About Us

Stan KirschA native New Yorker and cum laude graduate of Duke University, Stan spent his twenties working successfully as an actor. With over a hundred hours of film and television to his credit, Stan’s resume includes FRIENDS, JAG, FAMILY LAW, and a five year stint on the TV series HIGHLANDER. When he hit thirty, Stan got behind the camera for the first time. He has since directed several short and industrial films, notably STRAIGHT EYE: THE MOVIE (Alan Dale, UGLY BETTY and Rex Lee, ENTOURAGE), US ONE NIGHT (Alison Brie, MAD MEN and Liza Weil, GILMORE GIRLS), and the animated television pilot SUPERBUDDIES. Stan has also cast a variety of projects including BREAKDOWN, TRANSGRESSIONS (nominated for a 2007 BAFTA Award for Best Short Film), three seasons of the MTV series INVINCIBLE, and Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER for Walt Disney Studios.

For the past decade Stan has also been one of the most prominent and sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles. In that time he has worked with thousands of actors to hone their craft and garner success in an otherwise elusive industry. His clientele, comprised of working actors throughout the business, have booked literally hundreds of roles from TV series regulars to film leads, recurring roles and guest stars. In 2008 he and his wife formed Stan Kirsch Studios, where he currently works to further the success of actors on a daily basis.

Director Reel

Kristyn Green (Operations Manager) In 2008 Kristyn co-founded Stan Kirsch Studios with her husband Stan Kirsch, where she currently serves as the Operations Manager. She helps run and oversee every aspect of the studio, giving the most personalized and caring experience to each actor who comes through the door. Prior to her work at SKS, Kristyn was also an actress and television host. She appeared opposite Debra Messing on USA Network’s THE STARTER WIFE and graced the big screen alongside Faye Dunaway, Ed Begley Jr., Amy Acker and Danica McKellar in the feature film 21 AND A WAKEUP. Horror film fans will also recognize Kristyn as one of the leads of CARVER, which is quickly becoming a cult classic. From 2008-2010 she has been the host and writer of TRUE COUNTRY, GoTV Networks’ weekly rundown on the country music industry.

Kristyn has also worked extensively behind the camera, most recently as the casting director of Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER for Walt Disney Studios. From 2003-2005 Kristyn ran BROADWAY BABIES, an organization designed to bring dance and musical theatre to children throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.

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Colleen Foy (Faculty Teacher) Upon graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a major in theatre, Colleen spent a year touring the country as “Alice” in ALICE IN WONDERLAND with the National Theatre of the Deaf. She was the only hearing member of NTD’s Company in the 2004-2005 season. That year she taped several segments for the classic show SESAME STREET teaching the “Sign Language Word of the Day” to millions of children. After living in hotels for a year, Colleen relocated to Los Angeles to start her TV and film career. She has filmed several national commercials and primetime TV appearances, most recently guest starring on FRANKLIN & BASH, COLD CASE, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, THE CLIENT LIST and SWINGTOWN. In 2007 she made her feature film debut in the Academy Award winning film THERE WILL BE BLOOD, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

After working with Stan for years, Colleen began serving as a coach and teacher at Stan Kirsch Studios and has quickly become a client favorite!!

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Jamie Renée Smith (Faculty Teacher) Jamie Renée Smith has been professionally acting since she was a kid. After landing her first guest starring role on SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS at the tender age of six, she has continued to work consistently for the past twenty years. Her numerous television appearances include THE NANNY, ER, GROUNDED FOR LIFE, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BONES, NCIS, WEEDS,CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, TRUE BLOOD and more. She’s also appeared in many feature films such as MVP: MOST VALUABLE PRIMATE and the most popular being the then box-office hit DANTE’S PEAK starring Pierce Brosnan.

Jamie graduated from UCLA cum laude with a B.A. in theatre and it was there that she learned of her love for the stage. During her college career she appeared in several shows including RABBIT HOLE, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, DOG SEES GOD, and an original piece entitled WHO IS SELMA TELLER?

Jamie started studying with Stan in 2012 and since then has been honored to begin her tenure as both a teacher and private coach at SKS.

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Staci Roberts Steele (Faculty Teacher/Studio Coordinator) Staci graduated from Vassar College and soon moved to Chicago where she studied and was a regular performer at IO Chicago, Second City and various local improv troupes. Since moving to LA, Staci has appeared on PARKS AND RECREATION, AGENTS OF S.H.E.I.L.D, 90210, as well as LARRY GAYE: RENEGADE MALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT and the Paramount feature THE BIG SHORT.

Staci has been studying with Stan since 2014. She soon began teaching and coaching and also serves as the Studio Coordinator.

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DaJuan Jonson (Studio Coach) After receiving his BA in Theater from the University of Florida, DaJuan went on to receive a MFA from Colorado State University. In addition to making numerous appearances on stage, DaJuan’s extensive film and TV credits include PRIME SUSPECT, 24, THE PROTECTOR, PRIVATE PRACTICE, CSI, criminal minds, LINCOLN HEIGHTS, CSI:NY, PEDRO and CAGED ANIMAL. Currently he recurs on GENERAL HOSPITAL and will soon share the screen with Lauren Ambrose in the feature film THINK OF ME.

DaJuan has worked with Stan more than six years and began teaching and coaching at SKS in 2010.

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Ari Frenkel (Studio Coach)

Ari graduated from Montclair State University with his BFA in Acting.  During his time there he won the prestigious Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Acting Competition at both the regional and national levels.  He’s worked professionally in theaters around the country and has starred in many independent films and commercials.  Ari consistently creates his own content including a feature film, three shorts, and most recently a comedy web series called “Sorry, Ari.”

Ari has been studying with Stan since the fall of 2014.  He’s grateful and humbled to be on such a passionate and talented teaching staff.

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Josh Brener (Studio Coach)Josh was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he began acting and performing at age 12. He went on to attend Harvard College and studied acting at the American Repertory Theatre while performing annually with the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Upon moving to LA, Josh began his professional acting career as a series regular on the TBS comedy GLORY DAZE. Since then, he has guest starred on GLEE, BIG BANG THEORY and HOUSE OF LIES.

Josh has worked with Stan since 2008 and began his tenure as a coach and teacher at SKS in 2010.