DDo you want your child to learn acting and singing while working with industry pros and gaining performance experience? Whether you have a future star or just want your child to build confidence, The Children’s Acting Academy is designed for your child. CBS called us “One of the top 5 Broadway schools for kids in New York”. We have been providing children with acting classes for more than 40 years. Our mix of professional acting training combined with individual instruction and performance opportunities offers your child the opportunity to grow in many ways.

We utilize the Stanislavski, Strasberg, Chekov and Meisner techniques to teach acting. Students learn to act moment to moment with honesty and passion. Concentration and relaxation are emphasized through sensory exercises and scripted work. Improvisation, speech and voice are emphasized during every class session. While acting and singing classes are done in groups, we reserve time to work with each child individually.

Your child will learn acting from the best in the business and get a chance to perform and have fun. You will also be able to take advantage of our extensive contact list of agents looking for young talent.

Children's Acting Academy Students at International Peace Day in Central Park
Children’s Acting Academy Students at International Peace Day in Central Park


Tuesday: Creative Drama 4:00-5:00 pm, Acting 5:00-6:30 pm

Thursday: Acting 4:30-6:00 pm

Friday: Acting 4:30-6:00 pm in New Rochelle

Saturday: Creative Drama 10:30-11:30 am, Broadway Dance 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Acting 12:30-2:00 pm,

Musical Theatre 2:00-3:30 pm

Improvisation: 3:30-4:30 pm

All NYC classes are held at Ripley-Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd Street

At the bottom of the page is our online class store. Please select which class/es you would like to register your child for and add them to your cart to pay with a credit card. Once you’ve registered online, you can print our PRINTABLE SIGN UP FORM, fill it out and bring it with you to the first class your child attends. If you would like to register in person, please bring the sign up form, with payment (cash / check ) to your child’s first class.


Creative Drama

Ages: 4-8

Tuesday 4 PM – 5 PM OR  Saturday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A journey through the world of mime, sound, rhythm, movement, and improvisation. Classic children’s stories and sensory exercises are used to increase awareness, strengthen concentration and inspire creative spontaneity and imagination. Open classroom recital at the end of the fall term and at the end of the Spring term. The Winter term culminates in a big performance in our off-Broadway agent/manager showcase.

Ages: 9-14
Tuesday 5 PM – 6:30 PM  OR Thursday 4:30 PM – 6 PM OR Saturday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Actors learn to behave logically and naturally onstage. Students work on scene study, monologues, poetry, commercials and interview technique. Relaxation and concentration are stressed. Students are exposed to various techniques including: Spolin, Stanislavski, Hagen, Strasberg, Meisner, and Chekhov techniques. During every class meeting we work on speech and diction and improvisation.

Broadway Dance
Ages: Mixed Age (4-14)
Saturday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This class is taught by a Broadway level choreographer. It is recommended for students between the ages of 4-14. We welcome all dancers (beginners through advanced) and guarantee to make each student shine! Every dance will be from a Broadway show and choreographed to fit the needs of the students. The trimesters will end with three performance-ready routines.  The fall and spring trimesters will culminate in an open classroom recital. The winter trimester will include performances in the March Agent/Manager Showcase. The class will teach students endurance and memory recall. They will perfect common moves and dance genres including jazz, modern, and ballet. Students will learn to pick up routines quickly like an audition setting.

Musical Theatre
Ages: 5-14
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Musical Theatre Students get a combination of proper singing technique and the tools to sell a song. Each student moves at their own pace and therefore will prepare as many songs as they can handle. By the end of the trimester each student will have a variety of audition ready songs which they will perform in our open classroom recital in the fall and spring, and at the Off-Broadway Showcase at the end of the winter Trimester.

Beginning TV
All Creative Drama & Acting Classes

On camera commercial technique is taught during the spring trimester of ALL acting classes.


Age 9+

3:30PM – 4:30 PM

No scripts, no memorizing, just fun!! This class is creative and liberating and a great tool for all young actors of all experiences. Learn the basic rules of improvisation and how to keep a scene going.  Tons of theatre games and exercises that stimulate the imagination! Each trimester we build on learned techniques and ideas as the students grow more comfortable and stronger in their characters, intentions, and goals. Students perform in an open classroom recital at the end of the trimester

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The Company
This is not a class. This is an ensemble of students who have auditioned and are performance ready. The students rehearse and perform in a workshop production. They perform in a play or musical at an Off-Broadway theatre in NYC. The students are given the opportunity to display their talents in singing, acting and dance. We will also have the opportunity to invite prominent agents, managers, and casting directors to give stage workshops to The Company members. Acceptance into The Company is by audition only.

Rehearsals for ages 4-9 years old are Wednesdays from 4 PM – 5:30 PM.
Rehearsals for ages 10-13 years old are Wednesday from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
Rehearsals for teens are both Wednesday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM and / or Thursdays 6 PM – 8PM.
*The director reserves the right to extend the time of all rehearsals.
*ALL workshop productions have added Sunday rehearsals as the performance approaches.