WELCOME ACTORS!

With a limitless amount of info available to us, it can be hard to decipher where to start, who to train with, and what to focus on… and we all need a little inspiration from those who came before us.

This is our attempt to make it a little easier…

  • Check out Los Angeles Commercial Casting Directors, for a free listing maintained by TheyAct, and Commercial CDs, complete with a Google Map showing the location of most of the busiest commercial casting locations.
  • Check out our Acting Articles (under the news section) for an inspired collection of articles about the craft, the business, and everything in between.  (We have also provided links to more articles on the very bottom of this page.)
  • Check out our comprehensive list (just below) of the best schools and coaches, who specialize in everything from technique to the business side of acting.  
  • Check out our select list of books (also below) by seasoned professionals we admire, about the art and business of acting.
  • Check out a list of publications we recommend (even further below on this page) to get you connected and keep you focused on acting.

 

ACTING CLASSES / COACHES / STUDIOS

acting schools

ACTORS VOCAL @ ACS WITH CORINNE DEKKER
Actors Comedy Studio
7461 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90036
actorscomedystudio@gmail.com
www.actorscomedystudio.com; www.cdekker.com
323-302-9152
All levels
Private, one-on-one lessons that include warm-up and technical exercises. Corinne can assign you songs or work with material you provide. You’ll work on vocal and performance technique with material geared towards pop and musical theater. Perfect for beginning singers, working actors and artists, kids and teens!
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

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
Students per class varies; All levels; Auditing by permission; introductory fight class held at beginning of month; Ongoing
Dan Speaker and Jan Bryant offer several levels of fight scene training that cover safety and the primary techniques of hand-to-hand combat, broadsword, quarterstaff, and cutlass plus slaps, punches, kicks, falls, and throws. Advanced training includes double cutlass, rapier, dagger, theatrical saber, French classical smallsword, and a variety of exotic weaponry.

ACCURATE ENGLISH
13101 Washington Blvd., Ste. 114
Los Angeles, CA 90066
accurateenglish@aol.com
www.accurateenglish.com
310-568-0077
Private coaching only
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.

A NOISE WITHIN
3352 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
education@anoisewithin.org
www.anoisewithin.org
626-356-3104, Fax: 626-356-3120
5-20 students per class; Private coaching available; All levels, including children; Working audits are permitted; Ongoing; Acting and production internships offered in fall and spring
This repertory company offers conservatory and internship programs that provide focused, personal attention from skilled, working professionals in a welcoming environment that seeks to develop the whole artist. Conservatory classes include Speaking Shakespeare, Acting Shakespeare, Movement, and Classical Scenes.

ACME ACTORS STUDIO at ACME COMEDY HOLLYWOOD
Dan Kane
7122 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
actorsstudio@acmecomedy.com
www.acmecomedy.com
323-525-0202
6-12 students per class; All levels; some classes require an audition; Auditing with permission; Ongoing; Work study/internship available
ACME offers improv, sketch, and stand-up classes for all levels. The Elements and Advanced Improv course consist of a series are four-week blocks that can be taken at any time. 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 sketch-performance course is ACME’s most intensive class. Students write, pitch, and perform three sets of three-week shows in 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 sketch comedy writing course, a four-week stand-up comedy course, and a 12-week performance lab, which requires an audition.

ACTING BUSINESS BOOT CAMP
Peter Pamela Rose, certified life/career coach for actors
13924 Panay Way, Ste. 601
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
actingbusinessbootcamp@gmail.com
www.actingbusinessbootcamp.com
310-712-5655
Group intensives; Private coaching available; All levels; Free phone and live seminars; free MP3 by email request; Ongoing
Peter Pamela Rose, PCC, uses her extensive experience and skills as a certified coach to motivate actors, empowering them with the courage and opportunity to show their talent with honesty and confidence without fear. Recommended by top agents and casting directors. Also coaches in NY.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS – LA
1336 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
admissions@ca.aada.org
www.aada.edu
800-222-2867, Fax: 323-464-1128
12-16 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing; Work study positions available
America’s first and foremost acting conservatory, The Academy was founded in 1884 and the Los Angeles branch opened in 1974. Located in the heart of Hollywood, The Academy continues the tradition of excellence with its fully accredited 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, The Academy offers four- and two-week summer intensives in acting for the camera, audition technique, and youth theater. The Academy in New York is located at 120 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 800-463-8990.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

THE ACTING CORPS
Eugene Buica, founder
and artistic director
5508 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
info@theactingcorps.com
www.theactingcorps.com
818-753-2800
Average 16 students per class; All levels; Interview is required for audit; Four weeks, six weeks, eight weeks, 12 weeks, and nine months; Work study/internship offered from time to time.
Serving actors who have embraced acting as their life’s work and as a result have committed to a path of hard work that leads to becoming professional actors in less than a year.

