Michelle Danner is the founding and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts a cultural arts center in Santa Monica, CA which was designed by architect Frank Gehry. She raised $1.3 million in a capital campaign towards the construction of the two theatres and the art gallery at the Center. Michelle is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach. She has directed and produced the film “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead) through her production company ‘All In Films’. She is looking forward to the release of her latest directorial feature, Hello Herman starring: Norman Reedus , Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. The movie premiered to a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Film Festival in October, and will premiere at the Monaco Film Festival on May 7th, 2013. The film opens on June 7, 2013 in 10 major cities across North America, with simultaneous availability on Time Warner On-Demand in 100 million US homes. The trailer for Hello Herman can be viewed at www.allinfilms.com. Michelle’s next movie is set to film in August of 2013.
She has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set, including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Grant Bowler, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Verne Troyer, Justin Chatwin, Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Michelle Rodriguez, Melanie Brown and Kellan Lutz among many others. Michelle has trained personally with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen, and has been the managing director of the Larry Moss Studio (now The Acting Studio at Edgemar) for the last nineteen years. She teaches ongoing scene study, “The Golden Box”, and auditioning for film and television classes at her own acting studio in Los Angeles, as well as internationally in: Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Australia, and New York. Her studio encompasses the following acting techniques: Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekov, & the Stanislavsky Technique. Michelle was the comedic acting expert on the WB show “The Starlet”. She was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. Michelle also directs for the industry’s multi media event, Scene Bites. She was featured coaching Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Michelle Danner has produced and acted in the award-winning short, Dos Corazones, which won Best Cinematography & Audience Favorite at the Malibu Film Festival. In 2006 she made her feature film-directing debut with How to Go Out on A Date in Queens, which won four LA Film Awards including Best Director. The film starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes, and Alison Eastwood. How to Go Out on A Date in Queens is currently available everywhere on video. The film also aired nationwide as the Sunday Night Movie of the Week during Memorial Day weekend 2008.
Michelle’s two new acting books: The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box will be released in 2013.
Born in Paris, Alexandra moved to the US at age 11. She speaks 4 languages fluently (French, Spanish, Italian, and English). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Alexandra spent several years working in television, !rst at CNN then MSNBC. Currently, Alexandra is co-founder and managing director of Edgemar Center for the Arts.
Alexandra has been producing plays and films since 2005. She has also co-produced the movie “How To Go On A Date In Queens” and her latest feature !lm “Hello Herman” written by John Bu$alo Mailer, starring Norman Reedus from the “Walking Dead” will be opening in 10 cities in March and has been picked up by Warner Brothers to play in 100 million homes. The trailer can be watched at www.helloherman.com. Please visit her !lm company at www.allinfilms.com to see the latest films under development for 2013.
She has had a long collaboration with director Henry Jaglom producing his critically acclaimed play “Always but Not Forever” to his runaway hit “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” that ran successfully for over a year. Besides producing plays Alexandra has produced a number of musicals such as THANK Q – A World Music Tribute To the Humanitarian Works Of Quincy Jones and the Award winning musical “Black Cat Cabaret” which also ran for a year, as well as its revival renamed “Tick Tock Cabaret.”
She is also an active member in the community and has created and shaped various outreach programs for underprivileged children, teens, and the elderly. With a passion for art, she also curates the Edgemar Center for the Arts Art Gallery and runs the Michelle Danner acting school one of the top acting schools in the country, offering acting classes to children teens and adults. You can visit: www.michelledanner.com