Quotes

Mila Kunis
Black Swan, Oz: The Great and Powerful |
Golden Globe Nominee
“I was given the privilege of working with Michael and the gift of walking away with new insights and a deeper performance. He inspires you to do your best work and go beyond any obstacle you may face.”

Anson Mount
Hell On Wheels, Conviction
“Michael Woolson’s coaching is squarely grounded in the actor’s individuality and sense of self. He has an intelligence which is immediately apparent, but one that he does not wear on his sleeve. It is an emotional intelligence which he uses to step into the unique mindset of any actor, take him or her by the hand, and look at all the possibilities. Once choices are made, play ensues and real inspiration follows.”

Hailee Steinfeld
True Grit, Ender’s Game, Romeo & Juliet |
Acadamy Award Nominee
“I have been coaching with Michael for years. Michael’s instruction and techniques have given me the confidence to completely morph into the character I am portraying. I love that he truly understands me, and is able to push me beyond my abilities to get the very best out of me every time. It’s working, thank you Michael.”

Evan Peters
X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story, Kick Ass
“Working with Michael is a joy and it always proves just how dedicated he is to the craft. He is so invested in the material its as if he were taking on the role himself. Michael teaches you to trust yourself while examining and expanding on your choices until you feel they are the best ones for the project. Finding an environment rich in creativity rather than scrutiny has been a relief. He’s also taught me confidence when I needed it most. I would highly recommend Michael Woolson to any actor wishing to further his or her technique and creative process.”

Beau Mirchoff
Awkward, Desperate Housewives
“Michael’s like a freeway exit sign: unassuming, easy to read, and tremendously helpful. Without Michael I’d be in Guadalajara pinching pesos wondering where I am and what I’m doing with my life. Michael makes you a compassionate actor equipped with the tools to succeed. He gives you the shovel and tells you where the water is; it is up to you to dig the well “

Kyle Gallner
CBGB, Nightmare on Elm Street, Haunting in Connecticut, Big Love
“I had emotional walls higher then I ever imagined, and thanks to Michael, they were slowly shattered. I wouldn’t have the career I have today if it wasn’t for him. He took a guy with some natural ability and turned him into an actor. He taught me to be open and to be brave with my work. And just from being in class and acting and having all the personal discoveries, I have become a better person. I have so much more to learn, and will always keep learning, and I am proud to have him teach me.”

Meghan Markle
Suits, Horrible Bosses, Remember Me
“I’ve done private coaching with Michael for several years. He helps you see the material clearly — to step back for a moment and figure out the strongest choices — and most importantly, what you can bring to it that is authentic and special to you. He’s a breath of fresh air in this often hectic industry of ours, and an incredibly valuable coach.”

Torrey Devitto
The Rite, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars
“Meeting and working with Michael changed not only my work, but also who I was as a person. He showed me how to reach depths and look into areas of myself I didn’t even know were there. His teachings completely shaped who I am as an actor.”

Jonny Weston
The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Taken 3, Project Almanac
“I have been studying with Michael for years. His technique has taught me how to create a character, while still maintaining the human element that makes all performances worth watching. His classes are focused on a relentless search for emotional honesty and raw human behavior. Because of Michael’s technique I was able to always perform at my best and most creative, despite extreme circumstances. Actors dream of being able to listen clearly to their instincts. Woolson’s coaching will give you the tools to hear your instincts, and the power to act on them”

Molly Quinn
Castle, Christmas Carol, Hansel and Gretel
“Michael Woolson’s classes are for the courageous student ready for honest evaluation and a higher level of performance. His approach is based on classic techniques as well as his own personal discoveries and innovations. By taking the whole actor into consideration, Michael brings out the best in his students by thoughtfully integrating the actor’s unique self into rich, multi-dimensional, authentic characters. Not only am I a better actor from studying with him, I am also a better person.”

Kenny Johnson
Bates Motel, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield
“Michael Woolson’s calling was to teach and give back all that he’d learned from years of acting and studying with the greats. When I first took class with Michael I was immediately struck by how genuine and honest a person he is. Michael is extremely fearless in his approach and I love his commitment to the craft. Always learning, always growing, always caring; he is as straightforward as you can get. Michael also has incredible instincts and with this all combined the results speak for themselves. He coaches students that are nominated for Oscars and star in studio features and TV series. He’s brilliant and the words in his books ring so true and are so effortless. I love this guy.”

Amanda Fuller
Last Man Standing, Grey’s Anatomy
“You teach. You preach. You talk. You create. You uplift. You reveal and you integrate. But most importantly, you inspire. Thank you for being an inspiration in my life and for being my guide.”

Justin Chon
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, 21 and Over
“I am still in the infancy of my artistic journey but delighted to have a great guide like Michael. He is not about ego, his intention is to further your journey as an artist. When you bring in good work he is genuinely excited to help you rather than feel threatened like many acting teachers. I cannot count the number of times we were on the floor (well at least i was) laughing because we came up with some funny ass shit. I have booked many jobs working with Michael. That is never the main goal but it just happens when you’re having so much fun. Trust me he’s like the Jesus of acting.”

David Giuntoli
Grimm
“Michael is passionate, honest, and relentless. He inspires his students to overcome the fear and laziness that impedes them from developing their craft. I am grateful to work with him.”

