I have studied this art for 33 years, worked with some of the top directors and actors in this game, and have been under the tutelage of many of the top acting teachers around. I choose to study only with Max Decker now, because I have found he has an incomparable intuitive sense of what the actor needs to exponentially improve any scene, immediately, and he understands how to communicate that. Max Decker is my coach because he's the best, plain and simple.
Eric Michael Cole
Gia, White Squall
My daughter is an 11-year old actress and has been working with Max Decker and M.A.D. Acting Studio since the age of 8. Max has coached her through and helped her prepare for each project she has been “pinned” for and has “booked”. Max is an amazing acting coach and is highly recommended. He has taught her how to break down scripts, find her moments with each script, and to make the appropriate character choices for the scene. Even as a young actress, if vulnerability is required, she knows how to access her triggers to draw the audience in and make the scene real and believable.
& Amirah Johnson
Xan on Showtime's Shameless
Max D is an incredible acting coach and mentor. I have worked with Max for the last 10 years and he has helped develop incredible acting skills and work ethic with some of my A-list talent. If you're a beginner or an experienced actor you will learn powerful insight and Max will help you navigate your way through this industry and life.
Owner of White Cross Management
I have done so many different acting classes and am a classically trained actor from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School three year program. So believe me when I tell you this is the real deal. Max Decker goes over and beyond any teacher I have ever worked with. His passion is evident in his teaching. He has a variety of classes that covers everything from beginners to advanced. Whatever you might be looking for, you'll find here. Max knows all aspects of the industry including the business side - something I wish I knew about when starting out, because after all we are our own business, so makes sense to learn that side too. I couldn't have more praise for Max. He has reignited my passion in the industry and boosted my confidence back to where it once was. The proof is in the pudding. I hadn't had an audition in 6 weeks and the first one I went for after just a few classes with Max I booked a lead guest spot on NCIS. If you are serious about this industry and respect your craft then Max will guide you in the best possible way. Best industry decision I have made in years. Thank you Max Decker!!
My name is Chris von Hoffmann and I'm a writer/director. I was referred to Max Decker by a producer friend of mine in March 2018. I stopped by Max's class to give a Q&A to his students as well as watch his students perform several scenes from plays. It was here that I saw how dedicated his students were to his teaching and I was incredibly impressed.
Max has a simple yet very effective way of teaching his students the craft of acting. You can tell they listen to every word he says, however Max also listens to them. It's a beautiful collaboration and I'm not surprised Max's class continues to grow in quantity (and quality).
Few months after the Q&A I had the pleasure of work shopping some scenes from a script I wrote with all of his students and they were terrific. They had wonderful instincts and cared very much about the material. Also last fall I was invited to see a play that Max directed and once again I was bowled over by the performances. Max is the real deal and he's also an awesome dude who just loves the business.
My name is DAVID LEWIS, and I am a junior agent/talent coordinator at MEDIA ARTISTS GROUP in Los Angeles, California. I'm also a former working actor who has guest-starred and recurred on shows like TRUE BLOOD, HBO'S HUNG, GLEE, GOOD LUCK CHARLIE and AMERICAN CRIME. I know first hand how difficult this business can be and how important it is to be prepared for the right opportunity. There's always room for improvement, and even some of the top actors need to train their acting muscles. Before I started coaching with MAX DECKER, I was nervous and insecure in audition rooms. He gave me the confidence and tools I needed to succeed. Also a working actor, Max speaks actor; he understands the process, and I never knew how to tap into my vulnerability until I started coaching with him. I want to give him the highest review possible! His studio is well-rounded and the perfect gym to bring out the best in any actor!
I have hired Max as an actor because he can rattle cage.. he comes into the audition prepared, passionate, and ready to play. I think he attacks working with actors the same way.
I am Alison Robertson I have been a SAG TV actor for over 25 years. I had the good fortune of being referred to Max Decker's studio a year ago for my 12 year old daughter, Olivia. Wow did we find the real deal. Not only did I find a coach to be a champion and advocate for my daughter's talent, but Max’s work ethic for craft, technique and guidance in understanding the industry is such a gift to his students. As for myself, I found a home for my own creative endeavors. Max is a colleague and a coach who helped bring out a confidence I thought I had lost over the years. He helped to refocus and recharge what ability I needed to take on for the next phase of my career. After 6 weeks in his master class I booked 2 television shows. Max has a keen ability to coach and understand the individual actor and he knows what is not only needed in the material, he understands the artist and the path that someone is on. He balances craft, honest feedback and reality like a master. Can’t recommend him high enough.
I've taken many acting classes and Max is by far my favorite coach. He is so specific and will have you redo your self tape audition until you get each and every beat down. I previously had trouble accessing my vulnerability in scenes and Max's method works consistently. So grateful to have found Max --he has been an integral part of building my career!
Max is an amazing coach! My kids have been attending his class a little over a year and they have evolved so much on their acting skills all thanks to Max! My kids look forward to attending class every week at MAD Acting Studio. They love telling me about all the knowledge they have learned from each class, along with meeting new and talented friends. MAD Acting Studio is definitely the place to be to help you grow as an actor!
If you're looking for an acting studio to truly develop as an actor, this is the studio to do it at. Max Decker has put together a supporting community of actors who train together and learn to do the work it takes to be a real actor in the industry. He really cares about each and every individual in the class, and trains actors in improv, vulnerability, character work, on-camera auditions, and more. I've been very blessed to train with Max for the last year and a half and have truly re-fallen in love with my craft. If you're serious about learning the art of acting, come to Mad Acting Studio.
Max Decker's M.A.D. Acting Studio was my first stop, via a recommendation, when I landed in Hollywood July 2016. When I met him, I KNEW THIS WAS THE GUY FOR ME: cool, down to earth, personable. When I witnessed his instruction: honest, supportive, encouraging; I knew HE WOULD BE MY ACTING COACH FOR LIFE! And I told him, if I'm working with a producer/director and they suggest another acting coach, I'd tell them, "I appreciate and understand your concern, but, I'M ROCKING WITH MAX DECKER M.A.D. ACTING STUDIO / COACHING!"
I've been studying with Max for over a month and already I've learned more than any other acting class I've taken. His real life approach and experience bring a real depth to what Max brings to the table. Everyone in his class is striving to greatness from the newbies to the veterans. I'm so glad I found this class and couldn't recommend it higher.
Best acting Studio in L.A. HANDS DOWN! If you're looking for real world guidance and coaching in the competitive film and acting industry that is LA, look no further. Max Decker is the best! He cares for his students like no other and gives 1000% to ALL his students.
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If acting is your passion, if you want to pursue a career acting, you need to find the best support system out there to help you become successful in this industry. You will not find anything better than Mad Acting Studio. Max Decker has built a community of working actors that cheer each other on and help each other out to reach one's maximum potential. The environment created is unparalleled. Once you are part of the studio you are part of the family. A family that will build you up, have your back, and push you to greatness. Max is beyond committed to each individual student and will provide each student with everything they need to become successful. You will learn how to work in front of a camera, you will learn how to stand out in a audition, he will teach you the skills to book the role.
I can't thank Max and The M.A.D. Acting Studio family enough for this safe space to practice and master my craft. I've learned so much in the short time I've been here and can't wait to learn more. He's the real deal. What are you waiting for? Come hang with us!
I have been acting for a good 5 or so years now and I have also been in and out of a couple one-on-one and group acting classes. With that being said, out of my experience, there has not been a single class or coach that is as dedicated as Max Decker. This class provides a community of people that are some of the most helpful and dedicated people I have ever met. If you are looking for a professional coach that will help you with your career as well as your craft, there isn't any other place I could honestly recommend that would be better than M.A.D. Acting Studios.