner program.
Other: Business of Acting

Michelle Danner and Larry Moss
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-0815
Class size varies; private coaching is available (in-person and via Skype); beginner, intermediate, and advanced; free information session with Michelle Danner
The Acting Studio at Edgemar provides professional classes for film, television, and stage including on-camera, voice,  improv, and stand-up. Students work on challenging writing ranging from classics to contemporary, well known authors to new original scripts.  The Acting Studio supports the process of developing one's original work and believe strongly that every actor has an important personal story to tell. Eight-week on-camera or acting and improvisation classes on Sat. or Sun are available to kids and teens, ages six-to- seventeen. Industry showcases held twice yearly. Edgemar is also home to "Media-Bites," the multi-media evening of theater where students perform their best scenes on-and- off camera for agents, managers, directors, casting directors, and other entertainment professionals. 
Other: On-camera Technique; Improv and Comedy

Don Eitner and Jayne Taini
5215 Lankershim Blvd., Studio B
North Hollywood, CA
(323) 661-7885
16 students maximum; private coaching available; Some experience required
Class work emphasizes the development and personalization of characters, cold reading, play evaluation, and monologue.

(323) 962-1632
Elephant Stageworks provides a unique opportunity for a practical acting education. Actors are offered a professional and thoughtful approach to learning their craft.

6581 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 528-6280
16 students per class; All levels; Auditing for some classes is permitted; Four week workshops, 12 week classes, and nine month programs
Offers a two-year Meisner training program, as well as beginning acting workshops, audition technique, voice for the actor, advanced scene study and various workshops offered by industry professionals.

(323) 852-0276
Small classes, private coaching available; all ages; interview required
"Actors need to make their work as specific as possible-to create what goes on before they say the line, as well as the subtext," says actor-writer-director-producer Gerstein, a member of the Actors Studio's actors unit and the writer-director unit. Her classes and coaching include acting technique, scene study, cold reading/auditioning, and in-depth script analysis. Her professional classes are kept small, and students work every week. Actors are encouraged to make strong choices and to take risks. Students are accepted by private interview. Gerstein also teaches a children's class and offers private coaching for all ages.

ITA Workshop Academy
10820 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 592-8675, (310) 839-8311 for reservations
Private coaching available; all levels
Epperson has been a working professional actor for more than two decades, with extensive film, TV, and stage credits, as well as directing credits. He offers on-camera cold reading and audition technique classes.

5657 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 466-9250
20 students average per class; private coaching available; all levels; free audit available; ongoing
Morris' system is based on the Method, but, as Morris puts it, it "goes light-years beyond" the original Stanislavsky system. Indeed the process he teaches is of his own creation. A teacher for more than 45 years, Morris is the author of five books about acting. He teaches three classes each week; each is between five and six hours long. All classes are kept intimate and small so that every actor works in each class. Cost is $250 per month. A complimentary audit is offered. Morris also offers weekend workshops and private lessons.

310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(818) 807-6939, (310) 775-6617
8-10 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Paid audit by permission
Offers classes for adults and teens focusing on how to audition and embrace an outlook for long-term success by consistently getting callbacks and bookings. Classes are located in a full-time casting facility.
Other: Commercials/Voiceover

(310) 358-5942
See the Screen Actors Studio.

Nancy Berwid
11967 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA
(310) 364-0525
15-30 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Berwid's holistic approach prepares actors for work in film and TV by combining acting and audition technique, as well as instruction in the marketing and networking side of the business.

Altadena/Pasadena, CA
(310) 991-4162
2-6 per class; private coaching also available; All levels; Interview required
Leslie has worked extensively in front of and behind the camera as actor, director, casting director, acting coach on and off the set. Her small classes and private coaching include filmed auditions and scene work for TV and film.

Ivy Jones
(818) 906-0935 or (818) 512- 5426
12 students average; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Combines the dogma of Meisner, Hagen, and Adler, all of whom she has studied with. She is a 30-year veteran of TV, film, and theater, and was a regular on "The Waltons."

(310) 428-1840
20 students max.; private coaching available; All levels; Interview required; Sessions for classes; workshops and coaching are ongoing
Specializes in audition preparation and creative performance. Bringing into her technique her background of over 15 years of casting, directing, and acting expertise, she teaches the actor the secrets they need to book the job and helps working actors to create memorable performances.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique

(310) 301-3971, ext. 10#, or (310) 820-7122
Marilyn Fox, artistic director of Pacific Resident Theatre, offers classes on scene study, cold reading, improvisation, and strengthening imagination. Advanced classes focus on strengthening technique and ease in scene work, text analysis, and Shakespeare.

(818) 481-4466
Private coaching; ongoing
Gaines has taught acting for theatre majors at Cal State Long Beach and Pasadena City College. She offers private coaching in audition preparation and basic technique.

(818) 481-2774
Private and on-set coaching also available; Auditing is permitted
Classes focus on scene study, cold reading, and audition technique.

