7 L.A. and NYC Training Centers for Kids

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Many kids and teens are born with undeniable talent, and as parents, it’s important that if it’s something your child enjoys, you do everything to foster the growth of that talent. From Los Angeles to New York City, here are seven great studios and schools at which your child can take his or her skills to the next level.

3-2-1- Acting Studios
Founded in 1992, this Los Angeles acting school has guided countless young actors on the path to success. Children, tweens, and teens can participate in classes ranging from TV and film acting to improvisation, scene study, commercial acting, and others. And with several full-time instructors, your performer is sure to find the right fit and expand his or her skills.

The Actor’s Garage
What sets the Actor’s Garage apart is its online lessons; all your child needs is Internet access to get a professional acting education! Lessons 1–25 are available once you’re a subscriber, but if you’re looking for a more hands-on approach, in-person classes are available each winter and summer at this N.Y.-based studio!

Broadway Workshop
If your child is destined for the stage rather than the screen, consider Broadway Workshop as your first stop! Since 2007, youngsters have taken part in classes such as the school’s triple-threat musical theater workshop, monologue workshop, agent workshop, and others. Just recently, Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan taught a one-day musical theater master class; these are opportunities no aspiring theater actor would want to miss.

Caroline Liem’s Teen-Youth Class
Established casting director Caroline Liem’s Los Angeles teen and youth class is geared toward actors ages 10–16 looking to brush up on their technique, expand their training, develop characters, and more. The next session of Liem’s course begins May 2, and runs Saturdays for five weeks. Live outside the Sherman Oaks area? Private coaching and Skype lessons are available through the CD as well!

A Class Act NY
This New York–based acting school has something for every child actor from voiceover to on-camera training to private dance lessons and beyond. With its mission to “enrich children’s lives through the magic of the performing arts in a fun, safe, and supportive environment,” A Class Act NY welcomes all skill levels, ages 7–16.

Diane Christiansen Coaching
This Los Angeles–based teacher is a favorite among parents and kids, and for good reason. Her philosophies about the industry include “Be sure to practice your acting skills every day,” and “If you aren’t taking workshops every chance you get, then you aren’t building your knowledge and information base within the industry.” Christiansen offers a number of classes on the West Coast including commercial acting for teens and kids, audition technique and cold reading, and several others.

Keep It Real Acting
This L.A. school has classes for everyone, including kids and teens! Looking for your child to break into commercial work? Classes at Keep It Real are divided by age (4–6, 7–11, and 12–17), so your budding performer can get a specific, targeted education. A five-day acting camp is also offered—June 22–26 this year—complete with commercial and theatrical training and improvisation games, and ending with a performance for proud parents to enjoy.

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Caroline Liem
Caroline Liem is a casting director, teacher/coach based in Los Angeles. For the past 20 years, she has cast films, studios features, television pilots, and TV series. She is faculty at Pace University and UT Austin and teaches locally at the Village.
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