• I was very lucky to work with Kirk Baltz on my film, SLICE. He coached my lead actor and myself and it was beyond helpful! Working with him is inspiring. Kirk’s respect for actors, directors and writers really shows as his passion for the craft shines a bright light on all those who get to be around him.

    Christina Beck
    Christina BeckActress / Director
  • Working with Kirk in Oslo, was like a powerful wakeup call and reality-check at the same time for me… He brings incredible wisdom, calmness and fierce focus into the work. Not only is he a remarkable coach that pushes you to realize the craft, power and uniqueness within, but also a wonderful human being that leaves you feeling truly empowered, grateful, and inspired to dig even deeper and more truthfully into this amazing and creative craft.

    Mona Grenne
    Mona GrenneActress
  • Kirk’s way of working is not only easy to comprehend, but extremely effective.

    Danny Nucci
    Danny NucciActor/Director
  • There is no better artist to be coached by – no better actor to direct. Kirk Baltz is about as malleable as they come. An all-star professional both in front of, and off-camera. I hope to continue working with him forever!

    Evan Cooper
    Evan CooperWriter/Director (The Armoire, Will' 0 Wisps...)
  • Kirk Baltz is, simply put, an acting teacher that will bring the best out of you. Whether you are a first timer looking to break into the business or an established actor looking to improve your craft there is nobody better than Kirk and his Actor’s Intensive workshops and private coaching. His in-depth knowledge of the craft as well as putting his own experience into his teachings leaves a learning experience second to none. It bears repeating, there is nobody better to study the craft of acting with than Kirk Baltz.

    Tony Kelly
    Tony KellyActor
  • Kirk is an actor of great intensity, imagination, dedication and craft. I have worked with him at least a half dozen times and he has never failed to surprise and delight me. He is also a great listener–both in character and out–which makes him not only a solid actor, but an excellent teacher.

    Aaron Lipstadt
    Aaron LipstadtDirector-Producer
  • Kirk gives you the skills to bring everything on paper to life. If you want a coach who will assist you in gaining clarity on everything from personalizations, to sensory work, being grounded and in the moment Kirk Baltz is that teacher. He’s the reason I booked my first feature film and I can’t praise him enough. I always look forward to working with him.

    Alexander Benjamin
    Alexander BenjaminActor
  • Kirk Baltz is an amazing acting teacher. Those are two different things – Acting and Teaching. It’s clear from his body of work that he knows acting. But it’s quite another thing to be able to not only educate but also to inspire students to learn the craft. He is patient, understanding, and has a great sense of humor. (And now I feel like I’m writing a personal ad on his behalf.) I met Kirk in Cincinnati during an Actors Intensive Workshop. We stayed in-touch and then he came to the DVD taping of my standup, at which point he suggested I begin taking classes to take my comedy to the next level and also to try my hand at acting. It ended up being one of the best career decisions I made. Inhabiting his techniques allowed me to express myself more fully – onstage and on-set.

    Rajiv Satyal
    Rajiv SatyalActor
  • Kirk’s classes are an invaluable investment. They’re grounded in real, tangible work that will get you out of your head and into the present moment. And that’s across the board; I witnessed every student surprise themselves with the epiphanies they made during a single afternoon. Plus, Kirk is perfect for guiding the way: he’s loving, but persistent- he can see through the bullshit to the truth, and he’s gonna do his damndest to help you pull it out of yourself.

    Leah Finity
    Leah FinityActress
  • Kirk made me rethink my craft as an actor…I left his workshop with an excitement I have not had in quite sometime. His teaching has given me tools to move forward with greater confidence and a deeper connection to my true self.  I very much look forward to his returning to Oslo!

    André Softeland
    André SoftelandActor
  • A lot of coaches showed me the tools, Kirk Baltz taught me how to use them.

