Intensive Teen Acting Classes

Melinda coaching her ongoing private acting student Emma Berman in her class. Emma recently starred in the new Disney/Pixar film LUCA, as the voice of the lead, Giulia.

Melinda coaching her ongoing private acting student Emma Berman in her class.
Emma recently starred in the new Disney/Pixar film LUCA, as the voice of the lead, Giulia.

Intensive Teen Acting Classes Intensive Teen Acting Classes

As I have been successful in all aspects of the business for many years, and as a working member of SAG/AFTRA, appearing in over 70 commercials, films and industrials for 30 years, I know exactly what your child needs to deliver "in the room" and book more work. I have also been the on-camera acting teacher for the Tween/Teen Division for 8 years for the prestigious San Francisco Acting Academy, as well as 15 years as the model/talent scout submitting unsigned talent to several agencies including LOOK Models, Shortlist Models and Talent. NYLO Agency, Cast Images, STARS Agency and STARS Management. It is of the utmost importance that your child CONTINUES studying actively even once they are signed with an agent. It is critical for me to see what is working, or not, in the audition process to help them succeed. In my ongoing oncamera classes throughout the year, I will have very specific scripts that I have chosen especially for your child's level of ability and age. Cynthia runs camera and jumps into improvs with the students. The class is for young actors who are brand new and curious about the industry, and/or have experience and are represented by an agency.

Self-Tape Coaching

Self-Tape Coaching Self-Tape Coaching

There has been big changes in the business over the last 5 years and one very important skill is how to create the best self tape audition. Apart from great acting, your child must be well lit and have clear sound. Every self tape audition comes with very specific instructions and they must be followed to the letter. The agents or casting directors can eliminate your child’s audition if not sent with the correct parameters. I have many SF and LA agents recommending me to their talent for private coaching. The agents are now asking the talent to arrange coaching for all the self directed auditions.

I work privately with many young actors on their self tape auditions at my home. In the past 2 years, I have coached many Disney, Nickelodeon,Pixar, major feature films and commercial self tape auditions, both on camera and voice over, You can contact me directly, if you need assistance with your child’s audition taping. If necessary, I have a professional camera crew available for more complex self-tape auditions.

I also have now included self tape instruction and experience in my SF Acting Academy tween/teen classes.

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Melinda has joined the staff of the talent management group, 1015 MANAGEMENT as the head of the Agency representation and the exclusive on camera teacher for all the talent. So far, Melinda has facilitated nine of her students acquire San Francisco representation in a franchised agency and recently, one signed on the spot with Peter Kallinteris Agency in LA.

We hold weekly on camera and film/tv scripts for Acting Division of 1015 MANAGEMENT.

African American Arts and Cultural Complex Classes

African American Arts and Cultural Complex Classes African American Arts and Cultural Complex Classes

Melinda and Cynthia taught a series of sold out classes for the AAACC in their community outreach offerings. Melinda brought in commercial and current film/tv scripts for the kids to rehearse. She also included fun improvs that were a big hit.

Cynthia taught upbeat contemporary dance classes to all levels as a great physical warm up for the acting classes.

On the last day, a live performance showcase, with both dance and acting scenes was presented for two well- respected San Francisco talent agents, scouting for their roster. As a result of the showcase, many kids were signed to their agency and have booked work.

Your Actors Theatre Camp

Young Actors Theatre Group

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ShowBiz
Taught by TWO Fabulous INDUSTRY Know-it-Alls!"

The Cartwright Hotel in San Francisco from 10am - 4pm for an EXCITING Weekend Workshop with Melinda Darlington-Bach & Cynthia Pepper (Producers, Casting Directors, and Talent Scouts for some of San Francisco's BIGGEST Talent Agencies) Tuition: $119

Join us for an unforgettable workshop where you will learn all about the Ins and Outs of Show Business from two of San Francisco's biggest and best talent scouts. These ladies know what they're looking for and can teach you all the trade secrets to defining your skills and honing your crafts as a professional young actor.

Julie Nation Academy

Melinda and Cynthia at the Julie Nation Modeling Academy
(Melinda and Cynthia on a talent/model scouting day)

Melinda and Cynthia had joined the prestigious Julie Nation Academy as guest faculty of the Santa Rosa well-established modeling and acting school. With 40 years of experience, Julie Nation Academy has become Northern California's premiere resource for model and talent search, modeling and personal development. Melinda and Cynthia taught an intensive course in the Advanced Gold Level series of on-camera and acting classes. As part of the class, they rehearsed and shot a short film, right from the initial casting process to the final copy of the DVD for each student.


Please check the website for the most current schedule.
DAS Studios
1050 Sansome Street
San Francisco, California

"Just a quick note of many thanks…Lauren had such a great time working HARD in your classes…She LOVED the stretch work..Thank you for fanning the flames of whatever we call this… Greatness !!!"
-- Julie Matson/Lauren M. STARS Agency and CLEAR Talent/LA


cell: 415-847-4980 - Melinda
415-407-9269 - Cynthia

If interested, please e-mail me.

Melinda Darlington-Bach and business partner Cynthia Pepper