To qualify for admission, an applicant must:

1. Interview with the Director, the Artistic Director, or the Admissions Manager.
2. Submit a completed enrollment agreement together with the required payment.

The applicant will receive prompt notification of acceptance or rejection of admission.
Programs start throughout the year and students should contact the Studio directly for the latest schedule.


Six Week Intensive 3 times a week.
6 Weeks. Work every class.

This class is for the beginning or experienced actor. The work explores improvisational exercises and scene work to improve concentration and responsiveness through listening, responding, and activity work.



2 times a week.
Month to month. Work every class.

This class fosters the development of an actor’s deepest possible emotional connection and full spontaneity through a wide range of imaginative experiences, both improvisational and scripted.



2 times a week.
Month to month. Work once a week.

In this class, students work with complex texts by iconic writers to increase their expertise in script analysis and to create vivid, alive, and deeply human, three-dimensional characters. This course covers the essential principles for cold reading and audition technique.



 1 time a week.
Month to month. Work every class.

This class develops techniques unique to the auditioning process, including working on-camera, cold reading and participating in mock audition exercises. Insights provided through interactions with visiting directors, producers, and casting directors. Admission Criteria: Evaluation by instructor and Admissions Manager.



1 time a week.
Month to month. Work every class.

This class focuses on working on a wide variety of scripts with the goal of stretching and expanding acting mastery. The actor will work on scenes and monologues chosen in collaboration with their teacher. Evaluation by instructor and Admissions Manager.



Advanced Scene Study
Film Master Class

Four day intensive taught
at a state of the art,
100 seat theater in the Los Angeles area.


Alexander Technique

Weekly classes or private lessons available.

Michael Frederick, Los Angeles’ premier Alexander teacher and Baron Brown Meisner Alum, teaches ongoing classes. The Alexander Technique offers a clear, systematic look into the underlying principles that govern human movement.

Call 310-451-3311 for more information.

Private Coaching

For auditions, roles, or on-set coaching.

Call 310-451-3311
for more information.

Skype Classes

Skype class for the Meisner Technique or Audition Coaching

Available to students
unable to travel to Los Angeles.

Call 310-451-3311
for more information.

Students Working in the Field

Congratulations to our Current & Former Students!

  • Justin Hartley stars in and won a SAG award for the hit show, “This is Us” on NBC and recently wrapped the film The Challenger with Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • Robin Wright was nominated for another SAG and Critic’s Choice Award for her role in “House of Cards.” She costarred in Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049.
  • Halle Berry was recently in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kidnap and her new film Kings will be in theaters soon.
  • Lexi Lawson stars as Eliza Hamilton in “Hamilton” on Broadway.
  • Andy Allo costars in Pitch Perfect 3 and was just cast as the lead of an Amazon comedy pilot.
  • Hana Mae Lee costars in her third Pitch Perfect film, Pitch Perfect 3. She’s also filming Abrupito with Jordan Peele.
  • Leslie Mann stars in Blockers with John Cena currently in theaters and is shooting The Women of Marwen with Gwendoline Christie, Steve Carell, and Janelle Monáe.
  • Justin Chon starred in, wrote, and directed the Sundance award-winning film, Gook for which he won ‘Director to Watch’ at the 33rd Annual Independent Spirit Awards. He also has a recurring role in ABC’s “Deception.”
  • Alejandro Edda costars opposite of Tom Cruise in American Made.
  • Brendan Sexton III has a pivotal role in the award winning film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and has several projects in postproduction.
  • Lakeith Stanfield has a recurring role on “Atlanta.” costars in the award winning film, Get Out and stars in the upcoming film Sorry to Bother You.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. has a recurring role on HBO’s “Westworld.” He is in post on the Terrence Malick film, Weightless.
  • Jason Hall wrote and directed the Dreamworks film, Thank You for Your Service, starring Miles Teller. He also has several upcoming projects in development.
  • Patrick Dempsey has several projects in production, including The Postcard Killings with Dakota Fanning and Berlin, I Love You, with Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren.
  • Michael Rymer directed a few episodes of the Amazon mini-series, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” starring Natalie Dormer.
  • Michael Vartan stars in the new series “The Arrangement” on E! and is costarring in the film Small Town Crime with Octavia Spencer and Anthony Anderson.
  • Keanu Reeves is shooting the feature film Siberia with Molly Ringwald, The Modern Ocean and is in To the Bone on Neflix.
  • Mariska Hargitay is starring in and also directing episodes for her 19th season on “Law & Order: SVU” with eight Emmy Award nominations for her work. She also produced HBO’s I Am Evidence with Executive Producer and Studio collaborator, Marc Levin.
  • Jeff Goldblum is working on several projects including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Modern Ocean with Daniel Radcliffe, Anne Hathaway, and alum Keanu Reeves.
  • Sherri Shepherd was a series regular on the NBC show “Trial & Error.”
  • Julia Stiles stars in the British show “Riviera” on SundanceTV and the film Trouble with Bill Pullman and Anjelica Huston.
  • Harry Hamlin recently guest starred on a few episodes of “Mom,” has a recurring role on “Shooter,” and is in the upcoming film Director’s Cut which premiered at Slamdance.
  • Peter Facinelli starred in “Supergirl.” He’s in several projects including Wilde Wedding with Glenn Close, he had a guest star role on “S.W.A.T.” and is directing the upcoming film Breaking and Exiting.
  • Sonya Balmores had a recurring role as Auran on “Marvel’s Inhumans” on ABC and plays 50 Cent’s wife in Den of Thieves.
  • Parker Young stars in “Impostors” on Bravo and has a recurring role on the TV show “Arrow.”
  • Martha Coolidge is in post for her film Music, War and Love starring Stellan Skarsgard and is directing an episode of ‘Siren.’
  • David Rogers is producing, directing, and editing “The Mindy Project” on Hulu.
  • Brian Wankum has produced over 130 episodes of “Once Upon a Time” for ABC.
  • Nancy Armstrong is a web producer on “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” – a series that airs on PBS and has been featured on AOL.
  • Nicollette Sheridan is in preproduction on The Chameleon with Paul Sorvino.
  • Tina Huang has a recurring role on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
  • Brenda Strong had a recurring role on “The 100,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Supergirl.” She is also shooting Road to Redemption with Akon.
  • Nadine Velazquez is a series regular on “Major Crimes” on TNT and is a series regular on the History Channel’s “Six.”
  • C. Thomas Howell is shooting several films and is guest starring on shows “Stitchers” and “Outcast.”
