Open House

Open House


Saturday, November 10th from 4:30-6pm






You’re invited visit The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s Young Actor’s Program on November 17th from 4:30-6pm. The Young Actor’s Program is offered for students who are interested in persuing acting in 2nd-12th grade in our Kids, Teens and Young Adult Programs.

Each semester students are grouped by age and take our core Method Acting class. In this class students learn warm up exercises and method acting techniques that will help them develop as actors and artists. Students then apply what they have learned in the techniques to scenes that they work on throughout the semester. In addition to our Method Acting class students take classes in Musical Theatre, Improve for the Actor, Playwriting & Performance, Acting for Film & TV, Stage Combat, and other elective courses. The winter semester is focused on producing a short film that will be shown in a film festival that showcases the student’s work.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s Young Actors Program has faculty from across theatre and film who offer unique insights not only on the art of acting but also the life of the actor. A list of current faculty can be found here –

Below is a list of current electives that may be offered over the course of the year. Questions can be sent to

STAGE COMBAT: This course will introduce the students to the discipline and techniques of stage combat. Physical training will take place to strengthen the abilities of the actor with respect to performing aggressive actions in a safe and believable manner with a partner. Both beginners and experienced students will have the opportunity to advance their technique in an increasingly challenging and convincing way. Additionally, students will be introduced to techniques for both the stage and for film and the detailed differences to effectively perform in different mediums.

METHOD ACTING: Acting ignites the imagination and empowers our Young Actors to express themselves truthfully through imaginary circumstances. Students are introduced to Acting through creative drama exercises, improvisation, and scene work. Students learn the beginning of Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting techniques including relaxation and basic sense memory exercises.

HIP HOP FOR THE ACTOR: This class always begins with a warm up starting with Hip-Hop grooves and Top Rock. This will lead into isolations, stretching and strengthening exercises. The class will then focus on choreography that uses Hip-Hop techniques. Not only will the sequence be stressed but more so the quality of movement and the performance aspect that should be conveyed. We work on the whole package of what the choreography entails. At the end of class a cypher will commence where we share our individual art with each other. J9 hopes to instill integrity of movement in a supportive and open atmosphere.

PLAYWRITING & PERFORMANCE: Thoughts, ideas and experiences will all be incorporated from pen to paper, as we dive into a world of creative possibilities. We will garner great focus in learning the basics of storylines, beats, character development and what drives a successful scene. As work progresses, we can share our ideas aloud, garnering feedback with strong critical response for positive outcomes.

AUDITIONS & MONOLOGUES: This class will provide valuable information on crafting a great audition. Students will discuss audition etiquette in order to make a great impression upon entering the audition studio as well as rehearse monologues that the student can use for an audition.

ACTING FOR FILM & TV: Students learn the technical skills and gain the experience required to perform on screen. Students’ work is recorded, played back, and discussed, allowing them the opportunity to improve and grow their understanding of how to translate their Acting, Voice, and Movement skills to the demands of the camera. From semester to semester, the class’ subject matter shifts from Beginning Camera Technique in the fall, to Commercials in the winter, and to Audition in the spring.

MUSICAL THEATRE: The focus of this class shifts from semester to semester. In Singing, students receive technical training in breathing, diction, harmony, and rhythm while building confidence and vocal strength. Musical terminology including applicable Italian musical terms is taught. Musical Theatre I combine beginning choreography with group singing, while Musical Theatre II advances the choreography the students learn.



WINTER FILM INTENSIVE – Saturdays from January 5th – March 9th – $1,025 – $1,525

SPRING SEMESTER – Saturdays from March 30th – June 22nd  – $1,500 – $1,800

SUMMER KIDS CAMP – Monday to Friday, July 8th- 12th  – $1,450                                                           (2nd to 6th Grade)

SUMMER TEENS WORKSHOP I – Monday to Friday, July 15th – 26th  – $2,250                                          (7th to 9th Grade)

SUMMER YOUNG ADULT  – Monday – Friday, July 8th to August 16th  – $6,250                                      (10th to 12th Grade)

AUGUST TEEN WORKSHOP II – Monday to Friday, July 29th to August 9th $2,250                                  (7th to 9th Grade)