Testimonials

From Students and Industry Experts


Diana Castle has a unique approach to the craft of acting and the result of her teaching is always reliable. She is a trusted name in the acting community.

Meg Liberman, Executive Vice President, Casting, CBS Television Studios

I would never attend one of Diana's classes without a notebook. Her many lessons are an inspiration. She is a gifted teacher and coach.

Tony Hale, Actor, multiple Emmy Award Winner

Working with Diana is a divine lesson on acting and on life. She not only inspires the fun in the art, but in the process you also become a better person.

Common, Actor/Musician, Academy, Golden Globe, Grammy Award Winner

Diana Castle‘s acting class celebrates acting in a unique and grounded technique. Diana inspires and enlightens and teaches ways of dealing with all the pitfalls that can occur for the actor, as well as how you can avoid them. In short, Diana Castle’s The Imagined Life is today’s new “technique.”

Deran Sarafian, Director

Diana's brilliance is her peerless ability to comprehend the inner workings of the human spirit, and human relationships. She illuminates the intricacies of story with unmatched wisdom and clarity. Countless are the lessons Diana has taught me.

Matt Lauria, Josh Folsom on CSI: Vegas

While many acting classes attempt to teach students how to act, Diana guides us to true humanity. Reminding our empathetic nature to intuitively express and play. She brings us back to our childhood where our imagination runs wild.

Javicia Leslie, Batwoman

Diana will introduce you to things that you didn't know existed. Trust Diana. Trust her gift. Trust her passion. Trust her experience.Trust her intuition and her insight. She is nothing short of a genius.

Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery

Diana builds a map of your craft with you! Working with her is an inspiration. Her insights into interconnectedness have helped me to discover and bring deeper worlds to my work and play. Our work together has made my work and life so, so much better. Thank you Diana.

Lauren Cohan, Maggie on The Walking Dead

The Imagined Life philosophy has been vital to my storytelling. This work has deepened my humanity, empathy, and purpose. Every minute in Diana’s class is inspiring and a breath of fresh air.

Mitchell Hoog, Mac Morris on Saved by the Bell

You gotta have Diana Castle in your life. She knows how to take a person with pain and transform it into art. She has taken my career to another level. You don't have to sugar coat anything with her. The more you tell her the truth the better she is with you. You can appreciate that a lot.

Mike Epps, Actor

Diana Castle: The name lives on in the multi- dimensional Imagined Lives we have co-created for over a decade.Diana watered my skills and blossomed a deep sense of adventure in my work.Her name will live on forever, her gift is unwaveringly true, she is my greatest creative partner and a friend. 

Aml Ameen, Actor

The greatest gift I've given to myself as a person and as an actor is Diana Castle's class. I've never known a teacher who communicates the DNA of the craft so eloquently. She is the pipeline to the heart of this vocation, and she has brought my creative life into technicolor.

Sherri Saum, Actress

Diana Castle is not just a teacher, she is a guide; leading you down the path toward discovering, and accepting, your own humanity. Diana, and what she teaches, has reminded me not only of the joy to be found in this profession, but also, the great importance of what we do. To be an actor is to be a storyteller ... and storytelling is not merely a human act but more profoundly, it is an act of humanity.

David Meunier, Actor

For those looking to make their work richer, deeper and more full, The Imagined Life is for you! Diana Castle is a master at introducing you to depths of your imagination and helping you to truly CREATE.

J. August Richards, Actor

Mission in art is imperative for sustainability and general well being, Diana does not gift us with our mission, but rather empowers us to remember where we put it.

Breeda Wool, Actress

Working with Diana is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Diana just sees things that others miss. When I come to her with an audition, I’ve already looked at things from every angle (or so I think) and as soon as we start working she hits me with these GEMS and I’m blown away every time! “How did you see that!?” “How did you think of that!?” —Is what I say every time we work together :) I’m forever grateful to this amazing human.

Manny Montana, Actor

Diana taught me lessons of empathy and character work that I carry with me in every role I play, no matter if it's an audition, series, film or play. Her words of wisdom cut to the bone. I have this quote from her pasted at my desk, a daily reminder of her wisdom "Storytelling is bigger than any agent, any studio, any audition. It will be around longer than any one of us, and it is only through us, the artists, that these divine, universal stories stay eternal". Diana burrows deep into the artistry of acting, while always reminding us that the fun of play and imagination is just as essential. I am so grateful to have found her as a guide and muse!

