OUR HISTORYActing Coach

MICHELLE DANNER, Founder & CEO of the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory is a film and stage director, an author, and a world-renowned acting coach. She teaches the Golden Box Acting workshops in South America, Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, New York, Sydney and Australia. Michelle trained extensively in Paris and New York with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since it’s inception in Los Angeles for 20 years.

It was her father, Alexander Valdez, who opened the very first William Morris Agency in Paris, France, that instilled a strong passion and work ethic that has stayed with her throughout her life.

Acting Coach Michelle has taught acting for the last 24 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Jennifer Grant, Salma Hayek, Chris Martin, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Justin Chatwin, Jennifer Coolidge, Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Henry Cavill, Michelle Rodriguez, Seychelle Gabriel andmany others.Voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She was brought in for her expert coaching on the WB show The Starlet and was featured with Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

She is the Founding Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts and raised $1.3 million to construct the Acting Coach two theaters and the art gallery at the Center. Nestled between a café, salon, retail shops, and a popular restaurant, Edgemar Center for the Arts is the anchor of the Edgemar complex on Main Street in Santa Monica. A couple blocks away from the beach, near the 10 freeway, the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory (LAAC) is housed in its own state-of-the-art building, which includes two theater spaces as well as an art gallery. There is plenty of free street parking on 4thStreet, two blocks from the studio.

At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, “Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists.” She is currently serving as Artistic Director and teaches ongoing classes at the Michelle Danner Studio, housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts.