Playa Vista Acting Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Acting classes? Our Playa Vista teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Use your current location
Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught
1 , 7 1 8 , 7 5 2
lessons and counting!

Popular Acting Teachers Near Playa Vista

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Playa Vista including Venice, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Inglewood and Playa del Rey.

Showing 5 of 47 results View More
Profile_83251_pi_XmasEve2014Singing2 copy

LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA

I have been teaching acting for all ages and levels for 10 years now and I focus on a student's innate creativity. Lesson are concise, relaxed and fun as we go through basic actor techniques and conclude with monologues and audition practice. Lessons are geared toward stage, commercial and film.

Lessons times:
In home lessons (at students home)
45 mins
60 mins
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.

In studio lessons (at my private residence)
30 mins
45 mins
60 mins

About LeAnna

Hello, welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to check it out. I am happy to introduce myself to you and share that teaching the performing arts is one of the greatest joys of my life.

I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles, teaching a variety of classes from music, dance and theatre. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 where I received a BA in Classical Music, a BA in Dance with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles because I value creative explorati
on.
As a vocalist, I studied classical voice since I was 16 years old, trained at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile and consider that as strong foundation, but always explored other styles. I loved singing with the SFSU Gospel Choir and the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, playing a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. Currently I am focused on musical theatre and my own compositions. As a pianist, I began playing piano when I was 7 years old and basically self taught. I received more formal training at SFSU and in music education classes, yet I credit my skills more to my own exploration. I approach my lessons with more creativity and patience, allowing students to discover how they best learn music. I consider the same with trombone. I feel in love with it one day hearing Dixieland jazz when I was 16 and haven’t stopped playing since.

I have been teaching private and group piano, trombone, voice, theatre and dance lessons for the past 8 years. I have taught from my private home studio, private music studios, community centers and public and private schools. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and supervised and designed music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th.

*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Great!

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. Joy is key and I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals and level of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.
As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or professional audition. I always encourage students to learn how to read music and basic theory as well performance techniques.

Lessons times:
In home lessons (at students home)
45 mins
60 mins
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.

In studio lessons (at my private residence)
30 mins
45 mins
60 mins

How I structure lessons:

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalizes
4) focus on one or two vocal techniques for the lesson
5) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) improvisation
6) song and performance

Trombone
1) body awareness and posture
2) breathing exercises and warm-ups
3) scales, slides and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance

Dance
(depending on style)
1) warm-ups and isolations
2) dance material

STYLES
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano and trombone
wood floors for dance

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, though I'd prefer if students have their own keyboard. Please email if you need information on purchasing a keyboard.

Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
beginners (piano, trombone and voice)
intermediate and advanced voice

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals!
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Katrina A. March 14, 2016
Dance · In home
Verified Student
We've had two lessons so far and my father and I really enjoy our time with LeAnna. She is perfect for anyone looking for a professional, caring and accommodating instructor. My father recently injured his back and LeAnna has been able to customize a fun and enjoyable dance for my upcoming wedding. Thank you! ☺️
Silhouette-80
Sylvia G. March 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
LeAnna is an amazing teacher and she has helped me improve very much in only a few sessions. She is helping me prepare for a specific auditon and was able to help me pick a beautiful song to sing. LeAnna is very nice and easy to work with. She not only explains proper singing technique, but also how to achieve proper technique physically.
Silhouette-80
erin T. November 30, 2015
Dance · In home
Verified Student
So warm and lovely, she really helped us with the first dance for our wedding!
View More
View Profile
LeAnna S.

LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90018
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
Profile_88306_pi_Fitness shot

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA

Beginner-Advanced Acting. Trained in Stella Adler Technique, Meisner Technique, Alexander Technique & Stanislavsky

About Tanya

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Valentina Q. July 2, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
She is very good we love hear
Silhouette-80
Eric S. July 29, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Tanya has a special gift for teaching dance. She really understands all of the elements that go into a properly executed dance move, and more importantly, she really knows how to explain those elements in an approachable manner. I will definitely be purchasing additional lessons with Tanya.
Silhouette-80
Toka M. June 13, 2014
Verified Student
I wish I could've kept going with you but I have money circumstances.
View More
View Profile
Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
Profile_53049_pi_image

Wesley M.

Los Angeles, CA

Wesley M. has worked in film, TV and theatre for the last twenty-five years with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, The Arena Stage. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. He has appeared on over thirty TV shows and movies. Most recently as Mr. Lawler on That's So Raven.

