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Los Angeles Acting Schools and Coaches

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Los Angeles Acting Schools and Coaches
The following is a list of Los Angeles–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches 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, school, or coaching are provided by the instructor or institution and edited by Back Stage.

Schools or teachers who have been omitted may contact, in writing, L. Butler, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or via email at laura.butler@backstage.com, so that we may include you in our next list.

Acting Technique/Scene Study

AARON SPEISER ACTING STUDIO
1644 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
info@aaronspeiser.com
www.aaronspeiser.com
(310) 399-4567
Offers career counseling and private coaching; one audit is allowed in most classes after interview; ongoing
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, police tactics for actors, 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.

JULES AARON
(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.

ACTEEN-ACTING FOR TEENS
Rita Litton, Director
35 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
rita@acteen.com
www.acteen.com
(212) 391-5915
8-12 students average per class, private coaching; All levels; Auditing is permitted; By sessions: year-round and summer academy
ACTeen-Acting for Teens was created in 1978 by successful theater/commercial actress Rita Litton. The first on-camera acting curriculum for teenagers develops dedicated pre-professionals into technically proficient, versatile, and marketable actors. Combining theatrical discipline with spontaneous, effective on-camera acting techniques, students learn to successfully transverse both film and theater media with skill and professionalism. Classes include: film, television, commercials, improvisation, theater, monologue, movement, voice, and speech for children and teens. Coaching for auditions. Agent and casting director showcases. Specialized for ages 13-15, 16-20.
Other: Young Performers; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique

THE ACTING CENTER OF LOS ANGELES
5514 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.theactingcenterla.com
(323) 962-2100
From 20 to 50 students per class, private coaching for Center students only; All levels; No auditing, no audition but an interview is required
The founding partners of The Acting Center of Los Angeles have researched, developed, and tested a new technique designed to help actors reach their full potential. The Center is an acting studio 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, and scene study. Open lectures and seminars available to all. Classes meet 7-10 p.m.  Mon. & Wed. and Tues. & Thurs., and 1-6 p.m. Sun. Cost is $280 per month. Gated parking available.

THE ACTING CORPS
5508 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
info@theactingcorps.com
www.theactingcorps.com
(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.

THE ACTOR SPACE
www.theactorspace.com
(818) 754-4442
see Joe Palese

ACTOR’S ART THEATRE
6128 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 110
Los Angeles, CA 90048
info@actorsart.com
www.actorsart.com
(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.

THE ACTOR’S LAB
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.

THE ACTOR’S PLAYPEN
1514 N. Gardner
West Hollywood, CA 90046
hrach@theactorsplaypen.com
www.theactorsplaypen.com
(323) 874-1733
All levels; ongoing
The Actor’s Playpen offers comprehensive acting instruction that includes all aspects of training from scene study to audition technique. Taught by working actor Hrach Titizian, the classes specialize in not only developing great actors, but in helping actors book professional acting work.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Business of Acting

THE ACTOR/ARTIST GROUP WORKSHOP - PETER HENRY SCHROEDER
PHS Productions
8447 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 401
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
peterhenryschroeder@gmail.com
www.actorartist.com
(310) 407-3530 or (310) 277-2355
6-10 students max, private coaching is available; Observation is welcome; ongoing; Internship possible
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.

THE ACTORS CENTER
Michael Scott Butler
info@actorscenter.com
www.actorscenter.com
(310) 459-5064
Small classes; intermediate and advanced; auditing not permitted; ongoing
The Actor’s Center, led by Scott Butler, creates an atmosphere that gives an actor “the inspiration to explore the depth and range of human experience.” 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.”

THE ACTORS CIRCLE
Marcie Smolin
4475 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
workshops@theactorscircle.com
www.theactorscircle.com
(310) 837-4536
8-14 per class; all levels; no auditing; ongoing
Led by director and founding member Marcie Smolin, the Actors Circle offers television and film acting workshops for children, teens, and adults, in scene study, cold reading, improv, character development, and interview technique.

ACTORS CREATIVE WORKSHOP
2703 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
info@actorscreativeworkshop.com
www.trulyacting.com
(818) 752-1922
Limited size, private coaching available; all levels; Free workshops for actors to meet the coaches; 4-to-6-week sessions as well as ongoing classes and workshops
Led by two guiding principles, integrity and passion, the Actors Creative Workshop offers audition technique, comedy intensive, on camera techniques, and scene study, among others. Its staff consists of qualified industry professionals that have worked both in front of and behind the camera.

THE ACTORS SANCTUARY
West Hollywood, CA
david@dhtcb.com
www.dhtcb.com/actorssanctuary.html
(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

ACTORS THEATRECRAFT WORKSHOP
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.

THE ACTORS WORKOUT STUDIO
4735 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
info@actorsworkout.com
www.actorsworkout.com
(818) 766-2171
Small classes; all levels
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.

ACTORS WORKSHOP STUDIOS
5703 Oberlin Dr., Ste. 210
San Diego, CA 92121
info@actorsworkshopstudios.com
www.actorsworkshopstudios.com
(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.

THE ACTORS WORKSHOP
info@theactorsworkshop.com
www.theactorsworkshop.com
(949) 855-4444
All levels; no auditing
This film-television workshop, which began in Hollywood in the early 1970s, moved to its present O.C. location in 1980. 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.

ACTORS’ ATELIER
Susie Thomas
5714 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
info@actors-atelier.com
www.actors-atelier.com
(818) 308-7981
14 students maximum per class; all levels; up to two free audits; ongoing and by session
Actors’ Atelier was created because its founders believed something was critically lacking in Los Angeles acting schools: community. Consequently, the Atelier offers a supportive place where students can find answers to their questions, where fantastic, professional teachers who are experts in their field offer encouragement, and where students can also find collaboration among their peers. Students are encouraged to rehearse together outside of class (in Atelier’s space for free), to spend time in the library and resource center (where free wi-fi is available), and to work hard and have fun. Atelier believes no one actor succeeds without others. Atelier offers three types of classes; term classes, professional, and workshops, for children, teens, and adults. Courses and workshops include script analysis, cold reading, improv, musical theater, scene study, acting from the writer’s perspective, and more. 

THE ACTORS’ PRACTICE FIELD - KIMBERLY K. WILSON
rainbowchaser2758@msn.com
www.maggieandannie.com
(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, taught in Hollywood, include TV/film audition workout, scene study, and cold reading/on-camera.

AIA STUDIOS
1918 W. Magnolia Blvd., Ste. 206
Burbank, CA 91506
www.aiastudios.com
(818) 563-4142, Fax: (818) 563-4042
20-24 students per class; All levels; Audition and interview required; 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-AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF DRAMATIC ARTS
The Complex Theatre
MC Studio
6742 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
admin@aidaacting.com
www.aidaacting.com
(323) 463-3261
10 students average per class; all levels; auditing is permitted; ongoing
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 palette.

ALAN FEINSTEIN & PAUL TUERPÉ ACTING STUDIO
oneactone@aol.com
www.feinstein-tuerpe.com
(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.” 

ALEXANDERTECH WORKS
Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Kristof Konrad
P.O. Box 3194
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
knorthpole@yahoo.com
www.alexandertechworks.com
(310) 443-4483
Classes and private instruction; All levels; Auditing arranged by appointment; Ongoing,
For over 28 years AlexanderTech Works has provided on-going group classes, private coaching, and intensive courses in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe by AmSAT certified teachers that help actors gain a fundamental awareness, control, and freedom of the self.  Goals of the technique are effortless movement, increased coordination, a fuller capacity of breath, improvement in the use of the voice and speech, increased tonus in the musculature, and an overall stronger sense of being. Physical well-being is
important to an actor's imaginative growth and is essential to the development of his means of expression. Courses are offered in character development through physicalization, animal movement studies, and period movement. Time commitment for private lessons 20-30 lessons and for group classes 7-weeks.
Los Angeles based group classes are held at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in West Los Angeles. Instructor Jean-Louis Rodrigue has additionally been part of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past 19 years.

ALEXIA ROBINSON STUDIO
2811 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
www.alexiarobinsonstudio.com, www.arskids.com
(818) 779-1118
Free audit of the scene study class is offered
Students learn how to get results with award-winning actor Robinson. With more than 20 years of industry experience, this protégé of legendary coach Roy London has been teaching for more than 10 years and offers scene study, commercial workshops, and cold reading/audition technique for adults, teens and kids.

AMERICAN MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC ACADEMY
6305 Yucca St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
info@amda.edu
www.amda.edu
(323) 469-3300 or (866) 374-5300
fax (323) 469-5246
18-20 students per class; Intermediate and advanced, students must audition as part of the application process, also yearly review.
AMDA is located in both Los Angeles and New York City and has been  a leader in performing arts training since 1964.  Actors come to AMDA to train with and learn from a premier faculty of accomplished artists from the performing arts. AMDA Los Angeles offers BFA programs in Acting, Dance Theater, Musical Theater and Performing Arts as well as two year conservatory programs in Musical Theater, Acting and Dance. AMDA NY offers two-year conservatory programs in Musical Theater, Acting, and Dance. AMDA New York is located at  211 W. 61st St., New York, NY 10023, (800) 367-7908 or (212) 787-5300.

AMERICAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
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.

AMY LYNDON’S COLD READING/BOOKING CLASSES
www.coldreadingclasses.com
(818) 760-8501
No auditing
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. Lyndon has three ongoing advanced classes, two technique classes, and one master class.

ANDREW BENNE STUDIO
4930 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
www.andrewbenne.com
(818) 386-5867
All levels; auditing is permitted
The studio specializes in developing professional actors, with a focus on each actor’s individual training needs to book paid acting work. The intense training process is rooted in moment-to-moment work with an emphasis on human behavior, realistic relationships, and emotional preparation.

ANDREW UTTER - MOTHER OF INVENTION ACTING SCHOOL
actbetter@utteracting.com
www.utteracting.com
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.  Exercises are carefully crafted, purposeful, exciting explorations that are designed to give actors an experiential grasp of the elements. Discussions elaborate on the principles presented in the exercises. Additionally, the technique portions of  classes include a bodywork component, designed to help the actor build awareness of habitual physical tensions and the ability to let those tensions go. Utter has worked at several theaters and institutions including the Magic Theater, Playwright’s Center of San Francisco, the Yale Repertory Theater, Manhattan Class Company, Mabou Mines New York, Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz, Odyssey Theater Ensemble (Los Angeles), and Fordham University. He has also directed productions of plays by William Shakespeare, Maria Irene Fornes, Peter Handke, Edward Albee, Eric Overmyer, Wallace Shawn, John Guare, John Webster, Kander and Ebb, Liz Duffy Adams, and Julie McKee, among others. Utter likes to say what he teaches is a leaner, meaner Stanislavsky.

ANTHONY MEINDL’S ACTOR’S WORKSHOP
www.metatheatre.org
(323) 852-6963
With his holistic approach to the study of acting, Meindl provides ongoing classes to performers of all levels  and diverges from traditional techniques, requiring the actor “to use the totality of who he or she is, to first embody, then transform.” The actor learns how to expand consciousness when approaching a character and simultaneously propels growth and healing through elevated self-expression.

PHYLLIS APPLEGATE
One-On-One
(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.

AQUILA/MORONG STUDIO FOR ACTORS
1680 Vine St., Ste. 806
Hollywood, CA 90028
erin@aquilawood.com
(323) 460-6292
Private coaching available
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. Interviews are currently being held.

THE ARDAVANY APPROACH
Tom Ardavany
517 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
www.theapproach.net
(310) 450-2848
Mostly small, intimate classes; free orientation classes are held every week
Tom Ardavany has been assisting actors professionally for 10 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. Ardavany Studio, located in Venice Beach, provides an open, inspirational environment for actors to develop their craft. Approach actors have gone on to win three Emmys and two Golden Globes.  Watch Tom and his student Josh Holloway discussing work on the set of ABC’s television hit “Lost” at www.theapproach.net

THE ARTIST THEATRE GROUP
Anthony Montes
3634 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
Fireside Room
Studio City, CA 91604
mattiedaisy@sbcglobal.net
http://theartisttheatregroup
.homestead.com
(818) 400-2270 or (818) 705-4364
Auditing of the first class is allowed
The Artist Theatre Group, under the direction of Anthony Montes, has been teaching actors, writers, and directors since 1987. ATG offers acting technique and scene study, and encourages students to take the work out of the classroom and create their own opportunities.

THE AUDITION COACH
West Hollywood,
dslcasting@gmail.com
www.dinoladkicasting.com
(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 uniqueness should be encouraged so that talent can shine through to the character while also staying true to the role as written.

CYB BARNSTABLE
cbarnstable2@aol.com
(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.

ROBERT BEECHER
Stage 13
10749 New Haven St., #15
Sun Valley, CA 91352
info@stage13.com
www.stage13.com
(818) 768-5574
4 students per class; all levels; ongoing
Beecher’s Stage 13 offers four weeks of coaching in scenes or commercials for $60. For beginners or professionals alike.

THE BERG STUDIO
c/o The Hayworth Theater
643 Carondelet St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
contact@thebergstudios.com
www.thebergstudios.com
(323) 666-3382
Private coaching available; all levels; audition required
Gregory Berger-Sobeck teaches the Yale School of Drama technique, which has trained Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, Sigourney Weaver, and Jodie Foster. Classes cover scene work, commercial and theatrical audition on-camera, and cold reading, and meet twice a week.

BERNARD HILLER ACTING STUDIO
14370 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
berniehiller@aol.com
www.bernardhiller.com
(818) 781-8000
15-20 students per class, private sessions are available; all levels; introductory private lesson required; ongoing
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

BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE
254 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
interviewer@bhplayhouse.com
www.beverlyhillsplayhouse.com
(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.”

BILL HOWEY ACTING WORKSHOP
855 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
info@billhowey.com
www.billhowey.com
(818) 433-7445
14 per class, private coaching available; intermediate to advanced, age 18 and up; auditing with approval beforehand
Howey’s workshops train actors to bring their own personality to their characters. Workshops are based on the principles of his book, “The Actor’s Menu: A Character Preparation Handbook.”

BLACK NEXXUS STUDIO
6440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
blacknexxus@sbcglobal.net
www.blacknexxusinc.com
(323) 467-9987
All levels; ongoing and by session
Susan Batson, who created the Black Nexxus process, says it is aimed to prepare the actor for today’s challenges in the workforce and to respect acting as a primary art form. “Black Nexxus was created by the actor, for the actor,” she says.

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

JIM BONTEMPO
jvb_coach@yahoo.com
(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. He trained in Los Angeles with Nina Foch. Bontempo has privately coached actors, directors, and writers for numerous projects for more than 20 years.

BRIAN REISE ACTING STUDIOS
7954 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
www.brianreise.com
(323) 874-5593
An orientation session is required for admission
Reise’s classes specialize in cold reading for beginners through professional levels. The focus of the classes is on the reality of the acting business; teaching actors how to develop their skills so they can audition more effectively, book jobs, get agents, and guide themselves in their careers.

EUGENIA BUERKLIN
Los Angeles, CA
eugenia@lumin8.us
www.eugeniabuerklin.com and www.lumin8.us
(818) 761-9042
12 students average per class; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; By sessions and ongoing; Offers work/study program.
Classes and private coaching in the Lumin8 Technique.
Other: Young Performers

BOB BURGOS
bobburgos@ca.rr.com
(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.

CARMEN MILITO
info@carmenmilito.com
www.carmenmilito.com
(818) 760-2448
Private coaching
Actress, coach, teacher, writer, and director, Carmen is a member of The Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, The Lincoln Center Directors Lab West, and Women In Film. She has taught scene study and script analysis and coaches privately.

MERILYN CARNEY: BUILD YOUR CRAFT AND CAREER - CLASSES AND PRIVATE COACHING
Theatre Banshee
3435 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
www.merilyncarney.com
(323) 620-1689
Call for interview
Carney specializes in guiding actors to trust their instincts, overcoming nerves, and anxiety. Actors learn to give a full performance in a cold reading, to create truthful characters on the spot, to not judge themselves, and to follow their impulses.

SANDRA CARUSO
11916 Saltair Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90049
scaruso@tft.ucla.edu
(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, and Katsalas. Graduated from the NYU Theatre  Department, and holds a master’s degree from UCLA.

SHAWNA CASEY
hoppinjohns@earthlink.net
www.nowcasting.com/shawnacasey
(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.



DIANA CASTLE
The Imagined Life
5615 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
www.theimaginedlife.com
(323) 936-6818
30 students per class maximum, with private coaching available; All levels; no auditing, 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.”

CATLIN ADAMS ACTING LAB
Los Angeles, CA
catlinadams@sbcglobal.net
www.actinglab.com
(323) 851-8811
Limited class size, private coaching is available. Working audit permitted. Ongoing, Monday professional class; Thursday craft class.
An award-winning director and actor, Adams’ classes focus on developing the actor's craft and cover improvisation, sensory work, auditioning techniques, camera work exercises, monologue, and scene study. Adams’ classes take actors to the next level and connect them more deeply to their work.

MARK CHAET
chaetmark@sbcglobal.net
www.markchaet.com
(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.

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS - THEATRE BY THE BLIND & PHYSICALLY DISABLED
Greg Shane, artistic director
cre@creoutreach.org
www.creoutreach.org
(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.

SHARON CHATTEN
sharonchatten@gmail.com
www.sharonchatten.com
(213) 486-4229
24 students per class, private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Classes include relaxation, sensory work, scenes, improvs. Current clients include Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, etc.

DANIEL CHODOS
chodos@sbcglobal.net
www.danielchodos.com
(323) 422-5013
10-20 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; 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.

DAVID ZIMMERMAN - MEET THE BIZ
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 868-9913
dszproductions@sbcglobal.net
www.davidzimmerman.biz
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:

DIANE CHRISTIANSEN
actupdi@yahoo.com
www.dianechristiansen.com
(818) 523-8283
Private and on-set coaching available
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.

THE CIRCUS THEATRICALS STUDIO FOR ACTORS
P.O. Box 586
Culver City, CA 90232
www.circustheatricals.com
(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.

CLAY BANKS FILM ACTING STUDIO
137 N. Larchmont Blvd., #242
Los Angeles, CA 90004
www.claybanksstudio.com
(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.

JOEL COLMAN
actingworkshop@mindspring.com
www.professionalactingclass.com
(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.

CHARLOTTE CORNWELL
(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.”

CRAIG WALLACE AUDITION TECHNIQUE
www.wallaceauditiontechnique.com
(323) 960-7852
Wallace has parlayed his many years of experience as a producer, talent agent, and casting consultant into the creation of the “Wallace Audition Technique,” which he says is a “rock-solid technique that ensures confidence and consistency in high-pressure audition situations,” and allows actors to “convey their distinctive energy, own the room, and book the job.”

LINDSAY CROUSE
lcwork@mac.com
www.lindsaycrouse.org
(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.

ROBERT D’AVANZO
rgd37@adelphia.net
(818) 508-0723
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.

DAVID KAGEN’S SCHOOL OF FILM ACTING
4854 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91607
www.davidkagen.com
(818) 752-9678
Private coaching available; acceptance by audition; ongoing
The Carnegie Mellon-educated Kagen has been teaching and coaching around the world and on movie sets for more than 35 years. His highly successful students include Ted Danson and Alec Baldwin, and he now offers ongoing on-camera classes.

