James Franco to Open Acting School in Los Angeles

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05 Feb 2014

Oscar nominee James Franco is collaborating with Playhouse West to run his own acting school, named Studio 4, according to Deadline.com.



Held at the Sherry Theater in Los Angeles, CA, the school will feature Franco and additional guest teachers offering bi-weekly classes using the Meisner technique.

Playhouse West is the original home of Sanford Meisner's Los Angeles classes, and Studio 4 has adopted the Playhouse West approach, which incorporates innovations that Meisner added to his technique following the end of his teaching career. 

Additional advanced classes following Franco's creative visions will also be offered, incorporating the work of his production company Rabbit Bandini Productions. Franco will use his influence to include industry professionals in Q&A sessions and hold scene nights in the studio. Deadline reports that Rabbit Bandini will cast roles directly from the classes.

As previously reported, Franco will make his Broadway debut playing George in Of Mice and Men, which begins performances in March. He began his career on the cult television program "Freaks and Geeks" and received a Golden Globe Award for playing the title character in the TV biographical film “James Dean.” Notable film credits include "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spring Breakers," Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Milk" and "127 Hours," for which he received Academy Award, SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.