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William & Elena Burns



Actors GYM Group Theater is a repertory company where you will be trained in the Lee Strasberg Method. You will be trained by a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, who studied privately with the Master for twenty years.

The Method is in-depth study of an actor’s persona; it is not easy, it is not whimsical, and it is the only Method that teaches an actor how to come from self, in each role, how to bring truth to each role; not pretend to be. Work includes building a character through intense sensory exercises, emotional memory, private moments, what if, and breaking down the beats. 

No other academy, teaching institution or acting class can claim even a small fraction of members who dominate the acclaimed work of actors, directors, and writers as does the Actors Studio. 


At the Actors GYM Group Theater, we duplicate The Method, that all of the members of the Actors Studio studied. At the A. G. G. T. you will receive the same training that Lee Strasberg taught, by life member of The Actors Studio, William Paul Burns.

Classes are ongoing on Thursdays (3-5 p.m.) at the Zephyr Theater, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A.

Interviews and Auditions required for membership into the Actors GYM Group Theater.

William has been a Life member of the Actors Studio over 25 years and studied privately with Lee Strasberg for 10 years. Stared in 14 Feature Films, Dozens of Television Shows, and 7 Broadway Plays, along with numerous Off Broadway and Regional Theatre Productions. William was on staff at Princeton University for years. He had a 7 year contract with Universal Studios and was the principle in over 200 National Network Commercials. His work as “Kilroy” in Tennessee Williams play “Camino Real,” was filmed and placed in the National Archives, Lincoln Centre, NYC.


Directors William has worked with: Francis Ford Coppola, Lamont Johnson, Mel Brooks, Joshua Logan, Albert Marr, Lee Strasberg, Vivian Matalon, Hector Olivera (Argentina), Robert Weaver, Thomas Job (Germany), Andy Monahan (England).

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