Acting Classes in Ohio

Looking for acting classes in Ohio?

The following acting schools in Ohio will provide you with information on the type of classes offered and the kind of preparation you will get to pursue an acting career.

Ohio University School of Theater

The BFA in Theater Performance includes a series of intense acting classes in Ohio with an emphasis on ensemble work and international theater.

The first year, students prepare for admission into the program by taking introductory classes and working toward the auditions. After that, classes include acting technique, improv, movement, voice, scene study, theater performance and dialects, as well as a choice of electives.

The School of Theater counts Tony Award-winners among its alumni. There are also some opportunities to study abroad.

Performance opportunities:

The School of Theater has three professionally-equipped mainstage venues and produces four mainstage productions each year.

Career preparation:

Actors take an audition technique class, are presented with networking opportunities and have access to professional internships in theaters nationwide and worldwide.

Students learn from theater professionals and visiting artists.

Seniors participate in a graduation showcase.


BFA in Theater Performance. There is also the option to pursue a BA in Theater, as well as an MFA program for the Professional Actor.

Financial Aid:

Theater students can apply and audition for the Fine Arts Talent Award Scholarship or Talent Trustee Award for non-residents.

What you'll need to apply:

Students apply through audition for the Theater Performance program during their freshman year. For the MFA program, new students are accepted into the program once every 3 years only.


Houde School of Acting

The Houde School of Acting offers acting classes in Cleveland for adults and pre-teens. There is also a summer camp for actors 6-16 years old. Students learn acting through the Meisner technique, taught by an experienced Los Angeles actress, Jessica Houde, who has worked opposite well-known actors (James Franco, Robert Cohen, etc.) and taught at the Playhouse West in LA.

Adult evening acting classes include Meisner technique, screen acting and characterization. For one monthly fee, students can attend as many classes as they want each week.

Students can also take private acting lessons.

Career preparation:

The school offers an auditioning technique class for adult actors.

What you'll need to apply:

Sign up for a class online.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

This Tony-award winning theater in Cincinnati offers introductory acting classes for all ages, from 5 year olds to adults. Students learn basic acting techniques through improv, movement and theater games and are also introduced to acting for the camera.

Classes are taught by theater professionals and last for seven weeks. The playhouse also offers summer camps and theater day camps.

Financial Aid:

Limited scholarships available. The playhouse also offers an internship for experienced actors and MFA graduates who can commit to an entire season and audition.


Oberlin College and Conservatory

This liberal arts school in Ohio offers a theater major with an emphasis in Acting, Directing, Playwriting and Theater production. This allows for acting students to get involved with all the aspects of the theater and work collaboratively.

Classes for actors include acting technique, scene study, screen acting, acting ensemble, acting styles (Shakespeare, poetic realism, etc.), musical theater movement, stage combat, voice, speech and dialects.

Other classes include directing, playwriting, costume, lighting, design, stage management, Theater history, criticism and theory. In addition, there are often workshops with theater residents in skills like mime, mask and Noh.

Seniors can apply for an honors program where they can develop their own project under supervision during a full year.

Performance opportunities:

There are three mainstage plays each year in the main 500-seat theater, plus student productions, a one-act festival, a directing play festival and improv/sketch troupes.

Career preparation:

Serious students have the option to study for a semester in Connecticut (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), New York (Tisch School of Arts), London (British American Drama Academy) or Moscow (Moscow Art Theater School).

New York semester-long internships are facilitated by the GLCA program.

Students work with guest artists during winter term productions.

Students work as crew members on at least 2 productions.


BA in Theater with Acting Emphasis.

Financial Aid:

Need-based scholarships.

What you'll need to apply:

You will have to audition if you choose the acting emphasis.


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