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The Actors Space West

22747 1/2 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills CA 91364

The Actors Space

professional classes for film and television


With Terrence Mann in "Burn This"

Studio founded by

Sara Wood

An acclaimed acting coach and teacher, Sara has been involved in the craft and business of acting for over 40 years.

Beginning her career in live theatre, Sara worked extensively in summer stock, regional theatre and repertory companies. Her first role was in Archibald Macleish's J.B. at the age of 9  and 10 years later she booked her first professional gig at the Ice House Theatre in St. Louis. She retired her acting career after 150 starring and featured roles by playing Rosalind in As You Like It. 

Sara expanded her resume into directing and producing for the theatre. Particularly active in producing diverse works,  she founded The Women's Theatre Project of NC in 1988, and was the sole driver behind the AIDS charity Acting For A Change which she founded in 1992.  

In 1997, Sara moved to Los Angeles and was asked to join John Homa and Andrew Magarian at prestigious Hollywood acting studio, The Shop/Simply Acting in Burbank, CaDuring her 5 year tenure teaching at The Shop, Sara was instrumental in developing many talented professionals including Erika Christensen, Leighton Meister, James Lafferty, Josh Peck, Camille Winbush, Samaire Armstrong and Adam Brody, as well as continuing to guide and support the acting careers of her children.

(Evan Rachel Wood has been nominated for multiple acting awards including multiple Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Emmy awards and is currently the star of Westworld on HBO. Son Ira David Wood IV has become not only a sought after and highly regarded stage actor, but a critically acclaimed Director as well. Ira has written 2 plays and a screenplay and will soon be seen in the Independent feature "The Nonbelievers" )

Over the years, Sara spent literally thousands of hours on film and television sets, like a fly on the wall, observing directors such as Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Andrew Niccol, Marcos Siega and Catherine Hardwicke, as well as actors such as Edward Norton, Cate Blanchett, Joan Allen, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Keener and Kevin Costner.  This has given her a unique insight into the dynamics of film and television acting.

Most recently, Sara has become involved in Directing and Producing movies and new media projects as well as career development for actors. She continues to coach privately and on-set, and offer guidance to actors and stage parents of all ages.

As Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker"