CLASSES

  • Meisner Technique

  • Comedy Improv

  • Screenwriting

  • Theatrical Production

  • Filmmaking

ONLINE CLASSES

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WORKSHOPS

  • Commercial

  • Auditioning

  • Casting Director Q & A's

  • Special Industry Guest Speakers

STAGE PRODUCTIONS

In addition to being an Acting School, Playhouse West is also a Repertory Theater showing several staged productions year-round. When students make it to the Advanced level, they can start working on plays in their entirety in class with the option to put the play up. Some are published plays, while others are original works that have been workshopped in class. We very much encourage our students to exercise their creativity and skills. We also often have the honor of Scott Caan returning to Playhouse West to share his original works.  

FILM FESTIVAL

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Every Spring, Playhouse West holds a 3-day Film Festival at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood showcasing our student's films. This event gives our members the chance to build relationships and discover new collaborators with filmmakers and actors alike.

Playhouse West Lankershim Studio

WORKSHOPS

  • Commercial

  • Auditioning

  • Casting Director Q & A's

  • Special Industry Guest Speakers

Workshop with Casting Director Danielle Eskinazi

CLASSES

  • Meisner Technique

  • Comedy Improv (Use Code: playhouse)

  • Screenwriting

  • Theatrical Production

  • Filmmaking

  • Dialects

ONLINE CLASSES

WHAT WE OFFER

Our reputation for excellence is not only nationwide, but worldwide. Actors come here to study from England, Russia, Australia, South Africa, India, China, and many other countries. Our students have gone on to achieve success at all levels of the Industry, from Academy Award nominees, to Golden Globe & Emmy Winners. From film producers to TV show creators. Our actors have starred in film, television, and Broadway.

FILM FESTIVAL

VIEW GALLERY

Every Spring, Playhouse West holds a 3-day Film Festival at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood showcasing our student's films. This event gives our members the chance to build relationships and discover new collaborators with filmmakers and actors alike.

STAGE PRODUCTIONS

In addition to being an Acting School, Playhouse West is also a Repertory Theater showing several staged productions year-round. When students make it to the Advanced level, they can start working on plays in their entirety in class with the option to put the play up. Some are published plays, while others are original works that have been workshopped in class. We very much encourage our students to exercise their creativity and skills. We also often have the honor of Scott Caan returning to Playhouse West to share his original works.  

TESTIMONIALS

Our students have gone on to achieve success at all levels of the Industry: from Academy Award nominees, Golden Globe & Emmy Winners and nominees, to film producers and TV show creators, our students have had incredible success in film, television, and Broadway.

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I didn’t know anything about acting until I attended Playhouse West. I had so much fun there, and learned the variables to solve any equation that might be given to me in a script.​

Ashley Judd
Actress, Golden Globe and Emmy Nominee

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Kylie Bunbury

Actress, Big Sky, Pitch, When They See Us, Game Night

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Jim Parrack
Actor, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Suicide Squad, The DeuceTrue Blood

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Scott Caan
Actor, Golden Globe Nominee, Hawaii Five-0

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James Franco
Actor, Golden Globe Winner, Oscar & Emmy Nominee

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Adam Small
Producer, Emmy Nominated Writer, Show Creator

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Eva Fisher, Filmmaker, Actress, Unbelievable, LA's Finest

Henry Barrial, Filmmaker, Actor, Famous in Love, The Fosters

"Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances."

Sanford Meisner

Playhouse West is a Top Acting School and Repertory Theater in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, founded by Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum. The training at Playhouse West is fully endorsed by Sanford Meisner, chosen by the legendary teacher of acting as the venue for his last decade of acting classes. During that time, he was still evolving his method and adding new exercises and enhancements to his original exercises.

 

Only we are heir to those improvements and additions, and therefore, exclusively offer the final version of the Sanford Meisner Technique. We are recommended by leading Agents, Managers, Casting Directors, and Actors. 

Our core, ongoing technique class. Learn more about our Meisner Technique class structure here.

From classes on auditioning to writing, our online classes are a great supplement to you Technique training.

Our workshops are EXTREMELY popular, featuring special Industry Speakers.

CLASSES &  WORKSHOPS

We have always believed in not charging overly expensive rates for classes, which break the budgets of the students and limit their ability to continue their work for an extended period of time. As with any profession, time-at-task is fundamental to success. So our payment structure is designed to SUPPORT our student in their career objectives, more than it is to support ourselves. 

WHO RECOMMENDS US

SANFORD MEISNER

LEGENDARY ACTING TEACHER

ANG LEE

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR

Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain

JAMES CAAN

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ACTOR

Godfather, Misery

SIDNEY POITIER

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR

Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night

SYDNEY POLLACK

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR

Tootsie, Out of Africa

JON VOIGHT

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR

Ray Donovan, Coming Home

BUDDY VAN HORN

DIRECTOR & STUNT COORDINATOR

Any Which Way You Can, The Dead Pool

ROBERT EVANS

ACADEMY AWARD NOM. PRODUCER

Chinatown, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

ARTHUR SEIDELMAN

EMMY NOMINATED DIRECTOR

Hill Street Blues, Magnum P.I.

CHUCK RUSSELL

DIRECTOR

The Mask, The Blob

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