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Studio Info


Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio is new in name only. Aaron Speiser has been Los Angeles’ premiere acting teacher and coach for over thirty years and Shannon Sturges has been studying with Aaron for almost as long. When Aaron finally convinced Shannon to teach for him full time, he realized that he had a partner in the studio that he had trained, who was beloved by the students and a truly gifted teacher in her own right.  Thus, Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio was born. Shannon and Aaron will continue to connect you to your passion and inspire you to excellence.

 

Our focus at the studio is to train you for film and television work.  While we love theatre, and have trained Tony-nominated actors, we find that people come to Los Angeles to work primarily in the film industry and that necessitates a different way to prepare. This means that when you are in a scene study class, there is no rehearsal.  That's right-- NONE.  You can run lines before class with your partner, but you won’t be going to someone’s house to rehearse because you won’t be able to do that when you book a job. Often times, you’ll first meet the other actor on set the day you shoot.  Our process gives you the tools you need to work professionally.

 

Our studio thrives on diversity; whether you are an award-winning celebrity, a trained actor, or someone who just always wanted to try acting, our studio has a place for you.

 

Speiser/Sturges is a supportive community of actors and teachers dedicated to helping you become the best actors and artists you can be. We believe your time at our studio will inspire you and transform you.

 

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Studio Info


Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio is new in name only. Aaron Speiser has been Los Angeles’ premiere acting teacher and coach for over thirty years and Shannon Sturges has been studying with Aaron for almost as long. When Aaron finally convinced Shannon to teach for him full time, he realized that he had a partner in the studio that he had trained, who was beloved by the students and a truly gifted teacher in her own right.  Thus, Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio was born. Shannon and Aaron will continue to connect you to your passion and inspire you to excellence.

 

Our focus at the studio is to train you for film and television work.  While we love theatre, and have trained Tony-nominated actors, we find that people come to Los Angeles to work primarily in the film industry and that necessitates a different way to prepare. This means that when you are in a scene study class, there is no rehearsal.  That's right-- NONE.  You can run lines before class with your partner, but you won’t be going to someone’s house to rehearse because you won’t be able to do that when you book a job. Often times, you’ll first meet the other actor on set the day you shoot.  Our process gives you the tools you need to work professionally.

 

Our studio thrives on diversity; whether you are an award-winning celebrity, a trained actor, or someone who just always wanted to try acting, our studio has a place for you.

 

Speiser/Sturges is a supportive community of actors and teachers dedicated to helping you become the best actors and artists you can be. We believe your time at our studio will inspire you and transform you.

 

 

Welcome to one of the the best acting classes in LA!  Here’s what you need to know to get started:

  • There is no audition required to join. New students are placed in technique class, students with prior training may submit materials (headshot, resume and demo reel) in consideration for advanced placement.  We highly encourage all new students to begin in technique. 
  • All classes are ongoing and students may join the studio at any time.
  • Audits are available for $25. This fee is credited toward tuition if you join within a month of auditing.
  • To become a Studio Member we require a minimum commitment of 3 months. After the initial 3 months you may continue on a month-to-month basis. Substantial discounts are available for longer commitments (see studio pricing page).
  • As a Studio Member you may audit any of our Scene and Technique classes for free. In addition you receive a discount on any specialty class and private coaching and the opportunity to attend Studio Member Only events.
  • Technique Class runs in a 12 week cycle, students may join anytime in the 12 week cycle.
  • In addition to Technique and Scene Study classes, we regularly offer specialty classes such as Kids and Teen Classes, Commercial Classes, Voice, Dialects, Improv and Cold Reading/Audition technique. Specialty classes typically run in 4-8 week cycles. Check class schedule for dates and times and current offerings.
  • Teen Classes are for ages 13-18. After students turn 18 they may join the Adult class. Teens may be eligible to take the specialty classes at the reduced (Member) prices. Certain restrictions apply and teacher approval is required for younger members.
  • All our regular classes are for adults 18 and up, coaching and referrals are available for youth.

We’re excited to meet you, as you join the best acting school in Los Angeles!

