About Lesly Kahn & Co.

Feel like something is missing from your acting?

Think there must be a secret — and everybody knows it except you?

Well, you might be right. You very well might be missing something. You might even be missing a lot of things.

We determine exactly what’s missing from your acting. We then work our asses off to get you where you need to be, so you can start working ASAP.

You ready?

Our Approach

Discover a new way to look at your material.

Nail your next performance, whether you’re prepping for an audition, shooting a last-minute rewrite, or working on the same character for a decade.

What we teach isn’t some “new and improved” acting technique. It’s just a far more comprehensive way of reading the page.

It’s practical. It’s empowering. (Frankly, it’s pretty obvious.) We’re a bit mystified by the fact that no one else seems to be teaching it.

But make no mistake: There is work involved. LK&Co. isn’t for the faint of heart.

You want to work as an actor. Not just study. That’s why we provide real-world career guidance and feedback you can use right now.

We want you to work your butt off now, so that soon you can live your dream.

I was an actor.
Now I’m a teacher.

After receiving my Master’s Degree from a super ritzy drama school, I noticed that – in spite of my extensive (and expensive!) Method actor training – I didn’t have the vaguest idea how to actually act. Nor was I particularly clear about how I was supposed to obtain gainful employment in my chosen field. Clearly, I had a problem.

It wasn’t long before I landed a job teaching what I so clearly needed to learn, and soon I discovered a whole new way of approaching acting – one that was surprisingly fun, endlessly fascinating, and – lo and behold – worked. Like pretty much all the time.

The madness behind Method.

Method acting has provided us with some of the greatest performances of the past century – think Marlon Brando and James Dean. But that kind of preparation just doesn’t seem to cut it in today’s film, television, and alternative media markets (and let’s face it, that’s why you either schlepped out to LA, or are thinking of doing so, right?).

The Method, I found, was just peachy if you had four weeks of rehearsal, a superb cast, a wonderful director, and a trust fund, but not so spiffy for real life. What happens when you finally get the perfect audition, but only have a couple hours to “find” your character? What about when you have to do your scene with a French-speaking script supervisor because the star — who has already shot his coverage — is vacationing in Venezuela? What happens when your “muse” is nowhere to be found…when you just don’t “feel it”?

When I was under the spell of Method acting alone, I felt nothing and wondered what was wrong with me. Or I felt every single little thing acutely, intensely, interminably, all the time. And? No one seemed to notice. I could feel the crap out of it and still not book; I could not feel anything and book the crap out of it anyway.

Aha! I thought. What I was feeling didn’t actually matter! What mattered was that the audience felt something! (After all, they paid for the ticket. Or the cable. Or the Netflix.)

Acting should be effortless.

In addition, everything was out of my control: would I ever GET an audition? If so, when? How? Would the role be right for me? Would “They” think it was right for me? What were “They” looking for? Who were “They” anyway? How should I look? What should I wear?! Would I have to sneak out of my day job to get there? Would I get fired? (Probably.) Should I get fired? (Probably.) Should I quit my day job? (Absolutely.) Could I quit my day job? (Absolutely not.) Would “They” notice if I threw up in their garbage can?

Of course, I couldn’t do anything about any of it. Still can’t. Neither can you. But if you’re willing to try some stuff, I can probably fix it so that, at the very least, you can always count on your acting. Wouldn’t that be a relief?

Acting, I think, should be effortless – like breathing. You should be able to act brilliantly, whether you’re on location in the freezing cold desert at 4:00 a.m. with an octogenarian director chasing you around the make-up trailer (yup, that happened; I’ll tell you about it some time), cold reading Shakespeare at the Public Theatre, or auditioning for yet another FAST AND FURIOUS sequel.

That’s what I needed to be able to do — and couldn’t do — when I was acting. (I’m still pretty irritated about that. Can you tell?) So that’s what I want you to have: total and complete (and justifiable!) confidence in your own acting.

Acting is, after all, just behaving like a person. And I think you’re already one of those. Most – if not all – of you get better instantaneously (which is very cool to watch, by the way). But the real thrill is watching the even more dramatic changes and seeing the confidence . . . and independence . . . and the jobs . . . you get over time.

I can’t wait to get started.

My bio:

I’ve been in love with acting since I was a three-year-old klutz and fell off the lip of the stage into the arms of the audience.

