Marnie Cooper
Marnie Cooper has been teaching acting and coaching for over 25 years. Her past clients include Mila Kunis, Miley Cyrus, Brenda Song, and Danielle Panabaker. 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!


2022 Workshops

Email the office for more information.


Latest News


“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





Active Listening


DR. PHIL – 5/21/07


An Interview with Marnie Cooper


Teaching Kids to Act for Film and Television

Available Now $9.99
Download Instantly!!!
Click Here







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.

Currently, Chrissie is in wrapping up her debut feature as a writer/director, See You Next Christmas, which is due out this holiday season.


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.



Sammi recently completed filming season one of Showtime’s much anticipated, newest series Yellowjackets, a psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama. Sammi stars as teenage Misty who’s abundance of team spirit belies a hidden dark side. Christina Ricci plays adult Misty.

Sammi has had the privilege of working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Academy Award winners Robert Zemeckis, Viola Davis, and Olympia Dukakis.  Her extensive resume has also enabled Sammi to work alongside Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Jim Carey, Ray Liotta, Jon Hamm, Kristen Chenoweth, Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Swoosie Kurtz, Dennis Haysbert, Shane West, Janet Montgomery, William H. Macy, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, and Emmy Rossum.

Her television credits include guest starring on: How To Get Away with Murder, Mad Men, NCIS, House MD, CSI NY, Cold Case, Perception, and Rizzoli & Isles. In addition, Sammi’s numerous recurring roles include an unforgettable 2-season long arc on Shameless, a 10-episode arc in the WGN series Salem, recurring on the Netflix series Daybreak, and as Violet Fell in the CW’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. As a tween, Sammi starred in three concurrent recurring roles on CBS’s The Unit, ABC’s Pushing Daisies, and Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, for which she is still recognized world-wide as the con-artist Holly.

Hanratty’s successes aren’t limited to television.  Her big screen career started with two Disney blockbusters:  The Santa Clause 3, and playing 6 different characters in Disney’s A Christmas Carol.


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.”

Elisa BocanegraELISA BOCANEGRA ​

Elisa Bocanegra is Artistic Director of Hero Theatre in Los Angeles, a company she founded with the help of her mentor Olympia Dukakis. The company has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and American Theatre Magazine. As a performer, Elisa recently worked on Showtime’s Shameless and with YouTube sensation Lele Pons, where she played Lele’s mean fashion-editor boss Elizabeth. Elisa was also seen as Truvy in the national tour of Steel Magnolias. She starred in The Happiest Song Plays Last by Pulitzer-winning writer Quiara Alegria Hudes which was part of the Elliot Trilogy, a partnership with Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  Her many theatre credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company,  the Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, the Huntington Theatre Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and L.A. TheatreWorks. Film and television credits include the Sundance winning film Girlfight,  Easy to Assemble with Illeana Douglas and Jeff Goldblum, El Superstar (produced by Norman Lear and George Lopez), SpunUndeclared by Judd Apatow, and Gilmore Girls. Elisa has over 15 years of experience coaching actors of all ages in film, television and theatre.