Young Artists


The greatest way to unlock and activate the wisdom of childhood is through play. And play most naturally and organically builds the muscles best suited for spiritual health and mature interactivity and engagement with the world. Theater at its core has been described as organized play, utilizing at one and the same time form and freedom, discipline and improvisation. With this in mind and heart the Stella Adler Studio of Acting is excited to open its doors to young people, 8-10 and 11-13 for the very first time.

These courses are only eligible for students ages 8–10 and 11–13 by the start of the first class. Any student under the age of 8 will not be admitted into the class. New applicants should first submit an online application here. Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule entrance interview appointment with the parent/guardian and student.
Young Artists Application Form

Late Spring and Summer 2021

(8–10 Years Old)

4 Weeks | Saturdays | Tuition: $150
Option 1: June 5-June 26, 2021 | 12–1:30 PM ET (9–10:30 AM PT)
Option 2: July 17-August 7, 2021| 12–1:30 PM ET (9–10:30 AM PT)
This class will provide an introduction to the core elements of acting technique. Each 90 minute class will be dedicated to different elements of acting training including character, text, working with acting partners, and stage presence. In this class students will be introduced to the Adler approach to acting through creative explorations that utilize the imagination and physical body. This class will blend the joy of theatre with the challenge of acting technique to provide a comprehensive understanding of acting through creative play.
Instructor: Danielle Edmonds

4 Weeks | Saturdays | Tuition: $150
June 5-June 26, 2021 | 2:00–3:30 PM ET (11:00 AM–12:30 PM PT)
This class will dive into scene work with a detailed focus on deepening characters and connecting with scene partners. Each class will provide students with an opportunity to work on a character in a scene and to learn about the various elements of acting involved in scene work through engaging and fun theatre activities and games. Topics covered in this class will include: building complex characters, working with props, entering and exiting scenes, understanding characters’ objective in scenes, and being a good audience for other actors.
Instructor: Danielle Edmonds

4 Weeks | Saturdays | Tuition: $150
July 17-August 7, 2021| 2:00–3:30 PM EST (11:00 AM–12:30 PM PST)
Young Artists approach the work of “creating a character” through the lens of animal physicality. This technique is used to instill confidence in the body and approach physical work while allowing impulses to run free to make physical, bold, and big choices in the acting work. Actors will learn how their instrument can transform via something as simple as the articulation of the spine, listening with your back, or a glare of your eyes.
Instructor: Nick Piacente

(11–13 Years Old)

4 Weeks | Sundays | Tuition: $150
Option 1: June 6-June 27, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 PM ET (11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT)
Option 2: July 18-August 8, 2021| 2:00-4:00 PM ET (11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT)
This Stella Adler® program explores the language and principles of Stella Adler’s approach to acting, including action, circumstance, and justification, rooted in the power of the imagination. Young artists will develop a foundation from which to build themselves as actors as well as human beings.
Instructor: Josh Davis

4 Weeks | Saturdays | Tuition: $150
June 5-June 26, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 PM ET (11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT)
Actors jump right into exploring some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes by unlocking the text through various physical and vocal exercises. Open up, demystify and celebrate the world of Shakespeare!
Instructor: Nick Piacente

4 Weeks | Sundays| Tuition: $150
July 18-August 8, 2021| 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET (8:00-10:00 AM PT)
Expressing yourself in public (be it in a group, class or performance) can be intimidating, particularly when our society seems to praise all things loud and outgoing. This workshop will provide a safe, team-spirited environment to practice reading aloud and, through exercises and games, teach you skills to speak confidently, all while remaining authentic to who you are.
Instructor: Julie Congress