Our Founder & Aristic Director

Howard Fine
Howard Fine
For over a quarter of a century, Howard Fine has built an unshakeable reputation as the most gifted acting teacher in the business. In 1985, Howard began his career in Los Angeles by privately coaching students in his living room, but in 1988 had to expand to accommodate his growing classes. He became an instant and enduring sensation, a “first call” for actors and their representatives who know his teaching and direction defines careers. His studio relocated three times before occupying its present location in Hollywood. He received recognition for his teaching in 2006 when named “Best Acting Teacher in Los Angeles” in Back Stage’s ‘Best of Los Angeles’ issue.

During his 30-year teaching career, Howard has personally coached Hollywood stars including: Oscar winners Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto; Oscar nominees Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams, Salma Hayek, Bradley Cooper, and Will Smith; Golden Globe nominees Simon Baker, Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Shields, and Mark Harmon; and Emmy winners Kim Delaney, Sela Ward, and Michael Chiklis. Additionally, Howard has also worked with literally hundreds of actors including Chris Pine, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Gerard Butler, Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Dwayne Johnson, Val Kilmer, and Amy Smart . . . CONTINUE READING.

HFAS Administrator Director

Darcy St. Clair
Darcy St. Clair
Darcy St. Clair bio TBA

Our Incredible Faculty

Tim Bagley
Tim BagleyImprov Teacher
Teaches Comedy Improv for Actors.

Tim first studied improv with the acclaimed Paul Sills, from Second City in Chicago, and then went on to study at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.  He spent 1990 – 1995 writing and performing with the prestigious Groundlings Main Company, winning two LA Weekly awards.  Tim taught at the Groundlings school for over 15 years.  After his time with the Groundlings Tim studied extensively with Howard Fine.  Tim now has over 150 film and television credits.   . . . CONTINUE READING.

David Coury
David CouryVoice Teacher
Teaches Singing & Speech for Actors Program.

David Coury is an international voice expert and teacher who works with leading professionals within the entertainment industry including actors, broadcasters, and Top 40 recording artists. His proprietary voice and presentation method has transformed everyone – from his celebrity clients to corporate clients – into powerful and engaging professionals with potent vocal capabilities in their fields. Through teaching . . . CONTINUE READING.

Laura Gardner
Laura GardnerActing Teacher
Teaches Foundation Course, Scene Study, & Reading for the Pros.

Laura has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood for over 16 years. She has taught in Wales at The Actors Workshop and the Academy of Musical Theatre; in NYC at HB Studios, Stella Adler Institute, American Academy of Dramatic Arts; and for the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Mexico; she is also . . . CONTINUE READING.

Kristof Konrad
Kristof KonradAlexander Technique Teacher
Teaches Alexander TechniqueEmbodying the Character.

Kristof Konrad was born in Poland and trained as an actor at the National Dramatic Academy in Warsaw, Poland and the Alexander Fersen Academy in Rome, Italy. While in Poland, he studied and worked with theater and film masters Jerzy Grotowski and Andrzej Wajda. In the U.S., he has worked with directors Kenneth Branagh, Ron Howard, and Roland Emmerich. His acting credits include House of Cards, Scandal, Intelligence . . . CONTINUE READING.

Susan Leslie
Susan LesliePerforming Solo Teacher
Teaches Performing Solo.

Susan has acted in over 100 film and TV projects. She has acted opposite Oscar winners, Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, among others. In theater, she has earned an Ovation, LA Weekly, and a Garland Award through her many roles with writer/director Del Shores.

Susan has 10 years of experience as a script coordinator, editor, web-content writer, reviewer, writing contributor for “The Weekenders”, as well as the book, “Virgin Territory”. Her acclaimed One-Woman Play, “This Is Your Wake-Up Call” earned rave reviews in Los Angeles and the East Coast. . . CONTINUE READING.

Marilyn McIntyre
Marilyn McIntyreActing & Personalization Teacher
Teaches Personalization & Scene Study.

Marilyn McIntyre currently teaches at the HFAStudio, Los Angeles and the HFAStudio, Australia in Melbourne, where she is the Director of the Acting Program.  Along with Personalization, she teaches Foundation, Scene Study, and a new “Hagen Exercises” class in Melbourne. Marilyn also teaches in Los Angeles at the Ted Brunetti Studio (On-Camera), the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory at AFI (American Film Institute), and “Elon in LA” (sponsored by Elon University, NC).  She has also taught at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Old Globe/U of San Diego MFA Program, University of Southern California (USC), University of Texas, Austin (UT), LA City College Theatre Academy, among others. . . CONTINUE READING.

Parker Mills
Parker MillsPerforming Solo Teacher
Teaches Performing Solo.

Parker is an actor and writer, who has been performing his own material for nearly 20 years, including his acclaimed solo show, “Take My Life… Please”. His adaptation of Roald Dahl’s, “James and the Giant Peach”, has received productions in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Parker was also the co-creator of “That is SO Fake”, a Television concept optioned by Sony Television . . . CONTINUE READING.

Jean-Louis Rodrigue
Jean-Louis RodrigueAlexander Technique Teacher
Teaches Alexander Technique & Embodying the Character.

Movement Director and Acting Coach Jean-Louis Rodrigue has taught the Alexander Technique for 35 years and is a pioneer in its application to theater and film. His unique approach to movement education and to improving actors’ performance through character movement choreography has garnered international recognition. Most recently, Jean-Louis coached Matt Bomer in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for HBO . . . CONTINUE READING.