(323) 793-6959
private coaching; all levels; auditing not permitted; ongoing
Gannen teaches at the Margie Haber Studio and at Santa Monica College. She is located in the West Hollywood area and is available for private coaching.

(323) 957-4764
Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted Thursday nights; Work study available occasionally
Gardner trained with Carol Rosenfeld and Uta Hagen. Gardner teaches scene study and basic technique as well as interview/audition intensive workshops.

(213) 248-9478
All levels
Gegenhuber conducts intensive workshops in Spolin Improvisation, created by the visionary teacher Viola Spolin. A veteran of 20 years on stage, screen, and television, his classes emphasize applying improvisational techniques to scene work and audition technique.

3435 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA
(818) 547-3810
Private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Bua offers ongoing morning and evening classes at the Banshee Theater in Burbank, that specialize in deep emotional work for those who "dare to become more powerful in their art and in their lives."

North Hollywood, CA
(310) 535-4999 or (323) 465-4427
Private coaching available; Beginner, advanced, and professional; Auditing is not permitted; Ongoing
Gifford (of BHP, AFU, Milan) has been teaching for over 25 years and has been a working actor for over 30. Offers scene study, improv, cold reading, staged readings, business of the business, and showcases.

(310) 398-2539
Private coaching available
Glover recently completed his 71st film, playing father to his son Crispin Glover, and his 74th film, "Buffalo Bushido," in which he played three characters. Glover offers classes on cold reading, auditions, tapes, accents, and career counseling.

c/o Victory Theatre Center
3326 Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 841-4404
16 students max.; Intermediate; Free audit required; Ongoing; Work study/internship available
Classes include basic Meisner techniques, film and theater scene study, and an advanced character and comedy class with attention to on-camera techniques.

12125 Riverside Dr.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(213) 448-7648, Fax: (818) 753-5203
Guzov, a Russian acting teacher originally from St. Petersburg, specializes in the Chekhov technique and offers private and group classes.

Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz
3406 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
All levels; no auditing permitted
The H2F Comedy Workshops promote stand-up comedy as an art form, incorporating raw talent with technique. Classes focus on joke structure and building the basics of riffing, tagging, joke writing, creating charcater, finding a voice, improv, sketch, and working the crowd.

Los Angeles, CA
(818) 509-0789
Private coaching available; all levels
Mastrogeorge, who has been teaching acting since 1956, believes acting is a state of mind: innocence, imagination, and vulnerability. Classes are held at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles.

(323) 225-1962
Private coaching; All levels; Auditing by permission; By sessions
Helene Kress, star of VH1's "I Know My Kid's a Star," offers private acting lessons that focus on fully understanding character, mastering an audition, and booking the job.

(323) 850-6328
Private coaching
Jack Heller is an award-winning director and a working actor. He studied with Harold Clurman, Robert Lewis, and Uta Hagen.

at The Blank Theatre Company
(323) 871-8018
All levels; Auditing is permitted sometime; By sessions
Henning teaches an ongoing scene study class that focuses on unlocking an actor's hidden potential through script and character analysis, voice and relaxation work, and skill work to get the job.

(818) 386-0080, (310) 508-7131
All levels; Free introductory audit is offered; Ongoing
Longtime celebrity-coach Kaniecki Herman conducts audition technique and cold reading classes and offers private coaching.

(818) 247-0302
Private sessions available
Hoffman, a character actor and the author of "Cold Reading and How To Be Good at It," offers classes on cold reading and professional acting.

Eric Stone, founder
8879 West Pico Blvd., Ste. 4
Beverly Hills, CA 90035
Studio: (310) 205-9219 Voicemail: (323) 460-2580
10-15 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Prepares actors for film, television, stage, voice-over and commercials through classes in cold reading, scene study, performance, film and TV technique, in-depth character work, and improvisation.

1786 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 962-85554
The HFAA rogram is for beginning and advanced actors. Students who complete the program will be able to analyze scripts, find actions and objectives in their scenes, develop the sense of spontaneity needed to do improv, and develop self-presence. Actors will be able to build their character and be natural and believable in the process.

Hollywood, CA
(310) 246-9379
Private and group coaching available; Beginners and intermediate; Interview before acceptance; Sessions at certain times of the year
Empower yourself in interviews, jobs, and life. Learn the acting techniques of James Hong, actor of over 450 TV and film roles, most recently celebrated for his role as father of Jack Black's "Po" in Kung Fu Panda.

1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 962-1488
An audit and industry referral are required
Fine, who began his studio in 1985, is the former director of American Musical and Dramatic Academy's acting department. The studio curriculum includes comprehensive technique, and scene study.

(310) 621-6303
15 students max. per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Seven week sessions
Hulegard's workshops include: scene study, improv, monologues, commercials, camera, auditioning, the business of acting and a showcase performance.

Santa Monica, CA
(310) 828-0632
10 students maximum per class; private coaching available; All levels; Free introductory class; Ongoing; Work study available for students studying at least a year
Dianne Hull, protege of Kazan, and Lorrie Hull, author of Method book and DVDs, offer classes and workshops in relaxation, concentration, improv, sense memory, learning the role, cold reading, audition techniques, and scene study.