Jaime Ray Newman, Academy Award winner

Diana’s teaching is revelatory. It's astonishing that one person can contain so much wisdom. She is fiercely committed to her students, seeing the height and depth of the actors potential. Diana teaches access to a world of unparalleled freedom of play.

Sophina Brown, Actress

Diana is an empathetic, profound, laser focused, incredibly poetic teacher. She's a woman of magical, mystical workings.

Jayson Blair, Actor

The growth I've witnessed first hand in my own clients from Diana's teaching is incredible. Her passion and guidance as a teacher, an artist and a human being is an inspiration to me in and of itself. She's a rare and brilliant individual. Anyone afforded the opportunity to study with her should consider themselves lucky indeed.

Michael Kaleda, Talent Manager, BOLD Management

Working with Diana has been one of the greatest gifts to myself as an actor, not only did her teachings dispel the many myths I had about my craft, her process helped me to develop confidence in my work knowing that my expression is truly living in the truth.

Karimah Westbrook, Grace James on All American

Diana goes straight for the heart. She's razor focused and devoted to good work which inspired me to be completely raw in front of her and honest in my responses.

Moon Bloodgood, Actress

Diana Castle is an extraordinary human being! Her approach to the craft of acting has opened my mind and heart in ways I cannot quantify. It's like going from grayscale to color. Diana is a fountain of inspiration, a treasure trove of support. Diana see’s you, she listens with her whole heart, and she meets you wherever you are, and guides you into the boundless worlds of story. I'm so thankful to be a part of the Imagined Life family.

Sam Malone, Actor

Working with Diana has undeniably changed my career. I have been working consistently since meeting her.

Lanny Joon, Actor

I cannot say enough about Diana Castle's talent and generosity of spirit. She conveys vulnerability and wisdom helping others to do the tough work to grow as artists and human beings. Whenever I hire one of Diana Castle's students, I am impressed by their ability to tap into the truth and humor of the character they are playing. She is truly one of the best acting teachers/coaches working today.

Elizabeth Boykewich, Casting Director

I think calling The Imagined Life an “acting class” would be a disservice. It goes far beyond that. Diana facilitates a beautiful space to master the art of being a story teller. She awakens you to your own humanity and to a deep empathy that lies within all of us. She helped me discover the power and responsibility that lies in that, all while never forgetting the joy; the joy for what we do, and and are able to bring to others.

Jorge Diaz, Actor

Diana allows the actor to create and have ownership of the work that they present, therefore it enables them to live less in fear and more in the moment.

Christian Kaplan, CSA Senior VP of Feature Casting, 20th Century Fox

The Magic of Diana Castle's brilliant teachings has opened a floodgate of creativity in my life I never imagined possible.

Kim Wayans, Actress (NAACP Image Award Nominee for PARIAH)

Diana Castle is a wonderful teacher. I am, without a doubt, transformed as a storyteller through our work together. I used to overthink everything, to the point where I would get myself stuck in my head. Working with Diana has pulled me out of that, and now I find myself unmoored and free. She's guided me to that place and I am very grateful.

Dia Frampton, Actress

Diana's wisdom and teaching goes beyond the craft of acting. Diana gets your mind right and she helps you realize your purpose as an actor. We are storytellers. And the world needs us.

Antonique Smith, Actress

Diana Castle is a phenomenal teacher. I recommend her to all my clients, and when studying with her, the quality of their work directly reflects on her incredible skills.

Julie Colbert, Talent Agent, William Morris Endeavor Agency

Diana is real, she is passionate and she is brilliant. Today I consider her a real friend.

Wynonna Judd, Singer

Diana's no-nonsense and inspirational approach to the art of acting is stimulating and practical - she manages to do in a few short months what few teachers are able to accomplish in years.

Lora Zane, Senior Lecturer, U of W School of Theatre

This way of working affects your creative life and your personal life too. It’s like seeing for the first time what’s right in front of you!

Lela Lee, Actress/Writer, Angry Little Asian Girl

It feels almost impossible to put into words what Diana means to me. Her steadfast mission of empathy encourages such profound personal revelations that working with her is nothing short of life shifting. Diana's exceptional ability to hold space for actors to grow as artists is a direct result of her unwavering love of storytelling and the human experience. She is magic and my life and my art are more magical having her as a mentor.