ACTING STUDIO AT EDGEMAR (FKA LARRY MOSS STUDIO)
Michelle Danner
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
info@edgemar.org
www.theactingstudioatedgemar.com
310-392-0815, Fax: 310-399-2898
15 students per class; private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted, free info sessions Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Ongoing
The Acting Studio at Edgemar (formerly known as the Larry Moss Studio) provides professional classes for film, television, and stage, including on-camera, voice, improv, Actor’s Golden Box with Michelle Danner, and sitcom intensives with Brad Garrett. Students work on challenging writing ranging from classics to contemporary, well-known authors to new original scripts. The Acting Studio supports the process of developing one’s original work and believes strongly that every actor has an important personal story to tell. Edgemar is also home to Scene Bit, the multimedia evening of theater where students perform their best scenes on- and off-camera for agents, managers, directors, casting directors, and other entertainment professionals.
Other: On-Camera Technique; Improv and Comedy

ALAN FEINSTEIN ACTING STUDIO
alfeinstein1@yahoo.com
www.alanfeinsteinactingstudio.com
323-650-7766
Private coaching available; All levels
Feinstein, a veteran working actor, offers five ongoing classes, which cover scene study from beginning to advanced, fundamental and emotional exercises, and on-camera cold reading. Feinstein says of his teaching: I call the classes ’emotion in action.’ The classes emphasize freeing the actor’s emotions for maximum creative results in a safe and supportive environment. Admission by interview only.
Other: On-Camera Technique; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

AMDA COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
6305 Yucca St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
info@amda.edu
www.amda.edu
323-469-3300/866-374-5300
Fax: 323-469-5246
20 students per class; Intermediate and advanced; Auditing not permitted; By sessions with fall, spring, and summer semesters; Offers extensive scholarship opportunities
AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts offers artists a chance to train with, and learn from, a premier faculty comprising accomplished actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, designers, and educators who inspire and work with students on an individual basis. AMDA is the only performing arts college that offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and conservatory studies programs with campuses in both New York and Los Angeles. The integrated program offers training in singing, acting, and dance. The studio program trains students in acting for stage, film, and television. The dance theater program is designed to give you the physical training expected in the professional world, while providing the opportunity for additional training in acting and vocal technique. AMDA also offers BFA programs in acting, dance, performing arts, and musical theater. AMDA New York is located at 211 W. 61st St., New York, NY 10023.
Other: Conservatory/University

THE ART OF ACTING STUDIO
Johnny Yoder, administrative director
1017 North Orange Dr., Orange Square
Los Angeles, CA 90038
info@artofactingstudio.com
www.artofactingstudio.com
323-601-5310
, Fax: 212-689-0087
16 students per class; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing; Available for conservatory students only
Offers an acting technique intensive, script/character breakdown, on-camera film workshops, on-going classes, master classes and NY/LA business of acting seminar, a two-year evening conservatory program, and a ten-week summer conservatory.

BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE
254 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
interviewer@bhplayhouse.com
www.beverlyhillsplayhouse.com
310-855-1556
Auditing permitted with special permission
The BHP is one of L.A.’s oldest and most respected acting schools and offers ongoing intensive scene study classes to instruct aspiring professionals in the areas of acting, career administration, and attitude.

BUDDY POWELL’S COMMERCIAL ACTING FOR SENIOR PERFORMERS
www.buddypowell.com
818-220-0875
15-20 students per class;; All levels; Specializes in beginners; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing; Enrollment open September through June
Actor Buddy Powell teaches weekly on-camera skills necessary to pursue a career in television commercial acting. Classes offered in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Pasadena, and Culver City.

BRUCE GLOVER
310-398-2539
Private coaching available; All levels
You might remember this veteran actor as Bond villain Mr. Wint in Diamonds Are Forever, Jack’s pal Duffy in Chinatown, or Grady in the three Walking Talls. Glover offers classes on cold reading, auditions, tapes, accents, and career counseling.

BONNIE BIZOZA – ACCENT 
ON ACCENT
818-783-0473
Private coaching only; on-set coaching available
Ms. 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 uses a multisensory approach adapted to the student’s learning style to achieve authentic, natural speech patterns.

BREATH
Natsuko Ohama
breath@natsukoohama.com
www.natsukoohama.com
818-754-2400
Private coaching available
Natsuko Ohama, a teacher of Kristin Linklater’s approach, uses exercises that involve breath, sound vibration, physical work, emotions, thought, and text.

CARLA PEREZ
imaginesinging@gmail.com
www.imaginesinging.com
626-482-8648
All levels
Carla Perez has a master’s in voice performance. She teaches a “full-body presence” technique-singing from head to toe, addressing vowels, breath, support, musicianship, interpretation, and stylistic nuance.

