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 has directed several episodes of ‘House of Cards’ and will be starring in the final season on Netflix this fall.
  • Halle Berry is working on several projects including John Wick 3.
  • 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 is filming Abrupito with Jordan Peele.
  • Leslie Mann 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 recently costarred 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” and stars in the 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 shooting John Wick 3 with Halle Berry.
  • Mariska Hargitay is starring in and also directing episodes for her 20th 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 reprises his role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is working on several projects including 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 film Director’s Cut which premiered at Slamdance.
  • Peter Facinelli is 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 played 50 Cent’s wife in Den of Thieves.
  • Parker Young starred 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 recently finished 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 for several projects
  • 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 and recently wrapped 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.
  • 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 and recently wrapped the film Tone-Deaf with AnnaLynne McCord and Robert Patrick.
  • 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 directed 12 alums including alum and costar 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.”
  • 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.
  • Anna Trebunskya guest starred on “Dietland.”
  • Santiago Salviche directed Jennifer Lopez’s music video ‘El Anillo’ and is in preproduction for a Netflix original show starring alum Marci Miller.
  • Byron Atienza just directed a project with Paul McCartney in Studio 2 of Abbey Road Studios that will be released with Paul’s album in September.


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


“…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

“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

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

– Sean Penn


“We are so blessed to have Joanne, DW and all the wonderful teachers at the studio … keeping the truth of the Meisner technique alive and untainted. Not only have I learned how to live more truthfully under imaginary circumstances, I have learned to live more truthfully period.” – Kelly Noonan

“I absolutely love the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio: the professional atmosphere it maintains, the creative spark it generates and the warm, friendly karma it fosters. These elements are undoubtedly due to Joanne Baron and all the teachers experience, leadership and passion.”  – Graham Clarke

“Since attending your incredible school, my life has changed in so many amazing ways. I want to truly thank you both for all the hard work, dedication to the craft and long hours you spent in making my craft truly enjoyable and honed.

After finishing my 6th Television series and countless movies, I am in a state of reflection and constant awe at the amazing talent that has come out of your school. I remember the days well and just truly want to let you know that you all were the best part of this wonderful journey for me. The school, the late nights, repetition, the countless journals I have that chronicled it all! What a pleasure. In fact, I have to say that all the years (15 now) that I have been working as an actress, not much has brought the joy, skill and hard working satisfaction that being in your school brought me. I have been blessed with 2 Best Actress nominations last year, for my work in my grittiest role to date. It was from the last TV series I shot in Canada and I would love to share the nominations with you. I trust that you are all well and enjoying being so great at what you do.”  – Brandy Ledford

“Even though I thought I would freak out working with major stars, somehow I did not and was completely relaxed and in the moment. I have been trying to figure this out, and I think it boils down to the simple fact that I have some of the best training you can get.” – David Green

“I have to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the Joanne Baron D.W. Brown Studio, with its knowledge and inspiration. Since the end of the first day of my six weeks class, my spirit woke in realization that in this big, cold city of thousands of acting classes, how lucky I am to have started your school. I am lucky and so is every student who has passed through your doors.” – Sarah Tadayon

“I would like to thank Joanne Baron for creating this nurturing environment for actors to develop their craft. Thanks to her we have the fortune of learning the brilliant Meisner technique in its intended form. Her meticulous eye for the truth of each moment opens our horizons to the endless possibilities we have in detailing the canvas of our art. Thank you for expecting us to illuminate every moment with truth and beauty; you open our eyes to the extraordinary potential of our art… D.W. communicates his teachings to us with respect and as a friend, with humor and good nature… He has endeavored to cultivate in us an unshakable artistic integrity… He is our constant reminder of the artistic heights to which we can aspire.” – Josh Saks

“Acting – the art of being human. Never has it been so clear and endlessly intriguing… Throughout the training we have been given a vocabulary for all the abstract ideas needed to discover the inner workings of a story. Whether we are writers, directors, film actors or stage performers – this language has made us natives in a formerly foreign world.” – Jocelyn Fee

“My time at this studio has been nothing short of an adventure, a wild ride. I began the studio shortly after doing the whole: pack your car move to LA thing, and I couldn’t be more grateful Yes, the work I have studied, and done my best to understand and Illuminate, is invaluable, but above all else it’s the relationships I have created that are most treasured. I am honored to be part of such a free, eclectic group of individuals.” – John Brotherton

“How lucky I was to have teachers that cared and believed in me so much to push me to my best… With all the blood, sweat, and tears, it was all worth it and probably one of the best journeys of my life.” – Sachandra Grandoit

