For young, ambitious aspiring actors, it’s never too early to learn about the craft.
In New York, kids and teens are introduced to the Method via the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s Young Actors program. Expose your child to a mix of core classes, from acting and dance to stage combat, during 12-week fall, winter, and spring sessions held every Saturday.
For something less intensive, TADA! Youth Theater’s musical theater classes are year-round. The TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble provides tuition-free preprofessional theater training and performance opportunities for teens in original productions. And A Class Act NY is an alternative studio where your child can enroll in one-day ongoing weekend workshops in musical theater, on-camera technique, and voiceover.
In L.A., TVI Actors Studio offers summer camps, classes, and a pilot season intensive for kids and teens interested in exploring the profession. The studio also offers classes on auditioning for prime-time TV and acting for film. The Young Actor’s Studio introduces the Stanislavsky system to its students and offers classes for kids and teens focusing on acting technique, comedy, improv, movement, and voice. An alternative is Diane Christiansen Coaching, which offers classes for kids and teens who want to break into the industry. Studying broad technique and acting aspects such as scene study, sense memory, and on-camera work, students will learn to create lasting relationships with directors and producers.