The Beverly Hills Playhouse has offered acting classes at its flagship location in Beverly Hills since 1978. In the 1940s, the building was home to the Bliss-Hayden Theatre where many extraordinary actors of the time performed, including Marilyn Monroe. The school continues that tradition, and has cultivated actors for over three decades. Alumni include George Clooney, Michele Pfeiffer, Jim Carrey, and many more .
The two-story Beverly Hills headquarters houses our Mainstage Theatre and black box Research Space where we hold Advanced, Intermediate and Orientation scene study acting classes. The classes are taught by Allen Barton, Art Cohan, Howie Deutch, Michael Petted, Melissa Hayden and Mark Gantt, Michael Yavnieli, who have all studied at the BHP for ten to thirty years. Other industry professionals are regularly brought in as guest teachers, including casting directors, agents, publicists, and filmmakers who offer perspective and enhance the careers of BHP students. The BHP is well known for Milton Katselas’ unique approach, which addresses Acting, Attitude, and Administration . For more information about the BHP acting classes, check out our home page and read our FAQ.
The Playhouse is located in a laid back corner of Beverly Hills, blocks away from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences library. The school is open for classes and student rehearsals from 8 AM to midnight every day. When acting classes are not in session, you will find students reading and working on scenes at Champs Elysees Café or at Anny’s Snack Joint. BHP students form “Acting Administration” groups to support each other in their daily career building actions. These groups often meet at the BHP Reading Room and Art Gallery, a private WiFi lounge featuring student art and photography. After classes end, students can often be found at the 3rd Stop Restaurant relaxing and discussing class or current events in the industry. One of the cornerstones of the BHP is a strong, supportive community of actors, both in person and online via our private internal social network, BHP Connect.
The Beverly Hills Playhouse has offered acting classes in Los Angeles at the Skylight Theatre complex for over 30 years. The curriculum at the LA location mirrors our Beverly Hills location, with scene study classes at all levels - Advanced, Intermediate, and Orientation. These classes are taught by professionals who have studied at the Playhouse for up to three decades - Allen Barton, Art Cohan, Michael Petted, Alex Mann, and Leila Vatan.
The BHP is well known for Milton Katselas’ unique approach, which addresses Acting, Attitude, and Administration. Alumni of the school include George Clooney, Michele Pfeiffer, Jim Carrey, and many more. To learn more about the BHP acting classes, check out our home page and read our FAQ.
The Skylight Theatre complex is located in the center of Los Feliz Village, an artistic neighborhood with a cool vibe, and an eclectic mix of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Adjacent to the theatre on Vermont is the Skylight Bookstore, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in Los Angeles. The Skylight Bookstore regularly hosts signings and other events, and boasts an extensive selection of plays and books on the study of acting. Neighboring the bookstore is an independent movie theatre showing bargain screenings of the latest films.
BHP students form “Acting Administration” groups to support each other in their daily career building actions. These groups often meet before class at local restaurants like Fred 62 and Palermo’s. Other students can be found reading and working on scenes at Juicy Burger, Figaro Bistro, and House of Pies, or just hanging out in the green room or breezeway of the Skylight Theatre.
After class, students can often be found hanging out in the back room at The Dresden, discussing the scenes and critiques from class. One of the cornerstones of the BHP is a strong, supportive community of actors, both in person and online via our internal social network, BHP Connect.
The Skylight Theatre Complex is also home to the Skylight Theatre Company. The STC’s mission is to develop and produce new works, introduce plays new to Los Angeles, and educate and nurture the artists who create them. The STC produces more than ten new plays each season.
The Beverly Hills Playhouse is proud to call the Los Feliz Village home to our acting classes in Los Angeles. The area is a three block oasis where our students can get away from the daily grind to focus on the study of the craft of acting, and the development of their careers.
One of the best acting classes in Los Angeles expanded north In September 2009, when the Beverly Hills Playhouse opened the BHP San Francisco Acting School, under the leadership of longtime industry and BHP veteran, Robert Zimmerman. Since then, Robert has led the charge each Monday and Wednesday night in the clean theatre at 414 Mason Street, #502, San Francisco, CA 94102. The class now regularly numbers over 20 students who have developed an uncommon camaraderie and enthusiasm for their studies. The BHP San Francisco Acting School has close administrative and emotional ties to the famed Los Angeles acting classes, and is currently one of the hottest acting programs in San Francisco.
Robert Zimmerman started working professionally at age eleven at The Sharon Playhouse. The next several years included training with Jack O'Brien (Old Globe Theater) and Tony Richardson (British National Theater) and some 60 stage productions from Connecticut to San Diego.
After taking a break to do a some globe trotting, Robert arrived in LA to begin learning about Film and TV. He has appeared in Twin Peaks, The Larry Sanders Show, Port Charles and starred in the BBC made for TV movie, Murder, Too. Other film credits include the controversial Don's Plum with Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire and Working Trash with Ben Stiller. Rob also worked onstage at The Matrix Theater in the all star cast of The Tavern and received very strong reviews for his performance as the lead in Prelude to a Kiss.
Robert first came to the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1991 and, in the words of one his teachers, 'found [his] home.' Over the next decade plus, he dedicated himself not only to his studies, but to the other students' growth, as well. He is fascinated with the process of actors discovering what elements of the teaching work best for them. Working in as many as seven classes per week, Robert has helped guide literally hundreds of students to the rewards offered by Milton Katselas' technique and vision of 'a room full of stars.'
Acting Classes in San Francisco are held at 414 Mason Street, #502, San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel: (415) 449-1919
Admission to the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School is by interview only (no audition required). Interviews are held several times each week and take 45 minutes to an hour. Please click the "Schedule an Interview" tab or call us to schedule yours!
New Interviews are scheduled between 10am to 2pm Monday - Thursday.
Phone Numbers for New Student Enrollment:
Main Business Office:
Allen Barton, Executive Director:
Art Cohan, Director of Student Affairs:
Gary Grossman, Producing Director:
The Beverly Hills Playhouse expanded its universe to the Big Apple in September of 2008. BHP New York acting school mirrors the Los Angeles acting classes in both the operation and method of teaching. Students studying at the BHP in Los Angeles who get a job in New York would be able to sign up for the New York acting class and his/her training and school environment will be consistent. The same will be true for students studying in New York and traveling to LA. The NYC Acting School takes place on Tuesday nights and classes are taught by Neal Matarazzo.
Acting Classes New York
The Roebuck Theatre @ the Times Square Arts Center
300 West 43rd Street
Between 8th & 9th Avenues
4th Floor, Suite #402
New York, New York 10036
Classes are Tuesday's from 6:30-10:30pm.