Teen Acting Classes (Ages 12-16)

Teen Acting Classes Acting Program NYC Acting Classes for Kids

Teen Acting Program


Ages 12-16

Saturdays from 3:00-5:00pm

Instructor: Jazelle Foster of Denise Simon Acting & Coaching

  • Full Year: October 5, 2019 – June 13, 2020 (30 Sessions/60 hours)
  • 2019 Fall Semester: October 5 – Dec 7, 2019 (no class Nov 30)
  • 2020 Winter Semester: January 4 – March 21, 2020 (no class Jan 18, Feb 15)
  • 2020 Spring Semester:  March 28 – June 13, 2020 (no class April 11, May 23)

Is your teen interested in acting? Our acting classes for teens are a great way to introduce them to the wonderful world of acting, while building confidence and nurturing skills in taking direction, collaboration, and working as part of a team. Our goal is to build confident young performers with the skills to create truthful and effective performances for stage, film, and television. The best part? All our classes are limited to small groups to allow for individualized instruction and feedback.

Join us for a full-year acting program (3 semesters) or take a single semester.

Booking for the year is the best way to guarantee a spot in the class and get a discounted rate each semester. Taking the full year curriculum creates consistency of building skills and honing technique.

FULL YEAR: $1650 (discounted rate of $550 per semester)*
$675 (if taken individually)*
*plus $75 registration fee for new students

Fall Semester: Cut the Acting! Step away from overacting into truthful performance.

Dates: October 5 – December 14, 2019 (no class Nov 30)
Time: Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm (10 Sessions/20 hours)
Fee: $675

  • Build a strong acting foundation: What does it take to be a working young actor? Simplicity and honesty!
  • Acting is simple, but not easy. Students will focus on making choices that simplify their acting performance connecting them to the character and material.
  • Students will use their real-life experiences to connect with their character’s emotional life.
  • Through exercises, improvisation, monologues, and scene work students will gain the ability to actively listen, take direction, analyze a scene and learn how to direct themselves making bold choices.
  • Students will have FUN working with other young actors in a small and supportive non-competitive class.

Weeks 1-2: Creating a safe space, learning the transition between the real and imaginary.
Weeks: 3-6: Bringing real life into the classroom, creating monologues and scenes of moments that matter from their life.
Weeks 6-9: Working on scripted scenes and monologues, finding the emotional balance of performance and reality.
Week 10: Students pick one piece to perform for friends and family.

Dates TBA

Winter Semester: The camera loves you!

Dates: January 4 – March 21, 2020 (no class Jan 18, Feb 15)
Time: Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm (10 Sessions/20 hours)
Fee: $675
Enrollment begins: November 2019

  • Film/TV acting/audition technique: Students will be introduced to working in front of the camera. Learn how to make interesting choices in their work, enough to gain the attention of a casting director, agent or manager.
  • Work behind the camera and learn framing, camera angles, multi cam vs. single cam, set lingo, and have fun being director for the day!
  • In class self-tape tips for parents.
  • Learn the subtleties of on-camera acting as you transition from stage work.
  • Work with scenes from different styles such as Nickelodeon/Disney, drama a la Law and Order, and nighttime comedies along the lines of Modern Family.
  • A copy of their work on video will be provided as a teaching tool. Build confidence and self-esteem in a small, nurturing class setting while you learn to transition to the screen.

Weeks 1-3: Learn to use real audition breakdowns & audition scenes. Parents join for self-tape skills.
Weeks 2-3: Framing, camera angles, multi-cam vs. single cam, set lingo.
Weeks 4-7: Scenes from different styles.
Weeks 8-10: Voiceover work & animation.

Spring Semester: Command an audience! The final ingredient.

Dates: March 28 – June 13, 2020 (no class April 11, May 23)
Time: Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm (10 Sessions/20 hours)
Fee: $675
Enrollment begins: January 2020

  • Wow an audience! You’ve done the work and now need an audience to perform for. Work individually and with partners on scenes gaining the ability and confidence needed for a live performance.
  • Students will immerse themselves into character and scene work while learning to take direction.
  • Students will gain confidence in crafting their own show opening monologue, tapping into their own special skill set.
  • Students will learn the basics of scene transition and set dressing & cues.
  • The class will culminate with a final informal showcase of their work for friends family plus industry professionals.

Weeks 1-3: Onstage foundation building, projecting your voice, freeing your body for the stage. Staging and stage pictures.
Weeks 4-6: Show opening monologue.
Weeks 7-10: Scene work and directing.

Ready to apply?

Dates TBA