INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ACTING COACH AND FILM DIRECTOR
MICHELLE DANNER TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD TEACHING HER MASTERCLASSES:
AUDITIONING FOR FILM AND TV | GOLDEN BOX | BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood film director and acting coach Michelle Danner coaches A-List Actors privately and on set including James Franco, Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Henry Cavill, Salma Hayek, Chris Martin, among many others. Her latest film “The Bandit Hound,” is a family comedy and “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), was released on to 100 million homes across the U.S. by Warner Brothers and is available in stores.
MICHELLE TEACHING IN AUSTRALIA
WORKSHOP ONE: ‘THE GOLDEN BOX’ INTENSIVE
THE GOLDEN BOX 2-DAY ACTING INTENSIVE The Golden Box 2-Day Acting Intensive is an in-depth workshop that breaks down different acting techniques and “acting tools” that artists can draw upon to form an individual toolbox, their very own Golden Box. Michelle Danner will help you to develop your Golden Box of techniques and tools that you can use when approaching a role or a scene, whether it be for film, television, or theater. These acting techniques are based on those created by Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, and Stanislavsky.Michelle Danner brings all elements of the craft together and helps actors learn how to use them, discover their creativity, and passion for the work. The class is supported by analysis and discussion from various film clips with performances by Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Dean, and many others.
WHAT ACTOR’S LEARN – The Golden Box will teach actors how to get out of their head, follow their impulses, and begin to live completely in the moment. Actors will learn to access their full range of feelings and emotions at a moment’s notice by finding their own unique emotional triggers based on their imagination and personal experiences. Actors will learn how to create vivid, fleshed out, and interesting characters through this intense and emotional workshop with lectures and technique exercises. Exercises will teach actors how to build provocative and complex backstories by opening up their instrument emotionally and finding triggers and psychological gestures in their work. This class has served as more than an acting seminar as past participants have discovered profound truths about themselves as artists.
WHO WILL BENEFIT – This technique is effective for actors of various skills. Actors around the world have found success studying with Michelle because she takes the emphasis off the dogmatic method and helps actors discover their own creativity.
THE CLASS FOCUSES ON ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Why are some choices more powerful than others?
How does one deliver a raw, unforgettable performance?
What specific tools can be applied to film, television, and stage work?
How does one develop a personal story from scratch and discover material for one woman/man show, screenplay, short film, or novel?
WORKSHOP TWO: ‘AUDITION TECHNIQUE’
Students will learn to stamp their signature on a character with unique choices. This intensive aims to create an ease of working in front of the camera and the confidence to perform and to shine in every audition. Students will participate on camera with sides from movies and TV shows from all genres of writing, ranging from drama, comedy including sitcom, romantic comedy, slapstick and dark comedy.
WORKSHOP THREE: ‘BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD’
Get ready for the business of acting in Hollywood before you get here. Includes the road map needed to embark on a career as an actor in Hollywood. Please contact Alexandra Guarnieri at (310) 392-0815 or via Skype at edgemar.center.for.the.arts.
Michelle Danner is a world-renowned acting coach, film and stage director, author, and teacher.
Michelle has taught acting for the last 24 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Jennifer Grant, Salma Hayek, Chris Martin, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Justin Chatwin, Jennifer Coolidge, Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Henry Cavill, Michelle Rodriguez and many others.
Voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She was brought in for her expert coaching on the WB show The Starlet and was featured with Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Michelle trained extensively in Paris and New York with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since it’s inception in Los Angeles for 20 years.
She is the Founding Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts and raised $1.3 million to construct the two theaters and the art gallery at the Center. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, “Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists.” She is currently serving as Artistic Director and teaches ongoing classes at the Michelle Danner Studio, housed at Edgemar.
She teaches the Golden Box workshops in South America, Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, New York, Sydney, and Australia. She has taught in several cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Istanbul, Paris, and Moscow.
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; House of Yes, Bright Ideas, Ibsen’s Ghosts the world premiere of One White Crow. She plays the part of Alexandra in the upcoming feature film “Ovation” directed by Henry Jaglom.
She created and directed the musical “A Night at the Black Cat” which is at Edgemar. Michelle also 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.
In 2006, she made her feature film directing debut How to go Out on a Date in Queens which was nominated and won four L.A. Film Awards including Best Director. It starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes and Alison Eastwood. Her production company, All in Films, has several projects in the works: You’re on the Air, The Bandit Hound II, and The Will To…
Her second film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. The film premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. It opened in June 2013 and was distributed on VOD in 100 million homes across the U.S. by Warner Brothers.
She is putting the finishing touches on her acting book, The Golden Box, which will be released this year. Her latest film, The Bandit Hound, a family comedy starring Catherine Bell, Lou Ferigno, Judd Nelson, Paul Sorvino, and Verne Troyer, was released on April 12th, 2016, and is available on VOD.
Michelle is in development for several projects and is in preproduction for a feature film – Perils of a Godsend, written by Marlon Campbell.