Nina Millin, Actress

What I love most about Diana is her raw passion for artists and their art. The Imagined Life work develops a deep affinity for humanity in all aspects through the portal of story. Diana has not only emboldened me to grow as an actor, but more importantly, as a human being.

Bianca Kajlich, Actress

Diana is a passionate, smart and incredibly intuitive teacher. She will guide you, cheer for you, push you, love you and see you. As a result, your art and your heart will never be the same. I am infinitely grateful.

Kisha Barr, Actress

Diana Castle is an integral part of the success of my business. Working with her has been a rewarding and successful experience. She gives my clients the tools to go in the room and get the job.

Dana Sims, Agent, CAA

What more can I say about Diana Castle that hasn't already been said? A LOT. In the short amount of time that I have been with Diana my LIFE has instantly changed. MY. LIFE. Yes, you can come here to study and yes, you will become a well read amazing actor. But the magic is how Diana manages to pour into your specific needs as a human being. Oh, you thought this was going to be all about the text? Nah. It is her uncanny intuition, charming wit and huge empathetic heart that is the pulse of The Imagined Life. You come to Diana to learn how to tell a story and trust me, the people will listen.

Nefetari Spencer, Actress

There are not many times in your life that you get to see true greatness at work. I have had the opportunity to watch Diana not just teach but transform actors into artists. She inspires, motivates and creates atmospheric safety so the actor is free to take great risks with both passion, commitment and the ability to attack any piece of material with total ease. Diana is the only one I send my clients to.

Barbara Stark, Talent Manager

Diana has a unique ability to understand the artistic essence in an actor and to help that actor harvest it for his/her work.

Hannah Roth, Talent Manager

It is always a thrill to work with actors from Diana Castle's class. Their versatility and disciplined approach to the work is consistently impressive and a direct result of her teaching.

Danny Cannon, Director/Executive Producer

Working with Diana is hard to put into words. She develops the very thing that so many claim cannot be taught. She encourages an internal artistic journey that directly translates into more honest and profound work

Daniel Bonjour, Actor

Diana Castle is magic! She helped me go to a more honest and authentic place within, with ease and an expanded imagination.

Iona Morris, Actress/Director/Writer

Diana moves mountains within us. Her wisdom and heart's devotion to the art of storytelling is unmatched. She is not an "acting coach" but a true mentor. Being in her classes is a deeply rewarding journey full of insights as she challenges us to expand our capacity for empathy. She does this all the while reviving our playful spirit and curiosity with specificity. Our work becomes invoked with a sense of mission - of finding meaning and purpose in why we storytell in the first place. I could go on about what a gift it is to be under Diana's tutelage, yet words do not suffice to convey the impact she’s had on my craft, career and life.

Stephanie Nur Gibson, Actress

I am eternally grateful for you Diana. Not only do you push me beyond my self-imposed limitations, but you truly care about my growth. You are so invested in nurturing my journey to uncovering my true, authentic self. Your mentorship has brought so much joy to my work and life! Love you Diana!

Narci Regina, Actress

Diana's class is a transformational journey of the soul where actors create, play and blossom in a productive and nurturing environment.

Jaime Ferrar, Agent, Jaime Ferrar Agency

I taught a workshop with Diana Castle and was amazed at her clarity as a teacher. She made the process so understandable. I highly recommend her.

Jackie Burch, Casting Director

Diana helps connect the practical needs of performance, with the joy and artistry of acting.

Steven Nash, Producer/Talent Manager

I have been working with Diana with clients at all levels for several years. Every client has felt that she has changed their life.

Sara Ramaker, Manager

Working with Diana is a magical gift that will ignite your imagination, inspire your empathetic nature, and root you into your mission as a storyteller. I am forever changed as an artist and as a human being because of our work together.

Keiko Elizabeth, U.S. Attorney Karen Shimizu on Showtime's City on a Hill

Thank you Diana. For everything. Mostly, for the refusal to entertain my small mindedness. That is the most loving thing you could have done for me. I find my salvation in the work. Every day.

Christina Karis, Dana Wheatley on Law & Order: Organized Crime

Diana’s warmth, encouragement and insights have really re-inspired me and reminded me why I love doing what I do.