CALARTS SCHOOL OF THEATER
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340
admissions@calarts.edu
www.calarts.edu and http://theatercalarts.com/home
661-253-7853
8-15 students per class; Auditing not permitted; Fall entrance only
One of the nation’s leading professional training programs with an environment designed to support the creation of new work and original interpretation.

CAROLYNE BARRY’S COMMERCIAL, IMPROV, AND ACTING WORKSHOPS
www.carolynebarry.com
323-654-2212
14-18 students per class; All levels; Interview required for auditing; By sessions and Ongoing; 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, hosting, and acting workshops.

THE CASTING PLAYHOUSE
Raleigh Studios
650 N. Bronson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
thecastingplayhouse@gmail.com
www.thecastingplayhouse.com
310-922-6821
14 students max; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing;Created by CD Jason Buyer,the Casting Playhouse offers kids, teens, and adults group and private audition technique classes, all on camera with honest and direct feedback.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

CHARLENE TILTON 
AND BOB RUSCH
T.U. Studios
10943 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
tiltonruschacting@gmail.com
www.tiltonruschacting.com
323-229-2753
12 students max; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
On-camera audition technique for half-hour comedy, hour long drama and film roles by putting the actor in a professional audition setting. Helps the actor make strong choices, improve their cold-reading skills, and develop better “in the room” presence, which enables them to audition with more confidence.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study; On-Camera Technique

COMEDYSPORTZ LOS ANGELES
James Thomas Bailey, artistic dir.
733 N. Seward St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
mail@comedysportzla.com
www.comedysportzla.com
323-871-1193, Fax: 323-871-1192
10-20 students per class; All levels; Auditing permitted in the beginner class; 4-to-8-week workshops throughout the year; Internships available
Teaches the building blocks of improv to entry-level students then, at higher levels, organizes teams of performers in athletic-style competition. Since 1988, L.A.’s own professional team has offered improv workshops to students of all ages.

COMEDY CAST INTENSIVE
Ryan Garcia
Actors Comedy Studio
7461 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90036
actorscomedystudio@gmail.com
www.actorscomedystudio.com
323-302-9152
16 students max; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; By sessions
The Comedy Cast Intensive is taught by ACS co-founder Todd Rohrbacher, and one of the industry’s top comedy casting directors. In this dynamic, one day event, you will learn specific techniques for sitcom acting and auditioning, inside information about how the industry works, and, most importantly, you’ll understand more about who you are in today’s competitive marketplace.

CHEKHOV STUDIO INTERNATIONAL
Hollywood, CA
info@chekhovstudio.com
www.chekhovstudio.com
213-509-5315
12 students max; Private coaching available; Intermediate, advanced, and professional; Auditing permitted in some cases; 1- to 2-month intensives year round and ongoing; Work study available in certain cases
Individualized and powerful actor training tailored specifically to your needs. On-camera cold reading, scene study, and technique classes.

CAROLE D’ANDREA
caroledandrea@yahoo.com
www.caroledandrea.com
310-281-7116
15-20 students per class; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
D’Andrea’s 50-year career includes the original Broadway West Side Story (also the film) and Gypsy. She has directed productions of Company, Guys and Dolls, and Damn Yankees and offers courses on singing performance, scene study, cold reading, monologues, and exercises.

DAVE LEA’S MOTION PICTURE STUNT/FIGHT TRAINING
Burbank, CA
davelea7@earthlink.net
www.davelea.com
818-603-9696
Unlimited students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted, but you are given a 10-minute assessment; Ongoing; call for appointment
Actors advance your on-camera fighting skills including weapons, dynamic styles, flashy kicks. Fight audition prep. Choreographed routines created and filmed for your show reel. Not to make you fit in but stand out.

DAVID LEHMAN STUDIO
Julia Huffman, teacher and director
1819 W. Verdugo Ave.
Burbank, CA
filmactingcoach@yahoo.com
www.filmactingcoach.com
818-749-3628
12 students max; All levels; Free audit available; Ongoing
After studying with David for 8 years, Julia Huffman is now the studio director and teacher of David Lehman’s Studio. Classes cover cold reading and on-camera memorized scenes.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

DOUG WARHIT ON-CAMERA COLD READING AND SCENE STUDY
Castaway Studios
8899 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
dougwarhit@gmail.com
www.dougwarhit.com
310-479-5647
14 students per class; Beginner, intermediate, and advanced; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Doug’s classes are specifically designed to prepare the actor for work in film and television. (Actors bring their own DVDs to record their work.) Each month actors showcase their work in front of an industry guest.

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, Fax: 213-625-7111
8-12 students per class; All levels; Auditing permitted with permission of the instructor; By sessions; Limited number of full and work-study scholarships available
The nation’s largest producers of Asian-American artistic work and the longest-running professional theater of color in the country, they offer classes for emerging and professional artists.

ELISABETH HOWARD’S VOCAL POWER ACADEMY
elisahoward@gmail.com
www.vocalpowerinc.com
800-829-7664
Private coaching available
Elisabeth 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 11 countries. Vocal Power instructors are located in Topanga, Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Camarillo.

ELIZABETH BURNETTE
elizburnette@aol.com
310-480-6377
4 students max; private coaching available; All levels but mainly works with professionals by referral; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Burnette specializes in coaching foreign actors to speak standard American English (no region) for film, television, and stage. She has been coaching in L.A. for 16 years.

ELOCUTION SOLUTION
info@elocutionsolution.com
www.elocutionsolution.com
800-597-9691
4 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted, but free 30-minute evaluation is offered; Ongoing
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.

ERIC MORRIS ACTORS WORKSHOP
5657 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
ericmorris19@sbcglobal.net
www.ericmorris.com
323-466-9250
20 students average per class; Private coaching available; All levels; Free audit available; Ongoing
Morris’ system is based on the Method, but, as Morris puts it, it “goes light-years beyond” the original Stanislavsky system. Morris is the author of seven books about acting and teaches three classes each week.

FOLEY/MARRA CASTING
Megan Foley Marra and Chuck Marra, casting directors
13425 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
sendtomegan@charter.net
www.meganfoleycasting.com
818-216-9350
10-12 students per class; All levels; Auditing for the ongoing class only; Ongoing; Work study available
Megan and Chuck Marra offer a weekly class as well as their famous one-day audition intensives for adults and for kids. They also offer online mentoring and coaching.

FILM FIGHTING L.A.
Robert G. Goodwin
bob@filmfightingla.com
www.filmfightingla.com, www.stuntfightingworkout.com
310-447-8438
14 students max; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing with new classes starting on the first Sunday of each month
Learn how to fight for contemporary films from Robert Goodwin. He has worked on Sherlock Holmes, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011, and trained Christian Bale for Batman Begins.

JEFF GERRARD CASTING INTENSIVE FOUR-WEEK COMMERCIAL WORKSHOP
13425 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Fl.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
jeff@jeffgerrard.com
www.jeffgerrard.com
818-782-9900
10-12 students max; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; By sessions only four times per year
Jeff Gerrard has been offering this commercial intensive for more than 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.

GARY IMHOFF ARTISTS WORKSHOP

The Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center
11006 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood
The theatre is just west of Vineland on the south side of Magnolia.
gary@garyimhoff.net or call Gary at 626.808.0210
http://www.garyimhoff.net/

THE GROUNDLINGS SCHOOL
7307 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
school@groundlings.com
www.groundlings.com
323-934-4747, ext. 21
16 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing; Email résumé and cover letter for internship opportunities available for college credit
This 30-year-old sketch comedy institution, home of the famous Groundlings performing troupe, offers improvisation classes taught by Groundlings and alumni in a safe, structured, and supportive atmosphere. Students with previous acting or improv experience are recommended to audition for Basic, the first level of the core program which teaches the fundamentals of the Groundlings’s world-renowned form of improv. Extension workshops for beginners are also offered that do not require an audition. Visit school.groundlings.com for current schedule of available classes and auditions.

HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO
Lisa Rodriguez, Administrative Director
1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
info@howardfine.com
www.howardfine.com
323-962-3188, Fax: 323-962-8332
All levels; An audit and industry referral are required; Year-round
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.

THE iO WEST THEATER
6366 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323-962-7560, Fax: 323-962-7542
LAclasses@ioimprov.com
LAweb@ioimprov.com
The iO West is the Los Angeles branch of iO Chicago.  Founded by Del Close and Charna Halpern, it is now managed by James Grace.  It is an improv training ground, specializing in both improv and sketch comedy.

THE IVANA CHUBBUCK STUDIO
7201 Melrose Ave., Ste. 206
Los Angeles, CA 90046
ivanachubbuckstudio@mac.com
www.chubbucktechnique.com
323-935-2100, Fax: 323-465-1900
Introductory, advanced, master; Auditing available by appointment only; Ongoing; Work study is available for enrolled students.
Chubbuck has taught such actors as Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, and James Franco. Her self-named technique guides actors to use their emotions not as an end result but as a way to empower a goal.

JACK HELLER
323-850-6328
Private coaching only; All levels
Jack Heller is an award-winning director, working actor, and lifetime member the Actors Studio. He studied with Harold Clurman, Robert Lewis, and Uta Hagen.

JEFF HARDWICK CASTING
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 1158
Studio City, CA 91604
info@jeffhardwickcasting.com
www.jeffhardwickcasting.com
818-752-9898, Fax: 818-752-9890
10 students max; Private coaching available; Intermediate, advanced, and professional; Auditing not permitted; Sessions three to four times a year; Internship program available
A veteran casting director and former agent with more than 20 years’ experience, Hardwick offers intensive commercial and theatrical workshops that offer targeted techniques for auditioning actors to book the part.

