OUR STUDIO: TEACHERS
With an emphasis on performance more than lecturing, Brian has refined a teaching process that trains actors to get out, smash the audition, and get the role. Simplicity is the key and creating working professionals in film and television is the goal. Never cold or intimidating, the learning environment is intimate, unpredictable, and tuned to cultivate spontaneous and instinctive creativity.
More than joining a class, students at the Brian Cutler Actors Studio become a part of a network. The studio serves as a family away from family, and the teachers are one element of a dynamic support system. It’s about basic instinct and authentic moments. It’s about unrestricted, on-camera organic performance. It’s about getting the job and living as a professional actor in the real world. Most of all, the Brian Cutler Actors Studio is all about the students.
A working actor since the age of five, Brian Cutler continues the actor’s journey as both a performer and teacher. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his appearances in film, television and theater span several decades and his emphasis on simplicity and basic instinct is both inspiring and effective.
While still in high school, Brian appeared in Bye, Bye Birdie, a major motion picture. This early success paved the way for his actor’s journey, one that would evolve into a lifelong joy and passion. He has appeared in dozens of theatrical productions, collaborating with some of the best directors on the west coast including Viola Spolin, the originator of the theater games used at Second City; Paul Levit and Ted Thorpe of the Players Ring Theater Group; and Jules Getlin, Ellen Miller and Ed Reese of the Peter Pan Players. Brian has appeared in countless film and television dramas, with leading roles in the hit television series The Shazam Isis Hour, the T.V. series Emergency, The Long Hot Summer and The Young Lawyers. He also landed roles in feature films including Airport ’79, The Concorde and Wilderness Family, Part II. He also appeared in numerous guest-starring roles on top-rated T.V. shows, such as Charlie’s Angels, Rockford Files, Knight Rider, Fall Guy, Quincy, Mork & Mindy and The Lucy Show.
In 1993, while starring in productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Come Blow Your Horn, Brian founded Brian Cutler Actors Studio in Kansas City. His focus, then and now, on film technique and commercial acting was an immediate success. From the start, Brian could see the value in teaching students the specialized skills needed to become working actors. Using a technique developed by longtime teacher and mentor Charles E. Conrad, with roots going all the way back to Sanford Miesner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of The Theatre in New York City, students are taught to focus attention away from themselves, enabling actors to become fully present for their partner. Proving that simplicity is the key to a spontaneous and natural interaction, Conrad had used the technique as a foundation to train many acting luminaries, such as Robert Duvall, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson. Brian, impressed by the process and the powerful effect it had on his performances, further refined and began teaching Conrad’s methods, eventually relocating Brian Cutler Actors Studio to the west coast.
Now studied by hundreds of actors, including Dennis Quaid, Carl weathers, Dee Wallace Mark Harmon, Rita Wilson and Veronica Hamel, this technique is considered to be the most effective acting method utilized in film today. It’s not by accident that Brian Cutler Actors Studio is one of the premier acting schools in the United States.
Acting is a lifelong pursuit and an ongoing exchange of knowledge. Brian injects his technique, enthusiasm and expertise into a thrilling learning experience. The buzz that flows through every class starts with Brian and is sustained by the talent, commitment and boldness of every student in Brian Cutler Actors Studio.
Jill is an actor and film production professional with a deep background in on-set film operations. Together with her business partner Brian, she owns, operates and teaches at The Brian Cutler Actors Studio, reinforcing its status as one of the most respected training studios in the country. Having achieved a long and successful career in business, Jill adjusted her focus toward her lifelong interest in the entertainment field. Quickly winning her first role in the Universal Pictures film “Ride with The Devil,” Jill has since performed regularly in both film and commercial productions. With an interest in all aspects of filmmaking, she served as Production Manager and Development Executive for Kansas City-based film production company, River City Productions. She has taken on production responsibilities on many feature film projects, including unit production manager, casting, budget development, and daily supervision of all on-set film operations.
Jill’s unique and comprehensive skill set, both behind and in front of the camera, is a wealth of experience that she uses to help students navigate the real-world filmsets and creatives that they will be working with throughout their acting careers.