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March 29, 2012


Aaron Speiser Acting Studio
Aaron Speiser Acting Studio

Aaron Speiser has coached and trained actors for over 25 years. Speiser's goal is to help his students and clients enhance their lives through working on their craft, their art, and their career. Speiser helps each student develop a solid acting foundation in order to build a successful career. His motto is "When You're Ready To Do What You Came Here For." "Don't worry about the lines. …worry about living!" says Speiser, "Acting is having it in your body, not your mind. "

Speiser offers Scene Study and Technique classes at all levels. He emphasizes 21st century acting for Film and TV and his teaching style is simple, practical, and inspirational. Speiser was voted "2009 Best Scene Study Teacher" by Backstage West.The Studio also offers Private Coaching, Improv, Voice, Dialect and Teen classes.

Speiser works with many well-known entertainment professionals. His clients include Will Smith and Virginia Madsen, both nominated for Academy Awards with Speiser's help, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Gerard Butler, and LL Cool J.

Will Smith, Academy Award nominee, stated, "Behind every great actor is a great teacher. I wouldn't be where I am without him!"

Virginia Madsen, Academy Award nominee, says, "I started working with Aaron on my auditions and immediately noticed a difference. I got the most important job of my life because of Aaron. Over twenty years after I started acting, I finally got my big break…Thanks Aaron."
Speiser also works with renowned directors such as Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, F. Gary Gray, M. Night Shyamalan, and Peter Berg. This enables Speiser to bring the latest film and television techniques to his Studio and his clients.

Speiser started his professional career in NY and earned a MFA in Acting from Brandeis University in Boston. After graduation, he studied with Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, and his mentor Kenneth McMillan at HB Studio in NY. Before teaching, Speiser worked as a professional actor and director for 15 years. He directed, produced, and co-wrote the feature film, Talking About Sex, winning "Best Film Award" at Breckenridge Film Festival.

For more information please call 310-399-4567 or visit www.aaronspeiser.com

Q&A with Eugene Buica, Artistic Director of The Acting Corps

How did the Acting Corps get started?

EUGENE BUICA: I was teaching a class once a week and, as an experiment, I asked a handful of actors to train with me in the park every morning at 7 A.M, near Forrest Lawn Cemetery. I told them it would be free, but they'd have to come every day.

Why would you do that?
EB: Just a hunch. Wanted to know what would happen if Los Angeles actors actually trained on a daily basis.
 
It seems to have worked out pretty well.
EB: It has, and it's become a very popular way of training. Our motto is "The Actors' Boot Camp: do it every day or don't waste your time."
 
You were a student of Sanford Meisner's at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
EB: I was, as were many others. The Meisner work, along with the Chekhov, coupled with years of acting, writing, directing, and teaching, informs the classes we offer. We call it The Acting Corps Technique – 3,500 students later we've earned that right.

What is The Acting Corps Technique, and what makes it special?
EB:  The practical aspect of what we do – we only teach things that actors can apply to the reality of being in front of a camera. Which of course leads to, well, you know, how do you then get in front of that camera, how do you get the job?
 
How do you get the job?
EB: By presenting a unique product to the people that are looking for that product when they need that product. And by not locking yourself up in some acting school.
 
And how have your students done, in terms of success?
EB: Quite well, in fact.  You don't have to suffer through years of poverty, it seems, before you can earn a living as an actor. That said, we're not selling anybody the Brooklyn Bridge. But we do believe you can be up and running as a competent actor and earn a living sooner than most people would expect. Fourteen hundred of our students on IMDB can attest to our success.

The Acting Corps
5508 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
818-753-2800
www.theactingcorps.com

The Actors Workout Studio

With over 50 years experience, the Actor's Workout Studio is for the serious professional actor. Classes are based on the Meisner technique and each actor works every class. The studio has a reputation for troubleshooting actors' blocks. Through exercises, improv, cold reading, and in-depth scene work, AWS helps you discover what's holding you back, and how to reach higher levels of expression and emotional truth in your work.

Small, intimate classes allow for individualized coaching tailored to each actor's specific needs. Coaches work to deepen an actor's access to his or her most valuable acting asset: the emotional and physical self. According to AWS Founder and Emmy Award Winner Fran Montano, "What separates the Actors Workout Studio from other acting schools is that we work individually with each actor, and focus on your specific blocks and issues. Actors tend to have breakthroughs and grow more quickly and deeply in a shorter time with our approach. Each one of you is unique, with your own 'vein of gold' that distinguishes you from the rest."
Montano has been teaching actors for more than 25 years. As Rene Russo says, "I shy away from conventional acting classes. But once in a while you meet someone who inspires you. Fran does!" Another client, David Arata, Oscar Nominated Screenwriter of Children of Men and screenwriter of Spy Game (starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt) says, "Fran's insight to acting is astounding. He's great at guiding actors into exploring their deepest and richest choices."

In addition to Montano, the Studio is helmed by Andrew Benne, who has been an Acting Coach and Director since 1989. Eric Close from Without a Trace says Benne has a "tireless passion for finding the truth in acting. His commitment and dedication to the process has been invaluable to me."

Monthly classes include the Acting Class, an intimate class that meets weekly to provide individualized training designed for each actor's specific needs and blocks; Two weekly "Workout" classes; Company Performances; a Play Reading Series and a Performance Series featuring ongoing AWS productions.

The Studio offers a free interview, audit, and evaluation to prospective students.

The Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91602
818-766-2171
info@actorsworkout.com
www.actorsworkout.com

Always Be Creative

"I place great emphasis on the audition process," says acting coach Guy Edwards, "and the audition is the one thing most actors dread." Edwards combines techniques from Strasberg, Stanislavsky, Mesiner and Eric Morris to help clients learn to create organically, to look within themselves, and to control their anxiety. Edwards helps you find "the powerful confidence to honestly trust yourself, your instincts, and your choices, and finally realize what it's like to not second-guess yourself to death, and to Always Be Creative from moment-to-moment."
"The biggest component of what I do is teaching students to control their anxiety and face their fears. My motto is 'discover the confidence to trust yourself' and it really is a process of discovery. Once you've learned to trust yourself, there is nothing more powerful than that feeling," Edwards says.

Edwards works one-on-one with actors of all ages and levels of experience on audition technique, scene-study, character development, accents and dialects. He says, "I wholeheartedly believe that my way of coaching is one of the most productive, practical, and optimal ways of working. You have anywhere from 8 to 15 seconds to make an impression during an audition, so you have to be interesting from the get go. I'll get you there."

Guy Edwards
Always Be Creative
818-263-1155
abccoachingguy@hotmail.com
Beverly Hills Playhouse

The BHP has been active in Los Angeles for 40 years. They offer intensive ongoing scene study workshops for both professional actors and beginners. "Our approach hits three areas - Acting, Attitude and Administration," says Allen Barton, the current owner/CEO. "Acting - obviously, the development of the craft itself - but that's never been enough. We cover attitude: how actors present themselves, how they behave in a group environment - are they someone you want on your set for 18 hours a day? Many actors are hired not because they're geniuses, but because they're competent, professional, and don't make problems. A BHP student should obliterate the cliché of the narcissistic, flakey, insecure actor. And then administration - what an actor does each day to advance their career. You can't sit around thinking that if only you had a better agent all would be swell."

