Teacher & Coach, Member & Moderator of the Actors Studio

Every Saturday I lead small classes consisting of relaxation / sense memory / scene work / script analysis / song & dance / animal exercises / private moments / affective memory, based on my direct studies with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler & work with Elia Kazan.

For the members of The Actors Studio West I teach a relaxation / sensory / scene class and work as director in The Actors Studio Playwright / Directors Unit, moderated by Mark Rydell. I am also a Director for Lou Antonio's Director Session at The Actors Studio.

I look for students who have a true passion and desire to learn their craft. While I teach all levels of actors, I do not permit auditing.



"I don't think you need to look any further, if you are considering Cathleen for a position as an acting teacher. She is one of the best in town, and I recommend her heartily."
—Martin Landau
(Academy Award Winner, Ed Wood;
Executive and Artistic Director of the
Actors Studio West; also known for
Mission Impossible, North by Northwest)

"Cathy has been coaching me on projects for many years. I know that when you make the decision to work with her, you are making a choice to be an extraordinary actor."
—Frances Fisher
(ResurrectionABC, Unforgiven, Titanic)

“I cannot recommend Cathy Leslie highly enough... You will be lucky to have her!" —Mark Rydell
(Director of On Golden Pond, The Rose; Executive and Artistic Director of the Actors Studio West)

"Cathleen is probably one of a half dozen of the best acting teachers in America today."
—Lyle Kessler (Playwright of Orphans)

"I think you are very special."
—Maximilian Schell (Academy Award Winner, Judgment at Nuremberg)

"This photo is not for your birthday, but for the future!" —Lee Strasberg
(Founder of Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, established the Actors Studio West, one of the three founders of The Group Theatre)

"I admire you because you made your own way which is not anyone else's way." —Elia Kazan (Co-founder of the Actors Studio New York)

Actors Lab

Every Saturday
1PM – 5PM @ The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(No Auditting Permitted)

On-Line Acting Classes
Script Analysis, Relaxation,
Sense Memory, Monologues,
Scene & Audition Coaching.
Prices On Demand via SKYPE


1-on-1 Private Coaching
Please contact me with your needs and I will supply rates and details for my services.