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. 

at the Drama School in Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai

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. 


  • 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?

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Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai


This intensive will give filmmakers, actors, and producers hands on experience on directing a feature film from scratch. The workshop will cover all creative and technical demands of telling a story.

Students will be picked to be directors and others will be actors and through working on scenes they will have a conversation focusing on themes, style, composition, camera size, movement, and acting performances.
Michelle will demonstrate a hands on approach on giving actors notes to achieve powerful performances on set.

Please contact Alexandra Guarnieri at (310) 392-0815 or via Skype at

Check Film Director & Los Angeles acting coach Michelle Danner’s future producing & directing projects. *Visit her film production company “All In Films.”

Below are the recent films she has produced and directed.

Hello Herman Trailer:

CLICK HERE to see THE TRAILER “The Bandit Hound”


Through her production company, All in Films, Michelle has produced and directed films that have featured stars such as Norman Reedus, Lou Ferrigno, Judd Nelson, Jason Alexander, and Catherine Bell.  All in Films, LLC, is an American independent movie production company founded by director, producer and award-winning acting coach Michelle Danner. It is a full-service film & entertainment studio based in Santa Monica, California, with a mission to craft quality content across all media.

Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai


A lovable dog named Bandit is trained to pull off bank robberies, but after a heist gone wrong he’s rescued by a single mom and her son. Shen he starts stealing cash to help his new family, Bandit sets them on a collision course with his ex-partners.

Starring CATHERINE BELL ( JAG, Bruce Almighty, Army Wives), LOU FERIGNO (The Incredible Hulk), JOE FLANIGAN (Stargate: Atlantis, 6 Bullets,The Other Sister), PAUL SORVINO (Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet, Repo! The Genetic Opera), BLUE GREENE (The Bandit Hound, Kids in the House TV), NICHOLAS ALEXANDER (The Bandit Hound, Uncensored Hollywood), JUDD NELSON (The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Suddenly Susan), and VERNE TROYER ( Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember)

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Drama School Mumbai


Sixteen-year-old Herman Howards (Garret Backstrom) makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and commits a terrible act of violence. Seconds before his arrest he emails his idol, infamous journalist Lax Morales (Norman Reedus), telling him, “I want to tell my story on your show.” Haunted by his own past, Morales is forced to confront the troubled teenager, now an inmate with an uncertain future in this Michelle Danner-directed film that explores how and why tragedies like this can happen in our society.

Starring NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints, Blade II), MARTHA HIGAREDA (No Manches Frida, Street Kings, Lies in Plain Sight), GARRETT BACKSTROM (The Motel Life, Hello Herman, Summer Snow), ROB ESTES (Silk Stalkings, Melrose Place, 90210), and ANDY MCPHEE (Saving Mr. Banks, Wolf Creek, Animal Kingdom).

Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai


A self-proclaimed dating expert tries to get his best friend, who lost his wife two years earlier, back into the dating scene, with disastrous results.  Starring ROB ESTES (90210, Melrose Place, Silk Stalkings), KIMBERLY WILLIAMS (According to Jim, Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II), ALISON EASTWOOD (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Tightrope, Absolute Power), ESAI MORALES (La Bamba, NYPD Blue, Rapa Nui), RON PERLMAN (Hellboy, Hand of God, Blade II), and JASON ALEXANDER (Seinfeld, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pretty Woman)

Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai


Michelle Danner is a world-renowned acting coach, film and stage director, author, and teacher.

It was her father, Alexander Valdez, who opened the very first William Morris Agency in Paris, France, that instilled a strong passion and work ethic in her that has stayed with her throughout her life.

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.

Drama School Mumbai

Drama School Mumbai

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.

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is located at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California.
2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Please call Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School for more information at 310-392-0815 or contact us here.
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