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      Alexia Robinson Studio - [RDL]
      Objective: Alexia Robinson Studio is a Los Angeles area acting studio that provides technique and scene study classes for beginning and advanced actors. Classes are taught by working professionals with extensive film and television credits and provide a supportive and nurturing environment where actors can spread their wings and fly.
      Location: North Hollywood

      Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory [Flash] - [RDL]
      Objective: Come train at one of the most prestigious conservatories in the nation! Now interviewing for spring and summer sessions. This training facility is one of the very few that is registered with the Bureau of Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education. The Conservatory provides artistic excellence with professional acting and writing instruction in the film, television, and theatre industries for a new generation of artists. It has been honored by such legends as Alfred Molina, David Groh, John Savage, and Gary Busey, to name a few, who have inspired graduates at annual festivities.
      Location: Santa Monica

      Constelacion Theatrical Group - [RDL]
      Objective: A Non-profit organization since 1992 training and promoting actors. Founded by Ivan Olivares. To put the dramatic arts into everyone's reach. They have free acting workshops and their regular acting, dancing and modeling classes are only 20 dolars per month. They have also their own Talent Agency, their own Theatrical Company and a local T.V. Show. Where they train and promote their talents. They specialize in Latin actors, but welcome everybody.
      Location: North Hollywood

      The Actor's Edge Workshop - [RDL]
      Objective: Christina Ferra-Gilmore brings her wealth of both stage and on-camera experience to help students of all levels prepare for a career in television and film. The curriculum spans all current acting methods and theories including: Method, Meisner, Comedy Improv, Audition technique, Cold-reading technique, Scene Breakdown, Commercial Study, dramatic improv, etc. The idea is to ensure that all students are well-rounded and prepared for any audition that they could go on. Free audits for interested actors.
      Location: Hollywood

      AIDA - Australian Institute of Dramatic Arts - [RDL]
      Objective: AIDA focuses on improving the actors work through empowerment and Australian/International techniques; those which Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and many other celebrity actors experienced and use from their training in Australia. These techniques truly help the actor to understand and connect with his or her acting and emotional range. With our challenging but family like environment actors grow extensively while studying at AIDA and book a wide variety of media with an emphasis on feature film.
      Location: Los Angeles - New York - San Francisco

      The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio - [RDL]
      Objective: The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio has been a wellspring for the theatrical casting and producing community for over twenty years. The Studio offers both long-term and short-term training programs for the working professional and pre-professional actor, writer, director, and producer. The Studio's programs include Meisner training scene study, audition technique, cold reading, on-set coaching, customized private and group seminars, and Alexander Technique classes. Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer sessions are available.
      Location: Santa Monica

      Elisa Eliot - [RDL]
      Objective: Yale Drama graduate can be hired privately or by production companies to provide acting training to actors of all ages. She has worked with actors on many feature films as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals.
      Location: Los Angeles

      The Marin Actors' Workshop - [RDL]
      Objective: In existence for five years now, our small, dynamic school offers, at its core, a scene/monolog course taught by veteran actor, Terry McGovern (www.terrymcgovern.com). Terry leans heavily on the teaching approach of his former instructor, the late, legendary Stella Adler. Classes are held weekly, with performance showcases in front of Bay Area agents twice a year. MAW also offers classes in Voice-Over, Animation and Video Game Character Voices, On-Camera (both film and commercial acting), Teleprompter, and features guest speakers from the industry throughout the year. Our goal is to introduce and develop specific acting goals for newcomers and veterans alike, so that the actor can grow and prosper in this demanding field. And have fun doing so.
      Location: San Rafael

      Mother of Invention Acting School - [RDL]
      Objective: The purpose of the courses I offer is to impart the Stanislavsky-based acting technique taught by EVAN Yionoulis and Earle Gister at the Yale School of Drama.
      Location: San Francisco - Los Angeles

      The Acting Corps - [RDL]
      Objective: Housed in its new three theater complex, the Acting Corps offers The Actorsí Boot Camp, a 4-week, daily, intensive Meisner Course, which includes Scene Study and Cold Reading. Every actor works extensively in every class and instructors are currently working professionals. Some actors are invited to Boot Camp II, which focuses on deepening and expanding the Meisner work, the Business of Show Business, and actual On-Camera Technique. There is also an Advanced Program and a Professional program, which both prepare and sustain actors in pursuing and attaining careers in the film and television industry. Additionally, the Acting Corps generates and produces film and theater projects starring Acting Corps actors.
      Location: North Hollywood

      Elisa Eliot's Acting Studio - [RDL]
      Objective: Acting studio in Los Angeles that provides acting lessons for stage and screen.
      Location: Los Angeles


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      The Actor's Lab - [RDL]
      Objective: The Actor's Lab is one of the most well respected acting schools in America. The Master Class is taught by actor/director, J.D. Lewis. Class includes Scene Study and Cold Reading. In addition, each actor is put on a business plan. (Targeting agents, targeting casting director, networking, creating projects, etc.). The Lab boast some of the top names in the industry. The Actor's Lab is also an award winning theater company.
      Location: Los Angeles

      EMAS - [RDL]
      Objective: We have been in Los Angeles for 5 years and are recommended by NBC's Talent Development Program.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Actors Studio Of Orange County - [RDL]
      Objective: This class is designed to help you to listen while in the scene, become more connected to your character and stay in the moment. You will learn how to break down the character by use of subtext and script analysis/scene study. You will find the core of the character and bring the character to life. Which in the end is what we are all after.
      Location: Santa Ana, CA. Orange County

