Actors GYM


Willow Tree Entertainment is the only movie company with a training facility to make you the Best you can Be!


Actors GYM is a repertory company where you will study and implement the Lee Strasberg Method & Stanislavski System. You will be trained by lifetime member of The Actors Studio, William Burns, who studied privately with the Master for twenty years.

Method acting is in-depth study of an actor’s persona; it is not easy, it is not whimsical, and it is the only Method that teaches an actor how to come from self, in each role, how to bring truth to each role by using his/her instinct at 100% not pretend to be.


Work includes building a character through intensive scene study and sensory exercises: emotional memory, private moments, what if, and breaking down the beats.

The Method

William has been a Life member of the Actors Studio over 25 years and studied privately with Lee Strasberg for 10 years. Stared in 14 Feature Films, Dozens of Television Shows, and 7 Broadway Plays, along with numerous Off Broadway and Regional Theater Productions. William was on staff at Princeton University for 2 years. He had a 7 year contract with Universal Studios and was the principle in over 200 National Network Commercials. His work as “Kilroy” in Tennessee Williams play “Camino Real,” was filmed and placed in the National Archives, Lincoln Center, NYC.

Directors William has worked with: Francis Ford Coppola, Lamont Johnson, Mel Brooks, Elia Kazan, Joshua Logan, Albert Marr, Lee Strasberg, Vivian Matalon, Nikos Psacharapoulos, Hector Olivera (Argentina), Robert Weaver, Thomas Job (Germany), Andy Monahan (England), Sir Peter Ustinov (UK)

William has had a life time of excellence as an Actor: in Film, on Broadway, in Network Television and on the Opera Stage. Williams’s knowledge of “The Method”, through the eyes of Strasberg, allows him to have a deeply personal and private relationship with each Actor he works with. He guides the Artist to use his own Life Experience and Emotions in the role, rather than pretending to Feel, See and know; any actor that works that way, is destine to FAIL. FACT: “The Method” has produced more truly talented and award winning actors than any other system.  

3 Months trainig Pass on Thursdays (3-5 PM)

Zephyr Theater, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Interviews and Auditions required for membership into the Actors GYM.

Skype name: williampaulburns Schedule time. Bring a Monologue. 

If you have any questions, call (310)358-0568 email

Co Trainer - Elena Bleskina Burns

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