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The Joanne Baron D.W. Brown Acting Studio in Santa Monica Los Angeles

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News & Updates:

Now Enrolling:

Now Enrolling for Summer Classes.

The Class is Six Weeks. The Technique is Forever.

Call 310-451-3311 or click here to contact for information - All levels of experience are encouraged to apply -  Admission is based on an inteview 

  Click here for an interview with Mariska Hargitay on the Meisner Technique with Joanne Baron

  • Advanced Scene Study and On Camera Audition Technique for the Working Actor- classes with Lisa Clarkson-Milillo, Studio Senior Instructor and award-winning television series Producer.
  • Alexander Technique with Michael D. Frederick - Best Alexander Technique Teacher in Los Angeles Magazine's "Best of L.A." Contact Michael Frederick at 310-880-7700 for upcoming class schedules.


  • Check out "Backstage Experts" Joanne Baron and DW Brown for their acting advice on the Backstage Magazine website!
  • D.W. Brown's new book, "2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters" has combined classic expressions from giants, such as  Plato and Confucius, with aphorisms of accepted  masters, such as  Montaigne and Goethe, this book also blends the genius  of lesser known  lights, such as Baltazar Gracien and Simone Weil. The  result is a  magnificent and harmonious symphony of humanity’s deepest  convictions,  crossing the boundaries of culture and time.
  • D.W. Brown's book, “You Can Act!” is a comprehensive guide to playing a part and contains a wealth of invaluable reference information. A unique resource for actors, writers and directors.
  • D.W. Brown's feature film, On the Inside, written and directed by D.W., is now available on DVD!  Click here for the trailer.

Our Artists Working in the Field:

Congratulations to our Current & Former Students!