As for the acting technique, Barton says, "It's unique from all the big names and techniques. You can't package acting technique in a nice box. But we come at it from a non-intellectual, non-analysis, non-exercisey way. Just trying to look at the scene and what's going on? Then behaving as a real person would based on that situation. Milton Katselas, who started BHP, was a director and the approach comes from his experience. We don't try to cram a single technical approach down the throat of each actor in the same way. That would be nuts."

The BHP has "a pretty impressive list of alumni," as Barton describes them - they include George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jim Carrey, Kyle Chandler, Jorge Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Anne Archer, John Glover, and many more. "The celebrities are always fun to name, but the fact is I don't wake up each day thinking about who studied here or who we can brag about. Each teacher here wakes up with the current students in mind. How are we going to help that guy in that scene last night? How are we going to help that actress with a sense of casting - what roles she should go up for? That's what makes teaching fun, and challenging."

Beverly Hills Playhouse
254 S. Robertson Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-855-1556
For information or admission interview: interviewer@bhplayhouse.com www.bhplayhouse.com

The Second City

Second City Hollywood is offering Backstage readers a free two-hour workshop. Call 323.464.8542 and say you'd like to schedule your free "Taste of Second City from Backstage West."

With a long roster of alumni like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Amy Sedaris, Second City is the most famous school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. After seeing her first Second City show, alumni Tina Fey said: "I remember going up to the stage and sort of touching the stage and thinking 'Oh my Gosh, Gilda Radner performed on this stage.'?"

Second City Hollywood believes you are funny. This is your chance to join an epic roster of funny men and women, even if you've never set foot on a stage until now. "What a new student first experiences is a return to play. We improvise all of the time when we're kids. When kids play Cops and Robbers they just become the cops and robbers. They believe it, see the world, and play in it. The same thing happens in the classroom with beginning improvisers. You learn to play again," said Marc Warzecha, Second City producer and Associate Artistic Director.

The Second City training center in Hollywood teaches methods of improvisation and sketch comedy that have been developed and refined by its famed alumni for the last 52 years. But perhaps what has made Second City so successful over so many decades is its commitment to the idea that "there are no wrong answers." Students are encouraged to revise tradition and cultivate fearlessness, both on and offstage: "Improv won't just change your career it will change your approach to life. The skills you learn here become your road map for life: say yes, try anything, support others, there are no wrong answer only creative solutions. You'll see your whole world start to change," said Second City Hollywood's Executive Director Jen Hoyt.
Second City Hollywood offers a wide range of courses: including the classic Improv Program, Improv 1 Weekend Intensives, a professional Conservatory program, Musical Improv, Writing for the Stage, Writing for TV & Film and Long Form classes.

The Second City Hollywood
6560 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-464-8542
www.secondcity.com/Hollywood

Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre

The Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre-Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 by Stella Adler, Joanne Linville and Irene Gilbert. Stella Adler Los Angeles challenges you to "choose your acting school as if your creative life depended on it."
Plays and screenplays take place in imaginary circumstances. At Adler-LA, actors learn to use their imaginations to fully inhabit a character within the circumstances of the play or screenplay. "Actors who are artists yearn to truly walk in the footsteps of characters and then share the experience with an audience. This process takes work, but the rewards for an actor are boundless. That process is the source of an actor's creative life," says Executive Director John Jack Rodgers.

Adler-LA provides the tools, training and creative discipline to nurture and support actors who are committed to the dramatic arts on-stage and for the camera. Their Programs (whether part-time or full-time) are steeped in the great tradition of Stella Adler. The Academy has produced some of the finest actors, writers and directors in the industry. Through extensive training in Technique, Scene Study, Voice, Movement and Improvisation, student actors learn to take responsibility for their own imaginative choices as they begin to create layered, truthful characters. The faculty, all of whom are long-time members of the Stella Adler-LA "family," are second to none. They are dedicated to teaching, training and helping the next generation of great artists – even while these same faculty members continue with their own professional careers.

"Stella Adler Academy-Los Angeles is a special place. It's a cocoon of great training in the heart of Hollywood," says Mark Ruffalo.

"How do you approach a character for both an audition and once you've landed the job? A dependable way into the play or screenplay is the answer. The Adler-LA Faculty works with you, the student-actor, teaching you to be an independent artist who knows how to work," says Rodgers. Adler-LA teaches you how to show up prepared so you can easily take direction without depending on others to hand you your performance. This is the kind of actor who gets hired again and again.

Stella Adler - Los Angeles
6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: 323-465-4446
Fax: 323-469-6049
www.stellaadler-la.com

Actor Training in LA

Are you in L.A. to act? Now what? Actor Training in LA, is here for you! They have seasoned teachers and coaches in L.A. leading Educational Intensives, Showcases, Summer Camps, Casting Director Workshops, Scene Study and Audition Technique Classes. Their goal is to help each actor prepare to be "The Best of the Best" in L.A.

Actor Training In LA's, DBA Owner Laurie Morella has created a trusting and secure learning environment where actors can expand their skills and grow as individuals.  In doing so, she has become an invaluable resource and influence to each actor.

Laurie works diligently with staff and teachers developing new programs and classes to help actors of all ages sharpen their skills and reach their full potential as actors or wherever life takes them.

"I am a life acting coach, educator, and organizer; I offer life coaching, acting classes, and educational casting director workshops for actors to learn about their craft and to help them succeed in life. LIVE! LOVE! ACT!"  - Laurie Morella, CPC

Actor Training in LA is a Talent Training Service our classes, workshops, events, camps, showcases etc. are not an audition for employment or for obtaining a talent agent or talent management." THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DLSE BOND #750228

Actor training in LA
11335 Magnolia Blvd., Andrew's Plaza, Suite 2C
North Hollywood, CA 91601
actortraininginla@gmail.com
www.actortraininginla.com

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop-voted the No. 1 acting studio in Los Angeles by Back Stage readers (Best Cold Read and Best Scene Study)- is re-imagining the art of channeling genuine emotion into each moment on film, TV and stage. Anthony Meindl delivers actors from the shopworn techniques that hinder performance. Meindl's "science of the moment" philosophy shows students how to reroute the flow of feeling from real life encounters to their work. Credited with launched the careers of sought-after young starts like Golden Globe nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Shailene Woodley, Cory Monteith ("Glee"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") and many more, this acting guru's results are well broadcast.
Meindl's paradigm-shifting perspectives on acting empower aspirants by teaching them to turn off the internal critic and transform them into impassioned performers. Changing performance from over-calculation to the joy of pure expression, Meindl breathes inspiration into this timeless art form to cultivate the next generation of Goslings and Portmans.

AMAW also gives students the opportunity to get seen by Hollywood's top casting directors, agents, managers and directors-like Jonathan Liebesman (" Wrath of the Titans," "Battle: LA"), April Webster (" Lost," "Criminal Minds," "Star Trek") and Brett Benner ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs").

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop
To schedule a free audit: assistant@anthonymeindl.com
For more info: www.anthonymeindl.com


Gregory Berger-Sobeck, Berg Studios

On why he stands out from the pack, acting teacher and Yale School of Drama graduate Gregory Berger-Sobeck says, "I think what happens in most classes is that teachers take themselves as directors. They're looking at it to critique the scenes and give adjustments to the scenes, but that doesn't really help the actors find the scene themselves. I teach a repeatable, systematic approach for identifying and personalizing a character's objective. The honesty in acting comes from the body, not from the intellect, which is why I work very physically with my actors." On the importance of training, Berg says, "I think the purpose of class is to get work. I've had students who have Emmy Awards and have graduated from Juilliard and Yale come to me brittle because of working from a result-oriented approach that sometimes the industry requires…so they have to relearn process. My job is to get the actor to be task-oriented and to 'illuminate' the dialogue by concentrating on subtext and physical impulse. The whole point is to discover rather than execute. Thus the acting becomes private, provocative, and original."

