Welcome To The Beverly Hills Playhouse

The Beverly Hills Playhouse has for over thirty-five years offered ongoing intensive scene-study acting classes in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and New York 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 Career Administration.

  • The uniqueness the BHP approach lies in its three-pronged attack on Acting, Attitude and career Administration, so as to create a true professional who can handle not only...
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  • For new actors who are looking for an acting school, the Beverly Hills Playhouse would be happy to welcome you with open arms. We have two Orientation level scene study acting classes that cater to
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • The teachers at the BHP have several qualities in common: they were all personally trained by founder Milton Katselas, they all have a minimum of 10 years of BHP experience and as many as 30 years...
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  • Get answers to your questions: Why are acting classes twice a week? How often do you get to work in class? Will I be doing a lot of exercises? Can I audit classes? Who assigns
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Beverly Hills Playhouse 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.

  • I was at the BHP for five years altogether. In any other profession, you practice what you’re doing. You can’t just say, “I’m an actor,” and just do it. You need to...
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  • What I loved about working with Milton was, he kind of prepared actors so that you’re a little director-proof in a way because you learn to be...
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  • I had teachers at the BHP that really started getting me to loosen up in my emotional side, and definitely later in Lost, as my character started getting...
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  • I was looking for the best. I was looking for a space where I could play with other excellent actors and filmmakers and theatre artists. I was looking to...
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  • I really liked that they focus on acting, attitude, and administration, and I’d never found an acting class that really addressed the business.
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  • So, I’m a different person now after seven years. I’m not the same person I was when I started, even biologically. A lot of that’s because of the Playhouse, so I...
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  • I was acting, but I didn't love it. And I knew I wanted to love it. So I came back to the Beverly Hills Playhouse and it has changed my life. It Is the most...
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  • You have got to learn how keep yourself hungry, uncomfortable, inspired, excited, and that’s what the Playhouse provides. I think that what...
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Acting Classes New York

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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

646 200-5790

Classes are Tuesday's from 6:30-10:30pm. 

Neal Matarazzo is a Film, Television and Stage Actor as well as an in demand acting teacher and coach.  He attended and graduated with a BFA in Acting from one of the top programs in the nation, Ithaca College.  He then moved to NYC and auditioned and was selected to study with legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen.

Just six months after arriving in NYC, he landed his first commercial. It not only got him his SAG card, but it put him on his first professional film set. He was hooked. Since then he has appeared over 100 commercials as an actor or as a voice-over artist.

While working in off-off Broadway theatre productions, he landed work in some Daytime Dramas, which further piqued his interest in working with the camera.  He moved to Los Angeles and immediately started studying with renowned acting teacher Milton Katselas.  It was here, during a decade at the BHP that his career started to take off.


By learning and applying Milton’s techniques on Acting, Attitude and Administration he landed his first studio film “Free Willy 2” and Stephen Bochco’s new series “Brooklyn South” and has continued to work ever since. 

Some of his TV work includes Guest Starring roles on “The Blacklist”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order: SVU, “White Collar”, “24”, “Damages” and the recently completed pilot “Blanco” for 20th Century Fox.  Films include “Coming Up Roses” opposite Bernadette Peters, “Domino”,  “The Clique”, “Murder By Numbers”, and “Desperate Measures”.

He has worked with directors Tony Scott, Barbet Schroeder, Robert Zemeckis, Jeannot Szwarc, Michael Zinberg, Paris Barclay and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to name a few.

He and his wife Pam have three children and they live in the same small town they grew up in just outside of NYC in Northern New Jersey.

The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School's Acting Classes NYC are held at The Roebuck Theater @ the Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, Between 8th & 9th Avenues, 4th Floor, Suite #402, New York, New York 10036.  Phone: (646) 200-5790

 

  • "Acting Class: Take A Seat" +

    Acting Class is the book that helped change the careers of George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Kate Hudson and
  • BHP Connect +

    This is an exclusive networking community for the students of the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
  • Acting Scenes Database +

    A database of over 700 acting scenes. Please contribute your scenes!
  • Casting Director Workshops +

    Ongoing Casting Director Workshops specifically for current BHP students.
  • Admin Groups +

    Support groups comprised of fellow acting class students who gather once a week to encourage each other’s career administration.
  • The Checklist +

    Tools any actor can use to help approach their work on a scene
  • Rehearsal Space +

    Inexpensive rehearsal space can be booked and paid for online, 24 hours a day.
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  • If you study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and read Milton Katselas' book, you will know exactly what to do to be the greatest actor you could ever hope to be, and achieve everything you ever wanted. -- Larry Miller
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