P.O. Box 8982
Los Angeles, CA 91372;
(818) 888-3867
Private coaching available; Introductory audit permitted
Stone offers technique, scene study, cold reading, and improvisation. For acceptance she requires an interview, a strong commitment, and coachability

7201 Melrose Ave., Ste. 206
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 935-2100
All levels; introductory, advanced, master; Auditing is available by appointment only
Chubbuck has taught such actors as Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Charlize Theron, Matthew Perry, Jon Voight, Garry Shandling, Elisabeth Shue, Eriq La Salle, Kate Bosworth, Eva Mendes, Terrence Howard, James Franco, and famously Halle Berry. Her self-named technique guides actors how to use their emotions not as an end result, but as a way to empower a goal.

c/o 310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 775-6616
Space is limited
Levine works as a commercial director and teaches an ongoing commercial workshop that focuses on audition skills, improv technique, making better choices, and booking work.

P.O. Box 17920
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
(323) 465-7511
Private coaching available; Sessions
Alhanti studied with Meisner and Phillip Burton. She teaches a professional 20-week technique class twice a year, in January and July, that involves exercises and scene work.

The Deaf West Theatre
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 763-5933
Classical workshop: 26 students, Audition technique: 12-14 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; By sessions; Limited number of internships available with Antaeus Company
Hackett, Artistic Director of the Antaeus Company and author of "The Actor's Chekhov" and "Toward Mastery," teaches a variety of classes in classical contemporary scene study and audition technique.
Other: Classical

3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #1158
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 752-9898, Fax: (818) 752-9890
10 students max.; private coaching available; Intermediate, advanced, and professional levels; Auditing not permitted; Sessions three to four times a year; Internship program available
A veteran agent and casting director with over 20 years experience, Hardwick offers intensive commercial and theatrical workshops that offer targeted techniques for auditioning actors to book the part.

(818) 248-4104
All levels; Auditing permitted with a fee
Comey has been teaching film acting and training actors in Hollywood for the past 30 years. He teaches his own approach called "The Art of Film Acting," which is also the title of his book.

The Acting Intuitive
1309 Montecito Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 225-9850
Place helps actors create their own personal brand and offers career consulting and headshot coaching. Place also publishes the e-zine Acting Magic and is a regular contributor to

320 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-3311
The studio offers a variety of programs for the professional and select pre-professional actor, writer, director, and producer.

1107 N. Kings Rd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 576-0545
50 students max. per class; private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Ms. Jones is formerly of Milton Katselas' Beverly Hills Playhouse and a private coach to some of the best known film and TV stars in the industry.

13448 Albers St.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 785-1551
12 students max. per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted after interview; Ongoing
Asher, who has been teaching and  directing successfully for over 30 years, offers three ongoing on-camera scene  study classes with lots of technique and lots of camera time ($250 per month),  a cold reading class ($250 for six weeks), and an improvisation class ($195  per month). Class size is limited, so everyone works in every class. "I work  with actors between classes at no charge," says Asher. "There are no limits to  the time you can spend learning and doing, getting help with your career, or  the techniques we use to get results." Asher's studio has produced the  award-winning "Actors at Work" DVD series, "Getting the Part", "Casting  Directors", "Agents", and "Directors on Acting." Asher also produces  state-of-the-art demo reels for actors. "I discover something new each time,"  says actor Nancie Rooney, a working actor student of Asher's. "It makes sense  to have many different tools. I am so eager to get to that next level."

(323) 467-7877
Private coaching available
Kirby offers scene study classes as well as a young professional's class that focuses on Uta Hagen's fundamentals with emphasis on exploring a character, script analysis, and finding the human condition.

11650 Riverside Dr., Ste. 11
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 505-1223
Private coaching available
An industry-recognized training and career development studio for actors that provides commercial and theatrical training, career guidance, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to build relationships.

Private coaching; all levels
As a director, writer, and acting teacher, Jorie has worked with a number of distinguished talents in his over 35 years of experience in television, film, and theater. He has been an acting coach on shows for Disney, Nickelodeon, Buena Vista Television, and ABC, and has taught acting extensively throughout the United States. A native New Yorker, he has directed the regional premieres of "Wit," "Proof," "The Guys," "Having Our Say," and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of Anne Nelson's drama "Savages." Academy Award-nominated actor Mary McDonnell ("Dances With Wolves," "Passion Fish") who recently starred in television's "Battlestar Galactica," says, "Chris Jorie provides an avenue to the truth." Jorie has worked with Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Shawn Pyfrom ("Desperate Housewives"), and Nikki Deloach ("Windfall"). He is currently accepting a limited number of students for private coaching in Los Angeles.