DAVID LeGRANT STUDIO FOR ACTING
gwynn@studioforacting.com
www.studioforacting.com
(818) 506-0717
LeGrant has spent 60 years in show business. He accepts students by interview only.

ALBERT DAYAN
adayan@earthlink.net
(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.

THE DEE WALLACE ACTING STUDIO
www.dwsactingstudio.com
(818) 876-0386
Wallace’s acting career includes memorable roles in such films as “E.T.,” “Cujo,” and “10,” and work on such TV productions as “Sons and Daughters,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Cold Case,” and “The Laci Peterson Story.”  Her 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.

LAUREN DICKEY
5455 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2124
Los Angeles, CA 90036
coaching@laurendickey.com
www.laurendickey.com
(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.

JUDITH DOTY-MORSE
(818) 766-5424
Private coaching also available; all levels; an interview is required
Doty-Morse, a Stanford graduate and an actor with more than 150 roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in repertory, and in TV and film, has been a teacher for 30 years and a coach on numerous TV series and MOWs. She offers an ongoing weekly workout for professionals to refresh and develop their craft.

DOUG WARHIT ON-CAMERA COLD READING AND SCENE STUDY
dwarhit@aol.com
www.dougwarhit.com
(310) 479-5647
All levels; audits are welcome
Warhit’s classes are specifically designed to prepare the actor for work in film and television. Once a month an industry professional (agent, casting director, or manager) is invited to observe students’ work and sit for a Q&A.

DUANE WHITAKER’S FILM ACTORS WORKSHOP
www.duanewhitaker.com
(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
Promenade Gateway, Ste. 608
1453 Third St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
info@pierodusa.tv
www.pierodusa.tv
(310) 393-9378
Private coaching
Over the past 21 years, Piero Dusa has trained many well-known working actors. He is the co-founder of Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory and the Duality Playhouse in New York City and the Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory and Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.

WAYNE C. DVORAK
1949 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.waynedvorak.com
(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

EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Michelle Danner And Larry Moss
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
www.edgemarcenter.org
(310) 392-0815
Private coaching is available
Theater, dance, music, film, and visual arts come together in one place at Edgemar. Students and seasoned professionals perform side-by-side--their work is a culmination of workshops, rehearsals, and collaborations across disciplines. The Center provides a physical environment that nurtures the collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Because the focus is on the creative process, classes and productions actively mix together people of all ages and levels of experience to create an environment of learning. We also invite the community at large to observe, engage, and interact, in order to add its voice to our discovery. Children and adults alike grow at Edgemar, learning to take creative risks and find their artistic voices. At a recent fundraiser, Neil Simon, a member of the center’s Honorary Board, remarked the national trend has been that theaters continue go out of existence. It is a tribute to artists and the community, that Edgemar Center for the Arts is able to continue its continued works. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced scene study and on-camera cold reading classes are offered Mon.-Sun. Also offered are voice, improv, and movement classes. Kids and teens ages 6-17 can take eight-week ongoing on-camera or acting class on Sat. or Sun. Private coaching is available. Industry showcases twice yearly.

EITNER AND TAINI - SCENE STUDY CLASS
Don Eitner And Jayne Taini
5215 Lankershim Blvd., Studio B
North Hollywood, CA
jayne.taini@gmail.com
(323) 661-7885
16 students maximum, private coaching available; some experience required
Don Eitner is the founder and artistic director of American Theatre Arts Conservatory Theatre and a member of the Directors Guild of America. Jayne Taini was a member of American Theatre Arts and an associate artistic director of Triad Ensemble in Seattle. Class work emphasizes the development and personalization of characters, cold reading, play evaluation, and monologue.

ELEPHANT THEATRICAL - TRAINING LAB
elephantinfo@yahoo.com
www.elephantstageworks.com
(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.

ELIZABETH MESTNIK ACTING STUDIO
www.emasla.com
(323) 528-6280
Small classes; by interview only
EMAS offers a variety of coursework while maintaining personal attention to each acting student. EMAS offers ongoing classes in the Meisner technique, scene study, and beginning acting.

ELLEN GERSTEIN - ACTING WORKSHOP
www.ellengerstein.com
(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.

VAN EPPERSON
ITA Workshop Academy
10820 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
vanepperson@sbcglobal.net
(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.

THE ERIC MORRIS ACTORS WORKSHOP
5657 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.ericmorris.com
(323) 466-9250
Private coaching available, small class size
Morris’ system is based on the Method, but, as Morris puts it, it “goes light-years beyond” the original Stanislavsky system. Morris is the author of five books about acting and teaches three classes each week; each is between five and six hours long.

FAWNDA MCMAHAN - COMMERCIAL BREAK
310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
studio@commercialbreakla.com
www.commercialbreakla.com
818-807-6939, (310) 775-6617
8-10 students per class; all levels; paid audit by permission
Success in this industry comes from skill, confidence and knowledge.  Commercial Break classes focus on improving all three, teaching you how to audition at your full potential and embrace an outlook for long-term success by consistently getting call-backs. Classes are located in a full-time casting facility, which creates the feeling of an audition scenario, so you’re more prepared out in the real world.  Class sizes are kept small to maximize your time and money.
Other: Commercials/Voiceover

J.D. FERRANTINO
www.screenactorsstudio.com
(310) 358-5942
See the Screen Actors Studio.

FIRST TAKE ACTING PROGRAM
Nancy Berwid
11967 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA,
www.firsttake.org
(310) 364-0525
15-30 students per class; all levels; auditing is permitted
Nancy Berwid’s First Take Acting Program provides a holistic approach to acting. Along with a Method that students can use to hone their craft, Bernal provides a keen eye for logic, a sensitivity to human behavior as well as the human heart. She possesses a great understanding for the human experience, which she uses
to guide her students in performing their scene as true to life as possible.  Belonging to a family closely involved in the Hollywood industry, students can benefit from learning the business aspects of acting as well, a knowledge imperative for any actor desiring to break into the competitive L.A. film and television market. Bernal’s candor, coaching, and genuine interest in the careers, lives and well being of her students have strongly contributed to the ongoing success and growth of her students. The First Take 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. Offers ongoing classes on scene study and audition technique for all levels. Personal attention given to every student.

LESLIE FLEMING-MITCHELL
lesliefilm@yahoo.com
www.lesliefleming-mitchell.com
(310) 991-4162
2-6 per class, private coaching also available; Interview required; Ongoing Wednesdays, 2 -2:30 pm, Eagle Rock/Pasadena
Fleming-Mitchell has worked extensively in front of and behind the camera as actor, director, casting director and acting coach. Her small classes include filmed auditions and scene work for TV and film, and on-set experience.

FOR THE LOVE OF ACTING
Ivy Jones
www.ivyjones.net
(818) 906-0935 or (818) 512- 5426
12 students average, private coaching available.; All levels; Auditing is permitted; ongoing
“For the Love of Acting” program with Ivy Jones, 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.”

NATALIE FORD
nfactingstudios@aol.com
(310) 428-1840
20 students max. Private coaching available; All levels; Interview required; Sessions for classes. Workshops and coaching are ongoing.
“So many acting classes cheat the actor, because all the teacher is doing is directing them,” says Ford, who teaches a foundation that gives the actor strength, courage, and imagination. Ford brings more than 15 years of casting experience and creative knowledge to her clients that range from celebrities to newcomers.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique

MARILYN FOX
(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.

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



ELIZABETH GAMZA
studio@elizabethgamza.com
www.elizabethgamza.com
(818) 481-2774
Private and on-set coaching also available; auditing allowed
Gamza says, “I have never met a human being who wasn’t magnificent. If you’re not as magnificent, full, and rich ‘onstage’ as you are offstage, something’s not right.” Classes focus on scene study, cold reading, and audition technique.

BARBARA GANNEN
(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.

LAURA GARDNER
www.lauragardner.org
(323) 957-4764
Private coaching available; auditing is permitted
Gardner trained with Carol Rosenfeld and Uta Hagen. Gardner teaches scene study and basic technique as well as interview/audition intensive workshops.

JOHN GEGENHUBER
(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.

GENE BUA - ACTING FOR LIFE
3435 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA
www.genebua.com
(818) 547-3810
Private coaching also available
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.”

GLORIA GIFFORD CONSERVATORY
ggcreate@aol.com
www.gloriagiffordconservatory.com
(310) 535-4999 or (323) 465-4427
Private coaching available
“We train professionals,” says Gifford,  a teacher for more than 20 years, and a working actor for over 30.  GGC offers advanced scene study, intermediate, beginner, voice production, speech, cold reading on-camera, musical theater classes, and celebrity speakers and directors.

BRUCE GLOVER
(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.

THE GOBETTI-ORMENY ACTING STUDIO
c/o Victory Theatre Center
3326 Victory Blvd.
Burbank, AZ 91505
www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org
(818) 841-4404
Maximum 16 students; free audit required
Maria Gobetti, a working director, producer, and actor with over 25 years of teaching experience, is the co-artistic director of the Victory along with Tom Ormeny, and is a member of the DGA.  The Gobetti and Ormeny classes include basic Meisner techniques, film and theater scene study, and an advanced character and comedy class with attention to on-camera techniques.

NIKOLAI GUZOV
12125 Riverside Dr.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
guzovclass@gmail.com
www.guzovactingstudio.com
(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.

H2F COMEDY WORKSHOPS
Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz
3406 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
www.comedycasting.com
(818)845-9721
All levels; no auditing permitted
The H2F Comedy Workshops promote standup comedy as an art form, combining raw talent with technique. Classes focus on joke structure and building the basics of riffing, tagging, joke-writing, creating character, finding a voice, improv, sketch, and working the crowd. Additional workshops focus on emcee skills, breaking into the college market, producing live comedy events, and the business of comedy marketing and promotion. Founded in 1997, and operated by Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, H2F began producing the American Comedy Festival’s Comedy Contest at the Hollywood Athletic Club at Universal Studios City Walk, Los Angeles. Generating rave reviews, the contest evolved into its current incarnation, Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest and has become the longest running and most successful comedy competition in Southern California.

HARRY MASTROGEORGE PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
600 Moulton St., Ste. 103B
Los Angeles, CA 90031
www.ameliaproductions.com
(323) 343-9102
The Harry Mastrogeorge Theatre offers a professional workshop, as well as courses for beginners and intermediate-level students.

HELENE KRESS - HOLLYWOOD ACTING COACH
aktorchick@yahoo.com
http://helenekressactingcoach
.weebly.com
(323) 225-1962
Private coaching; All levels; 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.

JACK HELLER
(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.

DANIEL HENNING
at The Blank Theatre Company
classes@theblank.com
(323) 662-7734
Artistic director-producer of the award-winning Blank Theatre Company, 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.

CANDY KANIECKI HERMAN
www.candykaniecki.com
(818) 753-5393 or (310) 656-7761
Free introductory audit is offered
Longtime celebrity coach Kaniecki Herman conducts audition technique and cold reading classes and offers private coaching. Semesters are 10 weeks, ongoing, with entry at any time.

BRUCE HERMANN
325 Vernon Ave., 2nd fl.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 266-1930
Private coaching available
Formerly of the Neighborhood Playhouse and winner of the 2005 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at Ohio State University, Hermann offers scene study classes.

BASIL HOFFMAN
(818) 247-0302
Private sessions available
Hoffman, a character actor and the author of “Cold Reading and How To Be Good at It,” has worked with several distinguished film directors and is a longtime private acting teacher and lecturer at colleges and film schools including USC, AFI, and the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.  He offers classes on cold reading and professional acting.

HOLLYWOOD ACTORS STUDIO
Eric Stone
P.O. Box 570441
Tarzana, CA 91357
www.actingconnection.com
Studio: (310) 205-9219 Voicemail: (323) 460-2580
Toll-free: (877) 591-5400
Ongoing
The Hollywood Actors Studio is a complete professional training ground that prepares actors for film, television, stage, voiceover and commercials. The studio also offers intensive private training and one-on-one workshops on cold reading scene study, performance, film and TV technique, in-depth character work, and improvisation.

HOLLYWOOD FILM & ACTING ACADEMY
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.

JAMES HONG
hongstudios@jameshong.com
www.jameshong.com
(323) 938-1490
Private coaching and consultation available
With over 51 years in the industry, Hong, who played Lo Pan in “Big Trouble in Little China” and principal roles in “Blade Runner” and “Chinatown,”  offers intense training and analysis of acting, primarily Stanislavsky-based, including scene study and acting technique breakdown and improv.

HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO
1445 N. Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
info@howardfine.com
www.howardfine.com
(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.

ANNE HULEGARD
www.hulegard.com
(310) 621-6303
Private coaching available
Hulegard is a professional actor, writer, director, and producer for stage, film, and television, with over 14 years’ experience. Her workshops include: scene study, improv, monologue, commercial, stage, and the business of acting.

HULL ACTORS STUDIO
lorriehull@yahoo.com
(310) 828-0632
10 students maximum per class, private coaching available; free introductory class
Mother-daughter team Lorrie and Dianne Hull offer classes and workshops for actors of all levels. They include relaxation, concentration, improvisation, sense memory, learning the role, motivating and justifying behavior,  cold reading, audition techniques, and scene study.

INSTONE ACTORS STUDIO - NORA STONE
coach@instoneactorsstudio.com
www.instoneactorsstudio.com
(818) 888-3867
Private coaching available; introductory audit permitted
Stone was the director of NYFA film acting program and has been teaching since 1991. She offers technique, scene study, cold reading, and improvisation. For acceptance she requires an interview, a strong commitment, and coachability

THE IVANA CHUBBUCK STUDIO
7201 Melrose Ave., Ste. 206
Los Angeles, CA 90046
ivanachubbuckstudio@mac.com
www.chubbucktechnique.com
(323) 935-2100
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.

JAMES LEVINE TYPECASTING INC.
c/o 310 casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
www.typecastinginc.com
(310) 775-6616
Space is limited
Levine is a 20-year veteran of commercials and owner of Typecasting Inc. He also works as a commercial director and teaches an ongoing commercial workshop that focuses on audition skills, improv technique, making better choices, and booking work.

JANET ALHANTI STUDIO
P.O. Box 17920
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
www.janetalhantistudios.com
(323) 465-7511
Sessions
Alhanti studied with Sanford 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. Classes for children and private acting coaching also available.

JEANIE HACKETT: SCENE STUDY AND AUDITION TECHNIQUE
The Deaf West Theatre
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
www.jeaniehackett.com
(818) 763-5933
Auditing is welcome
Hackett, the co-artistic director of the Antaeus Company, and author of “The Actor’s Chekhov” and “Toward Mastery,” teaches a variety of classes in contemporary scene study and audition technique, as well as classical acting.

JEFF HARDWICK CASTING
12439 Magnolia Blvd. #296
Studio City, CA 91607
info@jeffhardwickcasting.com
www.jeffhardwickcasting.com
(818) 752-9898
Maximum 10 students, private coaching available; for professional actors only; no auditing; sessions three to four times a year
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.

JEREMIAH COMEY STUDIOS
studio@jeremiahcomey.com
www.jeremiahcomey.com
(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. All classes are on-camera. He teaches his own approach called “The Art of Film Acting,” which is also the title of his new book.

JILL PLACE BRANDACT BRANDING FOR ACTORS - COACHING AND E-BOOKS
The Acting Intuitive
1309 Montecito Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
jill@actingintuitive.com
www.actingintuitive.com
(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 NowCasting.com.

JOANNE BARON/D.W. BROWN STUDIO
320 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
info@baronbrown.com
www.baronbrown.com
(310) 451-3311
The  studio offers a variety of programs for the professional and select preprofessional actor, writer, director, and producer.

JOCELYN JONES
c/o The Macha Theatre
1107 N. Kings Rd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
jjonesstudio@aol.com
(310) 576-0545
40 students maximum per class, private coaching also available; all levels; no auditing; ongoing
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. Class format is scene study with exercises as deemed appropriate for each particular student. Writers are also welcome.

JOEL ASHER STUDIO
13448 Albers St.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
www.joel-asher-studio.com
(818) 785-1551
Asher, who has been teaching and directing for over 30 years, offers three ongoing on-camera scene study classes ($250 per month), a cold reading class ($250 for six weeks), and an improvisation class ($250 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” video 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 student of Asher’s. “It makes sense to have many different tools. I am so eager to get to that next level.”

JOHN KIRBY STUDIO
jkcoaching@sbcglobal.net
(323) 467-7877
Private coaching available
One of Hollywood’s most prominent acting coaches, Kirby has shared his expertise in all media and offers three intensive scene study classes as well as a new young professional’s class that are disciplined and require strong commitment. Class focus is on Uta Hagen’s fundamentals with emphasis on exploring a character, script analysis, and finding the human condition.

JOHN SUDOL ACTING STUDIOS
www.johnsudolstudio.com
(818) 505-1223
Private coaching available
Located in Studio City, this is an industry-recognized training and career development studio for actors. It provides commercial and theatrical training, career guidance, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to build relationships and network with fellow actors in an intimate setting.

CHRIS JORIE
cjdirects@earthlink.net
www.chrisjorie.com
Private coaching; All levels
Jorie has worked with a number of distinguished talents in his over 35 years of experience in television, film, and theatre. He accepts a limited number of students for private coaching.



JROSE STUDIO
info@jrosestudio.com
www.jrosestudio.com
(323) 799-1183
Private coaching available; all levels
Jamie Rose has been a professional actor in film, television, and theater for over 25 years and has literally thousands of auditions under her belt. She has experienced it all, from generals and pre-reads to network tests. In 2008 she added “Casting Director” to her resume when she cast a TV movie for the SciFi channel and a Disney Web series. 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. She offers scene study, audition workshops, and private coaching. Rose understands the casting process from both sides of the table and gives students practical tools that take them from pre-audition to post-audition, and help book the job.

JUNE CHANDLER’S ACTORS WORKSHOP
at the Zydeco Studios
11317 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
june.chandler@earthlink.net
www.junechandler.com
(626) 355-4572
Auditing is permitted
Chandler and her staff of working professionals teach nearly 20 different classes allowing for individualized training programs and the development of well-rounded actors. Classes are “reasonably priced” with special referral credit, discounts, payment plans, and credit card options.

JUST BREATHE
Barbara Beneville
Hollywood, CA
barbarab17@sbcglobal.net
(323) 969-4944
12 per class, also private and semi-private coaching; all levels; Auditing is permitted; ongoing
Coach Barbara 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

KAREN KALENSKY
lostinlatheatre@aol.com
(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.

KATE McGREGOR-STEWART
Stage Light Inc.
6623 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
herbalgirl7@aol.com
www.katemcgregorstewart.com
(323) 939-3384
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.

BRUCE KATZMAN
(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.

EDDIE KEHLER
www.eddiekehler.com
(310) 292-6163
Intermediate to advanced
Kehler, who has been acting professionally for over 20 years, 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.

KEN LERNER STUDIO
www.kenlerner.com
(818) 753-7744
Private coaching also available; auditing by arrangement
Lerner offers ongoing cold reading and scene study classes and private coaching in a challenging but nurturing style. Classes mix beginner to advanced, and cost $200-$250 a month.

KENT KLINEMAN ACTING STUDIO
3447 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
www.kentklineman.com
(323) 665-6776
Private coaching available; free class audit
Klineman studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Kristin Linklater as a member of Shakespeare and Company. He combines Meisner-based repetition and object work with Linklater voice work to enhance each student’s creative impulses and produce truthful connection between scene partners.

