Taking a Class at The Actors’ Gang

The Style is a unique form of acting developed at the Actors’ Gang over its many years of history. It includes elements of Commedia dell’Arte, mask work, viewpoints, and focuses on developing emotional states. We work always in one of four states of emotion: Happy, Afraid, Sad, or Angry. Every show at the Actors’ Gang utilizes the Style in varying degrees of subtlety.

The best way to get involved in our training program is by attending our shows and seeing how we work.  You will see The Style in action and see if it is a technique and environment that is right for you.

  • When does the class meet and how often?

    The evening class meets on Mondays, 6:00 – 11:00 pm for 8 weeks and the afternoon class meets on Thursdays, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for 8 weeks.

  • How much does the class cost?

    $500 (for 8 weeks).

  • How do I become a company member?

    The Actors’ Gang is an ensemble based theater company that trains once a week together in The Style. The classes are a way for us to introduce The Style to actors interested in the company.  Through the classes, we choose associate company members to join the company.  By having taken the classes, these associates easily transition into the company workshop with a strong knowledge of The Style.

  • Can I audit a class?

    We do not open all of our classes to the public to audit.  However, the final classes of every Monday and Thursday 8-week session are open to the public to come and observe. Please email training@theactorsgang.com for the next Final Presentation.

  • Where can I find more information about the Style?

    We recommend attending our shows and watching the following video.


Auditions for our next Monday Class will be held on August 20th, at 6:00 pm.
Auditions for our next Thursday Class will be held on August 23rd at 12:00 pm 

Please RSVP to training@theactorsgang.com if you plan to attend.  People will be seen in a group and the audition will consist of movement exercises and group work.  Therefore, you do not need to prepare a monologue or any material but you do need to be prepared to play and stay the evening.  This is not a traditional audition so have fun!  Please come in clothes and shoes you can move in.

The audition will be held at the theater.  The address is 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.  If you are searching for it using a smart phone, search for Media Park.  We are the only building in Media Park.

You can park in the Trader Joes parking structure across from us on Culver Blvd (the first two hours are free) or you can park on Venice Blvd. (2 hour street parking).

You must bring a hard copy of your headshot and resume to the auditions.

The class is a way for us to introduce our signature technique in which we work to others. Building on the Commedia dell’Arte style of Bigot’s Théâtre du Soleil, which employs stock characters, masks and white-face, we have developed “The Style”, a technique used in all of our productions and outreach programs. The class meets Mondays and the fee is $500 for an 8-week session.  Payment plans are available by request. Through our Monday adult classes, we find new company members. New company members qualify to be considered for shows and become part of our education and outreach programs.

The Master Teaching Artist

Cynthia Ettinger, master teacher, is a director, trainer, coach and actress in Los Angeles, who starred on the HBO hit series Carnivale, as well as appeared on Deadwood, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Her films include Silence of the Lambs and Frailty among others.

With The Actors’ Gang she has appeared in such productions as The Seagull, Mephisto, and Self-Defense. She also  co-conceived and directed The Actors’ Gang production of I’m not a Racist but…

Ms. Ettinger currently serves as the Co-Artistic Director for the company which she has been a member of for 30 years.

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