Hello, Melbourne!

Make Casting Directors Your Biggest Fans

Actors Comedy Studio is permanently online, thriving and now available to actors across the globe! ACS was the very first acting school in Los Angeles with a physical space to convert to online training. We transitioned seamlessly into the digital age of Hollywood with no need or desire to look back. Founders Gunnar Rohrbacher and Lauren Bertoni continue to lead the way toward innovative, current and remarkably efficient instruction for actors, writers and content creators. Our focus on craft and career means our students understand the industry and work.

Gunnar is Hollywood’s number one comedy coach for adults and author of the definitive book on comedy; The Comedy Code – Your Complete Guide to Acting & Writing in the Digital Age of Hollywood. Lauren is a certified Studio Teacher and one of the most accomplished kid & teen coaches on the planet.

We knew the entertainment industry was headed toward digital casting long before there was a pandemic. We were prepared for this new era, which is why we’ve received rave reviews for our exciting, inclusive and engaging online classes. ACS is the place to adapt your theater and improv training to tv and film standards. Our actors don’t discover “secrets” (Run away from anyone selling you secrets); they learn valuable knowledge regarding the way the industry actually works from highly experienced teachers, casting directors and industry experts. We know the business, inside and out. Our actors book. Simple.

Auditioning now means self-taping and self-submitting. Are you one hundred percent confident in your auditions? Are you sure you see the material the way the writers do? Are you sure about your cold reading and audition technique? Actors who book love what they send to casting directors and they’re certain about all of their choices. Self-taping means no adjustments and no guidance. The industry is no longer looking to “discover” talent. Actors are hired when it’s clear they can get the job done with little notice, like a pro. We train actors to that standard!

Actors who move to The United States from Australia often feel culture shock. It doesn’t need to be that way, though! Actors Comedy Studio has trained hundreds of actors from Sydney, Melbourne and all around Australia. We always recommend The Hollywood Survival Guide for Actors and The Hollywood Survival Guide for Aussie Actors by our pal Kym Jackson to our Australian friends who want to train and work in the American marketplace. However, our world class training is just as valuable if you’re staying put. As content creation spreads across the globe, we’re proud to bring our globally recognized acting and writing training directly to you.

Online Classes, Services & Reviews


Comedy EssentialsWhere most of our actors start, regardless of experience. Six week course that introduces you to our curriculum, The Comedy Code.

Tuesdays, 11 am – 2 pm AEST

Sundays, 5 am – 8 am AEST

The Audition Code; Bring your on-camera work up to industry standards. Ongoing, month-to-month training to hone your script analysis, acting, characterizations, branding/casting and all industry expectations.

Tuesdays, 11 am – 2 pm AEST

Fridays, 5 am – 8 am AEST

Master Class with GunnarThe place for  working actors work out. Ongoing, month-to-month training for working/represented actors who want to refine their get skills and receive personalized feedback and career support from Hollywood’s most respected comedy coach.

Thursdays, 5 am – 8 am AEST

Fridays, 11 am – 2 pm AEST


Word Party; Creative Writing for actors, writers, content creators and everyone!

Wednesdays, 11 am – 2 pm AEST

My Safe & Easy Writing Class; Create your series and write a pilot!

Wednesdays, 11 am – 2 pm AEST

Kids & Teens

Teen Comedy Essentials; Six week course where most of our actors begin!

Sundays, 4:30 am – 5:30 am AEST

Teen Audition Code; Powerful Audition & Self-tape Technique

Fridays, 9 am – 11 am AEST

Sundays, 2 am – 4 am AEST

Pro WorkoutFor kid & teen actors who are series regular ready!

Sundays, 2 am – 4 am AEST

Kid Comedy Workout; Learn, play and connect online in our Sitcom class for Kids ages 7 – 10.

Fridays, 7:45 am – 8:45 am AEST

Summer Comedy Camp; Learn valuable inside information in this fun-filled and highly informative week-long virtual camp!

Monday – Friday, August 1 – 5

2 am – 5 am AEST

Audition Help

Audition Coaching; Expert help when you need it the most. Wherever you are!

Online Reader; Hollywood’s best readers available at just $1 a minute!

Career Coaching; A personalized plan, geared toward your success. Let’s figure out to get what you want from wherever you are!

Headshot Consultation; Learn how to get professional, eye popping shots without wasting time or money.

Writing Consultation; Writing help from Gunnar for all kinds of content.

Private Acting Classes; Customized acting training is group class isn’t the right answer for you.


The Comedy Code

Hello everybody! It is with great joy that I present the world with The Comedy Code – Your Complete Guide to Acting and Writing for Television in the Digital Age of Hollywood. I put hundreds of hours of research into writing this book and frankly, my entire heart and soul. Everything I’ve learned about succeeding in the entertainment industry is here in this book: how to break down scripts the way writers wish actors would, how to audition well, creating larger than life characters that remain believable, what the industry expects you to know, the realities of the casting process… it’s all here. I hope it helps make your dreams come true.

Much love,

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Soup, Target, Powell’s & Walmart

You can also purchase for Kindle or a digital ebook.