JANICE KENT
janicekb@hotmail.com
www.janicekent.com
(818) 906-2201
Private coaching available
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.

JUDY KERR
www.actingiseverything.com
(818) 505-9373
Private coaching; All levels; ongoing
An acting coach for more than 25 years, Kerr is the author “Acting Is Everything: An Actor’s Guidebook for a Successful Career in Los Angeles.” She coaches privately, covering acting and film techniques for the camera, and show-business techniques to boost careers. Beginners are welcome.

KIMBERLY JENTZEN - THE JENTZEN TECHNIQUE
kjentzen@yahoo.com
www.kimberlyjentzen.com
(818) 779-7770
Small classes, private coaching available; Beginners to masters; auditing permitted, acceptance is by interview only
Kimberly Jentzen has been featured in numerous publications and voted “Favorite Acting Coach” in Los Angeles multiple times by Back Stage West. With more than 20 years capturing the essence of artistry, incorporating Chekhov, Adler, Strasberg, and Meisner, Jentzen is an expert in artistic creation.
She is the creator of the “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 says her studio has become one of the most creative environments for an actor to grow in.  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 Intensives” as well as her “Essence Weekend Intensives.” Her new book, “Acting with Impact,” is an upcoming release.

IRIS KLEIN
(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.

MICHAEL KNOWLES
michael@7aproductions.com
Writer-director-producer Knowles offers private classes and coaching by interview. He feels exceptional acting teachers realize that for the most part 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.

MARLA LADD - MYSTERIUM
3122 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
atheaterdirector@yahoo.com or
marla@mysteriumshop.com
www.mysteriumshop.com
(714) 602-7975
Small class size for individual attention, private coaching also available; all levels; call for auditing policy
coaching.
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.

LARRY BIEDERMAN - DIRECTING AND ACTING CLASSES
lazzab@mac.com
www.larrybiederman.net
(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.
A teacher for twenty years, 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.

LARRY MOSS STUDIO
Michelle Danner
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
mdannerca@adelphia.net
www.edgemarcenter.org
(310) 392-0815 or (310) 399-3666
Private coaching is available; two-hour informational sessions are offered weekly
Taught at Edgemar Center for the Arts, this program offers ongoing scene study classes, cold reading on-camera (on big screen), improv/voice/children, character technique breakdown, and script analysis. Industry showcases twice yearly.

LAURA JAMES’ THE ACTING WORKSHOP
laurajames100@aol.com
(818) 562-3075
Private coaching available; limited enrollment
Teacher-director-actor James, who has worked professionally around the world, conducts ongoing workshops and private sessions offering a technique meant to “empower the actor to communicate as specifically, effectively, and as powerfully as possible.”

LaVALLE ACTORS WORKSHOP
4645 Van Nuys Blvd., Ste. 202
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
dlavalle19@yahoo.com
www.lavalleactorsworkshop.com
(818) 788-2183, Fax: (818) 788-6981
Small class size, private coaching available; free audit class
LaValle teaches an eclectic technique melded from over 20 years of experience in stage, film, television, and commercial work. He teaches a way of “creating a character that draws from the vast experiences that each individual actor possesses.”

NATALIA LAZARUS
(310) 656-8070, ext 14
Lazarus, founder of the Promenade Playhouse and Promenade Conservatory, is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYU film program, and the Sorbonne University in Paris. Her directorial skills assist actors in character interpretation and development, and sharpen audition techniques needed to book jobs.

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

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE AND FILM INSTITUTE - LOS ANGELES
Carie Blomquist
7936 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 650-7777
losangeles@strasberg.com
www.strasberg.com
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.

LENA HARRIS STUDIO
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
www.lenaharris.com, www.youtube.com/lenaharrisstudio
(310) 226-7034
10-12 per class, private coaching available. All levels. Auditing not permitted. Ongoing.
Each actor is filmed every week at the Lena Harris Workshop, providing actors with a video showcase to stream (and email) to agents and other industry sources around the world via a state-of-the-art online broadcast platform and Lena’s own YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/lenaharris
studio).
Lena Harris, an award-winning actor, author, and director, was awarded the Back Stage West/Drama-Logue Award for her role as Elaine Nevazio in Neil Simon's “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Prior to opening her workshop 14 years ago, Harris began her career as an actor, dancer, and model.
Harris’ workshops consist of an on-camera basic boot camp for beginners and an on-camera technique "master class" for the advanced actor that are based on the Stanislavski System and Sanford Meisner exercises.  These techniques give actors the ability to be spontaneous, alive, truthful, and in the moment. Additional workshop techniques train the actor to look at a script, memorize it, break it down, and deliver a stellar performance that results in getting the job. Actors work on monologues, dialects, and impediments (e.g. blindness or addiction). Harris recently authored an article for Back Stage on dialects. Her book,“Twenty-Five 5-Minute Power Scenes,” published by Smith and Kraus, can be purchased at Samuel French Bookstores and online at Amazon.com.
 
CATHLEEN LESLIE
cathleenleslie@earthlink.net
(310) 278-8113
Based on her studies with Lee Strasberg/ the Method and Stella Adler, and work with Elia Kazan, Leslie offers private coaching and weekly classes. She looks for students who have a true passion and desire to learn their craft.

LESSAC SUMMER VOICE AND BODY TRAINING WORKSHOPS
deb.kinghorn@unh.edu
www.lessacinstitute.com
(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.

LIFEBOOK ACTING ACADEMY
Allen Levin
The Space Theatre
665 N. Heliotrope Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
www.lifebookacting.com
(818) 557-7700
Ongoing
Levin has been teaching for more than five years and offers scene study, improv, and cold reading classes.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTING!
www.lightscameraacting.com
(714) 356-9800
LCA offers on-camera acting classes in Orange County for children, teens, and adults, taught by visiting professional actors from Los Angeles. Students learn audition and cold reading skills and basic acting techniques for commercials, TV, and film.

LINDA BERRY’S BERRYWOOD
Linda Berry
P.O. Box 251455
Glendale, CA 91225
info@berrywood.net
www.berrywood.net
L.A. (310) 410-1836, or S.D. (619) 507-6395
Private and on set coaching also available; beginning and intermediate; auditing not permitted
Berry offers one-on-one training at her San Diego center and workshops in Los Angeles for beginning and intermediate actors. Training includes monologue work, on-camera cold reading, and scene study.

LISA DALTON STUDIOS INC.
info@lisadaltonstudios.com
www.lisadaltonstudios.com, www.chekhov.net
info@chekhov.net,
lisa@lisadaltonstudios.com
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.



BEVERLY LONG
(818) 754-6222
Long has worked in casting since the mid-1970s, and has worked as an actor, agent, teacher and perhaps is best-known for her work with James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Long offers classes in improv, commercials, television, and film.

LOS ANGELES ACTORS CENTER
14336 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 94123
www.laactorscenter.com
(818)562-0310
free audit class
LAAC offers a broad range for all actors including foundation classes such as Meisner, industry nuts-and-bolts classes, and one-day workshops.

THE LOST STUDIO
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.

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

ROBERT F. LYONS
www.insideacting.com
(818) 766-6480
Lyons is a working actor-teacher who wants his students to “learn what to apply and how to apply with actual workable technique.” Students who have studied with Lyons include Juliette Lewis, Heather Locklear, Danny Masterson, Clea DuVall, Jason Dohring, and many others.

MAKING IT ON BROADWAY
jodie@makingitonbroadway.net
www.makingitonbroadway.net
All age groups (13 and up)
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. Participating in classes taught by Broadway professionals, students have the opportunity to work with and perform for these pros from every aspect of the business including, casting directors, agents, Broadway stars, Tony winners, directors, music directors, conductors, producers, and composers. Student sharpen their acting, auditioning, vocal, and dance techniques. Over 10 different core training classes are offered as well as master classes. Students are placed into classes according to age and experience and receive one-on-one feedback, as well as the opportunity to network and find real professional opportunities.

NED MANDERINO
Manderino Workshop
P.O. Box 27758
Los Angeles, CA 90027
ned@mandarino.com
www.manderino.com
(323) 665-0123
Limited to 12 students; reasonable fees
Manderino has been a post-Stanislavsky acting coach in Los Angeles since the 1970s. He combines total Method principles that he learned initially from Stella Adler and  from his close friends and mentors Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman.

ART MANKE
(323) 667-1231
Also available for on-set coaching
Manke is an award-winning actor and director with more than 20 years’ coaching experience.  He trained at the American Conservatory Theater and is a co-founder and former artistic director of L.A.’s  A Noise Within.

JEFFREY MARCUS
www.jeffreymarcus.com
(323) 965-9392
Private coaching available; auditing available
Marcus incorporates spirit-enriching methods that takes actors off the page and into their hearts. He assists actors on TV, features, and stage and accepts referrals from agents, managers, and casting directors.

MARGIE HABER STUDIOS
Margie Haber
971 N. La Cienega Blvd., 2nd fl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.margiehaber.com, www.myspace.com/margiehaber
studios
(310) 854-0870
12 maximum per class; foundation, intermediate, advanced; no auditing
Margie Haber Studios offers on-camera audition technique and cold reading workshops. With more than 25 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.

MARJO-RIIKKA MAKELA - INSPIRED ACTING FOR THE PROFESSIONAL: THE MICHAEL CHEKOV TECHNIQUE
www.chekhovstudio.com
(917) 520-4647
Actress, director, and coach Marjo-Riikka Makela teaches students how to embrace the moment, combat anticipation and stage fright, and live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances an actor creates, not only in their own head but viscerally with the help of an actor’s physical imagination and spatial awareness.

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

FRANCO MASSIMO
(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 which is currently shooting the film The Hit Man.

MATTHEW BARRY - THE WORKSHOP
class@matthewbarryteaches.com
www.matthewbarryteaches.com
(818) 759-4425
Class size limited to 16; 18 and over only, all levels
“For me, there’s no greater feeling in the world than to help others make their dreams come true,” shares casting director Matthew Barry (“The Notebook,” “My Sister’s Keeper,” “Alpha Dog,” “Rush Hour”). Barry has the unique advantage of having been both a successful actor and a successful casting director. He offers four-week workshops that meet every Monday night and include a step-by-step plan to help actors develop a game plan where Hollywood is the business and the actor is the product; getting the most from the tools of the trade (résumés, pictures, post cards, mass mailings); auditioning techniques; character study; cold reading techniques; scene study; and auditioning techniques designed to keep actors spontaneous and not ‘thinking.’ Barry knows what casting directors are looking for from experience and has discovered or given breaks to James Gandolfini, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Phillippe, Don Cheadle, Lucy Liu, Jason Ritter, and many others.
Other: Improv and Comedy; Business of Acting

KATHLEEN MAZZOLA
kathleenmazzola@hotmail.com
(310) 924-9380
Class size limited
Kathleen Mazzola, artistic director at the Malibu Stage Company for eight years, is known for her simple, direct, and oftentimes hilarious method of teaching the art of acting. Her classes focus on improvisation, scene study, and preparing the actor for auditions and a professional career.

MARILYN McINTYRE
marilyn@marilynmcintyre.com.
www.marilynmcintyre.com
(818) 601-1463
Small classes, private coaching available
McIntyre specializes in “personalization,” using a variety of techniques to help the actor safely discover and explore what effectively allows them to access and bring their most personal, authentic, and unique self to the work. She has been acting professionally for more than 30 years, playing lead roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and in Los Angeles where she has garnered many awards and nominations. She works extensively in television and film, and is currently playing a series regular on the upcoming nightly HD series for Fox, “Watch Over Me.” McIntyre trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA), Penn State (MFA), and with Michael Shurtleff, Uta Hagen, et al., and is featured on “Uta Hagen's Acting Class” video, Part 2. She has been teaching for more than 25 years in conservatories, universities, and private studios, including Cal State Northridge, USC, LACC Theater Academy, and the University of Texas. McIntyre currently teaches a personalization workshop and an ongoing scene study class at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, (323) 962-3188; and on-camera classes at the Ted Brunetti Studio, (310) 663-3331. Private coaching for film, theater, and television is available from audition through finessing a role in production. Rates vary depending on the needs of the actor and the project.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique

FABIANA MEDICI
fabianadmedici@yahoo.com
www.theactorstemple.com
(323) 930-8986
All levels; Ongoing; Will work with actors who are struggling financially
Medici has coached directors, theater companies, and television casts, internationally and in the United States. She helps actors develop their own method of work, aiding in their self-confidence and empowerment. Also coaches writers and people developing one-person shows.

THE MET THEATRE
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
mettheatre@sbcglobal.net
www.themettheatre.com
(323) 957-1152, Fax: (323) 957-1831
Private coaching available; auditing allowed
The award-winning MET Theatre, one of the longest-running Equity-waiver houses in Los Angeles, offers a selection of ongoing and semester-structured professional theater and film labs for actors, writers, and directors. Labs are led by such working professionals as Steve Whitaker, Susan Emshwiller, Bo Crowell, Rob Tobin, Flint Esquerra, Paul Koslo, and Caroline Ducroq.

MICHAEL D. NYE DYNAMIC ACTING
(818) 509-1629
Actor-director Nye (“Carnivàle”) uses innovative warm-ups, exercises, and scenes to achieve more-dynamic, powerful, and consistent actor performances for film, television (including commercials), and stage. Nye’s  approach dramatically increases the actor’s chances to bring fresh insights into his or her work.

MICHAEL E. RYAN’S FILM ACTING CLUB
ryansactingclub@earthlink.net
www.michaeleryan.com; www.oncamerafilmactingclass.com
(323) 839-5461
All levels welcome; ongoing
Michael Ryan formed his Film Acting Club “for serious actors who love practicing and improving on their craft of film acting.” See website for more information.

MILLIE SLAVIN STUDIOS
www.millieslavinstudios.com
(310) 582-3485
Slavin’s training includes extensive study with Uta Hagen and Roy London. She offers a variety of services for group or private instruction, including scene study, technique, cold reading, and preparation for auditions.

TONI MOSS-TRENTON
(213) 252-0830, Fax: (213) 389-1856
Small classes and private coaching; Alll levels. Ongoing.
Moss-Trenton has an extensive background in theater and film and has been teaching Method acting for over 10 years. She also accepts private students on a sliding-scale basis.

BRIAN MULLIGAN
(323) 719-2545
Mulligan, a former instructor at NYC’s Riverside Shakespeare Academy and founder of NYC’s Impro!, offers one-on-one coaching for TV, film, and theater auditions.

LAUREN PATRICE NADLER
lpnclass1@aol.com
(818) 202-0774
Private coaching available
Nadler is a bicoastal director, actor, and coach-teacher who has also cast projects. She is actively directing independent films while teaching and consulting, and offers classes for all levels.

ALLEN NELSON
scene2@earthlink.net
(818) 786-7154
Nelson was the coach-administrator for 21 years at the Tracy Roberts Actors Studio and was recently featured in two documentaries. Nelson coaches privately for auditions and monologues, and works in-depth with actors who need to learn or strengthen their technique.

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
film@nyfa.edu
www.nyfa.com
(818) 733-2600
This academy offers one-year and short-term programs in directing for film, acting for film, screenwriting, producing, and 3-D animation and special effects. Year-round, summer, and evening workshops available, as are hands-on total immersion workshops. The academy now offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree programs. Located in Universal Studios; branches in New York and London.

NICOLAS COSTER STUDIO
nicolascoster@yahoo.com
www.nicolascoster.com
(213) 952-5685
10-15 students max, also coaches privately; All levels; Auditing is permitted; sessions
Coster trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Milton Katselas, and Frank Silvera. He is currently adjunct professor at the University of Georgia. Classes include cold reading, scene study, exercises, and improv. Interview and commitment required.

ORANGE COUNTY PROFESSIONAL ACTORS’ WORKSHOP WITH ELIZABETH KENT
ekent949@sbcglobal.net
(949) 675-3272
10 students maximum
In addition to Kent’s directorial credits for theater in Los Angeles and Orange County, she has over 16 years’ experience as an acting coach for film, TV, and theater.  Her students have found professional representation through her annual actors showcase in Los Angeles.

ORANGE COUNTY SONG & DANCE CO.
5860 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
www.orangecountysonganddance
.com
(714) 897-4475
This company offers two summer sessions for ages 9 to young adult in acting for the camera, addressing script reading, camera presence, cold reading, and audition techniques. Character analysis and portrayal will be presented in an on-camera environment.

JIM OTIS
(818) 543-7479
Private coaching; All levels; No auditing; flexible scheduling
Otis has taught a wide range of talent, from Second City actors to the grandmother auditioning for her first commercial and offers two private courses: a TV/film intensive, covering TV/film, commercial auditioning technique, cold reading, and business strategy; and a monologue intensive.

JOE PALESE
The Actor Space
14106 Magnolia Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
joepalese@theactorspace.com
www.theactorspace.com
(818) 754-4442
Private coaching is available; an audit is permitted, acceptance is by interview
Actor-director-writer Palese teaches ongoing beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes at the Actors Space.  Class focuses on scene study, improv, cold reading, and sensory work.

JEFFERY PASSERO
bluntproductions@aol.com
www.jeffpassero.com
(818) 506-8400
Auditing encouraged
A casting director, producer, director, actor, and teacher, Passero offers scene study and audition technique classes and private audition coaching. He has a successful feature film casting career of more than 50 movies and  began his acting career at the Roundabout Theatre before taking over the casting there for two seasons.



THE PINE CREEK BLONDE ACTING STUDIO
Gene Desrochers
10951 Pico Blvd., Ste. 203
Los Angeles, CA
problemsolvergene@yahoo.com
(310) 709-6545
Private coaching available; audits allowed
Desrochers has studied and performed for more than 12 years. He has a background in the Strasberg method with Chuck Marra, and he has studied at the Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles and offers comprehensive, ongoing classes on audition technique, scene study, and career counseling.

PLAYHOUSE WEST SCHOOL AND REPERTORY THEATRE
www.playhousewest.net
(818) 881-6520
Free audit required
Founded by Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum in 1981, the school takes an ensemble approach to teaching. The playhouse, which has a second North Hollywood location, Playhouse West Studio Two, also regularly develops and stages plays with members of the advanced technique class.

RANDOLPH STUDIO FOR ACTOR TRAINING
randolphstudio4actors@adelphia.net
(323) 882-6669
Small classes, private coaching available
Kate Randolph runs her own studio in Hollywood, teaching concrete, universal tools, with an emphasis on finding joy in the work, “getting out of the head and into the heart and soul.” Her class environment is supportive and nurturing, and at the same time pushes each actor to take risks and go beyond perceived limitations.

DALE REHFELD
www.daleyclass.com
(818) 986-9733
Private coaching is available
Rehfeld combines a cold reading/acting class with a hands-on showcase in an effort to create “a supportive, intimate workshop setting.” Invited guests include top filmmakers, producers, and casting directors from television and feature films.

ALLAN RICH
www.allanrich.com, www.aleapfromthemethod.com
(323) 465-4007
Private sessions only; All levels, serious actors only
Rich offers private coaching and teaches serious professionals the same “organic technique” he uses in his own work. Rich’s newest book is “A Leap From the Method: An Organic Approach to Acting.”

