Our commitment to the craft is proven by over 30 years of training working actors in the Los Angeles area.

The Actors Workout Studio continues to bring new and exciting techniques that provide actors with the necessary tools to create successful careers.

North Hollywood Acting Classes at AWS cover technique, improv, scene study, and cold reading. Free, participating audits are offered by appointment.

Classes are small and very individualized in order to inspire creativity, risk taking, and personal growth in the actor. Studio teaching focuses on two areas: (1) troubleshooting the particular blocks that are holding an actor back from reaching his or her full potential; and (2) providing a solid foundation and training in the Meisner Technique, if needed. Studio instructors find out what's in your way, holding you back, and/or keeping you from optimal freedom in your work, and then help you break through it.

Everyone works, every class! This is vital because actors only grow when they participate, take risks, and succeed or fail in a safe environment. You can't learn to act by sitting in a chair. Class exercises focus on the actor's instrument: the body and the emotions. That 'instrument' is what an actor "plays" while performing. Just as a musician needs to keep his instrument in tune for optimal performance, the actor needs real physical and emotional freedom for the purest expression of their talent.

In addition to working on different exercises to fine-tune their instrument, students also work on scenes and improvisations. Advanced students work on cold reading, showcase scenes, and are encouraged to produce their own shows in the Studio's two theater spaces.

Working with Fran Montano and other Studio teachers is ultimately about searching for the truth; finding your truth in your character's truth, which involves developing your emotional instincts and sense of self, as well as your imagination. Expressing your truth, whatever it may be, both in performance and in life, is the fullest expression of being present in the moment.

Fran's goal as an acting teacher is to provide you with a complete training program for the professional actor. That means classes that focus on both craft and career concerns, because it's not enough to simply train your instrument. An actor must continually promote his or her work, and be seen in order to gain employment.

Bonus Classes

AWS is much more than just taking an acting class. It is a community of professionals where we provide opportunities for training, personal coaching, performing, and networking.

In addition to your small, intimate, acting class with personalized coaching for your specific needs, included are a number of additional workshops. You now have the opportunity to attend up to FOUR WORKSHOPS EACH WEEK. All at one monthly tuition.

Your weekly small intimate acting class – personalized coaching and class with assignments that require preparation and hard work. Working on your specific needs through the AWS technique, which includes the teachings of Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen, and Adler.

Have your work heard in a safe, nurturing space. Work on your play, screenplay,
monologue or short story and get constructive criticism and feedback from other writers.
All members are welcome, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned writer. The writers workshop also works on writing projects that are produced on stage in full productions, as
well as play readings and experimental productions at AWS.

Tap into your "kid" energy and learn to get out of your head and into the moment in this fun comedy improv class taught by veteran performer and long-time member of the S...CAP Comedy Improv Troupe.

A great way to loosen your instrument and get free. Helps with commercial auditions also.

Meisner repetition class. Work on your acting muscles doing raw moment repetitions. A
good review and opportunity to tune up, clean, and tighten your technique. Helps in being in the present moment and living in the truth.

An invaluable, powerful tool to help you prepare for auditions. Explore different ways to approach a script and watch how it improves your performance. Strengthen getting the words off the page and making them your own. Improves memorization skills as well. We provide short scripts. If you have a 2-page scene or audition you want to work on, bring in 2 copies.

Bare Naked Angels is a class in self-discovery. Through writing, discussion and group exercises, the student will learn to understand themself and others in an entirely new way. As part of the process each student will write their own personal story. Through this progression the students become bolder, more fearless actors. This is for all actors; don’t be intimated by the writing process. The method in this class is unique, and it compliments all acting techniques. Selected pieces that go through the process are invited to participate
in a full staged production. There is nothing like this anywhere.

Acting Classes Schedule

To schedule an interview and your free audit,
or for
Current Classes, please call the Studio at (818) 766-2171.

Classes are ongoing and meet once a week. An interview and audit are required. In the audit, the actor will participate in class exercises and may be given a cold reading. "That gives us a chance to work together and check each other out. Finding the right acting coach is crucial," Fran says, "It is important to find someone whose 'voice' speaks to you. I'm not for everyone and I respect that."