JESSICA DRAKE
323-662-1831
Private coaching only; All levels
The Juilliard-trained Drake has been coaching actors in dialect, speech and Shakespeare for more than 20 years, with credits that include the upcoming “Rock of Ages,” W, “Milk,” “L.A. Confidential,” Forrest Gump, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” ABC’s GCB, and HBO’s Luck and Six Feet Under.

KALMENSON & KALMENSON VOICE CASTING
Donna DuBain, director of education
105 S. Sparks St.
Burbank, CA 91506
education@kalmenson.com
www.kalmenson.com
818-377-3600, ext. 111
8-10 students per class; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; Ongoing
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.
Other: Improv and Comedy; Acting Technique/Scene Study

KELLY REITER: REEL ENGLISH
details@reelenglishcoach.com
www.reelenglishcoach.com
323-957-4758
Private coaching available; All levels; Assessment interview required; Ongoing
Standard American dialect specialist Reiter’s character study approach gives her students the tools, confidence, and professional American voice they need, from getting an agent to getting the part.

LEIGH GILBERT
leeleethevoguru@aol.com
323-692-5704
Limited class sizes; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Gilbert offers privates and group classes.

 

LIFEBOOK ACADEMY
Various locations
(323)244-4620
Classes led by Allen Levin claiming “No One can play the role of you better than you.”

LISA POPEIL’S VOICEWORKS
14431 Ventura Blvd., #200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
lisa@popeil.com
www.popeil.com
818-906-7229
Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Popeil teaches vocal control, range, power, creating emotional magic, speech improvement, vocal projection for acting, vocal health, sight singing, demo recording, performance coaching, audition preparation.

L.A.’S BEST
COMMERCIAL WORKSHOP
Ryan Garcia, administrator; Bill Bailey, instructor
Actors Comedy Studio
7461 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90036
actorscomedystudio@gmail.com
www.actorscomedystudio.com
323-302-9152
12 students per class; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; By sessions
LA’s Best Commercial Workshop offers you the most current information on the art of commercial audition technique. This six-week, comprehensive class will familiarize beginners with every aspect of commercial auditioning, challenge veteran actors with a new perspective, and provide all students with the resources and knowledge to audition and book commercials with complete confidence.

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE AND FILM INSTITUTE – LOS ANGELES
Marian Tomas Griffin,
director of student
7936 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
losangeles@strasberg.com
www.strasberg.com
323-650-7777, Fax: 323-650-7770
12-16 students per class; All levels; Auditing permitted in some cases; 1-to-2-year certificate program; full- or part-time programs, workshops, and intensives; Offers limited work study program
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, to leave behind conventional expressions and find their own unique voices. Classes in acting, voice, singing, dance, movement, and film and TV.
Other: Young Performers; Audition Technique/Cold Reading; On-Camera Technique; Conservatory/University

LESLY KAHN & COMPANY
1720 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
johnathan@leslykahn.com
www.leslykahn.com
323-969-9900
14 students per class; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing; Work study/internship offered infrequently and only after the actor has studied with us for a period of time
Lesly’s core classes are right-brain, thought-based “non-technique” classes designed to enhance your raw talent and/or prior training. They teach you to break down not only your text, and your instinct, but also the business itself as well, so that you can consistently and effortlessly perform at the peak of your ultimate ability. We offer individual audition and dialogue coaching as well as acting tutorials, on-set coaching and filmed coaching.

MIME THEATRE STUDIO
info@mimetheatrestudio.com
www.mimetheatrestudio.com
310-494-MIME
Private coaching also available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; 2-day intensive workshops, ongoing weekly classes
Actors learn how to “make the invisible visible,” using the body to express character, thought, and emotion, and how to better understand and use their movement. MTS director Lorin Eric Salm is a graduate of the Marcel Marceau Paris International School of Mimodrama and has been teaching for more than 20 years.

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
Dan Mackler
100 Universal City Plaza, Building 9128, Ste. 179
Universal City, CA 91602
film@nyfa.edu
www.nyfa.com
818-733-2600, Fax: 818-733-4074
12 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
This academy offers one-year, two-year, and short-term programs in acting for film as well as directing for film, screenwriting, producing, photography, game design, and 3-D animation. 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 in acting. Located at Universal Studios; branches in New York and Abu Dhabi, and Queensland, Australia.

PLAYHOUSE WEST SCHOOL AND REPERTORY THEATRE
4250 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
www.playhousewest.net
818-881-6520
Free audit required
Founded in 1981, the playhouse, which has a second North Hollywood location, Playhouse West Studio Two, regularly develops and stages plays with members of the advanced technique class.

