I have had the pleasure of participating in several of Gunnar’s classes. His outstanding teaching ability is matched by his personal interest in his students. He knows the business and the craft, enabling those under his guidance to achieve goals beyond their expectations. Gunnar has created a very positive change in my career.Kate Linder
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 range of experience. He not only knows funny, he is funny, and he can teach funny. Here’s your challenge: do you have what it takes to listen to him and get your butt moving? Because his ability to spot and nurture talent is matched only by his desire to see everyone succeed and that, my friends, in this town, is the rarest combination of all.Carolyn Hennesy
Gunnar is an amazing teacher! He is so specific, and really helps each actor find their individual strengths. His insights are spot on, not only with comedy technique but especially when he breaks down scripts with you. His audition coaching has been excellent for me! His comedic sensibility is the best in town. The best.Susannah Hillard
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
Gunnar is an awesome coach. On top of being a proper professional with vast experience, he is quite inspiring and supportive. One of the most favourite learning experiences in acting I have ever had, and I have studied with wonderful teachers. Gunnar has a unique ability to see right through you and thus is able to fine-tune you in a very personalized way. If you haven’t yet – do yourself a favour and go see for yourself.Konstantin Lavysh
One of the best on-camera classes in LA! Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is an incredible teacher with great insights, especially when it comes to acting for sitcoms. You get to work 2-3 times per class, you get great feedback and tips, and then you review your performance afterward to see how you look on camera. AND, class is a blast in a half; I laugh more in this class than I do at some comedy clubs. Class at ACS is one of the few I recommend for actors here in Los Angeles. Patrick Donahue
I have taken many, many classes in los Angeles, ranging from acting scene study to comedy to improv. There are very few teachers or schools that “get it”. Gunnar Todd is at the top of the list! He understands what it means to be an actor and deliver what is needed on screen and on stage. If you are trying to accomplish any level of success in this business, as an actor, you NEED to study with Gunnar!Jonathan Levit
Gunnar is Amazing!… best teacher I have studied with since I have been in LA! If you dont take his class, you’re delaying your success!Jonathan Sterritt
Run don’t walk to sign up at ACS! You get a taste of all the following in Gunnar’s classes: cold reading, audition technique, scene study, TV single camera, TV multi-camera, improv, film comedy, basic scene study, character analysis, etc. We also celebrate good news and share helpful info on the biz each week before class starts. It’s really a supportive environment, and I’ve made my best friends in LA through these classes. What a great feeling to be part of a group where you are learning, growing and being with people you respect and love to be around. Oh, and most importantly, laughing your ass off!Robin Phelps
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
September 6 – November 8
Wednesdays 7 -10 pm
$1195 for the course, in 2 payments of $597.50.
Designed and taught by:
ACS Founders Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Lauren Marie Bertoni
Plus Special Guest Instructors; Senior Agent Sarabeth Schedeen (BRS/Gage), Groundlings Instructor Phyllis Katz and award winning actress Elaine Hendrix (Series Regular on FX’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll)
Comedies are everywhere now; Network, Cable, Premium Channels, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Youtube, etc. Make sure you know how to audition and book that work!
with ACS Co-Founder, Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher
Gunnar will discuss Comedic Archetypes & Character Development for TV & Film. This week includes typing exercises which will help you accurately brand yourself in today’s competitive marketplace. In addition, Gunnar will review family dysfunction, group dynamics and codependent tendencies that permeate the core groups of Sitcom friends and families.
With ACS Co-Founder, Lauren Marie Bertoni
Lauren will introduce the class to ACS’s exclusive iCAMERA method of breaking down a script for immediate success. Understand the script, comedy and characters the way the writers intended. Learn to use the scene structure of Sitcoms to your advantage, write Want Statements that ignite you into action and accurately attach them to the arc of the scene every time, use Intentions with mastery, and map out a deep Emotional Journey that will keep your performance exciting to watch.
With ACS Co-Founder, Lauren Marie Bertoni
In the second week of Superior Sitcom Script Analysis, Lauren will go further into understanding what’s in the text. Students will learn to develop substantial relationships to other characters, memories, locations and objects in an instant. She will also empower students with an overview of Operative Words and how identifying them makes your audition significantly more powerful. In total, these two weeks will teach actors how to uplift their work to consistently undeniable and bookable, not just passable.
