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BHP Alumni Directory


Acting Classes in Los Angeles, San Francisco & NYC

actors_before_classes_bhplayhouseThe Beverly Hills Playhouse has for over thirty years offered ongoing intensive scene-study acting classes for both the professional actor and those who are looking to develop themselves into professional actors. The BHP is well known for Milton Katselas' unique approach, which addresses Acting, Attitude, and Administration.  

BHP Acting Approach

The uniqueness and universality of Katselas' teaching comes from this three-pronged attack, which not only addresses the craft of acting, but also the proper attitude with which the actor should pursue his or her work, as well as the proper viewpoint towards career administration.  READ MORE


Why Study Acting? 

The idea exists out there that acting training is a waste of time. Or that it's something you might do to "tune up for pilot season." Or that training is less important than meeting people – casting directors, agents, producers, Hollywood parties, screenings, going to Sundance – the myth is strong that success is based primarily in such networking activity.  READ MORE

Acting Classes

The main focus of the Beverly Hills Playhouse is on-going scene study acting class. These meet twice per week with an emphasis on acting scene work and the occasional exercise. In addition to these acting classes, we offer Audition Classes exclusively to our students, as well as classes for Young Actors (ages 7-18).  READ MORE

Administration Groups

What are you doing to get your career moving right now? Do you need an agent? Is there a particular director you want to work with? How are your headshots? The Admin Groups at the BHP deal with these and other issues regarding your career and the business. The actors in each group help each other and hold each other accountable. The process results in confident, working actors.  READ MORE


Acting Teachers

The teachers at the Beverly Hills Playhouse have several qualities in common: they were all hand-picked by founder Milton Katselas to teach the unique BHP approach, they have studied (and continue to do so) at the BHP between 10 and 30 years, and they are all currently working professionals in the industry as actors, directors, producers and/or writers.  READ MORE

BHP Alumni

The quality of actors, directors, writers and producers who have studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse is second to none. They took what they learned about acting, story-telling, and professionalism and have been successful at applying it in the entertainment industry. A partial list of alumni includes: George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Jorge Garcia, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Hudson.  READ MORE


Milton Katselas

Founder of The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School, Milton's career as a director began in the 1960s with the original off-Broadway production of Edward Albee's 'The Zoo Story'. He studied with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner at the Actors Studio. In 1978 he founded the Beverly Hills Playhouse, which has become one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles.  READ MORE

Acting School Locations

The BHP has four locations: The Beverly Hills and Los Feliz - Los Angeles Acting School, New York Acting School, and San Francisco Acting School.   The two sites in the Los Angeles area each houses two theaters: a main-stage and a black box. The theaters have all been recently renovated with new seats, lights, and sound equipment.  READ MORE

The Acting Class Book

Dreams Into Action


Michelle Pfeifer, James Cromwell, Doris Roberts, Beth Grant, Jorge Garcia, Autumn Reeser, Joel Schumacher, Bryan Callen, Justina Machado, and others talk about studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.


Allen's Acting Blog

Peer to Peer

I've emphasized in plenty of entries here how important I think it is that actors follow up on all professional interact ...

BHP Upcoming Events


04--19-2014 9:30am - 1:00pm
SCENE STUDY (ADV) Howard Deutch


04--19-2014 12:00pm - 3:00pm


04--21-2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
SCENE STUDY (INT) - With Art Cohan and Gary Grossman


04--21-2014 7:00pm - 11:00pm
SCENE STUDY (ORI) Art Cohan and Michael Petted


04--21-2014 7:00pm - 11:00pm
SCENE STUDY (ADV) - Allen Barton and Art Cohan

BHP Testimonials

Over the years, I filled over a  dozen notebooks with insights on the art of acting, directing and ethics.... He was my teacher, I am proud to say.

-Gene Reynolds Executive Producer, Director of Mash, Lou Grant
past President of the Directors Guild Of America

Acting Scenes Database Featured Scene

Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
Title: Ally McBeal
Synopsis: Ally and a woman in the supermarket have a humorous argument about who deserves the Pringles.