Zak Barnett Studios is a cutting-edge, acting studio located in Hollywood, focused on “Acting for the Whole Self”. Our clients are some of the most prominent emerging faces in Hollywood today, ranging from ages nine to adult; from those who are just starting out, to Oscar and Emmy Winners. Our ongoing classes and intensives are supplemented by community and industry events.


ZBS is a nexus for a new generation of actors and creators in Hollywood and beyond, inspiring a whole self approach to acting, creating, and living a purposeful life. Together we shape a new vision for entertainment – through the power of creative collaboration, bold performance, and continuous discovery. Zak Barnett Studios offers the most transformational acting classes for rising stars globally.

In just the last few years alone, our teaching approach for actors has led to:

  • Over 250 series regular bookings on TV shows
  • Over 600 guest star and recurring guest star bookings on TV shows
  • Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, and NAACP winners


At ZBS, we view acting as a martial art—a lifelong, self-study and application that’s rooted in self-awareness, application, and service. All of our classes meet industry demands at the highest level and result in actors with distinctive artistic voices that are grounded, successful, and contribute to today’s cultural conversation. All of the classes intersect the three main focal points of the studio: Industry Need, Artistic Craft, and Personal Development–in other words, Acting for the Whole Self.