THE RICHARD LAWSON STUDIOS AT THE BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE
c/o The Beverly Hills Playhouse
254 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
richard@richard-lawson.com
www.richardlawsonstudios.com
(818) 793 -8767
Private coaching available; All levels; No auditing. Deposit required to reserve a seat; Twelve-week courses, must be taken from beginning to end
Lawson is an award-winning actor-director with over 30-years' experience, having appeared in more than 50 films, 100 TV shows, and 50 plays. He has taught at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for 25 years. His acting approach is based upon moment to moment spontaneous work, that is inspired by imagination, passion, and purpose, driven by a sense of reality, intelligence and logic, grounded in the patience to listen, the willingness to be affected and the courage to ask the next question. Drawing from Stella Adler, who said “I don’t teach actors to be actors, I teach people to be people,” Lawson embraces a similar philosophy. He gets the actor to be as personal (drawing from their own life experience) as possible even though they may be playing characters far removed from themselves. Lawson teaches scene work as the basic platform of study.  Environmental exercises, picture exercises, song and dance exercises, improvisation, and other exercise models are used on an individual basis to supplement and support what is discovered through scene study. Lawson also offers a course titled, "The On-Camera Audition and Cold Reading Class," which provides DVD documentation to students by the course's end. $900 per 12-week course. A 16-week “Boot Camp” for advanced actors with industry experience is available for $1,200.

RICHARD SEYD ACTING STUDIO
4949 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 203
Hollywood, CA 90027
studio@seydways.com
www.seydways.com
(323) 668-1475
12 students per class; auditing is permitted
“Richard Seyd knows what he’s doing. You cannot do better,” says Peter Coyote. In Seyd’s ongoing labs actors are able to work on every aspect of their craft.

ROB REECE ACTORS WORKSHOP
www.methodacting.com
(310) 859-9696; in San Francisco, (415) 928-8929
Free audit
Rob Reece is a 37-year veteran of film, TV, and theatre. Based in Los Angeles with classes in San Francisco, Reece teaches Progressive Method Acting, which he describes as “in-depth instrument work, craft tools described and demonstrated, understanding tension, inspiration, character work, script analysis, and the unconscious creative process.”

LISA ROBERTSON
info.lisarobertson@earthlink.net
www.lisarobertsonstudio.com
(310) 826- 7466
Private coaching available; intermediate to professional levels; audit is mandatory; headshot and résumé required for all audits, referral helpful
Robertson is a well-known coach in feature film and television. A protégé of Larry Moss, with whom she trained for nine years, Robertson is also guest faculty at the Michael Howard Studios in New York, where she teaches on-camera audition intensives. She offers ongoing scene-study/technique class, with an emphasis on stage and film. Also weekend on-camera audition intensives.

RON BURRUS ACTING STUDIO
at the Pico Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
info@ronburrus.com
www.ronburrus.com
(323) 953-2823
Private coaching available
Burrus Studio offers an ongoing foundation seminar, and seminars on rehearsal/performance, film character, on-camera auditioning, and the business of acting. Burrus emphasizes imagination as an actor’s primary tool and the releasing of talent through understanding and actions.

AL ROSSI
(818) 902-1538 or (323) 953-4000, ext. 2975
12 students maximum
Rossi, a veteran actor-director, is one of the most respected acting teacher-coaches in Los Angeles. He is head of acting at LACC’s Theatre Academy, the oldest continuous actor-training program on the West Coast.  Shakespeare is his specialty.

STAN ROTH
sandbroth@att.net
www.stanroth.com
(323) 930-2424
limited number, private coaching available; all levels; Auditing not permitted; ongoing
Stan Roth teaches Cold Reading & Scene Study Intensive Classes and offers private audition coaching at his studio in the West Hollywood area.  Classes meet Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m.  Admission is by interview and audition.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading

THE SACRED ACTOR: THE UN-LA CLASS
Josh Galitsky
The Lounge Theater
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
josh@sacredactor.com
www.sacredactor.com
(310) 392-8212
Josh Galitsky, M.A., tells us he is a “vibrant, humorous, and empathetic acting teacher-director,” who uses his 15 years of training and therapeutic skills to guide theater artists in the mastery of their art and craft. He uses his own methodology, The Process, to help each actor draw on his or her individual strengths and realize full potential for creative freedom and expression in a safe, fun, nonjudgmental atmosphere.

JOE SALAZAR
(323) 882-6433
Salazar offers ongoing beginning/intermediate and advanced classes and works with only those actors who  are willing to put in the work required to seriously start or continue and acting career. Classes focus on scene study, monologue work, character creation, improvisational skills, and audition techniques that are designed to create the environment of auditions.

SAM CHRISTENSEN STUDIOS
10440 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
www.samchristensen.com
(818) 506-0783, Fax: (818) 506-8941
Limited to 14 students; auditing is not permitted
Christensen, a former casting director for “M*A*S*H,” teaches ongoing classes that assist actors in becoming the most confident, powerful and compelling individuals they can be.

SANDRA K. HORNER PERFORMANCE STUDIO
skhperformance@aol.com
www.sandrakhorner.com
(818) 997-6740
Private coaching available
Horner founded the Performance Studio in Minneapolis, and has taught there and in L.A. for over 17 years. She creates a supportive environment for the actor where she demystifies the Method and helps students build confidence through a solid understanding of the acting craft.

SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP
1211 Fourth St., Ste. 201
Santa Monica., CA 90401-1391
www.santamonicaplayhouse.com
(310) 394-9779, ext. 673, Fax: (310) 393-5573
Private coaching available
"To the actor," says co-artistic director Chris DeCarlo, “class is that special environment we create for ourselves in which we may practice the ritual of discovering our creative being." That's the kind of environment DeCarlo strives to create at the Santa Monica Playhouse in this eight-week workshop that uses improv to teach actors to make powerful and immediate choices for auditions, as well as performance work, by unleashing creativity, developing exciting characters, and conquering the critic within. He is entering his 38th year as teacher of the workshop. Acceptance to classes is by interview.

DAVID NATHAN SCHWARTZ
info@davidnathanschwartz.com
www.davidnathanschwartz.com
(310) 435-4322
Schwartz helps the actor develop and define his or her own set of flexible and practical approaches to acting and the auditioning process. Classes, private audition coaching, and on-set coaching are available.

SCOTT COLOMBY WORKSHOP
management@scottcolomby.com
www.scottcolomby.com
(323) 650-6472
Auditing is encouraged
Colomby’s workshop was originally conceived as a class geared toward the actor’s personal growth within the confines of a scene study group, but now includes showcasing and production of plays.

SCOTT SEDITA ACTING STUDIOS
Scott Sedita
Tony Rago, administrator
526 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004-1300
www.scottseditaacting.com
(323) 465-6152, Fax: (323) 465-6202
16 per class; beginning, intermediate, and advanced; limited auditing is permitted. Contact the studio for specifics
Former agent and casting director Scott Sedita, the 2008 Back Stage Readers Choice winner for best acting coach, is also the author of the books “The Eight Characters of Comedy” and “Scott Sedita’s Guide to Making It in Hollywood.” The Sedita Studio is where the actor’s craft and career come together. Sedita developed the careers of Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, and Christopher Meloni among others, and has worked with such talents as Josh Duhamel, Chase Crawford, and Brandon Routh. Sedita is best known for his one day Comedy Intensive and Professional Audition Technique class. Todd Rohrbacher heads the comedy department and teaches the On-Camera TV/Film Comedy class. Deborah Quayle teaches the On-Camera TV/Film Drama class.  Patrick Munoz teaches Nuts & Bolts, an Introduction to TV/Film Acting and provides training in voice and speech. Casting director Josh Rappaport teaches the On-Camera Commercial Intensive. Elizabeth Bauman teaches the on-camera kids workshop.

SHAWN NELSON ACTING STUDIO
c/o The Actor’s Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91602
shawnnelsonusa@yahoo.com
www.shawnnelson.info/coaching.html
(818) 762-8439
Small class size, industry referral only
Nelson, a coach to stars, celebrities, and working actors on both coasts, teaches small, affordable classes for the professional actor.

KATT SHEA
P.O. Box 3195
Santa Clarita, CA 91386
www.kattshea.com
(661) 268-8611
Limited class size, private and on-set coaching available; all levels
Well-known Peabody Award-winning writer-director Shea offers scene study, script analysis, cold reading, and audition prep classes, as well as private coaching at her Studio City and Santa Clarita locations.

CLAIR SINNETT
info@actorsworking.com
www.actorsworking.com
(310) 606-5626
Sinnett has been an actor, SAG agent, casting director, and faculty member of universities and performing arts schools. She offers intensive two-day TV/film audition and marketing workshops, based on her book “Actors Working-The Actor’s Guide to Marketing Success.”

MARCIE SMOLIN
4475 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
marcie@theactorscircle.com
www.theactorscircle.com
(310) 837-4536
8-12; All levels; Reduced class fee; Ongoing; Work study/internships available
Smolin began as a child actor and was a regular on two TV series.  She has been coaching actors for over 18 years and has students who have won Emmys and Tonys. She had a student or two in almost every blockbuster film this summer.

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY
P.O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197
www.scr.org
(714) 708-5577
All levels
TThis respected Orange County theatre has an extensive education program through the Theater Conservatory, directed by Hisa Takakuwa. The Conservatory includes a five-year Youth and Teen Program, with its introductory Summer Theater Workshop. The adult program, for those 18 and older, offers weekly evening classes in beginning through advanced acting, improvisation, acting for the camera, musical theatre, and playwriting. The four acting levels take students from the fundamentals through advanced technique, including individual instruction in performance, scene work, characterization, and script analysis. The Professional Intensive Program is an eight-week summer course for serious career actors, who are accepted through audition. Classes include audition technique, script analysis, voice, Shakespeare, and physical characterization. The director of the Professional Intensive Program is LADCC winner Karen Hensel, who teaches alongside a staff of seasoned professionals.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Mo Caudell
P.O. Box 2023
Malibu, CA 90265
www.childrenstheatre.tv, www.myspace.com/childrenstheatre
(310) 456-1763
Southern California Children’s Theatre offers musical theater for children, teens, and adults. Newcomers work with professional actors.

STEPHANIE LLOYD ON CAMERA ACTORS’ WORKSHOP
(949) 497-8274
Private coaching available
Billed as “the L.A. Workshop in Orange County,” Lloyd’s actors training center focuses on talent development, career coaching, and establishing connections in the entertainment industry.

STEPHEN BOOK ACTING WORKSHOP
stephenbook@stephenbook.com
www.stephenbook.com
(323) 461-4263
Private coaching available; Must attend a free seminar to be eligible to apply, an additional audition may be required; Ongoing
Book, a former faculty member at Juilliard and USC, teaches a technique for improvising performances while speaking scripted lines. He is the author of “Book on Acting: Improvisation Technique for the Professional Actor in Film, Theatre, & Television” and “The Actor Takes a Meeting.”

STEPPENWOLF WEST
www.steppclasseswest.com
Jeff Perry and Tom Irwin of Steppenwolf  grew up in an actor-driven theater where trust, challenge, and practice led to individual and collaborative growth. The goal for their Los Angeles classes is to create an environment where an actors’ work is respected and practicing craft is paramount.

STEVE TRUITT COACHING
stevetruitt@verizon.net
www.stevetruitt.com
(310) 463-9056
Private coaching; Auditing not permitted; ongoing
Truitt is a working host as well as a certified life coach and NLP practitioner. He coaches actors in hosting, standup, copy interpretation, and guides them to discovering the keys to success.

STUART ROGERS’ ACTING STUDIO
Theatre Tribe
5267 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
www.stuartrogersstudios.com
(818) 763-3232
Private coaching available
Rogers has taught for the last 10 years. He offers scene study for all levels.

STUDIO C ARTISTS
John Coppola and Michael Sonntag
www.studiocartists.com
(323) 988-1175
This all-encompassing acting studio offers a curriculum of acting classes, career-related seminars, and workshops. Teachers are industry professionals who use a formula that trains each actor to use and market his or her individual talents, assets, and personality.

SUSAN GIOSA’S ACTING WORKSHOP
c/o The Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 Fourth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
susan@susangiosa.com
www.susangiosa.com
(310) 828-8544
Private coaching available; some previous training required; auditing permitted
Award-winning stage actor and coach Giosa trained extensively with renowned acting teacher Larry Moss. Giosa is on Moss’ list of recommended teachers. Geared to the serious performer, her ongoing classes focus on scene study, emotional memory work, sensory work, script analysis, and advanced character work. She believes the ability to tap into and use your full emotional instrument on demand is essential for achieving truthful and compelling work. She teaches a warm-up that “helps remove your fears and inhibitions and releases your full creative potential.” Classes are kept small, creating an opportunity for students to work every session “in an intimate and supportive environment.” She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A./M.A. in drama/ theater from NYC University, trained at RADA in London, and worked with numerous award-winning playwrights, directors, and actors, including Neil Simon, Jack O’Brien, John Tillinger, Vincent Gardenia, Joanne Woodward, Jerry Seinfeld, Shelley Long, and Dennis Franz. Classes are ongoing and held at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

JOHN SWANBECK
1731 N. Normandie #19
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.swanbeckstudios.com
(310) 722-8463
Director of “The Big Kahuna,” starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, Swanbeck offers classes limited to five people. Instruction includes how to command the camera, and how to be more powerful onscreen.

TAKE AFTER TAKE
dennis@takeaftertake.com
www.takeaftertake.com
(310) 601-3088
Veteran actor-producer-director Dennis Sakamoto offers two one-day professional workshops to prepare actors for the reality of acting on a film set.

TED BRUNETTI STUDIO
ted@tedbrunetti.com
(310) 403-0123
8-12 per class, also private coaching; Call for free audit, enrollment by interview and referral only
Uta Hagen’s protege for over 18 years, Brunetti works as director, coach,  faculty, and guest faculty at prestigious directing and acting programs and institutions across the U.S. including the USC School of Cinematic Arts (graduate and undergraduate film directors); USC’s Peter Stark Program (graduate producers); the American Film Institute (directors and producers); and Occidental College (directors). His acting programs include: the Ted Brunetti Studio (L.A.); H.B. Studio (NYC); the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Carnegie-Mellon University; Bennington College; South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts; SAG Conservatory (Hollywood and Las Vegas);  Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Actors’ Theatre of Atlanta; and Howard Fine Acting Studio (LA). Brunetti also worked for seven years at ABC Primetime Casting in NYC under Alexa Fogel and Bob Huber (now VP of Casting at Fox), and is an invited guest of the Actors’ Studio, as well as director of Ovation-nominated “Boys Next Door.” Ted also studied with: Mike Nichols; Austin Pendleton; Horton Foote; Stiller & Meara; Francis Sternhagen; Elizabeth Wilson; F. Murray Abraham.  He earned a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts; Carnegie-Mellon; was an invited guest at the Actor’s Studio, and is a recipient of an NEA Achievement in the Arts Award. As an actor, Ted has worked with: Diane Paulus, Rob Marshall, Jerry Zaks, Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Petrie, Mark Brokaw, Nicholas Martin, Graciela Daniele, Uta Hagen, Pat Birch, Joel Walker, Steven Sondheim, Flaherty & Aherns, Paul Gemignani, Dana Ivy, and many other productions  including Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, B.A.M., the O’Neil Center, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, H.B. Playwright’s Theatre, Bucks County, Falmouth and Pocono Playhouses, Dorsett Theatre Festival, WestbankTheater Center, and Riverwest Theater. As a coach and assistant, Brunetti has had the honor of working with: George C. Scott, Jack Lemon, Uta Hagen, Drew Carey, Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps, Nichole Tom, Tyra Banks, Mya, Busta Rhymes, Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Bob Koherr, Valarie Pettiford, and many other renowned actors, athletes, and musicians.  Brunetti works with the major networks, studios, casting directors, agents and managers, preparing clients for auditions and performances on-set/on-location. His classes focus on the “practical professional skills and awareness” needed to build bridges from the classroom to the professional workplace, and how to “prepare to work, not audition.” Currently he is the creator and executive producer of a television series/ multi-media project in development.



TERRY BERLAND - BERLAND CASTING
Terry Berland
c/o 310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, 90064
www.berlandcasting.com
(310) 775-6608
Berland teaches an on-camera technique workshop designed to enable talent to give the small commercial space multiple dimensions and reveal depth and layers of their personality in less than 30 seconds. She says, “through becoming familiar with how to utilize space, beats, and moments, talent will then have control of their audition and be able to apply who they are and how they feel to any given situation. The end result will be a performance that is connected and involved in the scene, as opposed to a sell.” Berland is a Cleo Award-winning casting director who has been casting commercials for more than 20 years, co-author of the book “Breaking Into Commercials,” and called on nationally to teach commercial acting. In L.A., she offers a six-week on-camera workshop.

THEATRE GROUP STUDIO
Lorinne Vozoff, Artistic Director
2653 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
www.theatregroupstudio.com
(310) 839-9771
All levels
Theatre Group Studio Los Angeles teaches Method acting using the technique of objective, problem, and action, along with the “inner creative state,” “super objective,” and “core” as defined by Stanislavsky.

THEATRE WEST ASSOCIATE PROGRAM
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(818) 851-4839
Audition is required
This program provides a weekly three-hour class conducted by Laura James, professional director-teacher-actor. Theatre West has been a professional actor-membership theater for approximately over 45 years.

TIGERTAINMENT STUDIOS
create@tigertainment.com
www.tigertainment.com
(310) 287-1500
Director-producer Michael John’s studio offers acting workshops in cold reading, improv, scene study, audition techniques, and stage combat.

MARK TILLMAN, CSA
www.tillmancasting.com
(310) 557-2565
From “MacGyver” and “Stephen King’s: It” to MTV’s “Undressed” and “The Andy Dick Show,” including award-winning indie films, Tillman has been casting for 25 years. He cast actors such as Cuba Gooding Jr., Hilary Swank, Brittany Murphy, and Adrien Brody early in their careers. Classes focus on understanding the character, freeing emotions, and strengthening communication to help his students in the audition.

TIM PHILLIPS STUDIO-L.A.
www.timphillipsstudio.com
(310) 772-8262
Private coaching sessions available; interview and referral required for all classes
Phillips worked as an actor with Meryl Streep, Robert Duvall, and Klaus Maria Brandauer, and ignited the careers of Wendie Malick, Nancy Travis, and Richard Schiff, to name a few. He currently has three ongoing audition classes, monthly lectures, and a quarterly scene study class with an invited presentation at the end.

TOM TODOROFF STUDIO
www.tomtodoroff.com
(310) 428-3388
“Are you ready to change your life?” asks Tom Todoroff. “Train with those who have manifested professional work themselves.” He says his actor training will put you on track and provide you with a personalized road map to reach your highest potential. He has directed, coached, produced for, or acted with Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Liam Neeson, to name a few. Evening and daytime classes available. Actors work on scenes, monologues, audition pieces, cold reading, and on-camera technique.

TONY TORRISI’S ACTING WORKSHOP
(310) 569-1439
Private coaching available; auditing okay
A member of the Actors Studio, having studied with Lee Strasberg in New York, Torrisi came West to work in TV. A 35-year acting veteran, he has been coaching fellow actors for 12 years and now teaches small ongoing classes in West L.A., covering cold reading, improvisation, scene work, and camera technique, for “a well-rounded approach.”

