With directors, talent agents, and professional performers composing the faculty, it's no wonder the students at Class Act Studios spend much of their class time in front of the camera. With courses geared specifically toward kids, tweens, teens, and adults, the studio covers fields of study ranging from commercial work to film acting. Soap-opera and sitcom classes equip actors with genre-specific skills, such as how to expertly mimic the sound of a live studio audience. Improv and scene-study courses help students inhabit any scenario, with or without a script. Instructors even run private tutoring sessions and birthday parties that thrust invited friends in front of the camera.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.
Melanie Ehrlich's voice can be heard in more than 200 works, ranging from video games and commercials to cartoons and documentaries, produced for clients such as eBay, Samsung, and Japan Airlines. The breadth and depth of her talents--she's also a classically trained mezzo-soprano, an expert kazoo player, and a Korean speaker--give her many lenses through which to help her students reach their individual goals in the voice-over industry.
When done right, a theatrical performance can change its audience. It can move them, call them to action, or rally them around a specific cause. With this in mind, OnStage Leadership's instructors use techniques from the world of theater to help non-actors connect with a crowd, including business executives, managers, and freelancers. OnStage Leadership's team keeps most of what happens during their workshops a secret, but participants emerge more confident and with stronger stage presence.
Signature service: Stage combat and stunt fighting
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to learn the magic of combat for Hollywood and Broadway fight scenes.