With Gunnar and Lauren
There is a difference between auditioning for single & multi-camera comedies. We can explain it clearly and help you practice the nuanced but extremely important distinction. Finally learn how to incorporate the difference into your audition, avoid the most common mistakes and use the technical aspects of auditioning to blow your competition out of the water. Live callbacks are becoming increasingly rare. Your only shot might be a digital recording of your first take. If you don’t know how to “crush it” in the frame and work with shot composition, your chances of booking decrease dramatically. We will teach you how to make every audition count. You will be assigned your scene and partner for live multi-camera shoot night.
With Phyllis Katz, Groundling Instructor and Founding Member
That was a lot of information in the first three weeks, now PLAY! Phyllis will work with students on their assigned scenes and translate the homework taught in prior weeks into fun, energetic performances. Specifically, she will work with students on:
• Inhabiting the role from the inside, instead of trying to remember what you “figured out” for the scene.
• Allowing you to take the work you’ve done beforehand & bring it into the present.
• Giving life to your character.
Your scene preparation will be put to the test on this week. We will conduct a table read for all the scenes, give final performance notes and block them for a three camera shoot the following week, live in front of a studio audience!
With Gunnar, Lauren, Crew and Audience
This is a bona fide performance night with a three camera shoot live in front of a studio audience! A professional Stand Up Comic will warm up the crowd. Students will perform their rehearsed scenes which will be recorded, edited and given to the students the following week. We will do multiple takes of each scene with a team of writers present. We’ll start and stop as needed and actors will be directed and given rewrites by the writing staff on the fly. Actors will be challenged to incorporate new lines and jokes into their scenes with crew and audience standing by. This is a truly unique opportunity to practice life on the set and experience professional challenges in a fun and exciting setting!
With Gunnar & Elaine Hendrix
Students will chemistry read with working actor Elaine Hendrix who recently booked a series regular role on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll starring Denis Leary (FX Network). Elaine will discuss the reality of pilot auditions and working directly with the Studios and Networks. She will cover everything from contract negotiations and deal memos to work sessions and collaborating with writers, producers and Network Executives at the Series Regular level. Invaluable information available nowhere else!
With Sarabeth Schedeen, Senior Agent at BRS/Gage
Spend three hours with one of LA’s top agents, learning the ins and outs of the greatest, most challenging business in the world. Now that you’re in Hollywood with your headshots and resumes, how do you keep from psychologically “going under”? How do you maintain a positive, pro-active attitude in the face of such overwhelming odds? What can help you beat those odds? How do you stay true to yourself and your goals while walking the minefield? Sarabeth shares the tips, secrets, life lessons, psychology and the philosophies that have made her a working success for 30+ years in the business of “show.” Learn how to stay sane, better your odds and still play nice.
With Gunnar and Lauren
The course will conclude with a review of all previous weeks, including interactive exercises that will reinforce everything learned throughout the course. Then we conclude with a screening of the edited scenes from week 7 tape night! Refreshments and snacks will be provided as we view the scenes together on our 8 ft. projection screen.
The Reviews are in!
“Even though I’ve had previous experience performing on multi-camera TV shows, I still learned a lot… things I wish I learned before.” ~ Mieko Hillman
“As an actor, I’ve been studying sitcoms consistently for a few years, and I have plenty of on-stage improv and theater experience, but the live taping was something I’ve never encountered before: to be handed 4 consecutive lines changes, all of them killer jokes, and to have less than a minute to wrap your head around it in order to nail it on take 2 is mind boggling. It’s also thrilling, exciting, challenging, and most importantly, forces you to trust yourself, your homework and your training.” ~ Sarah McLean
“Gunnar has the incredibly unique talent of pinpointing what may be holding you back in your performance and eliminating it – all the while keeping your performance truthful to who you are. He allows your own comedic genius to shine through and simply helps you become better.” ~ Cheryl Texiera
“This studio is run by Lauren Bertoni and Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher; two of the elite in the business. These people not only know EVERYTHING but they know EVERYONE! And if you are in LA- you know thats what matters. Check their credentials. Facts don’t lie. Being blessed enough to be in the same room with them and be taught by them is out of this world. These are 2 people in hollywood who ARE NOT SELFISH with their knowledge.” ~ Kiara McCarthy