“This work has allowed us to access our talent and the part of ourselves that is bigger than our ego– the part that is generous beyond measure, and more loving and kind than we thought possible. The best part of ourselves, the brightest light we can shine forth, is revealed in the process of doing this work. In attempting to hold a mirror up to the true human condition, we’ve all first had to look deeply at our own reflections… The best thing we can do with our time is to get closer to the truth, and this place has afforded us the ability to get closer to artistic and personal truth.” – Elizabeth Hanson

“I realized that I did have something to say. I did have something to offer. I had myself, my voice, and my unique experience, and I realized I wanted that voice to be heard. Even if it could not do justice to the enormity of this journey, nonetheless, it is from the heart, it is my own, personal truth… Sanford Meisner once said that before he could teach someone to act, first he had to teach them to be a human being. And this, I feel, is one of the most profound lessons that anyone, actor or otherwise, could ever learn, and we are grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn so valuable a lesson.” – Manish Gupta

“To the teachers of the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio: You have taught us a way to see ourselves as we are–and to overcome that which conceals this truth from us. You’ve opened many a door to a world of love and respect for ourselves, each other, and other living beings. With the magic you bring, you’ve helped us turn fear into strength, ego into humility, and ourselves into artists, that we may illuminate the Truth, discover the beauty, and work hard at our craft.” – Amar Salgia

“The training I’ve received here has not only revolutionized my acting, but has changed me as a person. When I started all I wanted was to better myself as an actor – but in the end I not only learned how to act from my soul and my heart, I broke down the walls that were holding me back in my life. Thanks for showing me the path to truth. Thanks for the gems of knowledge we received every class. I’ll always remember the lessons I learned here for the rest of my life.” – Nevin Millan

“The studio has changed me from a woman who acted in sound bites to someone who really learned how to listen, appreciate silence, take the attention off myself, and keep my attention on my work. The work here has taught me how to check my ego at the door, commit fully in the moment, and to act fearlessly. The Baron Brown Studio has, in my opinion, the most disciplined, distinguished, passionate and compassionate educators of the Meisner Technique. The teachers here have enhanced the texture, faith and intentionaly of my life. We have forged profound bonds of an artistic community and friendships that will continue on. And the Baron Brown Studio will always serve as our artistic home. Now that’s a solid rock to stand on.” – Amber Mathews

“I have been in your six-week intensive class for all of five classes. After three classes we reached what had taken two months in another so-called Meisner class I had taken. I look forward to see where the path will lead in this training and I thank Joanne for taking time out of her busy schedule to make a difference in my training and inevitably my future as an actress.” – Tina Carston

“Someone I had met told me about this acting school down in Santa Monica and they said it was great. And I said, “Look man, I’m from New York, I’m not gonna’ find a good acting school in LA.” My first class: in walks this guy wearing a suit. As he started talking to us, he had this look in his eye that said ‘stick around, you have no idea what you are in for.’ The other thing he said was that he expected greatness, from everybody.” – Josh Jonas



“I have had the privilege of watching you teach for the past two years and let me just first say that I could watch you teach twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You have an endless energy and passion for the work and life that is truly inspiring. The list of things I have learned from you is infinite, however, there is one specific lesson that has changed my work and my life. You always say, “Put the work before yourself.” This allows me to completely open myself up to critique so that I can endlessly grow and best serve my art. Knowing this gives me a license to relax and have the most fun with a performance… I look forward to growing as an artist and person with you in future Master Classes.” – Evan Dannemiller

“I left feeling inspired every day. I was continually impressed with your patience and the generous amount of time you spent with students… I thank you for maintaining such high standards with the Studio.” – Robin Hathaway

“I just wanted to thank you for such an enchanting experience with Master Class. My goodness, the time, energy, love, and wisdom you graciously share is a blessing from God and priceless… Thank you so much, Joanne, for your genius!” – Hana Mae Lee

“The Master Class changed my life and a week and a half after it I booked my first acting job; a co-staring role on Close to Home. I’ve also never had such a clear picture drawn of the work, or even acting, in my life.” – Haley Webb

“A Casting Director attended our Master Class and after seeing my work decided to call me in for a project that she was casting for. A month after auditioning for the Director I booked the job. I got so much out of the Master Class and from listening to Joanne that I knew when I applied the work that it would only be a short time before I would see the results. Many actors auditioned, however when I applied the work and the notes that Joanne had given me it all fell into place.” – Scott Logan