North Hollywood, CA
(323) 799-1183
One-on-one coaching by appointment only; All levels
JRose Studio specializes in private coaching. Jamie Rose has been a professional actor in film, television, and theater for over 30 years.  She has starred in multiple television series, movies, and plays and has experienced it all, from generals and pre-reads to network tests.  Her teaching methods are eclectic and practical, drawing from her 12 years of study with renowned acting coach Roy London, extensive study of Meisner technique, and professional experience. Jamie also helped cast a TV movie for the SciFi channel, a Disney Web series and several plays, and understands the casting process from both sides of the table. JRose Studio gives actors practical tools that take them from pre-to-post audition and help them book the job. North Hollywood and Malibu locations. JRose also offers online video coaching via Skpe and ichat.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Private Coaching

at the Zydeco Studios
11317 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(626) 355-4572
6-16 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; All year, but classes vary
Chandler and her staff of working professionals teach nearly 20 different classes allowing for individualized training programs and the development of well-rounded actors.

Barbara Beneville
Hollywood, CA
(323) 969-4944
12 students max; also private and semi-private coaching; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing, plus weekend workshops in NY, Atlanta, and Dallas
Beneville believes actors should "get comfortable with silence, and transcendence will follow." Her class consists of all phases of study: auditioning, character development, cold reading, improv, Meisner exercises, monologues, scene study, and script breakdown.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading

(818) 481-2244
Private coaching
Kalensky teaches at Cal State Long Beach and is the consulting artistic director of the Interplayers Theatre. A former casting director, she has  won a number of directing awards and understands well what agents and casting directors look for in the audition process.

Stage Light Inc.
6623 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 939-3384
Private coaching available; all skill levels welcome
McGregor-Stewart's acting technique and scene work (foundation and master classes) include style, characterization, script breakdown, and improvisation. She holds workshops in Denver, Vancouver, and New York, and is a sought-after media coach. She is a veteran Broadway-stage and screen actor, most recently seen in "Failure to Launch," "Nip/Tuck," and "Medium," and has worked with Nicole Kidman, James Gandolfini, Marisa Tomei, Woody Harrelson, and Oprah Winfrey, among others. She offers private coaching and will help select and direct monologues for auditions.

(818) 613-5252
Limited in size; ongoing
Katzman has been teaching since 1988. His classes focus on the major plays of Anton Chekhov and other great playwrights. He also offers private coaching in Shakespeare, modern plays, preparation for auditions, and coaching for film.

(310) 292-6163
Intermediate to advanced
Kehler offers Stanislavsky- and Meisner-based classes that give actor tools and experiences to draw from and take command of their choices. Each student is guaranteed to work every class.

(818) 753-7744
Private coaching also available; Beginner to advanced; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Lerner offers cold reading and scene study classes in a challenging but nurturing style. He has acted steadily in movies, TV shows, commercials, and plays and passes his on set knowledge to his students.

3447 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(323) 665-6776
12 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
In this scene study class, Klineman combines Meisner-based Repetition with Linklater voice work to enhance each student's creative impulses and produce truthful connection between scene partners.

(818) 906-2201
Private audition coaching only; Auditing is not permitted; Ongoing
With more than 30 years of experience as an actor, director, and coach, Kent designed her "Life Coaching" approach to aid the actor in understanding and identifying the fears and processes that block making risky choices bold and playful.

(818) 505-9373
Private coaching only; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Kerr is the author "Acting Is Everything: An Actor's Guidebook for a Successful Career in Los Angeles." She covers acting and film techniques for the camera and show-business techniques to boost careers.

(818) 779-7770
16 students average per class; private coaching available; All levels, beginners to masters; Auditing permitted, acceptance is by interview only; Ongoing; Work study available for long-term students
Kimberly Jentzen has been featured in numerous publications and voted "Favorite Acting Coach" in Los Angeles multiple times by Backstage West. With more than 20 years capturing the essence of artistry, incorporating Checkov, Adler, Strasberg and Meisner, Kimberly Jentzen is an expert in artistic creation.
She is the creator of the inspiring "Jentzen Technique," a series of essential power tools designed to cultivate the master level actor. Jentzen's approach helps build a necessary foundation, providing actors the motivations and needs to create authentic characters. Jentzen's focus is to guide students of all levels to find their artistic fuel and constantly challenge themselves. Jentzen believes, "To master skill, an actor must find the fire to make strong, active choices for performance consistency." Classes concentrate on helping actors discover how to own-it, eliminating fear and creating an honest character from beginning to end. In her class, an actor's craft is continuously molded and applied. Jentzen's studio has become one of the most creative environments for an actor to grow in. She is regarded by some one of the best acting coaches, and her studio one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles. Professional training classes are offered in scene study, cold reading, audition technique, on-camera training, character tools, script breakdown, and improvisation, with an emphasis on individual attention. Jentzen also holds her popular "Cold Reading Weekend Intensive," "Singing for Actors, Acting for Singers Intensive" as well as her "Essence Weekend Intensive." Her new book, "Acting with Impact, Power Tools to Ignite the Actors Passion" is an upcoming release.

(213) 612-5224
Klein, who studied with Sanford Meisner and Janet Alhanti, offers a scene study and technique class. She also coaches actors for theater, film, and television auditions.