PUPPET SCHOOL
Roberto Ferreira, CEO/GM
13440 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 108
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
info@puppetschool.com
www.puppetschool.com
818-986-9944, Fax: 818-322-3889
12 students max; All levels; Auditing not permitted; Ongoing
Puppet School is comprised of a group of creative artists with a passion for puppetry. Teachers are primarily who we are, but we also love to share our gifts and talents through puppet making and performance. Puppetry is a thriving art form, both in the U.S. and abroad, that we at Puppet School are privileged to perpetuate and preserve.

RICHARD FREDRICKS: I TEACH ANYONE HOW TO SING!
3520 Hughes Ave.
Culver City, CA 90034-7558
metbariton@aol.com
www.richardfredricks.com
310-838-3355, Fax: 310-838-0505
Private coaching only; Master classes upon request; All levels, all styles; Auditing of a friend’s lesson is permitted
Fredricks, who performed with the Metropolitan Opera as a leading baritone, the NYC Opera,as well as lead roles in over 20 musicals and light operettas. He teaches the Fredricks Technique of proper breathing and flexible breath pressure on demand, the technique he has used for more than 40 years
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

THE RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ACTING
3021 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
info@ruskinschool.com
www.ruskinschool.com
310-390-4212, Fax: 310-397-4920
Class size varies; Private coaching available; Auditing is permitted; interview required; By sessions and ongoing
John Ruskin was Sanford Meisner’s apprentice, studying with him in New York and teaching for him at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. The Ruskin School offers a two-year course of study in the Meisner technique, as well as a master class for those who have previously completed the two-year program.
Other: Young Performers

ROWENA BALOS
rowvoice@gmail.com
www.rowenabalos.com
310-285-8489
Private coaching available; All levels
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 theater 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.
Other: Classical

SANDI MASSIE
smassie00@earthlink.net
www.sandimassie.com
818-903-4016
2 students per session; masterclasses and private coaching available
Massie is a coach for voice, speech, dialects, and accent reduction. She has been a coach of theater, television, and film for the past 20 years and teaches relaxation, breath support, resonance, diction, and many other aspects of voice.

SANDRA MERRILL COMMERCIAL CLASS
sm@sandramerrill.com
www.sandramerrill.com
323-662-7720
3-6 students per class; Private coaching available; Ongoing
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. Prior acting experience recommended.

SANDY HOLT/VOICECASTER
sandyloops@aol.com
310-271-8217
Private coaching available
Sandy Holt, leading voice caster for film and TV, loop group leader and Chicago Second City alum, teaches a voiceover workshop for commercials & animation that covers sharpening your audition skills, making the copy your own, being original, and creating great characters using improv as a tool. Sandy produces VO demos custom made for the actor’s talents
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP
Serena Dolinsky, director of education
1211 Fourth St., Ste. 201
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391
education@santamonicaplayhouse.com
www.santamonicaplayhouse.com
310-394-9779, ext. 673, Fax: 310-393-5573
15 students max; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing not permitted; 6-to-12 week sessions; Internships available
“It’s about learning to make powerful and immediate choices for auditions and performance. Make the text come alive in your own voice,” says Chris DeCarlo, co-artistic director. The workshop trains actors to conquer their inner critics and overcome fear of competition.

SAMURAI STAGE COMBAT
Los Angeles, CA
info@samuraistagecombat.com
www.samuraistagecombat.com
310-849-1466
All levels; By sessions and ongoing
Michi Yamato, a former member of the original Power Ranger stunt team and stunt coordinator, teaches Japanese stage combat, karate, sword fighting, gymnastics, and trampoline techniques.

THE SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD TRAINING CENTER
Carrie-ann Pishnak, communications manager
6560 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
training.la@secondcity.com
www.secondcity.com/hollywood
323-464-8542, Fax: 323-464-1861
16 students max; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing; Work study/internships available
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. Youth program available for ages 8-18, along with summer boot camp and intensives.

THE STUTTERING FOUNDATION
info@stutteringhelp.org
www.stutteringhelp.org
800-992-9392
Offers information on stuttering and referrals for speech therapists that specialize in the disorder.

THE STEVEN MEMEL STUDIO
www.stevenmemel.com
818-789-0474
Private coaching only; All levels
Memel has had a multifaceted career as a singer, actor, and director, as well as an internationally acclaimed teacher. He has helped everyone from beginning singers to Grammy Award-winning recording artists such as Maroon 5, actor Drew Barrymore, and Tony Award-winning Broadway performers.
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

SINGING WITH CHERIE VALARAY
4872 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 342
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
cherie@soundfeelings.com
www.hbr2.com
818-712-0103
Private coaching only; All levels; Auditing permitted with special permission; Work study available
Valaray specializes in advanced vocal technique, operatic training, performance skills, stage presence and many other professional skills for all singers.
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY
PO Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197
education@scr.org
www.scr.org
714-708-5577, Fax: 714-708-5529
18 students (youth and teen class); 20 (adult class); 30 (professional intensive); All levels; Auditing is not permitted; Ongoing; Work study permitted on a case-by-case basis
This respected Orange County theater has an extensive education program through the Theatre Conservatory, directed by Hisa Takakuwa. The conservatory includes a progressive multi-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 theater, screenwriting, and play writing. 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.
Other: Young Performers

SWORDPLAY FENCING STUDIOS
director@swordplayla.com
www.swordplayla.com; www.timweske.com
818-566-1777
20 students max; Private coaching available; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Teaches all edged weapons, including Olympic-style fencing. Ongoing film and stage-combat classes focus on extreme detail to safety, balance, footwork, and confidence in memorization of choreography.