THE TOTAL WORKSHOP FOR ACTING, CREATED BY MICHAEL SAVAGE
www.thetotalworkshopforacting.com
(818) 762-5769
Private coaching is available
Savage is an alumni member of the Tony Award honoree The Acting Company, founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley and a former star of “General Hospital.”

TVI ACTORS STUDIO
14429 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 118
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
www.tvistudios.com
(818) 784-6500
All levels
Founded in 1986, TVI Actors Studio is a nationwide resource and training center for professional and aspiring actors with studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, and conducts programs abroad at campuses in London and Sydney. TVI offers comprehensive and affordable acting classes, workshops, and seminars in all of its locations, including acting for film, television, and musical theater.

UCLA EXTENSION DEPARTMENT OF ENTERTAINMENT STUDIES AND PERFORMING ARTS
www.uclaextension.edu/entertain
mentstudies
(310) 825-9064.
This program offers a diverse and comprehensive acting curriculum taught by industry professionals. Courses cover all aspects of the business, from handling weaponry onstage to managing a career.

THE VALLETTA WORKSHOP
Al Valletta
www.vallettaworkshop.com
(760) 941-3208
Valletta has taught acting for film and TV for over 30 years in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego areas. His workshop offers ongoing 12-week programs on film and TV acting, with showcases  presented at the end of each semester.

THE VINCENT CHASE WORKSHOP
7221 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
vcworkshop@sbcglobal.net
www.vincentchaseworkshop.com
(323) 851-4819
Private coaching also available for auditions and film assignments
The former resident acting coach of MGM and Universal studios, Vincent Chase, along with Royal Shakespeare alumnus and current TV/film actor Morgan Sheppard, hold classes six days per week. Each student has 50-plus small-sized, mainly taped sessions available monthly at a current fixed rate of $360. These include scene study, cold reading labs and techniques, dialects and speech, commercials, comedy, improv, camera techniques, acting theory, and industry seminars, plus private coaching for auditions and film assignments.

THE VISION ACTING STUDIO
Justine Visone
(818) 506-4302
Interview required
Visone teaches an acting workshop with partner Kurt Sinclair, an actor-teacher, using the Meisner technique word games (the repeat), improvisation exercises, monologues, and cold reading on-camera to record progress. Workshops include professional guest speakers and a professional showcase.

DERYN WARREN
deryn@sbcglobal.net
www.derynwarren.com
(323) 936-0195
Private coaching available
Warren, a film director-writer-actor, offers ongoing classes in audition and film technique, based on Michael Shurtleff’s book “Audition.” Small classes include script analysis, improv, and cold readings.

DEBRA WATSON
www.yellowrosesproductions.com
(310) 500-6727
Watson, a private coach for adults, teens, and kids, teaches in the Beverly Hills area. She offers basic cold reading techniques for beginning and advanced actors which include character development and script analysis.

DIG WAYNE
www.digwayne.com
(213) 793-1864
20 students maximum per class. Auditing is on a pre-approved basis.
Wayne is a former instructor at the Lee Strasberg Institute and a life member of the Actor’s Studio. His ongoing classes focus on the study and practice of the Method, stressing relaxation, animal work, and sensory exercises.

WCI STUDIOS-BILLY COWART
7542 Collett Ave.
Van Nuys, CA
billy.wcistudios@mac.com
www.wcistudios.com
(310) 230-5358
Private coaching available; all levels, serious students only; auditing permitted
WCI will contradict everything you’ve ever been told about acting and it will confirm everything you suspected to be true,” says Cowart. He leads a staff of working actors, casting directors, directors, and a therapist. Courses include on-camera auditions, “Frozen Readings,” “Nailing the One-Line Wonders,” script analysis, monologues, improv, commercials, goals-vision-mission intensive, and marketing.

CLIFF WEISSMAN
(661) 803-5038
A New York-trained theater actor, Weissman studied with Margie Haber, Tim Phillips, and Caryn West. He teaches and coaches audition and cold-reading workshops.

WEIST-BARRON-HILL ACTING FOR TELEVISION AND FILM
4300 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505
www.weistbarronhillacting.com
(818) 846-5595
All ages; auditing is permitted
The first on-camera workshop in the country started as Weist/Barron 50 years ago in New York; Lyle and Andrea Hill opened the Burbank branch 29 years ago. Soap producer Lyle B. Hill and former commercial casting director and psychologist Andrea Hill teach an array of on-camera classes, but the centerpiece is the duo’s 10-session commercial TV workshop. “We use our own cold reading technique, devised over the years,” says Andrea. The workshop culminates in an industry showcase. Lyle teaches an ongoing TV, film, and soap opera class. In the children and teen division, producer Tony Christopher and manager Doug Murphy teach workshops for kids.

WENDY HAINES IGNITE YOUR CAREER WORKSHOPS
www.wendyhaines.com
(310) 395-3246
Private coaching available
Haines (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Art School Confidential”) developed a system to master the “inner game” of succeeding as an actor. “Discover what holds you back, effectively move beyond what keeps you stuck, and set goals to achieve what you want,” she says.

CARYN WEST
carynwest@mac.com
groups.yahoo.com/group/carynwest-actorsla
(323) 876-0394
Private coaching available
Agents and managers refer most of her students, West says. She coaches many well-known working actors. Advanced scene study (co-taught with Jessica Kubzansky) is limited to 14 and by industry referral only. In West’s 11-week audition skills sessions and in her private coaching, the emphasis is on preparation, in-depth script analysis, understanding different theater and camera genres, goal setting, professionalism, creative risk-taking, the essential uses of breath, and the “freedom to play,” and simulating all aspects for a real audition, not just reading the text. West, a working actor and director with extensive TV, Broadway, and regional theater credits, has taught for 20 years in New York at Michael Howard Studios (and still teaches there twice a year). Her studio is in West Hollywood. Private coaching is $90 for 75 minutes and $75 per hour to current students. She offers classes in late Jan.-May, late Aug., and early Sept.

WILLIAM ALDERSON STUDIO
1103 N. El Centro Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038
www.aldersonstudio.com
(323) 466-0799
16 students maximum; acceptance into class is by interview only
A successful New York actor who studied with Sanford Meisner, Alderson began teaching at Meisner’s insistence and served as his assistant and associate director at the Neighborhood Playhouse for more than 20 years. Alderson came to Los Angeles in 1994 and now offers the Meisner technique in its intended two-year study period. He describes his as a “technical approach that teaches the actor specific tools so he can organically work out of himself. To act from the inside out is not easy, but once that is learned, it becomes like a religion to the talented actor, and he will not settle for less.” Classes meet twice a week, and include a number of exercises that act as steps for actors to use in their instinctive and intuitive approach to character. Private audition and on-set coaching is available.

ART WOLFF
artsake@earthlink.net
www.artwolff.com
(213) 489-1285
Small class size, private coaching; No auditing, admission by interview; Ongoing.
Actor Matthew Modine once noted Art Wolff was “one of the major artists” in his life. As a teacher, Wolff spent seven years on the faculty of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; as a director, he's helmed 15 TV pilots, including “Seinfeld,” and five Broadway plays including “Penn & Teller.” For 25 years Wolff has taught, coached, or directed many of Hollywood’s best-known actors such as Kate Walsh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dakota Fanning. Wolff believes, “If you want to glow like a star, you have to walk through the fire, which means you have to work without a net to make bold and exciting choices. You have to make every scripted moment seem unscripted, you have to act with controlled abandon. My classes are ongoing, they're small, and everybody works each week, with sufficient time to work and rework the scenes which are from current television, film, and plays; many of them casting and being made or developed right now. I teach all my classes. If you study with me, you are taught by me. And I believe it’s the only class where students are served dinner." Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn said Wolff "has a special gift for getting the best out of an actor's talent. He has the understanding of craft to build on the talent, and the generosity of spirit to encourage the confidence an actor needs to apply his craft to his talent."

THE WORKSHOP WITH ELIZABETH PAYNE
Sidewalk Studio Theatre
4150 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
elizpayne@sbcglobal.net
www.theworkshopla.com
(323) 644-3380
Private coaching available; auditing is encouraged, interview is required
Payne’s practical approach to training helps actors identify their casting, play to their strengths for auditions, establish a professional game plan, and make their work stand out from the crowd. Class time is devoted to a combination of group and individual exercises and scene study.

WYNN MARLOW ACTORS WORKSHOP
(310) 470-7973
Private coaching and audition preparation available
In the tradition of Michael Shurtleff, Marlow offers scene study and cold reading classes based on the “12 Guideposts” laid out in Shurtleff’s acclaimed book “Audition.” Marlow teaches actors at all levels how to ask the questions and make the choices that produce the truest, fullest, and most compelling work.




Audition Technique/Cold Reading


DAVID LEHMAN
filmactingcoach@yahoo.com
www.filmactingcoach.com
(818) 845-1549
12 person maximum
Lehman has been teaching for more than 26 years and studied under Charles Conrad. His classes cover cold reading and more.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

MARKETING THE ACTOR
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th fl.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
mtaemail@gmail.com
www.marketingtheactor.com
(310) 922-6821
Created by Jason Buyer, Marketing the Actor is an audition coaching and consultation service specifically designed to provide actors with the fundamental career-building knowledge of the industry.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

MELISSA SKOFF, C.S.A.
www.melissaskoff.com
(818) 760-2058
Small classes, also specializes in private coaching; Advanced and professional; An audition is required
Casting director Skoff teaches cold reading and audition technique classes for working and advanced actors. She has cast more than 100 feature films, MOWs, pilots, and series. In 2001 she was named among Hollywood's Top 20 TV Casting Directors by Ross Reports. Her experience covers drama and comedy, including sketch comedy. There is an emphasis on improvisation in the class, and she has worked with many well-known comics. Skoff has been a casting executive at Warner Bros. and Fox Broadcasting, as well as casting independently. Skoff has a keen eye for talent and has cast such stars as Jennifer Aniston, David Spade, Lauren Graham, Harry Hamlin, Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, and Michelle Pfeiffer early in their careers. Skoff creates a positive environment that encourages actors to challenge their skills and make exciting choices. Industry professionals visit and work with the class. Skoff holds a B.A. in theater from UCLA. Classes are purchased by the month.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

STEVE EASTIN STUDIO
10107 Camarillo St.
Toluca Lake,, CA 91602
steve@eastinstudio.com
www.eastinstudio.com
(818) 980-9828
Private coaching available; Free audit provided
Eastin’s studio in Toluca Lake offers evening and daytime ongoing classes for film and television actors with an emphasis on cold reading and audition technique. Classes are taught by veteran actor Eastin, who also teaches graduate directors at USC. In 2003 he appeared in “Matchstick Men,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “A Man Apart,” and in 2006 he was in “The Black Dahlia” with Hilary Swank; he has appeared in “Austin Powers,” “Con Air,” and “Field of Dreams.” On television, Eastin has made more than 200 guest-starring appearances, most recently on “Gilmore Girls” and “Without a Trace.” He has 20 years of teaching experience. Free audits are allowed, but admission to the classes, which are $195 a month, is by interview only.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

Business of Acting

PROFESSIONAL LIFE COACHING
Morgana Rae
www.charmedlifecoaching.net
(310) 704-9566
Morgana Rae is a certified master results coach, published author, and seminar leader with over 10 years experience helping entertainment professionals leverage their strengths and thrive in the business.  She co-leads workshops with transition coach and talent manager Heather Rem titled “Take Command of Your Career: Mastering the Inner and Outer Game for Success in the Entertainment Industry.”


Classical

THE ANTAEUS ACADEMY
4916 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
antaeusacademy@sbcglobal.net
www.antaeus.org
(818) 506-5436
Auditing welcome
The Antaeus Academy offers advanced training in the classics to actors ages 18-35. A project of the Antaeus Company, the academy trains actors in classical styles in a series of 12-week scene study workshops. Classes meet weekly and are moderated by a rotating group of Antaeus Company members, directors, and acting teachers. Moderators have included: Andy Robinson, Daniel Sullivan, Dakin Matthews, Alfred Molina, Annette Bening, Gregory Itzin, Stephanie Shroyer, Tom Moore, Olympia Dukakis, Brendon Fox, Jonathan Lynn, Art Manke, Sabin Epstein, Jessica Kubzansky, Jeffrey Nordling, Andrew Barnicle, and Kate Burton, among others. Antaeus co-artistic director Jeanie Hackett hosts each session. Each workshop culminates in a scene presentation for invited guests, and actors who complete two 12-week sessions become eligible for promotion into the Antaeus Academy Company. All actors participating in the classical styles are eligible for casting in Antaeus Company readings, workshops, and productions. Admission to workshop by audition only; will consider professionals and beginners with strong potential. $400 if paid in full; $150 per month.

JENIFER PARKER - NO FEARE SHAKESPEARE
nofeare@aol.com
(626) 398-6301
Parker offers private coaching for auditions, workshops, and classes in classical acting. For more than 15 years, she has taught techniques designed to help the contemporary actor become more confident in handling Shakespeare, including scansion, text analysis, historical context, characterization, vocal techniques, and period customs and mannerisms.

A NOISE WITHIN
234 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91204
education@anoisewithin.org
www.anoisewithin.org
(818) 240-0910, ext. 5
A Noise Within is one of only a handful of theaters in North America that maintain a resident company performing in rotating repertory on a year-round basis. The internship program, offered in fall and spring, provides an opportunity for developing actors and technicians to immerse themselves in every aspect of repertory theaters and to work side by side with professionals to hone their skill.

SHAKESPEARE SURVIVAL SCHOOL
Kate Geer
shakespearesurvival@mac.com
(310) 455-4295
Limited enrollment, private coaching available
Kate Geer, an actor with extensive theatrical credits, is a founding member of both the Will Geer Theatricum and the Carousel Stage. Geer directed “The Taming of the Shrew” in Griffith Park, where four of her students were cast. The production was free to the public. Geer plans to continue to present more free offerings of Shakespeare performed for a live audience. She offers Shakespeare workshops that stress a solid, technical foundation in the classics. Students will leave her workshops with two, contrasting monologues. Geer says once you’ve “conquered the classics, the rest is easy.” Workshops require a minimum two-month commitment.

WILL GEER THEATRICUM BOTANICUM ACADEMY OF THE CLASSICS
Ellen Geer, artistic director
1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290
academy@theatricum.com
www.theatricum.com
(310) 455-2322, ext. 222
This summer repertory company and 300-seat outdoor amphitheater in the Santa Monica Mountains is also home to a professional theater training program that was launched more than 30 years ago by actor-director Ellen Geer. For adults, offerings include a five-week, 90-hour summer Intensive Shakespeare Seminar; a four-weekend, 65-hour winter Intensive Shakespeare Seminar; spring and summer eight-week Shakespeare scene study and monologue workshops; a winter eight-week master class in classical theater (taught by Ellen Geer); a variety of technique workshops (improvisation, fencing, Alexander Technique, rhetoric, text analysis, period movement, voice, and speech), as well as an Equity-candidacy Acting Internship Program. All instructors are working professionals in the theater world. Youth and teen classes and summer camps are also offered.


Commercials/Voiceover

CAROLYNE BARRY’S COMMERCIAL, IMPROV, AND ACTING WORKSHOPS
www.carolynebarry.com
(323) 654-2212
Interview is required
In her 30-plus years in the business, Barry has been an audition teacher, appeared in more than 400 national TV commercials, cast hundreds more, published tape programs for actors on the market, and directed an Off-Broadway musical. Barry’s programs offer commercial, improv, and acting workshops.

JEFF GERRARD CASTING INTENSIVE FOUR-WEEK COMMERCIAL WORKSHOP
www.jeffgerrard.com
(818) 782-9900
10 students maximum, private theatrical coaching also available
Jeff Gerrard Casting has been offering this commercial intensive class for over 25 years. The four-week workshop is offered four times a year and covers the business and technical side of commercial acting, including specific kinds of commercial demands: eating, singing, m.o.s., props, cue cards, dialogue-driven spots, and improvisations with fellow actors.

KILLIAN’S COMMERCIAL WORKSHOP
Killian McHugh
classes@killiansworkshop.com
www.killiansworkshop.com
(323) 717-0737
Limited class size; All levels and experience; Ongoing and by session
Killian’s four week commercial workshops are designed to empower the actor and take the guessing out of the audition process. His technique puts the actor in control and provides the knowledge and confidence needed to book the job.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

MEGAN FOLEY CASTING
13425 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
megan@meganfoleycasting.com
www.meganfoleycasting.com
(818) 216-9350
Auditing by permission; Year-round
Megan and Chuck host a daily podcast and offer a weekly class as well as their famous one-day commercial intensives for adults and for kids.

MICHAEL DONOVAN CASTING COMMERCIAL CLASS
www.michaeldonovancasting.com
(323) 655-9020
Small class size, private coaching available
Busy film, television, theater, and commercial casting director Michael Donovan teaches a three-week commercial technique class. Classes are taught on-camera.

ORANGE COUNTY COMMERCIAL ACTING WORKSHOP
Rod Michaelson
www.occaw.com
(714) 832-1895
Private coaching is also available; audits are allowed
Ron Michaelson, the “Ditech Guy” and a working actor for more than 20 years, teaches beginning and advanced on-camera commercial classes. His school, based in Tustin, also offers an improv class, a cold reading technique class, and a scene study sitcom class.

SANDRA MERRILL COMMERCIAL CLASS
www.sandramerrill.com
(323) 662-7720
A former casting director and talent agent, Merrill teaches on-camera commercial classes and offers an insider’s perspective into the casting process and successful audition techniques.

STUART STONE CASTING
www.commercialacting.info
(323) 866-1811
Call for interview, wait list available
A casting director for commercials, voiceovers, film, print, and television, Stuart Stone has created a commercials workshop to teach actors how to audition for the audition and excel in booking jobs, with a variety of techniques designed to help forward your career through your auditions. He is the author of “Acting Out: Your Personal Coach to a Money-Making Career in Television Commercials.” His workshop is an intensive taught over four weeks, one class per week, and is designed to help students learn what advertisers and directors are looking for, how to get callbacks and turn the callbacks into bookings, find the inside understanding of what makes a successful working commercial actor, and more.


Conservatory/University

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
Acting School
79 New Montgomery St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3410
www.academyart.edu/ep/acting-school/index.html
(800) 544-2787
Founded by artists for artists, the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, offers an expanded and accredited A.A., BFA, and MFA programs. These classes assume a love and dedication to the acting craft. All classes are taught in world-class facilities with top industry professionals.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS - LA
1336 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
admissions@ca.aada.org
www.aada.org
(323) 464-2777 or (800) 222-2867
12-25 students per class; No auditing; Ongoing
The oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, the Academy was founded in 1884 and the Los Angeles branch opened in 1974.  Located in the heart of Hollywood, AADA LA continues the tradition of excellence with its two-year conservatory program, culminating in an Associate of Arts degree.  Areas covered in the conservatory program include acting, voice and speech, movement, theater history and styles, fencing, makeup, musical theater, and Shakespeare among others. Classes in working on camera are offered in the second year where students apply what they've learned to film media. A select group of students are accepted into a third-year repertory company.  In addition, AADA offers six and two week summer intensives in musical theater, acting for the camera & audition technique, and solo shows. AADA is also in New York at 120 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (800) 463-8990.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study.

AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER
30 Grant Ave., 6th fl.
San Francisco, CA 94108
mfa@act-sf.org
www.actactortraining.org
(415) 439-2350
Class size varies; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing; Some financial aid available
A leader in actor training according to U.S. News & World Report, the ACT Conservatory trains actors of all ages and levels. Its Master of Fine Arts program is for those choosing acting as a profession. This highly selective program offers a three-year course of training designed to educate and stimulate the most creative, promising actors, selected through nationwide auditions. Additionally, the Summer Training Congress, for students ages 19 and older, consists of one five-week intensive and one two-week classical studies course, ending in a class presentation for fellow students, conservatory faculty, and staff. Studio ACT is the company’s part-time evening and weekend acting program designed to provide affordable and convenient classes for beginning through professional-level adult students. ACT’s Young Conservatory for ages 8-19 offers classes in acting, musical theatre, voice, speech, audition, improv, movement, and more. All instructors are working professionals. ACT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

CALARTS SCHOOL OF THEATER
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340
www.calarts.edu and
http://theatercalarts.com/home
(661) 253-7853
8-15 per class; Auditing by special permission only
The Cal Arts School of Theater is one of the nation’s leading professional training programs with a training environment designed to support the creation of new work and original interpretation. Productions and class work complement each other, challenging students to redefine performance on the basis of an appreciation for theatre traditions. The school encourages students to develop skills, take risks, and fully commit to the collaborative process.

EAST WEST PLAYERS ACTORS CONSERVATORY
Marilyn Tokuda
120 N. Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org
www.eastwestplayers.org
(213) 625-7000, ext. 15
8-12 students per class; All levels; Auditing permitted with permission of the instructor; Ongoing; Limited amount of full and work study scholarships available
East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American theatre, offers classes and a year-round Conservatory that provides a comprehensive curriculum for those honing their craft as professional actors or those seeking a means of personal expression. Students range from 17 to 65 years of age, have skill levels from beginning to advanced, and are of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

MAKE-UP DESIGNORY
129 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
information@makeupschool.com
www.mud.edu, www.makeupschool.com
(818) 729-9420
Make-up Designory was formed in 1997 by a group of school administrators and instructors to bring excellence to makeup education. The school is a nationally accredited (ACCSCT) private postsecondary institution that provides makeup training, studio hairstyling, and portfolio development for those who wish to have a career in the film, television, and print industries.

ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
1010 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.ocsarts.net
(714) 560-0900, Fax: (714) 664-0463
Class size varies; auditing not permitted
Celebrating over 20 years of excellence, the Orange County High School of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier arts school. OCHSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school provides bright and talented students with a nurturing environment focused on individual growth, opportunity, and diversity.

PACIFIC CONSERVATORY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
at Allan Hancock College
800 S. College Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
pcpa@pcpa.org
www.pcpa.org
(805) 928-7731
15-25 per class. Admission by audition; auditing by permission only; Sessions
PCPA Theaterfest has trained theater professionals for over 40 years, gearing its conservatory program toward serious students. Each year, 30 actors enter a two-year program mentored by a faculty of resident artists made up of working professionals with a passion to teach. Students train as members of the professional equity company and also graduate with approximately 76 units of lower-division drama credits.

PROMENADE PLAYHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY
1404 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
www.promenadeplayhouse.com
(310) 656-8070, Fax: (310) 656-8069
Class size varies; auditing permitted
The Promenade Conservatory offers full- and part-time programs for actors and industry professionals and private consultation, providing a warm and supportive atmosphere that encourages risk-taking, commitment, and discipline. Its American International Program for Film, Television, and Stage Artists is a member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is registered with the Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education. Admission by interview only.

THE RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ACTING
3021 Airport Ave., Studio 113
Santa Monica, CA 90405
info@ruskinschool.com
www.ruskinschool.com
(310) 390-4212, Fax: (310) 397-4920
John Ruskin was Sanford Meisner’s apprentice, first studying with him in New York, continuing in Bequia, then teaching for him at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Ruskin then founded the Ruskin School of Acting in Los Angeles in 1986 as the West Coast representative of the Neighborhood Playhouse. Acting teachers here were trained directly by Meisner and/or Ruskin. The school in Santa Monica offers a two-year course of study in the Meisner technique, as well as a master class for those who have completed the two-year program at either Ruskin or the Neighborhood Playhouse. Professional actors from outside the school are considered as well. Anthony Hopkins has taught the master class and worked with students on Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Pinter as well as contemporary plays. Other guest teachers and lecturers include Anthony Franciosa, Dylan McDermott, Carol Burnett, and Eve Ensler. The school offers classes in Alexander technique, commedia dell’arte, voice, and movement, as well as an introduction to the Meisner technique at various times throughout the year. Additionally the school offers classes for young adults and children. The Ruskin Group Theatre produces a season of plays with its company members and includes outreach programs in the community. Admission to the school is by interview with Ruskin.

THE SANFORD MEISNER CENTER
5124 N. Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
admissions@themeisnercenter.com
www.themeisnercenter.com
(818) 509-9651
20 students maximum; All levels; Auditing allowed after interview only; By session
The Sanford Meisner Center believes that the purpose of an acting school is to get actors working professionally, and that begins with professional level training. To do something well, you need to do it every day. With those tenets in mind, the center has developed powerful programs to get actors results.Opened in 1995 by Sanford Meisner and Martin Barter,  the center is the only school in Los Angeles founded with Mr. Meisner himself. Now headed by Martin Barter, Mr. Meisner’s assistant for over 12 years, the center teaches the Meisner technique in it’s original two-year program the way Sandy taught it. Accelerated Five-week intensives are also offered, as well as graduate-level scene-study classes and screenwriting classes. Graduates have gone on to win ten Academy Awards, eight Emmys, and six Tonys.

STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING - LOS ANGELES
A Studio for Actors
6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd fl.
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.stellaadler-la.com
(323) 465-4446, Fax: (323) 469-6049
8-12 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Founded by one of the world’s most respected acting teachers, the Stella Adler Studio offers a two-year conservatory program and individual classes. With six terms each year, classes include: acting technique, film/stage scene study, script analysis, theater to film audition technique, styles of acting, voice, movement, improvisation, Shakespeare, Chekhov, stage combat, dance, dialects, accent reduction, and commercial skills, all culminating in a play/film production. Ongoing professional class instructors include Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Mark Ruffalo, Kate Mulgrew, and Anthony Zerbe.




Improv and Comedy


ACME COMEDY THEATRE
135 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.acmecomedy.com
(323) 525-0233
Maximum 20 per class; all levels, some classes require an audition; auditing with permission
ACME offers improv, sketch, and stand-up classes for all levels, including improv and sketch fundamentals, as well as advanced classes. The “Elements” and “Advanced Improv” series are four week blocks that can be taken at any time, with “Elements” eight weeks total, and “Advanced Improv” 12 weeks. Students are encouraged to take the full series, but transfer credit from training at other recognized improv schools is negotiable. The improv performance class teaches ACME’s signature “Soap Opera” format, including character development and pitching, costume selection, and format structure. The 12-week class includes a performance on the ACME stage using characters developed in class. The sketch performance course is ACME’s most intensive class. Students write, pitch, and perform three sets of three-week shows, over the course of an 11-week period. Students can perform every week - but not all sketches are approved, so collaboration is encouraged. The sketch comedy writing course is a collaborative class series that includes a show on the ACME stage, using sketches written in the class. ACME also offers a four-week “Stand-up Comedy Course,” which includes one-on-one instruction, group sessions, and a performance at the end of the course. Each student receives a DVD of their final performance. ACME additionally offers a 12-week performance lab ($575) focusing on performance skills that requires an audition.

ACTORS IMPROV STUDIO
10707 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
www.actorsimprovstudio.com
(818) 790-3413
A free audit is permitted
Bill Applebaum, founder of Actors Improv Studio, is a Chicago Second City alumnus with more over 20 years of teaching, direction, acting, and writing experience in stage, film, and TV. He offers ongoing improv workshops that help actors and writers become more creative, spontaneous, and relaxed.

BANG COMEDY THEATRE
457 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.bangstudio.com
(323) 653-6886
14 students maximum; auditing available
L.A.’s oldest home of long-form improv, Bang’s conservatory has been training Los Angeles actors (including some of the stars of “Desperate Housewives,” “The Producers,” “Quinceañera,” and more), writers, and innocent bystanders for more than a decade. Bang is known for bringing truth to actors’ comedy and its continuing semester-based improv classes take students from basics through complex character work and long-form improvisation in a little over a year.

BARB & STEVE NORTH’S COMEDY WORKSHOP
www.funnycoach.com
(818) 347-5098
Steve North (“the Comedy Coach”) and his wife Barb’s Comedy Workshops offer a complete comedy development environment from beginner to professional, including private lessons and three levels of workshop/performing groups. The workshops focus on the North’s “comedic character” method of training performers to be comedians rather than comics, students regularly perform in the “Beyond Standup” show,

ANNE BEATTS
beattsclass@aol.com
(310) 273-1637
Beatts, the Emmy-winning original “Saturday Night Live” writer, teaches sketch comedy writing-performing in an intensive five-week course of weekly three-hour sessions that includes Internet guidance and culminates in a professional-level performance for an invited audience in a recognized comedy venue.

BOBBIE OLIVER - STANDUP ACADEMY
Bobbie Oliver
Ice House Comedy Club Main Room
24 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena,
bobbie@bobbieoliver.net
www.standupacademy.net
(323) 697-8287
Private lessons available; auditing is allowed; ongoing
StandUp Academy graduates have gone on to appear on “The Tonight Show”, Bravo, E!, the Aspen Comedy Festival stage, and more. Veteran comedian Bobbie Oliver teaches ongoing standup comedy classes in eight-week sessions. Over 200 L.A. comics have studied with Oliver. Private lessons are also available. Classes end with a graduation show in the Ice House main room.

TERRY BOLO
(323) 650-5968
Small class size
Bolo was an original founding member of the Groundlings.  Her half-day crash course in improv, designed for actors at any level, familiarizes people with the rules and structure and helps writers and comics develop material.

THE COMEDY ACADEMY
Craig Anton
comedyacademy@gmail.com
www.thecomedyacademy.com
(310) 413-6633
Limited class size, private coaching available; All levels
Founder Craig Anton has made a living being funny for over 20 years. Comedy Academy emphasis is on comedy scene study. Classes show actors how to bring more of themselves to each role and how to dig-out and discover the funny. Actors learn vernacular and skills to create characters with depth and honest humor. Classes also include deep-tissue script analysis and how that translates into a winning audition. Class sessions feature comic actors, casting directors, legit agents, commercial agents, directors, and development executives working today in film and television, who share their wit, wisdom, and keys to success.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

COMEDYSPORTZ LOS ANGELES
www.comedysportzla.com
(323) 871-1193
Limited class size
This approach to improvisation organizes teams of performers in athletic-style competition. L.A.’s own 18-plus-years professional team offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced improv workshops, plus a Sunday Team that performs for the public. Workshops run in eight-week cycles, with discounts available.

THE EMPTY STAGE IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY THEATRE
www.emptystage.com
(310) 470-3560
One-time registration fee required
Empty Stage offers basic and intermediate improv classes  as well as drop-in advanced classes. There are weekend performances by the Waterbrains, the Transformers, Vodka and Donuts, Pop, Fortune Room, and Being Humans, as well as sketch shows on Thu. at 8 p.m., featuring members of the improv classes.

THE GAY MAFIA IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP
www.thegaymafia.net
(323) 634-2820
This workshop is led by Mike Player, director and head writer for the improv/sketch comedy troupe The Gay Mafia and a graduate of the Warner Bros. Comedy Writers’ Workshop. All levels are welcome, sketch writing and standup instruction are also available.

THE GROUNDLINGS SCHOOL
www.groundlings.com
(323) 934-4747
This 30-year-old sketch comedy institution, home of the famous Groundlings performing troupe, offers improvisation classes in a “safe, structured, supportive” atmosphere. Students must audition into a basic level, which teaches the fundamentals of improvisation, a guide to improvisational choices, and self-confidence through the use of theater games and improv exercises, priced at $450 for the 12-class session. Students may also take a beginning-level class as part of the Groundlings Extension courses (no audition required), which introduces the rules of improvisation, priced at $225 for six sessions. The second intermediate level, writing lab third level, and an advanced fourth level require instructor approval. The classes are taught by current Groundlings and alumni. Sessions begin every six to 12 weeks; specific registration dates are available on the website or telephone line.

HARVEY LEMBECK COMEDY WORKSHOP
Helaine Lembeck, Artistic Director
www.harveylembeckcomedywork
shop.com
(310) 271-2831
Private coaching available; Beginner, intermediate, and advanced; Audits by arrangement only
Emmy-winning director Michael Lembeck and his sister Helaine Lembeck took over these comedy classes 22 years ago, 19 years after the late Harvey Lembeck began the workshop. Along with teacher Cal Gibson, Helaine and Michael offer workshops aimed at the trained working actor wanting to specialize in comedy. Workshops are designed to teach the actor how to play comedy legitimately in a scene, using improv as a tool to enhance comedic skills for sitcoms, TV, and film. Students participate onstage three or four times each night. Critiques are by tinstructors only. Former students include Robin Williams, Penny Marshall, John Ritter, Kim Cattrall, Bryan Cranston, John Larroquette, Jenna Elfman, Ted McGinley, Marilu Henner, Mary Kay Place, Lenny Clark, Alan Rachins, Scott Baio, David Leisure, Sally Kirkland, and Sharon Stone.

IMPRO THEATRE
1727 N. Vermont, Ste. 211
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.improtheatre.com
(323) 401-6162
15 students per class, master classes are also offered
The focus of this nonprofit improv company, home of LA Theatresports, is telling stories. The company teaches all levels of improv classes, including an improvising plays and films class in which students study film genres, playwright styles, and time periods, and then improvise from there.

IMPROV COMEDY WAY WITH ANDY GOLDBERG
www.offthewallcomedy.net
(310) 283-4027
Private coaching available
A member of the Off the Wall improv group since 1975 and author of “Improv Comedy” from Samuel French Press, Goldberg has been teaching for more than 20 years. His ongoing classes emphasize character development through exercises, games, and scene work.

IO WEST
6336 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.iowest.com
(323) 962-7560
Born in Chicago 25 years ago, IO is best known for its long-form improvisation, including the signature form “The Harold” (and for its alumni: Mike Myers, Andy Dick, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Andy Richter, to name a few). IO West offers six levels of improvisation classes and three levels of writing classes. Improv and writing classes meet once per week for eight consecutive weeks. Additional workshops include sitcom writing, musical improv, and audition workshops. Stage time is guaranteed with showcase and performance opportunities in the improv and writing classes. New classes begin every eight weeks.

JACQUIE LOWELL’S IMPROVISATION CLASSES
www.jacquielowell.com
(858) 581-0050
Lowell has taught improv in San Diego for the last 30 years and has performed with and directed several improvisational comedy performing troupes, which currently include Creative Urges (www.creativeurges.com) and Mission Improvible (www.missionimprovible.com). She teaches creativity workshops for business and education.

JUDY BROWN’S STAND-UP COMEDY WORKSHOP
judybrowni@usa.net
(310) 396-8425
Advanced coaching for comedians also available
Brown’s workshop is designed to help students learn how to turn their natural sense of humor into a professional comedy act, as well as to showcase their performance skills. Along the way, she says, they’ll learn comedy timing, delivery, and joke writing, and graduate with a comedy monologue (also suitable for auditions).

JUDY CARTER’S STAND-UP COMEDY WORKSHOPS
www.comedyworkshops.com
(310) 915-0555
“I tell people, ‘Your life doesn’t suck; your life is a joke, and you can make money from being funny,’” says Carter, a veteran of 55 television shows and author of the book “The Comedy Bible.” She teaches how to transform life experiences into a standup comedy act, a one-person show, or a sitcom script and offers three levels of standup classes.

L.A. CONNECTION COMEDY PRODUCTIONS
13442 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
www.laconnectioncomedy.com
(818) 710-1320
Artistic director Kent Skov, a member of the DGA and WGA, trained with the Committee and with Second City founder Paul Sills. L.A.’s longest-running improv company offers performance and training for all ages, including an adult improv repertory company that provides four levels of training and allows members to perform (with pay) before a live audience on a weekly basis.

JODI MILLER
(323) 525-0202
Miller is a veteran of standup at venues such as the Improv, the Comedy Store, and the Ice House, and offers a standup course separate from the curriculum at the ACME Comedy Theater, The class consists of four group classes, three private lessons, and a final performance, after which the student receives a DVD of his or her five-minute routine.

MUSICAL IMPROV WITH MICHAEL POLLOCK
www.michaelpollock.com
(323) 466-1714
Pollock is the author of “Musical Improv Comedy: Creating Songs in the Moment” book and CD, now in use at the Second City Training Centers. He is music director of Second City Los Angeles and teaches musical improv classes.

PAUL RYAN’S CBS ACTING ACADEMY AND TV HOSTING STUDIO
paul@paulryanproductions.com
www.paulryanproductions.com
(818) 788-2190
Through his innovative comedy improvisations and revolutionary comedy scene techniques, Ryan  “stretches the actor in every way possible to become comedically free.” He has worked as a comedy consultant and sitcom director in Europe and teaches the “CBS TV Hosting Intensive” once a month.

SANDI C. SHORE’S STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP
sandi@sandishore.com
www.sandishore.com
Shore offers four- and eight-week sessions. A textbook is required: “Sandi Shore’s Secret to Standup Success,” available at online bookstores or wherever books are sold. Workshops are held at the Comedy Store at 916 Pearl St., La Jolla. (858) 454-9176.

THE SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER
6560 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor
Hollywood,
training.la@secondcity.com
www.secondcity.com/tcla
(323) 464-8542
The Los Angeles Training Center offers classes in improvisation and sketch comedy year-round for actors of all ages. Called the “Ivy League of Comedy,” the Second City has trained many of the country’s leading comedy actors, writers, and directors. Its alumni include John Belushi, Bill Murray, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Sean Hayes, Steve Carell, Harold Ramis, and more.

TIM SIMEK
www.slowchildrenimprov.com
(213) 212-9921
A working actor, improv comic, and is the founder and director of the L.A.-based comedy improv group Slow...Children at Play, Simek offers ongoing improv and scene study classes, as well as private coaching for dramatic and comedic roles, including character development and audition techniques.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

STEVE KAPLAN’S COMEDY INTENSIVE
skcomedy@aol.com
www.kaplancomedy.com
(818) 718-7570
Limited enrollment
Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive is a two-day comedy workshop designed specifically for actors and solo performers. The workshop is designed as a hands-on performance workout where the tools and techniques of the course are explored through exercises, improv, and theater games.




