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Best Acting Classes for Kids In Los Angeles

Updated for 2022

Whether your child has expressed a serious interest in acting or not, many children benefit from the valuable skills acting classes provide. And here in Los Angeles, you’ll be able to find an acting class that will meet your child’s needs and your family’s schedule.

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Terrific Acting Classes for Kids in Los Angeles

The Crow
2525 Michigan Ave. F4, Santa Monica 90404

Acting Classes at The Crow are for the young professional and incorporate multiple acting techniques to enhance scene study, help build deep characters, work on audition readiness and cold reading for TV, film, and theatrical stages. With over seventeen years of experience teaching acting to young actors, Mickey has developed a system that teaches the tenets of serious acting to kids who also love to play. In addition to his work in film and television, Mickey has worked with kids in school and camp settings, so he knows how to make learning fun while giving kids the tools they need to succeed in the professional world of acting.

Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA)
8115 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

For twelve years, the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA) has offered classes for children. Classes are grouped by age and ability, beginning at age three. Private coaching is also available in dance, acting, and voice.

“Not only do YADA students learn techniques in dance, voice, and acting, they learn the basic tools for life: respect for self and others, commitment to a goal, and the courage to try their best.” Each class culminates in a special performance in YADA’s own 99-seat theatre.

3-2-1 Acting Studios
3131 Foothill Blvd., Ste. H, La Cresenta, CA 91214

At 3-2-1 Acting Studios, instructors strive to provide students with the “invaluable life skills that acting training builds, whether they use those skills to become a successful professional actor, or a poised, well-spoken, and confident individual.”

There are acting classes for commercials, television, film, and improvisation. Classes are offered for children, aged four and up, as well as teenagers and adults.

The Groundlings School
7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

The famous Groundlings School was established in 1979 and offers classes for teens. Teen Improv Camps are generally offered as a five-day workshop, with parents and friends invited to observe class on the final day. And for teens who aren’t quite sure if improv is for them, The Groundlings also offers a Teen Improv Drop-in — a single-day drop-in class.

Adorable little boy singing on stage during a play standing with outstretched arms in his costume and makeup in front of the burgundy colored curtain
A Star is (probably) born every minute, so why not sign your children up for Acting Classes in Los Angeles?

Young Actors Studio
5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

The Young Actor’s Studio was founded in 1996 and “is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor’s craft through classes, workshops, and productions.” A large selection of classes are offered including acting classes for both children and adults as well as a script-writing workshop for teens. The Young Actors Studio believes “most kids naturally possess the qualities necessary to be successful actors: creativity, imagination, enthusiasm.”

The Playground
10390 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Playground is a young actors conservatory created by Gary Spatz.” It offers acting classes for children (ages 6-12), teens (13-17), and adults. The Playground was established in 2005 and has 24 instructors. Students at all levels are welcome to enroll. Many of The Playground’s former students have gone on to appear in television and movies.

The Actors Circle
11282 Washington Blvd, Ste. 103, Culver City, CA 90230

The Actors Circle was established in 2003 and offers a teaching studio for actors ages 5 and up. “The Actors Circle provides training in scene study, cold reading, audition technique, and improvisation with an emphasis on film and television work.” A more detailed description of the curriculum is available online. For kids, classes are grouped by ages: children 5-11, teens 12-16, and adults 17-100.

Margie Haber Studio
317 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles 90036

The Margie Haber Studio offers professional acting classes for young actors. Their kids’ acting classes “incorporate the world-renowned Haber Philosophy™ and Haber Phrasing™ philosophies that have transformed the audition process for thousands of young working actors in leading and recurring film and TV roles for decades.

With an industry reputation for some serious booking power – we will nurture your Kids through the industry, and they will have fun and build their confidence along the way.  This is the studio that started all the others and we are constantly evolving – creating a dynamic, safe and creative home for young actors, from beginning to professional levels.”

They offer on-camera classes for all ages and all levels.  Each class is on camera and they maintain a class size of 12 or less.

Kids On Stage
P.O. Box 3664, Santa Monica, CA 90408

Kids On Stage was founded in 1987 and offers programs for children ages 3 1/2 to 17. Classes are offered in musical theater, creative dramatics, rockstar dramatics, imagination theater, and more.

Kids on Stage prides itself on creating a safe, enriching, and inspiring environment where players work together closely to develop their ideas, hit their mark, problem solve, brainstorm, and collaborate all the while creating life-long connections. Check the website for class descriptions and further details.

Young Actor’s Space
5918 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Young Actor’s Space was established in 1979 and serves clients from age 5 to adulthood. “Classes are structured with half improvisation and half scene study.”

YAS utilizes three working spaces for classes and performances — The Whole Theatre, The Big Room, and The On Camera Room. They are also proud of their long list of notable alumni including many familiar names from both film and television.

Shanelle Gray Studios
14429 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 122, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Shanelle Gray Studios (SGS) is a professional acting studio that offers ongoing weekly classes for preschoolers to adults. Weekly classes specialize in SGS’s famous audition technique taught by master instructor/SGS owner, Shanelle Gray, and the entire SGS Team. They also offer Commercial Improv, Voice-Over, Script & Scene Writing, and more.

2 kids on stage in costume
Kids can have fun performing on stage, so why not try one of these Los Angeles Acting Classes for Kids?

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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