  • Jason Hall was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay, American Sniper and is set to direct a feature film for Dreamworks.
  • Robin Wright is currently in development on the film The Archivist which she is set to direct starring Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Sam Worthington. She also received a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the Netflix hit, "House of Cards" with Kevin Spacey and was just nominated for a 2015 SAG award for the show.
  • Rick Springfield costars with Meryl Streep in the film, Ricki and the Flash. He also recently guest starred on "True Detective."
  • Halle Berry stars in the hit TV series, “Extant” on CBS. She is also set to produce a star in the feature Kidnap.
  • Henderson Wade has a recurring role on "Extant" on CBS.
  • Mariska Hargitay has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards for her work on "Law & Order: SVU” and she recently started directing episodes of the show. She was also interviewed recently for “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”
  • Leslie Mann is currently shooting the film How to Be Single with Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson. She also stars in the National Lampoon film, Vacation with Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Chris Hemsworth in theaters this summer.
  • JR Lemon costars NBC series "The Night Shift" and recently guest starred on "Hawaii Five-0." 
  • Hana Mae Lee recently costarred in Pitch Perfect 2.
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr. recently guest starred in an episode of "Nashville" and several episodes of "The Young and the Restless." He also is shooting the TV movie Earth Fall featuring another Baron Brown student, Henderson Wade.
  • Adam Simon wrote the screenplay for Man Down, which is in postproduction starring Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, and alum Clifton Collins, Jr. He is writing a few upcoming episodes of "The Blacklist" and he wrote and stars in Synapse - also starring numerous alumni and also in postproduction.
  • Sam Raimi's film, Poltergeist with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt will hit theaters in May and his series “The Evil Dead” was just picked up by Starz.
  • Jeff Goldblum is currently costarring in several episodes of "Portlandia" and is shooting Independence Day 2. 
  • Sherri Shepherd is shooting Woodlawn with Jon Voight and C. Thomas Howell. She's also working on Ride Along 2 with Olivia Munn and Kevin Hart.
  • Patrick Dempsey, SAG Award winner and Golden Globe, Emmy nominated actor, starred on the hit series "Grey's Anatomy" for 10 years and is in pre-production for the film, Mission S.O.P. also starring Michelle Romano and Dennis Rodman.
  • Julia Stiles is shooting the film 5 minutes with John Cusack and Jason Isaacs, stars in the web series "Blue," and is set to star in TNT’s Guilt by Association. She recently wrapped The Great Gilly Hopkins with Kathy Bates and Glenn Close and is filming Go with Me with Anthony Hopkins.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. is in post on the Terrence Malick film, Weightless. He also recently wrapped Man Down, starring Shia LaBeouf and written by alum, Adam Simon. 
  • Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter is in postproduction on the film Stealing Cars with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. He has also received a total of twelve Grammy nominations and can be seen nightly as the lead singer of Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots, on "The Tonight Show."
  • Peter Facinelli stars in American Odyssey on NBC. He also producing several upcoming films.
  • Chad Brannon can be heard every day as a main promo announcer for FOX shows such as “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” “New Girl,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” The Mindy Project,” and more. He is also the voice of the History Channel. 
  • Graham Clarke guest starred in an episode of "Modern Family."
  • Martha Coolidge recently shot an episode “The Night Shift," "Madam Secretary," and just completed an episode of Steve and Nancy Carells' show, "Angie Tribeca."
  • David Rogers has produced, directed, and edited many episodes of "The Mindy Project" on FOX.
  • Brian Wankum has produced over 50 episodes of "Once Upon a Time" for ABC.
  • Nancy Armstrong is a web producer on "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" - a series that recently aired on PBS and is featured on AOL.
  • Nicollette Sheridan about to shoot The Chameleon with Paul Sorvino.
  • Tina Huang has a recurring role on "Rizzoli and Isles" on TNT. She is also in preproduction for the film My Dead Girlfriend, directed by Anthony Edwards.    
  • Andre Hall costars on Tyler Perry's comedy TV show, "Love Thy Neighbor" on OWN.
  • Michael Vartan is currently filming the thriller Crawlspace with alum Nadine Velazquez and has a recurring role in “Bates Motel” on A&E opposite Vera Farmiga.
  • Brenda Strong is shooting Road to Redemption with Akon.
  • Parker Young recently guest starred in "Fresh off the Boat" and is in postproduction on the film Fourth Man Out with Kate Flannery.
  • William Mapother just wrapped Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. He also recently finished shooting more episodes of “The Mentalist” and has an upcoming role on “Constantine” on NBC.
  • Jenny McCarthy is hosting her own radio show on SiriusXm Radio.
  • Nadine Velazquez is a series regular on "Major Crimes" on TNT and is shooting the thriller film Crawlspace with alum Michael Vartan.
  • C. Thomas Howell can be seen in episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “Southland.” He is also in production on the film My B.F.F. with alum Stacey Dash and Rivers 9 with alum Jamie Kennedy.
  • Jamie Kennedy is also set to star in Universal Studio’s Tremors 5 alongside Michael Gross.
  • Kirston Leigh Mann was the costume designer for "Parks and Recreation” and is currently working on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
  • Mickey Liddell is in postproduction for the film Clavius with Tom Felton and Joseph Fiennes.
  • Studio collaborator Marc Levin and Mariska Hargitay are teaming up to shoot a documentary on Rape Kit Backlog.
  • Henry Simmons recently wrapped the film No Good Deed with Taraji P Henson, guest starred on “Law and Order: SVU” with fellow alum, Mariska Hargitay and costars on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
  • Justin Hartly has recurring roles on “Revenge” and “Mistresses” on ABC and recently wrapped the film The Challenger with Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • Laura Leighton stars in the ABC Family TV drama, "Pretty Little Liars."
  • Andrea Parker has a recurring role on “Pretty Little Liars” with Laura Leighton.
  • Jon Gries recently wrapped the film Falsely Accused with Rosanna Arquette and he is writing and directing the feature film, Big Life.
  • Parish Rahbar is co-wrote One Lucky Moon with Peter Bogdanovich. The film is in production and stars alum Colleen Camp with Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd.
