Our Teachers

Our teachers are not only great teachers but working Actors, Improvisors, theatre and filmmakers.  Not anyone can teach Intentional Acting. Teachers must be certified by the Creator, Loren Chadima. To become certified they must undergo a three step interview process, study Intentional Acting as an actor for a year, assist Loren in classes and take a written test.  

Creator, Intentional Acting

With a Masters Degree in Acting and a graduate of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Loren found that the foundation of acting is intention.  She started with The 9 Questions of Intentional Acting www.the9Questions.com which evolved into the Three Pillars of Intentional Acting.  

Loren and Intentional Acting have served as jumping off points to the careers of actors such as Madison Hu: Disney’s “Bizaardvark” and Bex Taylor Klaus: “The Killing”,  “Arrow”,  “House of Cards” and Isabella Balbi: “American Crime Story.”

Class Schedule: Adults: Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm  & Wednesdays @10:00 am

California Child Performer Permit # 1000388841

John DeFour aka JD

John David DeFour (J.D.) is a teaching artist, actor, improviser and director from Detroit, Michigan. J.D. began his career as a high school English and Drama teacher in Los Angeles for six years before joining Second City Theatricals for a tour onboard the Norwegian Breakaway. He now teaches and performs regularly with Story Pirates and at Second City Hollywood. Intentional Acting became an integral part of J.D.’s life as an actor, helping to bridge the gap between stage acting and on camera technique, while introducing the 9 Questions, which he believes any actor could benefit from having in their tool belt. He is excited to share his years of experience teaching young actors through the lens of Intentional Acting.

Class Schedule: Saturday – Young Actors @ 10:00 am

California Child Performer Permit # 000281934

Kevin Gardner


Kevin Gardner studied acting at NYU, the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and HB Studios in NY. Recent TV: Big Little Lies (HBO), Criminal Minds (ABC), Days of Our Lives (NBC), the new Ryan Murphy production The Politician (Netflix), LA to Vegas (FOX), Ten Days in the Valley (ABC). Recent stage: Every Brilliant Thing (NY). Loren’s technique has helped him to focus and clarify his work which has led to a relaxed freedom in performance. This result has also generated an overall confidence in the business side of acting. www.kevingardner.net

Substitute for Adult Classes


Gillian Bellinger


Gillian Bellinger is an improviser, teacher, and corporate trainer. She’s played for Mission IMPROVable Tourco, Second City House teams in LA and Chicago, ComedySportz Chicago and Minneapolis, the Del Tones at IO West, and can currently be seen in Trump in Space, a Second City Hollywood Premium show, and at Westside with CountyLine. She teaches improv & acting at Westside Comedy Theater, The Second City Hollywood, and The Intentional Acting Studio and has been a guest teacher at Finest City Improv, All Out Comedy Theater, Alchemy Comedy Theater, and Curios Comedy Theater. She studied improv in Chicago at The Second City, IO, Groundlings, and The Annoyance Theater. Gillian is very fancy and attended The London Academy of Theatre and The National Theater Institute. www.gillianbellinger.com.

Substitute for Adult Clases


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