Berg Studios offers Scene Study and On Camera classes along with Audition and Industry Workshops. Contact them for a FREE AUDIT.

Gregory Berger-Sobeck, Berg Studios
3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
323-666-3382
www.thebergstudios.com

Edgemar Center for the Arts

Acting Studio at Edgemar, founded in 2000 by Michelle Danner and Larry Moss, offers a wide array of classes and workshops for actors of all ages and stages of their careers, including sought-after weekend children's classes. Actors are encouraged to raise the bar by working on diverse material, honing their skills both on-camera and on-stage and to keep growing as artists. Classes and workshops include Auditioning for Film & Television, On-camera Cold Reading, Scene Study, the Improv Workout, Casting Director Workshop, Voice Intensive, and a Sitcom Intensive with Brad Garrett (Emmy Award winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond) A highlight of Edgemar's curriculum is the prestigious: "The Actor's Golden Box: With Michelle Danner." In this two-day course, students "learn how to make memorable choices," Danner explains.

Danner has coached Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, and Zooey Deschanel, among many others. In addition to her coaching practice, she's a working artist. She's just completed her second feature film, Hello Herman, about a tragic Columbine-esque school shooting. The film was written by John Buffalo Mailer and stars Norman Reedus. Visit allinfilms.com to learn more.

EdgeMar Center for the Arts
Join us for a free information session every wednesday
From 10:30-12:30pm (rsvp required)
310-392-0815
E-mail: info@edgemar.org
www.michelledanner.com

The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio

For over 25 years, The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio has been teaching the original Meisner Technique, creating the leading actors, writers, and directors in the industry. Artists such as Halle Berry, Robin Wright, Jeff Goldblum, Mariska Hargitay, Patrick Dempsey, Julia Stiles, Michael Vartan have trained and coached with this premier studio.

Tom Hanks paid tribute to the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio during their 2011 celebration: "You've got a highfalutin school here, the Sandy Meisner aspect of it, it's all legendary stuff, so if you're not running the business, if you're not at the top of the game, you will be because you are in this room. You have been part of this brilliant collective and you understand the concept, I think, of beauty."

The programs offered at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio include the Meisner technique training, both short and long term audition technique, scene study, cold reading, on-set coaching, private coaching, online coaching, speech and voice and Alexander Technique classes.

As Halle Berry puts it, "Leave this school knowing that you have had the best training that you can have."

The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio
Spring and Summer classes now enrolling. For information, please call 310-451-3311 or email info@baronbrown.com

Joseph J. Pearlman

"I consider the personality of the actor to be their greatest asset," says L.A. acting coach Joseph Pearlman, who teaches students to bring their unique personalities to their performances. "I help them reflect their own humanity back at their audience, not by playing themselves but by bringing themselves to the role. So it's about the actor giving a unique sense of a whole person rather than the actor playing a character."

Pearlman is an actor who studied with the late, great Jeff Corey. One of the key things Pearlman learned from Corey and infuses into his own teaching style is to "short-circuit" the process so that the actor is able to "tighten the screw on that performance" in one session. Using improvisation as a base, the actor can effortlessly jump into the text and make a performance feel real. "So getting right into the work without shying away from it, facing it head on-that's what Jeff taught and that's what I do, but I've made it my own."

Named one of Back Stage readers' favorite teachers in 2011, Pearlman helps actors elevate their work so it doesn't "smell like acting training." His clients include Zooey Deschanel, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Welch, and Julian Sands.

"Joseph Pearlman approaches the craft of performing in an entirely unique way, by focusing on the inner voices of characters and freeing the performer, he quickly finds the heart beat of a performance. No time is wasted, he is an excellent teacher."

Joseph J. Pearlman Coaching 310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064
917-754-2221
www.josephpearlman.com

Margie Haber Studio

Margie Haber Studio teaches actors to let go of what they call the "3 P's of auditioning – pain, panic, and performance anxiety - while giving actors back the Big P – POWER."

The Haber philosophy is, "stop acting and start living the life."  Actors learn "to share, not show. To embrace their imperfections.  To jump out of their box and risk to be seen.  To get out of their heads and get into their bodies. To express, not impress."

Internationally renowned for their on-camera workshops specializing in audition technique & cold reading, the studio offers classes for adults, teens, kids, and international actors. With small class sizes, each actor has the opportunity to grow immensely.

Author of How To Get The Part Without Falling Apart, Margie Haber has coached Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, and Vince Vaughn, among many others.  Recently, she's coached Colin Egglesfield for the new Lifetime show, "The Client List" and Sophia Bush for her new CBS pilot, "Partners." At the studio, Margie and her team coach emerging talent in all stages of their careers.

For further information and to get a taste of the technique, you can visit one of Margie Haber Studio's New Student Orientations, every Monday at 1:30 PM.

Margie Haber Studio
971 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90069
310-854-0870
info@margiehaber.com
www.margiehaber.com

Marjorie Ballentine

"I don't let actors get away with anything. I'm tough. I'm not here to coddle actors; I'm here to take them to their highest level. I have great relationships with the actors I work with, and I continue to mentor some of them. They know they're always going to hear the truth," said Marjorie Ballentine. She's been coaching and mentoring actors for the last twenty-four years, following in the footsteps of her mentor, Stella Adler.

"I'm about quality, not quantity. I don't have a factory," Ballentine says, "because I won't work with someone unless I can tell that they really want to be an artist. I won't work with someone who's looking for five minutes of fame." She can afford to be selective because her actors continue to work with her from role to role. Krysten Ritter, star of ABC's new comedy, "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," said "Thanks to Marjorie, my acting has gone to a whole new level of commitment and understanding. She is a gift to acting and a gift to me."

Ballentine brings passion and unflinching honesty to her work with every student - whether they are movie stars, series regulars, Broadway actors or students fresh out of school. Gary Oldman described Balletine as "wise, insightful, and caring – and the closest thing to Adler out there."

Marjorie Ballentine
323-877-5038
meact@mac.com
www.marjorieballentine.com

Melissa Skoff

Casting Director/Producer Melissa Skoff teaches professional level Cold Reading classes for adults, teens, and kids. Her classes are intended for working actors and for actors who, she says, "should be working." Creating a positive class environment, Skoff encourages actors to challenge their skills and make exciting choices. She has worked with numerous well-known comics, and has extensive experience coaching drama and comedy, including sketch comedy and improvisation. She's cast more than 100 Features, Series, Pilots, and MOW's, and her keen eye for talent and has helped the early careers of stars such as George Clooney, Vince Vaughn, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., David Spade, Lauren Graham and Catherine Bell, among many others.

"In order to do their best work, actors need to work in a positive, creative environment where they feel safe and empowered to challenge their own personal best," Skoff says.

Skoff has been a Casting Executive at Warner Bros. and Fox Broadcasting, as well as working independently. She's a trained actress with a degree in Theater, Film & TV from UCLA. Her classes are reasonably priced and frequented by industry professionals. Classes are ongoing and purchased by the month. Private coaching available. Missed classes are made up. Disclaimer: No guarantee of employment.