“When Joanne began teaching again, I jumped at the chance to enroll in her Master Class…the experience somehow changed my perception of everything from script analysis to character interpretation to actions. I also found a new and powerful emotional life. It was a resounding success in learning and I was fortunate to be seen by one of the top directors in Hollywood and she called me in for an audition.” – David Green

“The Master Class is an inspirational learning experience that has changed my entire understanding of acting. It truly is a great place for us all to grow as actors and human beings. Joanne has such honesty and precision in her teaching, its no wonder the work is at such a high level. Thank you very much for helping me get representation.” – David Lloyd Smith

“I greatly benefited from this class as an actor — AND director. As a director, I feel I’m now better equipped for being able to identify a range of actors problems, articulate them, and provide specialized techniques to fix them. As an actor, I’m fortunate to be supporting a wife and two children, working full-time at this craft. However, Joanne immediately zeroed in on the one hang-up that could hold me back from breaking through to the next level, and gave me very specific steps I can take to overcome it. Unquestionably, she has an amazing command of all that is acting, and very inspired, honest, yet practical, methods for imparting her expertise. Highly recommended for the serious actor.” – Travis Davis

“I’ve acted in all four so far and can’t say enough about them, however, I’d sum my feelings up with this, ‘Joanne speaks a language, which seems to be foreign to most of Hollywood…Truth and Commitment!’” – Brad Graiff

“I just want to let you know that I have been so inspired from the school and from your Master Class. I have never believed in myself more than I do now-and I owe it all to the Studio and your class. I am definitely planning on doing the Master Class.  You are an amazing woman Joanne and an inspiration to all women. I have definitely learned more here than I did in Film School for 4 years. Thank you for your open heart and brilliant mind!” – Jean Fletcher



“I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciated the Film Master Class. As an individual who has only done stage work, the idea of film was a bit intimidating but because of the past weekend, I feel I can approach it. I am so blessed to have stumbled upon this Studio. For me, this school, these teachers, this work has made all the difference. Thank you.”  – Marci Miller

“D.W., Thanks once again for the inspiration, insight and support. It’s not surprising, but it’s been a profound experience for me. Thank you for your continuous mentorship; you elevate my art.”
– Bryan Bellomo

“Even under the pressure of continuous shots, frequent camera moves, and a live audience, the actors remained calm and focused under D.W.’s always brilliant direction. Even sitting in the audience we gained a fresh perspective as we all watched on the big screen the most subtle of emotions come to life. I hope this Master Class is repeated at least once or twice each year. D.W. and Joanne make a formidable team!”– Stephan Paternot

“DW Brown’s Master Class was a momentous experience. I learned so much about the details of film acting. I soaked in so much more because he speaks our Meisner language. It was awesome! Thank you so much!”
-Cat Lee McGowan

“I thought D.W.’s class was amazing. I feel like I absorbed so much wisdom, not just from him directing me, but also from watching him direct other people with the close up shots. It was a great experience and showed all of us how specific and relaxed we need to be. I would definitely do it all over again!”-Caitlin Zambito

“Thank you so much for your teaching, guidance, and direction during Master Class. I learned so much…Every day I am grateful to learn at the Baron/Brown Studio and learning from you directly was the opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you for being so generous with us.”– Dana Hunt



Thank you so much for all your wisdom, insight, and advice. This Master Class was such an enjoyable experience and truly educational. Your words to me were truly invaluable and I took them to heart. You are such an inspiration to me with both your talent as a teacher and actor. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and learn from you. There are really no words to describe the impact you’ve had. Thank you…so, so much.  – Jayme Lynn Evans

“Thank you so much for a wonderful master class! I learned so much from you. I appreciate all of your time and effort in making me a better actress. You opened me up to feelings and emotions I never knew I had. This Master Class was such a great experience for me! You truly are magic!”– Katie Gill

“Every chance I get to be in your presence, I am always uplifted, of course, and transformed in some way. This time has been particularly special. I’m sure you can guess. You mean so much to me and I think it’s impossible for me to respect anyone more than I respect you. Art is big and we are small and I and the world are blessed to be led, taught, inspired, shaken, awoken, and love by someone like you. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for everything.”– Haley Webb

“I learned so much from this last Master Class. Just the fact that I learned that I can truly believe in my own work ethic is a gift enough from the training, the gift I am the most grateful for the most of all. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, again, again: the school has given me hope, clarity and really truly has been the best transition into adulthood I could have ever asked for. Thank you forever.”–Sarah Tadayon





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