Our Los Angeles Acting Coaches

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eugene buica

Eugene Buica

Founder and Artistic Director
Resident Writer and Director
The Master Class
On Camera and Audition Workshop

  • Mr. Buica has appeared in over 50 plays, films, television shows and commercials. Stage appearances include The Sound of Music on Broadway, Coriolanusat Princeton’s McCarter Theater, as well as a starring role in his own adaptation of The Swan at Lincoln Center. Film appearances include major roles in 14 Roger Corman features, as well as The infidel, Glass Necktie, The Group and Playing God with David Duchovny. In 2008, Mr. Buica appeared in two more award wining feature films, Deception and Float. Notable television roles include ER, Good Behavior, Days of Our Lives, Another World, and Becker, as well as appearances in twenty national commercials.

    As a writer and director for the stage, Mr. Buica has written and directed a number of plays, most notably winning critical accolades from The Los Angeles Times for Parachute, a play in which he also starred. His work as a screenwriter and director includes co-writing and developing a number of projects for The Baldwin Production Company, as well as his own feature length documentary called Mania.

    Mr. Buica’s work in the narrative film medium include the shorts Bazin, Sleeping Beauty, Out of Town, as well as the award winning, Chip, which he wrote and directed under the banner of Comedy Troupe.com, a company which he co-founded. Another notable film, Frijole, was chosen as the Best of Los Angeles in the international film making competition called The 48 Hour Film Festival. Recently, Mr. Buica wrote and directed a collage of five short films starring all Acting Corps actors, entitled Spiritual. He also wrote, directed, and acted in another Acting Corps feature film called Repetition Man, which will soon be released. He is currently under contract to write and direct a feature film for an independent production company, for which he will cast once again, mostly Acting Corps actors. He is also currently developing a television series about acting which he will executive produce. His book, 90 Days of Rants, Observations, and Meditations for The Actor is due to appear in the summer of 2016.

    Mr. Buica has been coaching and teaching actors since 1991, leading workshops in the Grotowski, Michael Chekhov and Meisner approaches in Malibu, Los Angeles, Bucharest, Beijing, Munich, and New York. As Artistic Director and Founder of The Acting Corps, Mr. Buica originated and implemented the unique training processes reflected in the Actors’ Boot Camp and all the other programs at The Acting Corps. The Acting Corps has, as of 2017, trained 4700 actors with 1800 of them acquiring film and TV credits (and now appearing on IMDB) after attending The Actors’ Boot Camp. As a result of The Acting Corps’ growing national prominence, Mr. Buica was asked to judge the TNT Dramatic Auditions National Competition and serve as a judge on America’s Next Top Model. Mr. Buica has spoken about acting widely, most recently on the BBC, on NBC, MTV, and at Universal Studios. He has also lectured at universities all over the world including Australia and China.


Sydney Walsh

Sydney Walsh received her B.A. in theatre from Williams College. She is an accomplished stage, television, and film actress. She has 73 television guest star credits, including E.R., CSI:NY, and The Practice.

Film credits include American Gun, Auggie Rose, Point Break, 3 Men and a Little Lady, Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2, Major Crimes, Castle, Medium, and the award-winning An Early Frost.

Sydney is a founding member of Plymouth, an ongoing theatre company dedicated to exploring the process of making original work. She has been a private acting coach for over 20 years and is very happy to be a part of The Acting Corps since 2006.

Corey Sorenson

BCI & BCII Acting Corps Technique
Actors’ Instrument
BCII Scene Study/Cold Reading
Daily Acting Workout

Corey Sorenson holds an MFA in acting from Temple University and is a Certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He loves teaching at the Acting Corps because “it is a unique actor-training studio, where dedicated students and professional faculty create an environment of discipline, risk taking, and support.

Andres Hudson

Andres received his MFA in Acting from NYU where he studied the Michael Chekhov Technique with Joanna Merlin (Michael Checkov Association).

His extensive movement background includes Commedia Del’Arte training in Florence, Italy (through UCLA), circus training at NYU (juggling, tightrope, trapeze), and two productions with the highly physical El Teatro Campesino (headed by artistic director Luis Valdez). Outside of teaching acting at various locations in Los Angeles his acting work includes several films, pilots, and recurring and/or guest star roles on CSI, CSI:Miami, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Leverage, and Days of Our Lives.

Scott Conte

Scott Conte received his MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has taught at Rutgers University, Cal State University – Northridge, Pacific Resident Theatre and taught as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television for many years.

Scott is a long-time member of Pacific Resident Theatre, one of L.A.’s most respected theatre companies, where he trained as a teacher under Gar Campbell and Marilyn Fox (PRT’s Artistic Director) for 11 years. He has also taught acting at Rutgers University, where he studied the Meisner technique with William Esper and Maggie Flanagan. He has trained with Charles Marowitz, Loyd Williamson (movement), Lenard Petit (Chekhov), Pierre LeFevre (masks), Harold Scott (Shakespeare), and Master Yan Yuanhua (Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan), among others.

