Marnie Cooper
Marnie Cooper has been teaching acting and coaching for over 25 years. Her past clients include Mila Kunis, Miley Cyrus, Brenda Song, America Ferrara, Ariana Greenblatt, Danielle Panabaker, Yuvi Hecht, Eliana Su’a, Scarlett Estevez and Jenna Ushkowitz. She was also the acting coach for Ron Howard on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Several of her clients are series regulars (Olivia Holt, “Cloak and Dagger,” Chandler Kinney, “Lethal Weapon,” Olivia Sanabia, “Just Add Magic,” Arlen Escarpeda, “The Oath,” Jason Maybaum, “Raven’s Home”), and many more have recurring roles. She is always accepting new students and would love to work with you!  Click here to learn more about Marnie!

– Beginner through Master classes (for ages 5-21)

– Private coaching

– On-Set coaching

– Specializes in audition preparation

– Acting teacher and coach since 1989

– Marnie Cooper is licensed and bonded

– Client callback and booking rate is phenomenal!


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“Marnie Cooper is passionate, knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher.  Her integrity and enthusiasm is exemplary and in the most positive way infectious. She did terrific work day in and day out with the young actors in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Ron Howard. Director

“Marnie Cooper’s understanding and love of children, combined with the discipline of her technique, allows each child to grow to his or her full potential. I recommend Marnie to anyone (child or teen) who is serious about acting.”
Karen Church. Vice President of Casting, CBS

“Marnie’s book is a fabulously relevant and perceptive book on the most important elements young actors and their parents should know about the craft as well as the business of auditioning. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to de-mystify the process of the art and the audition”
Mitchell Gossett, CESD

“Thank you so much, Marnie, for keeping my actors so real!”
Wendi Green, Atlas






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Born and raised in L.A., Chrissie Weatherup has been acting professionally since she was a teenager and began studying with Marnie Cooper. She graduated from USC, where she majored in Film and Theatre, and also studied abroad at the British American Drama Academy.

Chrissie has taught acting with Marnie Cooper for over 18 years and her students have landed series regular roles on TV as well as countless guest star and co-star roles in film and television.

As an actor, Chrissie can be seen on HBO’s acclaimed series Watchmen, as well as Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. In the indie film world, she’s starred in features including Bread and Butter, opposite Bobby Moynihan and Lauren Lapkus.

In addition to acting and teaching, Chrissie produces, writes, and directs. Her work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List”, played over twenty festivals, and won several awards including as a semi-finalist for the Sundance Labs.

She recently made her feature debut as writer/director with the holiday rom com, See You Next Christmas, (released by Giant Pictures and winner of the Humor and Humanity Award at the 2021 Heartland Film Festival).


Jonathan C. Kaplan is a Tony Award nominated actor who has worked professionally in the New York City area since 1991. He has appeared on Broadway in Falsettos, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World award, and in The Diary of Anne Frank with Natalie Portman. Off-Broadway credits include Forever Dusty, Rags, and The Loman Family Picnic. Film and Television credits include Learning to Drive starring Sir Ben Kingsley, What Just Happened, Life with Mikey, The Blacklist, Hostages, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and Babylon 5. He has also worked at regional theaters around the country, including George Street, Denver Center, the Guthrie, Alabama Shakespeare, Hangar Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, and a full touring year with the Acting Company. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and is a proud father and husband.



With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, Dahlia has worked with such notables as Al Pacino, Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia. Her TV and film credits include Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS, House and General Hospital. Films include Mall Cop and The Nines. Dahlia is also a titan in the voiceover industry. Passionate about the teaching, Dahlia’s very first client booked a role as a series regular on the hit comedy “Me, Myself & I.”