I went to Cornell University, got a BFA in Acting from NYU, and an MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama. That was followed by some regional theatre, tv and a nomination for an Outer Circle Critic’s Award while I ran the BFA Program in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. There I created the Senior Showcase, which introduced a number of now well-known actors to the Business. I then moved to LA, booked a couple guest shots, some movies-of-the-week and a pilot and was, nevertheless, hopelessly miserable.

One bright, Sunday morning my friends and I were breakfasting at the Farmer’s Market, bemoaning the fate of the LA actor. “Have you ever been happy?” Inquired one particularly sensitive friend.

“Yup,” I said, inhaling a bagel. “When I was teaching acting in New York.” I said.

We stared at each other.

And started a class.

The rest is history, thanks to Josh Rosenzweig, Pamela Adlon, Stephanie Davis and Susie Balaban. Special thanks to the greatest acting teacher in the world , Barbara June Greener Patterson.

Love, LES


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Tyler Poelle

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Comedy Intensive
Technique Clinic
Ongoing

Your acting genie, Tyler is a game changer. Profound, a great communicator, and completely invested in his actors.

Trisha LaFache

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Comedy Intensive
Co-Taught Ongoing with Lesly
On-Camera Ongoing
On-Camera Workshop

Part George Carlin, part Jessica Rabbit, Trisha will make you laugh, make you cry, punch you for doing both, and make your acting ten times better.

Eric Nenninger

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Ongoing
Co-Taught Ongoing with Lesly

Part consummate professional, part inner child, and all genius, Eric is a one-stop shop for any actor looking to improve. It’s just too bad he’s not handsome.

Angelique Cabral

Instructor/Level 4 coach

Ongoing
Co-Taught Ongoing With Sally

Somehow, Ang manages to squeeze working non-stop as an actor in between all the classes she teaches. She overflows with experience, enthusiasm and Snapchat pix.

Tim Davis

Level 1 Coach

Acting Essentials

Part Rocky, part De Niro, total support. Tim's got your back for any audition.

Laura Keller

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Part Broadway, part Burning Man, Laura's the funniest person to make it to Everest base camp. Think of her as your tell-it-like-it-is, super smart, hilarious acting Sherpa.

Angel Parker

Level 3 Coach

Co-taught ongoing with Lesly

Relentless in her attention to every last detail, Angel is a warm, creative kick in the ass.

Nikki Hayden

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

We all know that Nikki is an amazing teacher, but what you might not know, is that she always has the best snacks. Spending time with her is like getting a warm hug, (from someone that you actually want to hug).

Lisa Linke

Level 2 Coach

Comedy Intensive
Writing U workshop

Melissa McCarthy's chutzpah with some Kristin Wiig quirk, you can take Lisa's Midwestern common sense straight from the heartland all the way to your callback.

Alexis Krause

Instructor/Level 3 Coach

Ongoing

An ethnically ambiguous Mary-Louise Parker meets Julia Louise-Dreyfus in a Kundalini yoga studio. She will unearth your full potential with tough love and spot on intuition. She's "Pure Genius"

Sean Samuels

Level 1 Coach

Want to feel instantaneously cooler? Just stand next to Sean. A man of many talents, this kind and generous Broadway performer is also an outstanding photographer, so he has a great eye. His abs aren’t too bad either.

Grant Jordan

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Don’t let his boy-band good looks fool you, Grant will point out what’s not working in your acting and lovingly help you find a way to fix it.

Caroline Day

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Working with Caroline is like working with a highly articulate, incredibly kind supermodel. Basically, she’s a unicorn, and who doesn’t love unicorns?

Alex Quijano

Level 2 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Smart, funny, sensitive, creative and charming - Alex has all the tools. Working with him is like a 5 course meal - you get a little bit of everything and it's all delicious.

Rebeka Montoya

Level 2 Coach

Technique Clinic

This Puerto Rican-Colombian powerhouse will whip your acting into shape so fast that she still has time to go home and paint a beautiful watercolor. You will amor her.

Eyal Podell

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Ongoing

If there is someone more versed in every detail that goes into a script, we haven't met him. His attention to every stroke that the writer has used comes from being a professional writer himself as well as a rich, nuanced actor. The intellectual of the studio.