About Wesley

Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in
Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Jenna J. September 9, 2016
Child Acting · Online
Verified Student
AMAZING first session😊 The exchanges between Wes and Jenna were flawless...almost like two people that sparked up a conversation where they left off!! He acknowledged Jenna's dreams and goals and had experienced insight to provide! Jenna is looking forward to working on her assignments and lesson #2!!!
Silhouette-80
Tony T. December 14, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
It was great. He found a monologue for me with out me asking for it. He is very professional and he gives a lot of tips.
Silhouette-80
Jen K. November 21, 2014
Improv Acting · In studio
I've taken a few Improv classes with Wes, and let me say, they have been the most beneficial Improv classes for my career. Each exercise Wes used was not only fun, but helpful in strengthening my overall acting skills. He uses his knowledge to best benefit each student regardless of class size. His extensive knowledge of the craft can only help you, whether for stage or film. There's a sense of freedom that Wes helped me find in creating characters, navigating a scene, and preparing for auditions. I noticed incredible growth of my skills after taking just a few classes. I would highly encourage any actor to attend his class!!
View More
View Profile
Wesley M.

Wesley M.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
(6)
starting at
$70 / 30-min
Profile_69493_pi_Alex Wright 0019 300dpi

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA

I've been teaching acting for 5 years and my students have gone on to gain acceptance into Harvard University, Yale University and NYU. I specialize in audition technique, cold reading technique, Shakespeare performance, scene study, voice, speech, physical acting, and character creation. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels! I can't wait to meet you!

About Alexandra

Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The
New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Blanca G. September 7, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Amazing!
Silhouette-80
Tomilynn H. August 27, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
Alexandra is awesome!!! She is easy to understand and makes the class go by so fast... I always look forward to the next class.
Silhouette-80
Amanda August 19, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online
Verified Student
Very pleasant and extremely helpful! Thank you!!!
View More
View Profile
Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(19)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
Profile_82445_pi_BOB_4714

David T.

North Hollywood, CA

For over 30 years now acting has always been my absolute passion in life! I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director or make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David

I have been an actor for over 30 years now with credits from televisions top rated shows such as NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. Film credits such as Pleasantville, Swing Kids and Stay Tuned. With series regular roles on One life to Live and Young and the Restless where I was nominated and received an Emmy for my work for Best Young Actor. I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. To make them stand out in front of the casting dire
ctor or make their tape unique and different from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I would love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams and experience life as a working actor.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Luke V. September 17, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My son's first lesson with David was incredible. David is easy to follow and has my son excited to study acting & learn more from him.
Silhouette-80
mark jackson August 31, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
It was a very good first session. We had enough time to get to know one another and begin a program for advancing my skills.
Silhouette-80
Adam P. August 23, 2016
Improv Acting · Online
Verified Student
Excellent instructor!
View More
View Profile
David T.

David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(26)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress,
we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

GetStarted
BrowseListings

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Playa Vista?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you
need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

 
Online

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Acting Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Acting instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

Recent Acting Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Acting articles on our blog.

4 Acting Styles to Explore | Tips From a Pro

A big part of becoming an actor is exploring various acting styles, and figuring out where your strengths are. Read on to learn about some of the different types, courtesy of Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T...   If you’re an actor starting out in your training, get ready to plunge into a variety of acting styles! As an actor you should familiarize yourself with all of the different acting styles at first, and then choose one to focus on. It is best to be well-rounded and to know the meth … Read More
4 Acting Styles to Explore | Tips From a Pro
A big part of becoming an actor is exploring various acting styles, and figuring out where your strengths are. Read on to learn about some of the different types, courtesy of Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T...   If you’re an actor starting out in your training, get ready to plunge into a variety of acting styles! As an actor you should familiarize yourself with all of the different acting styles at first, and then choose one to focus on. It is best to be well-rounded and to know the meth
The Powerful Secret to Great Emotional Acting
The best actors know that part of the process involves truly understanding your character's motivation and inner thoughts. Find out how to get started in this guest post by teacher Timothy S...   One of the most effective ways to learn acting is knowing never to accept just the facts when it comes to relationships. The ability to tap into the emotions of your character is the foundation of great acting. That foundation is, in turn, constructed upon the bedrock of understanding your ch
Academy Award Nominees, Before They Were Stars
We're so excited to see the announcement for this year's Oscar nominations! We love trying to guess who will win and debating our favorite performances and the best films of the year. There's so much great talent this year, the Academy Awards and other shows are sure to be a blast! It's also fun to reflect on how even the brightest stars had to get started on smaller roles and go through a learning process to get to where they are today. We love looking back to see how they made it big, and i
Musical Theatre Audition Songs: 6 Great Options for Kids
Does your son or daughter have an audition coming up? Here are some ideas for musical theatre audition songs, courtesy of Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...   It's not always easy to find the right musical theatre audition songs--and the same can definitely be said when it comes to kids' repertoire! Is there a way to avoid warhorses like "Annie" and "Oliver" while finding songs that will excite your young actor and the audition panel? YES! Here are some suggestions that will make y
How to Have Stage Presence | 4 Areas to Improve Your Voice
Actors, your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have to make a character come to life. Next time you're getting into a character, use these tips from Baltimore, MD acting teacher Larry P. for improving your stage presence...   Remember when your mother used to remind you to “use your indoor voice”? You have all sorts of indoor voices, and in order to best portray any character and improve your stage presence, be it in an audition, a rehearsal, or a production, you have to

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More