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News & Updates:

Now Enrolling:

Spring 6 Week Intensive Classes Now Enrolling

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 
 Congratulations to alum Christa Campbell, Executive Producer of the
Oscar Nominated Documentary, Winter on Fire.
  • 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 "You Can Act: On Camera" is now out! D.W. shows you techniques so that you will deliver - even under the most demanding of situations - exactly what your director wants.
  • D.W. Brown's other published works include:
    • “You Can Act!” - a comprehensive guide to playing a part and contains a wealth of invaluable reference information. A unique resource for actors, writers and directors.
    • "2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters" a combination of 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 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 is in preproduction to direct the Dreamworks film, Thank You for Your Service, starring Miles Teller. He also has several upcoming projects in development.
  • Christa Campbell executive produced the 2015 Oscar nominated documentary, Winter on Fire.
  • Leslie Mann starred in How to Be Single with Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson. She also is in preproduction on The Comedian with Robert De Niro.
  • Robin Wright was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe and SAG award for her role in "House of Cards" with Kevin Spacey and she is in development to direct the film The Archivist.
  • Halle Berry is in postproduction on the film Kidnap which she stars in and executive produces.
  • Michael Rymer recently directed an episode on “Jessica Jones” from Netflix and Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle.” He is also in pre-production as the director for Deadline Gallipoli, a mini-series starring Sam Worthington and Hugh Dancy.
  • Mickey Liddell produced the upcoming film Risen with Tom Felton and Joseph Fiennes and is in development for the Untitled Megan Leavey Project starring Kate Mara.
  • Mariska Hargitay is acting in and also directing episodes for 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 alums Pierre Kennel and John Shepherd.
  • Jeff Goldblum recently costarred in several episodes of "Portlandia" and is shooting Independence Day: Resurgence. 
  • Sherri Shepherd has an upcoming recurring role on FOX’S “Rosewood."
  • Patrick Dempsey is shooting Bridget Jones’s Baby.
  • Julia Stiles is starring in the upcoming film The Great Gilly Hopkins with Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Octavia Spencer. Go with Me with Anthony Hopkins and the Untitled Bourne Sequel.
  • Harry Hamlin is guest starring on a few episodes of "Mom" and is in the upcoming film Director's Cut which premiered at Slamdance.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. is in post on the Terrence Malick film, Weightless. He recently wrapped Man Down, starring Shia LaBeouf and written by alum, Adam Simon. He also stars in the upcoming HBO show, “Westworld” with Anthony Hopkins.
  • Peter Facinelli costars in Supergirl. His TV drama "Zoobiquity" was also just picked up by FOX.
  • Parker Young is in the upcoming film The Boss with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, and Kathy Bates and costars in 4th Man Out with Kate Flannery.
  • Martha Coolidge is in post for her film Music, War and Love starring Stellan Skarsgard and directed an episode of Steve and Nancy Carells' show, "Angie Tribeca.”
  • David Rogers is producing, directing, and editing "The Mindy Project.”
  • Brian Wankum has produced almost 100 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 "Rizzoli and Isles" on TNT. She is also in postproduction on the film My Dead Girlfriend, directed by Anthony Edwards.    
  • Michael Vartan is in post on a film with the thriller Within with alum Nadine Velazquez.
  • Brenda Strong has an upcoming co-star role on The 100 andis shooting Road to Redemption with Akon.
  • Jenny McCarthy is hosting her own radio show on SiriusXm Radio.
  • Nadine Velazquez is a series regular on "Major Crimes" on TNT, costars on “The League” and Ride Along 2.
  • C. Thomas Howell is shooting several projects including the film LBJ with Woody Harrelson.
  • Kirston Leigh Mann the costume designer for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
  • Studio collaborator Marc Levin and Mariska Hargitay are teaming up to shoot a documentary on Rape Kit Backlog.
  • Chris Bowen has a role in the recently released Heist with Robert DeNiro and in the recently wrapped films Extraction and Precious Cargo with Bruce Willis and alum John Brotherton. He is currently shooting Marauders with Christopher Meloni.
  • Henry Simmons 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 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.
  • Sam Raimi is working on many projects including his series “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” on Starz.
  • Keanu Reeves is working on several upcoming projects including John Wick 2.
  • Dena Hysell is producing and directing several films.
  • 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.
  • 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 in post on 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 “CSI: Cyber.”
  • 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 production on several films.
  • 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 costars in the MTV show "Scream: The TV Series.”
  • Virginia Williams has a recurring role on "Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce" and is guest starring on "NCIS."
  • Janice Karman writes and produces Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons. She is currently filming Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.
  • Jeanine Kasper costarred in the recent film Freeheld with Julianne Moore and Michael Shannon.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Henderson Wade has an upcoming role on “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.”
  • Colleen Camp is producing several films including Lake Mead with Eli Roth.
  • 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 "Supergirl.”
  • David Chisum recently guest starred on “NCIS.”
  • Hiram Murray is in preproduction 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 “Angie Tribeca.”
  • Patrick Muldoon is producing and starring in several upcoming films including Fishes n' Loaves: Heaven Sent.
  • John Brotherton has a recurring role on Fuller House and is in post-production for Precious Cargo with Bruce Willis.
  • Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld released a new album with his band, Things We Do at Night (Live from Texas).
  • Cherice Barton has choreographed Spiderman: The Musical, Le Reve, and "America's Got Talent."
  • Craig Stark has a role in the upcoming Quintin Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight.
  • Sam Mandel co-starred on "Kingdom" on DirecTV. 
  • Nora Dunn has a recurring role on Disney’s “Best Friends Whenever” and is in development for Brook Hollow Warriors with Robin Givens.
  • Stacey Dash is in postproduction with the film Sleight with Dulé Hill.
  • Danielle Nicolet has a recurring role on “The Game” and is shooting the film Central Intelligence with Aaron Paul and Kevin Hart.
  • Eric Woods and Carla Mann Woods’s production company, Cartel Pictures, is producing several indie films a year.
  • Rick Springfield recently guest starred on "True Detective” and is currently shooting the film Traces.
  • Amber Valletta stars on ABC’s “Blood and Oil.”
  • JR Lemon costars NBC series "The Night Shift.” 
  • 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."
  • 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,” and more. He is also the voice of the History Channel. 
  • Jamie Kennedy is starring on the upcoming NBC show "Heartbeat" premiering late March.
  • Paul Rachman is the cofounder of the film festival, Slamdance.
  • Maurice Hall is guest starring on an upcoming episode of "Criminal Minds."
  • Andre Hall was in the recent Lifetime film Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart and is about to shoot the upcoming Tyler Perry film, Boo! A Medea Halloween.
  • Billy Armstrong costarred on "Castle."
  • Elizabeth Carlisle costarred in an episode of "Bosch" on Amazon.
  • Van White was line producer for the LMN film The Other Wife.
  • Jane Wu costars in the upcoming films Captin America: Civil War and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
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