Professional Acting Class



Robert F. Lyons' career has spanned over 35 years.

As a young actor from New York, he was personally chosen by Lee Strasberg for Lifetime membership in the famed Actors' Studio.  He also studied with Stella Adler, Arthur Storch, and Milton Katselas.  

He was instrumental in starting the Genesis Theatre, where he starred in Sam Shepherd's first play, Cowboys.  

He continued working on Broadway and off-Broadway, until he came West, where he has starred in over 17 feature films and numerous television shows and Movies of the Week.

Robert is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He began teaching in Los Angeles in 1975.  Among some of the actors he has instructed over the years are: 


Clea Du Vall, Juliette Lewis, Geoffrey Lewis, Natalia Livingston, Heather Locklear, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Priscilla Presley, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Stafford, Ethan Suplee, Michael Wiseman

Robert's interest in directing has taken him through several plays, short films and a feature film.

He has sold as a writer, and currently has a number of projects in development.

He has also been on the producing line on two features for New World Pictures.

The value of an acting teacher who is a working actor, who also writes and directs, is of great value to serious actors who are learning and working professionally.  It is knowing and having a complete range of technique and being willing to show it, that makes the professional.

What is taught is not academic, it is what an actor needs to know to compete and then do the job well. 


"Robert F. Lyons is the hidden bonus in Columbia's new box-office hit, Getting Straight. Audience's walk in fully expecting Elliot Gould to swipe all the honors, but they come out with the character of a draft  dodging doper named Nick firmly etched in their minds.  It may be Gould's picture but a big piece of it belongs to Lyons."  
— Show Magazine

"From what is on the screen, the real star of the film is Robert F. Lyons..."

"Showiest role of the piece, the impulsive buddy, Luke, is expressively handled by well-cast Robert F. Lyons." 
 — Daily Variety

"Bravura performance." 
 — Miami Herald

"What's unusual about Dealing is that it gives us something valuable in return--believable, sympathetic, very often funny people, among whom there is a boy who actually grows up before our eyes, just the way movie heroes used to, before such growth came to be considered impossibly corny.  To my surprise, I became quite fond of him, and I think you will too."
 — Richard Schickel, Life

"He's played 'good guys, bad guys, regular guys and some very irregular guys,' always with a perceptible subtext beneath their spoken words.  ... (He) has been credited with outstanding performances in Ten to Midnight and Getting Straight, as well as a dozen or so other feature films.  His television appearances have included Magnum P.I., Quincy and Falcon Crest, along with an arm-long list of TV's highest-rated programs."
 — Valley Life & Entertainment

"Robert F. Lyons is remarkably complex in his excellent portrait of the charming madman...." 
 — Judith Crist, New York

"Lyons is a tour de force, alternately appealing and repellent, pathetic yet hateful."
— L. A. Times



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Monday, 7:00 - 11:00 pm

This class works as an orientation as to what acting is and what it takes to do a scene.

Wednesday, 7:00 - 11:00 pm

This class teaches or repairs the basics that form the foundation an actor learns to think with.

For the more advanced actor, it is an opportunity to isolate and strengthen specific abilities and skills.

All classes include:

How to analyze and explore material so the actor learns how to see the creative choices.

Tools, in the form of drills and exercises, that give the actor the freedom and ability to execute those choices found in the material.

This is all put together through doing scenes, monologues and improvisation.

The end result is an actor who knows what to do and how to do it, comfortably and with certainty, so he can compete effectively in today's marketplace.


"It took me 4 years and over a dozen acting schools before I found Robert F. Lyons.  I had only booked one commercial and one feature film in that four years.  Over the past year, with Bob, I have booked guest stars on television shows such as Miracles, Alias, and Navy NCIS."

Travis Aaron

"Bobby's insights and perceptiveness remind me again and again, every class, why we are pursuing this art form.  His individual attention and personal approach to each student, and skill with coaching all levels of actors, mean that we are all learning every minute of his class. I look forward to class all week, and I am always re-energized and motivated afterwards."

Jessika Hughes

"He teaches in a way that is so creative and so safe, that an actor can truly open up and create in that way he has always wanted, but was just a little scared to. The way he handles actors blows me away.  With no invalidation or evaluation, he guides the actor into better and better work."

Jason Dohring

"Hi Bobby, I miss you and class.  I am enjoying my time here in Canada.  We haven't started shooting yet, just some rehearsals and voice coaching.  I am using your rehearsal techniques and moment to moment preparation and character breakdown.

(Here are some) jobs I recently booked: a pilot for The Inside (Fox), and guest-starring/recurring CBS Hallmark movie of the week, Magic of the Ordinary Days.

Thank you again Bobby for these last 5 years.  I love you!  Say hello to class."

Tania Gunadi

"Bobby's class has been a truly wonderful place to grow as an actor.  His classes have been both challenging and nurturing, and he has given me the tools to audition with confidence.  Since working with Bobby, I've booked a number of jobs, including theatre work at The Laguna Playhouse and The Geffen.


"Bobby Lyons literally taught me how to act.  He teaches from step one of the process and takes you to the point where you can find any character in any genre and satisfy any director.  Most importantly, he teaches how to understand the process and apply it to any situation. 

I recently shot two independent features, My Tiny Universe, with Lesley Ann Warren, and Cyxork VII, with Ray Wise.  In both cases, the basic tools I leaned from Bobby were in constant use!  Thanks, Bobby!"

Roberto Bacalski



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North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 692-6666

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4 hours.


No, they are ongoing.


Robert F. Lyons developed, over the years, those things that actually get an actor to be able to use himself.  Each actor starts with his or her own good qualities.  As a team, we bring out the best of you and then add to that.  You are your own style.


It is currently $160 per month, for 4 sessions, payable on the first class day of the month.  If there is a 5th class day that month, you do pay for that.


Normally, yes, but may be waived at Robert F.'s discretion, based upon your experience level.


Auditing of classes is allowed and encouraged, with the permission of Robert F.  There is a small fee of $20. You must bring a monologue and work with Robert during your audit session.


Just about every session.


If you are taking either of the two classes currently offered and you miss a session, you can make it up in the other class at no additional cost.