Updated for 2023
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.
Featured Kids’ Acting Classes in Los Angeles
Zak Barnett Studios
332 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The key to each actor’s creative genius lies in their sense of play. Too often, in this industry and in this world, we think that mining our pain will lead to our best performance—when what is most often overlooked (and often overlooked) is tapping into our joy. Taught by the incomparable ZBS faculty, we will combine the meaningful, professional and holistic training ZBS is known for, with some true summer fun! This is not only an enormous opportunity to evolve your art, but to have a ridiculously good time doing it.
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.
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.
Nicola Vann Studios
At Nicola Vann Studios, students work with coach, professional actress, and improviser Nicola Vann. Nicola helps kids and teens develop a strong grasp of acting technique, sense of play, and presence. Nicola understands the value of acting as a professional pursuit for kids & teens, and can help them reach their industry goals. She also loves and values acting as something done for artistic fulfillment and fun, and as a means of developing crucial social and life skills. Nicola always makes her classrooms a safe-space for collaboration and self-expression. She trusts kids to be smart and hardworking and is great at making them feel comfortable and confident, while quickly getting them to a place where they are challenged.
Terrific Acting Classes for Kids in Los Angeles
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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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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