1531 S. Bedford St.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(646) 489-1126
Private coaching only; All levels; Auditing not permitted
Writer-director-producer Knowles feels that teaching is not much more than providing an environment for students to develop trust in themselves which develops confidence. Each actors journey is their own.

10545 Burbank Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 94123
(323) 839-0800
Founded by actor Jamison Haase, LAOTC is an on-camera school that specializes in training actors in real, easy to learn, camera techniques raise their performance above the competition.

(818) 486-6399
Ranges from 8-12, depending upon the class; Actors: intermediate and above. Directors: all levels; Auditing permitted; sliding scale available; 8-12 sessions; some classes elect to continue
Biederman identifies the artist's individuality and teaches students to invest and express that uniqueness in their work. He encourages directors to take his scene study classes and actors to take his directing workshop.

Michelle Danner
at The Acting Studio at Edgemar
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-0815
Class size varies; private coaching is available; beginner to advanced; free informational session; ongoing
Led by Michelle Danner, the Larry Moss Studio is now the Acting Studio at Edgemar. The studio provides well-rounded actor's training, including scene study, on-camera cold reading, improv, voice, casting director workshops, celebrity guest teachers, and sitcom classes. The studio provides actors with a place to grow artistically and create riveting, unique characters that tell stories illuminating the human condition. Classes meet days, evening, and weekends to fit anyone's schedule. Six and twelve month programs with J1 visas are available.
Other: On-Camera Technique; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction; Improv and Comedy

(818) 562-3075
Private coaching only; Ongoing
Teacher-director-actor James, who has worked professionally around the world, offers a technique meant to "empower the actor to communicate as specifically, effectively, and as powerfully as possible."

4645 Van Nuys Blvd., Ste. 202
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 788-2183, Fax: (818) 788-6981
20 students max per class; private coaching available; All levels; Free audit class; Ongoing
LaValle teaches a way of "creating a character that draws from the vast experiences that each individual actor possesses."

(310) 656-8070, ext 14
Lazarus, founder of the Promenade Playhouse and Promenade Conservatory, assists actors in character interpretation and development, and sharpens audition techniques needed to book jobs.

(310) 478-6677
Premier producer of seminars, lectures, workshops, and expos for adults. One-night classes offered on a variety of subjects.
Other: On-Camera Technique; Improv and Comedy; Commercials/Voiceover; Business of Acting

Carie Blomquist
7936 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 650-7777
12-16 students average per class; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; full application process for certificate program includes brief essay, resume, and letters of reference; Two-year certificate program; full or part-time introductory program, workshops, and intensives; Offers limited work study program
Three generations of American actors - from Marilyn Monroe and James Dean to Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, and Angelina Jolie - have studied the "Method" and emerged as major talents. The Strasberg Institute's Method acting classes and programs challenge actors to work on themselves as creative artists  and at the same time work on the role, leaving behind conventional expressions and finding their own unique voices. Actors are taught to invoke their own sense of truth in every role and to stress the ways in which personal experience can fire the imagination. This is the Strasberg difference, the spark that turns an accomplished technician into an inspired artist.
Other: Young Performers; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique; Conservatory/University

Beverly Hills, CA 90210,
(310) 226-7034
10-12 per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Award-winning actor and author Harris's studio emphasizes work in dialects, impediments, emotional preparation, on-camera and audition techniques.

(310) 278-8113
Small classes; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted
Leslie's classes are part sense memory and part scene work, based on her studies with Strasberg, Adler, and her work with Elia Kazan. She looks for students who have a true passion and desire to learn their craft.

(603) 862-1963
For almost 40 years, these workshops have offered intensive training in voice, body, and text exploration. Programs are intended for those in performance, in education, in broadcasting, or in communications.

Allen Levin
The Space Theatre
665 N. Heliotrope Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(818) 415-9568
Levin has been teaching for more than five years and offers scene study, improv, and cold reading classes.

Los Angeles and Orange County, CA
(714) 356-9800 or (323) 819-6538
8 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Seven five week sessions per year; Work study/internships are available
A team of working actors coach in LA and Orange County and offer group improv and on-camera classes.  Students are currently on "United States of Tara," "The Middle," and many commercials.

Linda Berry
P.O. Box 251455
Glendale, CA 91225
L.A. (310) 410-1836, or S.D. (619) 507-6395
Private and on-set coaching only; All levels; specializes in beginner and intermediate, kids/teens; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Berry offers training at her San Diego center and workshops in LA for actors. Training includes monologue work, on-camera cold reading, and scene study preparing actors for auditioning and getting the role.

(818) 761-5404
Lisa Dalton is an award-winning international actor, teacher, director, producer, and is on the teacher certification board of the National Michael Chekhov Association. She offers courses in technique, cold reading, on-camera commercials, scene study, career management, promotional skills, and soap opera.

