Staff

All coaches have been trained extensively by Michael Woolson and are proficient in the technique taught at Michael Woolson Studio.

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Michael Woolson
Private Coaching
Following a decade of work in front of the camera, Michael Woolson realized his true passion as an acting coach in the film industry. After developing a course on acting for UCLA in 1998, Woolson began coaching at The Larry Moss Studio, where he coached for three years. In 2001 he founded the Michael Woolson Studio in LA, a theatre located adjacent to Beverly Hills where he and his colleagues conduct classes and hold productions. Some of Michael’s directorial endeavors have included Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, produced by Danny Devito, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Women & Wallace, John Patrick Shanley’s 4 Dogs & A Bone, Cock by Michael Bartlett, and Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers.

Michael Woolson has become one of the most prominent and respected acting coaches in Los Angeles having worked with a number of Academy Award nominees and winners. He is recognized for his unique ability to cultivate depth and authenticity from his students in an environment that is nurturing and inspiring. Woolson has worked with thousands of actors from talented up-and-comers to award-winning celebrities with successful careers. He is the author of several books on acting: The Work of an Actor and Emotion on Demand: An Actor’s Workbook for Mastering Emotional Triggers which are currently being adopted for use as textbooks in many colleges and universities across the country.

Michael Woolson has a deep-seated interest in architecture and resides in a historical landmark home built in the early 1930s in the South Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles. Married to holistic nutritionist, Rachel Avalon, he believes firmly in the principles of clean and sustainable energy.


Michelle Krusiec
Michelle Krusiec
Private Coaching
Michelle Krusiec is bi-lingual in Mandarin and English and her work as a multi-hyphenate actor/writer, and more recently as a director, has spanned over two decades. She is the only Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actress for the Chinese Language Oscar, the Golden Horse. In films, Ms. Krusiec’s credits include Saving Face (Golden Horse Nomination), Far North (Venice 2007), and The Invitation (SXSW 2015), just to name a few. In television, Ms. Krusiec starred in her own NBC sitcom, One World (1998-2001) and has guested/recurred on an endless array of TV shows. On stage, Ms. Krusiec recently starred off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in the original play Wild Goose Dreams written by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman. Krusiec also starred in the Broadway International Tour of David Henry Hwang’s play Chinglish directed by Leigh Silverman. As a writer, Ms. Krusiec holds a certification in screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Program (2012). She also executive produced, wrote and directed the original digital series Scenes From a Real Marriage. As the newest addition to the Michael Woolson Studio, Michelle is excited to bring her breadth of experience to the table as an acting coach.


Frederick Stuart
Frederick Stuart
Private Coaching
Frederick Stuart started his acting career 25 years ago when he was chosen as a 2nd year student at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to perform Romeo at Dame Peggy Ashcroft’s Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey. He performed along side British acting royalty Sir John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole, Ben Kingsley, Judy Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm as well as Harold Pinter and Peter Hall and was directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Trevor Nunn.
He toured Great Britain and appeared in the West End playing Jean in Strinberg’s Miss Julie. In London he played Lord Byron in Bloody Poetry, Konstantin in The Seagull , Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd.
Here in Los Angeles he is a Resident Artist at A Noise Within Theatre Company in Pasadena where he has played numerous roles including Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Cassius in Julus Caesar, Edmund in King Lear, Richmond in Richard III, Nandor in The Guardsman, Sidney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities,Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia and Hamlet in Hamlet.
He has worked with The Independent Shakespeare Company playing Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bollingbrook in Richard II, Jaques in As You Like it as well as Crab the Dog in Two Gentlemen of Verona.
He has worked extensively in Film and TV currently starring in Empty Space on Amazon Prime.
Other credits include The Last Tycoon, The Odyssey, Keen Eddie, Trail of Tears, Queen of the East, The Delivery, Alive and Kicking, El Cartel, The Chief, The Bill, Dreaming of Joseph Lees, The Geeks, Romeo and Juliet.


Galadriel Stineman
Galadriel Stineman
Private Coaching, Young Adult Audition Technique
Galadriel Stineman began teaching for The Michael Woolson Studio in 2012. In addition to training with Michael for several years, Galadriel’s acting education includes master study with many top teachers in Los Angeles and graduation from UCB’s improv and sketch program. Experienced in both comedy and drama, Galadriel is known for teaching technique in a simple, approachable way and for helping dramatic actors learn to translate their craft into truthful comedy. An established working actor, Galadriel has been working in TV and film for over a decade. She has become known for her five-season role as Cassidy Finch, Axl’s braniac tutor-turned-girlfriend on ABC’s “The Middle.” Other notable roles include “9-1-1,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Shameless,” “True Blood,” “Bones,” “Glee,” and PS4’s wildly successful “Until Dawn” and most recently in NBC’s “Law and Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders.” Galadriel’s work has been recognized with several Best Actress awards, including the Incredifest Film Festival and Indie Horror Film Festival.


Michael Connors
Michael Connors
Private Coaching, Acting for Camera Class
Michael Connors, is an experienced acting coach, director and actor. His teaching and coaching methods blend an eclectic mix of traditional and personal influences that provide actors of all levels personalized, specific tools and adjustments geared toward creating a more effortless, spontaneous and organic performance. Michael’s staging of the West Coast premiere of Limonade Tous Les Jous by Chuck Mee was honored with four LA Weekly Theatre Award nominations (including Best Director) and went on to win three. Michael is a graduate of The Acting Conservatory at SUNY@Purchase, the Co-Artistic Director of the YoYo Theater Co., a member of the DNA Directors Lab and an Actor/Director with the Obie Award winning theater company The Barrow Group.Additional training includes Directing Actors with Seth Barrish, Michael Howard’s Master scene study class and The Actor Director Lab with Judith Weston.As an actor, Michael has worked in theater Off-Broadway, and regionally, as well as in episodic TV and in major motion pictures and independents. He has done numerous National commercials and Voiceovers along with narration and VO for film.


“I’ve known Michael for twenty years and his work as an actor & director has been one of simplicity, honesty and intelligence with a keen eye for what matters to all of us.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman