Lee Cohn

Lee C.

West Hollywood, CA
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Shakespearean Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My students will learn simple, useful writing tools and tips that will quickly raise their game! Focus on navigating the verse and making dynamic acting choices.
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Lee delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+

Teaching since:
September 1986

For over 20 years, Lee has been a renowned acting coach, writer and director. He has taught at numerous institutions including NYU, The Atlantic Theater Co. Acting School, New World School of the Arts in Miami and the Relativity School of Film Media & the Performing Arts. Lee also taught filmmaking, directing, screenwriting, and film history at the L.A. Film School.

Lee is the co-author of A Practical Handbook For The Actor, the best-selling textbook (300,000 copies) that has been translated into Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. He has written plays, films and TV. Lee was also Playwright-in-Residence at Cal State Northridge in the Veterans Theatre Project for which he has received two grants. He is a graduate of the Warner Bros. Comedy Writers Workshop. As an actor, he has worked in film, TV and theatre. BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (Screenwriting) from the U of California, Riverside.

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Master Acting Teacher
Sep 1990 - Present
Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School

Taught Acting: Script analysis, scene study, styles, on-camera, comedy, etc.

Visiting Professor
Sep 1990 - Present
New World School of the Arts

• Teach text analysis, scene study and technique at high school and college levels
• Consult with Dean Patrice Bailey setting curricula for high school and college levels
• Teach Master Classes for College Senior Students
• Lecture on career development for the actor
Directed Mainstage student productions

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Jun 2013 - Dec 2014
Relativity School of Film, Media & the Performing Arts

• Teach scene study & acting for the camera to adult and teen students
• Teach script analysis and Acting 101 to college students
• Lecture on the fundamentals of filmmaking
• Direct/mentor various film projects
• Taught acting workshops for NBA and NFL athletes including Iman Shumpert, Corey Brewer, Larry Saunders, others

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Industry Specialist/Instructor
Aug 2011 - Nov 2014

Instructor: Film Theory
• Taught labs for: basic camera & cinematography, fundamentals of storytelling & narrative filmmaking, shooting coverage & scene prep
• Taught staging for the camera, shooting coverage, effective communication with actors, script breakdown and analysis
Instructor: Screenwriting I & II
Lecturer: Film and Society/Aesthetic of Culture
• Lecture on Comedy and Satire as Vehicles for Social Commentary in Cinema
• Lecture on adapting true stories into narrative cinema
• Lecture on The War Film as Social Barometer
• Lecture on The Detective Archetype in Cinema: The Troubled Hero
• Lecture on American Mythology in Western Cinema
• Lecture on various counter-culture topics: “Beats, Hippies & Punks”, “The Art of Protest”, “Obscenity and the Artist”
Guest Instructor: Directing and Cinematography I, II, III
• Supervise student projects as faculty director
• Assist with staging, shot selection & directing actors
• Advise and mentor student scripts
Instructor: English Composition & Creative Writing
• Teach writing fundamentals: syntax, sentence structure
• Teach various literary forms including: formal business writing, short story, poetry, narrative, and satire

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Associate Professor
Sep 1990 - Aug 2002

• Taught beginner-level scene study, script analysis and technique
• Award-winning faculty member; class sold out for over 10 straight years


Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts
Aug 2009 - Dec 2011
University of California, RIverside
BFA Drama
Sep 1981 - Jun 1983
Aug 1980 - Sep 1981
The Drama Studio, London

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