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Michael Kostroff


I currently offer weekly acting classes, emphasizing text analysis and character work, and serve as an adjunct professor for UCLA's Professional Program. 

I also offer an online course based on my popular workshop, Audition Psych 101, which addresses the psychological quagmire that sometimes invades actors' brains when they audition. For nearly two decades, I've offered the in-person version of Audition Psych 101 all over the country, to thousands of actors at all levels. Many have said it was a game-changer for them. An abridged version of the workshop also available as a book and audiobook.

As a guest instructor at universities and theatre schools, I've taught one-off classes in a variety of subjects including character work, ensemble work, the business of "the business," improvisation, comedic acting, and on-camera technique, and taken part in countless Q&As and panel discussions.


Michael's weekly pro-level acting classes are designed to address the whole actor life: craft, career, and mental challenges. The scene work emphasizes text and character analysis. The atmosphere is casual, supportive, and fun.


Rather than teaching one particular technique, Michael is interested in treating each scene as a new puzzle, exploring options, developing students' “tool kit,” and focusing on process over result.

In this class, actors are bolstered, supported, celebrated, and encouraged to develop a sense of authority over their own work.

There are four weekly sessions to choose from:

IN-PERSON (Los Angeles): Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm or Fridays, 11am-2pm

ON-LINE: Wednesdays, 11am-2pm (PST) or Sundays, 9am-12noon (PST)

Classes are $50 per session, billed weekly. Financial hardship discounts are available by request. Classes are ongoing, and students may take a hiatus or leave class at any time.

For inquiries, or to apply (by sending video of your work), email Michael at

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