Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Graham Shiels Studios Los Angeles is now offering online acting classes to currently and formerly enrolled students. New students must wait until we are out of the pandemic protocols to start acting classes at GSS. Our online acting classes will focus on the work as outlined below:

Online Acting Classes

-- 60 to 90 minutes in length

-- 3 to 5 participants maximum

-- working from recently casting sides from Television & Film

-- $200 for 4 consecutive weekly classes (meeting once per week)

Acting Classes available daily. Inquire to or text or call (323) 230-0139

"Extensive on-camera professional experience meets Yale School of Drama classical training to get you BOOKING from the callback to a lifelong career! Acting classes at GSS Los Angeles provide a rich atmosphere to expand your imagination. Our acting classes create the experience of performing in front of friends in a warm, intimate venue. Your confidence will build and this will translate to your audition rooms. Our focus is to help you release your unique gifts as a performer, to learn the lines so that you may forget them, to give the illusion that you're surprising yourself in the moment with your thoughts making your acting FUN again! GSS acting students receive training from currently working Hollywood actors with extensive experience in the field--all our instructors have Network Series Regular credits. This knowledge in our faculty is rare! As the late Earle R. Gister, legendary acting teacher of the Yale School of Drama, said: "in the end, all an acting teacher can give you is an aesthetic." It pays to study with actors who are CURRENTLY WORKING in the acting profession and know its aesthetic!"

-- Graham Shiels, MFA Yale School of Drama

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Film & TV Acting Classes

with Graham Shiels & Crystal Lowe

Acting classes that focus exclusively on currently casting material from Television and Film--keep it relevant and current. Work on brand new material every week--learn to prepare thoroughly with limited time just as in the profession. Get on your feet every week--acting is a visceral art form, not visual or auditory. Get on camera every other week--bio-feedback is essential to your craft. When you can audition with confidence you will earn more and more chances to play! 


with Desean K Terry

Scene Study Classes

Teaches a step by step process designed to release the actor's instrument (body, imagination, and voice) into the given circumstances. Each actor will learn how to cultivate the story while also releasing what is unique and authentic about him or her. Through script analysis, improvisation, and a system of exercises the actor will learn how to make personal choices that breathe life into the world the writer has created. Ongoing Scene Study class does not require The Lab as a pre-requisite.

Step 1: How to get in class

All entering students to GSS Film & TV acting classes will take The Lab. Imagine the experience of three years of classical theatre training at the Yale School of Drama or The Juilliard School along with thousands of auditions and hundreds of union Network and Studio bookings packed into three 3.5hr classes, putting decades into days. That's The Lab...

What is The Lab?

  • A series of three consecutive 3.5hr Saturday classes.

  • 9 participants maximum per class.

  • Introduction to the aesthetics of the studio.

  • Introduction to techniques taught at the Yale School of Drama as well as other eclectic approaches.

  • Introduction to the instructors at Graham Shiels Studios.

  • Exercising the four sources of acting: Physical, Emotional, Instinctual, and Intellectual.

  • You will build a foundation technique that will translate into immediate RESULTS in your acting and auditioning! 

  • After completion of The Lab you will be offered an appropriate place in our Ongoing Acting Classes that will push you further in your craft.

       Cost: $450

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If you wish to attend the FREE Introductory Class for our Film & TV acting classes--Tuesdays from 3pm to 4:30pm--or the Sunday Scene Study Orientation--Sundays at 4pm--Please click below and leave your contact info. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Ongoing Film & TV Acting Classes (after The Lab): $280/4 or $490/8 classes

Maximum 9 participants in class 

Class meets once per week

Mondays Professional 5pm with Graham Shiels

Mondays Professional 7:30pm with Graham Shiels

Tuesdays Film & TV 11am with Crystal Lowe

Tuesdays Advanced 5pm with Graham Shiels

Tuesdays Advanced 7:30pm with Graham Shiels

Wednesdays Advanced 5pm with Graham Shiels & Crystal Lowe

Wednesdays Advanced 7:30pm with Graham Shiels & Crystal Lowe

Thursdays Film & TV 5pm with Graham Shiels & Crystal Lowe

Thursdays Film & TV 7:30pm with Graham Shiels & Crystal Lowe

Fridays Film & TV 11am with Crystal Lowe

Initial Scene Study Acting Classes: $650/8 classes

Maximum 9 participants

Class meets once per week

Ongoing Scene Study Acting Classes (after the initial 8): $295/4 or $550/8

* Sunday's Scene Study Acting Class does not require The Lab as a pre-requisite

Sundays 11am Scene Study with Carolyn Michelle Smith 

Sundays 2pm Scene Study with Desean K Terry

Sundays 5pm Scene Study with Desean K Terry

If you know you'd already like to enroll then click below...