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aAron Speiser & Kay Aston present The Screen Acting Studio: 

Your home for acting classes in Los Angeles

How do actors become great? Talent is required, no doubt. But talent with the addition of training takes your natural ability to the next level. It’s what sustains a long and rich career in this industry. It gives you confidence and a consistent, specific process. It’s how you land roles. It’s how you become an artist. Discover the only studio you’ll ever need for acting classes in Los Angeles.

Learn the acting process that will sustain a life-long career in television and film.

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He has mentored some of the biggest names in the business, including Academy Award-winner Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Virginia Madsen, and Gerard Butler. His wisdom from years of work on set and in studio is unparalleled. His partner and protegé, Kay Aston, has decades of experience as an actor and acting coach both on and off set, and has helped many clients book professional work.

Whether you’re trying to break into the business or you’ve been working steadily in Hollywood for years, our screen acting classes in Los Angeles will help you advance your craft, improve your auditions, and lift your talent to the next level.

Aaron Speiser has been teaching thousands of actors for over 35 years. 

award winning work

Aaron's students have been nominees and winners for MTV Movie Awards, Golden Globes, Academy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.

Some of Aaron's award winning students include Jennifer Lopez, Virginia Madsen, Gerard Butler, LL Cool J, and Will Smith.


A few of our talented acting students.

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will smith

Virginia Madsen

LL cool j

anna diop

jada pinkett smith

Mandy Moore

Gerard Butler

Ana De La Riguera

Shawn Wayans

Nafessa Williams

Bree Turner

Francia Raisa

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Marlon wayans

Imani Hakim


Classes we offer

Our classes are structured and designed to complement the process of professional work on set. Because rehearsals on any television or film set only take place with the director present, we teach a process that does not include rehearsal. Rehearsal is based on theater. We teach you how to prepare as a screen actor, so that you know how to walk on any set, ready to work and collaborate.

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For the advanced, professional actor, by application only. This is a deep dive into script, character, human behavior, and psychology.  Actors prepare scenes from television and film scripts as if they are preparing to shoot them on set. Similar to a professional shoot, no advance rehearsal is allowed, although students may run lines. In this master class, you will learn to create a process that allows you to show up to work fully prepared.

SCene Study

Scene Study applies the techniques of screen acting to scene work. Technique is a prerequisite unless previous training is sufficient. This class is a bridge from technique to practical application. Students will learn and practice a regular process to break down scripts and scenes, work on character, and apply technique. We offer Beginning and Advanced Scene Study.


This class is foundational, teaching the vital elements of screen acting. This is the perfect class for talented actors who are still developing their skills and may not have many credits or experience but are ready to deepen their work. Specifically for screen acting, we teach all of the fundamental techniques that we apply to scene study. 

Business of acting

Offered privately or in group seminars, this class will give you the fundamental knowledge to understand the business side of acting: marketing, headshots, reels, casting directors, agents/managers, and relationships. We will practice auditioning in our Los Angeles studio and discuss the casting process.

Orientation Intensive

If you’d like to get started with The Screen Acting Studio, your first step is signing up for the Orientation Session. All new students must take this one-time private session. It may be scheduled with Aaron Speiser or Kay Aston, and will be approximately 80 minutes.


Develop and refine your acting technique with one-on-one private coaching

One-on-one private coaching, individualized to your specific needs. 

We cover acting technique, audition coaching, self-taping, and career coaching. All in a private setting. 

Begin private coaching with Kay Aston or Aaron Speiser today.

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Elevate your craft.

There’s a lot of noise out there—it can get confusing. It’s not about making “interesting choices” or making your work “pop”. It’s about learning a process that leads to truthful, powerful work— over and over again. Our acting classes in Los Angeles teach you that process.

No matter where you're starting, we can help.

Learn our unique & practical acting process specifically for screen acting.



7600 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States


+1 310-913-5516


"Aaron Speiser and Kay Aston founded the Screen Acting Studio as a training ground and an incubator specifically geared toward screen acting."

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Academy award winning work

Aaron Speiser worked with Will Smith in both pre-production and on set for the entirety of his award winning performance in King Richard.

Aaron has been working with Will for over 20 years— his performance in King Richard earned him an Oscar for Best Actor as well as a SAG Award, Critics Choice Award, and Golden Globe.