It’s easy for studios to wade through their stockpile of headshots and take credit for the jobs successful graduates land. It’s a much different thing to get the professional endorsement of rising stars in film and television.
"Early in my career, I trained with ActorClass founder David L. Epstein and promptly landed roles on TV. Now I consult with him on every audition, callback and role I'm offered including the comedy, While We're Young, where I made my film debut opposite Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Since becoming a “reality star” on the Emmy-nominated Bravo hit, Million Dollar Listing, NY, I now produce my own spin-off, Sell it Like Serhant, but did not get there alone. David understands the nuance of film, theater and television, and has that magic touch that can help actors at any level. Without question, David Epstein is the best acting coach in the country."
"ActorClass founder David L. Epstein is the most honest, passionate, and qualified teacher you'll find. A proven actor, writer, and director, he truly understands the work of an artist. He provides an environment nurturing enough to make you feel completely safe to explore, but challenging enough to push for improvement. He's never afraid to hold you to the highest standard - the standard of a pro. Since starting with David back in 2010, I’ve worked my way up the ranks of national commercials for Foot Locker, Legos and Verizon, to small roles on TV in Single Ladies and NBC’s Rise, and currently star as Gavin Riley on Law & Order: SVU. If you're ready to book work in this industry, get in touch with ActorClass now!"
"If you strip ActorClass to barebones, it’s a gymnasium for actors. In an industry with a fine line between making and breaking it, you need all the exercise you can get. David L. Epstein is your own personal trainer who tones your strengths and hones in on those flabby weaknesses, molding you into a casting director slayer. With a background in acting, writing and directing, David is a powerhouse of industry knowledge. Whether you’re just starting out or booking gigs left and right, ActorClass is a place for actors and that’s not an easy thing to come by. Since working with David, I’ve played Ensign Connor on Star Trek: Discovery, plus The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Following, The Colbert Report, Footlocker, and AARP national commercials.”
"From the first day I stepped into ActorClass, I knew I had found my place. Almost immediately, I felt my confidence grow, my knowledge of the industry skyrocket and I began to land more roles than ever before including my feature film debut in the upcoming, THE PLEASURE OF YOUR PRESENCE, produced by and starring Alicia Silverstone. If you are looking to challenge yourself as an artist there is no better ally and mentor than David Epstein. A seasoned actor, writer and director, he has skills and experience coming out of his ears. He boosts you up and grounds you all in one swift move: the makings of a great teacher. And as if that wasn’t enough, I get to learn alongside talented actors that are driven, focused and incredibly generous in their craft. I really feel like I struck gold when I stumbled upon this class. If you’re an actor seeking truth, authenticity and hard work, you just may have found your oasis in ActorClass.”
"It is no exaggeration that ActorClass and the community David Epstein has built within it have been transformative for my working life as a writer, producer, performer and storyteller. David is much more than an acting coach - he is partner and guide; a deeply curious man full of warmth and wonder about the human experience. Every class, David brings his crackling, contagious energy and boundless enthusiasm to bear on the strange project of acting. David will demand more of you than you ever thought you had - and if you listen to him (and your classmates!) and do the work, you're likely to find it. I found my way to ActorClass in the midst of re-thinking a long career as a broadcast journalist. I've done a lot of investigative work including undercover. Whenever I did, I found the performative aspect compelling, but didn't know how to explore it, how to get inside it. David helped me do just that - explore - and so much more. He gave the tools and courage to think broadly about my ideas and how I approach the work - and I'm not looking back."
"I graduated from a prestigious conservatory that put me through two years of sense memory, accent reduction and the rest. I gained the basic tools and yet, it would be years before finding my greatest weapon. My first audit at ActorClass was free and what I witnessed was incredible. For the first time, the entire group was invited to give their open and honest opinion. In training, we are told that the teacher is the only one that gives notes, and what they say must be right. At ActorClass, I learned that everyone’s opinion matters. I began booking play and film content that would lead to performing on the Broadway Stage for the Alec Baldwin Foundation. David Epstein’s insights to the business are painfully honest and his words of advice come out faster than we can write them down. His energy and focus is contagious. In class we laugh, cry, argue, scream, and face our own demons. It is the best training a performer deserves and, when you see every actor in the room growing week by week, near impossible to believe."