    Scoot McNairy
    Scoot McNairyActor
  • Kirk Baltz is the guy to go to, when you’re really committed to learn about Meisner, Method and acting as a whole. Kirk is one of the few acting teachers you can fully trust. He has an amazing amount of love, patience and empathy for his students. He gave me a deeper understanding of myself as an actor and my craft. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with him.

    Michael Kuehl
    Michael KuehlActor
  • Kirk is great at helping me trust my instincts, finding new ways to get better grounded while pushing me to experiment in a scene.

    Julia Goldani Telles
    Julia Goldani TellesActress
  • Kirk Baltz is a director’s dream. He totally inhabits his character – capable of improvising brilliantly, immeasurably enhancing the director’s and writer’s vision of a role. His workshops are not to be missed.

    Taylor Hackford
    Taylor HackfordDirector/Producer (The Devil’s Advocate, Ray, Parker…)
  • With Kirk it isn’t all talk and theory…we are encouraged to do it…to think less and do more.
    That’s what I wanted. Something concrete, something that I can take home and work on. I can use in my trailer on set between takes and between scenes. Kirk Baltz has opened up new avenues for me and I am so very thankful!

    Michael X. Sommers
    Michael X. SommersActor (Bug on Sense8 (NETFLIX))
  • Kirk Baltz has pushed me more in his workshops than in any other workshop I have attended. I can honestly say there is not a more passionate acting coach out there. If you are truly into creating the most believable character possible and to be the best actor you can be then he’s the coach you need. I am a hard working actor (struggling at times like most of us) but Kirk still treats every single one of us with respect and gives all he has to give. If you want to be the best you have to work with the best. Each year I get stronger and better at our craft as a result of what Kirk has shown me.

    Beau Thompson
    Beau ThompsonActor
  • Kirk immediately creates a safe and comfortable environment filled with trust and different techniques, helping free and truthful acting to arise. I highly recommend working with him.

    Amanda Collin
    Amanda CollinActress
  • Kirk’s knowledge and presence made all kinds of negative fear, stress and nervousness vanish in an instant. I am certain his workshop will have an immensely positive and long lasting effect on my career. His ability to be completely honest in front of people, expressing where he is at any given moment, when my body hesitates, gave me the permission to use again and trust what I already know. Kirk brings all this up and out in a much simpler but deeper way than most my previous teachers ever have. He has given me the key to refill my toolbox and get back to work.

    Axel Barø Aasen
    Axel Barø AasenActor
  • Like most aspiring actors in late-1980s New York City, I was pretty damn sure I was the next big thing. Studying Meisner, reading Shepard, mimicking DeNiro. Then my teacher combined classes one day and young Kirk Baltz gave us all a rude awakening. This fresh-faced kid with a faraway gaze worked with a level of honesty and commitment that the rest of us could hardly grasp. Naturally, we wanted to hate him for it, but he was such good guy – wrestling with his own insecurities and demons, and incorporating them into his work – that we could only admire him more for it. His plum roles in “Reservoir Dogs” and “Dances With Wolves” were no surprise to any of us. Recently, when Kirk graced our show, the buzz about him on set was much the same: While everyone else was busy acting, that Baltz guy was living on a whole ‘nother level. I must admit, that he now imparts wisdom and trade secrets to other actors makes me a little envious. Oh, what I’d give to be an acting student again, so Kirk could throw some of his magic my way. Advice to young actors: Run, don’t walk.

    Scott Williams
    Scott WilliamsWriter / Executive Producer “NCIS”
  • Words cannot begin to describe how thankful and appreciative I am to Kirk for broadening my range and instilling a much deeper desire to get to know each and every character I am lucky enough to bring to life. He has turned acting into something more than just a passion; it’s a duty. A duty to tell a story as truthfully and true to character as possible without letting my own self or ego get in the way.

    Abigail Esmena
    Abigail Esmena Actor
  • When I think of all Kirk Baltz continues to do as an actor while offering his workshops in the states and abroad I can’t help but wonder “how many artists has this man helped to change for the better?” Trust me when I say it’s a lot. They all now stand taller, go deeper and take the space they deserve while keeping it all insanely simple. Give yourself the gift of working with him, you’ll be glad you did.

