Kevin Spacey Joins MasterClass To Teach Acting

Spacey joins faculty of online education company, MasterClass, alongside Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, James Patterson, Usher, Christina Aguilera and Annie Leibovitz

02 Dec, 2015, 11:19 ET from MasterClass

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 'MasterClass' ( announces Kevin Spacey as their newest instructor. The Academy Award winner and "House of Cards" actor will teach an online acting MasterClass which will be available on In his class Spacey will share the most important lessons he's learned over the course of his career. The class is being directed by "House of Cards" director Tucker Gates.  Pre-enrollment for the class opens today and the class will be available early 2016.

Spacey is joining Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing) and Dustin Hoffman (acting) whose classes are currently available online. Upcoming classes include Christina Aguilera (singing), Usher (performance) and Annie Leibovitz (photography).

MasterClass, a San Francisco-based tech company which launched May 12, 2015, is an online education platform making it possible for everyone to learn directly from the world's best. Each master teaches a course which is available online for purchase at for $90 each and includes video lessons, interactive exercises, learning materials, and workbooks. MasterClass was co-founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen.

A two time Academy Award winner, Spacey rose to international stardom  with  striking  performances in films such as The Usual Suspects (1995; Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Se7en (1995). He followed up films with titles such as A Time to Kill (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997) and American Beauty (1999; Academy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role). The actor, director and producer can currently be seen on the Netflix original series "House of Cards" playing Frank Underwood, for which he's received both the Golden Globe and SAG Award. 

"Education has always been an important part of my life. The teachers, mentors and those who gave me opportunities along the way, have made me feel blessed because they taught me the value of striving to be your best," said Kevin Spacey. "From Joe Papp to Alan Pakula, Sam Mendes and Bryan Singer – I have learned so much from being in their masterclasses – that now MasterClass takes my experiences and combines them in a way that now allows me to give back to others. I'm delighted to be a part of this new wave of online education; as my mentor Jack Lemmon used to say, 'If you've done well it is your duty to send the elevator back down'. I look forward to passing on some of the things I've learned."

"We're ecstatic to be working with such a brilliant mind as Kevin. He is not only an incredible actor, but also an incredible teacher. He's devoted, hilarious, and tough" said Co-Founder and CEO David Rogier.

Aaron Rasmussen (Co-Founder, Creative Director, and CTO) notes that, "The accuracy and precision with which Kevin dissects his approach to acting is astounding, and watching him demonstrate techniques on the spot and recount the details of how he develops characters is extraordinary. Totally amazing."

Each MasterClass is priced at $90 and includes:

  • 10-30 video lessons from the instructor (approx. 2-5 hours of video)
  • Interactive exercises: for example, in Serena's MasterClass students can upload videos of themselves playing to get feedback from other students (and sometimes even Serena herself!)
  • Learning materials: workbooks and class materials like excerpts from James Patterson's first drafts
  • Lifetime access, with classes that never expire
  • Learning materials and workbooks
  • Accessible from any device.

Classes are available at

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Serena Williams MasterClass - Official Trailer -
Dustin Hoffman MasterClass - Official Trailer -
James Patterson MasterClass - Official Trailer -

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San Francisco-based MasterClass was founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to learn from the best through immersive online classes from the world's most esteemed authors, actors, performers, athletes and more. MasterClass pairs world-class instructors with Hollywood directors and Silicon Valley engineers to create a brand new type of learning experience. For more information, please visit

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