Westlake Acting Studio: Professional Acting Training in Ventura County

Westlake Acting Studio: Professional Acting Training in Ventura County

ROGUES of LA: The Studio-Based Web Series!

Rogues of LA is a web series created, shot, edited, scored, and of course, performed by students of both the Westlake Acting School and Cal Lutheran University where Markus is a professor in the theatre dept. Watch the previous eight episodes!

Our Mission is to Make You a Better Performer

VC Star Readers Choice Award

Westlake Acting Studio was voted Readers Choice the first year it opened. We brought professional acting training to Ventura County because we wanted a less-intimidating setting than Los Angeles. Our studio is a safe place where you can explore your creative interests.

Whether you want to pursue a career in acting or simply express yourself more confidently, Westlake Acting Studio will give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

Westlake Acting Studio in 2008 was one of the few schools outside of the city to offer the Sanford Meisner program (developed at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse) to hone your listening skills. Soon we added on-camera and beginner scenes training to jump-start your career in the industry. Then we created a Meisner Master Class to provide our students with a professionally-oriented, well-rounded acting program.

Our improv and stand-up performance classes are an adjunct to our acting training. Improvisation sharpens the instincts and builds self-trust. Stand-up comedy polishes presentation and increases one’s ability to tolerate risk in a performance setting. Each provides a different set of challenges but together they can help you overcome barriers and build your confidence.

Bringing Real-World Practice to Traditional Training

Our most hands-on effort is the studio-based web series, ‘Rogues of LA. Why a web series? Acting studios have a long history with associated stage companies. We’ve brought that online. With Rogues you feel the camaraderie of working with a theater company while gaining important behind-the-camera and crew experience. Not only is Rogues of LA an opportunity to step into a working film production; it may also be your ticket into Screen Actors Guild membership.

Westlake Acting Studio also hosts the very popular “Conversations with…” speaker series. Past guests include Melissa Gilbert, Alan Ruck, Stacy Keach and more. We’re now in our fifth year.