“David L. Epstein will teach you to act like a pro. There are many great acting coaches that help you “book” jobs. But David goes a step beyond and teaches you how to prepare once you’ve been hired, how to maintain relationships with people on-set, and how to keep from self-destructing under the pressure. Actors will often spend so much time focusing on the private work of how to nail the audition, that they often overlook what comes next: collaborating with dozens of other artists on-location. It is a very different world on a working set versus a classroom, and David understands those differences because he’s built a career on both sides. As a working artist and director, David has collaborated with some of the finest people in the industry and will hold you to the highest standard of excellence, and as a teacher, he creates an environment of encouragement and exploration that will sand down your bad habits and push you beyond your own limitations. David loves what he does and doesn’t take for granted your time or his. He brings a fire to each class that is simply contagious. So if you are looking for a passive coach that will tell you exactly what you want to hear and lets you coast through unchallenged, David is not for you. However, if you are looking for someone that will hold you to the highest standard in order to help you grow and land work, then there is no other choice. I’m already looking forward to our next round of class together.”
TIM ROGAN is a Broadway actor, singer and dancer who has worked in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST National tour, CAMELOT National Tour, EVER AFTER at The Alliance Theatre, ALL SHOOK UP at The Muny, THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage, YOUNGER on TV Land, and made his television debut on, SHADES OF BLUE on NBC.
"Working with David L. Epstein at ActorClass is the best investment I've made, and will continue making toward my professional career. I highly recommend private sessions and the classroom environment to anyone who wants to finally land work. There are no techniques, games, gimmicks or promises. Instead, David's love and passion for the craft is highly contagious, and his spot-on honesty makes me push my boundaries and recognize when I am false in my acting. His feedback comes not only from the point of view of a fellow actor who has worked around the world, but from the unique perspective of a professional director and writer who has garnered an unmatched combination of talents and industry knowledge. After only a month of classes and a few private sessions, I booked the lead role in the feature film, RAMONA, by the award-winning director Bujar Alimani. At ActorClass, where fear is no more, I found the freedom to push myself to a higher level of honesty."
"ActorClass is the best place an actor can train bar none. Master teacher David Epstein is a true luminary whose unyielding commitment, enthusiasm and work ethic are contagious. In his class, I've witnessed an unusual amount of actors have creative breakthroughs that led to work in professional film, TV and theater. When I came from the United Kingdom, I was unfamiliar with the craft or the business. Since training with David, I have performed at Lincoln Center in New York and the Soho Theatre of London. To travel to America to learn Shakespeare at ActorClass, then be accepted at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in my home country, is proof of David’s level of commitment and knowledge. Acceptance to RADA never would have been possible without classes and continued private sessions with David. If you are serious about becoming a professional actor, there is no better place in London or New York, than his ActorClass studio."
"ActorClass is the best acting training in New York City, period. I've excelled at cold read, interpreting a script, accessing my emotions and landing paying work, all since training with David Epstein at ActorClass. I've studied other places and they all seemed like a reality show to me. ActorClass is real and meets you at your level. David believes there is no time to romanticize acting, and instead of sitting back in his chair pontificating lofty thoughts, he gets on stage and works right beside actors. Within one year of training with him, I landed a guest starring role opposite Jada Pinkett Smith on FOX's Gotham. If you want to become a professional actor, look no further than ActorClass."
"David is an insanely passionate human being which bleeds through all he does as a working artist. Each time we train, he is right there with me, challenging me in ways that are so foreign, and yet, so incredibly useful. His directness in one-on-one sessions and classroom environments are quite honestly, refreshing. ActorClass creates a space where everyone has a voice, and a major part is teaching people how to comment constructively on what they see. Unlike other classes I've taken, where the emphasis is on breaking people down or following a technique invented by someone who no longer exists, David's candid and cutting edge approach makes performers aware of how their acting choices, attitudes and habits, affect their work. Whenever I return to the city from acting jobs, I know that David and his studio will be there, ready to remind me of why I fell in love with acting in the first place. If you want to land work in this difficult industry, I cannot recommend ActorClass enough."
BRANDON CORDEIRO is a rising star in film and stage who performed a career changing duet with Kristin Chenewith, plus, a role on Transparent, Super Troopers II, the national tour of Camelot, and the 20th anniversary Broadway Cares Production of, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.
