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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:


                Admission is based on an interview.    Call (310) 451-3311 to book an interview or for more information on classes   

  • Coming Up: Master Class with Joanne Baron -  July 26, 27, August 2, 3 at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Auditing Available - call the Studio for details. 
  • On Camera Audition Technique and Advanced Scene Study 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!

  • Leslie Mann stars in the film The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.
  • Robin Wright 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 stars in the upcoming film A Most Wanted Man.
  • Halle Berry’s film, Frankie & Alice was recently released in theaters and she will be starring in the upcoming TV series, “Extant” on CBS this summer.
  • Mariska Hargitay has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards for her work on "Law & Order: SVU” and she recently made her directorial debut for an “SVU” episode costarring Alec Baldwin.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. is in the film Transcendence with Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall.
  • Parker Young costars on the FOX series “Enlisted" and just signed on to the new pilot "Cuz-Bros" with "Enlisted" costar Geoff Stults.
  • JR Lemon costars on the upcoming show "The Night Shift" premiring in May on NBC.
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr. recently guest starred on “The Mindy Project” and several episodes of “How I Met Your Mother.”
  • Graham Littlefield had a role in the new show "Fargo" on FX and just wrapped shooting a lead role in the sci-fi film Fallout Asylum with Kim Coates and Ashanti.
  • Emily Goldwyn wrote the sitcom pilot “Girls without Boys” that was just picked up by ABC and WBTV.
  • Sam Raimi is currently working on several projects including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  • Andre Hall is costarring 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 an upcoming role in “Bates Motel” on A&E opposite Vera Farmiga.
  • Patrick Dempsey, SAG Award winner  and Golden Globe, Emmy nominated actor, stars on the hit series "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC and has signed on to star in Wonderful Tonight opposite Amanda Seyfried.
  • 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.
  • Peter Facinelli costars in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie" with Edie Falco. He also stars in the upcoming films Gallows Hill and Freezer with Dylan McDermott.
  • Brenda Strong stars in Dallas with Patrick Duffy on TNT.
  • Tina Huang has a recurring role on "Rizzoli and Isles" on TNT.
  • William Mapother just wrapped Cyber with Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. He also recently finished shooting more episodes of “The Mentalist.”
  • Jenny McCarthy recently joined alum Sherri Shepherd as a host on the "The View."
  • Jeff Goldblum costars in the film The Grand Budapest Hotel and is currently filming Mortdecai with Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor.
  • 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.
  • Anna Trebunskaya is on “Dancing with the Stars."
  • Kirston Leigh Mann is the costume designer for "Parks and Recreation” and just finished the Disney film, Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm.
  • Sherri Shepherd can be seen on "The View" which was nominated for a 2013 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment. She also has a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.”
  • Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter received two Grammy nominations and can be seen nightly as the lead singer of Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots, on "The Tonight Show."
  • Mickey Liddell is currently producing Disconnect with Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton, In Secret with Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Olsen, and Tom Felton, and also, The Collection.
  • Studio collaborator Marc Levin and Mariska Hargitay are teaming up to shoot a documentary on Rape Kit Backlog.
  • Peyton McDavitt guest starred on “Killer Women” and was directed by fellow alum, Martha Coolidge. She also recently appeared in Cavemen with Camilla Bella and Chad Michael Murray.
  • Henry Simmons costars in “Ravenswood” alongside his wife and fellow alum, Sophina Brown. He also recently wrapped the film No Good Deed with Taraji P Henson.
  • Sophina Brown costars alongside her husband and alum Henry Simmons in the show “Ravenswood.” She is also currently shooting Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce with Linda Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo.
  • Justin Hartly has a recurring role on “Revenge.”
  • 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 working on several projects including starring in Taken 3 and he will be directing his own film Another Man's Gun.
  • 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.
  • Jamie Kennedy works on “The Cleveland Show.” He is also hosting the CW game show, “Oh Sit!"
  • Sharon Case has been on over 100 episodes of "The Young and the Restless" which was nominated for several 2013 Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series.
  • Kim Delaney is in the upcoming mini-series "To Appomattox" with Rob Lowe.
  • Keanu Reeves will star in the new thriller Knock Knock written and directed by Eli Roth.
  • Dena Hysell is producing various projects including the films The Rumperbutts and The Sound of Magic.
  • Charlie Matthau is the director and writer of Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater and Billy Burke.
