The Actors Study

"Actors go through intense training so you can't tell how hard they're working."



It's about the work. When Brett Edwards drove into Los Angeles, his car packed with a few garbage bags of clothes, he had no idea he was walking into one of the biggest scams the town had to offer. Like many acting schools, aspiring actors leave with only that moniker—someone who always aspires but will never be. It wasn't until he found the John Kirby Acting Studio that he developed his craft. Having worked under and been mentored by John Kirby (touted by The Hollywood Reporter as, " actor's guardian angel"), Brett developed a strong foundation that enabled him to become a working actor in the most competitive of industries, which he continues to this day. Since joining John Kirby in 2010, Brett has appeared in many films and television shows, including: American Sniper, The Longest Ride, Westworld, Grey's Anatomy, Narcos: Mexico, Lethal Weapon, True Detective, and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, among others. He's worked for industry titans Clint Eastwood and George Tillman, and shared the screen with Academy Award Winners Bradley Cooper and J.K. Simmons, along with an extensive list of well known talent: Thandie Newton, Scoot McNairy, Scott Eastwood, Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz, Alejandro Edda, Morris Chestnut, Luke Mitchell, Damon Wayans, Cory Hardrict, Owain Yeoman, Patton Oswalt, Mario Van Peebles, and Ana de la Reguera. 

The Actors Study is for anyone wanting to take their practical, working knowledge of the craft to new levels—novice and new actors are welcome. But this isn't a theory or technique class. It's not a, "we'll make you famous or get you an agent," class. This is a trial by fire, a learn by doing accumen that gives actors the opportunity to PERFORM and develop their scenes each week, building their confidence. Having learned firsthand from John Kirby on how to apply fundamentals to the specific individual, The Actors Study will raise the bar for what it means to be an actor.

Class Breakdown

With a cap of 20 students per class, The Actors Study will pair scene partners and issue a new scene every three weeks. Actors are required to rehearse outside of class in order to be BE OFF-BOOK before your first peformance.


On the day of class, actors will show up with their wardrobe (to a respectable degree). Scenes will run anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Actors are to perform their scene as if it were a performance. Following the scene, the actors will receive notes from Brett that they are expected to rehearse and implement in the following week's performance.


30 Minute scenes!?

Longer scenes allow more time for character development, for progression, to be fully enveloped in the stakes at hand. It's imperative the actor first PREPARE, then fully EXECUTE and PERFORM the scene, or they lose any possibility of originality.

The Instructor

For information about Brett Edwards, click here.

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