Tyler Williams
Dear White People, Everybody Hates Chris, Go On
“After reaching a level of success at a young age due to natural talent, I had hit a wall. I lacked technique and was fairly unavailable emotionally when I decided to begin working with Michael. He brilliantly helped me find a way to break down walls emotionally, deepen my connection to the material, and get rid of the many crutches I had developed over time in my work. This has given me a solid foundation and I attribute most the success I’ve had since to studying with him.”

Devon Graye
American Horror Story, Dexter
“Without question, I have had an immense transformation as an actor thanks to Michael’s coaching. I have evolved into a territory I never thought possible thanks to his strong, yet refreshingly gentle guidance. Michael LOVES what he does and possesses an overwhelming joy in seeing his students succeed. You get the feeling he is ‘for you’ within the first five minutes of meeting him. Although blunt criticism is an integral part of learning, I believe that true success is born from encouragement and nurturing. Michael delivers it all with an unwavering love for the craft and his students. I owe him quite a lot.”

Jeanine Mason
Delirium, Bunheads
“It’s impossible to justifiably articulate; Michael is a genius. He is a master at identifying a moment of uncertainty, addressing its existence, and rooting it in truth. I have never existed more authentically in my work than I have with his guidance. I have a hell of a way to go, but it’s a whole lot less daunting with Michael on my side.”

Josh Zuckerman
90210, Sex Drive
“Michael Woolson perpetually inspires me to move forward with awe in my work. A teacher with acute dexterity and compassion. A sage, a decoder, a confidant and a generous storyteller. In short, an acting guru who has provided me with a technique parachute.”

Leo Nam
Murder of a Cat, Vantage Point, Perfect Score
“Michael Woolson is amazing. He allows you to understand the fundamental instinctive choice that you have, and nurtures you to own the greatness of yourself through the work. An incredibly instinctive and diverse eye, with the heart and generosity of a Master.”

Erin Moriarty
Bloodfather, True Detective, The Watch
“Working with Michael has given me the opportunity to delve into characters with depth and enthusiasm. He has helped me analyze material and bring my roles to life, thus driving me to give my best performance. When I started working with Michael, it immediately started to yield results; I gained confidence, improved my technique, and added so many layers to my acting. I cannot stress how much I have grown as an actor under his guidance. His help has been invaluable and I feel so lucky to have found him.”

Josie Loren
The Mentalist, 21 and Over, 17 Again
“It ultimately comes down to this: You are the reason I have a career. You taught me with such love and patience that ignited my passion for acting after it had been taken from me years before. It is because of you that I have come so far and am in the place I find myself in today.”

Kerris Dorsey
Roy Donovan, Moneyball
“I consider myself lucky to have found Michael. He’s coached me on every major role I’ve booked. In every lesson I take from him, I learn so much. He is a funny, smart, patient, kind teacher and person, and he inspires his students to not only want to be great actors, but also great people.”

Michael Welch
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn
“Michael has given me a lot of confidence as an actor. He’s helped me deepen my work, make it more specific, and pulled me through any creative slump I’ve had. Michael has made me want to work harder and brought my craft to a whole new level. He is the Daniel Day-Lewis of acting teachers.”

Alison Scagliotti
Warehouse 13
“Michael Woolson calls to mind too many explicit adjectives to list. How can I describe someone who has been a teacher, friend, guru and confidante since the beginning? Michael you are a genius, a gift, a credit to your species and an all around badass. Here’s to a future as brilliant as you are.”
Clients of Michael have had leading and co-starring roles in…

 

FILMS
The Devil’s Knot, The Amazing Spiderman, Chasing Mavericks, 21 and Over, Moneyball, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Black Swan, True Grit, Hunger Games, Fun Size, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, We Bought a Zoo, Twilight, Nightmare on Elm St, Haunting in Connecticut, Terminator: Salvation, Ramona and Beezus, Orphan, Cherry, Nim’s Island, Jennifer’s Body, A Christmas Carol, Sex Drive, Walk the Line, Drill Bit Taylor, Jack & the Beanstalk, The Poker House, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Opposite Day, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Sin City 2, Little Miss Sunshine, Funny Games, The Hottest State, Polar Express, School Of Rock, Riding In Cars With Boys, Feast, Pretty Persuasion, Kicking & Screaming, Thirteen, Surviving Christmas, ATL, American Pie 2, Magnolia, The Patriot, October Sky, City Of Angels, Soul Food, Austin Powers, Not Another Teen Movie, Orange County, The Butterfly Effect, The Hulk, Battle Of Shaker Heights, Holes, Old School, Analyze This, Analyze That, Signs, Ender’s Game & Meet the Parents
TV
New Girl, American Horror Story, The Daily Show, Glee, Life, True Blood, House, The Middle, 90210, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Boston Legal, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Heroes, Reaper, Monk, My Name is Earl, ER, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, Dirty Sexy Money, Entourage, Desperate Housewives, Conviction, That 70’s Show, Will & Grace, The War at Home, One Tree Hill, Joan of Arcadia, Law & Order: SVU, Navy NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, The OC, The Shield, Sex & The City, American Dreams, Smallville, American Family, Everwood, Gilmore Girls, The Division, Ally McBeal, Frasier, Suddenly Susan, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Malcolm In The Middle, The Drew Carey Show, Chicago Hope, Once & Again, The Practice, Family Law, Boston Public, Felicity, Dawson’s Creek, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dark Angel, Last Man Standing & The X-Files