Acting and Improv Coaching

I coach improvisers and actors!

Are you interested in learning to make your characters believable and grounded?  Do you need help working on your auditions or confidence as an actor?  I have spent the last decade acting, casting, improvising and producing in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Let me help you find and grow your artistic voice!  I coach independent improv teams and individuals in Los Angels and occasionally online for out of state actors.

I can help you clarify your career path and move you in the right direction. I have helped industry peers book roles, improve upon auditions and grow their confidence. I am a member of SAG-AFTRA, with a B.F.A. in Acting and have trained and performed at the top improv schools in the country (Second City Chicago, The Annoyance, iO Chicago, MCL, UCB West and Comedy Sportz)

Please introduce yourself or your improv team in the first email & include a headshot and resume if you have them. Thank you!


Abby Vatterott

"Dan is an excellent coach with an amazing energy and spirit. He brings the best of out his students with his practicality and passion. His unique teaching style pushes you as an actor no matter your level. Dan is especially helpful in anyone looking to book more auditions, he's dedicated to make you shine! I can't recommend him enough"



Dan is a fantastic coach!  He blends his years of experience and his clear innate talent into lessons that are informative and fun. He is always prepared with a lesson plan and a clear idea of what each session is going to be. With just a few notes on what we wanted to accomplish out of our sessions he had us up on our feet and practicing exercises to smooth out fundamentals as well as sitting us down and learning new things. He's not afraid to push you and it is clear that he actual cares. I cannot recommend him enough! 


Nancy Fast

"Dan Oliver uses his inner beauty and sharp insights to guide people towards doing their best work. After being coached by Dan I was a better improviser with more confidence and a positive outlook."


Rhandy Torres

"If there will ever be an award for best acting/improv coach, that award would have to be named after Dan Oliver. Why? Because that's what Dan is all about, being the best and the coolest acting coach. He is super talented, honest, fun, very smart and is incredibly dedicated in helping his students reach maximum potential. Dan helped me prepare for the AMTC LA Shine Tour a few weeks ago. Before meeting Dan, I thought I knew a lot about acting, after our 1st session I realized I don't know much!  And that's where Dan's passion and gift come into play. He taught me well, prepared me to be at my best, taught me techniques, gave me confidence. Next week I'll be meeting with two talent agencies for possible representation. A large part of my early success is because I have Dan as my acting coach."

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Ella Lubienski

"Dan is a fantastic coach who cares so much for his students. The atmosphere he builds is respectful, loving, fun, and safe. In my time with him I felt like I grew so much more, both as a performer and as a person."



Dan Oliver does his homework. From the get-go, he asked me to write down where I wanted to go as an actor, and in our first session, he had solid answers as to how to get me there. Hire him, and you’ll go places!