Acting Classes in California


$75 for a Four-Week Acting for Non-Actors Class at Bay Area Acting Studio ($275 Value)

Bay Area Acting Studio

Multiple Locations

Meisner-technique-trained instructors lead easygoing beginning acting classes that cover improv, scene work and basic camera exercises

$275 $75

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$22 for an On-Camera Acting Class at Studio 105 ($50 Value)

Studio 105

Studio 105

Using a movie-style projection system, students watch their own performances onscreen and analyze areas for improvement

$50 $22

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Summer Comedy Camp at Made Up Theatre (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Made Up Theatre

Fremont

Students learn tricks and tips of games played on Whose Line Is It Anyway? before performing a show for family and friends

$300 $149

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$38 for $70 Worth of Acting Classes — StageCraft Productions

Stagecraft Productions

San Bernardino

From the merchant: Program offers on-camera critiques (in the Meisner tradition), scene study, and topical mini-lectures.

$70 $38

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10 Acting Classes at Greenwave Arts Academy (45% Off)

Greenwave Arts Academy

Greenwave Arts Academy

From the merchant: Whether you have a future star or just want your child to build confidence, Greenwave is designed for your child.

$420 $231

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Five Film and Television Youth Acting Classes or Three Months of Youth Classes at Actors Youth Academy (Up to 62% Off)

Actors Youth Academy

Actors Youth Academy

Bilingual and Monolingual academy; five 75-minute classes or 13 two-hour classes; sessions include what child actor parents need to know

$395 $150

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$523 for $950 Worth of Acting Classes — GS Acting Studio

Gs Acting Studio

Burbank

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$950 $523

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Acting Course for One or Two or Three Acting Courses for One at Witty Entertainment (Up to 77% Off)

Witty Entertainment

Witty Entertainment

Actors with all levels of experience are coached on the physical and vocal skills needed to improve theatrical abilities

$75 $29

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Up to 47% Off Acting & Improv Class — The Center Stage Studio; Valid Wednesday

The Center Stage Studio

Aliso Viejo

Youngsters 7–9 try their hand at comedy while playing fun improv games

$15 $8

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Four Acting Classes at South Bay Acting Studio (55% Off)

South Bay Acting Studio

Manhattan Beach

From the merchant: Learn the ins and outs of acting, scene study, improv and on camera audition techniques.

$200 $90

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$30 for $60 toward 1 hour of Audition Prep — Sonya Cooke: Private Acting Coach

Sonya Cooke: Private Acting Coach

Beverly Hills

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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Two-Hour Acting Class at MASQ Entertainment (56% Off)

Masq Entertainment

Laguna Hills

From the merchant: Award winning LA actors and coaches share their expert knowledge to empower the next generation of aspiring talent.

$50 $22

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Five Acting Classes at Oracle Performing Arts Foundation (50% Off)

Oracle Performing Arts Foundation

Western Malibu

Kids and teens develop their theatrical skills, while enjoying fun and creative scenes developed just for young actors.

$150 $75

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Two-Hour Acting Class at Emotional Fitness (50% Off)

Emotional Fitness

Los Angeles

From the merchant: A unique and powerful class to explore and express a range of emotions, supporting you to be more open and vulnerable.

$30 $15

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$20 for a Two-Hour Intro to Improv-Comedy Workshop at American Improv Theatre ($40 Value)

American Improv Theatre

American Improv Theatre

Learn the basics of improv comedy through fun games and exercises that focus on character, communication, and trust

$40 $20

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$56 for $125 Worth of Voice Over Classes — Aliso Creek Productions

Aliso Creek Productions

Burbank

From the merchant: 90-minute introduction to voice-over; private coaching session; you perform on a mic in a recording studio

$125 $56

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$99 for Five Child or Adult Acting Classes and Personal Evaluation at Sterling Studio ($240 Value)

Sterling Studio

Sterling Studio Actors

Acclaimed Hollywood coach leads acting classes for children and adults, and provides coaching to help build performance skills

$240 $99

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One-Year of Online Acting Class Membership from iActing Studios (Up to 65% Off). Three Options Available.

iActing Studios

iActing Studios

Top Hollywood Master teachers lead online acting classes, covering acting technique, auditions, monologues, and scene study

$479.90 $199

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$25 for $45 Groupon — California Conservatory of Performing Arts

California Conservatory Of Performing Arts

Chatsworth

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$45 $25

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Public Speaking or Improv Workshop from Captivating Speakers (Up to 85% Off)

Captivating Speakers

Chanti Niven International

Master communicators teach captivating public speaking or off-the-cuff comedy through interactive workshops

$150 $22

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Improv for Everyone, Spontaneous Characters, or Theatresports Classes at Impro Theatre (Up to 51% Off)

Impro Theatre

Impro Theatre

Introductory or advanced improv courses help students gain confidence with public speaking and performing in immersive group classes

$50 $25

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$549 for $999 Worth of Acting Classes — Indie Lab Film Studios

Indie Lab Film Studios

Westlake

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$999 $549

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Two, Four, or Six Private Coaching Sessions on T.V./Film Acting for Ages 7-21 with Yin Chang Official (Up to 59% Off)

Yin Chang

Yin Chang Official

Acting coach Yin Chang has appeared in the CW’s Gossip Girl, Disney’s Prom, The Bling Ring, and NBC’s Law & Order SVU

$130 $65

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Four-Week Acting Class with Optional Private Session at Shelley Mitchell's Acting Class (Up to 67% Off)

Shelley Mitchell's Acting Class

Shelley Mitchell's Acting Class

Experienced actor Shelley Mitchell teaches students film, television, and theater acting techniques

$242 $87

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On-Camera Class or Month of 3-Hour Improv Classes at Adler Improv (Up to 62% Off)

AdlerImprov

AdlerImprov

Experienced acting coach offers his own theory on improvisational acting during weekly two-hour classes

$25 $10

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Eight-Day Acting Class at Iris Klein Acting Classes (45% Off)

Iris Klein Acting Classes

Los Angeles

Iris Klein’s eight-evening Meisner-based workshop on August 18–28, Monday–Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

$600 $330

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One-Hour Acting Class at GET OUTTA YOUR HEAD - Acting Coaching (50% Off)

Get Outta Your Head!

Los Angeles

Georgia Warner helps you break down your material and rebuild it with power and personality.

$70 $35

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Performance for Kids or Workshops at The Little Theater Craft Workshops (Up to 59% Off). Four Options Available.

The Little Theater Craft Workshops

The Little Theater Craft Workshops

Explore the themes of family and friendship in children's performances

$40 $24

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Four-Day Acting Course at You Inspire Me Inc. (60% Off)

You Inspire Me Inc.

Los Angeles

From the merchant: We provide a family friendly environment where children can find their purpose, identity and power as artistic leaders.

$100 $40

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Four or Eight Weekly Acting Classes at Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop (Up to 57% Off)

Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop

Complex Theatre

Small-group acting lessons with an experienced coach build students’ skills through scene work, exercises, and improv

$225 $99

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Two or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 59% Off)

Atwater Playhouse

Atwater Playhouse Los Angeles

Led by a veteran director, the workshop focuses on breaking down new scenes, creating a character, and delivering consistent performances

$70 $31

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Six-Day Acting Course at The Young Rebels Acting Studio (45% Off)

The Young Rebels Acting Studio

North Hollywood

From the merchant: 1 course (six 2hr classes) for KID &TEEN actors, 7-18, taught by a highly trained teacher with an out-of-the-box style.

$300 $165

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Two Acting Classes at Coleman Productions (60% Off)

Coleman Productions

Coleman Productions

From the merchant: Two acting classes with an additional two private classes with John Coleman, author of “An Actors Treasured Memories”

$150 $60

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One Hour of Private Coaching at BP Acting Studio (50% Off)

BP Acting Studio

BP Acting Studio

20-year veteran Barry Papick has coached actors for The West Wing and The Wire; take group classes or a private lesson

$150 $75

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Three-Hour Acting Class at ACT LIKE YOU KNOW (50% Off)

Act Like You Know

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Class on December 6 from noon to 3 p.m.; all ages and experience levels; taught by actor-producer Dennis L.A. White

$100 $50

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Four Acting Classes at RAW acting studio (50% Off)

Raw Acting Studio

Raw Acting Studio

From the merchant: Guy Camilleri works intimately with actors addressing obstacles within the framework of auditions, scenes/monologues.

