Diane Christiansen Coaching is now...
Our goal with changing our name is to keep the reputation we are so proud of, while also representing a bigger team, bigger student base, and multiple locations in Los Angeles and Agoura Hills, CA. The Christiansen Acting Academy is an ideal acting school for students to prepare for a career in the entertainment industry, regardless of age or experience. Whether you’re enrolled or thinking of applying, continue browsing to find out about our programs, memberships, and more!
What Our Students Say...
"I've been taking Diane's Screen Teen class for 6 years and I LOVE IT! This class has really helped me explore all sides of acting, from Improv to drama to comedy. One of my favorite exercises is when we go "On Task". For about a week we will go 'on task' as a character and live life as they would. I find that going on task really helps me get to know the character in every way. I will definitely continue taking Screen Teens because each week I come out learning something new, and that is the most important thing."
Miranda May - Disney Channel Actress
Next Generation Acting Class
Diane Christiansen began coaching actors in 1992. Her career as an actress, coach, director, dancer and author spans four decades.
Diane has a passion for both acting and directing. Diane has an extensive history in nurturing actors of all ages, serving as an On-Set Acting Coach for both Disney and Nickelodeon productions! A graduate of the Strasberg Institute, Diane was mentored by Academy Award-nominee Sally Kirkland and the late, great Joseph Bernard. She has had the pleasure of being a Guest Director at CAL ARTS, where she directed the acclaimed play, PRIVATE WARS. Prior to Christiansen Acting Academy, Diane founded and operated her own theatre company, Rainbow Theatre Guild, for nearly a decade, where she produced, directed and starred in several plays spanning from PETER PAN to STEPPIN’ OUT.
Some of Diane's most memorable experiences include appearing with the iconic Rockettes at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, dancing with Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas, dancing on various NBC television specials, being featured on the MERV GRIFFIN SHOW and being featured on the hit TV series, VEGAS. As a television and film actress, Diane has worked with an array of iconic entertainers, including Angelina Jolie, Adam West, Orson Welles, Corey Feldman, Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Ann-Margret, Jon Voight, Dom DeLouise, Robert Urich, Billy Zane, Fred Durst and Joan Rivers.
Tess Christiansen brings 20+ years of training, 17 years of professional credits as a Hollywood child actor, 8 years of teaching and tons of heart to her classes!
Having studied at the Diane Christiansen Studios her entire life, Tess knows what it’s like to train, build confidence and have a lot of fun within the structure of a set, theater or class. Tess has also studied and performed Improv at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, founded by SNL alum Amy Poehler. Most recently, Tess appeared in the lead role of Jade in the Mar Vista feature, MOST LIKELY TO DIE. Tess has appeared in print campaigns for major companies such as Mattel and Harley Davidson, as well as a multimedia campaign for Proctor and Gamble. Other credits include commercials for Disney and Universal Studios; over a dozen commercial and voiceover credits; and a recent co-star appearance on the CW’s 90210. Tess has had the privilege of working with A-list directors like Jerry Zucker and Fred Durst, as well as celebrities such as Billy Zane, Shia LaBeouf and Dev to name a few.
Tess has her finger on the pulse of the commercial world and her student bookings are weekly. She prides herself on helping her students open up their creativity and giving them the necessary tools to deliver their best auditions. Tess has appeared in dozens of commercials throughout her career as both a child and adult actor, including Disney Channel, Universal Studios, Bod Man Fragrance, Harley Davidson, iMac, Mattel and numerous PSAs, to name a few.