LA Theatre | Acting School
Serious-Study Acting for the Working Actor


The Lost Studio, as a teaching theater, has many ongoing acting classes available following an acting school tradition that extends beyond it’s 20+ years.

Scene Study

With teacher/director Cinda Jackson. If you’re a young actor, you NEED this class. This class meets 4 days per week (Tuesday through Friday) with 2 days of Scene Study and 2 days of Sensory, Voice, Body Work, and Improv. for beginning through advanced professional actors.

The Lost Studio Daytime Intensive is one of the only places in town that offers a conservatory atmosphere for actors of all levels working in Los Angeles. Learn acting..by ACTING, onstage four days a week.

The Daytime Intensive is taught in on-going 8 week sessions, offering seriously committed actors an opportunity to really deepen their work. Classes are kept small, so that actors are on stage working every day, usually doing 2 scenes per week, as well as sensory and improvisation.

Students are permitted studio time for rehearsals.

Tuition: $560.00 for 8 week session, 4 days per week. That’s about $17 per class, not including rehearsal time..

Scene Study

This class meets 1 night per week and includes 1 daytime sensory class per week. The sessions are 8 weeks, and each session will focus on one playwright, offering an in-depth study of that writer’s work. During each session, the actors will be assigned scenes from two different plays, allowing 4 weeks to refine their work on each scene.

Tuition: $400.00 for 8 week session, 2 classes per week.


This class is by invitation only and meets 1 time per week. The focus is to deepen, expand, and refine the work of each individual actor, and to train as a performance ensemble with a shared language and vision. The work will be rigorous and challenging, and through the material explored in class, we will determine our production season.


This 2 week workshop meets Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the second and third weeks of August. The class includes daily work on understanding the structure of Shakespeare’s writing.

Within the text, we find everything we need when we learn how to look for it. His content, language, use of prose or verse, poetry, rhythm, meter, and imagery reveal everything. He instructs us as to character, motivation, circumstances, actions, where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re going, and why.

We will learn scansion, meter, what the rules are, and when Shakespeare instructs us to break them. We will do vocal work with exercises from the world’s leading teachers to help free the voice. There will be extensive movement work to free and center the body, unlocking tension and physical blocks, allowing for full expression, so necessary in the use of heightened text.

The class finishes with a staged performance for an invited audience the evening of the last day. This class is crucial for actors, and enormously stimulating for writers, directors, and anyone with an appetite for Shakespeare.

Tuition: $500.00 for 72+hours of class and rehearsal time, in addition to the staged performance.

Les Enfants

The Lost Studio also offers a unique children’s theatre workshop. In Les Enfants Magiques!, children study acting, movement, voice and diction, set design, lighting, stage make-up, and most importantly, learn to collaborate in creating and performing innovative theatre.

Cinda Jackson and her teaching staff of professional actors lead the young artists in exploring different cultures and genres of classical theatre, with each workshop culminating in a staged production. Les Enfants Magiques! charms audiences, leaving them begging for more.

Les Enfants Magiques! Classical Training/Pure Imagination

The next session starts soon, so call now to reserve your child’s space. 323-933-6944.



The Lost Studio is a fully working 70-seat performance theatre. The space is available for production rentals, workshops and seminars.


  • 70-Seat Theater with lights and sound equipment.
  • Great rehearsal room and backstage space with private dressing area.


  • Just West of Hancock Park in the re-emerging La Brea shopping district, 1 1/2 blocks south of Beverly between 1st and 2nd streets.
  • Restaurants, Bars and Galleries within walking distance.
  • N.Y. Loft style space.
  • Newly rebuilt with beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls.
  • Beautifully appointed Lobby and Gallery space for receptions.
  • Central Heat and A/C
  • Pristine restrooms and clean throughout.


  • Production Rentals
  • Theatre Company Residencies
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Castings
  • Photoshoots
  • Parties
  • Readings
  • Fundraisers
  • Stand-Up and Improv
  • Showcases
Be sure to call 323-933-6944 or Contact Us at the above link to see the beautiful Lost Studio.


Coming Soon


Sat & Sun 11/1 thru 12/14 @ 8pm


’Night, Mother — Marsha Norman’s gripping two-hander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is an intense, edge-of-your-seat drama that will keep audiences guessing the outcome until the very end. A supposedly normal evening in the mother-daughter Cates household is shattered when 40-something Jessie announces to Mama that she plans to kill herself before the night is over. Over the course of 90 minutes, in real time, Thelma desperately works to convince her daughter that life is worth living. Eloquent and darkly humorous, ‘night, Mother has been hailed as an American classic and one of the most powerful contemporary dramas ever written.

Written by Marsha Norman

Directed by Aliah Whitmore

Starring Sylva Kelegian and Lisa Richards

Presented by Whitmore Eclectic

Come on down! Show runs from – November 1st  through December 14, 2014

Showtimes: SATURDAYS 8P and SUNDAYS 3P (matinee)

Tickets are $20-$27.50

– Please call 818-826-3609 or go to www.Plays411.com/NIGHTMOTHER for reservations


Past Shows


The Lost

20+ years of Tradition. For the past 20 years, The Lost Studio has functioned as a teaching theatre and one of L.A.’s leading acting schools.

Award–winning Director Cinda Jackson and Award-winning Playwright John Steppling offer intensive training and production workshops for beginning through advanced actors, writers, and directors.

The Lost Studio is well known for their critically acclaimed productions, including Neck and Phantom Luck (2010 L.A. Weekly Best Playwright Award) by John Steppling, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea (Dramalogue Awards for Best Director, Ensemble, and Lighting) by John Patrick Shanley, La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, and Bouncers (L.A. Weekly Best Ensemble nomination) by John Godber.

In November, 2000, Artistic Director Cinda Jackson launched The Lost Studio Pinter Project, an on-going series of plays by Harold Pinter. In an exploration of the body of Pinter’s work, the series began with Ms. Jackson’s productions of Night School, A Night Out, and Victoria Station. John Pleshette then directed The Caretaker, winning L.A. Weekly’s Best Revival Award for 2002, followed by No Man’s Land, Moonlight, and Old Times.

The Lost Studio is also proud to have produced Artist-in-Residence Donald Freed’s How Shall We Be Saved?, starring Mitchell Ryan and Salome Jens.

The Lost Studio currently offers daytime intensive and evening advanced acting classes under the direction of Cinda Jackson.

The Lost Studio is located at 130 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Artistic Director and Teacher


Cinda Jackson has owned the Lost Studio for 22 years, serving as Artistic Director, Teacher, and Director. She studied with Peggy Feury and William Traylor for 10 years in this space, formerly The Loft Studio, before she began teaching. Ms. Jackson also has a Masters Degree in modern dance and was part of the Modern Dance Faculty at Indiana University before moving to Los Angeles.

Cinda Jackson received the Best Director Dramalogue award for her production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which also garnered Best Ensemble awards fro Jonathon Quint and Stephanie Feury, and Best Lighting award. She has also received La Weekly’s pick- of- the- week for her directing efforts on 4-H Club, Neck, The Lost Studio Christmas Festival, and Night School, part of the The Lost Studio Pinter Project. Her other directing credits include A Night Out, Victoria Station, Wicked Stories I., II., III., Village Wooing, Overruled, La Ronde, The Bear, A Marriage Proposal, Angel Feathers, and Bouncers (L.A. Weekly nomination for Best Ensemble).

Cinda’s acting credits include originating roles in plays by Horton Foote, Padua Hills Playwrights, Murray Mednick and John Steppling, and numerous other stage productions in Los Angeles, as well as guest starring in television and film.

She is also Founder and Artistic Director of Les Enfants Magiques!, the renowned children’s classical theatre ensemble at the Lost Studio.



The Lost Studio
130 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036




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  • theloststudio (at) gmail.com
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  • 130 South La Brea Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (between 1st and 2nd streets)

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