Acting Class in Los Angeles
Acting With Bryan Chesters is, in essence, an acting studio in Los Angeles offering a range of acting classes. I founded it to serve all actors in all mediums of the entertainment industry.
It’s my belief that a well-trained actor should be able to handle the demands of a given role on stage or screen.
Therefore, my mission is to provide a nurturing environment to foster each actor’s creativity, while offering the necessary tools to become a successful, working actor.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. There, I received my BA in Music and MFA in Theater (Magna cum laude). After graduation, I taught acting at UCLA, Texas Christian University, YPS Studio, LA School of the Arts, The SAG Conservatory, Arts Camp & LAUSD.
Actor Training & Awards
I’ve been fortunate to study with some of the finest acting teachers in the country: Bobby Lewis (Founder of the Actor’s Studio & original member of the Group Theatre), Mel Shapiro, Salome Jens, Ellen Geer, Gil Cates, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Larry Moss, Terry Schreiber, Ken Lerner, Tom Irwin, Jeff Perry, Shannon Cochran, Gar Campbell and Marilyn Fox.
I received acting awards that include scholarships from Carol Burnett, George Burns and Laura Pels and for BEST ACTOR from LA Movie Awards for my role in FORERUNNER.
I interned at UDK Casting for two years where I served as audition reader and camera operator. It provided me with invaluable knowledge about what casting directors do and are looking for, how to audition and what constitutes a good audition. It also taught me that every good casting director is on the actor’s side and hopes that the actor auditioning will be the one that knocks it out of the park.
Working Professional Students
A sampling of my working professional students include: Nathan Kress (iCarly), Sky Townsend (Lucifer, Black Lady Sketch Show), Annie Gonzalez (Gentifed, Vida, Flamin’ Hot), Chad Broskey (Disney’s: Read it and Weep), Brit Flatmo (SUPER 8), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital – Contract Role), Laura Long (AMC’s TURN) and many more.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG}, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, Actors Equity Association (AEA and American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
Television & Film Acting Credits
Some of my TV/Film acting credits include: War Dogs (w/Jonah Hill & Miles Teller), Mad Men (Dir. Jon Hamm), Modern Family, Anger Management, Grey’s Anatomy, A Lesson in Romance (Starring Kristy Swanson) Jet Set, Good Trouble (Freeform), A Haunting At Silver Falls: The Return (Netflix/Amazon Prime).
I live in Los Angeles where I’m a company member of the prestigious Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA and The Musical Theatre Guild in residence at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. I was also an original member of the Savage Players in which LA Times critic David C. Nichols praised my work in The Psychic Life of Savages at the New LA Theater Center.
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