Melissa Skoff
818-760-2058
melissaskoffacting@gmail.com
www.melissaskoff.com

NMCA Michael Chekhov Training Institute

What happens when you merge the most empowering practices of Method, Moment-to-Moment, Observation, Substitution and Movement with the psycho-physical mastery of Michael Chekhov's work? The result is the Chekhov Training Institute, a powerful acting tool kit by "the greatest of Stanislavki's pupils."

Since 1994, Lisa Dalton and Wil Kilroy have taught the Chekhov Training Institute, developing their highly-refined approach to learning and applying Michael Chekhov's powerful techniques to the needs of today's actors, teachers and directors. Dalton and Kilroy have interwoven the best of popular techniques with Chekhov's language of performance, creating a complete body-mind-spirit integrated approach to performance.

"I haven't felt this challenged since MFA graduate school. The long hours and prodigious volume of material tested my endurance, will and capacity to digest the concepts," writes Eric Bishop, Department Chair of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. "My experience has inspired me to personally utilize the technique with my own acting, teaching, performance evaluating and directing using precepts and principles of Michael Chekhov."

NMCA produces several Chekhov Training Institutes each year during summer, winter and Spring break. Learn about training programs for actors, directors and acting teachers/coaches at the website.

NMCA Michael Chekhov Training Institute
818-761-5404
chekhov@sbcglobal.net
www.chekhov.net

Talent To Go

Whether a seasoned actor or new to town for pilot season, you're in good hands with Talent To Go. For over 10 years, TTG has been helping actors put their best foot forward with classes, casting events and showcases. What makes TTG different?

Members don't do cold reading workshops, instead jumping in with prepared scenes. TTG was the first to do this format. "We wanted to help actors like ourselves, who had been around this business but needed to create more industry relationships and work on audition technique. Sometimes it's just the fact you haven't auditioned enough to feel sharp, or you haven't gotten that call back. So how do you boost your confidence and make sure you are absolutely ready once you do get in the door?" says co-owner Pat Tallman. "We wanted to find a classy, professional way for actors to hone their skills."

Judy Kain heads the commercial classes while Tallman helms peer support events, marketing/goal setting round tables, showcases and networking. "We give actors the option of being able to take classes to stay sharp, or become members for a more full service experience. Our motto is 'Dedicated to your Success' and we truly are."

Talent To GO
13351 D Riverside Dr. #107 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818-704-1817
info4talenttogo@yahoo.com
www.talenttogo.net

The Young Actors Studio

The Young Actor's Studio is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor's craft through classes, workshops, and productions. Founder and current artistic director Jeff Alan-Lee, was a child actor who subsequently taught and directed at various private/public schools, youth shelters, and taught and directed at The Lee Strasberg Institute in both New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 1996, The Young Actor's Studio was created as a supportive and nurturing environment for young actors to develop their craft. While the school has grown a lot since the initial ten students, it is still committed to excellent teaching in a supportive and close-knit environment.

At Young Actor's Studio, the work is about encouraging and praising each student for who they are and merging this into their work. Students learn to create a unique, original character that is truly their own. In doing so, the young actor develops a love for the work, and with this, the ability to flourish as both an actor and person.

At the most basic level, The goal of Young Actor's Studio is to develop the young actor's craft. The craft may make them stand out in front of a set, or thrive in a completely different aspect of life. The people at Young Actor's Studio are so proud of their students who have had successful film, TV, and theater careers, and are equally so of those who have gone on to apply their craft to various alternate pursuits.

The Young Actors Studio
5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
310-281-7545
www.youngactorsstudio.com

The Voicecaster

The Voicecaster celebrates over 30 years of casting voiceover talent for radio and television commercials, as well as industrial films, animation, narration, voices of toys, and more. They've cast more than 16,000 projects involving celebrity, foreign language, union and non-union talent.

Regardless of your level of experience, The Voicecaster offers workshops to teach you the "business of the business," says Huck Liggett, owner and head of casting. "Our approach is focused on helping each student discover their individual strengths so that he or she learns to approach voiceover work at a competitive level," Liggett says.

Beginning voiceover students study copy interpretation, microphone technique, applying direction and how to make individual adjustments. For students with a strong acting background, the Intermediate workshop teaches reading styles for retail, legal/disclaimer, infomercial, animation and helps on-camera actors transition to voiceover work. It also focuses on demo prep. If you're already a trained voiceover actor who wants to bring your audition skills up to speed, the Advanced course focuses on fine tuning direction, expanding choices for more competitive takes, and self-direction.

Workshops run four and six-weeks, $300-$495. No auditing. No requirements for admission to beginning levels; higher-level classes require prior professional VO training.

The Voicecaster
Huck Liggett
1832 W. Burbank Blvd.,
Burbank, CA 91506
818-841-5300
casting@voicecaster.com
www.voicecaster.com

Deryn Warren

"Learning a perfect audition technique improves all your acting skills" says Deryn Warren, film director and author of HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. She teaches actors to "Risk! and rise above the crowd with exciting choices." Warren's classes have attracted significant attention from directors and casting directors, such as the head of HBO casting, because the caliber of work is high. The LA Times reported: "Her comments are dead-eye accurate." This small, selective well-priced master class is for professional actors who are serious about honing their craft, working on great material and booking work. Interview required. Warren is also a well-known audition coach.

Deryn Warren
323-936-0195
Deryn@SBCglobal.net DerynWarren.com

Phyllis Applegate

Emmy-nominated actor Phyllis Applegate had the honor of receiving a scholarship to the legendary Lee Strasberg Institute. Today, with many years of experience, Applegate works as an actor and also as a coach. She's combined Strasberg's methods with her own, enabling actors to "audition and perform with power." "I always say to everyone I coach 'you believe you and we will believe you.' This helps people to stop 'acting' find ways to truly understand what they are saying and doing," Applegate said. Coaching services include audition techniques, cold readings, character creation, scene study, text interpretation and on set coaching. For more information contact phyllisapplegate@gmail.com, (323) 655-5167.

Phyllis Applegate
323-655-5167
phyllisapplegate@gmail.com

Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop

"It's about not needing a director to tell you what to do. Take a text and make it come alive in your voice," says Evelyn Rudie, Co-Artistic Director of Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop. Founded in 1960 by Ted Roter, James Arness and Eric Braeden, and inherited by Chris DeCarlo, the workshop combines physical theatre and improvisation, training actors to conquer their inner critics and overcome fear of competition. Mickey Madden, bassist for Maroon 5, is a believer, describing the experience as "great in so many ways." Admission is by personal interview only, and tuition is $200 for six weeks.
Spring Session II, (Apr 16-May 21, Mondays 7-10pm)

Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop
1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-9779, ext. 3
education@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com
www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com


Sterling Studio

The 7th annual "On-The-Set" Film Camp at Sterling Studio is truly an adventure in filmmaking. The actors, ages 7-25, experience what it is like to be on a working set. Each actor will be in a production group, write a script and block scenes before working with a professional director and film crew. The camp is wrapped with a premiere film festival judged by industry professionals. Training includes voice, comedy and dance workshops. Each actor will receive a copy of the film for their reel and IMDb credit. Date is July 9-13th, Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM. Catered lunch is included. Sterling Studio also offers weekly children & adult classes.

