New York Acting Schools

New York Teen Acting School

ACTeen – Acting for Teens

This New York teen acting school has a long list of successful alumni that have performed on TV, film and Broadway, including Gillian Zinser (90210), Katelyn Tarver (Big Time Rush) and Jon Seda (Emmy winner The PacificTremeHomicideSelena).

ACTeen offers NY teen acting classes focused on screen acting for teens. Among teen acting schools, this was the first screen acting academy countrywide to train teens ages 13-15 and 16-20.

Students learn the intimacy of working in front of the camera through film and TV courses, as well as 12 electives including improv, scene study, monologues, movement, voice, speech, Shakespeare, musical theatre, commercials, voice overs, auditioning, directing and screenwriting.

ACTeen students benefit from a rigorous training and small class sizes (8-12 students max ) that provide individualized instruction and career guidance for focused young actors. Teens get up to work in every class.

Career Preparation:

This New York teen acting school is staffed entirely by working professionals, guest actors and casting directors.

Students receive professional guidance, college monologue prep, audition ‘sides’ coaching, and participate in Film Casting Director Seminars.

ACTeen also organizes competitive industry showcases for select alumni (faculty recommendation required). Many successful alumni (see list below) got their first representation through this New York teen acting school’s industry showcases.

Tuition Fee: Courses are $350 for 8 sessions. Various discounts for multiple courses or full-time (i.e. Summer) programs.

Financial Aid: Limited. Available thru the Will Sears Foundation (request audition information).

What you’ll need to apply: Fall, Winter, Spring Terms by interview. Call several weeks before start of the term. Four Summer Programs require Summer Application and audition interview, though video chat auditions may substitute for on site appointments.


This New York teen acting school was the winner of Backstage Magazines Readers Choice Award for “Favorite Acting Coach/Courses for Teens” in 2011 and 2010.

Hundreds of ACTeen graduates have achieved successful careers in film, television, and the theater including: Jamie Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos, Belle on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast), Jordana Spiro (PJ FranklinMy Boys), Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show), Kimberly Williams (According to JimFather of the Bride), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night LightsOne Tree Hill), Laura Breckenridge (Gossip Girl), Jordana Brewster (Dallas 2012Fast Five), China Shavers (ERBoston PublicSabrinaThe Teenage Witch), Sam Levine (Freaks and Geeks), Ariel Reid in the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Spamalot, Emmy nominee Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, Stacy Morasco, One Life to Live), and Emmy winner Dana Barron.

Various Articles about ACTeen or Rita Litton have appeared in Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, The New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Post, The Princeton Review, Chicago Tribune, Backstage, Dramatics magazine, Variety, on television, and in news broadcasts. ACTeen’s copyrighted curriculum is favorably mentioned in various books on acting, including praise in How to Be a Working Actor by Mari Lyn Henry (former Head of East Coast Casting for ABC-TV).

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