Description of classes
Classes are small and very individualized in order to inspire creativity, risk-taking, and personal growth in the actor. Studio teaching focuses on two areas: (1) troubleshooting the particular blocks that are holding an actor back from reaching his or her full potential; and (2) providing a solid foundation and training in the Meisner Technique, if needed. Studio instructors find out what's in your way, holding you back, and/or keeping you from optimal freedom in your work, and then help you break through it.
Everyone works, every class! This is vital because actors only grow when they participate, take risks, and succeed or fail in a safe environment. You can't learn to act by sitting in a chair. Class exercises focus on the actor's instrument: the body and the emotions. That 'instrument' is what an actor ‘plays’ while performing. Just as a musician needs to keep his instrument in tune for optimal performance, the actor needs real physical and emotional freedom for the purest expression of their talent.
Bonus Classes - In addition to working on different exercises to fine-tune their instrument, students also work on scenes and improvisations. Advanced students work on cold reading, showcase scenes, and are encouraged to produce their own shows in the Studio's two theatre spaces.
Productions – Our motto is “At The Actors Workout Studio you don’t come here to study, you come here to work”. Not only are we an acting school, but we have two theatre/performance spaces. Our members regularly produce productions for showcasing, networking, and growing their craft.
Our Philosophy - Working with Fran Montano and other Studio teachers is ultimately about searching for the truth; finding your truth in your character's truth, which involves developing your emotional instincts and sense of self, as well as your imagination. Expressing your truth, whatever it may be, both in performance and in life, is the fullest expression of being present in the moment.
Adults 18+ Children No
Operating out of the same space for over 30 years, the Actors Workout Studio offers a safe and challenging work environment for actors of all levels. The studio is dedicated to training and preparing actors for professional work in the film and television industry.
Owner and Artistic Director Fran Montano runs one of the longest running small theatres and acting schools in Los Angeles, which has received more than 20 production and theatre awards. He founded the Actors Workout Studio to be an intimate and inspirational creative community, where both aspiring and working actors can explore and discover new tools and resources to expand and accelerate their artistic journeys.
Fran’s small, intimate classes allow for individualized and personal teaching. His teaching style is based on the famed Meisner Technique, as taught by the late Edward Kaye-Martin. Students receive the intensity and attention of a private acting coach in a group setting, and gain feedback from Fran to enhance their strengths and transcend their limitations. His reputation lies in finding and breaking actors’ blocks to discover the vein of gold that brings their work to life. Fran's background in acting, producing, and theatre makes him an ideal resource for actors in Los Angeles to find their own way toward authenticity and success in their craft and careers.