  • Kirston Leigh Mann the costume designer for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Good Place,” and “Lady Dynamite.”
  • Studio collaborator Marc Levin and Mariska Hargitay teamed up to shoot a producethe HBO documentary I Am Evidence which premiered at Tribeca.
  • Chris Bowen is working on several projects including a role in Acts of Violence with Bruce Willis.
  • Henry Simmons stars on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
  • Laura Leighton costarred on 142 episodes of “Pretty Little Liars.”
  • Jon Gries is in preproduction to direct two features and is acting in several upcoming projects, including the upcoming film Life Support with J.K. Simmons.
  • Parish Rahbar 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 2,000 episodes of “The Young and the Restless” which won the 2015 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. She has also received a 2018 Daytime Emmy pre-nomination for Outstanding Actress on a Drama Series.
  • Sam Raimi is working on many projects including his series “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” on Starz.
  • Mickey Liddell produced the film Leavey with Kate Mara and Tom Felton, Zookeepers Wife with Jessica Chastain, and Forever My Girl starring Jessica Rothe.
  • Dena Hysell is producing and directing several films, including cowriting a feature, The Bend.
  • Catherine Bell stars in the Hallmark TV show, “Good Witch.”
  • Andrew Fleming is directing the upcoming film, Guys Night and an upcoming show “Odd Mom Out” for Bravo.
  • 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 stars in the indie feature film Sugar Mountain with Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa. She also recently won the ‘Best Lead Actress’ award for the London International Filmmaker Festival for her film Single in South Beach, costarring Baron Brown alum, Kevin Sorbo.
  • Kevin Sorbo is directing and acting in several upcoming films including Mythica: A Quest for Heroes. 
  • Emily Goldwyn is in the upcoming film Lake Mead, produced by alum Colleen Camp.
  • 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 of “Hawaii Five-0,” and the upcoming show, “Hit the Road” with Jason Alexander and had a recurring role on the new season of “Will & Grace.”
  • Ross Lacy has cast over 3,000 national and regional commercials including Orbit, Levis, Bank of America, ESPN, Coke, and many more.
  • Matt Dallas is in production on several films.
  • Kristos Andrews is producer and star of the hit webseries “The Bay” along with alums, producer Celeste Fianna and actress Lilly Melgar. “The Bay” has set a record with 10 nominations in the Daytime Digital Drama Series and can also be viewed on Amazon Prime.
  • Bobby Campo is costarring in film The Maestro.
  • Virginia Williams has a recurring role “Fuller House.”
  • Janice Karman writes and produces Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons. She is currently working on “Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks.”
  • Jeannine Kasper  guest starred on “Gotham” and is guest starring on an upcoming “Law & Order: SVU.”
  • Tom Shadyac is working on several projects, including producing the upcoming film Kinison starring Josh Gad.
  • Singer/songwriter Carole King received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center. Her music is featured in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical based on her life: Beautiful.
  • Colleen Camp is producing several films including Lake Mead with Eli Roth.
  • George Wendt of “Cheers” fame, is in pre-production on the film The Hollywood Reboot. 
  • Sahar Bibiyan guest starred on “Mr. Robot.”
  • Joel Gretch is in the upcoming movie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters.
  • Derek Mio recently guest starred on “Rosewood” and has an upcoming guest star role on “Hawaii Five-O.”
  • Hiram Murray is in pre-production for the lead in the upcoming film The Driver from Forest Whitaker’s company, JuntoBox Films. He also is working on several other projects including a guest star role on on “Lethal Weapon.”
  • John Brotherton stars on the Netflix hit “Fuller House.” He also recently guest starred on “Timeless” and is in post-production for Precious Cargo with Bruce Willis.
  • Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld released his latest album, I Hope You’re Happy.
  • Cherice Barton has choreographed Spiderman: The Musical, Le Reve, and “America’s Got Talent.”
  • Nora Dunn is in production for the film Tag with Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher.
  • Eric Woods and Carla Mann Woods’s production company, Cartel Pictures, is producing several indie films a year.
