Pro Actors Lab


…from past and current students …In Praise of David Rotenberg…

"I have never worked with someone I trust more to help me navigate the rhythms and subtleties of an entire script, and help me to understand all of the opportunities it contains for me to help tell the story as an actor. His wide range of experience and interests make him much more than just an acting teacher. He is a fiercely dedicated storyteller, and he expects and encourages that same dedication from you."
  —Patrick J. Adams (star of Suits, Luck)

"I've studied with many people over the years and I've learned to take what works for me and leave what doesn't. David's approach really resonates with me. His practice encourages actors to always dig deeper. When I use the tools I've learned from him, it makes the difference between a 'solid' audition and a 'spectacular' audition."
  —Trenna Keating (Defiance, Orphan Black)

"David's passion for the craft of acting is infectious. His tireless pursuit of mining the truth and vulnerability from his students is matched only by his commitment to ensuring that each and every actor who steps through his door explores the essence of their own uniqueness, and makes their work as compelling as humanly possible."
  —Jonas Chernick, writer/star of Borealis, Lucid, My Awkward Sexual Adventure

"I would not be a working actor if not for the education and guidance that David has given me in the 17+ years I've known him."
  —Ennis Esmer (Blindspot, Red Oaks, The Listener)

"David will find the actor in you and pull it out. His approach to teaching is unlike anything I've seen. His dedication to his students is paralleled by his love for the craft. The best acting I've ever done has been in his classroom. He teaches his actors to read beyond the lines, to find the true meaning behind the words and ultimately to give the most compelling performance. When you leave his classroom, you feel like you've been a part of something special."
  —Jordan Hayes (Helix, House at the End of the Street, The F Word)

"If living truthfully under the given circumstances is the goal then I would suggest (after 25 years of studying with just about everyone) that David Rotenberg's approach is the clearest explication of how to get there. My only regret about studying with David is that I didn't find him twenty years ago."
  —Christopher Grove (Agent Carter, Pretty Little Liars, ER, CSI:NY)

"Studying with David has undeniably changed the way I work, and helped me take my craft to the next level. Allowing me to find honesty and detail, not only in my on camera work, but it all aspects of my process as an actor."
  —Ian Lake (MacBeth, Mary Stuart at Stratford, Once)

"I got rid of my bad habits, acting hang-ups and nerves at The LAB with David Rotenberg. He left me with the good stuff, and I use that to book jobs."
  —Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries)

"As a series regular on a major network show, the demands of an actor could be difficult. Mr. Rotenberg coached me episode by episode, and made the process practical and efficient [while] still achieving the best results on-camera and in all my scenes. Very wise, very experienced. I am very humbled to have David at my fingertips—even via Skype all the way from the west coast. Thank you!"
  —Shamier Anderson (Wynonna Earp, The Next Step)

"David Rotenberg is the most knowledgeable, articulate, and compassionate acting coach I've worked with. The depth of the internal work is unlike anything else you will find in Los Angeles."
  —David Julian Hirsh (Weeds, Hawthorne)

"David Rotenberg has single-handedly had the most profoundly positive impact on the course of my career and my love of acting."
  —Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys, Hemlock Grove)

"Like a great Jazz composer, David Rotenberg's teaching and method consistently inspire me to take risks and discover the surprising and truthful moment with my fellow artists. With an unparalleled attention to the work and the artist, David shines a bright light on the noble and transformative power of channeling one?s life experience through acting."
  —Noam Jenkins (Rookie Blue, Watch Dogs, Saw II, John Q)

"David has been invaluable to my career. His breadth of knowledge combined with deeply curious and compassionate heart has made him the master teacher and coach that he is today and has been for the past 30+ years. He is quite possibly the most observant person I have ever met. He's used the natural gift to help us actors quickly find our way inside our characters. He is a laser. For me he has the incredible ability to say one observation of who the character might be and that alone becomes my launching point. He lights the fire. But most of all I believe David teaches from a place of wanting his students to succeed outside of the room and not just in class. He wants us to work and to work a lot. He wants his teaching to be practical and immediately applicable. David has coached me to both ACTRA and CSA nominations. But more so, he has coached me to become a better, more giving, more present, and more alive actor. I will always and will continue to be very, very grateful to have worked with him for the past 16+ years."
  —Joris Jarsky (Saving Hope, Wynonna Earp)

"I love the Lab. And I remain confounded by David's keen, consistent, and exacting focus he applies to each and every one of his actors. An infinitely kind, patient and honest instructor. I am extremely proud of the work we accomplished together!"
  —Zerha Leverman (X-Men: Apocalypse)

"I love working with David. His technique helps me bring new insight to characters, deepening performances... what he teaches makes you a better actor, adds depth to performances...helps me look at characters in a way that I wouldn't normally think works seamlessly with the training I've had at theatre school, and is a godsend on those inevitable days on set where your don't quite know what to do. I go to David's techniques and find my way to truth."
  —Patrick Gallagher (Glee, End Game)

"My foundation for onscreen acting was established by David Rotenberg at the Professional Actors Lab."
  —Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace, 11-22-63, Man Seeking Woman, Map to the Stars, Murdoch Mysteries, Being Erica, etc.)

