Frequently Asked Questions – New York

My child has never attended Young Actors, but we are interested in attending.

Q: How old does my child have to be to participate in Young Actors at Strasberg?

A: We accept students from ages 7 to 18. We will only interview a student once he or she is 7 years old. Once a student turns 18, he or she is eligible to apply for our adult program if he/she has graduated from high school.

Q: When are your classes held?

A: Our classes during the traditional school year are held in three semesters (Fall, Winter, and Spring) on Saturdays in 12-week sessions. For Kids (Grades 2 through 6), classes are from 10:30 AM to 4 PM, and for Teens (Grades 7 through 12), classes are from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

Q: Do you have classes after school or on Sundays?

A: During the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters, our classes are held on Saturdays only. During the summer, we have programs during the weekday.

Q: What classes will my child be taking?

A: The Kids and Teens programs each have their own structure. The Kids program runs from 10:30 AM to 4 PM, and students all stay for the full day. From 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, they take an acting class. They then have supervised lunch from 12:30 PM to 1 PM, and then take their afternoon sessions, which consist of Movement, Voice, and Camera classes.

In the Teens program, students take Method Acting for 3 hours either in the morning or the afternoon, and they also take an elective. Every semester, Acting for Film & TV, Musical Theatre, and Performance are offered. The sessions are offered 9 AM to 12 PM and 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Students are also given the option of taking Method Acting only, either in the AM or PM session.

Q: The schedule sounds like a long day. Do the students get a break for lunch?

A: Yes, the Kids (Grades 2 through 6) break for lunch from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, and the Teens (Grades 7 through 12) break for lunch from 12 to 12:30 PM. The Kids provide their own lunch and are supervised by staff. The Teens are permitted to leave the building during lunch unless the parents submit a note expressing that the student should not be able to leave the building. The Teens are also given access to a microwave and a place to sit in the building and may bring their lunch as well.

Q: How many students are in each class?

A: Classes are capped at 16, and the Kids program classes have a teaching assistant in addition to their instructor. The On Camera and Acting for Film & Television classes also have an Audio/Visual technician.

Q: Who teaches these classes?

A: All of the Young Actors at Strasberg Faculty are accomplished actors and teachers. All have been teaching in the Young Actors program for years, and many have been teaching in the program for decades. Many teach in the adult programs at the Institute, and several teach in the NYU Strasberg Studio program as well. To read more about each individual Faculty member, please go to the NY Faculty page.

Q: How does my child apply for the program? And what else do we need to submit with the application? And may I email the materials?

 

A: You can find the application here. We only accept hard copies of the application and supporting materials to be mailed to us at: Young Actors at Strasberg; 115 East 15th Street; New York, NY 10003. For our Kid (Grades 2 through 6) applicants, we require:

  • The application
  • One photo: for identification purposes only, passport size preferred but not required.
  • One letter of reference that speaks to the student’s character: May be from teachers, coaches, artistic professionals, academic advisors or anyone who knows the applicant from a position of authority or instruction. Can be a personal reference (family members are not preferred). Letters should be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Letters cannot be more than six (6) months old. Professional letters should be issued on letterhead. All letters should be submitted in original hard copy.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee: payable by money order or certified check (US bank), credit card, cash, and personal check (US applicants only).

If your child is entering Grade 7 or older, he or she must also submit:

  • A second letter of reference: May be from teachers, coaches, artistic professionals, academic advisors or anyone who knows the applicant from a position of authority or instruction. Can be a personal reference (family members are not preferred). Letters should be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Letters cannot be more than six (6) months old. Professional letters should be issued on letterhead. All letters should be submitted in original hard copy.
  • An essay (no less than 125 words and no more than 250 word; typed) describing your goals in the field of acting and why you wish to study with Young Actors at Strasberg.
  • Verification of previous studies: Recorded by whatever method your primary education institution employs each semester/quarter (i.e. report card, progress reports, mid-term grades, or partial transcripts) from middle school and/or high school studies. All submitted documentation must be in English or accompanied by an official, notarized English translation if issued in another language.

Student entering Grade 7 or above may submit:

  • Résumé/CV: Consist of any prior training and/or experience (experience not mandatory) typed. If you do not have any prior training or experience in acting, then please include current and past education and extra-curricular involvement history, regardless of field. 

We highly recommend all students submit:

  • Health Insurance card photocopy: If you do not have student health insurance, health insurance through your family, government or through your employer, we very strongly advise that you obtain health insurance should you be admitted to Young Actors at Strasberg.

International students applying for our summer programs should:

  • Provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student with Young Actors at Strasberg. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an Affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.

Q: When is my child’s application due?

A: We accept applications on a rolling basis, but completed applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of a semester’s classes to be considered for that semester.

Q: My child is on the wait list. What does that mean?

A: If your child was wait listed for a specific semester, that means he or she was accepted to the program, but the class level is currently full. If a position opens, the first student on the wait list will receive the spot.

 

My child has been accepted to the program! Now what?

Q: My child received his/her acceptance letter in the mail. What next?

A: With the acceptance letter, you also received the current semester’s registration form and an enrollment packet. Please return the registration form and the $150 non-refundable registration fee, and that will hold your child’s place in the class. Full tuition must be submitted by the week before the start of that semester.

Q: How should my child dress for class?

A: Your child should be dressed to move. Hair must be pulled back in a ponytail, and jeans should not be worn. Dresses and skirts can be okay as long as the child has leggings/tights and a leotard on underneath. No attire should restrict the student’s movement.

Q: Does my child need to bring anything with him/her?

A: We recommend the child brings or wears socks if he or she has any type of movement class. The student should also bring lunch if enrolled in the Kids (Grade 2 through 5) program. Teen students should either bring their lunch or bring money to get lunch.

 

My child has previously attended Young Actors at Strasberg.

Q: My child previously attended Young Actors at Strasberg, and I would like to sign him/her up for the next semester.

A: Please email youngactors@strasberg.com for a registration form.

Q: My child is a member of Young Actors at Strasberg and will be auditioning for middle school, high school, college, etc. and is looking for help picking a monologue, preparing a monologue, and preparing for an audition. How can Strasberg help my child prepare?

 

A: Please email youngactors@strasberg.com to arrange for private coaching with one of our accomplished Faculty members. The coaching sessions are held at the Institute in one of our classrooms, and the fee is $115/hour.

 

Q: If my child attends the program in LA or NY, will he/she have to interview again if he/she wants to go to the other campus?

A: No, once accepted, your child can attend either program, if space allows within your child’s age group.