Acting Classes in Gardena

Two or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 54% Off)

Atwater Playhouse

Los Angeles

$70 $35

Led by a veteran director, the workshop focuses on breaking down new scenes, creating a character, and delivering consistent performances

$99 for Five Child or Adult Acting Classes and Personal Evaluation at Sterling Studio ($240 Value)

Sterling Studio

Hollywood

$240 $99

Acclaimed Hollywood coach leads acting classes for children and adults, and provides coaching to help build performance skills

One Month of Multidisciplinary Acting Classes for One or Two at Integrative Arts Studio (Up to 61% Off)

Integrative Arts Studio

Melrose

$150 $59

Classes blend skills such as movement, improv, scene study, cold reading, and TV and film acting to help artists advance their careers

One Month of Acting Classes or One Hour of Private Coaching at BP Acting Studio (Up to 62% Off)

BP Acting Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$260 $99

20-year veteran Barry Papick has coached actors for The West Wing and The Wire; take group classes or a private lesson

$25 for $45 Groupon — California Conservatory of Performing Arts

California Conservatory Of Performing Arts

Chatsworth

$45 $25

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$549 for $999 Worth of Acting Classes — Indie Lab Film Studios

Indie Lab Film Studios

Westlake

$999 $549

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$198 for $395 Worth of Acting Classes — The Creative Artists Lab

The Creative Artists Lab

On Location

$395 $198

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Eight-Day Acting Class at Iris Klein Acting Classes (45% Off)

Iris Klein Acting Classes

Los Angeles

$600 $330

Iris Klein’s eight-evening Meisner-based workshop on August 18–28, Monday–Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Performance for Kids or Workshops at The Little Theater Craft Workshops (Up to 59% Off). Four Options Available.

The Little Theater Craft Workshops

West Los Angeles

$40 $24

Explore the themes of family and friendship in children's performances

$30 for $60 toward 1 hour of Audition Prep — Sonya Cooke: Private Acting Coach

Sonya Cooke: Private Acting Coach

Beverly Hills

$60 $30

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Four or Eight Group Acting Classes at The Heller Approach (Up to 66% Off)

The Heller Approach

Studio City

$295 $99

Students ready themselves to take to the stage with group acting classes that cover audition techniques, scene analysis, and standup comedy

$523 for $950 Worth of Acting Classes — GS Acting Studio

Gs Acting Studio

Burbank

$950 $523

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One-Year of Online Acting Class Membership from iActing Studios (Up to 65% Off). Three Options Available.

iActing Studios

Burbank

$479.90 $199

Top Hollywood Master teachers lead online acting classes, covering acting technique, auditions, monologues, and scene study

$50 for $100 Worth of Acting Classes — Real2Reel Acting Workshops

Real2reel Acting Workshops

Burbank

$100 $50

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At The Actors' Colony, professional actor and film-maker Tobe Sexton gives his students the basic skills, professional skills, and experience to perform—and for that matter, audition—for stage or film. Actively working in the industry for the last 30 years, Tobe know how to connect with other professional actors to get them where they need to be. In weekly or twice-weekly classes designed for specific age groups, students use scenes from stage plays, television shows, and indie films as springboards for experimenting with a range of acting styles. Class sizes are kept small, which guarantees each student a chance to work with the material in every session.

710 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach,
CA
US

Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show?and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement?necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form?quick, self-contained games?and long form?a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live?style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City?one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

4900 East 7th Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company started as a means of transporting children to another world. Its first production, Alice in Wonderland, taught 60 students at Minnie Gant Elementary School how to travel down the rabbit hole while providing them with an expressive outlet. With their newfound skills, that cast of first through fifth graders performed for full audiences at the University Theater at CSULB in October 2005.

Since then, GO-FAME has expanded into a theatre program for all youth in the community, but its mission remains the same: to encourage youth to explore the arts and expand their skills. When they walk out on stage, students leave behind their old selves and step into the role of performers, and GO-FAME teaches them how. Several weeks of acting lessons and rehearsals preempt annual productions for friends and family. Past performances have included Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dear Edwina, and The Paper Bag Bandit.

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5848 East Fairbrook Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

Actor Steven Nelson, a professional with 15 years of experience, works alongside fellow instructors Curtis Andersen and Amber Robins to teach students the fundamentals of acting and improv. Workshops cover subjects ranging from cold readings to audition techniques. On-camera acting courses use a projection system to help actors study their own performances onscreen.

300 E 4th St, Ste 105
Long Beach,
CA
US

An AT&T ad executive hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads toward the subway to Hell's Kitchen. It's the late '80s, and at the New York comedy institution The Improv, a slew of up-and-coming talent, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are testing jokes and honing timing. In the next few years, they'll perform on television for millions. But for now, they're changing the life of one ad executive.

The founder of LA Stand-Ups, Joe Falzarano, quit his promising advertising career because he "hated being a suit" and preferred to nurture promising young comedians. With accomplishments that include producing the CableACE Award–winning Caroline's Comedy Hour for A&E, Falzarano helped launch the performing and writing careers of entertainers including Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. Today, Falzarano imparts his more than 20 years of industry experience to aspiring joke-tellers, teaching them tactics for perfecting a punch line, calming nerves, and subduing hecklers with a marshmallow gun. Falzarano maintains a supportive atmosphere where students learn how to use who they are to connect with an audience, and even lets students try out material at the Hollywood Improv.

1312 North Wilton Place
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Led by Allen Levin, an experienced actor, producer, and writer, Lifebook Acting Class’s celebrity-extolled workshops impart budding performers with the art of dramatization. Stratified into three levels ranging from orientation to advanced, classes for aspiring professionals mix improv and character building with career coaching to prevent missteps such as starring in a western with talking tumbleweeds. Acting hobbyists develop comedic and dramatic talents in Acting for Non-Actors and First Timers, a self-confidence strengthening romp through the basics of theatrics. For those with proven celebrity or one major credit to their name, the Master Class sharpens already deadly dialogue skills into a force to be reckoned with in time for a prized audition, starring role, or first meeting with future in-laws.

665 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles,
CA
US