Acting Classes in Seal Beach

51% Off Acting Classes for Kids or Adults

The Actors' Colony

Hermosa Beach Playhouse - 2nd Story Theatre

$325 $159

Working alone and in pairs, students learn on-camera and stage techniques by performing scenes from movies, plays, TV, and commercials

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Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio

Hollywood

$200 $99

Experienced acting coach helps students hone skills such as character development and script analysis during weekly classes

Up to 54% Off On-Camera Acting Classes

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

59% Off Acting Classes

Sterling Studio

Hollywood

$240 $99

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

Up to 61% Off Acting Classes

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

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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

44% Off Acting / Improv

California Conservatory Of Performing Arts

Chatsworth

$45 $25

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Indie Lab Film Studios

Westlake

$999 $549

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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The Creative Artists Lab

On Location

$395 $198

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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The Little Theater Craft Workshops

West Los Angeles

$40 $24

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

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The Center Stage Studio

Aliso Viejo

$15 $8

Youngsters 7–9 try their hand at comedy while playing fun improv games

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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 E. 7th St.
Long Beach,
California
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

Hothouse Studios… “Where Music Grows” is centrally located in Santa Fe Springs, 20 minutes from Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

We feature a professional and comfortable atmosphere with clean studios, ranging in size and price.

11823 Slauson Ave
Santa Fe Springs,
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.

100 The City Drive South
Orange,
CA
US

Screen acting takes center stage at The Actors Room. Founder Steve Lowe—who won an award for his short film Crash—calls upon more than 20 years of experience in film and TV to guide his students through their journeys to the emotional core of characters. His techniques range from basic to advanced in the areas of scene study, improvisation, natural expression, camera cheats, and monologue study.

P.O. Box 503
Brea,
CA
US