Acting Teachers

The acting teachers at the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School have several qualities in common: they were all personally trained by founder Milton Katselas, they all have a minimum of 10 years experience at the BHP (and some have up to 30 years), and they all work professionally in the industry as actors, directors, producers and/or writers. We don't hire teachers from outside our own system, and this ensures a consistency of approach and style across the entire staff. The Beverly Hills Playhouse holds acting classes in Beverly HillsSan Francisco, and New York.

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Allen Barton has been a part of the BHP community since 1990. He is a Los Angeles-based playwright/author, director, teacher and classical pianist. As a playwright, his debut feature play ENGAGEMENT ran at the BHP in 2010, and in San Francisco in 2014. His 2013 play, YEARS TO THE DAY,  was named one of LA Weekly's 10-best plays, garnering huge critical acclaim, comparisons to Mamet and Shaw, as well as multiple nominations for acting and writing during its 2013 run in Los Angeles. YEARS TO THE DAY has since been performed in ten cities across three continents.  His 2015 play, DISCONNECTION, was hailed by critics and had two successful Los Angeles runs. His newest play, CIRCLING, is slated to premiere in the 2018-19 season. 

Art Cohan is an accomplished award-winning actor and director who has worked extensively for over 30 years in New York and Los Angeles in theater, film and television. Some of his film and television credits are available on IMDB. Art first started his studies with Milton Katselas in 1987 in a workshop in New York and has been attending classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse since 1992, where he is currently Director of Student Affairs.

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Born and raised in New York, Howard Deutch attended Ohio State University and began his career in the entertainment industry at United Artists, becoming director of advertising and was responsible for all marketing. Eventually he formed his own firm, KMD, which specialized in trailers and created the campaigns for a host of iconic films including APOCALYSE NOW, ROCKY, ANNIE HALL, and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.

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Actor, musician, writer, and producer, Michael Petted studied with Milton Katselas in his master class for many years. He was directed by Milton in the play Tea and Sympathy, which he considers one of his most formative artistic experiences.

Melissa Hayden was nominated twice for an Emmy Award and won for her role in Guiding Light. In addition, she has won both the Soap Opera Digest Award and Young Artist Award. Melissa has been a series regular on: Almost Grown, TV 101, and Kids for Kids. She guest starred on Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Love American Style. Melissa appeared in the Movies of the Week: Silence of the Heart, Not My Kid, and Tattletales. She was in John Huston's Annie, Herb Ross' Pennies From Heaven, and on the cutting room floor of David Seltzer's Punchline.

Michael Yavnieli

Michael received a BA in acting from Florida State University in 1995, and began his study at the BHP in May of the following year. He has appeared in over 30 television shows and films over the course of his acting career, having been fortunate enough to work with Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Garner, Christian Slater, Virginia Madsen, Cynthia Nixon, John Leguizamo, and Doris Roberts among many others.

Rick Podell has spent his career in all areas of the business - actor, writer, producer, director, and teacher at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. Rick's theatre career began by being hired by Andrew Lloyd Webber to be the original narrator in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.








Peter Allas (Teach) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and then in New York City, where he acquired his love of the theatre. Mr. Allas began formal studies at Boston University School of Fine Arts Program and received his degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He burst onto the New York Theatre scene in the 1984 revival of William Mastrosimone’s “The Woolgatherer” as “Cliff at the Phoenix Theatre.

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 nation, Ithaca College.  He then moved to NYC and auditioned and was selected to study with legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen.


Scene Lab

At the Advanced level, teachers Allen Barton and Art Cohan conduct a Scene Lab every Tuesday morning from...


Audition Class

The BHP now offers a class to all its current studentsfocused solely on the art of auditioning.  students have the...


Scene Study

The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School strives to train each actor in real-person-real-place, behavior-oriented, moment-to-moment...

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