Laura Gardner, Acting Teacher

Laura has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood for over 18 years. She has taught in Wales at The Actors Workshop and the Academy of Musical Theatre, in NYC at HB Studios, Stella Adler Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and for the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Mexico and has been a featured artist at The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska for the last 9 years.

You may have seen Laura and her actor husband, Frank Collison, recurring on  My Name is Earl. Her other TV and film credits include Shredd as Jason Lee’s mom (series regular), Castle, Law and Order: L.A., The Forgotten with Christian Slater, Criminal Minds, Crash, ER, The West Wing, Close to Home, and many others. She has appeared on and off Broadway, national tours, and major theatres around the country.

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the LA Weekly for her performance in Fighting Words and was honored by Media Access for her 20 years of teaching actors with disabilities.

Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers, and HB Studio, where she studied with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld.

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‘Laura’s unwavering dedication to help others is what makes her unique as a teacher. Whether it’s preparing for an audition, working on stage, in a film, or rehearsing a scene for class, Laura has the necessary tools and experience to help you create your best work. She is truly brilliant at acknowledging what each individual excels at naturally, and in a positive and constructive way she encourages them to embrace, explore, and tackle fears and challenges as they arise. By asking her students to dig deeper she is able to help them develop confidence, and the ability to create rich, believable, and compelling characters. My training with Laura has proven invaluable and has given me a foundation that I continue to draw from each and every day as a working actor.’
Beth Riesgraf, Actress (The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, NCIS)
‘Working with Laura Gardner not only helped me to become better at my craft of acting but also because of her amazing presence as a teacher allowed me to take chances without fear. I’ve truly become a much better actor all around because of her. Between scene study & private coaching Laura is the one stop shop for all actors!’
McKenzie Westmore, Actress (Star Trek, Passions, All My Children)