Sterling Studio
310-600-3336
sterlingactors@yahoo.com
www.sterlingstudioactors.com


Los Angeles Acting Schools & Coaches

March 29, 2012


Aaron Speiser Acting Studio
Aaron Speiser Acting Studio

Aaron Speiser has coached and trained actors for over 25 years. Speiser's goal is to help his students and clients enhance their lives through working on their craft, their art, and their career. Speiser helps each student develop a solid acting foundation in order to build a successful career. His motto is "When You're Ready To Do What You Came Here For." "Don't worry about the lines. …worry about living!" says Speiser, "Acting is having it in your body, not your mind. "

Speiser offers Scene Study and Technique classes at all levels. He emphasizes 21st century acting for Film and TV and his teaching style is simple, practical, and inspirational. Speiser was voted "2009 Best Scene Study Teacher" by Backstage West.The Studio also offers Private Coaching, Improv, Voice, Dialect and Teen classes.

Speiser works with many well-known entertainment professionals. His clients include Will Smith and Virginia Madsen, both nominated for Academy Awards with Speiser's help, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Gerard Butler, and LL Cool J.

Will Smith, Academy Award nominee, stated, "Behind every great actor is a great teacher. I wouldn't be where I am without him!"

Virginia Madsen, Academy Award nominee, says, "I started working with Aaron on my auditions and immediately noticed a difference. I got the most important job of my life because of Aaron. Over twenty years after I started acting, I finally got my big break…Thanks Aaron."
Speiser also works with renowned directors such as Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, F. Gary Gray, M. Night Shyamalan, and Peter Berg. This enables Speiser to bring the latest film and television techniques to his Studio and his clients.

Speiser started his professional career in NY and earned a MFA in Acting from Brandeis University in Boston. After graduation, he studied with Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, and his mentor Kenneth McMillan at HB Studio in NY. Before teaching, Speiser worked as a professional actor and director for 15 years. He directed, produced, and co-wrote the feature film, Talking About Sex, winning "Best Film Award" at Breckenridge Film Festival.

For more information please call 310-399-4567 or visit www.aaronspeiser.com

Q&A with Eugene Buica, Artistic Director of The Acting Corps

How did the Acting Corps get started?

EUGENE BUICA: I was teaching a class once a week and, as an experiment, I asked a handful of actors to train with me in the park every morning at 7 A.M, near Forrest Lawn Cemetery. I told them it would be free, but they'd have to come every day.

Why would you do that?
EB: Just a hunch. Wanted to know what would happen if Los Angeles actors actually trained on a daily basis.
 
It seems to have worked out pretty well.
EB: It has, and it's become a very popular way of training. Our motto is "The Actors' Boot Camp: do it every day or don't waste your time."
 
You were a student of Sanford Meisner's at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
EB: I was, as were many others. The Meisner work, along with the Chekhov, coupled with years of acting, writing, directing, and teaching, informs the classes we offer. We call it The Acting Corps Technique – 3,500 students later we've earned that right.

What is The Acting Corps Technique, and what makes it special?
EB:  The practical aspect of what we do – we only teach things that actors can apply to the reality of being in front of a camera. Which of course leads to, well, you know, how do you then get in front of that camera, how do you get the job?
 
How do you get the job?
EB: By presenting a unique product to the people that are looking for that product when they need that product. And by not locking yourself up in some acting school.
 
And how have your students done, in terms of success?
EB: Quite well, in fact.  You don't have to suffer through years of poverty, it seems, before you can earn a living as an actor. That said, we're not selling anybody the Brooklyn Bridge. But we do believe you can be up and running as a competent actor and earn a living sooner than most people would expect. Fourteen hundred of our students on IMDB can attest to our success.

The Acting Corps
5508 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
818-753-2800
www.theactingcorps.com

The Actors Workout Studio

With over 50 years experience, the Actor's Workout Studio is for the serious professional actor. Classes are based on the Meisner technique and each actor works every class. The studio has a reputation for troubleshooting actors' blocks. Through exercises, improv, cold reading, and in-depth scene work, AWS helps you discover what's holding you back, and how to reach higher levels of expression and emotional truth in your work.

Small, intimate classes allow for individualized coaching tailored to each actor's specific needs. Coaches work to deepen an actor's access to his or her most valuable acting asset: the emotional and physical self. According to AWS Founder and Emmy Award Winner Fran Montano, "What separates the Actors Workout Studio from other acting schools is that we work individually with each actor, and focus on your specific blocks and issues. Actors tend to have breakthroughs and grow more quickly and deeply in a shorter time with our approach. Each one of you is unique, with your own 'vein of gold' that distinguishes you from the rest."
Montano has been teaching actors for more than 25 years. As Rene Russo says, "I shy away from conventional acting classes. But once in a while you meet someone who inspires you. Fran does!" Another client, David Arata, Oscar Nominated Screenwriter of Children of Men and screenwriter of Spy Game (starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt) says, "Fran's insight to acting is astounding. He's great at guiding actors into exploring their deepest and richest choices."

In addition to Montano, the Studio is helmed by Andrew Benne, who has been an Acting Coach and Director since 1989. Eric Close from Without a Trace says Benne has a "tireless passion for finding the truth in acting. His commitment and dedication to the process has been invaluable to me."

Monthly classes include the Acting Class, an intimate class that meets weekly to provide individualized training designed for each actor's specific needs and blocks; Two weekly "Workout" classes; Company Performances; a Play Reading Series and a Performance Series featuring ongoing AWS productions.

The Studio offers a free interview, audit, and evaluation to prospective students.

The Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91602
818-766-2171
info@actorsworkout.com
www.actorsworkout.com

Always Be Creative

"I place great emphasis on the audition process," says acting coach Guy Edwards, "and the audition is the one thing most actors dread." Edwards combines techniques from Strasberg, Stanislavsky, Mesiner and Eric Morris to help clients learn to create organically, to look within themselves, and to control their anxiety. Edwards helps you find "the powerful confidence to honestly trust yourself, your instincts, and your choices, and finally realize what it's like to not second-guess yourself to death, and to Always Be Creative from moment-to-moment."
"The biggest component of what I do is teaching students to control their anxiety and face their fears. My motto is 'discover the confidence to trust yourself' and it really is a process of discovery. Once you've learned to trust yourself, there is nothing more powerful than that feeling," Edwards says.

Edwards works one-on-one with actors of all ages and levels of experience on audition technique, scene-study, character development, accents and dialects. He says, "I wholeheartedly believe that my way of coaching is one of the most productive, practical, and optimal ways of working. You have anywhere from 8 to 15 seconds to make an impression during an audition, so you have to be interesting from the get go. I'll get you there."

Guy Edwards
Always Be Creative
818-263-1155
abccoachingguy@hotmail.com
Beverly Hills Playhouse

The BHP has been active in Los Angeles for 40 years. They offer intensive ongoing scene study workshops for both professional actors and beginners. "Our approach hits three areas - Acting, Attitude and Administration," says Allen Barton, the current owner/CEO. "Acting - obviously, the development of the craft itself - but that's never been enough. We cover attitude: how actors present themselves, how they behave in a group environment - are they someone you want on your set for 18 hours a day? Many actors are hired not because they're geniuses, but because they're competent, professional, and don't make problems. A BHP student should obliterate the cliché of the narcissistic, flakey, insecure actor. And then administration - what an actor does each day to advance their career. You can't sit around thinking that if only you had a better agent all would be swell."

