DIANE CHRISTIANSEN first began coaching actors in 1992. In 2011 and 2012 she was voted the BEST ACTING CLASS FOR KIDS and THE BEST ACTING CLASS FOR TEENS by Backstage West Readers’ Choice Awards. ChildrenInFilm.com lists her as the #1 Top Rated Acting Coach in Hollywood for Kids and Teens, 6 years running. Diane was also named one of the Top 3 Acting Coaches in Hollywood by the YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION in NYC. The last three years, Diane was voted One of the Top 10 most effective Coaches in Hollywood by Actors Access. Recently Diane was selected to appear as the personal Acting Coach on Hit Reality TV shows, “FAKING IT” and Danny Bonaduce’s “MY KID’S A STAR” on VH1.
Diane Christiansen’s career spans four decades as an actress, coach, director, dancer and author. Recently, Diane had the pleasure of being a Guest Director at CALARTS where she directed the acclaimed, PRIVATE WARS. Before that – she founded and ran her own theatre company for 7 years.
Diane is an acting coach with her finger on the pulse of the Entertainment Industry, working very closely with many of LA.’s most acclaimed agents and managers. A graduate of the Strasberg Institute, she was mentored by Academy Award Nominee, Sally Kirkland and the late Joseph Bernard. She has appeared with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in NYC; danced with Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas and on NBC TV specials, she has been featured on the Merv Griffin Show and hit series “Vegas.” As a TV & Film actress she has worked with Angelina Jolie, Corey Feldman, Adam West, Orson Welles, Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Ann Margaret, Jon Voight, Dom DeLouise, Joan Rivers, Robert Urich, Billy Zane & Fred Durst.
Actively coaching “working ” actors of all ages has led to 90% of her student roster booking repeatedly and consistantly. Among them are series regulars on shows such as: LIV AND MADDIE, HENRY DANGER, GENERAL HOSPITAL, MOM, GLEE, PUSHING DAISIES, OCTOBER ROAD, WEEDS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, LOST, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, BONES, NIP – TUCK , MY NAME IS EARL, WITHOUT A TRACE, 2 WIZARDS OF WAVERLEY PLACE, CORY IN THE HOUSE, ZOEY 101, NED’S DECLASSIFIED, UNFABULOUS, COMPLETE SAVAGES, CHARMED, HOUSE, ALIAS, AMER. FAMILY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE ,PHIL OF THE FUTURE, SIX FEET UNDER , LAW & ORDER , COLD CASE ,NYPD BLUE, E.R., CSI , JUDGING AMY, SCRUBS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, YOUNG & THE RESTLESS & Disney’s LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. Her students have also appeared in feature films such as: TRUE GRIT, ENDERS GAME, ROMEO AND JULIET, DANCE FLICK, THE HEARTBREAK KID, STAR TREK, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, CAT IN THE HAT, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, 13 GOING ON 30, STARSKY & HUTCH, YOU GOT SERVED, & ANTWONE FISHER. Her students are featured on 100′s of National Commercials and have recently received “Kids Choice”, “OMNI”, “SATELITTE”, “Young Artist” & “C.A.R.E.” Awards.
Diane is committed to making a difference with every actor she coaches and says that passing on this rich tradition has brought even more joy to her life than performing. Above all, Diane’s greatest creations are her two children, both are working professionals in the Video Game and Acting fields.