Short Term Intensive





We offer short term well-rounded acting intensive’s for actors and singers as well as ESL learning English through acting for International students.

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The Michelle Danner Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts, one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles, offers sponsorship to international students who aspire to begin, improve, or polish their acting skill set, and expand their acting resumes.

Through the M1 Visa Program international actors are able to study & work in beautiful, world famous, Santa Monica CA!

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Our short term programs are an amazing opportunity to explore the acting scene in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world.

Many current working actors attend classes which make for great networking. Our unique varied level classes, many taught by renowned acting coach and Co-Founder of the Center, Michelle Danner can be customized to your specific needs and goals. Wherever you are in your acting journey, we provide the tools to move to the next level. Michelle’s experience in the industry as an actor and coach of Oscar winning actors, gives her a unique insight into the world of acting!

See the trailer to Michelle Danner’s latest Feature Film, “Hello Herman” staring Norman Reedus form the “Walking Dead” at where our international students were featured.

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Here is a sample of the acting classes we offer:

‘Audition for Film and Television’
Open to students of all levels, this course helps actors with their audition skills.  Understand what
casting directors look for and become more comfortable in front of the camera.

‘Improvisation Workout’
Develop your creativity & learn to trust your instincts through improvised scenes & theater games.This class teaches students to take risks, overcome mental blocks, and learn to build strong, believable characters.

‘Scene Study’ for Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced
Scene Study provides the best opportunity for the committed actor to flex their acting muscles, and refine their craft on a consistent basis. Actors are taught the foundations of technique through opening emotional exercises which are used to warm up the actor’s instrument, and introduce the tools that will be applied to their scene work.
In this acting class students learn how to use all of their technique, and harness it for performance.

‘Script Analysis’
watch and analyze film scripts from Oscar nominated and Oscar winning films. We cover all genres, that include movies such as Les Miserable, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years as a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Gravity, Captain Phillips and many more. In the process, you will grow your vocabulary, learn to pick up American speaking rhythm and tonality, and learn to improvise.

Additional classes include:
‘Casting Director Workshop’
Voice intensives
‘Accent Reduction’
‘Breaking into Hollywood’

Uncensored Hollywood

Uncensored Hollywood the series follows the escapades of a big-shot Hollywood Acting coach, and the students who will do whatever it takes to become a star. Directed by Derek Reid, our improv coach, the series draws on all the diverse skills our students have learned in class. New episodes are released each Friday. Interested in learning more about the webseries, the acting school, or our other projects? Email us

Career Building

ESL (English as a Second Language) Program:
Learn English through Acting and Film
We also sponsor international students thru the m1 visa program.

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Immerse yourself in the ultimate Hollywood experience: Practice and improve your English through watching movies, and reading and analyzing film scripts form Oscar nominated and winning films such as, Les Miserable, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years as a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Gravity, Captain Phillips and many more. You will develop critical language skills including: reading, listening comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The ESL program specializes in providing its students with practical, hands-on learning. Students spend time developing vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, all while gaining practical experience that will benefit them in the entertainment industry. Through informal conversation students practice the daily conversations necessary for living in America. They learn to avoid simple mistakes, learn which words are commonly used, and pick up the rhythm and musicality of American English. By spending an entire class period working on conversational skill, our ESL class prepares its students for the rigors of living, working, and succeeding in America.

Advanced / Beginner English for Actors focuses on English language development through the art of acting. By pairing English with drama, we take learning out of the classroom and onto the stage.  You learn by acting out real world situations.

Each class fuses skill development with the practice of theatre and film performance and production.  This may include: improvisation, grammar worksheets, focused discussion, reading samples, script analysis, in-class writing, pronunciation and articulation development, and watching / commenting on works of theatre and film.

The Michelle Danner School also offers singing programs.  Classes include:
‘How to Sing Like a Pro’


Sing some of today’s biggest hits including some gems seen on the TV show ‘American Idol’.  This program culminates in a final showcase in front of a live audience.  Each student will receive an edited DVD recording of their performance as well as a demo reel with their personalized song recorded by our musical director and technician.

‘Choosing a Song That Is Right for You’
The class will cover topics such as voice control, breath control, music theory and more.

‘Learning to Perform – Bringing Your Song to Life’
Students work on the fundamentals of Acting, Improvisation, Dance and Movement. Learn hip hop moves, jazz, and/or modern dance.

‘Editing Your Song Choice’
Students learn how to record and edit music on their computer.

Our film company, All In Films ( also considers our international students for roles in our movies such as ‘Hello Herman’. View the trailer:*

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VISA sponsorship is available with OPT (Optional Practical Training), which allows you to work in the country after your studies end.  This only applies to students who participate in the 6 or 12-month program.  You will also be provided with a list of agents, and managers that represent international actors and learn how to best use them to your advantage.

2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405