    Stephen Adly Guirgis
    Stephen Adly GuirgisWriter/Actor/Producer
  • There is no actor I know with more artistic integrity, love of the craft, and just plain know-how than Kirk Baltz.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Philip Seymour HoffmanActor
  • Kirk is caring and precise while residing along side a wonderful sense of humor. He has a “no bullshit” way of teaching where one can learn a great deal in even just a few days. I highly recommend working with him.

    Peter Gantzler
    Peter GantzlerActor
  • After an intense process of looking for the best professional acting coach to help me with the preparation for DUKE (a film about a family’s struggle with autism) I found Kirk Baltz. His grounded approach helped me bring the cast together while his compassion and abilities exceeded my expectations. Our award winning success is due in part to Kirk’s subtle yet skillful touch. When a gifted actor is able to coach as effectively as Kirk did on Duke you can’t go wrong. I recommend any director looking for the best in L.A. to bring Kirk on board.

    Thiago Dadalt
    Thiago DadaltWrirter/Director
  • Kirk Baltz is a phenomenal teacher. It all started with one of his two-day workshops for me. Kirk has been an amazing resource, teacher, and counselor. With his teaching I was able to start knocking down barriers that allowed my true self to shine through and I learned how to truly listen and be present with other characters. I booked a SAG film right after working with him. And now, I’ve just accepted an offer to train in the MFA actors program at USC because of him. Two powerful words that he told me, “You’re enough”, have empowered me with the truth that I am my greatest resource as an actor. Thanks Kirk!

    Sherrick O'Quinn
    Sherrick O'QuinnActor
  • I have known KIrk since the beginning of my career as a casting director and hired him many times. He is an exceptional actor. It is no surprise that he is such an inspiring teacher and coach. He walks the walk. He is a WORKING actor who is using the tools of his craft daily. His devotion and passion to his craft are real. His real world experiences are invaluable. He is the real deal as an actor, coach and a man of integrity.

    Debi Manwiller
    Debi ManwillerCasting Director
  • Kirk not only allowed a safe place for me to be vulnerable in his workshop, but actively instilled a confidence in me. The ability to find the truth in my craft, and be completely open to those around me.  I fell back in love with acting, and what it means to be present; to be human.

    Jordan Ghaim
    Jordan GhaimActor
  • I had my first ever acting class with Kirk Baltz. Just having turned 21 I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. A year later I was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts….Kirk’s coaching played a big part in my being admitted. He helps to builds strong foundations through his Meisner and Method based techniques and active experience in the field of acting. While also providing challenges for the more experienced actors Kirk never loosing sight of the most important basics of acting Breath, Energy and Focus.

    Leon Zedlmayer
    Leon ZedlmayerActor
  • Working with Kirk has been one of the best life choices I have ever made. His approach is full of passion, demanding the same from me in return. Along with his years of experience and being a real master of his craft, my time with Kirk has given me so much more than I could have hoped for. I have not only become a more complete actor, but I can honestly say that our work continues to help me grow tremendously on a personal level as well.

    David Shah
    David ShahActor
  • Kirk’s work is completely alive…so unpredictable, yet so under the control of an exceptional artist / story painter who has at his disposal a masterful set of brushes.

    Micah Hauptman
    Micah HauptmanActor
  • I was fortunate enough to receive training from Kirk Baltz this past year on a film, it would not have been the same without him. As a coach, he is willing to be vulnerable himself – a willingness that is few and far between. Together, we thoroughly explored our own personal experiences as related to the film’s story, dissecting every detail and leaving it all at the rehearsal. Kirk introduced me to the highly-personal method of working with one’s dreams – a technique that, with Kirk’s practical experience, brought out beautiful moments. His genuine sincerity elicited the most sincere performance from myself.
    Thank you Kirk Baltz!

