Los Angeles Acting Schools
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Browse these detailed listings of acting schools in Los Angeles to find the perfect Los Angeles acting classes for you. Here you'll find all the information you need to choose where to study to become an actor in Hollywood.
Each LA acting school listing includes detailed information such as acting methods taught, performance opportunities, career preparation, degree earned and financial aid opportunities. You can also find out how to apply for each school as well as what are your chances of being accepted into each program.
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The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
6305 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
This is one of the acting schools in Hollywood that delivers a strong training in musical theater. This Hollywood acting school offers two 4-semester programs, the Integrated Program (which combines acting classes with singing and dance) and the Studio Program (which focuses on acting for stage, film & TV). Classes include stage and film acting, scene study, voice, speech, singing and dance. Depending on the program, actors may also study movement and stage combat, improvisation, classic texts, Shakespeare, music, sight-singing and musical theatre, as well as ballet, jazz and tap dancing. Acting students have the option of taking an extra 60 credits in performance and general education classes in order to obtain a BFA.
Students participate in a Performing Arts Practicum each semester. Second-year students work with a director on a full production. BFA students participate in additional performances.
Graduating students participate in 2 showcases. Actors attend career preparation seminars with agents or casting directors and prepare audition material through a series of audition classes and workshops.
Bachelor students receive a BFA in Acting or a BFA in Musical Theater. Actors who complete the Studio Program or the Integrated Program receive a Certificate in Professional Performance Training.
Scholarships and loan programs are available, as well as on-campus employment.
Transcripts, 2 recommendation forms, an audition (auditions are held at the AMDA and throughout the country, as well as in Mexico, Canada and the UK. Foreign students can submit a taped audition). International students from non-English speaking countries need to submit TOEFL scores and may have to take another fluency test. Admission into the second year is by invitation only.
About 1 in 2 applicants who audition are accepted into the first year.
Students are not allowed to audition for acting work until the last semester of study at this LA acting school.
Los Angeles Acting Schools
Click on the links below to read detailed information on each of these Los Angeles acting schools.
Playhouse West Acting School
The Acting Center
The Sanford Meisner Center
Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts FKA Larry Moss Studio
The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)
Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop
BANG Comedy Institute and Theater
Aliso Creek Voice Over Classes
The New American Studio
Talent to Go
School for Stand Up
The New Collective LA
Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio (EMAS)
USC School of Theatre
Samurai Stage Combat Academy
Stella Adler Los Angeles
New York Film Academy (NYFA)
California Institute of the Arts
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
UCLA School of Theater Film and Television
Mother of Invention Acting School
Los Angeles Acting Schoo l (LAACT)
AIA Actors Studio
Act Hollywood Theatre of Arts
Why Choose a Los Angeles Acting School?
Picking an acting school in Los Angeles is a good idea if you're interested in a film acting career. Hollywood is, after all, the entertainment capital of the world. Because they are in the heart of the action, Los Angeles acting schools are also more likely to have working professionals among their faculty.
The majority of film and TV roles are cast here, whether it is at an indie producer's office or at one of the major Hollywood studios. There are also tons of television auditions for dramas, sitcoms and commercials. Serious actors can often start building their resume and acting reel by booking co-star roles on television (a co-star role is a small role that can be one line or a few short scenes). If you have a great commercial look, acting in Los Angeles may just be the answer for you. Even if your dream is not to be selling products on TV, landing a national commercial or a few smaller commercials each year can replace the "day job" so many actors need and allow you to focus on your career.
One thing a lot of people don't realize is that there is a lot of good theater in Hollywood too. There are much less very small Off-Off-Broadway theaters as you would find in New York, but there are several good well-attended mid-sized theaters you can audition for.
Just like New York, there is a lot of competition in LA, and it's hard to break into acting here, but since there is more screen work here, actors who do work tend to make a better living.
Read more about acting in LA here.
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