"David's constant encouragement, support and advice is what has kept me going in this industry. He is a brilliant teacher who always pushes me to explore outside of my comfort zone while providing a comfortable and safe class atmosphere. He really is a teacher who invests in his students. David has always made me feel like I belong in the acting world, that I'm good enough and not to doubt myself - the opposite of what this industry continuously tells us as artists. I depend greatly on David for class, audition prep, set prep, agent talks, how to navigate this crazy world talks, etc. and he ALWAYS shows up for me."
  —Megan Hutchings (Beauty and the Beast, LA Complex)

"I have been studying at the Professional Actors Lab with David Rotenberg for three years now. The way David works on scripts allows the Actor to become more compelling on camera. Through his specific terminology and techniques, he provides ways for the actor to become present with his/her acting partner. David focuses as well on the business of acting and provides an incredible amount of support for every person he works with. Since being at the Lab I have worked with so many talented actors, made great connections outside of class and it has opened up doors for me."
  —Hilary McCormack

"Throughout my twenty two year career as a professional actor, I have worked and studied with David Rotenberg. David has fostered, nurtured, challenged, and championed me all that time. As a director and as a teacher, his reflections are concise, considered, and personally accurate. His ideas about acting are compelling, intelligent, practical, and come from a place of respect."
  —Wayne Ward

"David is a great advisor and teacher - his perception is strong, his advice is useful and usable, he opened my mind to a new way of viewing my acting and I'm always more satisfied with my work in an audition or on a role if I have had an in-depth, fun, and enlightening talk with him. His class keeps me on my toes, and helps me find more life in my work."
  —Gordon Rand (Maps to the Stars, The Cry of the Owl, Hamlet at the Worldstage in Toronto)

"As a trained actor for almost 40 years I have had many teachers dispense their ways and wisdoms to my bigheaded skull. David work with me at Pro Actors Lab outshines them all. In almost 20 years of participating in his Master Class, it is the generous simplicity of his approach that has resonated in me for years. At every audition and on every 'Roll camera!'  —David's mensch-y ways can spin a process round and turn it inside out, revealing the actor's greatest potential."
  —Matt Birman (American Psycho, Land of the Dead, X-Men)

"David's innate ability to crack open a scene and seek the most compelling story is unparalleled. He works the minutiae and pushes you to achieve a breadth of specificity that will keep your work rooted and honest. He spurs you past any preconceived limitations you may have set, and allows you to find your own truth. His teaching has helped me immensely. I highly recommend his class to anyone looking to take their art form to the next level."
  —Tori Anderson (Open Heart, Killing Daddy, The Mermaid Chair)

"I have learned so much from being in class with David, and I never honestly found myself as an actor until studying with him. From watching other students in class and going up to do my own scenes, it always amazes me to see how we are all capable of making the words and characters our own, under David's guidance."
  —Jessalyn Wanlim (Alex Cross, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, My Sassy Girl)

"Having The Master Class as a regular lab to work out in has provided me with a solid skill set for my work that translates over from film, tv to stage and even voice work. David's approach and ideology revolves around finding ways of making the work more compelling, understanding relationship, status and states of being.  When I find myself questioning my storyline or struggling with trying to root down, get present and be available for the work and my scene partners, my years at the lab kick in and I use the tools I've developed to help me shape and create the most compelling work I can."
  —Stephanie Belding (Incorporated, Remedy)

"David Rotenberg taught me every single thing I know ... pretty much. Not just his contagious passion for this art form and his undeniable love ... for actors and storytelling, but he most IMPORTANTLY taught me a technique that I use in every moment in an audition or on set. He not only gives you wings to fly from where you are at, he ALSO gives you wings when you don't know where your wings are."
  —Krista Bridges (Land of the Dead, House at the End of the Street, Narc)

"This is an industry that tends to feed its artists with a lot of Bull S**t, which could lead you astray. David tells you exactly what you NEED to hear and not what you WANT to hear."
  —Mal Dassin (Left for Dead, Hemlock Grove, I'm Only Sleeping)

"The Professional Actors Lab is exactly that—a place for professional actors to go and explore, develop and sharpen their skills in a rigorous environment. David's work provided the foundation for my—of hundreds of my working colleagues'—understanding of the complex relationship between the actor and the camera. It is equal parts emboldening and liberating. Taking his class is easily the best way for me to feel more confident in auditions and to book more work.  His work reinvigorated my passion for acting and made me more excited and proud to be an actor than I'd been since I was a teenager ...David's precision and his sensitivity to each actor's history and technique make his teaching feel custom-tailored. I look forward to his classes like I used look forward to field trips as a child. Each one feels as new, exciting and eye-opening as the last."
  —Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter, Man vs. Minivan; Her Husband's Betrayal)