Hello, and welcome to The Dean West Acting Studio, other wise known as DWA Studio's. Please have a look around on all the tabs. We offer training in Film and Television. Our main focus is actors, but we are also preparing to offer an inexpensive class for Film Makers/Actors as well. At DWA Studio's we don't teach you to act, but how to stop acting. We focus on the human being, and we push you guys to not only be actors, but Film Makers! Once you understand your whole self, we no longer have to "act" or "fake it". We don't approach any character with judgment. It free's us to allow ourselves to embody the work and "Character" if you want to call it that. I like to say Human Being. Contact us if you have any questions! And Don't forget to follow us on all the Social Media links up top above!
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Dean West has been coaching for over 9 years starting in Los Angeles and then moving to New Orleans, La. Dean Studied under renowned acting coach Aaron Speiser for over 7 years and still frequents his class. Dean still being a working actor himself is able to bring real up to date industry standard lessons to his students.
"I have worked with some of the best actors in the world. I consider
Dean in their class!"
- Aaron Speiser/ACTING COACH (Will Smith, JLo, LL Cool J, Virginia
Madison, Gerard Butler, Marion Cotillard, Dwayne Johnson,etc.. And
Film Makers such as Micheal Mann, Oliver Stone, Barry Sonnenfeld,
Peter Burg and the list goes on..)
His coaching style helps to empower the actor to dig deep into your life and subconcious to help you get fear back under control. Dean believes once you have dealt with fear you are free to approach any character without judgement. "To look with love and empathy while building your character will help you create a human being, not a character". He focuses on making you a more rounded human being. Someone who isn't ashamed of themselves and appreciates life moment to moment.
The Dean West Acting Studio is located in Metairie, La. However Dean does workshops all across the South. And Los Angeles, CA. Interested in having Dean do a workshop in your town?
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You can find Dean's Bio under the Teachers Tab!
Agents, Producers, Casting Directors, Managers, and Actors Talk about Dean West
Dean West is an agent's dream when it comes to coaching clients. He has the unique ability to show an actor the proper breakdown of a character and enable them to fully understand the task at hand. Clients leave Dean with the confidence to book the job! Joe Vance/Agent-Domain Talent, Los Angeles
"You will benefit greatly from Dean's talent and teaching! Seriously, he is an amazing actor. I was so glad to have the opportunity of working with him and the Directors LOVED his work!"~ Ann C. Salzer(1stAD/Twilight Saga,RED,RAY, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, RUNNAWAY JURY, ETC.)
“I think Dean is an amazing guy and has a very strong work ethic. He is easy to get along with and he is very dedicated to his craft. I highly recommend working with him.” Jennifer Grissanti Consultancy- (previously Vice President Current Programs CBS Paramount. Executive director current programs Spelling Television Inc.)
I Have known Dean For three years as both a friend and an actor, and he has always been someone who I can rely on for quality advice and counseling. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Dean's talent, preparation, and dedication as an actor is something that I admire and respect. I have been coached by Dean many times for auditions and have always left feeling more confident and prepared after working with him.
Quite simply, Dean West... Is the best!
Jonah Wharton (Bones, Rizzoli &Isles, NCIS: Los Angeles, Southland, Blackout, Castle, Californication)
"Dean comes to set prepared and applies a number of a different methods to his technique. Both classical and contemporary, his emotional memory and creative process were evident throughout his time on set. His acting is seamless" -Christopher C. Brown/PRODUCER,FILM MAKER
There is no doubt in my mind that guidance and advice can help take an actor on a more stable journey emotionally through the ups and downs we endure. Dean has been an excellent back bone for me and has given me the ability to trust in my self and have faith in the work I do. Having an understanding of your career from the different perspectives he provides is one of best assets an actor can ask for. I Highly encourage artists of all types to work with Dean - it will be for the best and completely worth every moment of it.
Jeremy Batiste/ACTOR-(Noah's Arc, He's on My Mind, The Kiss)
I found the class very rewarding. Dean provides an environment that is not only fun but is safe. You're challenged to explore without the fear of failing. Whether it's delving into some deep emotions while working on technique, or building the life of a character completely different from you, or playing absurd improv games; Dean is there to help you find the truth. I was really able to stretch myself in class, observe great moments, and have a blast while doing it. It really nurtured me as an artist.
"As a producer its truly great when a actor comes in, nails their lines, and does it better than ever expected. Dean really understands the craft and has fantastic timing. Most Actors could take a lesson or two from this guy!"-Chris Multop Producer KHOU-TV
“Dean West is one of the most naturally talented actors I’ve ever worked with. His instinct in breaking down a script, as well as his ease in front of the camera, just adds to his innate ability.” Michael J. Sonntag- Producer, Casting Director Los Angeles
"Dean is not only a great actor with his subtle nuances and realistic delivery, but as a person he is easy to understand and learn from. Dean and I have spent time in different aspects of the business where I've seen him shine as both a talent and a person." - Theatrical agent, Ted Maier of The Brass Agency, Los Angeles
Throughout my acting career I have been honored to work with many talented and gifted people. I am very blessed to say that Dean West is one of them. I have not only had the opportunity to work with Dean in a scene but also have been able to watch him create a character and carry a film from beginning to end. His charisma will catch your attention and keep you wanting to watch where he goes next. But what will capture you the most about him is his vulnerability, which helps one identify with him on a personal level that only a truly gifted actor can achieve. He has the incredible ability to take a character on a journey through lighthearted comedy moments all the way to deeply emotional and dark situations. I am very lucky to not only know him as a fellow actor, but as a friend. You are truly in for a treat when watching him on screen. I cannot wait to see the wonderful things he will accomplish in his career. It has only just begun. - Jonna Walsh(Bones, Couples Retreat, Everybody hates Chris, Drake & Josh, No Ordinary Family, Faster)