"David L. Epstein at ActorClass is thoroughly involved in your process as a performer. He guides you carefully but wants you to make discoveries on your own. He is incredibly enthusiastic about the craft of acting and has truly inspired me!" LAURETTA NKWOCHA is the star of Logo TV's Setup Squad. Her career began as the bartender KIT on As the World Turns, and she played Dianna Ross in the Broadway musical in development, Go West, written and directed by David, and produced by Broadway Across America.
VICTOR LA MANTIA
ActorClass founder and teacher David L. Epstein has re-ignited my love of acting and taught me that there is no substitute for hard work to get results both creatively and commercially. His expertise on the business of our industry and artistic knowledge, coupled with his ability to communicate the language of acting, surpasses that of all my previous teachers. If you're serious about an acting career, you're missing out if you haven't studied with David. VICTOR LA MANTIA'S Credits include: SyFy's HAPPY!, Blacklist, HBO's VINYL, Law & Order SVU.
"At ActorClass, I learned all I was doing wrong as a performer and shown simple ways of getting it right. Here, you don't hold imaginary coffee cups, undergo endless repetition exercises or waste time meeting scene partners outside of class. Instead, we are taught to properly rehearse on our own, to break down a scene and to rely on impulse. I've landed the role of Lucas in Tyler Perry's: Witness Protection, co-starred on Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives and Gossip Girl, all since training at ActorClass. Whether a novice or pro, if you want to elevate your game, I've met no mentors as effective." JEFF JOSLIN
"David has an extraordinary instinct for the truth and a deep connection with the human condition. There's no hiding from David's eye. It frees you. Consequently, all those awful behaviors we actors are prone to, the need to push, to show, to fall back on our "bag of tricks" -- become unnecessary. When more than a few people told me after performances that, they never thought I could "go there" as an actor, I knew David was the real deal." GERRY LEHANE has been directed by David in nearly a dozen shows, including the Off-Broadway world premiere of Coronado, written by famed author of Mystic River, and brother, Dennis Lehane.
"ActorClass is invaluable. They immediately understand what a scene demands and clearly communicate this knowledge to maximize results. You leave classes feeling accomplished, confident and prepared. Most importantly, they care! They want you to do well. With their help, I booked the female lead in the indie feature Dumping Lisa, available on HBO On-Demand, and the New York Lotto Commercial Campaign as, Orgasmic Bride. I recommend ActorClass whole heartedly." BRIDGET BURKE can also be found in the blockbuster game, Grand Theft Auto V.
"ActorClass is where you work on the muscle of your emotion, and David L. Epstein provides a great and safe environment to do just that. Based on my experience in classrooms and private sessions: David cares. He cares about the work, the craft and you. David just gets it." LUKE GULDAN has guest starred on CBS's Blue Bloods, Comedy Central's Broad City, NBC's Law & Order SVU and MTV's Hey Girl.
"David at ActorClass is a remarkably talented artist. His dedication to the work of those he collaborates with is extraordinary. After working with him, I can honestly say that my confidence soared." JEFF GALFER played Sammy Kirsch in the Spielberg produced ABC drama The River, and has been seen in national commercials for Domino's Pizza, Verizon, Progressive and dozens more. Jeff is also the writer / director of the award-winning film, Buried Treasure.
"I've struggled for years to find a good coach. After working with David for just a few weeks, I booked a duet with Oscar Nominee Edward Norton in the feature film, Pride and Glory plus seventeen episodes as Ernesto Rivera on One Life To Live. Actor Class is a safe environment for serious performers. If you are looking to take your career to the next stage and you value an honest and supremely educated opinion, then working with David should be your first choice." DAVID PINON
"If you are lucky enough to train with David at ActorClass, your work will never be the same. He takes you to your next level whatever it may be. His approach to teaching is beyond conventional and has transformed my ability. His one-on-one sessions and group workshops are the ultimate combo. In both, he presents direct criticism in a thoughtful and caring manner. I filmed the HBO series How to Make it in America and Wall Street 2, as Gordon Gecko's assistant, which I could not have done without David. He is loaded with imagination and can bring your acting more realism and strength than you thought possible!" MIRA TZUR
"David at ActorClass is an excellent coach. He thoroughly enjoys being a guide, while simultaneously exchanging ideas. My focus is theater, and with his help, I've landed jobs Off-Broadway performing in Stet, with The Flea Theater, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Woodshed Collective and many others." JOCELYN KURITSKY