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Theatre of Arts – College for The Contemporary Actor is a licensed and accredited degree-granting acting school located in Los Angeles with its foundations rooted in theater, offering the aspiring actor a solid foundation for professional and personal growth by providing a practical, post-secondary education that emphasizes the skills needed in today’s competitive environment.

Ben Bard

Ben Bard

Founded 1927 by silent film and vaudeville actor Ben Bard (as the Ben Bard School of Drama) the school was located at The Playhouse on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles When Bard was named Head of Talent at Twentieth Century Fox, he handed over the school’s operation to the famous film and theatre director Max Reinhardt,who renamed the school’The Max Reindhardt Theatre Workshop’. Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney were two of the aspiring stars who worked with Reinhardt during this period.

The emergence of the film and television industries acted as the catalyst for the theatre actor to adapt to the changing media environment and after Reinhardt’s departure the conservatory, then known as the Gellar Theatre Workshop), came under the guidance and

tutelage of director/acting teacher Michael Chekhov, star pupil of the legendary Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski.


Founded 1927 by silent film and vaudeville actor Ben Bard (as the Ben Bard School of Drama) the school was located at The Playhouse on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles When Bard was named Head of Talent at Twentieth Century Fox, he handed over the school’s operation to the famous film and theatre director Max Reinhardt,who renamed the school’The Max Reindhardt Theatre Workshop’. Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney were two of the aspiring stars who worked with Reinhardt during this period.

The emergence of the film and television industries acted as the catalyst for the theatre actor to adapt to the changing media environment and after Reinhardt’s departure the conservatory, then known as the Gellar Theatre Workshop), came under the guidance and

tutelage of director/acting teacher Michael Chekhov, star pupil of the legendary Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski.

James Dean

James Dean