Online Acting Coaching

Work on your craft from the comfort of your own home. For three decades, our artistic director, Jeff Alan-Lee, has worked with many of the most promising young actors in honing their craft.

We offer virtual private coaching sessions for auditions, monologues, script analysis or overall technique. Our instructors work with the students on breaking down a script, making strong choices, and feeling confident when going into the audition room!

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We are available to do virtual private coaching sessions throughout the week, and weekends as well. Please e-mail to schedule a time.


Please contact the office at (818) 763-1208, or email, for all questions regarding rates, registration, and scheduling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What separates our studio from others?

We believe that every student has unique strengths and needs as a performer. Our skill is identifying what makes the student stand out, and helping them gain the confidence to really own that. Our training is not focused on one specific approach, but utilizing what technique will be most effective for the individual actor’s specific needs.

What are some of your studio's accomplishments?

Many of our students have done extremely well in film, television, theater, as well as getting into some of the top universities including NYU, Carnegie Mellon, USC, UCLA, Boston University, amongst many others. Several of our alumni have commented on how similar our training is to what they’re learning in college!

How does virtual private coaching work?

We use the Zoom videoconferencing app for our sessions. It is extremely easy to use- we send the parent/student a link to click on, and then they’re in the session!

Former students include

  • Troy Leigh Anne Johnson– co-star of Netflix “On My Block”, starred in LA Times Critics Choice “Ripe Frenzy”
  • Diego Josef– series regular “Goliath”, co-star “Ballad of Lefty Brown” with Bill Pullman
  • Gus Kamp– series regular on Hulu series “All Night”, Disney’s “Best Friends Whenever”
  • Olivia Rodrigo– star of Disney Plus- “High School Musical”, and “Bizawdvark”
  • Jackson Eick– sophomore at Carnegie Mellon
  • Johanna Stone– junior at New York University
  • Mia Cusianovic– freshman at New York University

About Jeff Alan-Lee, Acting Coach

Jeff Alan-Lee is the Artistic Director of The Young Actor’s Studio, and a top acting coach Los Angeles. He has taught and directed young people for over 20 years, both in New York and Los Angeles. Jeff was a former child actor himself and began acting with his own television series at age 9. He was Andrew McCarthy’s co-star in Warner’s feature, The Beniker Gang, featured in Whispers In The Dark, co-starred with Andrea McArdle in the Broadway tour of Snoopy and in Huck Finn (directed by Broadway legend Joshua Logan). Television includes guest-star roles on As The World Turns, The Street (Universal TV), Could it Be a Miracle and many others. Other leading roles in professional regional theatres include: Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lion In Winter, Orphans King Lear, and Losing It (Directed by Home Improvement’s Andy Cadiff), and most recently critical acclaim for the lead role in The Zoo Story with Mark Taper Foundation and Deaf West. Jeff has a BFA from New York University and has taught and directed at private schools, public schools, youth shelters as well as teaching and directing children and teens at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institutes in New York and Los Angeles. Some of his students include Shia LaBeouf and Scarlett Johansson among many other great actors.

Andrew Shafer received his B.A. (cum laude) from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television (playwrighting emphasis). Recent writing credits include: Weak/Side/Help (Guignol Theater- Lexington, Kentucky), Colossus of Rhodes (Tri-State Actor’s Theater- New Jersey), Touch of Genius (Senior Theater- Washington D.C.), Checkpoint in the Safe Zone (development with Moving Arts, and Athena Theater), Electra (Theater/Theatre- Hollywood), Wonderland (The NoHo Actor’s Studio), and a staged reading with Father Greg Boyle of Homebody Industries (Ojai Playwrights Conference); screenwriting credit- Hollywood Desertion (developed with Breakout Entertainment, Boulevard Industries), This Shining City (in development with Triangle Road Productions). Other credits include directing Ryan Scott Oliver’s Making Beautiful (Powerhouse Theater- LA Times “Recommended”), and producing “Portrait of the Architect in Ruins” (The New LATC), Eugene Ionesco’s “Exit the King” (The NoHo Actor’s Studio), and “Detective/Partner/Hero/Villain” (A Theatre Connection). He has been a producer of new works development at The BLANK Theater (Hollywood, California), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Andrew has previously served as Board Chairperson of the Echo Theater Company, as well as Director of New Programs. In this role, he has produced the National Young Playwrights in Residence program, and Echo Young Playwrights. He is currently Producing Director of The Young Actor’s Studio.