  • Rick Springfield recently guest starred on “American Horror Story.” His latest album, “The Snake King” was also just released.
  • JR Lemon stars NBC series “The Night Shift.”
  • Chad James Buchanan had a recurring role in Lee Daniels’ show “Star” for FOX and has a recurring role on Marvel’s “Inhumans.”
  • Chad Brannon can be heard every day as a main promo announcer for FOX shows such as “Brooklyn Nine Nine,”  “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and more. He is also the voice of the History Channel.
  • Jamie Kennedy is shooting Girl from Compton for Lifetime and lends his voice to the Comedy Central show, “Legends of Chamberlain Heights.” He is in postproduction for the feature Ad Astra alongside Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, and Ruth Negga and the feature Spinning Man alongside Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan.
  • Paul Rachman is the cofounder of the film festival, Slamdance.
  • Maurice Hall is recently guest starred on “Grey’s Anatomy” and producer, wrote, directed, and starred in his feature film Baker’s Man.
  • Van White was line producer for the LMN film The Other Wife.
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr. has recurring roles on “Young and the Restless, “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn,” “S.W.A.T.” on CBS.  He is also in preproduction on the indie drama Trapped.
  • Rachel Sweet was co-executive producer for over 100 episodes of “Hot in Cleveland” and is currently working on “2 Broke Girls.”
  • Daniel Newman had a recurring role on “The Walking Dead.”
  • Studio client, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, won 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year for the Grammys.
  • Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter has 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.” He also has a series regular on HBO’s “The Deuce.”
  • Marci Miller has a 2018 Daytime Emmy pre-nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her series regular role on “Days of Our Lives.”
  • Andy Cohen recently guest starred on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Lucifier.” He also stars in the film Unattending.
  • Keith Powers had a recurring role on the show “Famous in Love” and stars in the Netflix film #REALITYHIGH.
  • Katie Gill recently had a recurring role on “Baby Daddy” on the Freeform Network.
  • Tommy Swerdlow wrote, produced, directed, and acted in his film A Thousand Junkies which premiered at Tribeca.
  • Vic Bagratuni has a recurring role on “Scorpion” on CBS.
  • Vito D’Ambrosio has a recurring role on “The Flash.”
  • Muna Otaru stars in the BBC drama “Broken.”
  • Claire Kupchak is producing the film The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan.
  • Nancy Stone guest starred on “The Good Doctor” on ABC.
  • Danielle Erlich won an IndieFEST Film Recognition Award for her Film Feature Script, Legacy.
  • Andre Hall signed on to a new TV series “CyberOne” and has a feature in development.
  • Morgan McVey has a guest star role on “The Goldbergs.”
  • Michelle Carroll guest stars on “Hawaii Five-0.”
  • Norma Maldonao is guest starring on “The Good Doctor.”
  • Alum and former teacher, Ben Meyerson is directing the feature film Love me or Else.
  • Kim Delaney is costarring in God Bless the Broken Road alongside Jordan Sparks.
  • William Mapother recently had a guest starring role on “The Blacklist.”
  • Meg Liberman is the Senior Vice President of casting for CBS Paramount.
  • Clare Carey has a recurring role on the webseries “Maid to Order.”
  • Adam Ward is directing alums Mike Wade and Caitlin Zambito in the feature Wally Got Wasted.
  • Josie Bissett recently costarred in Hallmark’s Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love.
  • Danielle Nicolet has a recurring role on “The Flash.”
  • Vito D’Ambrosio has a recurring role on “The Flash.”
  • Morgan Roberts recently guest starred on “Dynasty.”
  • DeStorm Power is in postproduction on his new TV series which features Joanne Baron, DW Brown, Sherry Driggs, and Elise Pollack.
  • Rico Simonini co-wrote and stars in the feature film Frank &Ava. The film also features Joanne Baron.
  • Studio client, LL Cool J was the first rapper chosen for the Kennedy Center Honors. He has also starred in 9 seasons of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
  • Graham Littlefield produces on “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Fargo.”
  • Jennie Garth guest starred on an episode of “The Mick” on FOX.
  • Melvin Gregg has a recurring role on “UnREAL.”
  • Studio client Belinda Carlisle’s music of the Go-Go’s will be featured in the upcoming Broadway musical, ‘Head Over Heels.’
  • Sara Malakul Lane stars in Kickboxer: Retaliation.