(310) 367-4136
Private coaching available; Intermediate, advanced, and professional levels; Auditing is permitted; headshot and résumé required for all audits, referral helpful; Ongoing; Work study available to students who have completed a year of training with Lisa
Lisa Robertson has been a major acting coach in film and TV for the past eight years coaching series leads and award winning film roles. A protégé of Larry Moss, she teaches scene study and on-camera audition intensives.

Los Angeles, CA
(310) 384-9424
30-45 cast members; Ages 8 to 18; Fall, spring, and summer sessions
Liza Monjauze Productions have created a place for children and young adults to build confidence, improve theater skills, and create lifelong friendships.
Other: Young Performers; Singing/Musical Theater

Moorpark Studios
11425 Moorpark St.
Studio CIty, CA 91602
(818) 754-6222
10-12 students per class; private coaching available; All level; Auditing not permitted; Six week sessions; Interships available
Long has worked in casting since the mid-1970s, as an actor, agent, teacher, and is best-known for her work with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." Offers classes in improv, commercials, television, and film.

130 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-6944
Call for interview
Award-winning director Cinda Jackson offers scene study and sensory classes. Classes include a four-day-per-week intensive class of scene study, sensory, and improvisation.

(310) 274-1085
McNeill offers classes designed to meet a wide range of professional needs. Class offerings include scene study, technique, and audition preparation.

(818) 766-6480
Private coaching available; All levels; Ongoing
Lyons is a working actor-teacher who wants his students to "learn what to apply and how to apply with actual workable technique."

40 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Sessions in the summer and winter
Making it on Broadway is a a week-long intensive where students explore the realities of what it means to be a modern Broadway professional. Classes are taught by Broadway professionals.

Manderino Workshop
P.O. Box 27758
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-0123
12 students max.
Manderino, a post-Stanislavsky acting coach, combines total Method principles that he learned initially from Stella Adler and  from his close friends and mentors Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman.

(323) 273-1544
Also available for on-set coaching
Manke is an award-winning director of theater and television with 20 years of coaching experience. He is a co-founder and former artistic director of L.A.'s  A Noise Within and was trained at the American Conservatory Theatre.

Los Angeles, CA
(323) 965-9392
Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Marcus blends Stanislavsky based techniques with his master's in spiritual psychology. He assists actors on TV, features, and stage and accepts referrals from agents, managers, and casting directors.

Margie Haber
971 N. La Cienega Blvd., #207
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 854-0870, Fax: (310) 854-0462
12 students max. per class; Fundamental, intermediate, master; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Margie Haber Studios offers on-camera audition technique and cold reading workshops. With more than 30 years of experience, Haber is an internationally renowned auditioning coach and has taught A-list Hollywood actors her technique that is based on her book, "How to Get The Part Without Falling Apart." Among her clients: Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Vince Vaughn, Heather Locklear, Kristin Davis, Mariska Hargitay, and Molly Sims. All of the studio's instructors train in Haber's method, Stop Acting and Start Living the Life of the Person. Actors begin with taking an "intensive" course at their level, followed by an ongoing course. Intensives $500-$650, ongoing $250. Private coaching available. Before enrolling, students must attend orientations, held at the studio every Monday at 1:30 p.m.; bring a headshot and résumé. Also has classes for kids and teens.

3122 East Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866 or
(714) 602-7975
Small class size for individual attention; private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing permitted with advanced permission; Ongoing; Work study possibly available
Ladd is the artistic director and owner of Mysterium, a theater, gallery, healing center, and retail and online shop for all conscious living needs, where acting and other performing arts classes offer a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages. Ladd is an Orange County acting coach, specializing in audition preparation and last-minute coaching. She offers scene study classes, improv work, and monologue-perfecting. Headshot and résumé supervision is available.

(323) 654-8912
Private coaching available
Saitta and Smith offer one-day workshops and ongoing scene study, cold readings, and on-camera technique.

(323) 850-8580
class size varies; professional
Massimo, also known as Rik Martino, is an acting coach who works in Italian and English. He specializes in improvisation in front of the camera. He is also the owner of Roma Films, USA.

Matthew Barry
(818) 759-4425
16 students max. per class; All levels; ages 18+; Auditing not permitted; Four week workshops at certain times of the year
Casting director Matthew Barry helps actors develop a game plan where Hollywood is the business and the actor is the product; auditioning techniques, character study, cold reading techniques, and scene study.
Other: Improv and Comedy; Business of Acting

(310) 924-9380
Class size limited
Mazzola, known for her simple, direct, and oftentimes hilarious method of teaching, focuses on improvisation, scene study, and preparing the actor for auditions and a professional career.