As for the acting technique, Barton says, "It's unique from all the big names and techniques. You can't package acting technique in a nice box. But we come at it from a non-intellectual, non-analysis, non-exercisey way. Just trying to look at the scene and what's going on? Then behaving as a real person would based on that situation. Milton Katselas, who started BHP, was a director and the approach comes from his experience. We don't try to cram a single technical approach down the throat of each actor in the same way. That would be nuts."

The BHP has "a pretty impressive list of alumni," as Barton describes them - they include George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jim Carrey, Kyle Chandler, Jorge Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Anne Archer, John Glover, and many more. "The celebrities are always fun to name, but the fact is I don't wake up each day thinking about who studied here or who we can brag about. Each teacher here wakes up with the current students in mind. How are we going to help that guy in that scene last night? How are we going to help that actress with a sense of casting - what roles she should go up for? That's what makes teaching fun, and challenging."

Beverly Hills Playhouse
254 S. Robertson Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-855-1556
For information or admission interview: interviewer@bhplayhouse.com www.bhplayhouse.com

The Second City

Second City Hollywood is offering Backstage readers a free two-hour workshop. Call 323.464.8542 and say you'd like to schedule your free "Taste of Second City from Backstage West."

With a long roster of alumni like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Amy Sedaris, Second City is the most famous school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. After seeing her first Second City show, alumni Tina Fey said: "I remember going up to the stage and sort of touching the stage and thinking 'Oh my Gosh, Gilda Radner performed on this stage.'?"

Second City Hollywood believes you are funny. This is your chance to join an epic roster of funny men and women, even if you've never set foot on a stage until now. "What a new student first experiences is a return to play. We improvise all of the time when we're kids. When kids play Cops and Robbers they just become the cops and robbers. They believe it, see the world, and play in it. The same thing happens in the classroom with beginning improvisers. You learn to play again," said Marc Warzecha, Second City producer and Associate Artistic Director.

The Second City training center in Hollywood teaches methods of improvisation and sketch comedy that have been developed and refined by its famed alumni for the last 52 years. But perhaps what has made Second City so successful over so many decades is its commitment to the idea that "there are no wrong answers." Students are encouraged to revise tradition and cultivate fearlessness, both on and offstage: "Improv won't just change your career it will change your approach to life. The skills you learn here become your road map for life: say yes, try anything, support others, there are no wrong answer only creative solutions. You'll see your whole world start to change," said Second City Hollywood's Executive Director Jen Hoyt.
Second City Hollywood offers a wide range of courses: including the classic Improv Program, Improv 1 Weekend Intensives, a professional Conservatory program, Musical Improv, Writing for the Stage, Writing for TV & Film and Long Form classes.

The Second City Hollywood
6560 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-464-8542
www.secondcity.com/Hollywood

Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre

The Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre-Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 by Stella Adler, Joanne Linville and Irene Gilbert. Stella Adler Los Angeles challenges you to "choose your acting school as if your creative life depended on it."
Plays and screenplays take place in imaginary circumstances. At Adler-LA, actors learn to use their imaginations to fully inhabit a character within the circumstances of the play or screenplay. "Actors who are artists yearn to truly walk in the footsteps of characters and then share the experience with an audience. This process takes work, but the rewards for an actor are boundless. That process is the source of an actor's creative life," says Executive Director John Jack Rodgers.

Adler-LA provides the tools, training and creative discipline to nurture and support actors who are committed to the dramatic arts on-stage and for the camera. Their Programs (whether part-time or full-time) are steeped in the great tradition of Stella Adler. The Academy has produced some of the finest actors, writers and directors in the industry. Through extensive training in Technique, Scene Study, Voice, Movement and Improvisation, student actors learn to take responsibility for their own imaginative choices as they begin to create layered, truthful characters. The faculty, all of whom are long-time members of the Stella Adler-LA "family," are second to none. They are dedicated to teaching, training and helping the next generation of great artists – even while these same faculty members continue with their own professional careers.

"Stella Adler Academy-Los Angeles is a special place. It's a cocoon of great training in the heart of Hollywood," says Mark Ruffalo.

"How do you approach a character for both an audition and once you've landed the job? A dependable way into the play or screenplay is the answer. The Adler-LA Faculty works with you, the student-actor, teaching you to be an independent artist who knows how to work," says Rodgers. Adler-LA teaches you how to show up prepared so you can easily take direction without depending on others to hand you your performance. This is the kind of actor who gets hired again and again.

Stella Adler - Los Angeles
6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: 323-465-4446
Fax: 323-469-6049
www.stellaadler-la.com

Actor Training in LA

Are you in L.A. to act? Now what? Actor Training in LA, is here for you! They have seasoned teachers and coaches in L.A. leading Educational Intensives, Showcases, Summer Camps, Casting Director Workshops, Scene Study and Audition Technique Classes. Their goal is to help each actor prepare to be "The Best of the Best" in L.A.

Actor Training In LA's, DBA Owner Laurie Morella has created a trusting and secure learning environment where actors can expand their skills and grow as individuals.  In doing so, she has become an invaluable resource and influence to each actor.

Laurie works diligently with staff and teachers developing new programs and classes to help actors of all ages sharpen their skills and reach their full potential as actors or wherever life takes them.

"I am a life acting coach, educator, and organizer; I offer life coaching, acting classes, and educational casting director workshops for actors to learn about their craft and to help them succeed in life. LIVE! LOVE! ACT!"  - Laurie Morella, CPC

Actor Training in LA is a Talent Training Service our classes, workshops, events, camps, showcases etc. are not an audition for employment or for obtaining a talent agent or talent management." THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DLSE BOND #750228

Actor training in LA
11335 Magnolia Blvd., Andrew's Plaza, Suite 2C
North Hollywood, CA 91601
actortraininginla@gmail.com
www.actortraininginla.com

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop-voted the No. 1 acting studio in Los Angeles by Back Stage readers (Best Cold Read and Best Scene Study)- is re-imagining the art of channeling genuine emotion into each moment on film, TV and stage. Anthony Meindl delivers actors from the shopworn techniques that hinder performance. Meindl's "science of the moment" philosophy shows students how to reroute the flow of feeling from real life encounters to their work. Credited with launched the careers of sought-after young starts like Golden Globe nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Shailene Woodley, Cory Monteith ("Glee"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") and many more, this acting guru's results are well broadcast.
Meindl's paradigm-shifting perspectives on acting empower aspirants by teaching them to turn off the internal critic and transform them into impassioned performers. Changing performance from over-calculation to the joy of pure expression, Meindl breathes inspiration into this timeless art form to cultivate the next generation of Goslings and Portmans.

AMAW also gives students the opportunity to get seen by Hollywood's top casting directors, agents, managers and directors-like Jonathan Liebesman (" Wrath of the Titans," "Battle: LA"), April Webster (" Lost," "Criminal Minds," "Star Trek") and Brett Benner ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs").

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop
To schedule a free audit: assistant@anthonymeindl.com
For more info: www.anthonymeindl.com


Gregory Berger-Sobeck, Berg Studios

On why he stands out from the pack, acting teacher and Yale School of Drama graduate Gregory Berger-Sobeck says, "I think what happens in most classes is that teachers take themselves as directors. They're looking at it to critique the scenes and give adjustments to the scenes, but that doesn't really help the actors find the scene themselves. I teach a repeatable, systematic approach for identifying and personalizing a character's objective. The honesty in acting comes from the body, not from the intellect, which is why I work very physically with my actors." On the importance of training, Berg says, "I think the purpose of class is to get work. I've had students who have Emmy Awards and have graduated from Juilliard and Yale come to me brittle because of working from a result-oriented approach that sometimes the industry requires…so they have to relearn process. My job is to get the actor to be task-oriented and to 'illuminate' the dialogue by concentrating on subtext and physical impulse. The whole point is to discover rather than execute. Thus the acting becomes private, provocative, and original."