On-Camera Technique


CREATIVE COMBUSTION ACTING STUDIO
coach4actors@aol.com
www.ccactingstudio.com
(310) 285-6777
12 students max, private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing permitted if contacted in advance; Sessions Sept.-May with ongoing intensives throughout the year
Director and acting coach Joshua Finkel offers classes for actors and public speakers of all ages and levels. All work is on-camera and taped.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Acting Technique/Scene Study

JAMES HARPER
(818) 749-4678
actinup0427@yahoo.com
No auditing; ongoing
A Juilliard Grad, award-winning actor/producer, and casting associate, he has coached privately, as well as taught at universities & colleges across the country (USC, Arizona State, University of North Carolina, etc.), for over 25 years. Harper specializes in audition coaching and ongoing once the job is secured.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

CHAD McCORD
717 N. Highland Ave., Ste. 24
Los Angeles, CA 90038
chad@chadmccord.com, jason@chadmccord.com, molly@chadmccord.com
www.chadmccord.com
(323) 868-9225 or (323) 939-7339
10 students max per class; All levels, also youth class for ages 13-18; Auditing not permitted, must do consultation before enrolling; Ongoing
Chad McCord offers weekly classes specializing in Script Analysis, Organic Preparation and Audition Technique.  All classes are on-camera, using current pilot, film, and TV material only.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

ON-CAMERA CLASSES WITH CHRISTINNA CHAUNCEY
3575 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Ste. 125
Toluca Lake, CA 90068
info@oncameraclasses.com
www.oncameraclasses.com
(818) 720-3052
10 students per class. Private coaching available; All levels, interview required; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing classes as well as seasonal; Work study program available
Chauncey’s Intensive On-Camera Workshop focuses on developing strong cold-read, audition, and on-camera skills specific to television. She has more than 15 years’ professional experience in front of and behind the camera as an associate to a major casting office for pilots and series.
Other: Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Acting Technique/Scene Study

SCREEN ACTORS STUDIO
Sonia Darmei-Lopes
West Los Angeles, CA
sonia@screenactorsstudio.com
www.screenactorsstudio.com
(310) 358-5942
14 students max, private coaching available; All levels; Free class audit and audition; Ongoing; Work study/internship program available
Darmei-Lopes teaches on-camera workshops at CastAway and Exclusive Casting. Her classes include commercial and theatrical technique, and are geared toward “turning the creative potential of the individual student into a successful audition.”
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study; Commercials/Voiceover


Physical Theater/Movement

BODY SPACE
www.kinepathics.com,
www.tantrawisdom.com
(310) 471-2934
Through visionary impressions, imagination, voice, tantra yoga, and movement improvisations, Anita DeFrancesco teaches her students to “learn to characterize presence and form, while exploring ‘in the moment’ consciousness through sensation, breath, emotion, intuition, and  ‘thoughted motion.’

DANCE FOR THE ACTOR - THERESA HAYES
8205 Santa Monica Blvd., #1-132
West Hollywood, CA 90046
dancefortheactor@aol.com
www.dancefortheactor.com
(310) 923-4787
Offers dance classes specifically for performing artists. Theresa Hayes (“Sophisticated Ladies,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Tap Dance Kid”) is a cum laude graduate of UCLA, where she received her B.A. in theater arts. Weekly and private classes available.

MIME THEATRE STUDIO
www.mimetheatrestudio.com
(866) 444-MIME
In the only year-round mime classes in Los Angeles, MTS teaches actors, dancers, comedians, singers, and storytellers how to “make the invisible visible,” using the body to express thought and emotion, and how to physicalize the actor’s interaction with his environment. MTS director Lorin Eric Salm is a three-year graduate of the Marcel Marceau Paris International School of Mimodrama and has been teaching for over 15 years.


Singing/Musical Theater

AUDITION SUCCESS WITH MICHAEL SARTOR
musicinla@msn.com
(818) 763-4898
L.A./NYC vocal coach and frequent audition pianist for shows such as “Seussical,” “Mamma Mia!,” “The Producers,” and “Bombay Dreams,” Sartor has coached thousands of performers seeking to develop musical theater performance skills. Students explore all aspects of performing musical theater material by developing their skills in voice, acting, and movement.

BILL HALLER-VOICE TEACHER
http://anuptempoandaballad
.blogspot.com
(818) 780-8240
Bill Haller trains singers in pop/Broadway belt technique. He was named one of the top private coaches in Back Stage West’s 2006 Best of L.A. readers’ poll.

CAROLE D’ANDREA
www.caroledandrea.com
(310) 281-7116
Audits allowed
D’Andrea’s 50-year career includes the original Broadway “West Side Story” (also the film) and “Gypsy.” She has directed productions of “Company,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Damn Yankees,” and offers  courses on singing performance, scene study, cold reading, monologues, and exercises.

BOB GARRETT
www.bobgarrett.net
(818) 506-5526
Master class also available
Garrett offers private voice classes and musical theater workshops. His techniques focus on breath control and support, expanding range, voice placement, calming nerves, and preparation of audition - technically, emotionally, and presentationally.

DAVID RISHTON
drishton@att.net
(323) 461-5204
Rishton offers private piano and voice coaching with an emphasis on musical theatre, “to capture the heart of the audience.” He trained at McCune School of Music in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was a member of Utah Opera Company in the 1980s.

SINGING MADE EASY
www.stagesingingsecrets.com
A two-hour video workshop (DVD or VHS) offers tips on stage presence, confidence and ease, body language and hand gestures, audition skills, camera technique, creative song delivery, and the like.

Solo Shows

IRENE PINN: THE ART OF THE ONE-PERSON SHOW
pinnwheel@earthlink.net
(323) 650-2391
Weekly classes in writing and performing your own solo show are taught by Emmy- and Theatre World Award-winning director-producer Irene Pinn. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have said, “Any artist wishing to explore and refine to completion a one-person piece for theatrical performance should begin here with Irene.”

STACIE CHAIKEN WHAT’S THE STORY? STUDIO
whatsthestory2@mac.com
www.whatsthestory.us
(310) 450-1312
The workshop was designed by Chaiken as an opportunity to develop solo work in a group process, and try things out in front of a friendly audience on a regular basis. The class is useful for actors who want to create solo work, writers who are wrestling with autobiographical or historical material, and storytelling artists who want to bring greater depth and immediacy to their work.

TRAVIS-JOHNTZ
solo@travis-johntz.com
www.travis-johntz.com
(323) 848-9800
For the past 16 years, Mark Travis and Frederick Johntz have been involved in the development of solo shows for hundreds of actors and performers. They offer workshops, seminars, and private coaching.

TRUTH, LIES AND MEMORY: CREATING THE ONE-PERSON SHOW
Terrie Silverman
www.creativerites.com
(310) 281-3175
LImited class size, 10-week sessions, private coaching and script consultations available
This workshop is led by Terrie Silverman, artist-in-residence, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, whose work has been presented at the HBO Workspace, Highways, MOCA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts, KPFK Radio, and theaters in L.A. and New York. Her program is designed to guide actors through the process of developing and performing a solo play, whether the actor is looking for a way to begin, continue, or polish material in a supportive, safe environment. Spontaneous writing exercises, movement, music, and drawing allows students to write and create organically. The student crafts the work through feedback, improvising, writing, and performing. Ten-week sessions. Classes culminate in a works-in-progress performance.

Stage Combat/Stunts

ACADEMY OF THEATRICAL COMBAT
c/o Swords Fencing Studio
2115 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
info@theatricalcombat.com
www.theatricalcombat.com
(818) 364-8420
All levels; Auditing by permission, an introductory fight seminar is held every other month
Dan Speaker and Jan Bryant (“Master and Commander,” “Hook,” “Army of Darkness”) are among the top experts in fight design, action choreography, and weapons combat for the motion picture industry. They offer classes that begin at the basic level, covering safety and the primary techniques of hand to hand combat (including rolls, falls, and throws), broadsword, quarterstaff, cutlass, and theatrical saber.

COMBAT AT BEVERLY HILLS FENCERS’ CLUB
combat@robertabrown.com
www.swordcombat.com
(310) 266-5151 or (310) 204-0085
Private coaching available; all levels; auditing by permission
Instructors are professional fight directors and swordmasters whose screen credits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Master and Commander,” and “ER.” They provide classes, workshops, and private coaching for actors in combat for screen and stage, with a particular focus on swordplay.

DAVE LEA’S MOTION PICTURE STUNT/FIGHT-TRAINING
6318 San Fernando Rd.
Burbank, CA 91201
daveleastunt@earthlink.net
www.davelea.com
(818) 603-9696
The level of screen fighting has been raised. Students can advance their on-camera fighting skills in various fighting styles-including weapons, fine-tune hand combat, kicks, and kickboxing.

FILM FIGHTING L.A.
www.filmfightingla.com,
www.taowesttaichi.com
(310) 447-8438
The club is a group of people learning to safely but realistically act action scenes for film, television, and theater. Classes include a stunt fighting class. Monthly workshops include European swords, Asian weapons, Filipino weapons, Shao-lin and Hong Kong fighting.

JUNE CHADWICK - ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
www.alexandertechniquewithjune.
com
june.chadwick@gmail.com
(805) 565- 9958
Private lessons, with group lessons by arrangement.
Chadwick believes the Alexander Technique helps everyone do everyin life in an easier manner. Whether it's in sports, being in front of a computer, driving, performing, or washing dishes, actors and non-actors alike unknowingly put a strain on their bodies, which over time results in stiffness and pain.  These strainful "habits"  interrupt the body's ablity to process brain messages in a clear way, robbing everyone of their energy, lightness of movement, and efficient breathing, affecting their overall health, posture, and functioning.  Using the “Alexander Technique,” Chadwick teaches a systematic process to discover and 'undo' these harmful patterns. With gentle hands and verbal guidance Chadwick brings her students back to the ease that nature intends.

SAMURAI ACTION STUDIO
www.samuraiaction.com
(310) 849-1466
Michi Yamato teaches Japanese stage combat include karate, sword fighting, gymnastics, and trampoline techniques. He is a former member of the original “Power Ranger” stunt team and coordinated more than 100 episodes as a stunt coordinator.

SWORDPLAY FENCING STUDIOS
www.swordplayla.com, www.timweske.com
(818) 566-1777
Tim Weske’s SwordPlay, with locations in Burbank and Reseda, teaches all edged weapons, including Olympic-style fencing. Ongoing film and stage-combat classes and private lessons focus on extreme detail to safety, balance, footwork, and confidence in memorization of choreography.




Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction


ACCENT ON ACTING - ADAM LeGRANT
www.accentonacting.com
(323) 878-2288
Admission by interview
LeGrant trains the non-native English speaker in speech and drama, including accent reduction and speech training in Standard American English, audition preparation, and cold reading techniques. He also offers monologue and scene work.

ACCURATE ENGLISH
13101 Washington Blvd., Ste. 231
Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.accurateenglish.com
(310) 568-0077
One-on-one classes
Lisa Mojsin, M.A., speaks five languages, has an acting background, and has taught at the college and university level. She helps her students learn to speak accurately and clearly, and to “gain confidence to go after the roles they really want.”

ALISO CREEK PRODUCTIONS - WILLIAM WILLIAMS
www.alisocreek.net
(818) 954-9931
4-6 students; Free studio visit with consultation is available
Williams has been producing commercials for 20 years. His six-week classes in commercial and animation voiceover meet in a recording studio under real-life performing conditions.

ANGEL DIVA MUSIC
www.angeldivamusic.com
(818) 888-5885
Accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Jan Linder Koda creates radio-ready recording packages for motivated singer-songwriters. She specializes in artist development, writes or co-writes songs with clients, and records songs in her state-of-the-art Pro Tools studio.

ROWENA BALOS
www.rowenabalos.com
(310) 285-8489
Balos offers short-term and ongoing workshops and private coaching in voice production, speech, accent reduction, and Shakespeare. She has taught at many acting studios, universities, and theatre companies around the world, including, NYU, UCLA, CalArts, the Howard Fine Acting Studio, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Sydney Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, and Antaeus Classical Theatre Company.

BEATRICE
(310) 273-5940
A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in speech and music, Beatrice teaches vocal production, how to increase power and range, diaphragmatic breathing and placement, and self-confidence for auditions in all styles. She has appeared on television with Janet Jackson, Steve Allen, and Melissa Manchester, and is the teacher of two winners of the Heroes and Legends Scholarship Awards.

BEVERLY BREMERS’ VOICERCISE
www.voicercise.net
(949) 874-0616
Private consultation available
Working voiceover professional Bremers offers voiceover classes and pro workouts in Orange and San Diego counties and also produces voiceover demos and house minutes. Bremers additionally offers classes in accent reduction, singing, songwriting, and cold reading.

BONNIE BIZOZA
(818) 783-0473
On-set coaching available
Through her company “Accent on Accent,” Bizoza offers accent/dialect training and accent reduction for beginners and established professionals. She is a licensed speech therapist and an experienced dialect coach who provides private training using a multisensory approach adapted to the student’s learning style to achieve authentic, natural speech patterns.

LUCILLE BLISS
(415) 824-8188 or (323) 667-1169
“Working legend” Bliss teaches private voice-acting lessons. Her work focuses on career training, interpretation, mike techniques, audition procedures, and animation.

BREATH
Natsuko Ohama
breathnatsuko@aol.com
www.natsukoohama.com
(818) 754-2400
Natsuko Ohama, a teacher of Kristin Linklater’s approach, conducts private coaching and group classes. She uses exercises that involve breath, sound vibration, physical work, emotions, thought, and text, and works with actors to “undo habits and inhibitory blocks that limit them.”

ADELE CABOT
(818) 368-1365
Cabot is a designated Linklater voice teacher and acting coach. Her other specialties include audition coaching and acting Shakespeare.

CAROL TINGLE VOICE STUDIO
www.caroltingle.com
310-828-3100
Tingle, a performer and voice teacher for almost 40 years, works with singers of all ages, levels, and styles. She offers private instruction and performance workshops in her Santa Monica studio where emphasis is placed on the development of the voice within the style of the singer, as well as safe, healthy vocal production, audition preparation, and alleviating performance anxiety.

LOUISE CHAMIS
(818) 985-0130
Chamis’ workshops are a place for voiceover actors “to learn, to work out, and to stretch.” Students analyze copy to find out what they are selling and how best to sell it.  She has been teaching for over 26 years and is the voice of the Queen in “Snow White” in all current Disney projects.

CORFF VOICE STUDIO
Bob Corff
www.corffvoice.com
(323) 851-9042
Veteran performer and voice/performance coach Bob Corff is author of “The Bob Corff Speakers Voice Method” on CD or tape and “The Bob Corff Singers Method” on CD or tape. Along with his wife, Claire (with whom he has written and produced the CD and workbook “Achieving the Standard American Accent”), Corff offers private and group lessons on how the voice works and how to make your speaking voice work for you in the best possible way.

DAVE & DAVE INC.
4421 Lankershim Blvd.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
www.everythingvo.com
(818) 508-7578, Fax: (818) 508-5830
Publisher Dave Sebastian Williams of www.VoiceOverResourceGuide.com offers “One Stop for Everything Voice Over”: recording studios, website design, home studio installation, VO studio equipment, and graphic design for DVDs, CDs, packaging, post cards, and stationery. In the business “for good” since the 1970s, “we care about our industry,” says Williams.

DEBORAH ELLEN VOCAL STUDIOS
info@deborahellen.com
www.deborahellen.com
(310) 422-9166
All levels
Deborah Ellen has been involved with the Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing Technique for over 11 years. She offers private lessons in vocal technique and artistry.

DEBORAH SHULMAN VOICE STUDIOS
www.deborahshulman.com/
teaching.html
(323) 851-7344
Private coaching available
Whether you need to extend and improve your vocal range, eliminate a stubborn vocal break between registers, improve resonance in the speaking as well as singing voice, or learn how to sell a song, there are practical solutions to each specific problem. Along with vocal technique, Deborah Shulman teaches performing strategies, how to find your own performance personality, and, most importantly, she helps you increase your self-confidence as a complete performer. Shulman has been a performer, teacher, director and producer in Los Angeles and New York City for many years. She has performed and taught successfully in all styles - from classical to pop, stage to rock, to the recording studio. Private and group classes are available.

DIAMANTE VOCAL STUDIO
(323) 466-7881
Edward Diamante teaches a speech-level technique that has supported 112 Grammy Award winners while they were recording. He helps actors who don’t sing professionally but who want to learn to control their voices through exercise, or who have injured their voices through laryngitis or other vocal illness.

DOLORES DIEHL VOICEOVER CONNECTION INC.
www.voconnection.com
(213) 384-9251
Small class size; all levels; ongoing
Voiceover Connection Inc. offers workshops, workouts, and seminars in the areas of commercials, animation, narration, audiobooks, audio drama/comedy. Levels are basic through pro. Courses are directed by Diehl and taught by voiceover agents, casting directors, publishers, and producers. “Individual feedback from every director.” Located at sound studios in Hollywood, Valley Village, North Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Offers makeups for sessions missed.

JESSICA DRAKE
(323) 662-1831
The Juilliard-trained Drake has been coaching actors in dialect and speech for more than 20 years, with credits that include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Pink Panther” with Steve Martin, “Catch Me If You Can,”    “L.A. Confidential,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Green Mile,”” HBO’s Band of Brothers,” and “Six Feet Under.” She also coaches actors for Shakespeare.

ROBERT EASTON
(818) 985-2222
Easton is best-known as the “Henry Higgins of Hollywood Inc.” for his extensive and highly specialized dialect coaching, which has resulted in many nominations and awards, including Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG, and Cannes Film Festival awards. In addition to his dialect workshops, Easton has also taught more than 2,600 students comedy improv, characterization, and cold reading.

ELISABETH HOWARD’S VOCAL POWER ACADEMY
www.vocalpowerinc.com
(800) 829-7664
Howard, founder of the Vocal Power Academy, is an internationally acclaimed vocal technician and vocal stylist. A Juilliard graduate and on the vocal staff at Pepperdine University, she has conducted vocal technique workshops in 10 countries.

ELIZABETH BURNETTE
elizburnette@aol.com
(310) 967-4405
Small classes, private coaching available
Burnette specializes in teaching english to actors without any detectable accent for film, television, and stage. She has been coaching in L.A. for 10 years.

ELOCUTION SOLUTION
harriet@elocutionsolution.com
www.elocutionsolution.com
(800) 597-9691
Free evaluation
Elocution Solution’s speech pathologists offer individual or group sessions in voice and diction for actors, including breathing, relaxation exercises, pitch adjustment, projection, resonance, and voice care. They also work with actors on reducing or acquiring accents and learning specific speech patterns such as those associated with hearing difficulties, strokes, and stuttering. Additionally they specialize in articulation and tongue thrust therapy. Free evaluation. Located in the San Fernando Valley.

LEIGH GILBERT
leeleethevoguru@aol.com
(323) 692-5704
Gilbert offers privates and group classes.

GODEANE GRACE EAGLE, M.A.
(310) 450-5735
Eagle teaches singing, speech, pitch training, and stage voice.

DEREK GRAYDON
(323) 656-9356
Graydon is a Juilliard-trained star of Broadway and opera. He offers the “bel canto” technique. Dame Judi Dench says he is “unsurpassed,” John Travolta calls him “magic.”

HOWARD AUSTIN’S VOCAL POWER SCHOOL
vocalcoach@borntosing.com
www.vocalpower.com
(800) 929-7464 or (818) 895-7464
Howard Austin, creator of the Vocal Power Method, says training with him will develop your voice control (breath control, support, focusing tone, vibrato pulse, resonance control, eliminating register breaks); personal style (phrasing and creative improvisation in any style); and performance power (mike techniques, lyric interpretation, and dynamic staging).

JEFFREY ALLEN VOCAL STUDIO
www.vocalsuccess.com
(818) 782-4332
Allen offers professional voice-strengthening and problem-solving for speech or singing, onstage, and in the studio, as well as audition/demo preparation. All ages, levels, and styles.

