Program Details

The Michelle Danner Acting Studio not only provides outstanding acting training, but our actors also have the opportunity to build their resumes and gain IMDB credits. Edgemar Center for the Arts (where the school is housed) hosts and presents live perfor
Los Angeles, United States; Santa Monica, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Rolling Starts, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Acting Studio at Edgemar, one of the best acting schools in Los Angeles, offers sponsorship to international students who aspire to begin, improve, or polish their acting skill set, and expand their acting resumes. Through the M1 Visa Program international actors are able to study & work in beautiful, world famous, Santa Monica CA! Our 6 to 12 month programs are an amazing opportunity to explore the acting scene in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Many current working actors attend classes which make for great networking. Our unique varied level classes, many taught by renowned acting coach and Co-Founder of the Center, Michelle Danner, can be customized to your specific needs and goals. Wherever you are in your acting journey, we provide the tools to move to the next level. Michelle’s experience in the industry as an actor and coach of Oscar winning actors, gives her a unique insight into the world of acting!

-work and study acting
-visa sponsorship for international actors

Our mission is to provide a creative home to a community of passionate actors in LA. This Los Angeles Acting School encompasses the following acting techniques: Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavsky Technique.

* Audition for Film & Television: On-Camera Cold Reading
* Scene Study, Beginning/Intermediate/ Advanced
* Improv Workout
*Script analysis
* Casting Director Workshop
* Voice intensives level 1 & level 2
*Breaking into Hollywood


Our faculty consists of acting teachers who are graduates of the most prestigious programs in the world, including Yale and Julliard. They are currently working as actors, writers and/or directors and have accomplished careers with many screen and stage credits. Michelle Danner is a very well respected and in demand acting coach in Hollywood. She has worked privately, and on set with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The Michelle Danner Acting Studio not only provides outstanding acting training, but our actors also have the opportunity to build their resumes and gain IMDB credits. Edgemar Center for the Arts (where the school is housed) hosts and presents live performances and is also the home for Cinema at the Edge (a yearly independent film festival). In addition, Michelle Danner is a director, producer and writer who is in the process of developing and producing feature films, television series and documentaries. Our students have many opportunities to audition and participate in all of these activities and get practical training. Students who participate in certain improve classes also have the opportunity to be part of the latest Web Series “Uncensored Hollywood” & gain IMDB credit as well as add professional reel footage.

We also offer a Breaking into the Industry Seminar, which provides you with an understanding of the business side of acting. So that you can be ready when your program is complete and begin your work as an actor once approved for the OPT (Optional Practical Training). You will also be provided with a list of agents, and managers that represent international actors and how to best use them to your advantage.

Setting Description:
Michelle Danner, who is the lead acting coach and artistic director of the studio, is a renowned actress, director, and an acclaimed acting coach. She has worked with many A-List Actors privately as well as on set. These include James Franco, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Catherine Bell, Gabrielle Union, Michelle Rodriguez, and many others. Michelle trained with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She teaches internationally in Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Australia and New York. She was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. In addition, Michelle has recently directed “The Bandit Hound,” a new family film starring Judd Nelson, Lou Ferrigno, Verne Troyer, Paul Sorvino, and Catherine Bell (in post-production). She also directed the feature film “Hello Herman,” starring Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead. The film opened nationwide in 2013 and was distributed through Warner Bros. with si
Tuition is between $5,000-$15,500 depending on your needs. We offer amended, work/study and budget based programs.