halleberry2The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio has been a wellspring for the theatrical casting and producing community for over forty years. The Studio continues to produce gifted actors, writers, directors, and producers who bring their training and talent to all aspects of theater, film, and television.

Joanne Baron studied under Sandy Meisner in his private class, having originally trained with renowned acting teacher, William Esper, the head teacher of Sanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City for over 14 years. William Esper eventually formed the William Esper Studio in New York City where Baron trained with him to act and subsequently trained to become an instructor. After several years teaching with Esper, she opened The Joanne Baron Studio in New York and sometime after, created the Baron Brown Studio in Santa Monica, California with her husband; writer/director, D.W. Brown.

Today, The Baron Brown Studio continues this legacy and is teaching the same body of work that Meisner and Esper taught: a specific training program designed to create an emotionally alive actor of depth, imagination, and truth.  All those individuals who are inspired to train at the highest level in order that they may learn a craft intended to shed light on the truth of the human condition and at the same time experience an extraordinarily nurturing creative environment are encouraged and welcome to apply.

joanne-baronJOANNE BARON is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Baron Brown Studio. Ms. Baron studied the Meisner Technique under Sanford Meisner and William Esper in New York, the latter whom she trained to teach. Ms. Baron was one of William Esper’s first teachers at his private Studio and later opened The Joanne Baron Studio in New York. Ms. Baron is also a highly regarded actress in theater, television, and film, whose credits include Spider-Man 2, Real Genius, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Mad Men,” and the series “Love.” She has also produced several films including Perfume which she costarred in with Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Williams and Allie and Me where she played the title role opposite Lainie Kazan and Dyan Cannon. facebook-256IMDB

dw-brownD.W. BROWN is the co-owner and head teacher of the Baron Brown Studio.  He is a writer, director and actor. Mr. Brown wrote and directed the feature film On The Inside with Nick Stahl & Olivia Wilde as well as directed several critically acclaimed short films, including Chloe with Peter Facinelli and One Clean Move with Harry Hamlin; he has also written and directed numerous theater productions, including his adaptation of Ibsen’s “Little Eyolf .” D.W. Brown has starred in such films as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, A Haunting in Connecticut; and the NBC series “Jo’s Cousin.”  He has written three books, You Can Act: A Complete Guide for Actors2500 Years of Wisdom, and his latest book, You Can Act: On Camera, all published by Michael Weise Productions (

All instructors at The Baron Brown Studio are trained by the Artistic Director Joanne Baron without deviation from the original Meisner material for a minimum of 3 years prior to instructing students. After this 3 year period, all instructors will continue to work closely with Joanne Baron to master their teaching skills. This unique training program separates the teachers and the training from all other acting schools. The Studio attributes the extraordinary success of its students to the quality of its training and integrity and excellence of its teachers.

elainewilliamsELAINE WILLIAMS  has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in film/television production and development. She is an actress, coach and senior acting teacher at the Baron Brown Studio. facebook-256



tompattonTOM PATTON is in his 25th year of teaching at the Baron Brown Studio. As an actor he’s worked with everyone from Academy Award winning directors such as Francis Ford Coppola (The Outsiders), Hugh Hudson (Lost Angels), and Phil Alden Robinson (In the Mood). In addition to teaching acting he also is a graduate of the Master’s College and Seminary where he received his B.A. in Organizational Management and a M.Div. in theology. facebook-256




LISA MILILLO has taught at the Baron Brown Studio since the mid 80’s.  She was an Executive Producer for CBS for 10 years, an on-set coach for NBC, ABC Family and numerous TV shows.  facebook-256




SHARON HOGG has worked with the Baron Brown Studio since 1998.  She is also Assistant Director of the nonprofit organization, Kids In The Spotlight, and Co-founder of Celebrating Youth; organizations that inspire underserved youth to pursue their dreams through film media and live performance.  facebook-256



davidstanleyDAVID STANLEY graduated from Michigan State University and has been with the Baron Brown Studio since 1991. He has participated in the casting of major studio films and concept created the reality series “The Arrangement” on LOGO.  facebook-256




MARY RILEY is a senior teacher at the Baron Brown Studio who began her association with the studio over 30 years ago. Mary also is a director who annually works with over 100 children creating plays at the Steven Weiss School. facebook-256




CHARLEY BOON has been with the Baron Brown Studio since the year 2000 and has instructed students both nationally and internationally. His acting career spans over 3 decades in theater, television and film.




MICHAEL FREDERICK started teaching the Alexander Technique at the Baron Brown Studio in 1984. He originally trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the early 1970’s and then studied with Joanne Baron at her Los Angeles Studio in the 1980’s. He is a Master Teacher of the Alexander Technique with over 40 years of experience and a fully trained Meisner actor. facebook-256


You say that this is a "technique" class and not "scene study". What's the difference?

In a scene study class the actor enters the class and finds someone to work with and chooses a scene to do, or is given one, and they rehearse that scene and then present it in front of the class and are given notes. They then bring it back, usually after several classes of watching other people’s scenes, and do it again. This would be much like learning architecture by building a specific building and then being given notes on that job and watching other students do likewise. You can learn that way, but it takes a long time.

A technique class teaches the basics for how to build any building, or in this case, any scene, starting with the most elemental steps and leading eventually to the most sophisticated performances possible.

