Dearing Acting Studio

Dearing Acting Studio


I love the way Dearing Acting Studio has been able to adapt to the new times and offer a variety of online options for their classes, as a performer myself it has been hard to gain in person experience and having these outlets makes life just a little easier! That being said, I wanted to let the page know of re-release I’m currently anticipating called “Ruby in Paradise”. The film is critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, stars Ashley Judd in her Breakout role as main character Ruby Gissing, a young woman struggling to navigate her new found independence; plus it has been recommended by none other than Roger Ebert! With such an impressive history I’m sure it will be an incredibly entertaining addition to my movie nights as well as a great example of realistic acting to expand my understanding of the art. You can watch the film next week, February the 16th on platforms like iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu, the official trailer can be found on Quiver Distribution’s YouTube channel.
Check out this awesome video for how to do improv over video! :)
Thanks for the opportunity Brian and Matt! Fun time!!
Just curious.....are they any adult acting classes that aren't IMPROV? Improv is definitely my least favorite thing in the whole

my kidpreneur and those acting classes are paying off
Congrats Sofia!

Male & Female Talent in Phoenix, I have a great opportunity for you. In need of 4 actors male/female (age range 25-35) 1 male (age range 45-55) for a corporate shoot. It is a paid gig, 1/2 day shoot (3-5 hrs). Callbacks will be video submissions based on resume and headshot, possibly a live audition. Please read all details below before submitting.

Shoot Date: Friday, July 27th 2018

Location: Thrive, 313 N Gilbert Rd, Suite 300, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Call Time: 1:30pm (filming start time approx 2pm. Cast and Crew will meet at 1:40pm to go over story board)

Attire: TBD

Casting Roles:

- 2 Attractive Professional Females. Ages between 23-33. Must be believable with feeling uncomfortable in certain situations. Less about being disgusted but more so about being uncomfortable with how a male co worker is treating her or approaching her. Professional attire.

- 2 Professional Males. Ages between 23-33. These guys need to be good looking but not overly attractive. Must be able to exude arrogance and confidence in themselves in different situations.

- 1 Professional Male (management material). Age between 45-55. This will be a small speaking role. Will be talking straight to camera about a particular platform for reporting inappropriate behavior in the work place.

For an opportunity to be a part of this wonderful project, please submit your resume and headshot to

[email protected]
The Dearings and JL and Brian are the best. Great instructors with heart and direction. I’ve made so much progress!!! If you are looking for a safe place to hone your craft... look no further.
(Please share with the Actors you love:)

Auditions in Tempe on Tuesday, 3/27th for a one-day shoot in April.
We’re shooting an independent film about about a hiker who walks across Arizona.
Be an extra or have a small speaking part.

We need people who can spend one day during the week (no weekends).
No pay, but making movies is fun!

Here are roles we need to fill (you don’t have to pick one):
• Porter – Older man
• Pete – Male, drunk guy in the bar who says “sweet cheeks”
• Mechanic – Male, some obvious facial problem (bad eye, teeth, etc.)
• Beth – 20s, girl nextdoor, big eyes, looks fragile, wise beyond her years
• Harvard Hiker – Early 20s, preppy, high-class (we need one male and one female)

And these roles can be either male or female:
• Doctor – Over 40 (male/female)
• Salesperson – At sporting goods store
• Superintendent – Older, serious professional

Interested? Want more info?
Contact the Director, Steve Bursi, [email protected]
The way this page supports learning all aspects of the film industry reminds me of Joey Kern’s new work in the movie, Big Bear. It is really inspiring to see him write, direct and star in his own movie. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s about four college buddies who get together to celebrate one of their bachelor party. It’s all fun and reckless until they find out the soon-to-be groom has been dumped by the no-longer-bride. From there, things get very The-Hangover meets John-Tucker-Must-Die but keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. If you are looking for some inspiration on how to hone the craft in every way, the movie comes out on Friday at the AMC Theatres -AMC Arizona Center 24.
I enjoyed studying with Mathew, who is a dedicated and stimulating acting coach and director and a great guy all around. The entire staff was helpful and supportive.
Hello lovely Dearings!! I just wanted to let you know, I just auditioned for the improv troupe here at Penn, and I had SUCH a great audition! I had so much fun. I'm feeling so grateful for all the skills I learned with you both. Thank you x 100000!! ❤️

Dearing Acting Studio offers both residential and online acting classes as well as corporate, execut Bringing the highest-quality acting classes to the Valley!