$200 $100

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  • LA Stand-Ups
    An AT&T ad executive hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads toward the subway to Hell's Kitchen. It's the late '80s, and at the New York comedy institution The Improv, a slew of up-and-coming talent, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are testing jokes and honing timing. In the next few years, they'll perform on television for millions. But for now, they're changing the life of one ad executive. The founder of LA Stand-Ups, Joe Falzarano, quit his promising advertising career because he "hated being a suit" and preferred to nurture promising young comedians. With accomplishments that include producing the CableACE Award–winning Caroline's Comedy Hour for A&E, Falzarano helped launch the performing and writing careers of entertainers including Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. Today, Falzarano imparts his more than 20 years of industry experience to aspiring joke-tellers, teaching them tactics for perfecting a punch line, calming nerves, and subduing hecklers with a marshmallow gun. Falzarano maintains a supportive atmosphere where students learn how to use who they are to connect with an audience, and even lets students try out material at the Hollywood Improv.
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    1312 N. Wilton Pl.
    Hollywood, CA US
  • Scripps Performing Arts Academy
    In many cultures, performers begin training at a young age to ensure they become proficient as well as confident in their art. While the instructors at Scripps Performing Arts Academy believe in that approach, they put just as much focus on stoking the fires of creativity and ensuring that every student has some fun at the same time. Expert faculty members train students as young as three in myriad performance classes, which are held in professional-grade studios outfitted with floating hardwood floors for safe frolicking. Though the studio specializes in the classical discipline of ballet, it also offers programs in tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre dance. Private lessons, meanwhile, incorporate instruments such as piano. A calendar of productions allows students ways to showcase what they've learned, and include musicals and three major ballet shows each year. Performances take place in the studios as well as a dedicated black box theatre outfitted with professional stage lights and sound equipment.
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    9920 Scripps Lake Drive
    San Diego, CA US
  • Bay Area Acting Studio
    Trained by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Christy English Wioncek opened the Bay Area Acting Studio to teach a new generation of actors how to?in the words of her mentor?"live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Her stable of equally Meisner-steeped instructors leads classes including introductory adult courses, intensive courses for working thespians, and children's classes for young'uns looking to break into the industry early or convince babysitters they've been diagnosed with a life-threatening ice-cream deficiency.
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    1930 Camden Avenue
    San Jose, CA US
  • Action Theater
    [Owen Walker](http://www.insideoutimprov.com/page9/page9.html#!owen-walker/c60z has been teaching the Action Theater method for more than 15 years. Originally a visual artist, Owen found a more immediate medium?the human body?and began to experiment with physical improv as a method to further explore his creative impulses. He studied extensively with Ruth Zaporah, the guru of the Action Theater method, and he is now one of the method?s six designated senior teachers. The Action Theater method approaches physical improvisation and theater from three angles: language, voice, and movement. Classes give special attention to being fully present, connecting with a scene partner, and urging students to focus on how they do something, rather than what they do. The end result not only can transform a student?s performance on the stage, it can also enhance everyday skills such as empathy and spontaneity. Thus, though the technique is rooted in the theater, it can also benefit non-actors, much like a playhouse?s cell-phone-activated trap door. Though Action Theater sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available
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    975 Howard St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • California Arts Academy
    With eclectic backgrounds in ballet, Scottish Highland dancing, and environmental law, California Arts Academy co-owners and directors Julie Ann Keller and Christopher Campbell bring their students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of the Central California Parent Magazine 2012-2014. Not content to just offer classes, Keller and Campbell hold semiannual auditions for their performances.
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    4750 N Blackstone Ave
    Fresno, CA US
  • Held2gether
    Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show?and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast. Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement?necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form?quick, self-contained games?and long form?a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live?style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action. Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck. This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City?one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.
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    4900 East 7th Street
    Long Beach, CA US
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