By improving your technique, you improve yourself as an actor forever. You don’t become good by doing one specific scene, starting over and hoping you were fortunate enough to have learned something useful for your next scene. This work highlights the issues you must address with every scene, and will reveal particularly those things that you personally need to work on, which can often be masked by doing certain kinds of material. And you work every class.

The studio offers an excellent scene study class but virtually everyone who has been to the studio says: “Do the Meisner training first!” Once an actor has the foundation and the ability to operate with self-sufficiency, then they are able to understand and make use of the wonderful insights these directors have to offer.

Is the technique you teach better for television and film, or stage plays? How about comedy vs. drama?

The course of study taught at the Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio is designed so that at its conclusion an actor is capable of meeting every situation they might encounter: whether half hour comedy, feature film or a theater piece, from “kitchen sink” to Shakespearean. Because the work is based on a consistent, simple level of truthfulness, and yet develops to include the most demanding requirements of a theatrical presentation, it can be adjusted for use in any medium, in any style.

Is this technique what's called "The Method" or "Method Acting"?

If by “The Method” what is meant is that the technique is based upon the original precepts of Constantine Stanislavski, then the answer is yes. Unfortunately, the term “The Method” has come to be used imprecisely and is identified erroneously with several specific schools of acting. “The Method” is best used as a general term for an emphasis on “internal acting.”

What is the difference between "internal" and "external" acting techniques?

External acting is acting that emphasizes the representation of behavior, “to show” or to indicate behavior, and stresses the technical requirements of acting, such as speech and movement.

Internal acting emphasizes having the performer actually live through the experience, engaging their own emotional life and relating in such a way that it produces behavior consistent with the character.

External acting is associated more with the stage which requires a performance to reach to the back row of a large theater. These techniques still predominate at most university drama departments, as well as several prestigious academies.

I've heard that in some acting classes you have to talk about your personal life. Is that true with this school?

No. While internal acting does require an actor to draw upon their own true feelings, this program is not per se psychological. The instructors know nothing of the students’ private lives. It’s true that many acting schools are open forums for this kind of thing, but we think our job is to train actors to function as performers, not psychoanalyze them.

At the same time, it’s nearly a universal response among people who attend the training to say: “Everyone should do this. Not just people who want to act.” That’s because, through the process of being in the moment, getting in touch with the emotional life (even under fictional circumstances), asserting yourself and losing self-consciousness in front of an audience, there is a transformational payoff in entitlement and the tranquility of being in one’s own skin. In this way the work is not “therapy,” but it is highly therapeutic. Internal acting tends to be more intimate and grew out of a desire to represent average people in a naturalistic style. It became especially popular with the filming of performances where subtlety could be appreciated.

In truth, there is no such thing as a completely internal performance in that there must always be some accommodation for theatrical demands. Most successful external actors enhance their performances by engaging themselves emotionally.

If I start this program, will you tell me if I have any talent, or if I shouldn’t pursue acting?

We don’t talk too much about talent at the studio. We teach craft. There’s a lot of uninformed opinion about acting, and how it can’t be taught, and you either have talent for it or you don’t. That’s silly. Can you think of any other pursuit in which that’s true? Acting can be taught, just as anything can be taught; and anyone through hard work can achieve a certain level of competence.

Another problem with answering this question concerning whether someone has talent or not is you never know when someone might blossom. The cultivation process (if the talent is the seed, the craft is the cultivation) can be indefinite and, as long as someone is applying themselves, it’s possible for that seed to germinate and a huge, fruit yielding plant to emerge. Part of the excitement of teaching is you never know when this is going to happen. A student might not excel immediately, their classmates sympathetic to their initial efforts; then suddenly something kicks in and they are among the best in class, causing envy for the tremendous power of their imaginations. You never know.


…if you’re not at the top of the game, you will be because you are in this room. You have been part of this brilliant collective and you understand the concept, I think, of beauty.

Tom Hanks

“I’ve studied with lots of different teachers, lots of different schools, lots of different cities and places in the world and you’ve got the best teaching that you can possibly have.”