    Robert Solomon
    Robert SolomonActor
  • Kirk’s class was a game changer for me. It was intimidating enough to force me into a vulnerable state, but all the while guided by a clear, confidant, and loving teacher. Kirk is the rare leader that navigates knowledge, intuition, and a huge heart with genuine ease. Personally, I have to trust someone at every level in order to fully let go and explore. The experience was groundbreaking, the tools are actionable, and Kirk’s instinct is scary good. Whether you’re trying to start a career, sharpen your skills, or heal old wounds, this class is what you’re looking for.

    Jesse Janzen
    Jesse JanzenActor
  • Kirk Baltz has had a tremendous impact on my career as an actor. His never-ending support, direction, and overall consideration has enabled me to break out of my “protective” shell and allow me to connect with various roles expressing my vulnerability. He has seen me start my career in Hollywood as a young actor and has been working with me up to my first major booking. I definitely recommend not only his acting classes and workshops but also his one-on-one sessions. Kirk is a truly amazing coach.

    Rich Ting
    Rich TingActor
  • Besides being a fantastic actor, Kirk cares about the individual. His caring allows one to trust him in his approach and, more importantly, to trust in oneself. Kirk gets deep, beautiful and honest results.

    Joe Orrach
    Joe OrrachActor
  • Kirk Baltz ist feinsinnig, empathisch und klug. In seinen Workshops überzeugt er mit Menschlichkeit und Präzision. Es ist unglaublich, mit wieviel Gespür Kirk es schafft, seinen Teilnehmern die Tipps zu geben, die sie brauchen, um aus sich das Beste zu holen. Seine Kurse sind intensiv, machen Spaß und bringen Schauspieler zusammen. Ich kann Kirks Workshops nur weiterempfehlen und werde auf jeden Fall wieder kommen!

    Mara Bergmann
    Mara BergmannActor
  • Kirk Baltz possesses a blend of talents that include bravado, sensitivity and measured reserve. He has the range and ability of an accomplished acting coach.

    Clayton Townsend
    Clayton TownsendProducer (Funny People, Year One, Knocked Up…)
  • As Head of a Drama Department, I have brought Kirk to the UK for the last seven years to work with my students. We’ve adopted a three / four day model in which Kirk has time to introduce and explore some of the techniques central to his approach to Acting. Feedback from my students is always exemplary. All find the work challenging, both physically and mentally, but Kirk’s enthusiasm and passion for his subject means they all engage and want to give their best. Kirk pushes where necessary and pulls back back when required – he is extremely sensitive to the needs of each student in his class and has proven time and time again his ability to accurately assess each student within a relatively short time and he adjusts his teaching accordingly. I have no doubt that every student who has worked with Kirk has benefited from their time with him and only wish they could have longer. In fact, many return the following year to start taking the work further. I have had students accepted into drama school who are positive Kirk’s advice contributed to their successful audition work and others who have used his work for examination pieces to help deepen and enrich their performance. Of all trek opportunities I offer students in my care, my relationship with Kirk is one of the most valuable and I would encourage any teacher to develop this relationship to bring a dynamic new element to their subject delivery.

    Nicholas Saunders
    Nicholas SaundersHead of Drama - Bradfied College, U.K.
  • Kirk instilled a confidence in me to let things happen in a scene as opposed to trying to make them happen. I carry this lesson with me in all the work I do.

    Max Greenfield
    Max GreenfieldActor (American Horror Story, New Girl, etc.)
  • Kirk Baltz is a dedicated student of acting. His knowledge, sensitivity, curiosity and respect for actors and the work they do marks him as an invaluable teacher of our always fascinating craft.

    Sandra Seacat
    Sandra SeacatActing Teacher and Coach
  • I had the honor of working with Kirk in two of his four days in Norway … I wish they were more often. He creates a space filled with love and respect, making it safe to be vulnerable while building technique that works. Kirk is present and sees everyone. He listens while sharing from his heart making our process all inclusive and empowering.

    Barbro Bugge
    Barbro BuggeActress