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Josh is a lover of stories and storytellers. With a Philosophy degree from U.C. Berkeley, as well as his personal artistic experience as an actor, writer, and producer himself, he is honored, and humbled, to support the creative process with his amazing clients. He strives to help them create an intimate, reciprocal, and sustainable relationship to their craft. For it is that kind of healthy relationship to craft that results in the playful and profound experience of loving ones art, and being loved by it back.
Melinda Page Hamilton
Peripheral, Damnation, Rectify, Messiah, How To Get Away With Murder, Mad Men, Big Love, Desperate Housewives, and more
"Josh Beren is the single greatest resource an actor can have. I have used him repeatedly for on-tape auditions and know him to be a brilliant and challenging coach as well as a skillful and supportive ally in all things creative. His flexibility, enthusiasm, passion and playfulness make those dreaded words 'self-tape' no longer a chore but an opportunity for creativity and fun."
Two-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, 1883, The Bay, 1 Night in San Diego, Ravage, Fraxtur, Walker, and more
"I had the privilege of working with Josh on all my episodes of 1883. The way in which he approaches text is unlike any coach I've worked with in the past. Aside from helping me develop my character, he helped me break down moments, scenes and uncover life far beyond what was written in the script. His approach and style lend itself to giving the actor a full emotional and physical understanding of his previous, current, and upcoming circumstances. Beyond 1883, Josh has helped me develop characters for auditions and upcoming projects. I Will be utilizing his skill set as a coach for as long as I can. Thank you for always putting the work first and giving yourself entirely to every character I bring you! "
James Landry Hébert
1883, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Stranger Things, Westworld, Taken, To Leslie, The Last Son, and more
"Josh's insight as a storyteller is one of the reasons he's my 'not so secret' weapon when it comes to auditions and bookings. He has a way of diving deep into the core on any scene while also highlighting these beautiful, practical, nuggets along the way. I’ve used his coaching to creatively communicate with nearly everyone I work with; from top casting directors to some of the biggest directors in the business. I just don’t go to camera without talking to Josh first."
You, Narcos, Blue Bloods, Castle, Found Footage 3D, Stressed to Death, The Umbrella Man, Me + U, Royal Pains, and more
"Josh’s extraordinary, unique, ability as an acting coach is born from his deep understanding of storytelling, as both an actor and writer. His ability to break down a script and relay the critical aspects of story is like none I have ever seen. So when it comes time to coach a scene, he isn’t just repeating general acting ideas or some philosophical schtick about what acting is, he is specifically responding to what you bring as an actor in regards to what that particular script calls for in terms of story. And he does so in such a basic, clear way that it’s easy to grasp and apply. I’ve known Josh for years, have worked with him for years, and he can describe the fundamental gears of a scene better than anyone, which is just such an incredible asset as an actor. It gives you specificity with your own choices. Coupled with his ability to listen, to hear what you’re bringing to a scene, and then nudge and invite it toward what suits the scene, makes him an incredible coach. Whenever I have a ‘must have’ audition, I call Josh."
Director of Obscene Beauty, Love Strikes Twice, Two Turtle Doves, Women and Sometimes Men, and more
"Josh Beren is my absolute go-to script analysis consultant when I'm directing. I love working with him for a number of reasons. Besides his brilliant insight and supportive spirit, his humor makes every session so enjoyable. It feels good to know I have someone in my corner who sees script analysis in a way that I appreciate and honors the value of my work."
The Mandela Effect, Would You Rather, Black Hawk Down, Escape at Dannemora, 24 Legacy, Mad Men, Turn, and more
"Josh is excellent at material analysis. His ability to get to the crux of a scene, and to identify the subtle and even contradictory intentions of characters, is what makes him so great to work with. In addition to understanding the forces that are working on the character, he is hyper-articulate and able to communicate complicated ideas in ways that are easy to apprehend."
The Right Stuff, American Horror Story, Roots, True Blood, Grey's Anatomy, The O.C. and more
"Josh has a thorough understanding of storytelling. He succinctly and fully articulates the function your character plays and guides actors towards choices that support the story. He often sees aspects of the character I was previously blind to. His enthusiasm for the work makes the process playful and engaging. I leave our sessions with confidence because I know I've explored many possibilities, and through that exploration, have found the key to the character."
Psychopaths, Meadowland, Station 19, Person of Interest, Days of Our Lives, and more
"Josh is LA's best kept secret. When I go to work with him he creates an environment which is safe for me to express myself fully in. I feel that he is able to bring his expertise both as a writer and as an actor to help me tell the story in a clear and evocative way. I always look for training in a coach. Josh has studied with the best in LA. When I get an audition I need to work with someone I can trust, who is kind and reliable and also trained. Josh accomplishes that tricky balance of facilitating my process with an eye on the results. In this town there are so many places to put your hard earned dollars. Josh is one of the people I highly recommend you invest in."
Good Girls, Mom, Hello My Name is Doris, Grace and Frankie, Superstore, Chicago P.D., The Mentalist, and more
"Having worked with Josh for years now, I can say he's been instrumental to my development as an actor. His compassion for characters and well developed understanding of storytelling mechanics always provides a unique and valuable insight into performance. I can thank him for multiple successes in both television and film."
She-Hulk, Bosch, Seal Team, Snatchers, Jumanji: Next Level, Looper, and more
"Whether it’s for an audition or a role that I’ve booked, if I’m looking to bring my 'A game' I always turn to Josh. His insight is unmatched and I know when I walk onto that set I will be fully prepared. He also happens to be a wonderful human being.
He’s like an actors American Express, don’t leave home without him."