Acting Teacher and Fight Choreographer Bjorn Johnson Comes To Open Fist Theater

Study With Award-Winning Actor, Director, Acting Teacher and Fight Choreographer Bjorn Johnson at The Open Fist Theatre Company

Though a working actor himself, Bjørn Johnson has been training actors for over twenty years in New York and Los Angeles. His credits include teaching on the faculties of: Circle-In-The-Square Professional Training Workshop, The Julliard School of Drama and Opera Programs, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Bjørn apprenticed to B.H. Barry for seven years, ran Michael Kahn's private acting studio for three years and has studied with Larry Moss since 1979. Bjørn continues to work as an actor and director himself, drawing from his extensive background on Broadway, Off-Broadway, leading regional theater (Neil LaBute's The New Testament, Light Up the Sky, Educating Rita), television (the series finale of ER, Mad Men, Dexter) and film (Beerfest, The Instrument). After coaching actors in LA for ten years, Bjørn opened his own studio in 2001. With his expertise and seasoned experience Bjørn created a unique atmosphere for his students allowing them to drop their defenses, break through to higher levels and, most importantly, teach them how to overcome obstacles and succeed in all media of acting. His refreshing style and honest feedback keep his studio growing with loyal working actors. For more information, go to

Monday Evenings Scene Study Workshop

A focused, intense, and safe environment in which actors are free to explore their craft, technique, and instrument. The class experience begins with a brief conversation with Bjørn regarding the work of some of our great teachers and recent insights and experiences within the industry and the actor's craft. The class then participates in an individual warm-up and relaxation exercise ("a relaxed instrument is an available instrument"). Following a short break, the class continues with prepared work: scenes, monologues, songs and exercises, gleaned from some of the great teachers of Acting.

Monday October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 7:00 - 11pm at The Open Fist Warehouse located at 1659 Western Avenue. For a map, click here.

Sunday Stage Combat Intensive

Learn the skills needed create the illusion of physical combat on the stage and screen. A great introduction or a chance to brush up on the fundamental techniques behind stage combat.

Sunday October 25th from 11-1:30 at The Open Fist Theatre Company located at 6209 Santa Monica Boulevard. 

$150 for all five classes!

For more information and to reserve your spot please email The Open Fist Theatre Company Education Director Pilar Alvarez at

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