Berg Studios offers Scene Study and On Camera classes along with Audition and Industry Workshops. Contact them for a FREE AUDIT.

Gregory Berger-Sobeck, Berg Studios
3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
323-666-3382
www.thebergstudios.com

Edgemar Center for the Arts

Acting Studio at Edgemar, founded in 2000 by Michelle Danner and Larry Moss, offers a wide array of classes and workshops for actors of all ages and stages of their careers, including sought-after weekend children's classes. Actors are encouraged to raise the bar by working on diverse material, honing their skills both on-camera and on-stage and to keep growing as artists. Classes and workshops include Auditioning for Film & Television, On-camera Cold Reading, Scene Study, the Improv Workout, Casting Director Workshop, Voice Intensive, and a Sitcom Intensive with Brad Garrett (Emmy Award winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond) A highlight of Edgemar's curriculum is the prestigious: "The Actor's Golden Box: With Michelle Danner." In this two-day course, students "learn how to make memorable choices," Danner explains.

Danner has coached Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, and Zooey Deschanel, among many others. In addition to her coaching practice, she's a working artist. She's just completed her second feature film, Hello Herman, about a tragic Columbine-esque school shooting. The film was written by John Buffalo Mailer and stars Norman Reedus. Visit allinfilms.com to learn more.

EdgeMar Center for the Arts
Join us for a free information session every wednesday
From 10:30-12:30pm (rsvp required)
310-392-0815
E-mail: info@edgemar.org
www.michelledanner.com

The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio

For over 25 years, The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio has been teaching the original Meisner Technique, creating the leading actors, writers, and directors in the industry. Artists such as Halle Berry, Robin Wright, Jeff Goldblum, Mariska Hargitay, Patrick Dempsey, Julia Stiles, Michael Vartan have trained and coached with this premier studio.

Tom Hanks paid tribute to the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio during their 2011 celebration: "You've got a highfalutin school here, the Sandy Meisner aspect of it, it's all legendary stuff, so if you're not running the business, if you're not at the top of the game, you will be because you are in this room. You have been part of this brilliant collective and you understand the concept, I think, of beauty."

The programs offered at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio include the Meisner technique training, both short and long term audition technique, scene study, cold reading, on-set coaching, private coaching, online coaching, speech and voice and Alexander Technique classes.

As Halle Berry puts it, "Leave this school knowing that you have had the best training that you can have."

The Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio
Spring and Summer classes now enrolling. For information, please call 310-451-3311 or email info@baronbrown.com

Joseph J. Pearlman

"I consider the personality of the actor to be their greatest asset," says L.A. acting coach Joseph Pearlman, who teaches students to bring their unique personalities to their performances. "I help them reflect their own humanity back at their audience, not by playing themselves but by bringing themselves to the role. So it's about the actor giving a unique sense of a whole person rather than the actor playing a character."

Pearlman is an actor who studied with the late, great Jeff Corey. One of the key things Pearlman learned from Corey and infuses into his own teaching style is to "short-circuit" the process so that the actor is able to "tighten the screw on that performance" in one session. Using improvisation as a base, the actor can effortlessly jump into the text and make a performance feel real. "So getting right into the work without shying away from it, facing it head on-that's what Jeff taught and that's what I do, but I've made it my own."

Named one of Back Stage readers' favorite teachers in 2011, Pearlman helps actors elevate their work so it doesn't "smell like acting training." His clients include Zooey Deschanel, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Welch, and Julian Sands.

"Joseph Pearlman approaches the craft of performing in an entirely unique way, by focusing on the inner voices of characters and freeing the performer, he quickly finds the heart beat of a performance. No time is wasted, he is an excellent teacher."

Joseph J. Pearlman Coaching 310 Casting Studios
2329 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064
917-754-2221
www.josephpearlman.com

Margie Haber Studio

Margie Haber Studio teaches actors to let go of what they call the "3 P's of auditioning – pain, panic, and performance anxiety - while giving actors back the Big P – POWER."

The Haber philosophy is, "stop acting and start living the life."  Actors learn "to share, not show. To embrace their imperfections.  To jump out of their box and risk to be seen.  To get out of their heads and get into their bodies. To express, not impress."

Internationally renowned for their on-camera workshops specializing in audition technique & cold reading, the studio offers classes for adults, teens, kids, and international actors. With small class sizes, each actor has the opportunity to grow immensely.

Author of How To Get The Part Without Falling Apart, Margie Haber has coached Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, and Vince Vaughn, among many others.  Recently, she's coached Colin Egglesfield for the new Lifetime show, "The Client List" and Sophia Bush for her new CBS pilot, "Partners." At the studio, Margie and her team coach emerging talent in all stages of their careers.

For further information and to get a taste of the technique, you can visit one of Margie Haber Studio's New Student Orientations, every Monday at 1:30 PM.

Margie Haber Studio
971 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90069
310-854-0870
info@margiehaber.com
www.margiehaber.com

Marjorie Ballentine

"I don't let actors get away with anything. I'm tough. I'm not here to coddle actors; I'm here to take them to their highest level. I have great relationships with the actors I work with, and I continue to mentor some of them. They know they're always going to hear the truth," said Marjorie Ballentine. She's been coaching and mentoring actors for the last twenty-four years, following in the footsteps of her mentor, Stella Adler.

"I'm about quality, not quantity. I don't have a factory," Ballentine says, "because I won't work with someone unless I can tell that they really want to be an artist. I won't work with someone who's looking for five minutes of fame." She can afford to be selective because her actors continue to work with her from role to role. Krysten Ritter, star of ABC's new comedy, "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," said "Thanks to Marjorie, my acting has gone to a whole new level of commitment and understanding. She is a gift to acting and a gift to me."

Ballentine brings passion and unflinching honesty to her work with every student - whether they are movie stars, series regulars, Broadway actors or students fresh out of school. Gary Oldman described Balletine as "wise, insightful, and caring – and the closest thing to Adler out there."

Marjorie Ballentine
323-877-5038
meact@mac.com
www.marjorieballentine.com

Melissa Skoff

Casting Director/Producer Melissa Skoff teaches professional level Cold Reading classes for adults, teens, and kids. Her classes are intended for working actors and for actors who, she says, "should be working." Creating a positive class environment, Skoff encourages actors to challenge their skills and make exciting choices. She has worked with numerous well-known comics, and has extensive experience coaching drama and comedy, including sketch comedy and improvisation. She's cast more than 100 Features, Series, Pilots, and MOW's, and her keen eye for talent and has helped the early careers of stars such as George Clooney, Vince Vaughn, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., David Spade, Lauren Graham and Catherine Bell, among many others.

"In order to do their best work, actors need to work in a positive, creative environment where they feel safe and empowered to challenge their own personal best," Skoff says.

Skoff has been a Casting Executive at Warner Bros. and Fox Broadcasting, as well as working independently. She's a trained actress with a degree in Theater, Film & TV from UCLA. Her classes are reasonably priced and frequented by industry professionals. Classes are ongoing and purchased by the month. Private coaching available. Missed classes are made up. Disclaimer: No guarantee of employment.

