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As you can well imagine, there are scores of acting teachers and schools in Hollywood. For a newcomer, it’s a daunting task to try to determine which ones to consider studying with. The list that we are going to provide below is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is comprised of some of the best-known teachers, coaches and schools in town.

It’s up to you to figure out which ones will provide you with the type of class that you need most, but if you are coming from a strong stage background, or have just finished studying somewhere that doesn’t offer on-camera training, we urge you to seek out at least some classes that are geared to film and television acting. How do you find out? You ask!

Most, though not all, classes allow you to audit, so by all means take advantage of that if it’s offered. In fact, we kinda feel that it’s a mistake to just jump into any ol’ class without knowing if you’d even like the teacher. After all, unlike high school or even college, no one is forcing you to study with someone you detest, or whose methods are off-putting to your own acting instincts (which, of course, are not always correct…ahem!). And these classes cost money, which is all the more reason to look before you leap. So, again – ask! 

NOTE: A little lesson WE learned recently – If you have to leave a message in order to actually speak to a teacher, DO NOT say you’re wondering if you may audit.  You’re asking for a freebie and chances are you may not receive a return call for that.  Wait until you’re speaking to a real, live human before you bring up the audit request.

First, the “private” teachers/coaches, for film/TV/etc.:

DEKE ANDERSON (310) 722-8303
GARY AUSTIN (“GROUNDLINGS” FOUNDER) (800) DOG-TOES

CRAIG CAMPOBASSO www.craigcampobasso.com
SHARON CHATTEN (213) 486-4229
MICHELLE DANNER & LARRY MOSS (310) 392-0815
HOWARD FINE www.howardfine.com
MARGIE HABER www.margiehaber.com
JEANIE HACKETT (818) 763-5933
JOHN HOMA www.johnhoma.com
GARY IMHOFF www.garyimhoff.net
JOEY PAUL JENSEN www.joeypaul.com
ANITA JESSE (323) 876-2870
RICHARD LAWSON (310) 855-1556, EX. 30
KEN LERNER (818) 753-7444
HOLLY POWELL www.hollypowellstudios.com
BRIAN REESE (323) 874-5593
LEO ROSSI & STEPHEN SNYDER (323) 465-4241
SCOTT SEDITA www.scottseditaacting.com
CAMERON THOR (818) 760-9426
CRAIG WALLACE (323) 960-7852
DOUG WARHIT (310) 479-5647
CARYN WEST (818) 693-4625, (323) 876-0394
HARRIET GREENSPAN (818) 266-6698, greenspancasting@aol.comwww.harrietgreenspan.com
KARI KURTO actorsclasses@gmail.com
Commercial classes:TERRY BERLAND www.terryberlandcasting.com
STUART ROBINSON(310)558-4961VICKIE GOGGIN(818) 784-6500FRANCENE SELKIRK(818) 901-8606

GABRIELLE SCHARY

310-450-0835

BLANCA VALDEZ (SPANISH)

(323) 876-5700

A few acting schools:
BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE www.bhplayhouse.com
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS www.aada.org
*LEE STRASBERG INSTITUTE www.strasberg.com
*THEATRE OF ARTS www.acthollywood.com
STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY www.stellaadler-la.com
ACTORS CERTIFIED TRAINING (A.C.T.) www.actorscertifiedtraining.com
*Also has a special program for international students
THE SANFORD MEISNER STUDIO www.thesanfordmeisnerstudio.com

A COUPLE OF VOCAL (SINGING) COACHES:

COREEN SHEEHAN  (323) 270-7254  www.coreensheehan.com

PER BRISTOW  www.BristowVoiceMethod.com

Now, it’s up to you to contact the teachers or schools and ask as many pertinent questions as you may have. Don’t let the ones with snotty-sounding receptionists throw you off. Remind yourself (and maybe them, if they’re too obnoxious) that you are the paying customer here and as such are entitled to some polite behavior on their part. You won’t always get it, of course. This is, after all, real life as it exists in Hollywood, like it or lump it.

One other point: We urge everyone to sooner rather than later take some improv classes, in addition to all other types of acting classes. Even if you aren’t the funny type, you must learn to think on your feet and nowadays, most casting people expect to see improv training on all actors’ resumes. There are a number of excellent improv schools and classes in Hollywood; once you establish yourself here, you can easily locate them, since virtually all of your new actor friends (you know – the ones you will so happily be acquiring from your acting classes…!) will already know about them! Just (here we go again) ASK!

As you can well imagine, there are scores of acting teachers and schools in Hollywood. For a newcomer, it’s a daunting task to try to determine which ones to consider studying with. The list that we are going to provide below is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is comprised of some of …

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Kris Malone is the nom de plume of a longtime Hollywood talent agent. Kris created this website as a way for actors to improve their chances of making it in Hollywood, not as a way to reach the agency for possible representation. Kris wishes all of you actors out there the best of luck, laced with a big dose of reality and plain old common sense.

8 comments

  1. Who are the best teachers/coaches/schools for Film and TV in NYC these days? Do any names consistently come up for young actors in their 20’s?

  2. And do you have anything positive to say about any other schools? This sounds mighty bitter to us. As if there is something wrong with making students of ANYTHING work hard!

    Also, how exactly do you expect a school to stay in business if they don’t charge money?

  3. The New York Film Academy was a really solid school about 15 years ago, but it has since sold out and is now more about the money than anything else (and boy is it expensive). There are some good teachers, and a few good students who come out of there (but that’s because they work like dogs), but the administration has been running that school into the ground because the only people who can afford it are those rich, trust fund babies. Also, stay away from the Strausberg Institute. They’re only about the money, which doesn’t lend itself to creating great art. I’ve been to several different acting schools here in LA (I grew up here).

  4. They’ve been around quite a while now, both in NY and in L.A. They use a lot of actors as free performers in their student films (just like all schools do), but never having seen any of the finished projects, we can’t pass judgment on the quality of the work done there.

  5. What is your opinion on the New York Film Academy?

  6. No. Thank YOU! This kind of feedback is why we exist. We wish you great success…!

  7. thank you for this site. I found the Sanford Meisner Studio from here and the training with Alex has been AMAZING. My acting has grown tremendously and he really teaches to each of us individually. By far the best class I’ve ever had. Thank you, Thank you. Thank you.

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