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 and many others. Voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She was brought in for her expert coaching on the W-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
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. 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. Located in the heart of Santa Monica’s Main Street minutes away from the beach and housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry, at the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory there is plenty to see and experience. At the center’s inaugural ceremony Steven Spielberg welcomed actors and noted, “Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists.”