Education & Training

While being a background extra doesn’t require any training, as Seattle professionals in the entertainment industry, we’d like to share some insights on the importance of training for actors. Like any industry, the purpose of training in acting is to learn new skills, challenge yourself, and maintain optimal readiness.

For actors, it’s crucial to ensure that you have an adequate education and training budget throughout your career. This means investing in workshops, private lessons, and classes to continually improve your craft. By consistently seeking out opportunities to learn and grow, you can stay at the top of your game.

At Anchor Background Talent, we believe in the importance of ongoing training for the actors we represent. While we don’t offer in-house training or workshops, we have compiled a list of excellent coaches in the region along with links to current workshops. We highly recommend working privately with a coach and taking advantage of as many workshops as possible. Each coach offers a unique perspective, so it’s essential to find one you trust and can learn from.

Remember, if you’re always working on your craft, you’ll always be ready for the next opportunity that comes your way. Invest in yourself and your career by prioritizing ongoing training and education.

Aaron Levin
Seattle Private coaching
Stanislavsky based acting.
(206) 526-2466

The Blue Door Theater
Spokane Improv workshops.

American Laboratory Theatre
Sandpoint, ID

Dawn Taylor Reinhardt
Big Fish NW Talent’s Director of Education.

Seattle Acting coaches with a theater bent.
(206) 323-7499

Charles Waxburg
Seattle area acting coach

*Jodi Rothfield
Seattle casting director. On-camera and
audition workshops.

*Heidi Walker
Casting by Walker & Co, aka Big Pants Casting

*Kalles CSA/Levine Casting
Seattle casting director. On-camera and
audition workshops. (206) 383-9001

Klem Daniels
Seattle-based VO coach & demo producer

Nancy Wolfson
L.A.-based VO coach & demo producer.

*Nike Imoru
Pacific NW casting director & acting coach.
Rare workshops. Check website for any news.

Sara Edlin-Marlowe
Spokane area acting coach.

Scott Burns
VO Coach & Demo Producer

Mighty Tripod Productions--Angela DiMarco and David S. Hogan
Seattle area acting coaches

Spokane Civic Theatre
Theater-based acting workshops.

Suzanne Niles
Spokane area acting coach.

Veronica Weikel
Seattle VO Coach and demo producer.
(360) 863-6298

Kristina Haddad
Portland area acting coach

Wes Deitrick
Spokane area acting coach.

Tony Doupe
Seattle area acting coach

Andy Stein
Seattle area acting coach

The Studio Northwest
Portland area acting coaches

Brian Sutherland
Portland area acting coach

Karen Maseng
Portland area acting coach

Scott Rogers
Portland area acting coach

John Jacobs
Seattle Area

All combined, the team at Anchor Background has well over 100 years of experience in the industry and are known for their high level of personal service towards both their represented talent and clients they serve.