A long-time professional Stage, Television and Voice-Over Actor, Eric Stone is the founder of Hollywood Actors Studio, in Beverly Hills, CA, where he has been acting, directing and developing actors for stage, film, television, and voice-overs since 1989.
Eric Stone also Produces and Directs extensively for the Stage & on several Multimedia Platforms. A Published Author and passionate about Art since 1997, Eric is an Internationally acclaimed Award-Winning visual Artist, represented in seven countries and
displayed in many private collections worldwide.
Eric Stone owes his expertise and particular sensitivity to performers’ concerns to a variety of training, experiences, and encounters with countless individuals and group dynamics.
Eric began his career as a stage actor in New York City in 1976. Acting, and teaching actors and performers was the first step in beginning a long parallel career as a stage and multi-media director.
Some of his recent credits as a director include Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Saint Barth’s Music Festival (Released on CD in the Fall of 2013), Molière’s the Misanthrope, Oleanna by David Mamet, Woman of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance and Zoo Story, Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Ways and Means, etc., in New York, Santa Barbara, Paris and Los Angeles.
His multi-media experience as a director include Where in the World is Carmen San Diego and Kessen II animated series. Eric began acting in France as a child under the guidance of his uncle then heading a
national theatre company in France. “ Watching my uncle Andre Benichou direct and perform in countless classical and contemporary French, English and American plays was one of my favorite pastimes and completely revolutionized my childhood. He was my first acting teacher. It had a profound and lasting influence on me and greatly opened my mind.”
“ I moved to New York City in 1978. I became a student of Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen and stayed with them until '86. I was made an honorary member of the famous Actors Studio in 1981, which gave me the opportunity to observe and work with Lee Strasberg and studio members.” I began to work in the New York theater and started working for film and television, as well as direct for small off-off Broadway productions. In 1980, I became the national onthe-
air regular host for TELEFRANCE USA, a national cable network show devoted to French cultural programming. It paved the way to doing commercial work and voice overs. I also joined Screen Actors Guild (SAG) that year. While pursuing an acting career, I attended New York University film school with directing in mind. I moved to California in 1986 after landing a role on PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ, a pilot for CBS. It opened the way to various roles in soaps, series, stage and movies and
I continued a successful pursuit of commercial and voice-over work.
Currently I am dedicated to my life as a multi-platform performance coach and entrepreneur to continue making Hollywood Actors Studio one of the most innovative places in Hollywood for actors to learn, hone and explore their craft.
“ I am deeply honored to work with actors and performers of all walks of life and backgrounds.” Eric Stone
Unique traits: I laugh a lot