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.
Named one of the Top 3 Acting Coaches in Hollywood by the Young Presidents Organization in New York City
Actors Access voted Diane One of the Top 10 most effective Coaches in Hollywood for 3 years in a row
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.
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.
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:
Liv and Maddie
Wizards of Waverley Place
Better Call Saul
Law & Order
Six Feet Under
Malcolm in the Middle
DISNEY’S Little House on the Prairie
My Name Is Earl
Phil of the Future
Cory in the House
Without A Trace
Days of Our Lives
The Young and the Restless
Our students have appeared in FEATURE FILMS such as:
Romeo and Juliet (2014)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Heartbreak Kid
Cat In The Hat