      The Actor's Intensive - [RDL]
      Objective: Kirk Baltz is an acting coach in Los Angeles with over 20 years experience as a working actor and 15 years experience teaching and coaching. He gives private acting lessons (1 hour sessions) to beginners and professionals.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Sandra Merrill - [RDL]
      Objective: Sandra Merrill has worked in the industry for the 20 years as a top commercial casting director, talent agent and manager. She cast over 400 National Commercials for clients such as Coca-Cola, Toyota, Bud Lite, Pizza Hut, Sears and McDonald's. Her classes are a rigourous on-camera approach to acting for commercials. She also offers private coaching and consulting.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Acting and Being - [RDL]
      Objective: To be an Actor is one of the most rewarding and difficult professions; to be a good Actor who becomes able to sustain performance and develop a successful career, authenticity of self is essential. The foundation of Acting and Being is the focus on being authentic, on being present and on being in the moment - then, finding the authentic way to create and inhabit a role, and to listen and connect to others, becomes almost effortless.
      Location: Berkeley

      Rising Stars Acting School for Kids - [RDL]
      Objective: Acting classes for children ages 4 to 17 in San Jose, Oakland, San Bruno and San Francisco. Improvisation, On-Camera technique, Commercial technique, Method Acting, Meisner technique and more! Classes for beginning actors and advanced.
      Location: San Jose, Oakland, San Bruno and San Francisco

      Young Actors Studio - [RDL]
      Objective: We offer a full conservatory day or a choice of classes for young actors in three separate age groups ranging from 4-24. Comedy Improv, Acting Technique, Acting On Camera, plays and productions at The NoHo Actors' Studio. The Young Actor develops a solid technique that he or she can take into any medium, be it stage, screen, TV or film. We encourage and praise the student for who they are and teach them to use their own behavior, personality and charm in the role, and, in doing this, they create a unique version of that role that has never been seen before. The Faculty includes, Carolyn Crotty, Michelle Snyder, Tory Christopher, guests Artists and the Artistic Director, Jeff Alan-Lee, a former child actor himself, 17-year veteran child acting teacher and former six-year Strasberg faculty member.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Claudette Roche: Accent/Dialect Coach - [RDL]
      Objective: Claudette enables the actor to have their talents polished and accessible. Be ready with whatever accent is asked of you...and they will ask! She teaches foreign and regional American accents, including standard American for those who wish. To name some dialects recently taught: Serbian, Irish, Iranian, Nigerian, Mexican, Cockney, Russian and Scottish.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Acting School at Edgemar FKA Larry Moss Studio - [RDL]
      Objective: FKA the Larry Moss Studio, this world-class studio offers artists classes in scene study, improv, on-camera auditioning, sitcom, the business side of acting, casting director workshops, amongst many others. Head instructor Michelle Danner has coached Penelope Cruz, Chris Rock, James Franco, among many other luminaries.
      Phone: 310.399.3666
      Location: Santa Monica

      Beverly Hills Playhouse - [RDL]
      Objective: The Beverly Hills Playhouse is one of Los Angeles' oldest and most respected acting schools. Founded by renowned director and teacher Milton Katselas, the BHP has for over thirty years offered ongoing intensive scene-study classes for both the professional actor and those who are looking to develop themselves into professional actors. The BHP trains actors in a down-to-earth fashion, with easily-applied techniques to create full, believable performances that enlighten and entertain. In addition to its approach to Acting, the BHP instructs its students in the areas of Career Administration and the proper Attitude that will help you survive and handle any negativity that comes up in the pursuit of a life in the arts. With first-rate facilities, a veteran teaching staff, and a vibrant community of actors and artists aspiring to the highest standards of both craft and career, the BHP offers everything the Los Angeles actor needs to develop his or her talent to the fullest, and put their dreams into action.
      Location: Los Angeles

      Theruskinschool of Acting - [RDL]
      Objective: Two year Meisner Program as well as a Master Class taught by working Directors and well Known Actors. Also offers a Imrpov Course taught by John Colella of The Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
      Location: Santa Monica

      Joya Cory Workshops - [RDL]
      Objective: FULL SPECTRUM IMPROVISATION is a unique approach that unlocks your larger self and enables you access to the unfettered, daring Self-of-all-possibilities. Taught in a supportive atmosphere, this training releases powerful creative energy, imagination and spontaneity. Beyond comedy, Joya's classes activate the full emotional range to create IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER of authenticity and substance, as well as joyful, intoxicating play. You'll strengthen your communication skills and presence, learn to trust your intuition and take risks that develop confidence and ease. Classes include expressive movement and voice, theatre games, story telling, acting technique, uncovering personal material and taming the inner critic. At the core of my teaching philosophy is a definition of creativity that embraces the full spectrum of emotions, the shadow as well as the light side of the human condition. Although many of the pieces that are created in my workshops and in LUCKY DOG THEATRE are hilarious (incongruity and surprise, intrinsic to improvisation, are core elements of comedy) there are always pieces that are poignant and poetic.
      Location: San Francisco

      The Actors Workshop/Los Angeles - [RDL]
      Objective: The Actors Workshop, founded in the late 1970's is considered by many as a true workshop for aspiring Film actors. Under the direction of veteran film actor R.J. Adams, students attend twice weekly on all levels with a primnarily focus on film acting technique, cold readings, on-camera scene work and showcases with major Casting Directors. Students work in every class!!
      Location: North Hollywood

      Just For Actors - [RDL]
      Objective: Just For Actors provides professional television, commercial and film acting training for new and experienced adults, teenagers and child actors in a nurturing and fun environment. Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced classes such as:Audition and Casting Skills For Commercials, Audition and Casting Skills For Film and TV, Camera Acting Skills, Performance, and Auditioning With A Teleprompter. Dennis Sakamoto, instructor, has been a working actor in LA, New York and San Francisco for over 30 years.
      Location: Campbell


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