Deena Levy Theatre Studio

Teaching actors to "unlock the secrets" since 1990"

Success Stories


(…..and the stories never end)

Channing Tatum

“I have thought of you and those first days of exploration many times since I left New York. I remember the first 10 minutes I was bawling my eyes out feeling a little foolish but never more alive in my life. I felt as though I had finally come home after the longest journey. Words can’t begin to explain the crazy ride I’ve been on. It’s funny, I still get that feeling that I did that first day of your workshop on every new film set. Then I remember you and your yogaistic soul making it safe for all of us to go flat out no matter what happens and just let go and love each and every second we get to do this beautiful thing of acting…cause it’s not worth it if you don’t love it.”

22 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, White House Down, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, The Vow, Step Up, She’s the Man, Coach Carter, A Guide to Recognizing your Saints

Kim Dickens

“My last work in a class environment was with Deena, who is a wonderful teacher. She’s passionate, she’s soulful, she’s artful and incredibly experienced and talented, and she’s fun. She’s a warm person, and she created this really safe place to explore. But she also had a wonderful technique and a process.”

Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy (HBO), Treme (HBO), Deadwood (HBO), Second Sight, Footloose, Friday Night Lights, Lost, The Blind Side, Thank You For Smoking

Backstage Article ‘Successful Actors Talk About Their Training,’ Scroll down to Kim Dickens on Deena Levy

Mark Valley

“When I met Deena Levy, my training really began. She inspired commitment, great creativity and joy in my work. And gave me a solid technique that I always still draw upon.”

Body of Proof, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, Zero Dark Thirty, Harry’s Law, Fringe, Boston Legal, Swingtown, Keen Eddie, Once and Again, Days of Our Lives, Human Target

Rachel Nichols

“I am one of many proud graduates of Deena Levy’s Weekend Workshop and acting class. It was suggested to me not only by my agents, but several of my friends and is one of my most memorable experiences to date. I am a natural open-minded and outgoing person, but had no idea how much my mind and body could grow in one weekend. The workshop is something that I would recommend to anyone, not just actors. Her techniques are structured, yet creative and liberating. Most importantly, she has taught me to enjoy being myself whether I’m feeling spot-on or completely awkward.”

The Ten O’Clock People, Continuum (Syfy), Criminal Minds (CBS), G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, Star Trek, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Charlie Wilson’s War, Charlie’s Angels, Alias (ABC), The Inside (FOX), The Amityville Horror, Line of Fire, Sex and the City (HBO)

Daniel Henney

“I find myself in the strangest situations sometimes, with no opportunity for preparation, or rehearsal really, and it’s the relaxation methods, and the chair work that help me through it. We’re shooting daily, and nightly. Scripts are made on the spot. I’ve been doing the self-inventory exercises you showed us, a lot. I’ve also used the improv that you gave Ric and I (mother’s funeral) a couple of times to help me through some emotional scenes. I’m grateful.“

One Night Surprise, Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Last Stand, Shanghai Calling, Tattoo, The Fugitive Plan B (KBS2), Three Rivers (CBS), My Father, Mr Robin Kkosigi, Bomui Walcheu, Hello Franceska, My Lovely Sam-Soon

Lisa Brescia

“It’s as if Deena custom-makes each student’s curriculum. She intuitively knows what the actor needs to do to process at the next level. Whatever the block, she finds a solution which works for that individual.”

Broadway: Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Film/TV: Person of Interest, Law and Order Criminal Intent
International Tour: Mamas and Papas

Chris Shyer

“I am most grateful for Deena Levy’s Infused Process Work. Her never ceasing focus on ‘what works about you’ is key for me; while exploring an imaginative and physical technique. From 4th Process to Paralleling the Scene, to ‘The Character is Stuck With You’: it ALL WORKS.”

Book of Mormon (National Touring Company), Mamma Mia! (Broadway), Good God (HBO), J. Edgar, Fierce People, Life or Something Like It, Combat Hospital, The Good Wife, V, Lights Out, Monk, The Practice

Dana Fuchs

“After hearing about Deena Levy’s workshop from several talented actors I finally made the commitment. In one weekend, whatever inhibitions I still had were utterly gutted out of me and I finally understood what it REALLY takes to be an authentic actor. Deena teaches us to utilize what we have by helping us find it first through her brilliant process work. Then through her sharp and devoted guidance we finally begin to ACT — naturally.”

International Recording Artist; World Tours;
Released CD’s: Lonely for a Lifetime, Live in NYC, Love to Beg
Film: Across the Universe, Sherry Baby, A Jack’s Tale
Theatre: Love Janis

Redaric Williams

“I recently booked a network contract role with The Young and the Restless. We film five days a week! And it moves soooo fast. Everything is taped after one quick rehearsal with one take! You really have to be ready to go as soon as you step foot on set. Believe me when I tell you that your voice echos in my head A LOT saying: “when you’re in – you’re in, and when you’re out – you’re in!” I finally understand what that means. I can’t thank you enough! Thanks again Deena even though saying that doesn’t nearly express my gratitude.”