  • Sharon Case has been on over 100 episodes of "The Young and the Restless" which won the 2015 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
  • Kim Delaney in preproduction for the TV mini-series "To Appomattox."
  • Keanu Reeves starred in the Sundance hit, Knock Knock with alum Colleen Camp and written and directed by Eli Roth.
  • Dena Hysell is producing various projects including the film The Sound of Magic.
  • Amber Valletta is a recurring guest star on “Revenge” and costars on “Legends” on TNT.
  • Catherine Bell stars in the Hallmark TV show, "Good Witch."
  • Doug Claybourne is producing the film Mis-Fits with Frida Pinto and Cloris Leachman.
  • Marc Levin recently released the documentary Freeway: Crack in the System.
  • Andrew Fleming is directing the upcoming film, Guys Night.
  • Michael Rymer is executive producer on “Hannibal” and works on “The Killing,” and “Longmire.” He is also in pre-production as the director for Deadline Gallipoli, a mini-series starring Sam Worthington and Hugh Dancy.
  • Michael Scovotti has a role in Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant” starring Stanley Tucci and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • Deborah Lawlor is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director for the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, which has won over 160 awards for all areas of production, performance, and design over its 18-year history.
  • Haley Webb is currently shooting the indie feature film Sugar Mountain with Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa. She also recently wrapped Single in South Beach costarring with Baron Brown alum Kevin Sorbo.
  • Kevin Sorbo is directing and acting in several upcoming films including Mythica: A Quest for Heroes. 
  • Emily Goldwyn wrote the TV show “Girls without Boys” that is in preproduction with ABC.
  • Rosa Blasi costars in the Nickelodeon show, "The Thundermans."
  • Kristen Terry was recently in the film Dead End with Vivica Fox.
  • Jerry Levine is directing episodes “Hawaii Five-O” for CBS.
  • Mike Wade just wrapped production on the film This is Happening costarring Judd Nelson and Cloris Leachman.
  • Gillian Greene Raimi recently released her film, Murder of a Cat starring Nikki Reed and Greg Kinnear.
  • Lisa Rinna is in postproduction for her TV Movie, Bound & Babysitting.
  • Ross Lacy has cast over 2,000 national and regional commercials including Orbit, Levis, Bank of America, ESPN, Coke, and many more.
  • Matt Dallas recently guest starred on an episode of "The Middle" and is in pre-production on several films.
  • Jayme Lynn Evans recently guest starred on “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
  • Peter Cornwell has begun production on the film Mercy based on the short story by Stephen King and starring Dylan McDermott.
  • Clare Carey recently guest starred on “NCIS,” and “Aquarius”
  • Dree Hemingway recently wrapped While We’re Young with Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, and Amanda Seyfried.
  • Kristos Andrews is producer and star of the hit webseries "The Bay" along with alums, producer Celeste Fianna and actress Lilly Melgar. "The Bay" just earned a 2015 Daytime Emmy.
  • Bobby Campo has a costar role in the MTV show "Scream" and recently guest starred on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Masters of Sex."
  • Virginia Williams just finished shooting thriller film The Culling, and is shooting "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce."
  • Jennie Garth stars in the TV show “Mystery Girls.”
  • Janice Karman writes and produces Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons. She is currently filming Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.
  • Jeanine Kasper is in postproduction on the film Freeheld with Julianne Moore and Steve Carell.
  • Stacey Dash is currently shooting the film My B.F.F.  with alum C. Thomas HowellShe also is also a host on the FOX news show “Outnumbered.”
  • Justin Chon starred in the Sundance film, Seoul Searching. 
  • Jennifer Hall is in post-production on the film Meat.
  • Tom Shadyac is producing the upcoming film Kinison starring Josh Gad and directing the upcoming Untitled Sam Kinison Project with HBO.
  • Singer/songwriter Carole King's music is featured in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical based on her life: Beautiful. 
  • Kate Vernon costars in the upcoming film Chicanery. 
  • Colleen Camp is producing several projects including the film She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. She also recently guest starred in 2 episodes of "MobCity" on TNT and “Rake.”
  • Mick Fleetwood is currently on a reunion tour with his band Fleetwood Mac.
  • George Wendt is shooting the TV show “Buzzy’s” slated to be shown on TBS in 2015. He has also begun production on the film, The Hollywood Reboot.
  • Kate Danson has a recurring role on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She is also currently shooting the film Alien Theory with several Baron Brown alumni.
  • Joe Unger has a supporting role in the upcoming feature film In Your Eyes starring Jennifer Grey and Nikki Reed.
  • Joel Gretch is in the upcoming movie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters.
  • Derek Mio recently guest starred on the HBO season finale of "Togetherness" and on "NCIS: Los Angeles" and will be in the upcoming show, "Supergirl" on CBS.
  • Brendon Sexton recently guest starred on "Chicago P.D." on NBC and is currently working on several films.
  • David Chisum recently guest starred on the TV show "Stalker" and is in post-production for the film Checkmate with Danny Glover.
  • Hiram Murray just booked the lead in the upcoming film The Driver from Forest Whitaker's company, JuntoBox Films.
  • Shenik Taylor just booked and shot a guest star role on “The Mentalist”.
  • Douglas Hachiya booked a costar role on the new FX show “The Comedians” with Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.
  • Daniel Liu has a part in the film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday prodcued by Judd Apatow.
  • Adam Ward wrote, directed, and starred in “Parole Officers” which was picked up by Direct TV and will air on Shorts HD.
  • Patrick Muldoon is producing and starring in several upcoming films.
  • Mike Miller recently guest starred on "Grey's Anatomy."
  • John Brotherton was in Furious 7 and recently guest starred on "2 Broke Girls."
  • Jeannie Ly guest starred in a recent episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
  • Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October is on tour to support his album, Sway.
  • Cherice Barton has choreographed Spiderman: The Musical, Le Reve, and "America's Got Talent."
  • Kiko Ellsworth guest starred on "Criminal Minds."
  • Chris Bowen has roles in several films in post including Bus 657 with Robert De Niro and Extraction with Bruce Willis.




1323 Lincoln Blvd Suite #200, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Ph: 310.451.3311 | Fax: 310.451.1407 | info@baronbrown.com