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Welcome to Lee’s website. Feel free to browse around. You’ll find information on Lee’s creative work as well as his teaching and coaching. He welcomes email inquiries and is always happy to answer any questions.

Former student SOPE ALUKO, one of the stars of Black Panther! 

“The Practical Aesthetics technique covered in Lee Michael Cohn’s book and workshop was a wonderful addition to my actor’s toolbox. Lee is a great teacher who brings out the very best in all his students. I can’t recommend him highly enough!”


Bachelor Lions, the film Lee produced for RiverRock Productions, will hit movie theaters later this year. The film stars James Maslow (Big Time Rush), Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana, Monster House), Robert Davi, Jon Lovitz, David Arquette, and Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 13 Going on 30.) 

Lee will produce RiverRock’s next feature film, Seven Days as a Kingpin, written and directed by Paul Bunch. Stay tuned!

For more info about Lee’s current creative projects, click HERE.



For over 25 years, Lee has held an international reputation as an acting teacher, coach, writer, and director.

Widely regarded as one of the country’s best acting teachers, Lee was profiled in Qualified Acting Coaches: NY (Smith & Kraus). He has taught at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Associate Professor), The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (Master Teacher), The New World School of the Arts in Miami (Visiting Professor) and most recently at the new Relativity School of Media, Film & the Performing Arts where he is an original faculty member. Lee was also selected for  two consecutive years to lecture at the annual Screen Actor’s Guild Conservatory Summer Seminar. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Practical Aesthetics, the acting technique originally developed by David Mamet and described in his book. Lee also taught filmmaking, directing, screenwriting, and lectured on film genre at the Los Angeles Film School.

He  wrote and directed the independent TV pilot Crime Share for Route 17 Productions. Lee was also the director and co-creator of Inside Private Lives, the hit theatrical show that was the LA Weekly Pick of the Week, recommended twice by LA Times, received a rave in NY Times, and out of over 2,000 shows placed in the Top 10 at The Edinburgh Theatre Festival. 

Lee was chosen for the Warner Bros. Comedy Writers Workshop, Hollywood’s most prestigious showcase for new comedy writers, where he was one of 25 writers selected annually out of over 700 applicants. Lee is also co-author of A Practical Handbook For The Actor, the best-selling textbook (over 300,000 copies) that is required reading in hundreds of theatre programs, including NYU, Harvard, and many others. The book has been translated into Dutch, Japanese, Turkish, and Chinese. He has written plays, feature films, PSAs, corporate industrial films, and among other projects, sold a TV pilot to a major Russian TV network.

As a playwright, Lee is also honored to have been chosen as Playwright-in-Residence at Cal State Northridge in the Veterans Theatre Project for which he has received two grants to develop the story of The Bonus Army into a full-fledged theatrical production. As an actor, Lee has worked professionally in film, TV and theatre, having originated roles in plays by David Mamet, Roger Hedden, Jason Milligan and many others. Appearances include Law & Order, the controversial 9/11 drama The Reflecting Pool, Mamet’s martial arts film Redbelt, and many others.

Lee is proud to be a third degree Black Belt in Kasumi-An Ninjutsu, the Warrior Art of the Ninja, and he tends to get annoyed when people ask him to pass through walls or dress up like a turtle. He is proudest of all to be the father of two amazing young women, Danielle and Ava Cohn.

Lee holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Creative Writing Program. He also attended the Drama Studio, London, where he was the youngest student ever admitted.