Halle Berry

I’m here because [one of the students] asked me to speak who is a friend of mine. She has told me that this is the finest acting school and it has changed her life.

Robert De Niro

This is a great school the teachers are serious and the students get fantastic training.

Sean Penn

I’m here because my daughter studied at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. There is a great discipline in the classes, if you want to do this for the thing itself, that’s a higher purpose.

Dustin Hoffman

D.W. has a way of communicating complex actions with such simplicity and clarity that the heartbeat of the scene suddenly appears thrillingly within you. He guides you to the tools you are already holding, and then reminds you how exciting it can be to really use them.

Olivia Wilde

I remember feeling a sense of security from D.W. He provided an atmosphere within which the insecure, novice actor could safely strive, explore, and even fail.

Robin Wright

…seeing acting through [D.W. Brown’s] brilliant eyes, I found myself again passionate for the nuts and bolts of craft and the simple beauty of expression he so gorgeously clarifies.

Jeff Goldbloom

Working with Joanne was life changing.

Julia Stiles

If you’re serious about being an actor, read this book [“You Can Act!” by D.W. Brown]. D.W. Brown knows what he’s talking about and he communicates it with inspiration, humor and simplicity.

Leslie Mann

I think Joanne has the ability to see very clearly in people, what they don’t see in themselves… One of the greatest gifts that you taught me, Joanne, is how to listen. Truly listen.

Mariska Hargitay

I owe D.W. Brown so many thanks for teaching me the craft of acting. The work I did with him changed my life and my career.

Jamie Kennedy

Thank you for having an extraordinary school here. This organization is fantastic…You do an amazing thing. The time and the skill and the care and the involvement and commitment of the school…congratulations to this school. I am here to support you.

Paula Wagner, Producer

D.W. Brown guided me in how to work with actors. I’ve incorporated the basic premises he works under and he gave me a lot of tips. We’ve spent time talking about the character and he raises interesting questions and suggests approaches we might take in pulling off certain scenes.

Sam Raimi, Director




Directors, Writers, & Producers have all studied this technique. Find out why.

Learn to develop the skill to help actors access their deepest emotions and to create the clearest most specific characters.

Directors of The Baron Brown Studio (partial list):

  • Michael Rymer (Jennifer Jones, The Man in the High Castle, ‘Hannibal,’ ‘The Killing,’ ‘American Horror Story, Battlestar Galactica,’ Queen of the Damned, Angel Baby)
  • David Rogers (‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘The Office’)
  • Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Patch Adams, Nutty Professor)
  • Martha Coolidge (First Woman President of DGA, ‘CSI,’ ‘Angie Tribeca,’ ‘Madame Secretary,’ ‘The Night Shift,’ Real Genius, The Prince and Me, ‘Sex and the City,’ Rambling Rose, Dorothy Dandridge, Valley Girl)
  • Andrew Fleming (‘New Girl,’ Michael J Fox Show,’ The Craft, Nancy Drew, Dick, Hamlet 2)
  • Jason Hall (Thank You For Your Service – currently in production from Amblin Ent. and Dreamworks)

The Meisner training encapsulates all the specific technical information required for any written scene. Writers such as David Mamet have trained in this technique and credit it with their writing skill. The initial improvisational scenes combined with the subsequent character and script analysis work possess the keys to all great writing.

Writers of The Baron Brown Studio (partial list):

  • Jason Hall (Oscar Nominee, BAFTA Nominee, and Writers Guild Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper)
  • Adam Simon (Man Down, starring Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, and Kate Mara, ‘Blacklist’)
  • Anthony Yerkovich (Emmy Winner – 111 episodes of original ‘Miami Vice’ and also worked on the remake, 31 episodes of ‘Hill Street Blues’)
  • Rachel Sweet (‘Hot in Cleveland’)
  • Tom Shadyac (youngest staff joke writer for Bob Hope, Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura)
  • Bob Oschack (comedy writer for over 962 episodes of ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,’ ‘Best Damn Sports Show Period,’ 58 episodes of ‘Mind of Mencia’)

Develop the skill to analyze a script and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Learn how to most effectively cast and interface with actors. Connect with others in the Studio community to build artistic and professional relationships and create projects. Many Baron Brown producers have created award winning works and collaborated with other Baron Brown alumni.