TERRY BERLAND – BERLAND CASTING
Terry Berland
c/o 310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
info@berlandcasting.com
www.berlandcasting.com
310-275-0601
14 students max; All levels
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. 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 ‘Breaking Into Commercials,’ and is called on nationally to teach commercial acting technique in a weekend format

THEATRE WEST ASSOCIATE PROGRAM
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
staff@theatrewest.org
323-851-4839
6-20 students per class; All levels; Audition is required; Ongoing; Internship program available with $10-per-month fee and a work requirement of 10 volunteer hours per month.
This program provides a weekly three-hour class conducted by Laura James, professional director-teacher-actor. Theatre West has been a professional artistic cooperative for actors, writers, directors and designers for almost 50 years.

TVI ACTORS STUDIO
14429 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 118
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
laadmissions@tvistudios.com
www.tvistudios.com
818-784-6500, Fax: 818-784-6533
16 students per class; All levels; Auditing is permitted for some courses; By sessions and ongoing
TVI offers comprehensive and affordable TV/film acting classes and workshops taught by casting directors, agents, producers and directors.

UCLA EXTENSION DEPARTMENT OF ENTERTAINMENT STUDIES AND PERFORMING ARTS
entertainmentstudies@uclaextension.edu
www.uclaextension.edu/entertainmentstudies
310-825-9064
This program offers a diverse and comprehensive acting curriculum taught by industry professionals. Courses cover all aspects of the business, from using props on set to managing a career.

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE
5919 Franklin Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323-935-2100, Fax: 323-465-1900
lindsay@ucbcomedy.com
http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/
Upright Citizens Brigade is: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. The four members produced their own sketch show Upright Citizens Brigade for three seasons on Comedy Central in 1998-2000. During the success of the TV show, UCB opened a comedy theater and improv school in New York City. In 2005, UCB expanded to the west coast and opened a theater and improv school in Los Angeles. Comedy Training Grounds.

VALERIE FAHREN
Glendale, CA
fahrenproduction@aol.com
www.valeriefahren.com
818-815-8584
Private coaching only; All levels
Taking an actor/singer to the next level of his/her career, tailor-made programs for each person, voice coaching, cold reading prep, audition prep, scene study, studio coaching, recording studio coaching, how to do a meeting, industry showcasing.
Other: Voice/Dialects/Accent Reduction

VOCAL TRAINING WITH DAN CALLAWAY
4922 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
dan@mylavoiceteacher.com or info@ourlearningspot.com
www.mylavoiceteacher.com or www.ourlearningspot.com
818-760-1964
8 students max; All levels; Auditing is permitted; Ongoing
Acting, singing, and dance training in a professional, safe, and encouraging environment. Work one-on-one with working industry pros who give students the tools for success as a musical theater performer.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study; Audition Technique/Cold Reading

THE VINCENT CHASE WORKSHOP
1206 N. Detroit St.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
vincentchase3@yahoo.com
www.vincentchaseworkshop.com
323-851-2685
2-8 students per class; Private coaching available for auditions and film assignments; All levels; Auditing is permitted and recommended
The workshop is geared to teach the actor how to make his audience give the best performance of its life through him.

VOCAL YOGA
Heather Lyle
voice@vocalyoga.com
www.vocalyoga.com
310-200-0506
Private coaching and group instruction available; All levels
Vocal Yoga offers technique for singing, acting, and public speaking.

THE VOICECASTER VOICEOVER WORKSHOPS
Huck Liggett
1832 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
casting@voicecaster.com
www.voicecaster.com
818-841-5300, Fax: 818-841-2085
10-12 students per class; Private coaching available; Beginner, intermediate, and advanced; Auditing not permitted; 4- to 6-week sessions
The Voicecaster workshops, headed by owner Huck Liggett, focus on exploring and discovering the strength of each individual so that he or she has a better idea of how to approach VO professionally. Animation classes available

WENDY HAINES IGNITE YOUR CAREER WORKSHOPS
mk@wendyhaines.com
www.wendyhaines.com
310-395-3246
30 students per class; Private coaching available; All levels; Auditing is not permitted; Ongoing; Work study available upon request
Haines developed a system to master the “inner game” of succeeding in your acting career. “Discover what holds you back, effectively move beyond what keeps you stuck, and set goals to achieve what you want.”

