The Golden Box two day seminar is an
absolute must for any actor seeking inspiration! It is taught by Michelle Danner the artistic director of Michelle Danner's Los Angeles Acting Studio. The seminar is a fantastic way to improve your acting skill set over a weekend. I'm a big note taker, but Michelle Danner has so many inspirational quotes, I filled up several pages in my acting notebook. I'm going to share a few with you:
"Theatre is a process, so give yourself the time and freedom to take the journey with your character."
"The Wider the goal posts, the better the game." - Judy Dench. This quote was taken from a documentary we viewed during the seminar. To me, it means the more life experience an actor has, the more potential that actor has to do great things on stage."
Take this class! It will open you up and adjust your ability to perceive scripts in a better way.
This is a short review of their info
session about the classes they offer at the school.
The info session happens at 1030am until roughly 1230pm on Thursdays. The session is free and you have to bring a headshot and resume (if you have one). You will be given an info packet to take home, and as a group you'll go through the different classes they offer, opportunities that often come from the classes and you are able to ask whatever questions you like.
The woman presenting the coursework, Alexandra, is very friendly and outgoing. In the middle of the presentation there's a short break followed by a meet and greet with Michelle - who runs the center - who assesses what your goals are and makes notes on your pictures about what she thinks might be good for your level and career desires.
Both women talk about the philosophy of the school and offer some fun anecdotes along the way. At the end of the session you are able to go up to their office and sign up for classes, find out what Michelle recommends for you or simple get more info about their schedule.
The vibe of the school is very friendly and exciting. They seem passionate about actors who want to work and create and don't give the impression that they're just trying to extort you for money in exchange for a prestigious school name on your training resume.
Classes seem to fill up fast so check it out!
I love The Acting Studio at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. There are several excellent teachers, who specialize in a variety of subjects, acting classes: scene study, voice, on-camera, improv & others. I received loads of useful info from every class. All the instructors at The Acting Studio impress me. They sponsor international students on the M1 visa. It is easy to see why this acting studio has a reputation for being one of the best acting schools in Los Angeles.
The environment established by Michelle Danner) and my classmates has invigorated a desire to continually grow as an artist and be unwavering in my commitment to excellence in my work. I didn't just learn at The Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts; I found a deeper desire to grow stronger artistically, professionally and personally. Michelle Danner's "Golden Box" workshop was transformational. I left that workshop with energy pulsing through my whole body, I haven't felt that artistically alive in a long time. Christine Dunford teaches an amazing voice class at Edgemar. We are learning how to speak with a clear, free, strong, emotionally connected voice. She is also an incredible scene study teacher. Her insight and generosity is unparalleled. I would recommend this studio to any actor who wants quality classes, with awesome teachers!
The Edgemar Center for the Arts has it all, amazing teachers, lots of options for class scheduling, and a beautiful location. Michelle Danner is an encyclopedia of acting. You will learn the tools you need to do great work. Michelle takes the best elements from great teachers like Stanislavsky, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meiser and teaches you how to access your emotions on the spot. She will be personally invested in your success, as she is with all her students. Christine Dunford teaches several classes as well, including voice and scene study. I have taken each of the classes and found them both to be very helpful and informative. Even Brad Garrett has taught classes here. From improv to on-camera, scene study to voice - this place is full of classes to select from for any level of actor.
I have reached depths in my acting,
while studying with Michelle Danner (Edgemar Center, formerly called Larry Moss Studio) that I didn't previously know existed. My imagination has opened up new worlds to me! I have found, through the teaching of this amazing top Hollywood acting coach, a profound awareness of the world around me. I now have an understanding of human behavior that is invaluable. I know how to break the script down, analyze it, humanize it, invest in it and grow from it. And I learned these skills in Michelle's Golden Box seminar and scene study class. I remember studying at other respected schools where, if the actor didn't get the instructors' teaching, it meant they had no talent. I've now realized those teachers just weren't very good. But in Michelle's classes, every major acting method is taught (including The Meisner technique, the Stanislavsky Technique, and Lee Strasberg Method) and you use what works FOR YOU.
I studied with many respected acting teachers before Michelle - but there is simply no comparison to depth of the teaching that comes from Michelle Danner.
I'm a character actor from Europe. It was SO REFRESHING to hone the art of acting with a school that respects it and takes it seriously, like an art. Since I'll never book a leading man kind of role (let's face it the market for short fat and hairy dudes is not too keen) I HAVE to be on top of my craft to book work. That's what the acting studio at Edgemar delivered to me. Michelle Danner's golden box, the scene study courses, the on camera w/ Marek Probost and Doug Kaback. All Amazing and I'm a really hard sell. I love the fact that this school doesn’t limit your education to a single technique like the Sanford Meisner technique, or Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler’s techniques. You just don't run into many schools in the states that want to improve you as an artist and not just a plastic receptacle that delivers lines. Such a marvelous experience.
Michelle Danner's innovative methods of teaching both complement and rival those methods of the great teachers of the past. Borrowing from the techniques of Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Mike Leigh and Stanislavsky, her philosophy transcends what we once knew about the art and forces actors through their own catharsis to discover authentic ways of bringing the complexity of life to the screen and stage. "Michelle Danner is the premiere acting coach of the twenty-first century. Her astute knowledge of the human condition, coupled with her ability to translate that insight to her students, is remarkable.
I just took Michelle Danners Golden Box intensive in Sydney this past weekends, and I am so thankful. I came into class on Saturday not knowing exactly what to expect, but I can promise you that I left on Sunday afternoon having learnt so much, concepts that I can't wait to put into practice. Michelle Danner is a lovely and beautiful woman, and it was really an honour to meet her and to sit in the room with her. This class has inspired me to keep moving forward with my career and to try to achieving my dream. The past two days have been truly inspiring
Wow... this place is beautiful. There
is an art gallery in the lobby and 2 theatres. The main stage seats 99 people. Some might think the theatres are a little on the small side, but that's what makes them so great. The entire audience can get involved with the show! No one is sitting in the rafters wondering what to eat next Tuesday because the audience is so close to the action they can't ignore it.
Edgemar also looks exceptionally nice compared to many other small theatres. It looks like it should be running in the big leagues, really. I have no idea how much this place costs, but it's got to be one pretty penny. It's in Santa Monica- so rent is outrageous already- and on top of that lights, production cost, employees, advertising, and Stella Adler graduates for teachers? I'd have to say it's a place I'd spend a pretty penny! Quality is what you buy there, and you experience nothing less.
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