Learn more about classes, events and services at

Operating as usual

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 08/22/2023

True acting is not performing, but rather reacting to what is right in front of you.

Acting is… “Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances” - William Esper

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 08/22/2023

True acting is not performing, but rather reacting to what is right in front of you.

"Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances" - William Esper

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 08/22/2023

Kids Class Week 2

This week’s takeaways:
- Let yourself feel
- Swaying can be distracting
- Spiking is bad and should only be done if the director says

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 08/04/2023

Our script and improv teams did an amazing job with their showcases this month! See you all next month :)


Fall Improv Classes at Dearing Acting Studio start in two weeks!

Topics include: Character Creation, Voice, Attitude, Posture, Point of View

Improv Training will enhance every area of your life. Come join the fun!


Fall Session Script Class Enrolling Now. (Aug/Sep/Oct)

Topics Include:

Film & TV Scripts
Meisner Technique
Character Development
Day Player Roles
Blocking for Camera

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 07/31/2023

Today is our quarterly Dearing Acting Studio Showcase. Kids kick off at 5:00pm followed by teens at 6:45pm and then we wrap up the night with the adults at 8:20pm.

This past quarter was focused on the topic of Commercials. Showcase will include single person commercials and group commercials.

Let's Get Back to School 07/31/2023

Let's Get Back to School We're thinking of you all!       BACK TO SCHOOL August Newsletter Deals, Studio Events & Programs       GET BACK TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE When acting class has become the highlight to your week, rest assu


We connect business principles with mastery-level acting principles.

Corporate Workshops / Team Building. New Ideas & Creativity Workshops. Private Coaching for Professionals.

We’re ready to customize our training based on the unique needs of your business, department or group.


Confidence is earned.


Join us this Saturday, June 24th for our Chaos Comedy Improv Show. All shows are family friendly. Show starts at 7pm and tickets are $15. Ticket link is in bio.
💬Comment if you are excited!


Join this silly group next Saturday, June 24th for our Chaos Comedy Improv Show. All shows are family friendly. Watch us create a play in the spot using only your audience suggestion. The show starts at 7pm at the studio and is $15. Ticket link is in bio. See you there.


Old Glory.


One of the kids in our script class made this and brought it in for Matt and Brian . We absolutely love our students and are so blessed to be able to serve the arizona acting community.


Gone but not forgotten. Today we take a moment to pause and remember all the incredible men and woman who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we experience every day. Happy Memorial Day. 🇺🇸


We train A-list actors, newbies, hobbyists & business professionals. No matter which group you fit or where you train, get in the car and ask yourself two questions: Did I have fun? What did I learn? If you don't like the answer to either question... train elsewhere.


Just a few spots left for July Movie Camp. It's like an all day movie making actor masterclass for kids and teens. Truly a life changing experience. But don't take our word for it - check out the review below as seen on Google Reviews.

"My daughter's (10 and 7) spent two weeks at Valleywood this summer, and it was truly a magical experience.The staff works SO hard to make each child feel special and loved. As a parent, it was amazing to see my children grow each and every day that they spent there. The sense of community and family is palpable. Yes, they made extraordinary movies (in five days!), but it was so much more than that. They became a part of something bigger and forged relationships that will last for years to come. The girls both went in with no friends and no acting experience and left saying "BEST CAMP EVER!!! Can't wait for next year!" - Sarah Estrada


Attacks will come in many forms. Internal. External. It's best to look forward. This doesn't mean you should back down. It's not weakness. To keep your cool, turn the other cheek and remain focused... that's how you stay in the game.


Join us tonight at 7pm for our chaos comedy improv show. This show is family friendly. Ticket link in bio. Promo code “chaosfan” gets you 50%off tickets.


Thanks for the shout out. We appreciate you! ❤️

Just wanting to send a shout out thank you, to two of the best acting classes/studios I've been able to study with, while here in Arizona. La Acting Academy Annnnd The Dearing Acting Studio !.👏🎭

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 04/24/2023

Some of our favorite moments in Aprils masterclass. Such a amazing experience can’t wait until the next MC!
All photos captured and edited by


At Dearing Acting Studio we believe success is connected directly to progression.

Join our community and you'll find out real quick how our acting classes will improve every aspect of your life!


Take the time to learn improv by actively watching great improv. Last night had a chance to watch one of the best pushing and challenging himself in new ways. Colin Mochrie while onstage in his final game told the audience part of the reason he does this new show and the final game is to continue to stay surprised and challenge himself. This is what makes him great. Even as one of the most well known improvisers he continues to find ways to grow and stretch himself in the craft. Thank you for showing us growth is the way. Check out Hyprov. An improv show where the actors are hypnotized volunteers. Incredibly entertaining.


What does it mean to "train like a pro"?

A commitment to getting 1% better every day. To have a hunger for failure and criticism. To compete against that person you see looking at you in the mirror.

If you're one of those types... this is your studio - you'll fit right in.


One of the greatest life changing ideas is to simply choose gratitude. Be grateful for the ups and the downs. If you trust God has a plan - then why not be grateful each and every day?

"Trust God Thank God" is one of our motivational speech topics.

Photos from Dearing Acting Studio's post 03/17/2023

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Remember if you come to the studio in your green we will give you a free copy of Matt’s book. We have given away 2 so far today. Thanks and Alex Escarcega for stopping by!


It's hard to believe through Brian's health battles, Matt having four kids, COVID lockdowns, you name it... For going on 10 years a certain "magic" seems to bring this show together. We'd be honored to have you join us this year!

March 18


This poor adorable dog was destined for the pound, then he attended the Boondocks Improv Show and met his new owner. Pretty lucky indeed.

Boondocks Improv
March 18


This is an Irish Mouse. We perform Irish Comedy. That's the connection.

Boondocks Improv
March 18


Going to a bar on St. Patty's this year... that's cool. How about starting the night with some Improv Comedy that's so funny you'll "Bear-ly" be able to stand it?

Boondocks Improv
March 18th 7PM


Boondocks Improv starring Matthew Dearing and Brian Sweeney is this SATURDAY!

Go to for tickets


This one is indeed deep and so true. Your character's life lies within their eyes.

If you are living truthfully as a character... we will see it in your eyes!


A great performance of any kind requires a finely tuned voice. Check out Leeann Dearing's latest blog post where she details out a few of the best ways to make sure your voice is ready for anything!


This was Matthew Dearing, the year we started Dearing Acting Studio. Just a kid with a curly blond afro and a dream. :)

Thank you to all who have supported us and become a part of our studio family. We've been a consistent force for 16 years and counting. :)


Brad Reed - This is a long time coming! Thank you so much for the photography session with our team last year. We are blessed to have such talent as yourself in our lives.

We're asked all the time... Brad Reed is always on the short list. Need professional photos - start here.


June Valleywood is officially SOLD OUT.

There's still room in July.


We have to agree with baby Beau on this one.

If you're looking for a new type of acting exercise that will push you out of your comfort zone. Give Checkov's animal work a try.


In our Valleywood Movie Camps we make two epic movies every summer. The goal each year is simple: Make this year, the best movies we have ever made.

Camps are filling fast, so if you're thinking about joining reach out ASAP!


Head Chef Role - Commercial Casting call
Rate: $600 per day + $1,100 for one year usage + $1,100 for stills
Demographic: 40’s-50’s male - open ethnicity
Requirements: Must have experience as a chef and be comfortable in a commercial kitchen.
Submit: Email headshot and resume to [email protected]

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Our Story

Owner Matthew Dearing, author of "Acting Is My Day Job - Seven Strategies To Market and Make Money As An Actor"Dearing training works; for actors, celebrities, CEO’s, kids, teens, doctors, engineers & everyone in between – The core principles that go into being great on stage or film apply directly to leadership, sales, communication and life itself.Valley's Best Contest Winner 2020. Voted Arizona's Best Acting Studio 6 yrs in a row!Be a Great Actor - Master Your Life Through The Art Of ActingActing is an essential skill that will enhance every area of life. Advanced acting techniques for a career in acting and business / development courses to enhance social & presentation skills.Acting Classes in Phoenix and Online

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10806 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 10pm
Tuesday 9am - 10pm
Wednesday 9am - 10pm
Thursday 9am - 10pm
Friday 9am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
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