WILL GEER THEATRICUM BOTANICUM ACADEMY OF THE CLASSICS
D.J. Hamer, adult programs manager
1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
academy@theatricum.com
www.theatricum.com
310-455-2322 ext. 222, Fax: 310-455-3724
10-16 students per class; All levels; Ellen Geer’s master class limited to professional actors and directors, audition required; Auditing is not permitted; 6-10 week sessions for most classes; Acting and production internships available as well as a limited number of professional training packages
Offerings include a five-week summer intensive Shakespeare seminar; a three-weekend winter intensive Shakespeare seminar; spring and fall eight-week Shakespeare scene study and monologue workshops; a winter eight-week master class in classical theater; and a variety of technique classes.
Other: Acting Technique/Scene Study

 

 

 ACTING BOOKS

acting books


Technique:

A Practical Handbook for The Actor by Mellissa Bruder

A Dream of Passion by Lee Strasberg

Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky

Acting in Film by Michael Caine

ACTING by Terry Schrieber

An Actor Prepares by Constain Stanislavski

An Actor Behaves by Tom Markus

The Art Of Acting by Stella Adler

Being An Actor by Simon Callow

The Actor’s Audition Checklist by Doug Warhit

Commedia Dell’Arte: An Actors Handbook by John Rudlin

The Empty Space by Peter Brook

Elia Kazan: A Life by Elia Kazan

How To Stop Acting by Harold Guskin

Mask Improvisation for Actor Training and Performance by Sear A. Eldridge

Improvisation For The Theater by Viola Spolin

Respect For Acting by Uta Hagen

Sanford Meisner On Acting by Sanford Meisner

Strasberg At The Actors Studio: Tape Recorded Sessions by Robert H. Hethoman

To The Actor by Michael Chekhov

Towards A Poor Theater by Jerzy Grotowski

Tips: Ideas For The Actor by Jon Jory

The Moving Body by Jacques Lecoq

The Modern Theater by Eric Bentley

The Eight Characters Of Comedy by Scott Sedita

True and False: Hersey and Common Sense For The Actor by David Mamet

The Intent To Live: Achieving Your True Potential As An Actor by Larry Moss

The Fervent Years: The Group Theater And The Thirties by Harold Clurman

The Viewpoints Book by Ann Bogart & Tina Landau

The Way Of Acting by Tadashi Suzuki

Zen And The Art Of The Monologue by Jay Sankey

Voice and Speech/Dialects/Singing:

Freeing The Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater

Speak With Distinction by Edith Skinner

Accents and Dialects For The Stage And Screen by Paul Meier

You Can Bank On Your Voice by Rodney Saulsberry 

Business:

Self Management For Actors by Bonnie Gillespie

The Business of Acting by Brad Lemack

Audition by Michael Shurtleff

Winning Auditions: 101 Strategies For Actors by Mark Brandon

The Actor’s Audition by David Black

The Art of Auditioning: Techniques For Television by Rob Denica

Auditioning: An Actor Friendly Guide by Joanne Merlin

The Actor Takes A Meeting by Stephan Book

How To Be A Working Actor by Mari Lyn Henri & Lynne Rogers

Acting As A Business by Brian O’Neill

Book The Job by Doug Warhit 

ACTING PUBLICATIONS

Acting Word On Stage Showing Drama Performance In A Theater

Actorsink.com – A Now Casting Publication offering great tips, articles, and info about acting.

www.backstage.com – A great source for all actors’ resources and auditions.

www.hollywoodreporter.com – A place to read up on the industry at large and just be informed.

www.moviemaker.com – Direct link to the acting articles on the site of Moviemaker Magazine

Badlit.com – A place to be up on underground film.

www.dallastravers.com – Sign up for her free emails full of advice, tips, and more just for actors.

www.theactorslife.com – Direct link to a list of publications catering to actors.

www.variety.com – Another place to read all about the industry and how it pertains to actors.

www.playbillsvspayingbills.com – A collection of informative blog posts written by actors, for actors.

www.brainsofminerva.com – Guide to the L.A. actor hustle…

 

 

ARTICLES ABOUT ACTING

acting articles

The Death of Method Acting

The Alexander Technique And The Actor

The Artists: Notes On A Lost Style Of Acting

Period Acting

Fourteen Actors Acting

How To Act: Stage Stars Share Their Acting Tips

De Niro On Acting: Less Is More, More Or Less

Introduction To Film Acting

The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Performances

Acting For The Horror Genre

Joe Swanberg: Retrospective At An Early Age

Say Goodbye To Mumblecore: How The Duplass Brothers Rise Above The Ramble

Chad’s Ode To The Actor, Part 1: The Importance of Knowing Your Casting

& many many more articles in the Acting section under News…


*Lists compiled by Eric Michael Kochmer Sapna Gandhi (WMM Editor-In-Chief)

 

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