Producers of The Baron Brown Studio (partial list):

  • Brian Wankum (‘Once Upon a Time – almost 100 episodes,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘V,’ ‘Firefly’)
  • David Rogers (‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘The Office’)
  • Doug Claybourne (Nights in Rodanthe, North Country, Fast and the Furious, Mask of Zorro, Jack, Money Train, The War of the Roses, Apocalypse Now)
  • Ron Taylor (Former Vice President of Development and Programming – Colombia-TriStar , Former Vice President of Diverse Programming and Content – FOX)
  • Mickey Liddell (The Grey, The Details, The Collector, Go, ‘Everwood’)
  • Rachel Sweet (‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘George Lopez,’ ‘Dharma and Greg’)
  • Tom Shadyac (in development for HBO project Kinison with Josh Gad)


Former Students

Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers

  • Halle Berry
  • Robin Wright
  • Julia Stiles
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Leslie Mann
  • Sam Raimi
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Paul Walker
  • Sherri Shepherd
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Jay Baruchel
  • Jamie Kennedy
  • Stacey Dash
  • Clifton Collins
  • Kim Delaney
  • Mariel Hemingway
  • Rita Wilson
  • Doug Claybourne
  • Martha Coolidge
  • Tom Shadyac
  • Gary Busey
  • Harry Hamlin
  • William Atherton
  • Michael Vartan
  • Andrew Fleming
  • Jennie Garth
  • Aaliyah
  • LL Cool J
  • Bret Harrelson
  • Donna Dixon
  • Kenny Edmonds –
  • (aka Babyface)
  • Rick Springfield
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Mick Fleetwood
  • Carol King
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Danny Nucci
  • Nadine Velasquez
  • Justin Chon
  • Andrea Parker
  • Catherine Bell
  • Lisa Rinna
  • Josie Bisset
  • Jacinda Barrett
  • Pat Muldoon
  • Kevin Sorbo
  • Nicollette Sheridan
  • Clare Carey
  • Jeff Conaway
  • Jon Gries
  • Marguerite Moreau
  • Traylor Howard
  • Janice Karman
  • Laura Leighton
  • Jennifer Grant
  • Julianne Phillips
  • Renee Taylor
  • George Wendt
  • Freddy Soto
  • Nora Dunn
  • C. Thomas Howell
  • Amber Valetta
  • Charles Matthau
  • Anthony Yerkovich
  • Gillian Raimi
  • Lance Gentile
  • Mickey Liddell
  • Jerry Levine
  • Henry Simmons



Career Support

As the leading institution specializing in preparing people for careers in acting, writing, directing, and producing, the Studio has always had a strong commitment to the success of its students.

While the Studio cannot guarantee placement or bookings, we are committed to providing useful and up-to-date employment information whenever possible.

Speed Reels – Demo Reels shot and edited.

Now Casting – Online casting and submission website that submits your headshot and resume to projects posted by casting directors.

Actor’s Access – Online casting and submission website that submits your headshot and resume to projects posted by casting directors. – Official website for D.W. Brown’s acting manual entitled “You Can Act: A Complete Guide for Actors”. Contains Excerpts, videos, blog, and more! – Internet movie database – Provides casting notices and feedback from casting directors. – Provides casting notices, Hollywood news, and more. – Website for the indispensable actor’s newspaper.   Has news, casting, submissions, and more.

Sam Christensen Studios – Sam Christensen has over a decade of experience teaching actors how to define their image.

Creative Actors Alliance – Free Industry Network Event held the 1st Saturday of every month.

Women in Film – WIF recognizes the importance of developing pathways and opportunities to encourage current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in all fields of the entertainment industry.

Daily Actor


The Inner Actor – The personal side of performing.

You Can Act: Blog – D.W. Brown’s blog – Contains Excerpts, videos, and more!

2500 years – by D.W. Brown


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