Melissa Skoff
818-760-2058
melissaskoffacting@gmail.com
www.melissaskoff.com

NMCA Michael Chekhov Training Institute

What happens when you merge the most empowering practices of Method, Moment-to-Moment, Observation, Substitution and Movement with the psycho-physical mastery of Michael Chekhov's work? The result is the Chekhov Training Institute, a powerful acting tool kit by "the greatest of Stanislavki's pupils."

Since 1994, Lisa Dalton and Wil Kilroy have taught the Chekhov Training Institute, developing their highly-refined approach to learning and applying Michael Chekhov's powerful techniques to the needs of today's actors, teachers and directors. Dalton and Kilroy have interwoven the best of popular techniques with Chekhov's language of performance, creating a complete body-mind-spirit integrated approach to performance.

"I haven't felt this challenged since MFA graduate school. The long hours and prodigious volume of material tested my endurance, will and capacity to digest the concepts," writes Eric Bishop, Department Chair of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. "My experience has inspired me to personally utilize the technique with my own acting, teaching, performance evaluating and directing using precepts and principles of Michael Chekhov."

NMCA produces several Chekhov Training Institutes each year during summer, winter and Spring break. Learn about training programs for actors, directors and acting teachers/coaches at the website.

NMCA Michael Chekhov Training Institute
818-761-5404
chekhov@sbcglobal.net
www.chekhov.net

Talent To Go

Whether a seasoned actor or new to town for pilot season, you're in good hands with Talent To Go. For over 10 years, TTG has been helping actors put their best foot forward with classes, casting events and showcases. What makes TTG different?

Members don't do cold reading workshops, instead jumping in with prepared scenes. TTG was the first to do this format. "We wanted to help actors like ourselves, who had been around this business but needed to create more industry relationships and work on audition technique. Sometimes it's just the fact you haven't auditioned enough to feel sharp, or you haven't gotten that call back. So how do you boost your confidence and make sure you are absolutely ready once you do get in the door?" says co-owner Pat Tallman. "We wanted to find a classy, professional way for actors to hone their skills."

Judy Kain heads the commercial classes while Tallman helms peer support events, marketing/goal setting round tables, showcases and networking. "We give actors the option of being able to take classes to stay sharp, or become members for a more full service experience. Our motto is 'Dedicated to your Success' and we truly are."

Talent To GO
13351 D Riverside Dr. #107 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818-704-1817
info4talenttogo@yahoo.com
www.talenttogo.net

The Young Actors Studio

The Young Actor's Studio is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor's craft through classes, workshops, and productions. Founder and current artistic director Jeff Alan-Lee, was a child actor who subsequently taught and directed at various private/public schools, youth shelters, and taught and directed at The Lee Strasberg Institute in both New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 1996, The Young Actor's Studio was created as a supportive and nurturing environment for young actors to develop their craft. While the school has grown a lot since the initial ten students, it is still committed to excellent teaching in a supportive and close-knit environment.

At Young Actor's Studio, the work is about encouraging and praising each student for who they are and merging this into their work. Students learn to create a unique, original character that is truly their own. In doing so, the young actor develops a love for the work, and with this, the ability to flourish as both an actor and person.

At the most basic level, The goal of Young Actor's Studio is to develop the young actor's craft. The craft may make them stand out in front of a set, or thrive in a completely different aspect of life. The people at Young Actor's Studio are so proud of their students who have had successful film, TV, and theater careers, and are equally so of those who have gone on to apply their craft to various alternate pursuits.

The Young Actors Studio
5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
310-281-7545
www.youngactorsstudio.com

The Voicecaster

The Voicecaster celebrates over 30 years of casting voiceover talent for radio and television commercials, as well as industrial films, animation, narration, voices of toys, and more. They've cast more than 16,000 projects involving celebrity, foreign language, union and non-union talent.

Regardless of your level of experience, The Voicecaster offers workshops to teach you the "business of the business," says Huck Liggett, owner and head of casting. "Our approach is focused on helping each student discover their individual strengths so that he or she learns to approach voiceover work at a competitive level," Liggett says.

Beginning voiceover students study copy interpretation, microphone technique, applying direction and how to make individual adjustments. For students with a strong acting background, the Intermediate workshop teaches reading styles for retail, legal/disclaimer, infomercial, animation and helps on-camera actors transition to voiceover work. It also focuses on demo prep. If you're already a trained voiceover actor who wants to bring your audition skills up to speed, the Advanced course focuses on fine tuning direction, expanding choices for more competitive takes, and self-direction.

Workshops run four and six-weeks, $300-$495. No auditing. No requirements for admission to beginning levels; higher-level classes require prior professional VO training.

The Voicecaster
Huck Liggett
1832 W. Burbank Blvd.,
Burbank, CA 91506
818-841-5300
casting@voicecaster.com
www.voicecaster.com

Deryn Warren

"Learning a perfect audition technique improves all your acting skills" says Deryn Warren, film director and author of HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. She teaches actors to "Risk! and rise above the crowd with exciting choices." Warren's classes have attracted significant attention from directors and casting directors, such as the head of HBO casting, because the caliber of work is high. The LA Times reported: "Her comments are dead-eye accurate." This small, selective well-priced master class is for professional actors who are serious about honing their craft, working on great material and booking work. Interview required. Warren is also a well-known audition coach.

Deryn Warren
323-936-0195
Deryn@SBCglobal.net DerynWarren.com

Phyllis Applegate

Emmy-nominated actor Phyllis Applegate had the honor of receiving a scholarship to the legendary Lee Strasberg Institute. Today, with many years of experience, Applegate works as an actor and also as a coach. She's combined Strasberg's methods with her own, enabling actors to "audition and perform with power." "I always say to everyone I coach 'you believe you and we will believe you.' This helps people to stop 'acting' find ways to truly understand what they are saying and doing," Applegate said. Coaching services include audition techniques, cold readings, character creation, scene study, text interpretation and on set coaching. For more information contact phyllisapplegate@gmail.com, (323) 655-5167.

Phyllis Applegate
323-655-5167
phyllisapplegate@gmail.com

Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop

"It's about not needing a director to tell you what to do. Take a text and make it come alive in your voice," says Evelyn Rudie, Co-Artistic Director of Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop. Founded in 1960 by Ted Roter, James Arness and Eric Braeden, and inherited by Chris DeCarlo, the workshop combines physical theatre and improvisation, training actors to conquer their inner critics and overcome fear of competition. Mickey Madden, bassist for Maroon 5, is a believer, describing the experience as "great in so many ways." Admission is by personal interview only, and tuition is $200 for six weeks.
Spring Session II, (Apr 16-May 21, Mondays 7-10pm)

Santa Monica Playhouse Actors' Workshop
1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-9779, ext. 3
education@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com
www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com


Sterling Studio

The 7th annual "On-The-Set" Film Camp at Sterling Studio is truly an adventure in filmmaking. The actors, ages 7-25, experience what it is like to be on a working set. Each actor will be in a production group, write a script and block scenes before working with a professional director and film crew. The camp is wrapped with a premiere film festival judged by industry professionals. Training includes voice, comedy and dance workshops. Each actor will receive a copy of the film for their reel and IMDb credit. Date is July 9-13th, Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM. Catered lunch is included. Sterling Studio also offers weekly children & adult classes.

Sterling Studio
310-600-3336
sterlingactors@yahoo.com
www.sterlingstudioactors.com
 
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