ACTeen -- Acting for Teens


Nation's 1rst on-camera acting program for teens. 3 Backstage Readers Choice Awards. Professional film and television acting courses (involving the intimacy of the camera) combine with 14+ electives incorporating theater technique, and discipline.

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244 Fifth Avenue Suite R-222 New York, New York, United States 10001

phone: view phone917-647-1399


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ACTeen - Acting for Teens was created in 1978 by Director Rita Litton, as the first on camera acting curriculum for teenagers (ages 13-15, & 16-20). ACTeen is the winner of three Backstage "Readers' Choice Awards" ("Favorite Acting Classes/Coach for Teens.") ACTeen Juniors is a separate division tailored for middle school students ages 10-12.

ACTeen develops dedicated pre-professionals into technically proficient, versatile, and marketable actors. Combining theatrical discipline with spontaneous, effective on-camera acting techniques, students learn to successfully perform in both film and theater media with skill and professionalism. ACTeen offers sixteen courses covering characterization, script analysis, technique and process. Students learn to function among directors and actors with varying acting approaches, while benefiting enormously from the video playbacks ("one picture is worth a thousand words"), an important part of the on-camera acting classes. Popular electives include Theater, Improvisation, Film/TV, Musical Theater, Audition, Speech & Voice, Commercials, Voiceovers, Shakespeare, Movement,  & Monologues among others.

Hundreds of ACTeen graduates have achieved successful careers in film, television, and the theater including: Ralph Rodriguez ("Chicago Fire"); Daniella Alonso ("Animal Kingdom," "Revolution"); Sofia Black D'Elia ("The Messengers," "Gossip Girl,");' Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair", "Bunheads," " ); Katelyn Tarver ("Big Time Rush," "Secret Life of an American Teen"); Jon Seda ("Chicago PD"); Jamie Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos,"); Danny Masterson (Hyde "That '70s Show"); Cara Buono Emmy nominee "Mad Men,"" Person of Interest"; Jordana Brewster ("Dallas", "Fast & Furious" films); Samm Levine ("Freaks and Geeks"); Kimberly Williams Paisley "Nashville," "Father of the Bride I & II. Students on Broadway in "Finding Neverland," "Matilda," "Aladdin," "Book of Mormon," "Billy Eliot," "Les Miserables," etc. Many acquired their first on camera technique at ACTeen, and their first representation through our industry showcases. ACTeen is consistently recommended by New York talent agents and managers for their clients and prospective clients. Our alumni roster includes graduates who have become successful talent agents, managers, film directors, screenwriters, and producers, as well as articulate, creative and positive adults!

Programs are offered Fall, Winter or Spring on weekday afternoons or Saturdays. See "Registration" for how to apply. Four unique Summer Conservatories (June, July, August and Summer Saturday) offer full or part-time programs which draw students from all over the US and overseas. Phone interviews are requested for school year programs and application/audition for summer terms. Most interview/audition with video links, or audition 'live' through video conferencing software, such as Skype. See web site under 'Summer Admissions" at any of the summer pages for information.

Students seeking private coaching for special needs, college monologue selection (both contemporary and classical) and preparation, or audition sides coaching should contact the ACTeen Director for rates and availibility. Coaching is also provided via Skype. (ACTeen's Director Rita Litton has been named 'Favorite Acting Coach" by Backstage Readers!)

ACTeen Incorporated holds classes at an Equity/AEA approved audition/rehearsal studio in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan New York, convenient to all public transportaion. Studios are staffed by adult professional actors & directors, many of whom also teach for prestigious university theater programs. Guest casting directors are invited for special workshops.

Various articles about ACTeen or Rita Litton, have appeared in "Seventeen," "Cosmo Girl," "The New York Times," "New York Magazine," "New York Post," "The Princeton Review," "Chicago Tribune," "Backstage," "Dramatics" magazine, "Variety," on television, and in news broadcasts. ACTeen's copyrighted curriculum is favorably mentioned in various books on acting, including praise in "How to Be a Working Actor" by Mari Lyn Henry (former Head of East Coast Casting for ABC), and "Acting For Young Actors", by Emmy-Winning director Mary Lou Belli, and Dinah Lenney.

ACTeen Juniors is a separate division for middle school actors, offering courses in acting for film & TV, commercials, theater, musical theater, improvisation--exclusively for ages 10-12. Part-time Programs meet Fall, Winter, and Spring. Special Summer Acting Intensives (one week) are offered Monday through Friday in late June and early August, as well as a 6-week Summer Saturday program. The summer intensives will offer courses in movement, mask, speech and voice, improv, commercials, radio drama, acting, audition technique and more!

For complete information see our web site, or call Rita Litton Director at (917) 647-1399

Hours of work

Mon through Sat 9:00 am -6:00 pm


Mailing Address: 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite R-222, NY, NY 10001.
Classes held in AEA approved audition/rehearsal studio

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