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News & Updates:

Now Enrolling:

Now Enrolling for Fall Classes.

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 in the film Everest. She also received a Golden Globe and a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the Netflix hit, "House of Cards" with Kevin Spacey.
  • 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.
  • Christa Campbell, Antonia Bogdanovich, and Colleen Camp produced the upcoming Jennifer Aniston film, She's Funny That Way starring Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, and Owen Wilson.
  • Mariska Hargitay is going into her 17th season on “Law & Order: SVU” with eight Emmy Award nominations for her work.
  • Adam G. Simon’s film, Man Down, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Adam wrote the screenplay which stars Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, and alum Clifton Collins, Jr. The film is also executive produced by alum Pierre Kennel and John Shepherd.
  • 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.
  • Amber Valletta stars on the new ABC show “Blood and Oil.”
  • JR Lemon costars NBC series "The Night Shift.” 
  • 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.
  • Sam Raimi is working on several productions and his series “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” is on Starz.
  • Jeff Goldblum recently costarred in several episodes of "Portlandia" and is shooting Independence Day: Resurgence. 
  • Sherri Shepherd has returned to “The View” and has recently wrapped Woodlawn with Jon Voight and C. Thomas Howell and 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 working on several projects including The Great Gilly Hopkins with Kathy Bates and Glenn Close, Go with Me with Anthony Hopkins and the Untitled Bourne Sequel.
  • 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. 
  • Martha Coolidge recently shot an episode of "Madam Secretary," just completed an episode of Steve and Nancy Carells' show, "Angie Tribeca” and is currently shooting a feature film in Poland.
  • 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 airs on PBS and has been 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 recently had a recurring role in “Bates Motel” on A&E opposite Vera Farmiga. He is also in post on a film with the thriller Within with alum Nadine Velazquez
  • Brenda Strong is shooting Road to Redemption with Akon.
  • Parker Young just booked a recurring role on “Arrow” for the CW and is in postproduction on the film Fourth Man Out with Kate Flannery.
  • William Mapother recently guest starred on “Constantine” on NBC and is the Narrator for the National Geographic show, “The Watch.”
  • 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 Within with alum Michael Vartan.
  • C. Thomas Howell is in several productions including the upcoming film Woodlawn with alums Virginia Williams and Sherri Shepherd and is shooting the film LBJ with Woody Harrelson.
  • lJamie Kennedy costars in the upcoming film Heartbreaker with Melissa Georgeand is 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 working on several films including Risen with Tom Felton and Joseph Fiennes and the Untitled Megan Leavey Project starring Kate Mara.
  • Studio collaborator Marc Levin and Mariska Hargitay are teaming up to shoot a documentary on Rape Kit Backlog.
  • Henry Simmons recently 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 “The Young and the Restless” 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 is in preproduction to direct two features and is acting in several upcoming projects.
  • 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. He is currently working on several upcoming projects.
  • Dena Hysell is producing various projects including the film The Sound of Magic.
  • Catherine Bell stars in the Hallmark TV show, "Good Witch."
  • Doug Claybourne is producing the film Mis-Fits with Frida Pinto and Cloris Leachman.
  • Andrew Fleming is directing the upcoming film, Guys Night and an upcoming show “Odd Mom Out” for Bravo.
  • 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 and guest stars on an episode of “Scandal.”
  • 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.
  • 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 is in pre-production on several films.
  • Jayme Lynn Evans recently guest starred on “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
  • Clare Carey and Ambyr Childers had recurring roles on “Aquarius”.
  • 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.”
  • Virginia Williams just finished shooting thriller film The Culling and Woodlawn (with a few other Baron/Brown alums). She is now shooting "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.”
  • Janice Karman writes and produces Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons. She is currently filming Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.
  • Jeanine Kasper costars in the upcoming film Freeheld with Julianne Moore, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell.
  • Justin Chon stars in the upcoming film Satanic with Sarah Hyland 
  • Tom Shadyac is working on several projects, including 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 has a costar role in the TBS show “Clipped.” He has also begun production on the film, The Hollywood Reboot.
  • Kate Danson costarred in the film Alien Theory with several Baron Brown alumni.
  • Joel Gretch is in the upcoming movie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters.
  • Derek Mio recently guest starred on “Bones” and "NCIS: LA" and will be in the upcoming show, "Supergirl" on CBS.
  • Brendon Sexton is working on several films, including the recent release Welcome to Happiness with Nick Offerman.
  • David Chisum recently guest starred on the TV shows “Perception” and “Proof” and is in post-production for the film Checkmate with Danny Glover.
  • Hiram Murray recently guest starred on “General Hospital” and “Castle” and is in preproduction forthe lead in the upcoming film The Driver from Forest Whitaker's company, JuntoBox Films.
  • Shenik Taylor recently guest starred on “The Mentalist”.
  • 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 including Fishes n' Loaves Heaven Sent.
  • Mike Miller recently guest starred on "Grey's Anatomy,” “Major Crimes,” and “General Hospital.”
  • John Brotherton is in post-production for Precious Cargo with Bruce Willis.
  • 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 two films with Bruce Willis: Precious Cargo and Extraction.
  • Craig Stark is in the upcoming Quintin Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight.
  • Sam Mandel recently shot a costar role for "Kingdom" on DirecTV. 
  • Jennie Garth, Lisa Rinna, Patrick Muldoon, Laura Leighton, and Josie Bissett will be depicted in 2 upcoming Lifetime projects based on “90210” and “Melrose Place.”
  • Anna Trebunskaya is back on "Dancing with the Stars."
  • Andy Kim just shot a costar role for "Secrets and Lies" on ABC.
1323 Lincoln Blvd Suite #200, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Ph: 310.451.3311 | Fax: 310.451.1407 | info@baronbrown.com