Howard Fine Acting Studio
1445 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028 or
(818) 601-1463 and (323) 962-3188
14-16 (scene study), 10 max. (personalization), private coaching available; All levels; Auditing required (except for personalization classes); Ongoing (scene study) and limited (personalization); Work study available

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“Now I can divide my career into BEFORE and AFTER meeting Margie Haber.” – Gilberto Nascimento– Brazil

“I loved the course and Margie’s technique.  Everything makes sense now.  Margie helped me a lot with my audition, and Gilberto directed me for the only audition of my life in which I liked my perfomance.  Thank you Margie & Gilberto!” – Paulo Leonardo – Brazil

“Exciting, human, a truly a transformation.  A gift for freedom.  Margie’s technique gave me the power to live a “slice of life.”  I am enough, and you are too.  Thank you so much!” – Emiliano Ruschel – Brazil


“You are a wonderful combination of being direct, honest, and to the point, while having the biggest heart and I believe that is why your students feel that they can risk, try, and excel.”  – Lara Hutchinson – England


“The ISP is one of the best acting experiences I’ve ever had. Margie and the other amazing teachers at the studio create an environment that is both nurturing and challenging… rigorous but so much fun. Margie’s philosophy on life and acting is completely devoid of ego and all about the love of the craft and this is evident in all of the wonderful teachers. The program is demanding but so rewarding as you watched people transform before your eyes in a matter of days. The ISP taught me so much about myself both as an actor and as a human being. I honestly can’t recommend it highly enough! Just do it people!” – Hester van der Vyver – Australia


“They’re incredible mentors and the whole package was such a fantastic value in my opinion.” – Ruth McIntyre – Ireland


“The infamous Margie Haber Phrase Technique is one that I will use for the rest of my acting life.  I cannot recommend the course highly enough- it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to study with actors from all over the world, and moreover, to be taught by the guru of the Audition Technique world Margie Haber.” – Laura Beth Hill – England


“I believe the ISP programme run at the Margie Haber studio is like nothing else available anywhere in the world. Margie shows you how imperative it is to stop acting in any shape or form and to be available at any given moment to respond to what is happening in the now! The results are astonishing and will change your approach to acting for the rest of your lives!!”  Martin Condon – Ireland


“It’s a long way to come from Australia to do the ISP at Margie’s in LA but it was well worth it; the programme had terrific teachers, was practical, intensive and focused on both acting (for TV and film) and the business of acting. The Haber cold read technique works so I want to learn more about it. That’s why I’m coming back in Fall to further my studies. Can’t wait!”  – Jane Seymour – Australia


“First I thought I’ll go to LA and have a great vacation within I’ll learn a little bit more about acting. But that thought changed on the very first day of class! I was strongly focused on that what I got from the teachers and Margie. I changed my whole acting concept and I was totally opened to learn the techniques of Margie. The ISP was every cent worth, the way Margie and her teachers teaches is very easy to understand with humor, passion and much love. I would like to thank Margie from the bottom of my heart for being a fantastic teacher, that ISP course helped me a lot. And still I’m learning the same things at home Margie taught me. I’ve build an confidence since the course ended. I’d like to recommend Margie Haber for everybody who wants to be successful in acting. Believe me, you’ll love Margie and her teachers, just like I does!!! Thanks a lot MARGIE HABER !!!”  – Saadjed Ayubi – Germany


“I could never say enough to really express how much I loved studying at Margie Haber Studios. She is one of those people, together with the other teachers, that carries a genuine love and charisma for the craft of acting, or as we say at the studio, living the life.” – Chabella Molina – Puerto Rico


“Margie’s phrase technique is amazing.  I have found it to be VERY useful! I encourage everyone to go and takes classes with her, you will truly love the experience!” – Silva Karar – Finland


“There is not much work for actors in the South Africa and when these rare opportunities arose I would be so nervous and guaranteed to mess up the audition. I never booked a single role. In fact the only roles I ever got was the ones I never auditioned for. In the last six months I had three auditions and guess what, I booked all three roles!  Why, this amazing change… Margie Haber.  I used Margie’s technique in preparation for my auditions and entered the audition room with confidence, taking in my environment, connecting with the reader and giving the casting director my best.”  – Claudia Noble – South Africa


“At the moment i’m shooting a drama for a show on Irish TV as a “Guest Star!” and in a couple of weeks I start rehearsals for the world premier stage version of SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION! I’m very excited about this!! I’ve also got the lead in a short movie that will be appearing in a Film Festival here and possibly in Boston! The above gigs i firmly place at the hands of your studio!! So once again, Thanks!”  Karl Harpur – Ireland


“There are so many opportunities given to you during the course such as a talk from Halle Berry’s manager, a top casting director and huge Hollywood talent agent– all of which actors would kill for!”  – Mia Sachs – South Africa


“Margie is a fantastic teacher, a wonderful human being and a great friend!  She really taught me how to be myself and how to trust my own creativity.  Now the wisdom of her ‘ I’m enough’ and ‘ Express don’t impress! ‘ are always with  me!  And the discovery that acting is basically living the life and not that much about myself but about the others – about THE RELATIONSHIP!  Beyond all that serious stuff I’m having great fun every time I work at The Studio and you’ll definitely meet interesting and challenging people there!!!  Love you Margie,  Amore Mio! ”  – Milutin Dapcevic – Italy


“Margie is the most amazing teacher I have ever had the pleasure of studying with! After studying with Margie I am so much more relaxed in Auditons and am able to just live in the moment & enjoy the process!”  – Stephanie Gunn – Australia


