In today’s industry, actors must wear a number of hats: producing, directing, editing, writing, etc., all in addition to honing their other acting-related skills. At ACS, you get not only incredible comedic training, but also the encouragement and skills needed to push past the overwhelming business aspects of “the biz,” to create, produce, and market your own work. I earned my BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and even though my training there was top-notch, I can confidently say that my training with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher at ACS has been equally as effective and beneficial, if not more. Not only is Gunnar a comedic genius and a fantastic teacher, but he is also an incredibly compassionate human being and 100% committed to every student he teaches.Allison Oliver
Gunnar has created an amazing studio where actors can come together to learn craft and business skills, find their unique ‘funny’, and grow as artists and professionals in a supportive community. I am so grateful to Gunnar for his expertise and amazing insight. His classes and private coaching have been instrumental in my acting career. He has helped me to build a resume with TV Comedy credits I am incredibly proud of. His feedback is honest but always given with kindness and compassion. I look forward to continuing my personal and artistic growth with Gunnar as a teacher, mentor and true artist.Mary Passeri
I am writing this review on the Comedy Cast Intensive I had with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Dorian Frankel. This class is amazing. You learn so much about yourself, comedy, the casting process, and auditioning all in those five hours. It could save you years of heartache and problems. Mickey Casab
They say it’s all about who you know… Well, ACS is where you make those contacts! Gunnar Todd is the main instructor and he’s very bright and his expertise goes way beyond breaking down a comedy script. What’s crucial about working with him is that he’s a working successful actor himself who BOOKS.George Jonson
Last year, after over a decade slowly building my acting career, I booked my first SAG-AFTRA co-star role. I directly attribute my current success as a working actor to the lessons I learned from Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher. Though his class focuses on comedy, Gunnar knows it’s not enough to be funny. His class builds comic actors by focusing first on acting fundamentals, in a manner that is not only comprehensive and easy to understand, but easy to implement. Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust the preparation I do before an audition, so that I can relax into my best self during the audition.Clint Tauscher
If you’re not studying with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher over at ACS, I honestly think you’re not entirely living up to your potential. Gunnar’s ability to individually coach and teach his students, while in a group setting, is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. People leave his class feeling encouraged and nurtured and CHALLENGED, and very much like they’re on the road to being the best performer they can be. I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again: you should be studying with Gunnar Todd. Highly recommended. Matthew Swanson
I love working with Gunnar. He empowers me to make strong, creative choices while still honoring my own unique voice. He also knows the business, its trends and what is needed when I walk into a room. I don’t audition without him!Elaine Hendrix
Gunnar Rohrbacher is determined to make each student self-sufficient and responsible for their own actions in this new media-driven industry, and with the tools I’ve gained from Actors Comedy Studio, I truly feel I am ready to face it. I am proud to be associated with ACS, where I’ve found nothing but supportive, driven, like-minded friends.Sarah McLean
There hasn’t been a single audition I’ve gone into as a professional in which I haven’t employed the lessons I’ve received from Gunnar. I can’t recommend him enough.Henry Watkins
One of the best acting schools around! There have been countless times where I have taken class one week and the lesson in that class immediately helped me in my very next audition. Equal parts resourceful and inspirational. Thank you ACS!!!!Erica Hanrahan-Ball
Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is one of Hollywood’s best known acting coaches. He is also a highly regarded writer, director, producer and actor within Hollywood’s comedy scene, earning acclaim and rave reviews for more than twenty years. Simply put, Gunnar’s credentials for teaching comedic acting are unmatched.
He was recently voted LA’s Favorite Scripted Comedy Coach in the Backstage 2011 Reader’s Choice Poll and was also mentioned as one of the best Audition Technique teachers in the city, as well as a favorite On-Camera instructor for his Acting for Sitcoms Program.
Before launching ACS, Gunnar spent a decade teaching On-Camera Audition Technique classes in multiple venues throughout Los Angeles. Prior to teaching TV & Film Acting, Gunnar taught Improvisation and Sketch Writing for an additional 10 years. With every aspect of Comedic Instruction under his belt, Gunnar carved a niche for himself in LA’s vast teaching landscape as the “go to” Sitcom Coach.
Gunnar is an alumnus of the acclaimed ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood, where he was a member of the Main Company. He taught all levels of improv, beginning through advanced for many years. In addition, Gunnar created and taught sketch writing courses and directed the school’s performance labs. He was also the Director of ACME’s Sunday Company of up and coming talent. In addition, Gunnar:
He’s also a successful playwright and has produced and directed dozens of live shows of all kinds, including improv, sketch, actor’s showcases and one person shows.
“I have known, worked with, been directed by and laughed with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher for over fifteen years. There is no one in the business of comedy with more chops, skills, and experience. He not only knows funny, he is funny, and he can teach funny.”
True Blood, Cougar Town, Shameless, General Hospital
Gunnar is a Backstage Garland Award recipient and has appeared on virtually every Comedy Main Stage in Los Angeles, including: Upright Citizens Brigade, Groundlings, ACME, Second City, Improv Olympic, Bang, National Comedy Theater, Empty Stage, Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson, HBO Workspace, The Comedy Store and The Improv. Gunnar further broadened his horizons when he Co-Directed the multi-media rock opera, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame with Vox Lumiere to sold-out crowds at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.
As an actor (SAG-AFTRA), Gunnar starred in two pilots for NBC; Prime Time Comedy, produced by the famed George Schlatter of Laugh-In and the semi-improvised sitcom The Weekend. In addition, he recently appeared in three short films; Numbers, Rimshot, and the award winning Boutonniere, featuring Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911) and Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) and two Web/TV Series; Girl Parts and Lipstick Jones Half Hour Hour of Power.
Rounding out his knowledge of the entertainment industry, Gunnar has worked in both Theatrical and Commercial Casting and spent two seasons as a Network Acting Coach for a prime-time NBC sitcom, where he gained essential insight that helps his students become working actors.
Gunnar is a proud graduate of the renowned Warner Bros. Comedy Writer’s Program and is a featured Comedy Expert in Judy Kerr’s Hollywood survival guide, Acting is Everything.
Gunnar was trained and mentored by some of the industry’s most respected comedy authorities including Lisa Kudrow, Cynthia Szigeti, Phyllis Katz, and Mindy Sterling.