The Young and the Restless (nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor In A Daytime Drama Series), Allegiance, Damages

Erica Rhodes

“Deena Levy is an extraordinary acting teacher and mentor. I was lucky enough to study with her first. When I started with her, I was timid beyond belief. Then, I’ll never forget the day she said to me in front of the whole class, ‘Erica, you need to get in touch with your inner bitch.’ And I’ve never been the same since! Deena empowered me to go to places I never could have gone without her, and the courage to pursue this crazy dream of mine. Her technique is truly one of a kind. And the tools she gave me, I still use now. Oh, and I’m proud to say the first film role I landed in ‘Plague Town’ was quite the b****!’ I’m really grateful that Deena pushed me to really find my power as an actor and as a person.“

New Girl, 18 Year Old Virgin, A Prairie Home Companion (NPR), Great Performances with Meryl Streep, The Consultants, Plague Town, Upstairsgirls, Sandyschannel, 1,000 Ways to Die, Killer Eye, Theatre Bizarre, Go West, Javatown, Big Sky

Sherrod Small

“Deena Levy’s acting class is by far the best in New York City, sign up for it now!”

TV: Best Week Ever (VH1), Are We There Yet?, FilmFakers

Appearances: The Real Story w/Gretchen Carlson, Katie, The Burn with Jeff Ross, Good Afternoon America, Would You Rather…? with Graham Norton, The Electric Company, MTV New Years Bash 2011, The Joy Behar Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, BET’s Top 25 Countdown, Red Eye.

He often performs stand-up and MCs at the Comedy Cellar and Comic Strip Live in Manhattan.

Lisa Landry

“Her unmatched blend of technique and heart cuts through the crap with a chainsaw but holds the actor in a bear hug at the same time. She is mind-blowing.”

Comedy Central Presents: Lisa Landry, Commentator E Entertainment, Law and Order, Premium Blend, Bonnie Hunt, US Weekly Fashion Police, Tours Nationally as a Stand Up Comedian

Jonathan Abrahams

“I value and draw upon the fundamentals of not just drama, but hard work and immersion that I learned from my time with you. This new job makes me feel like a freshman at Harvard (Mad Men), so I have to rely on those fundamentals more than ever. They are a security blanket in the best possible way and also a guide to the unknown. (Step 1: embrace the unknown). My work in your class has given me a great advantage out here, from breaking down scenes and stories to working with actors to just writing in itself. So tell any aspiring writers in your class to sit in the front row and pay attention…”

Writer/Producer: Perception (TNT), Mad Men (AMC), Haven (SYFY), Raising the Bar (TNT), Greek (ABC Family)

Daniella Van Graas

“I think about the weekend workshop and years of acting classes I took with Deena Levy often! She taught me so many valuable lessons that I still use today. Her classes were always fun and exciting. She got me out of my safety zone. She cares so deeply and is super involved with each individual, believing in all of us..the shows she puts on at the end of each year are epic..I started booking commercials (I’ve done about 20!) and small parts in movies after studying with Deena. I credit it all to her!”

The Word, Entourage (HBO), Perfect Stranger, Funny Valentine, Marmalade, Something’s Gotta Give, All My Children (ABC), New Americans, Maid in Manhattan, Autumn in New York, numerous national commercials.

Karis Campbell

TV: Touch, Common Law, Law & Order: LA, The Forgotten, Lie to Me, McBride: Requiem, NCIS, K-Villeas, Close to Home, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House, ER, Medical Investigation, The Practice, Boston Public
Film: Wild Girls Gone, Drive Thru, Dreaming on Christmas, Joe Killionaire
Video Game: L.A. Noire, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Julianna Margulies

The Good Wife (CBS), Stand Up Guys, Sesame Street, ER (135 Episodes as Nurse Carol Hathaway), Canterbury’s Law, The Sopranos
Broadway: Festen

Jim Gaffigan

Portlandia (IFC), WordGirl (PBS), Law & Order, My Boys (TBS), Flight of the Conchords (HBO), The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Bob’s Burgers (Fox), Sex and the City (HBO), Royal Pains (USA), Salvation Boulevard, Bored to Death (HBO), Super Troopers, Thirty Years to Life, That’70s Show, The Love Guru
Broadway: The Championship Season
Stand-up Specials: King Baby, Mr. Universe
Albums: Beyond the Pale, King Baby

Adrian Grenier

TV: Entourage (HBO), 90210, Alter Eco (Planet Green)
Film: Arresting Gena, Drive Me Crazy, The Devil Wears Prada, Teenage Paparazzo, Goodbye World

Jim Norton

Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Gong Show with Dave Attell, Spider-Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Courting Condi, Furry Vengeance, Cop Out, The Opie & Anthony Show (Sirius XM Radio), Lucky Louie (HBO sitcom)
Stand-up Specials: One Night Stand (HBO), Monster Rain (HBO), Louie (FX)

Jill Latiano

The Glades (A&E), The Cleveland Show (FOX), The Chicago Code (FOX), Kalamity, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Roommates (ABC), Lower Learning, Moonlight, Dirty Sexy Money, Drake & Josh, Ugy Betty, Epic Movie, Rescue Me, Sex and the City (HBO)

Jason Lewis

Sex and the City (HBO) as Jerry ‘Smith’ Jerrod, How I met Your Mother (CBS), The Pardon , Watson & Oliver, Brothers & Sisters (ABC) as Chad Barry, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), House M.D. (Fox), The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Charmed (WB), CSI: Miami (CBS & A&E), Beverly Hills, 90210 (Fox) as Rob Andrews, High Sierra Search and Rescue (Hallmark) as Flynn Norstedt

Jorja Fox

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), 3 Weeks to Daytona, Drop Dead Diva, The West Wing (NBC), Memento, The Hungry Bachelors Club, ER (NBC)



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