Emma Fassler

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

If a hilarious magical fairy were an acting coach, that hilarious magical fairy acting coach would be Emma. (You just need to get past the part where all you want to do is hug her. Then you can get to work).

Tracy Weiler

Level 1 Coach

COACH IN RESIDENCE, New York City

Let this tiny powerhouse get you ready for any audition! New York smarts and Midwest nice wrapped up in a West Coast beach babe.

Jay Hayden

Level 3 Coach

Ongoing

When Jay gets a role in his hands, it's like a toddler found caffeine. He gives endless energy and joy to everyone that he works with. He's also in every commercial that you've ever seen. So there's that.

Emily Peck

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

If GOOP recommended acting coaches, Emily would be at the top of their list. She'll give you east coast "no nonsense” mixed with SoCal warmth, all while kicking your ass at softball.

Adam Korson

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Ongoing
Co-Taught Ongoing with Lesly

The love child of Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.

Tiffany Elle

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Comedy Intensive
Technique Clinic
Improv For Actors Workshop

The sweetest, most nurturing and most patient acting goddess/mermaid Los Angeles has to offer. Also possibly the funniest person on national television.

Joel Johnstone

Instructor/Level 3 Coach

Ongoing

If acting is a sport, Joel Johnstone is both the title-winning coach and the MVP of the All-Star Varsity team. All sports metaphors all the time.

Jolie Jenkins

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Ongoing

The stage mom you always wanted, Jolie is at once nurturing and honest, dispensing brilliant gems of insight with a spoonful of sugar.

Jim Mahoney

Level 3 Coach

Substitute Teacher

A tall drink of Irish coffee, Jim is a successful modern day triple threat: actor, screenwriter, original content creator, joke dispenser. Oops, we meant quadruple threat.

Sally Pressman

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Co-Taught Ongoing with Angelique

Pint-sized, but packs a lot of punch. Sally is the smartest (and loudest) person in the room.

Helen Highfield

Instructor/Level 3 Coach

Acting Essentials
Technique Clinic
Co-Taught Ongoing

A former professional faerie who kicks multi-cam butt while rocking a red lip.

Lilah Richcreek

Instructor/Level 3 Coach

Co-Taught Ongoing with Lesly
Technique Clinic

An unstoppable force of nature, Lilah is fearless, compassionate, insightful, and unfairly gorgeous.

Jill Remez

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Acting Essentials

Warm and nurturing, but also an energetic motivator, Jill always keeps it real and fun.

India de Beaufort

Level 3 Coach

If Mary Poppins was younger, drop-dead gorgeous, and spoke about acting with the wisdom of Yoda. And she has excellent hair.

Victoria Garcia Kelleher

Instructor/Level 4 Coach

Co-Taught Ongoing with Lesly

Rapid fire, witty, and straight to the point, Vikki will revolutionize your brain and your acting. She’ll probably also suggest that you meditate.

Jessica Kinsella

Level 2 Coach

Technique Clinic

Her brain moves fast. Her mouth moves even faster.

Dan Sanders-Joyce

Level 3 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Beware: when you're done working with Dan, you'll probably want to watch football with him.

Chris Ferro

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

An LA vibe with an East Coast honesty, we're not really sure what he does. But he's here an awful lot.

Eden Riegel

Level 3 Coach

Acting Essential’s Soap Opera Workshop

Don’t be fooled by her Snow White appearance: Eden is tough as nails. A multi-Emmy winning Soap Opera star, her warm, loving approach will bring you to tears. In a good way. A "you can cry-on-cue" kinda way.

Kelly Frye

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

Our classy Southern belle, Kelly focuses on the positive, leads with love, but takes no nonsense.

Ryan Bailey

Level 2 Coach

"Kahnversations" Podcast Host

Quick-witted and smart, with a fantastic talent for improvisation, Ryan is the Batman of acting coaches.

Brad Benedict

Level 1 Coach

Teaching Assistant

A young Matthew McConaughey meets Brad Pitt, it won’t be easy to focus around him. But have no fear -- B-Rad is all about the work.

Mallory McGill

Instructor/Level 2 Coach

Coach in Residence, Atlanta, GA

Mallory's enthusiasm is infectious and her genius unparalleled. The world that exists inside of her beautiful mind will leave you reeling.

Khaleesi

Greeting Committee

She's got strong opinions, and she's not afraid to share them. Like that of her mother, her bark is far worse than her bite.