Ernie Grunwald

Ernie G.

Claremont, CA

Lesson Details

Theater Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With 25 years of experience as a leading actor in television and film, award winning actor Ernie offers private training and audition coaching for actors of all levels of experience. Applying various techniques, Ernie offers personal, performance and audition coaching, enhancing the actor's understanding of various aspects of the craft and on set experience. Sessions are offered via Skype or in your home if within the service area. Each session is catered to the individual actor, with an emphasis on preparing audition pieces, scene study, vocal and physical techniques, and boosting the performer's confidence. A variety of monologues and scenes for study are available to the actor prior to each meeting.
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Ernie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:

Ernie, a prolific international actor, studied Theater with an international faculty at the University of Toronto. His first featured television role was a series regular on The High Life, produced by David Letterman for HBO, before landing major roles on ABC's Two of a Kind and It's Like, You Know. He has been featured on many notable series such as Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Psych, Bones, The Mentalist, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk, and a long list of comedies including Two and a Half Men, Friends, My Name Is Earl, Weeds, as well as wildly popular kids programs and films such as ANT Farm, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and It Takes Two.

For his role as Larry opposite Jason Priestley on the long-running critically acclaimed series Call Me Fitz, Ernie received a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received multiple nominations for Outstanding Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Featured clips can found on Ernie's IMDb page in the "Related Videos" section. Please note it contains adult content.

Ernie has adapted his skills and experience to become one of the most sought after personal acting coaches in the Los Angeles area. He has been the head acting instructor for teens and adults at The Film Set Studio in Claremont, California, and has instructed actors from around the world in acting camps at The University of La Verne and Claremont McKenna College. He addresses each actor's needs individually, gently encouraging them to embrace their artistry.

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Acting Coach
Jan 2014 - Present

Offering one-on-one coaching to actors of all levels of experience as described above.

Professional Actor
Jan 1992 - Present
Television and Film

Head Acting Instructor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Young Actors Camp

Developed lessons, classes, sit-com and film experience for actors from all over the world during intensive three week acting camp at Claremont McKenna College.

Head Acting Instructor
Apr 2015 - Aug 2017
The Film Set Studio

Providing acting classes and individual coaching to teens and adults.

Head Acting Instructor
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Young Actors Camp

Developed lessons, classes, sit-com and film experience for actors from all over the world during intensive three week acting camp at The University of La Verne.


Bachelor of Arts Theater/English
Sep 1990 - Jun 1995
University of Toronto


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Aug 2011
Gemini Awards (Canadian equivalent of Emmy Award)


Apr 1995

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Photos & Videos


Call Me Fitz

Call Me Fitz

Monte Carlo Film Festival

ANT Farm

Call Me Fitz

Hannah Montana

My Name is Earl

Call Me Fitz
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7 Reviews

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Eric Sep 15, 2017
Film and TV Acting · In studio

So I'm fairly new to the acting scene. I decided to try out some classes at The Film Set in Claremont. Upon meeting Ernie, I was a bit intimidated and out of my comfort zone. There were people there that were REALLY good and I thought I could never compare. Ernie has a way of adjusting to your personality to get you to dive into things at a rate in which you are comfortable with. He has the ability to point out your strengths and improve them, exponentially. Not only is he great at his craft, or stellar in his ways of teaching; he truly is just an all around great guy. His vibe, energy and demeanor make him very pleasant to be around. It's almost like i would pay him just to be my friend. if you are shopping for an instructor, try this guy out. You won't be disappointed and if you are, then acting's probably not for you.

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Lizeth L. Sep 13, 2017
Acting · In studio

Teaching the craft of acting is something Ernie has mastered. Learning from him has been a great. As a first time actress Ernie welcomed me with warmth. He understands how nervous first time actors can be but, with grace he knows how to calm those nerves down and help you reach your best acting potential. Ernie has helped me learn my acting strengths and weaknesses. His coaching and feedback is very precise. Pointing out small cues to improve your acting and guiding you on ways to better the character. His coaching pushes you to discover many sides of the scene and helps you better understand the scrip, which only makes you a better actor. Thanks to Ernie my passion for acting has only become more realistic as I pursue my career. For anyone looking for serious coaching and looking to make acting their career I would highly recommend Ernie.

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Omunique Sep 13, 2017
Acting · In studio

No matter your previous acting experience Ernie will work with you and help you understand the business of acting. Ernie is easy to talk to, he gives good criticism on ways I can improve (i.e Vocally, or my physical presence or facial expressions).He pays attention and can see what you're capable of even if you're hiding it. After every class I am more confident in my acting because I have such an amazing teacher.

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Cody M. Sep 10, 2017
Acting · In studio

Ernie is accomplished actor with years of experience and it shows. His passion for the craft as well as knowledge of the business is second to none. Ernie is able to bring his talents as an outstanding actor, and teach them to others with easy to understand direction and mentally digestible constructive feedback. During my time with Ernie I would walk away from each class with motivation and focus. With Ernie you will learn to focus on your areas of improvement as an actor, as well as how to use your strengths to help you book a role. Any opportunity to study under Ernie as an actor is an opportunity that should never be missed. Ernie himself is a star, but here is 5 more. Cheers.

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Brandon B Sep 9, 2017
Acting · Online

Ernie Grunwald is a very professional and fun acting coach to work with. He helped me understand that there is more to a scene and a monologue than what I would read. He really takes the time to help and make sure that you grow stronger in your craft. He is an overall great guy and fun to work with!

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Casandra Sep 9, 2017
Film and TV Acting · In studio

This was my first time taking an acting class and the teacher was awesome! Great advise and really fun to work with.

Max W. Sep 9, 2017
Acting · In studio

Ernie has helped me become the actor I am now. Not only has he supported me with countless useful lessons during class, his support extends beyond the classroom with methods and tips on training that will help you to improve yourself. I have never met anyone who combines humor with the professionalism of acting the way Ernie does. I will assure anyone that one would walk out a wiser, more experienced actor after his lectures. Good job, Ernie !

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