Jamie Elman, Actor

Diana Castle teaches what ‘cannot be taught.’ She teaches poetry of the soul.

Faline England, Actress

Diana Castle is that rarest of things in the business of show. An instructor and person of enormous intelligence,heart and most importantly to me, spirit. I adore her!

Ken Page, Actor/Director

Diana is the most unique and revolutionary teacher out there today. The message is simple, the results are transforming. She equips every actor with the tools to live in limitless imagination and freedom.

Wynn Everett, Actress

Diana has been the single most important influence in my work and in my life.

Gerald McCullouch, Actor/Producer

Diana Castle leads her students on an extraordinary journey. She dismantles old notions of "performance" and unveils the human being within each artist. This class is a must for all actors serious in authentic expression and a more subtle, specific and honest work aesthetic.

Brent Blair, Senior Lecturer/ USC School of Theatre

Diana has changed the way I see acting, the industry and the world. Her mentorship opens my mind, my heart, and my soul. She is my daily artist vitamin. Diana has given me a daily practice that is tangible, transformative and fills me with confidence. I am so grateful to know her and to work with her!

Alexis Beckley, Actress

Diana, I have you to thank! My daily practice is my backbone. I'm finding more joy! My work has deepened, and become more loose, free and fun!

Jon Chaffin, Actor

Diana’s unique way of teaching strengthens focus, creativity & self-reliance and she keeps acting fun!

Crystal Carson, Actress/Coach

Diana’s approach to acting has transformed my work as an actor and as a teacher/coach. The accessibility, specificity and FREEDOM to create that this work has to offer is profound

Tracy Winters, Actor/Coach

How to put into words the impact Diana Castle’s teachings have had on my work as a teacher and as an actress? It’s all I know now. All else that I have learned from anyone else no longer applies. She inspires everyone she teaches.

Annie Grindlay, Teacher

Diana Castle is a true maverick among acting teachers. Diana has an amazing ability to inspire and to teach.

Judith Hoag, Actress

Diana Castle offers a rare opportunity for any artist – a clear pathway to the soul and a meaningful practice around tapping it and expressing it authentically. Working with her has transformed my life and continues to do so on a regular basis. If you’re looking for an unlimited sense of possibility creatively and professionally, Diana is the answer to your prayers.

Max Carver, Actor

As an artist, as a human being, really, one hopes for a guide in life. Someone to come in and demand a constant awakening of our deepest truths and understandings. I found this at seventeen years old when I met Diana. It is seven years later, and Diana's demand of an elevated consciousness only deepens every day.

Ariana Delawari, Actress/Activist

Diana teaches a way of working that has you securely grounded in story while maintaining something inside that is unique, personal, and, in the finest sense of the word...mystical.

Heather Wake, Actress

I LOVE Diana Castle and her magician like quality which liberates the artist within. She has helped open the intrinsic universe of my artistic imagination beyond any worldly boundary. I will forever be grateful to her. And I really appreciate every second spent in the presence of her wisdom.

Sitara Attaie, Actress

Diana Castle has a magic wand. She picks out your core strength and enables you to zero in on that which makes you unique and special. Hers is an inspirational approach.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Actress/Producer (Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In), First Partner with California Governor Gavin Newsom

I recommend Diana Castle to anyone who is serious about acting. Her approach is deeply reliable. She teaches something you can trust for the rest of your life.

Irene Cagen, CSA (now deceased, Irene was a source of profound inspiration to all who knew her. I miss you Irene.)

Diana was instrumental in helping me bring poetry to my work. She lead me to develop the spirit and mindset of a creator. To design my life around my vocation. But most importantly, she gave me the tools to help me locate where I was small. Where I was hiding. My dark areas that I didn’t want people to see. She taught me to not hide from that darkness, but rather to embrace it as an aspect of my own complexity, my full humanity, a doorway into my own vulnerability. This practice of authenticity has not only grown my empathy through my art, but it has also widened me as a human being living my life. I am forever in gratitude.

James Roch, Actor

Diana Castle is the teacher I've been waiting for my whole life. I wanted to be an actor so I could be other people and get out of myself. She continues to teach me that “others” also exist inside of me. Through this work, I am more fully myself. Diana has provided me with a daily practice that has strengthened my empathy, my confidence and my play spirit. I AM!

Aris Alvarado, Actor