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, including 2023 Golden Globe Winners, Austin Butler (“Elivs“) & Evan Peters (“Dahmer-Monster: The Jerffery Dahmer Story“). 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.