Have you ever wondered where Disney child star Zendaya Coleman goes to summer camp? Or where super stars Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon went to acting class when they were children? This list answers all those questions and more!
Originally, we compiled this information after a friend asked for suggestions regarding the best acting and film camps in Southern California. We suggested a few camps and schools but now each year we expound on that original list to showcase a variety of classes and camps to suit every taste. Additionally, requests have increased greatly for the best acting camp and acting class options across the country so we’ve included them as well. The list includes more than 90 of the best acting camps, prestigious acting classes and top acting coaches in the USA. For now the list is in alphabetical order but we will eventually have it sorted out by state and city.
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♥ Notates schools, camp, or coaches we are personally familiar with and which have the Hollywood Mom Blog stamp of approval!
*I’m not personally familiar with many of these programs and therefore can not endorse them per se. For further information please check with one of the many camp accreditation sites.
♥ MARNIE COOPER: 818-760-8009
♥ ELIZABETH BAUMAN (323) 385-5237
♥ IRENE DREAYER (in person or 30 minute & 1 hour skype sessions)
KATT SHEA 661-268-8611
ANGELA GIBBS 323-514-6281
CLAIR SINNETT 310-422-1831
MARGIE HABER 310-854-0870
ACTING SCHOOLS, CAMPS AND CLASSES For Kids & Teens:
- 3-2-1 Talent Showcase Owner/Director Mae Ross, located at 3131 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta CA 91214 (818) 353-5455
- American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles campus and New York campus): 1336 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles (800) 222-2867. Summer camp application.
- Agoura Children’s Theater 818-225-1459
- Agoura Hills Dance and Performing Arts presents Janet Adderley’s Musical Theater Camp: 5015 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, 91301 (805) 889-3680.
- AIA Actor’s Studio: 1918 W. Magnolia Blvd., Suite 206, Burbank (818) 566-1429
- Atlantic Acting School for Kids: (646) 216-1171
- Belvoir Terrace fine and performing arts, residential, summer camp for girls (Theater, Dance, Art, Music, Sports) located in the Berkshires. Contact: Belvoir Terrace, Lenox, MA 01240; Tel: (413) 637-0555 Fax: (413) 637-4651 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beverly Hills Playhouse Young Actors & Teens Program with Emmy Award winner Melissa Hayden. 254 S Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90211 (310) 855-1556
Hayden also works as a private coach. Info Video here: http://vimeo.com/23274895
- Cal Shakes, California Shakespeare Theater: For more info about this Northern California day camp contact Jenna Stich, Artistic Learning Coordinator, at 510.809.3293 or email@example.com Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up!) attends camp here.
- Center Stage Theater Camp: 615 Holmby Ave. LA, 90024; telephone: (310)842-8040, ext. 137
- Children’s Civic Light Opera Summer Theatre Work: 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City (310) 478-5886
- Chamberlain’s Performing and Fine Arts Camp: 5699 Kanan Rd. #610, Agoura Hills (818) 735-9464
- Children’s Civic Light Opera (CCLO), the Westside’s premier performing arts program for youth 8-18 since 1987! All skill levels embraced! Email: CCLO@verizon.net (310) 478 – 5886
- Community Musical Theatre Day Camp: 11301 Bellagio Rd., Los Angeles (323) 954-7250
- CRE Kids Summer Theatre Camp at Dolly Saken School of the Arts: 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills (323) 944-0511
- Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio, 12265 Ventura Blvd. Suite 210 Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: 818-760-0060
- Dance Dimensions Musical Theater Camp: Promenade Mall, 6100 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91367, (818) 999-3262
- Dance Factory 28901 S Western Ave Ste. 113, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (310) 519-3600
- Diamond Head Theatre (in Hawaii) has a great summer program called MTE –www.diamondheadtheatre.com (all ages)
- Diane Christiansen Coaching: Professional coaching for young actors, North Hollywood CA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discovery Onstage Summer Acting Camp: Centre Stage Dance Academy, 127 East Olive Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 Phone: 626.357.8308
- Edgemar Center for the Arts/The Larry Moss Studio: 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica (310) 399-3666
- Electric Youth Triple Threat Camp Owner/Director: Debra Gibson. Teachers: Howard Fine, Susan Leslie, Bill Purnell. July 5th through July 16, 2010, attend for 1 week or both. Hollywood, CA
- ♥ Elizabeth Bauman Monologue Workshop & Private Coach for professional child actors, Larchmont Village, (323) 385-5237
- Eye Dreams Arts: 135 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena (626) 698-1092
- French Woods Festival of The Performing Arts Camp PO Box 609 Hancock, NY 13783 Alumni: Jon Favreau (Cowboys&Aliens, Iron Man); Zoey Deschanel (Elf), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man); Adam Levine (Maroon 5)
- Global Groove Cultural Adventure Camp: Westside Waldorf McComb Campus, 17310 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades (310) 402-8138
- The Groundlings Improve Teen Classes: 7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7512, (323) 934-4747 ext 60
- Hallie Todd Studios - 13636 Ventura Blvd #298, Sherman Oaks, California 91423 818-789-3760
- International City Theatre: Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach (562) 436-4610
- Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp Application. Office of Admission & Financial Aid, 9900 Diamond Park Rd., Interlochen, MI 49643 (231) 276-7472, Alumni: Jewel, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives); Jackson Rathbone (Twilight); Norah Jones, Kim Kardashian (Keeping Up with the Kardashians).
- Improv Comedy for Kids at Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA (310) 451-0850 Kids ages 9-12
- The John Sudol Studio 11650 Riverside Drive, Suite 11, North Hollywood, Los Angeles; 818-505-1223
- Kids Muse Art Camp, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4361
- ♥Kids on Stage: Santa Monica, Culver City, Mar Vista (310) 314-0035 Perfect introduction to imaginary play for very young kids and beginners 3 to 6 years.
- La Brea Barnstormers Theatre Day Camp: 520 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles (323) 939-9220
- ♥Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute Young Actors is an intensive/diverse program for young actors ages 7 to 18 years. 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.650.7777; email@example.com Alumni: Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon andScarlett Johansson are former students.
- Long Lake Theater Camp: Located in New York State in the Adirondack Park and members of the NY American Camp Association offering Dance, Theater, Fine Arts, Circus, Music and more! E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 800-767-7111 or 914-693-7111; Fax: 914-693-7684. Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody is a former camper!
- Los Angeles Shakespeare Company: 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga (310) 455-9400
- Marcie Smolin’s “The Actors Circle” 4475 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230 (310) 837-4536. Marcie was a stand-up comic for 13 years appearing on An Evening at the Improv, Girls Night Out, Later NBC as well as a primetimeNBC comedy Special. Email: Marcie@theactorscircle.com
- Margie Haber Studio 971 N La Cienega Blvd, Ste 207, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (310) 854-0870 www.margiehaber.com
- ♥Marnie Cooper School of Acting, 12801 Bloomfield Street Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 760-8009
- Camp Modin: While not technically an performing arts camp, Modin counts many actors, writers, directors and composers among it’s alumni. 51 Modin Way, Belgrade, Maine, 04917 (207) 465.4444, (email) Modin@Modin.com
- Musical Theater Los Angeles, (formerly SKTC) Amanda Baird, 310-428-4021, various L.A. locations offering in school and after-school programs. Summer Camp to be held at St. Albans Episcopal Church.
- Music Rhapsody: 1603 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach (310) 376-8646
- New York Film Academy Summer Camps - FILMMAKING CAMPS offers ACTING FOR FILM CAMPS; MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP; SCREENWRITING CAMP; DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP; MUSIC VIDEO CAMP; 3D ANIMATION CAMPS; VIDEO GAME DESIGN CAMP; BROADCAST JOURNALISM CAMP in these locales: New York City • Universal Studios • Harvard University • Disney Studios • Florence • Paris • Australia • Lugano
- Orange County Screen Actor’s Academy: 2834 S. Fairview St., Santa Ana, CA. 92704 (310) 427-5674 Specializes in getting kids on film
- Peanut Gallery Improv, Chad Costello Owner/Teacher, 3750 Foothill Blvd, Suite A East Pasadena, CA 626-453-6408 PeanutGalleryImprov.com
- Performing Arts Workshops Education: 13428 Maxella Avenue, Ste. 436, Marina Del Rey, CA 90242; Phone: (310) 827.8827
- Performing Arts Center of Kapolei offers programs in Hawaii which are great for beginners
- The Actors’ Spot website: http://www.theactorsspot.com 5215 Lankershim Blvd. Studio A North Hollywood CA 91601 Alumi: Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Coy Stewart (Are We There Yet?), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy), Megan Good (Californication), Brock Ciarelli(The Middle)
- The Performers Academy 24310 Moulton Parkway, Suite I, Laguna Hills, CA 92637, (949) 609-1600
- The Rage Entertainment Complex: 16911 Devonshire St., Granada Hills (818) 366-6100
- Reflections in DANCE, Owner & Admin Director: Kristen Angarano; 2 locations: 20859 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills,CA 91364 (818) 999-5729 and 3285 G Richmond Ave
Rooms I & II; Staten Island,NY 10312; (718) 317-8753
- Summer Singing Camp Ages: 6-8 years, Dates: 6/21-7/9, Ages: 9-12 years, Dates: 7/26-8/13, Tuition: $299 (for 3 weeks) www.singingkids.com Phone Number: (310) 737-9387
- Santa Monica Playhouse: 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica (310) 394-9779
- Scott Rogers Studios offers a great program for professional/serious students
- Shelia Manning Workshops: Beverly Hills Casting Studios, 332 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Classes cover everything kids encounter in the world of commercials. Perfect for beginners and kids in the mix wanting to make the most of their audition opportunities. email@example.com
- SOCAPA Summer Arts Intensive for Students aged 13-19, located in LA, NYC and Vermont. 800-718-2787
- The Songwriting School of Los Angeles Director: Rob Seals. 4001 W. Magnolia Blvd.,, Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 848-SONG. Hosts monthly speakers like: entertainment attorney Ben Mclane, Eric “Blu2th” Griggs (wrote “No Air” for Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown), Tim Fagan (wrote “Lucky” with Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat).
- Stage Door Manor 8 Wingate Road, Lexington, MA 02421. 2011 Application for Admission. Alumni: Natalie Portman (Black Swan); Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes); Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men); Lea Michelle (Glee)
- Stage Door Conservatory Summer Camp Programs, 909 Marina Village Parkway, #501, Alameda, CA 94501 510-521-6250. Musical Theater Camp age 7-17
- Stage Time Los Angeles: Lyric Hyperion Theater Café in Silver Lake, 2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 1-800-530-9524
- ♥Storms Acting Studio Karen Storms is the Coach, husband Chris Storms runs the business. A great team with a phenomenal track record, Professionals only. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (818) 510-2940
- Studio C ArtistsWeekly Acting Class For Children & Teens, Dates: Thursdays, June 17th – August 5th, 2010, 4:00– 6:00 PM located at 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038 (323) 988-1175 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Studio LOL (818) 660-3460, 11634 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (Between Tujunga & Colfax) Email StudioLOLclasses@gmail.com
- Teenage Drama Workshop at California State University Northridge : (818) 677-5811
- The Acting Studio at Edgemar 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405, Phone: 310.399.3666, Fax: 310.399.2898 www.edgemarcenter.org or call Alexandra Guarnieri, Managing Director at 310.399.3666 or 310-392-0815. Classes for ages 3-16 years, help to foster strong acting foundation through interactive exercises utilizing improv games, theater and scene work on and off the camera.
- TVI Actors Studio, Los Angeles and New York: (323) 599-1900
- Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts: America’s premier not-for-profit summer school of the arts! Alumni: Mariah Carey, (212) 772 – 6060 ,420 East 79th Street, NY, NY 10075
- ♥ The Actors Space West (formerly Valley West Actors Space) Run by actress & Hollywood Mom Sara Wood, who coached daughter Evan Rachel Wood back in the day. VWAS located at 22743 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-222-7484, email@example.com
- US Performing Arts Camp (888) 497-3553, touts itself as “the world’s leading summer training programs for young people in the arts” with 18 locations nationwide, including:
- US Performing Arts Camp Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
- US Performing Arts Camp Oberlin College, Cleveland, OH
- US Performing Arts Camp Pearl Studios, New York City, NY
- US Performing Arts Camp Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
- US Performing Arts Camp Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Santa Fe, NM
- US Performing Arts Camp Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
- US Performing Arts Camp Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
- US Performing Arts Camp University of California, LA, Los Angeles, CA
- US Performing Arts Camp University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- US Performing Arts Camp Webster University, St Louis, MO
- Young Actors Camp located at Azusa Pacific University 689 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite A | Claremont, Ca 91711, (909) 982-8059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Comedians Conservatory at BANG, 457 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 653-6886; Director: Lena Valentine
- ♥ Young Actors Space Patrick Day, Director, 5918 Van Nuys Boulevard · Sherman Oaks, CA 91401 (818) 785-7979
- Young Actor’s Studio 5215 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (Second Floor Theaters, Northwest corner of Magnolia & Lankershim) 310-281-7545
- Young Artists Ensemble, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Box Office (805) 381-1246, Center for the Arts (805) 381-2747 – Former participants include TRUE GRIT Star and Academy Award nominee: Hailee Steinfeld.
- YADA Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts offers comprehensive theatrical training. 8115 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-655-9232
- 3-2-1 Talent Showcase Owner/Director Mae Ross, located at 3131 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta CA 91214 (818) 353-5455