  • Martha Coolidge recently shot an episode of “Killer Woman“and is in preproduction to director a project with Ed Asner.
  • Amber Valletta is a recurring guest star on “Revenge.”
  • Catherine Bell stars on the hit series, "Army Wives" on Lifetime. Catherine is also starring in the upcoming independent film, Desert Storm and recently guest starred on “King & Maxwell” on TNT.
  • Susan Irby's radio show, "The Bikini Chef" airs weekly on KABC.
  • Doug Claybourne is producing the film Mis-Fits with Frida Pinto and Cloris Leachman.
  • Marc Levin was executive producer for CNN’s mini-series documentary “Chicagoland.”
  • Andrew Fleming directed episodes of “The Michael J. Fox Show” and the film Barefoot starring Evan Rachel Wood.
  • Michael Rymer has directed a few episodes of “American Horror Story.” He is also executive producer on “Hannibal,” and works on “The Killing,” and “Longmire.” He is also in pre-production for The Gallipoli, a mini-series starring Sam Worthington.
  • 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.
  • Kevin Sorbo starred in God's Not Dead, a film that has pulled in $24M to date on a $2M budget. 
  • Rosa Blasi has a costar role on the upcoming Nickelodeon show, "The Thundermans."
  • Kristen Terry was recently in the film Dead End with Vivica Fox.
  • Jerry Levine is directing episodes of “Elementary” and “Hawaii Five-O” for CBS.
  • Mike Wade recently released the film Road to Juarez with William Forsythe and just wrapped production on the film Victor.
  • Gillian Raimi is in post with her film Murder of a Cat starring Nikki Reed and Greg Kinnear.
  • Charles Herman-Wurmfeld is currently in development to direct the romantic comedy, One Fell Swoop.
  • Lisa Rinna recently launched her own clothing line, Belle Gray. 
  • Ross Lacy has cast over 2,000 national and regional commercials including Orbit, Levis, Bank of America, ESPN, Coke, and many more.
  • Rick Springfield is in the documentary, An Affair of the Heart, that is winning awards in festivals across the country.
  • Matt Dallas has a recurring role on "Baby Daddy" on ABC Family and is in pre-production for the action/sci-fi film Paradox with Ashley Johnson.
  • Jayme Lynn Evans is shooting Offline with Daryl Hannah.
  • Lyndie Benson recently released her photography book "The Point."
  • Peter Cornwall 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 “Revenge” and “Criminal Minds” on TNT.
  • Dree Hemingway recently costarred in Listen Up Phillip with Elisabeth Moss which premiered at Sundance and is currently shooting While We’re Young with Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, and Amanda Seyfried.
  • Kristos Andrews is producer and star of hit soap webisode "The Bay" along with alums, producer Celeste Fianna and actress Lilly Melgar. "The Bay" was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2012.
  • Bobby Campo has a recurring role on Syfy's hit drama "Being Human" and recently guest starred on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Masters of Sex.”
  • Virginia Williams recently guest starred on “How I Met Your Mother” and recently finished the thriller film The Culling.
  • Jennie Garth is currently shooting the film, Holidaze for ABC Family.
  • Janice Karman writes and produces Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons. She is currently producing Alvin and the Chipmunks 4.
  • Adam Simon wrote and stars in two features. Man Down is in pre-production with Executive Producer Steve McEveety. Synapse - starring several alumni - is currently in post-production.
  • Fitness and wellness expert Mandy Ingber released her new yoga book, Yogalosophy.
  • Jeanine Kasper recently booked the lead in the film Hidden in the Woods with Michael Biehn.
  • Zuleyka Silver and fellow alum, Peyton McDavitt  appear in the recently released film Cavemen starring Camilla Bella and Chad Michael Murray.
  • Stacey Dash is currently shooting the film My B.F.F.  with alum C. Thomas Howell.
  • Michael Bolton recently released the book "The Soul of it All: My Music, My Life."
  • Justin Chon is writing and directing the film Man-Up and recently costarred on “New Girl” on FOX.
  • Jennifer Hall is in post-production on the film Accidental Porn Star.
  • Tom Shadyac will be directing the upcoming Untitled Sam Kinison Project with HBO.
  • Singer/songwriter Carole King's music is featured in the Broadway musical based on her life: Beautiful. 
  • Alums Colleen Camp and Kate Vernon costar in the upcoming film Chicanery. Colleen also stars in 2 episodes of "Mob City" on TNT and costars and coproduces the upcoming film Truth About Lies and can be seen in the award-winning film, American Hustle.
  • Writer, Kirstin Leigh, has several projects in the works, including a teen drama series that is currently being shopped.
  • George Wendt recently guest starred in "Portlandia." 
  • Kate Danson has a recurring role on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
  • Nevin Millan has a lead role in the feature film Tie the Knot with Tara Reid. 
  • Alums and sisters, Krista, Kamme, and Tori Hartling star in the reality show “Alaska Gold Diggers” on Animal Planet.
  • 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. 
  • Joe Unger has a supporting role in the upcoming feature film In Your Eyes starring Jennifer Grey and Nikki Reed.
  • Jamie Kennedy stars in the upcoming film Buddy Hutchins with severals other alums including: Sara Lane, Shaunessy Dixson, Hirum Murray, and Denise Dorado.
  • David Rogers recently directed an episode of "The Mindy Project" on FOX.



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