JULIE OSBURN’S VOICE RE-TRAINING
(310) 989-2803
Osburn teaches a combination of body work: breathing exercises with Pilates and Alexander to strengthen support muscles and release tension in the body, then vocal therapy exercises together with singing exercises, that use the body’s relaxed strength to center and focus the sound.

KALMENSON & KALMENSON VOICE CASTING
105 S. Sparks St.
Burbank, CA 91506
www.kalmenson.com
(818) 377-3600
The owners of Kalmenson & Kalmenson commercial voice casting service have spent over 25 years educating actors. Voiceover classes are available for all levels and are taught in the same full-service recording studios where auditions are held daily. Improv and scene study classes also offered.

KELLY REITER: REEL ENGLISH
www.reelenglishcoach.com
(323) 957-4758
Assessment interview required
Standard American dialect specialist Reiter has been coaching actors in L.A. since 1989. Her character study approach gives her students the tools, confidence, and professional American voice they need, from getting an agent to getting the part.

PHILIP KING (KROOPF)
(310) 276-7587
King, formerly with Joseph Papp NY Shakespeare Festival, director of the New York School of Announcing and Speech, and founder of AMAS Repertory Theater, has years of teaching experience in New York and Los Angeles, and offers one-on-one coaching in cold readings, interp, dialect, and speech.

DARLENE KOLDENHOVEN
darlene@darlenekoldenhoven.com
(818) 980-2840
With a master’s in music education and voice, Koldenhoven offers vocal coaching and techniques for projection, diction, breathing, pitch, and rhythm. She is the author of  the book “Tune Your Voice” and teaches all styles, levels, and ages.

M.J. LALLO
4020 W. Magnolia Blvd, Ste. K
Burbank, CA 91505
www.creatingvoices.com
(818) 980-6576
10 students maximum
Award-winning voiceover artist Lallo has worked for Disney, Universal Interactive, Fox Kids, TV Guide, GNC, and has done more than 100 commercials, CD-ROMs, and feature film ADR. She has been teaching commercial and animation voiceover for 12 years.

LISA POPEIL’S VOICEWORKS
lisa@popeil.com
www.popeil.com
(818) 906-7229
Private coaching available
Training in “all things voice,” is how Popeil describes her work. She works on vocal control, range, power, creating emotional magic, speech improvement, vocal projection for acting, vocal health, sight singing, demo recording, performance coaching, audition preparation.

MARC CASHMAN - CASHMAN COMMERCIALS: THE CASHMAN CACHE OF VOICE ACTING TECHNIQUES
www.cashmancommercials.com
(661) 222-9300
Audits encouraged, payment plan available
This Clio-winning casting director and producer instructs beginning, intermediate, and advanced actors on the tricks of the trade in developing a successful radio/TV voiceover career.

MARJORY TAYLOR’S VOICE MASTERY
(310) 246-1743
Marjory Taylor has operated her own voice school, The House of Voice (now known as Voice Mastery), for over 18 years. She teaches voice building, diction, broadcast english, commercials, cold reading, accent correction, and other aspects of communication and performance.

SANDI MASSIE
(818) 903-4016
Massie is a coach for voice, speech, dialects, and accent reduction. She has been a coaching of theater, television, and film for the past 20 years and teaches relaxation, breath support, resonance, diction, and many other aspects of voice.

MARY McGREGOR
(818) 762-0309
McGregor works to combine the necessary techniques to help you “free your sound.” Says McGregor, “In acting and in singing it is necessary to understand what your instrument can do for you.”

MENTOR LANGUAGE INSTITUTE - MICHAEL BUCKLIN
mail@mentoresl.com
www.mentoresl.com
(310) 887-0777
Private coaching available
Bucklin, who is a graduate of Neighborhood Playhouse taught by Sanford Meisner and a professional voiceover talent from New York, combines the Meisner technique with original accent reduction exercises to help nonnative speakers of English learn basic acting technique while improving their language skills.

VANESSA MIZZONE
vmizzone@hotmail.com
(310) 968-7631
Mizzone holds an MFA and is a Santa Monica College Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member and former voice and speech instructor at UCLA. She offers private voice and speech coaching for actors based in the Linklater method with a Skinner approach to speech.

MUSIC 1 ON 1
geraldwhite@music1on1.com
(310) 430-4802
Vocal coaching, sight singing, and group classes. Open to all.

ORIGINAL VOICE BANK
George Crowell
(818) 846-2002 or (800) 500-6661
George Crowell has run this coaching and training facility since 1980 under the name Voice Bank (later changed to Original Voice Bank). Crowell is a veteran voiceover performer with more than 20 years of experience who teaches two tracks: first, the basics (“good, intelligent interpretation of the written material”), and second, characterization.

OVATION EARPROMPTER TRAINING AND SALES
www.earprompter.com
(888) 327-7766
The Earprompter allows you to deliver your lines without memorizing or notes, and with minimum preparation time. Actor, public speaker, and consultant Brian Collins has been conducting his one-day Earprompter seminar for actors and corporate speakers for over 20 years.

CARLA PEREZ
cjperez-gtn@charter.net
(818) 409-9619
Carla Perez has a master’s degree in voice performance and has been teaching and singing for a very long time. She teaches beginners through advanced students a “full-body presence” technique-singing from head to toe - addressing vowels, breath, support, musicianship, interpretation, and stylistic nuance.

PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING WITH JULIE DANIELS
(818) 623-8960
All levels and ages
Professionally Speaking offers private coaching in voice, speech, and accent reduction. Emphasis in training includes proper breathing techniques, articulation, projection, and interpretation, with the goal being “a fully textured voice that sells your strengths as an actor.”

RICHARD FREDRICKS: I TEACH ANYONE HOW TO SING!
metbariton@aol.com
www.richardfredricks.com
(310) 838-3355
Fredricks’ career started in a Santa Monica nightclub, moving to musical comedy, the New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera as a leading baritone. Fredricks has brought back the voices of Andy Williams, Howard Keel, Pat Boone, and Renata Scotto, among others.

RICK ZIEFF’S UNBELIEVABLY FUN VOICEOVER CLASS
(323) 651-1666
Rick Zieff teaches mike technique for TV and radio commercials, animation, narration, and audiobooks. As a busy voiceover actor, director, and casting director, he emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, and making strong creative choices at the microphone. He guides actors through preparing a demo that will be their “calling card” to the voiceover world. He cast the Academy Award-winning animated short “The ChubbChubbs!” and directed the animated feature “Steamboy” (starring Patrick Stewart and Alfred Molina). Rick coaches adults and children at his studio in West Hollywood. Rick’s fun, fast-paced style makes him one of L.A.’s most sought-after teachers for adults and children.

ROY SAMUELSON THE VOICE OVER WORK OUT LOUNGE (VOWOL)
roysamuelson@gmail.com
www.vowol.com
(310) 439-9036
VOWOL offers a “playful and positive gym” for actors to work on recordings at a recording studio, learning from guest hosts.

SANDY HOLT/VOICECASTER
(310) 271-8217
Private coaching available
Sandy Holt, a Chicago Second City alum, teaches a voiceover workshop that covers sharpening audition skills and booking the job, making the copy your own and being original, making money, having fun playing different characters, and improvising and learning recording techniques. Holt produces demos custom-made to the actor’s talents.

ALAN SHATERIAN
(310) 824-2720
Shaterian has a Ph.D. in linguistics and phonetics, and offers private coaching in speech and dialect, foreign languages, and character preparation.

THE STEVEN MEMEL STUDIO
www.stevenmemel.com
(818) 789-0474
Memel has had a multifaceted career as a singer, actor, and director, as well as an internationally acclaimed teacher. He has experience in all areas of the arts and has worked onstage, in film, on television, and in the recording studio.

THE STUTTERING FOUNDATION
www.stutteringhelp.org
(800) 992-9392
As this organization reminds us, stuttering hasn’t stopped actors like Nicholas Brendon (Xander in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) from making their mark in Hollywood.

SUSAN BLU and CYNTHIA SONGÉ
voiceoverworkshops@gmail.com
www.blupka.com
(818) 763-8500
Small classes; all levels
Susan Blu, voiceover actor and voice director, and Cynthia Songé, casting director at Blupka Productions,  teach classes in voiceover for commercial and animation.  Students get tons of booth time.

VOCAL STYLINGS
lisa@vocalstylings.com
www.vocalstylings.com
Vocal Stylings offers private singing lessons and in-studio vocal production to free the artist in you, helping you perform with greater passion, power, emotion, and energy. Styles include rock, R&B, show music,and pop with areas of specialization include vocal power, breathing techniques, extension of range, and style development.

VOCAL YOGA
Heather Lyle
www.vocalyoga.com
(310) 200-0506
Vocal Yoga offers technique for singing, acting, and public speaking.

THE VOICECASTER VOICEOVER WORKSHOPS
1832 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
casting@voicecaster.com
www.voicecaster.com
(818) 841-5300, Fax: (818) 841-2085
Private coaching available; no auditing
The Voicecaster is celebrating its 30th year casting for radio and television commercials, as well as industrials, animation, narration, CD-ROMs, voices of toys, and more. Huck Liggett, owner and head of casting, and his staff work on voiceover skills from microphone technique to translating and breaking down copy, as well as introducing the most current trends in advertising. Says Liggett, “Our approach is focused on exploring and discovering the strength of each individual so that he or she would have a better idea of how to approach VO professionally. We meet each student at the level they bring to a class and help them build from that point.” Courses meet in four- and six-week sessions, $300-$550. No auditing. No requirements for admission to beginning levels; higher-level classes require prior professional VO training.

WALLY BURR VOICEOVER
www.wallyburr.com
(818) 763-2618
The casting and voice director on more than 2,000 TV episodes (“GI Joe,” “Jem,” “Transformers,” “Inspector Gadget,” “My Little Pony”), and commercial producer-director for Kellogg’s, Pillsbury, and Green Giant, Burr offers voiceover instruction and demos.

WARREN B. MEYERS
11615 Addison St.
Valley Village, CA 91601
wbmvo@aol.com
www.wbmvo.com
(818) 985-1359, Fax: (818) 985-1342
Meyers teaches techniques for a successful career in voiceovers. He has over 25 years of experience hiring and directing voiceover talents for national and local radio and TV spots, narrations, promos, books on tape, and interactive CD-ROMs. Meyers is now accepting a limited number of talented beginners (adults and children), as well as working professionals. Sessions are available by appointment only. Meyers offers a free introductory meeting, affordable rates, in Valley Village. Meyers is considered one of L.A.’s most experienced voiceover directors.

YOUNG VOICES
(323) 651-1666
This voiceover training class for performers ages 7-17 incorporates TV and radio commercials, animation, improv, theatre games, and technical exercise to create this marketable craft. Classes are taught by casting director Alison Stuart (Academy Award-winning animation short “The ChubbChubbs”).




Young Performers


ACTING FOR CHILDREN & TEENS AT EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
www.edgemarcenter.org
(310) 399-3666
Private coaching available
Edgemar, made up of two state-of-the-art theaters in Santa Monica, offers on-camera, cold reading, and acting and improvisation classes for ages 6-17. Students perform in a showcase for parents and agents at  the end of the eight-week session.

BARB NORTH THE KIDZ KOACH
22647 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 422
Woodland Hils, CA 91364
barb@funnycoach.com
www.funnycoach.com
(818) 347-5098
North works privately with children and their parents in what she calls “a fun and nurturing environment.” She  teaches children acting and audition strategies, and  works with parents “to help navigate the business.”

BB’S KIDS ACTING WORKSHOP WITH BELINDA BALASKI
Belinda Belaski
www.bbskids.com
(323) 650-5437
10-16 students per class
Balaski has been acting since age five and has more than 40 years of experience in the business. She earned an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, two Robbies, and several Emmy nominations. For the past 18 years she has been teaching kids and teens in a variety of eight-week classes: Commercial Workshop (5-18), Adult Commercials (18 and up), TV & Film Acting (9 and up), Music Video/Theater (7 and up), Tot’s Acting (4-8), Monologues (8 and up), Shakespeare Classics (10 and up), Sitcom (10 and up), Dialects & Voiceovers (8 and up), Teen Improv (10 and up), Modeling: Print & Runway (8-25), Auditions with Casting Director (10 and up), and parent seminars. Classes are limited to 10-16 students. All classes are taped, with live/tape showcases at graduation for agents and parents. The eight-week sessions start in January, April, July, and October.

CARTER THOR STUDIO “ON THE MARK” YOUNG ACTOR CLASS
12417 Ventura Ct.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-9426
The studio now offers a class for young actors, 9-18, that it describes as “revolutionary.” The goal is to help young actors develop confidence and fluidity in front of the camera through the understanding of scene study, script analysis, and cold reading.

HARRIET GREENSPAN
(818) 266-6698
A casting director for over 20 years, Greenspan currently casts for the Nickelodeon network and offers private coaching and intensive workshops for kids, teens, and young adults.

HELEN ANZALONE STUDIOS
10545 Burbank Blvd., Ste. 202
North Hollywood, CA 91601
helenanzalone@yahoo.com
www.helenanzalone.com
(818) 633-1936
Small class size, private coaching available
Anzalone been coaching acting in Los Angeles for 10 years. As a successful trainer and creative force behind a successful training center, Helen holds beginning and master classes for young actors, successfully coaching many performers to series on such shows as “The Agency,”” Go Fish,” and “Gideon's Crossing.” Anzalone is a New York-trained professional actress and stand-up comic. She has appeared in numerous feature films, national commercials, and TV shows including “The Tonight Show,” “Sister/Sister,” and “In The House.”
Other: On-Camera Technique; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; Acting Technique/Scene Study.

SEAN HOWSE
sean@actingforteens.com
(323) 309-7718
All levels; Auditing allowed
Howse has been teaching acting to teenagers for over a decade and trained under Joanne Linville and Stella Adler. Classes run in three-month semesters and incorporate the Adler technique.

JOY THEATRE - JOSH and JANIECE JARY MINNICK
The Raven Playhouse
5233 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
jnj@joytheatre.com
www.joytheatre.com
(818) 505-9355
Joy Theatre offers classes in comedy geared to give young actors the tools and confidence for onstage performance and in their personal world. Joy has ongoing weekend and after-school programs, as well as an on-camera class.

K12
www.k12.com
(866) 968-7512
K12 is an online curriculum provider for students in grades K through 12. It has a patented system for virtual schooling that includes online lessons, built-in assessments, planning tools, and traditional materials such as books, art supplies, and scientific equipment. “If you need a school or learning program designed to meet the needs of young professional performing artists, K12 can provide you with one, no matter where you live or how often you travel,” say the folks at K12.

KIDS ON CAMERA
Phil De Champlain
stopdreaminactors@yahoo.com
www.stopdreamin.com
(818) 500-0037
Phil De Champlain’s coaching is based on his own experience as an actor, writer, and director for over 15 years. Classes focus is on on-camera auditioning, cold reading, improvisation, film and TV scene study, helping students discover what makes them unique inside.

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE - YOUTH THEATRE
donna@lagunaplayhouse.com
www.lagunaplayhouse.com
Donna Inglima, (949) 497-2787, ext. 202
Special summer theater session as well
This acclaimed regional theater offers a variety of acting and creative drama classes ongoing for youths ages 6-18. Classes are taught by theater professionals in 10-week sessions after school.

LIZA MONJAUZE PRODUCTIONS
Los Angeles, CA
lizamonjauze@mac.com
www.lizamonjauzeproductions.com
(310) 384-9424
Based on production; ages 8 to 18; by sessions
Liza Monjauze Productions have created a place for children and young adults to build confidence, improve theater skills, and create lifelong friendships. They believe participation in a fully staged musical is an enormously rich experience for all young people, providing them immeasurable social and emotional benefits. Beginning with a prepared audition, working through a precise and demanding rehearsal schedule, depending on others before a live audience, and exchanging tears and hugs at the closing night cast party, the Monjauze productions kids not only learn the traditions of musical theater but have created memories and friendships that may last a lifetime. Children are provided a creative and supportive environment where they gain firsthand knowledge, confidence, and a true sense of success. Multiple productions are staged throughout the year. All those who pre-register will be cast.
Other: Young Performers; Singing/Musical Theater

MARNIE COOPER SCHOOL OF ACTING INC.
www.marniecooper.com
(818) 760-8009
An acting teacher and coach with over 20 years of experience, Cooper offers advanced classes (ages 5-21), private coaching, on-set coaching, and weekend workshops. She specializes in audition preparation and recently published a how-to acting book for children and their parents (available at www.howdoiact.com).

QUIT ACTING!!
5312 Radford Ave.,  #5
Valley Village, CA 91607
www.quitacting.com
(818) 437-1911
Laura Lasky’s ongoing monthly sessions for kids and teens are designed to help her students “find out what’s holding [them] back and quit it.” Her small classes and private coaching emphasize on-camera and audition training, “because the audition is the job.”

STACY REED
reed@theblank.com
(323) 662-7734
Producer of the award-winning Blank Theatre Company, Reed teaches an ongoing class for children and teens at the 2nd Stage Theatre. These classes combine professional training with creative dramatics in an environment that is challenging and nurturing and include: slating and interviewing, energy and personality, mock auditions, listening and memorization, self-expression, commercial skills, hitting marks, working more effectively with props and partners, direction and adjustments, and set etiquette.

THE SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE EDUCATION CONSERVATORY
theatre@santamonicaplayhouse.com
www.santamonicaplayhouse.com
(310) 394-9779
This conservatory, now in its 46th year, offers extensive training for actors from beginners through professionals, year-round. A variety of workshops for all ages, preschool through adult, focus on audition technique, communication skills, musical theater, character development, movement for the stage, voice, and performance, with a new theater skills crash course. Alumni bring their youngsters so that they can share in the process. “I could not wait until tomorrow came so I could go again,” says Jeffrey, age 9. “I made my stage debut at Santa Monica Playhouse,” says Kate Hudson.

TOTAL IMPROV FOR KIDS
totalimprov4kids@aol.com
www.totalimprov.com
(818) 481-8072
Premier improv school for children, ages 8-21, that teaches the art of improvisation from beginning to adult level. Students have successfully performed in some of L.A.’s hottest comedy clubs and national festivals.

TRACY MARTIN/KOACHING KIDS & TEENS
mstracyco@aol.com
www.tracymartin.com/koachng.htm
(818) 752-8487
10 students maximum per class, private coaching also available; Auditing for agents and managers only
Since Martin’s classes began in 1998, over 20 agencies and managers have referred young students to her. Many of her students are series regulars, guest stars, and co-stars on TV, or leads and co-leads in films. Martin offers a teen cold reading class, acting class, and one-day intensive voiceover classes.

THE YOUNG ACTOR’S STUDIO
5215 Lankershim Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
www.youngactorsstudio.com
(310) 281-7545
Adult classes also available; auditing is allowed
Class Act offers coaching and training for young actors, ages 4-18, and uses the basics of the Stanislavsky system to help them learn to use their personal unique qualities in their acting. A full conservatory day or a choice of individual classes that include stage combat, comedy, improv, voice, audition technique, acting technique, and production are available.

YOUNG ACTORS SPACE
info@youngactorsspace.com
www.youngactorsspace.com
(818) 785-7979
Private coaching available
This school for young professionals, started in 1979, offers weekly classes for students, ages 5-adult, in scene study, improvisation, audition techniques, and sensory work. Patrick Day, director, has coached hundreds of actors in starring roles in television, film, and stage.

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