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My name is Nick Hoffa and I am an acting teacher and working actor. Last year, a friend who works in the corporate world wanted to take an acting class. Unfortunately, I had no idea where to send her.  Here in the land of award shows and pitch meetings, it is hard to find acting classes that aren't geared toward the concerns of acting professionals or 19-year old wanna-be professionals. 

And so, we started this fun and non-judgmental six-week class for non-actors. We do improv, acting exercises and paired scene work. People bring a range of experience levels but, on the whole, it is a beginner group looking to:

  • learn about the acting process (especially helpful for film industry people who are not actors but want to understand the process better)
  • learn skills that can help in their professional lives (presentations, communication issues, etc)
  • stretch some creative muscles and have a blast (the main reason)

Come join us! Scroll down for some testimonials, then go here to contact me and ask questions. 

July 9 - Aug 13, Mid-City, $300

As a television sitcom director who came up through the ranks, speaking “actors’ speak” has been the most challenging for me. By putting myself in the role of the actor, I experienced firsthand how receiving well-constructed acting notes can completely change a performance. Watching Nick give notes to the other actors in the class and seeing the results was invaluable. I learned where my “wheelhouse” is and challenged myself to go beyond. I can’t wait to take class with Nick again. He’s awesome!
“I’ve taken Nick’s class 3 times and I cannot wait for the fourth. As a director, I believe it is crucial to try to understand an actor’s process and put myself in their shoes. It can be scary! And to be honest, Nick is kinda drawing out my Inner Actor - whether that’s good or not! Anyone who wants to understand what it feels like to be asked to make sense of a script, to make a character believable, to show yourself, to be vulnerable in front of a group of people, and do all that while trying not to be self-conscious, should take this class. Also, it’s just a hell of a lot of fun!”
As a total newbie to the acting world, I found Nick’s class to be just what I needed: exhilarating and SO MUCH FUN. I’d wanted to take an acting class for many years, just as a hobby, but it’d always been a bit intimidating in Los Angeles. Luckily, I found Nick’s class. He did a perfect job of challenging me, finding material I could relate to, and making me feel completely at ease. I learned so much about different methods of acting and about my own strengths and capabilities. I have to say that after taking his class, I have the “bug” and truly look forward to taking another with him!
I can’t say enough good things about Nick Hoffa and his amazing acting class. As a director, returning to the craft of acting after over a decade away, I was more than a little scared. But Nick made diving back in incredibly easy. He is warm and easy going, and he approaches acting in such a grounded way that it makes the whole process very accessible. He creates a safe environment and at the same time, challenges you to push past your comfort zone. It was really fun, a little scary, and ultimately totally transformative for me.
More than anything, I appreciated the safe non-judgmental space where a group of smart, driven professionals (with little to no acting background) felt free to play with this craft. The change in our performances over just a couple months was astounding. In addition, I learned so much about what it means to be a performer in my own line of work as a public speaker. I’m so glad I treated myself to this experience!
Authenticity! That is what you get from Nick Hoffa and what he is able to cultivate in his students. Having recently returned to the craft, Nick’s classes have been instrumental in boosting my confidence not only as an actor and director... but as human being.