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About LA’s Top Acting Coach

29 Years of Coaching Actors to Success!

Diane Christiansen has been voted THE BEST acting class for Kids & best acting class for Teens in Los Angeles 2 years in a row by the Backstage West Readers’ Choice Awards.

We put the actor first.

For Diane and Tess, there is no greater joy than seeing our students succeed as actors. This is why we are dedicated to each and every student having a profound, unique, and uplifting experience at our acting school. Whether you are brand new to acting or experienced, Diane and her instructors are committed to creating a safe and inspiring environment for all…from 3 years-old and up.


About our Studio

Our school, reputation, and list of student bookings has grown immensely since Diane held her very first acting class for adults in 1992.

We know what it’s like to be in your position. . . to be an actor just starting out or moving to L.A. from your home, being the parent to a young child who has a dream, being a kid, teen, and adult going to audition after audition waiting for your opportunity to show what you can do, the joy of a booking and the disappointment of rejection.

We know because we too have personally been there – with Diane moving to Los Angeles from out-of-state and Tess beginning her professional career at a young age.

Our family business is our life’s passion and every student, new or old, is apart of that family.


  1. Named one of the Top 3 Acting Coaches in Hollywood by the Young Presidents Organization in New York City

  2. Actors Access voted Diane One of the Top 10 most effective Coaches in Hollywood for 3 years in a row

  3. Diane was selected to appear as the personal Acting Coach on the Reality TV shows: “FAKING IT” and Danny Bonaduce’s “MY KID’S A STAR” on VH1



Diane Christiansen began coaching actors in 1992. Her career as an actress, coach, director, dancer and author spans four decades.

Teen Acting Class

Diane has a passion for both acting and directing. She has had the pleasure of being a Guest Director at CAL ARTS where she directed the acclaimed play, PRIVATE WARS. Before that, she founded and ran her own theatre company, Rainbow Theatre Guild, for 7 years in which time she produced, directed, and starred in several plays spanning from PETER PAN to STEPPIN’ OUT.

A graduate of the Strasberg Institute; she was mentored by Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland and the late Joseph Bernard.

She has appeared with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, danced with Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas and on NBC TV specials, she has been featured on the Merv Griffin Show and hit TV series “Vegas.” As a TV & Film actress she worked with Angelina Jolie, Adam West, Orson Welles, Corey Feldman, Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Ann Margaret, Jon Voight, Dom DeLouise, Robert Urich, Billy Zane, Fred Durst and Joan Rivers.

Diane is an acting coach with her finger on the pulse of the Entertainment Industry, working very closely with many of LA’s most acclaimed agents, managers, and casting directors.


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A positive and hands-on teaching technique has led to 90% of our student roster booking repeatedly and consistently

Many of the actors we have trained are series regulars on TV SHOWS such as: 

  1. Bunk’d  

  2. Liv and Maddie

  3. Wizards of Waverley Place

  4. iCarly

  5. Unfabulous

  6. GLEE   

  7. Zoey 101

  8. Ned’s Declassified 

  9. Better Call Saul  

  10. LOST

  11. Workaholics

  12. Criminal Minds  

  13. Law & Order 

  14. House M.D.  

  15. Six Feet Under

  16. E.R.

  17. Arrested Development

  18. Desperate Housewives

  19. Weeds

  20. Judging Amy 

  21. Bones

  22. Nip/Tuck

  23. Malcolm in the Middle

  24. DISNEY’S Little House on the Prairie

  25. Henry Danger

  26. American Family

  27. Scrubs

  28. Charmed  

  29. Mom

  30. 90210  

  31. My Name Is Earl

  32. Complete Savages

  33. Phil of the Future

  34. Cory in the House

  35. October Road

  36. Pushing Daisies

  37. Alias

  38. Private Practice

  39. Without A Trace

  40. Cold Case

  41. NYPD Blue  

  42. CSI  

  43. General Hospital

  44. Days of Our Lives   

  45. The Young and the Restless

Our students have appeared in FEATURE FILMS such as:

  1. True Grit

  2. Star Trek      

  3. Enders Game     

  4. Romeo and Juliet (2014)    

  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  6. Antoine Fisher   

  7. The Heartbreak Kid  

  8. Cat In The Hat     

  9. Bruce Almighty