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* Joanne Baron, Actor, Acting Teacher
* D.W. Brown, Actor, Acting Teacher
Joanne Baron, Actor, Acting Teacher
Joanne Baron is an established actor, comedienne, producer, and teacher. Her film credits include "Spiderman 2," "Drag Me to Hell," "School for Scoundrels," "Real Genius," "Expired," "Ungodly," "In Northwood," "The Eyes of Laura Mars," "Joy of Sex," and "Perfume." She is currently starring opposite Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgård in "Frankie and Alice."
Joanne won the best actress award at the River Run Film Festival for her lead role as Allie in "Allie and Me" and was nominated at the Down Beach Film Festival for a best actress award for her lead role in "iMurders." Joanne created and produced several films, including "Perfume" with Jeff Goldblum and "Profoundly Normal" with Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo.
Joanne's television credits include "The Dorothy Dandridge Story," "The Ponder Heart," " ER," "The Shield," "Streettime," "Going to California," "Strong Medicine," and series roles on "Lovers and Other Strangers" and "Sledgehammer."
Baron won L.A. critics awards for her stage performances in "Porno Stars at Home," "Daughters," and "Fleas." Her one-woman show, "There Once Was a Girl from Pawtucket," won three Critic's Choice awards; she is developing the show for a NYC production.
Joanne now co-owns the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica with her husband, writer-director D.W. Brown. The acting school is home to more than 250 students per year and has seven teachers on its staff. Directors Tom Shadyac, Andrew Fleming, and Michael Rymer as well as actors Robin Wright-Penn, Halle Berry, and Patrick Dempsey have been coached and trained at the Studio.
D.W. Brown, Actor, Acting Teacher
D.W. Brown is the co-owner and head instructor at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio with his wife of 20 years, Joanne Baron. He's performed numerous leading roles in film and on television, including prominent roles in films such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," as well as his own TV series "Jo's Cousin."
After extensive training D.W. discovered a profound appreciation of the Meisner method and subsequently became an instructor. He has trained actors, writers, and directors for the past 20 years. He's conducted seminars with actors such as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Sheen and directors such as Sam Raimi, Tom Shadyac, and Martha Coolidge. Several of the aforementioned he has coached.
While continuing to act, D.W. turned his attention to the art of writing and directing. Working with the Ensemble Studio Theater, he developed plays for production, directing his own works, as well as those of others. He directed "Porno Stars at Home," which won awards for both leading ladies.
D.W. has written and directed short films, including "One Clean Move" starring Harry Hamlin and Gary Busey, which was honored at the Taos Film Festival and purchased by the Sundance Channel, and "The Need For Flowers," which received a best actor nomination at the Method Fest Film Festival last year. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature films "Allie & Me," "Brooklyn Babylon," and "Perfume," the latter of which was a Sundance Festival selection.
D.W. recently completed principal photography on the feature film "In Northwood" that he wrote and directed. The film stars Nick Stahl and Olivia Wilde. He also finished writing a comprehensive book on acting, "You Can Act."
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