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Actor, Teacher, Director, Mentor, Coach. Aaron Speiser’s inimitable approach to screen acting has led him to work with some of the most acclaimed actors, directors, and producers in the industry over the past 40 years. His vast experience and depth of knowledge set him apart as one of the few master teachers in the world, specifically targeting acting for the camera. 

At his acting studio in Los Angeles, students can expect a hands-on experience through one-on-one coaching and group classes. Here, together with his partner Kay Aston, Aaron shares his unique and practical acting technique, specifically designed for actors looking to learn and improve their screen acting.

The man behind the technique.

Aaron's Work

Coach to Will Smith for the last two decades, Aaron Speiser’s most recent work includes Smith’s Academy Award-winning performance in “KING RICHARD.” Notably, his coaching and expertise also secured Academy Award nominations for Smith’s performance in “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS” and Virginia Madsens’ performance in “SIDEWAYS.”

His first acting studio nurtured the talent of Jennifer Lopez, where she landed her breakthrough role in “SELENA.” Aaron and Jennifer have continued to collaborate for over 30 years, most recently in Lopez’s roles in “HUSTLERS”, "MARRY ME," "THE MOTHER," and "ATLAS." 

His on-set work began while coaching Shawn and Marlon Wayans on THE WAYANS BROS. SHOW, which reached syndication after a successful 5-year run. 

Aaron Speiser’s comprehensive and effective technique has been instrumental in helping thousands of actors’ lives and professional development.

Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Virginia Madsen, Gerard Butler, LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mandy Moore, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brooke Shields, Jeff Foxworthy, Anna Diop, Francia Raisa, Bree Turner, Ashley Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., and many more. 

Splitting his time between his acting studio and on-set work, Aaron’s credits in both film and television have led him to work with the likes of:

Antoine Fuqua, Michael Mann, F. Gary Gray, Barry Sonnenfeld, Adam Shankman, Tim & Trevor White, Wayne Wang, and Peter Berg – to name a few. 

His expertise in the business of acting and film has also led him to collaborate with renowned directors and producers such as:

After starting his professional career in New York, Aaron Speiser went on to earn an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University in Boston. After graduation, he studied with Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, and his mentor Kenneth McMillan at HB Studio in New York. Aaron worked as a professional actor and director on numerous stages and TV/Film productions. 

As a DGA director, he has directed episodic comedy and his feature film, "TALKING ABOUT SEX," won Best Film Award at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

I, Robot  (onset) 
The Pursuit of Happyness (onset) - Nominated Academy Award, Best Actor
I Am Legend (onset)
Hancock (onset)
Seven Pounds (onset)
Men in Black 3 (onset)
After Earth (onset) 
Suicide Squad (onset)
Collateral Beauty (onset)
Bright (onset)
Gemini Man (onset)
Bad Boys for Life (onset)
King Richard (onset) - Won Academy Award, Best Actor
Emancipation  (onset)

Aaron's Credits

Will Smith


Virginia Madsen 

Sideways - Nominated Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress 
A Prairie Home Companion 
The Astronaut Farmer 
The Number 26 (onset)
The Haunting in Connecticut 
The Magic of Bell Isle 

Jennifer Lopez

Law Abiding Citizen (onset)
The Ugly Truth 
The Bounty Hunter 
Machine Gun Preacher (onset)
Chasing Mavericks (onset)
Olympus Has Fallen (onset)
Gods of Egypt 
Don of Thieves 
Hunter Killer (onset)

Gerard Butler 

South Central 
Hotel Malibu
My Family
Money Train
Blood & Wine 
U Turn
Out of Sight
The Cell
The Wedding Planner 
Angel Eyes
Monster in Law
El Cantante (onset) 
The Back Up Plan (onset)
Parker (onset)
The Boy Next Door (onset)
Lila & Eve (onset)
Shades of Blue 
Hustlers (onset)
Marry Me (onset)
Shotgun Wedding 
The Mother
Atlas (onset)

O'Shea Jackson Jr. 

Straight Out of Compton 

Anna Diop

Nanny - Won Sundace Grand Jury Prize 
24 Legacy

Chiké Okonkwo

La Brea

Shawn & Marlon Wayans 

The Wayans Bros - coached 100 episodes (onset), directed 2 episodes 
White Chicks 

Shawn Wayans 

New Blood (onset)

Jada Pinkett Smith

Hawthorne - 20 episodes 

LL Cool J

Halloween H2O (onset)
Deep Blue Sea (onset)
In Too Deep (onset)
Any Given Sunday (onset)
Charlie’s Angels (onset)
Kingdom Come (onset)
Rollerball (onset)
Deliver us from Eve (onset)
S.W.A.T (onset)
Mindhunters (onset)
Edison (onset)
Slow Burn (onset)
House (onset)
Last Holiday (onset)
The Man (onset)
The Deal 
NCIS L.A. - 20 episodes 

Francia Raisa 

How I Met Your Father

Bree Turner 


Jonah Warton 


Ana de la Riguera 

Cowboys & Aliens

Hrithik Roshan

Kites (onset)

Donny Osmond 

Daddio (onset)


F. Gary Gray

Law Abiding Citizen (onset)
The Italian Job (onset)
Straight Outta Compton (onset)
Enemies (onset)
Be Cool (onset)

Michael Mann

Public Enemies 

Tim & Trevor White

King Richard (onset)
Jamesy Boy 

Joel Silver

The Losers

And too many more...

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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.