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Congrats


Congrats


Congratulations to our students who booked jobs so far in 2017, as well as all the actors that Shannon Sturges coached. We are so proud of your accomplishments!

  • Vin Diesel: The Fate of the Furious

  • Dwayne Johnson: The Fate of the Furious

  • Ludacris: The Fate of the Furious

  • Scott Eastwood: The Fate of the Furious

  • Helen Mirren: The Fate of the Furious

  • Priscilla Quintana: Polaroid
  • Dale Miller: Rayden Valkyrie

  • Steve Izant: Plaza Suite and Visitor From Hollywood

  • Chris Pecchenino: Tales of Morissa and Hardest Thing to Hold

  • Elisabeth Wykert: Yoplait Commercials

  • Annette Luna: Blank Lives Matter and The Lone Drone

  • Vishesh Chachra: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  • Chris Jefferson: Signed to his first agent, Robin Nassif, with Media Artist Group

  • Horecee St. Cyr: The Late Late Show

  • Gage Polchlopek: Law and Order

  • Horecee St. Cyr: American Horror Story and Bodied

  • Salome Azizi: The Visit

  • Kay Aston: The Visit

  • Abigail Pniowsky: 10 Days in the Valley

  • Hana Bible: Marvel's Runaways

  • Anna Pniowsky: Light of my Life

  • Johnny Sawyer: CNN Declassified

  • Brittney Bell: NONA

  • Jessica Vanessa: Til Death Do Us Part

  • Marvin Ryan: States of Horror

  • Imani Hakim: Burning Sands

  • Junes Zahdi: Counterpart

  • Bryshere Y. Gray: New Edition: The Movie

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Congrats


 

Just a few of the jobs that our students have booked in 2015

 

Congratulations on making your dreams a reality

Congrats


 

Just a few of the jobs that our students have booked in 2015

 

Congratulations on making your dreams a reality

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON CAST ON THEIR SAG NOMINATION!
  • Jennifer Lopez: Shades of Blue (NBC), Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Virginia Madsen: Joy (David O'Russell), Burn Your Maps
  • Gerard Butler: Geostorm, London Has Fallen
  • Karen Fukuhara: Suicide Squad
  • Will Smith: Suicide Squad
  • Ashley Johnson: Blindspot (NBC), The Last of Us (two time BAFTA games award winner)
  • Rachel York: Disaster!: A New Musical (Broadway), Grey Gardens (The Ahmanson- Los Angeles)
  • David Lee: Geostorm, The Librarians, Pacific Standard Time
  • Aviva Brandes: Dig, Going Together
  • Kay Aston: My Crazy Ex, Commercials:  Danon, VW, Nike
  • Junes Zahdi: Bridge of Spies, Jane the Virgin, Concerning the Bodyguard, Ride Along 2, Criminal Minds
  • Naomi Grace: Commercials: Geico, At&T
  • AiDa Torosyan: Good Morning Armenians- Host
  • Tom Kiesche: White Fang, Watch the Sky, She's Allergic to Cats, Romantically Speaking
  • Stephanie Fantauzzi: Good Kids, NCIS
  • Anna Diop: Greenleaf, The Messengers, Something About Her, Quantico
  • Marvin Millora: Totino's Commercial, Dancing with the Stars
  • Bruno Gunn: Officer Downe, Westworld, Gamer's Guide, Craftique, Rotor DR1
  • Conor Walshe: Red Rock
  • Thomas Ernst: Hedensted High, Official Killers, Heartless
  • Gregg Binkley: New Untitled Woody Allen, Kirby Buckets, Transparent
  • Chris Cleveland: Crossing Streets, Intersection, Blue
  • Rebecca Field: Kittens in Cage, NCIS: Los Angeles, Code Black
  • Marianna Anaya: Walmart and IHOP commercials
  • Lance Broadway: Teleios, The Grinder
  • Ada Luz Pla: Restored Me, I am Gangster
  • Gregory Vahanian: Two Broke Girls
  • Kim Wayans: Reckless, Hawaii 5-0
  • Flex Alexander: Grandma's House, Soul Ties
  • Brooke Sheilds: The Middle
  • Brandon Thomas: All Part of the Game
  • Kevin Ryan: Guilt (ABC) Enclosures, Sons of Liberty
  • Michael Segovia: Mono, Candy Apple
  • Haley Lauren: Ellie and Rose, Candy Apple
  • Taylor Nicolette: Ellie and Rose
  • Nikki Tomlinson: Game of Silence, Welcome to Kain
  • Daniel Bonjour: The Walking Dead, Satisfaction, Flaked
  • Jada Pinkett Smith: Murder Town, Magic Mike XL
  • Jonathan Emond: Fatal Vows, Killer Crush, The Fixer
  • Zack Peladeau: Crossing Streets
  • Matt Riedy: Scandal, Pacific Standard Time, Broken Vows, Loners, Holiday Breakup
  • Evan Miller: Life in Pieces
  • F. Gary Grey: Straight Outta Compton
  • Imani Hakim: Chocolate City
  • Barry Sonnefeld: Nine Lives, A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Pilot)
  • Bree Turner: Grimm
  • O'Shea Jackson: Straight Outta Compton
  • Vishesh Chachra: 11 Seconds, Chee and T, The Field
  • Dominic Zhai: Lost in the Pacific, The Doctor of Bagram
  • Jack Axelrod: Adulthood, Modern Family, Playing House
  • Ary Katz: Conflict of Interest, Johnny and the Scams, Ken Jeong Made Me Do It
  • Beau Casper Smart: The Perfect Match, Wild for the Night, Restored Me
  • Jonah Wharton: Khail the Killer
  • Patrick Cage: Megachurch Murder, September 12th
  • Francia Raisa: Black Car, Dirty Lies, The Secrets of Emily Blair, Beyond Paradise
  • Julianna Robinson: The Gunrunner Billy Kane, The Funeral Guest
  • Sheila Shah: Before the Dawn
  • Nishi Munshi: The Originals, Wild for the Night, The Bounce Back, CSI:Cyber
  • Hiroshi Watanabe: The Comedians
  • Nafessa Williams: Whitney, Brotherly Love, True to the Game, Restored Me
  • Blake Webb: Colony, The Last Ship, The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • James Black: The Undetected, Better Criminal, When We Were Pirates, Rizzoli & Isles
  • Mary Beth Eversole: Glimpse
  • Filipo Calvagno: Sprint Commercial
  • Michelle Hayden: Sprint Commercial
  • Rachel Boston: For Justice, Ice Sculpture Christmas, A Gift of Miracles
  • David Giuntoli: Grimm (series regular), 13 Hours the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Shannyn Sossamon: The Jesuit, Sleepy Hollow (series regular), The Man Without a Head

Private Coaching


Private Coaching


Customized to fit each client’s needs.

Not only do we offer some of the best acting classes in LA, Speiser / Sturges also has experienced tremendous success in helping clients book the jobs as well as fine-tuning performances, through our private coaching.

While people tend to think of private coaching as primarily for auditions, it can also be utilized to accelerate the learning process for both the craft & the business of acting.

  • Business of Acting: This course concentrates on the business side of acting. Our extensive knowledge is invaluable for any serious actor. This course includes cold reading, auditioning, agents, managers, photos, resume and unions.
  • On-Set: Speiser / Sturges's knowledge of working “on-set” for features and television is extensive. We are asked to consult on many projects with actors, producers and directors. We can get actors ready for television and movie shoots, personal projects, or stage productions.
  • Script Consultation: Our knowledge of scripts make critiques valuable for writers as well as actors.
  • Corporate Accounts: We can coach corporate accounts, lawyers, and doctors, to improve their speaking, sales, and communication abilities.

Call for Pricing: 310.399.4567

Specialty Classes


Specialty Classes


We regularly offer special classes at the studio, in addition to our popular technique and scene study classes. We offer voice classes, dialect training, improv classes, commercial workshops, audition technique, cold reading, and comedy intensives. We bring experts in teach as well as using our talented staff of instructors. If you want to learn it, Speiser / Sturges can teach it to you.