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ellen gerstein acting coachWatch Ellen on John Solari’s show The Method Actor Speaks where she discusses the craft of acting and script analysis. Part 1 and Part 2.

Ellen is a lifetime member and judge at The Actors Studio. A member of the Alliance of Women Directors and LA Film Team. She is privileged to be a judge for the Roy W Dean Film Grant and for The Film Consortium San Diego and SD Film Awards.

Studying acting for five years with Lee Strasberg gave me such a strong background and incredible training. I was fortunate to study  script analysis with Stella Adler which really helps marry you to the material, to understand it and make specific choices. Both of these exceptional teachers helped form my platform for teaching.

To teach a person and watch them open up and grow and take chances and risks, and have fun, is such a gift – a gift to the teacher as well as the student. When I was very young I taught horseback riding. I had the ability to draw someone out, to give them the belief in themselves. Connecting people with their own will is quite rewarding. I think naturally I took these experiences and applied them to teaching acting. I love to light someone’s fire and ignite their passion. My love for acting is contagious.

In my class, there is a lot to learn, all very important. Strong choices are a must. Tell the truth. Be specific. Work through any inhibitions, and be fearless. Trusting yourself is learned, and when one can get that, it helps them connect to their power. Spontaneity is key. Relaxation is a must for actors. Relaxation makes it possible to be totally available to yourself with what is going on in the moment and your emotions. One must be fully in the moment. One must learn to let their guard down and have to BE… Like a onion skin unwrapping, there is a process of creating one’s privacy – this is key to the work.

A student must be in a safe environment so they can take risks, and not be self conscious.  My classroom is not judgmental. Develop professional skills from the start; show up, on time, prepared, and work hard. I am there for each student 100%.

acting coach

Script Analysis

Some of what my classes will teach:

 

  • script analysis
  • moment before
  • auditioning skills
  • the art of listening
  • structured improvs
  • scene study
  • corrective critiques
Acting Teacher/Coach

Acting Teacher/Coach

Google Reviews

Katelyn Ann Clark
Katelyn Ann Clark
17:08 12 Apr 18
Ellen incorporates exercises, audition technique and scene work all in one class. She has an excellent eye and pushes you in just the right amount. The exercises are designed to enhance very specific parts of your craft. She is an international award winning filmmaker and actress. She loves teaching and is very special in her approach. I recommend her highly.
Kim B
Kim B
22:34 12 Oct 17
I highly recommend this class. Ellen is an incredibly gifted actress with years of experience that she generously shares. But more importantly, for someone who is looking for a class, she is a truly gifted teacher. Her approach is based on a refreshing no nonsense attitude that is rife with positive and nurturing encouragement. Her classes are small, and everyone works every class. At each gathering, she gives of her vast acting abilities, as well as her years of hands on entertainment business knowledge. There is no vanity, ego, or guru worship to had in this class. It is a safe place to learn, and try things you have always wanted to explore. Truly a blessing.
Tavia Crigler
Tavia Crigler
18:05 09 Apr 18
With being newer to acting and California, Ellen's workshop is the perfect environment to organically explore uncharted territory with the utmost support. No matter your experience, the class will meet you where you are and sow into your artistry.
Michelle Farivar
Michelle Farivar
01:51 12 Dec 17
For me Ellen has helped me deprogram myself from years of unproductive and frankly counterproductive training. She commands the classroom with empathy, wisdom and simplicity, to help you UN-DOUBT yourself and be FREE- fully and completely present in your work. I've been amazed as new creative impulses come to life within myself and my classmates. I used to think I had to suffer to be an actor. No....no, you don't. * I love and adore Ellen and I want her all to myself so please don't take this class.
Eugenia Buerklin
Eugenia Buerklin
00:31 14 Dec 17
Ellen is a wonderful teacher. She creates a safe space to explore and grow. Everyone gets to work every class and her insights and direction are impeccable.
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Contact Ellen for Acting Classes and Coaching


Theatrical/Commercial

In person/Skype/Telephone



ellen gerstein acting coachWatch Ellen on John Solari’s show The Method Actor Speaks where she discusses the craft of acting and script analysis. Part 1 and Part 2.

Ellen is a lifetime member and judge at The Actors Studio. A member of the Alliance of Women Directors and LA Film Team. She is privileged to be a judge for the Roy W Dean Film Grant and for The Film Consortium San Diego and SD Film Awards.

Studying acting for five years with Lee Strasberg gave me such a strong background and incredible training. I was fortunate to study  script analysis with Stella Adler which really helps marry you to the material, to understand it and make specific choices. Both of these exceptional teachers helped form my platform for teaching.

To teach a person and watch them open up and grow and take chances and risks, and have fun, is such a gift – a gift to the teacher as well as the student. When I was very young I taught horseback riding. I had the ability to draw someone out, to give them the belief in themselves. Connecting people with their own will is quite rewarding. I think naturally I took these experiences and applied them to teaching acting. I love to light someone’s fire and ignite their passion. My love for acting is contagious.

In my class, there is a lot to learn, all very important. Strong choices are a must. Tell the truth. Be specific. Work through any inhibitions, and be fearless. Trusting yourself is learned, and when one can get that, it helps them connect to their power. Spontaneity is key. Relaxation is a must for actors. Relaxation makes it possible to be totally available to yourself with what is going on in the moment and your emotions. One must be fully in the moment. One must learn to let their guard down and have to BE… Like a onion skin unwrapping, there is a process of creating one’s privacy – this is key to the work.

A student must be in a safe environment so they can take risks, and not be self conscious.  My classroom is not judgmental. Develop professional skills from the start; show up, on time, prepared, and work hard. I am there for each student 100%.

acting coach

Script Analysis

Some of what my classes will teach:

 

  • script analysis
  • moment before
  • auditioning skills
  • the art of listening
  • structured improvs
  • scene study
  • corrective critiques
Acting Teacher/Coach

Acting Teacher/Coach

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