Scott Conte has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in both New York and Los Angeles, including the award-winning Big Love directed by Mel Shapiro,as well as Birdbath, Rocket to the Moon, Anna Christie, Everyday Life, Lulu, Aven’u Boys, Golden Boy, Fata Morgana and Lions. Most recently, Scott received rave reviews in The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s production of The Irish Curse and PRT’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Film credits include the feature films Never Say Macbeth, Red Sky Morning, The Court,and Chavez Cage of Glory, starring Danny Trejo and Steven Bauer. Television appearances include Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Boston Legal, Monk, Criminal Minds, Joan of Arcadia, Anytime with Bob Kushell, and a recurring role on The Haunted Hathaways.

Eddie Kehler

Eddie Kehler studied the Meisner technique in New York City for 4 years. His many acting credits include Dexter, Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds. Stage credits include Speed-the-Plow (Actors Studio), The Odd Couple (Laguna Playhouse) and The Sunshine Boys (The Odyssey). His directing credits include Blood River and Hollywoodland (There In Ten One Act Festival), I Stand Before You Naked (The Complex), Vivienne (New Collective) and two episodes of the web series Today’s Temp. He has been teaching and private coaching since 2002. He continues to act, direct, and develop material.

Elena Sanz

Elena received her MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship of Performing Arts to specialize in Meisner and Practical Aesthetics at the Atlantic Acting School in New York were she completed the 2.5 year Professional Conservatory Program. She has appeared in a number of independent films and theater productions in London and New York. Elena has taught acting for screen, Meisner technique, scene study, Viewpoints and movement in London, New York and now LA.

Pamela Gray

Pamela J Gray received her MFA in theatre from The Yale School of Drama. For fifteen years, she has made her living as an actress in theatre, television and film.  Pamela has worked in over 30 theatres throughout the country as well as lead roles on Broadway (including Butley, Present Laughter), in Television, (including Agent Amy Tyler on Sons of Anarchy, Law & Order, The Closer, Bones, Sex in the City), and Film (including Michael Clayton, The Devil’s Advocate, Carbon Canyon).  Pamela has been a private coach for over ten years in NYC and in Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be a part of the Acting Corps Team.

Stacie Mitchell

Stacie received her MFA in Acting from Purdue University where she taught Acting and Voice for the Actor.  Upon graduation, Stacie became a Resident Artist with Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company where she taught Voice & Movement and performed in over a dozen plays. She has trained in Linklater, Fitzmaurice, and Roy Hart voice techniques as well as the Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University and Roy Hart Pantheatre in France. Outside of teaching, Stacie has acted in many independent films appearing on Netflix and Amazon Prime as well as commercials and theatre productions.


Bethany Therese

A native of Minneapolis MN, Bethany began acting in the theatre at a young age at the Mpls. Children’s Theatre and projects in association with The Guthrie Theatre. She then studied at NYU Tisch School of The Arts where she received her BFA with a specialty in Meisner. She went on to study the Michael Chekov technique with Lenord Petit. Shortly after she developed an interest in Improv and toured with the NY group the Chainsaw Boys and worked in an improv production on the Disney Magic.

Bethany’s other credits include a variety of regional theatre, the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia! where she portrayed the quirky role of Ali, JC Superstar with Ben Vereen, THE SOPRANOS, where she played opposite Steve Bushemi, and the film HUMBOLDT COUNTY. She has also worked as a stand up comic in venues including CAROLINES and THE COMIC STRIP in NYTHE THROCKMORTON THEATRE in Mill Valley (where she worked with Robin Williams), THE BREA IMPROV, and THE HOLLYWOOD IMPROV.

Bethany further displays her love of comedy and the craft of acting in the short film, Saving Sam, which she wrote and starred in.  This independent film won the silver award for romantic comedy at WorldFest Houston, TX. Ongoing projects include the feature film, “Moxie,” written by and featuring Bethany, scheduled to be produced by Cinema Revival in 2014.

Suzanne Schmidt

Suzanne has an M. F. A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University, a B.A. in Theatre from USC, and has studied at The Moscow Art Theater (MXAT) in Russia. Suzanne is a cross-disciplinary actor, teacher, content creator, writer, producer, director, and private acting coach.

Suzanne was honored with the award for Best Actress at the Austin Comedy Film Festival 2017, and is nominated for Best Actress at the International Online Web Fest (IOWF) and Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) for her portrayal of the character Sam in Hey You, It’s Me. Television credits include Sons Of Anarchy, Days of Our Lives, and Hillbrook Gardens (2016). Suzanne’s film credits include Lilin’s Brood, Apt 123, The Dark Mirror, Mr. Maples, Mechanic, Building America, and watch for her in Dark Sky Picture’s upcoming graphic novel film, Monster School.

Suzanne is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Women In Film, and New American Theatre Company.