Guest Speakers

On occaision, The Actor's Lab introduces key players in show business

Featured Guest Speakers

Highly respected within his industry, J.D. Lewis has forged indelible relationships with some key players in show business. His colleagues often visit The Artist’s Lab to share their insight and wisdom.

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In addition to the ongoing Actor’s Lab classes, featured workshops and guest speakers are often scheduled and announced via blog posts.

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Previous guest speakers at The Actor’s Lab have included:

Jim Belushi – Actor in films like K-9, Red Heat, and star of According To Jim.

Adam Arkin – Actor of: Chicago Hope, Sons of Anarchy, Masters of Sex, 8 Simple Rules, Northern Exposure.

Tracy Poust – Executive Producer and Writer of: Will and Grace, Two Broke Girls, Ugly Betty, etc.

Rick Millikan – Casting Director. He cast X-Files, Bones, CSI Miami, Married With Children, etc.

Bob Koherr – TV Director of: The Connors, Bunk’d, Jessie, Anger Management, Hannah Montana, George Lopez Show.

Mindy Sterling – Actress known for playing Frau Farbissina in Austin Powers, played Linda Swartz on The Goldbergs, Mrs. Briggs on iCarly, and Mitzi Kinsky on Desperate Housewives.

Rick Ferrari – Head of the Commercial Division of Don Buchwald and Associates. He previously ran the on-camera department at LA Talent.

Jon Stark – Executive Producer of Ellen. He won an Emmy for writing the ‘Coming Out’ episode on Ellen. Also created ‘According to Jim’ with Jim Belushi. He was a Writer/Producer on The Drew Carey Show. As an actor he starred in the film Fright Night along with appearances on many TV shows.

MaryClaire Sweeters and Francene Selkirk – Two of the top commercial casting directors in L.A..

Cathy Ladman – Stand Up Comedian / Winner of the American Comedy Award for Best Stand Up. She has appeared on Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, Caroline in the City and How to Get Away with Murder.

Scot Boland – Casting director who cast The Hobbit, Finding Steve McQueen, Welcome to Marwan, and his latest project, 12 Mighty Orphans with Robert DuVall, Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen.

Jackie Burch – Casting Director

Michael Patrick King – Executive Producer, Writer and Director of: ‘Sex in The City ’ and ‘Two Broke Girls.’

David Kirkpatrick – President of Paramount Pictures

Mimi Leder – Emmy Winning Director of ER, Executive Producer and Director of ‘L.A. Law,’ ‘China Beach,’ ‘Vanished,’ and ‘The Leftovers.’ Film Director of: ‘Deep Impact,’ ‘Pay It Forward,’ ‘Peacemaker.’

Tony Sepulveda – Head of Casting at Warner Brothers Television

Roland Joffe – Film Director of: ‘The Mission’ and ‘The Killing Fields.’

Steve Dontanville – Talent Agent at William Morris, representing Reese Witherspoon and Holly Hunter

Sheldon Larry – Director of: ‘If Looks Could Kill’ and ‘The Twilight Zone.’

Neil Bagg – Talent Agent at Don Buchwald and Associates

Marci Liroff – Casting Director for: ‘ET,’ ‘Spiderwick Chronicles,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Gothika,’ ‘The Iron Giant,’ and ‘Bladerunner.’

Robert Iscove – Director of: ‘Cinderella’ (with Whitney Houston), ‘She’s All That’ and ‘Save The Last Dance.’