“I did the ISP for a month, went back to London, and landed a pilot for a series.  I returned to Los Angeles, sharpened my tools with Margie, went back to London and booked Othello with Ewan McGregor.  Margie’s technique continues to get me work and to enjoy the process!” – Alastair Sims – England


I was so impressed with Margie Haber Studio Staff- (MHSS). Every teacher, staff member, were as passionate, and caring as Margie Haber. The entire team made it so easy with every step. I had the privilege to befriend other talented actors from the UK, London, Atlanta, Virginia, and Chicago. I would “HIGHLY RECOMMEND” that every actor who is interested in expanding their knowledge, or learning a creative way to present their art is to attend an ISP training first! Doesn’t matter if you are local, or from across the world, you will gain so much from learning Margie Haber’s methods! Her intensive study program is very enlightening; it’s definitely an eye opener. In my humble opinion, it’s a guarantee that any level of actor will definitely improve in every aspect of their acting skills and abilities! Thank you everyone at MHS for making the ISP an educational and memorable experience of a lifetime!”  Rebecca T  – ISP 2016


This 2-week intensive program was an amazing experience that changed my whole perspective and approach to the craft. Everyone, I met in the program and spent those 2-weeks learning and experiencing with are life-long friends now and it was amazing to see us all grow together not only as artists but also as people. Monique G – ISP Spring 2016


These two weeks have been life changing for me. The ISP has taught me so much about not just living the life but how to be a better human. The coaches at this studio are amazing, and have really helped me progress vastly in these two weeks. And of course Margie! Nothing more to say than what a LEGEND. She is an unbelievable human being and one of the funniest coaches out there. All the staff at the studio were brilliant and always had time for everyone. I cannot wait to come back and train at this studio!  Sunny D – ISP Spring 2016


I want to thank Margie for re-fuelling my fire.  Margie reminded me that the audition stage is simply a big creative process that we all have equal power in – actors, directors etc.  Margie reminded me that to live in a fearful state is crippling.  So I don’t write to you today to praise her philosophy as many would, but more so, to praise her humanity and authenticity.  Thank you Margie. Briar K, Australia Live the Life session, February 2016


I absolutely loved every moment of the ISP course. I can only describe it as a transformative 2 weeks. There are few experiences I have had as an actor where I have had so many breakthrough moments. The teachers and Margie’s technique just have a way of making everything ‘click’. Not only am I so excited to audition again and ‘live the life’, I walk away with a renewed passion and confidence in myself and with tools that don’t just work – they are a game changer!  Shae-Lee S, December 2015


Up until the moment I walked through the doors of Margie Haber Studios for the Summer ISP, I had always had a bad relationship with my acting craft. The constant rejection was beginning to drain me and I dreaded auditions. I was almost self-sabotaging myself by avoiding opportunities in fear of failure.  However, Margie blew my mind when she taught me that every audition is just an exciting chance to experience and live another life. This sparked such excitement in me for my next audition because I wasn’t looking to book jobs – I was just genuinely excited about the chance to explore and live another person’s life. Margie taught me that failure is GOOD thing! That we should pray for mistakes not fear them because it is our flaws and vulnerabilities that make us intriguing, not our desperate efforts for perfection. Thank you Margie, you helped me fall in love with my craft all over again! Jessie C, ISP 2015



Margie Haber is seriously a genius! After attending a 4-hour seminar with her she has completely blown my mind and given me a new perspective and way to approach acting, auditions and how to live the life. I’d highly recommend. Tara C, Australia 2016


She was everything I heard she would be…funny, engaging and full of valuable information to help me continue to pursue my career. Especially important to me was the creation of “Slices of Life” not in the script.  All of her suggestions really made me rethink how I had been approaching my auditions.  I am 71 years old and just started this new, interesting, fun part of my life and she just reaffirmed for me that I was doing the right thing!  Bonnie B Atlanta Live the Life session 2016


This program gave me a window into myself, no need to be scared. I love you Margie! Greg M New Zealand Aug 2016


I’m really impressed with what each teacher has given me during the ISP – they taught me so much. I don’t want to act, I don’t want to perform – I’m throwing all that out of the window. Nand Aug 2016

Live the Life. Be yourself. Don’t act be simple. I felt seen at this studio. Rumiko M, Japan 2016


I got something special out of every day. All the teachers are great, the office staff are supportive and Margie is amazing. Any international students coming to LA – the Margie Haber Studio should be your first stop! Karen M, Australia August 2016


The Intensive Studies Program helped me see things with a different lens. I am approaching my work as a director differently.  Margie pulls the weeds out before they have a chance to grow. Lyndel, Malaysia August 2016


If I just let go and I’m open its amazing how easy Margie makes it for you. Trust her and be open. It’s easy! Rebekah F, August 2016


All the coaches fall under Margie’s philosophy of Living the Life – the other teachers form the building blocks of working with Margie. The studio is amazing. Dave P, Canada Aug 2016



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