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Edgemar center for the Arts

In the year 2000, acting coach Michelle Danner and Larry Moss founded Edgemar Center for the Arts, a two theatre and art gallery complex. The Larry Moss Acting Studio has been housed at Edgemar since the cutting of the ribbon in 2002 and has flourished and grown into what is now The Acting Studio at Edgemar in Santa Monica, CA.

This acting school offers scene study, on-camera auditioning, improv, script analysis, voice and speech, casting director workshops, and other acting classes. Whether you’re a seasoned Hollywood pro or you’re looking for a beginner acting class, you’ll receive a top Well-Rounded Actor’s Training Intensive at the Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School.


To sign up, join us at a free informational session on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Call 310-392-0815 to register.


Michelle Danner is the founding and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts a cultural arts center in Santa Monica, CA.

She is a renowned acting coach and works with many A-List Actors privately as well as on set. These include James Franco, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown,  Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Brian McKnight, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, and Michelle Rodriguez and many others.

Michelle trained with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since its foundation in Los Angeles in 1990. She is the Founding Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts and raised $1.3 million for the construction of the Center’s two theatres and the art gallery. She is currently serving as Artistic Director, and continues to teach classes at the Michelle Danner Los Angeles acting Studio, housed at Edgemar. She teaches internationally in Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, and New York. This year she will be teaching in Sydney, Australia and Capetown.

She was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She has directed the multi media event Scene Bites and was the acting coach expert on comedy on the WB show The Starlet and was featured coaching Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.



Michelle has directed and acted in over thirty plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her favorite acting credits include Tennessee William’s The Rose Tattoo, which garnered LA Weekly critic’s pick and five Dramalogue awards including best actress.

At the Edgemar Center for the Arts she has pioneered new works include producing The Night of the Black Cat, a world premiere and winner of the 2005 Best Musical of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. She directed the world premiere of Mental the Musical, winner of several 17th Annual Ticket Holder awards for acting and musical score. She wrote and directed the world premiere of You’re on the Air, an improv based comedy which is under development to become a movie. She directed the West Coast premiere of Hello Herman by John Buffalo Mailer. She co-directed Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion starring Anne Archer. This year she starred in a modern adaptation of Henrik Iben’s Ghosts. Last year she was awarded the Rainbow Award by Los Angeles Women in Theatre.

Michelle produced and acted in the award-winning short film Dos Corazones, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and went on to win Best Cinematography & Audience Favorite at the Malibu Film Festival. She made her feature film-directing debut How to go Out on a Date in Queens which was nominated and won four LA Film Awards including Best Director. It starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes, and Alison Eastwood. It was theatrically released and it aired nationwide on the Sunday Night Movie of the Week on Memorial Day weekend.

Her production company, All in Films, recently completed production on her latest directorial effort, “The Bandit Hound”, about a lovable dog  who starts stealing cash to help his adopted family, and unwittingly sets them on a collision course with his dangerous ex-partner. “The Bandit Hound” is set to release during the 2016 Holiday season. Her feature film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience. The film had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival and opened nationwide in 100 million homes across the U.S.

She has two books coming out in 2018, The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box.

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