Studio Launches Young Artists Conservatory for Child Actors Ages 11-13 in New York

November 29, 2023

Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York is thrilled to announce it will be offering for the first time ever in-person classes to child actors ages 11-13 in the newly formed Young Artists Conservatory held on Saturdays in Spring 2024.

The greatest way to unlock and activate the wisdom of childhood is through play. And play most naturally and organically builds the muscles best suited for spiritual health and mature interactivity and engagement with the world. Theater at its core has been described as organized play, utilizing at one and the same time form and freedom, discipline and improvisation. 

“Through the years, I have learned that there is a need for young creatives to engage and grow with like-minded young people,” says Program Director Christa Kimlicko Jones. “Establishing core training at this age not only nurtures the creative sense of play, but also harnesses it in a way that builds for a stronger understanding of humanity as well as providing stepping stones to further exploration.”

The Young Artists Conservatory will take place at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan on Saturdays from 1pm-5pm for six weeks starting on February 17th. This intensive is structured to suit both the emerging and professional young actor, and is designed to introduce the acting technique developed by Stella Adler. Topics covered will include acting technique, improvisation, scene study, voice and movement. The conservatory is designed to be ongoing and repeated if desired.

Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim states, “As the father of an 11 year old I find myself increasingly enchanted and impressed by the human instinct to play. I’ve come to see children in the age range of 11-13 as much more than mere children. I see them as model humans who think deeply and understand much about how to play deeply. Our Young Artists Conservatory grows out of our desire to help nurture this wisdom and harness that energy.”

For information on our Young Artists Conservatory, please visit or email Director of Young Artist and Teen Programs, Christa Kimlicko Jones at

In addition to the onsite Young Artists Conservatory, the studio will continue to offer its popular online Young Artists Workshop help remotely via Zoom on weekends no matter where they are located in the world. Online acting classes for kids can be found at

As with all of the studio’s programs, the Young Artists Conservatory and Workshop programs are informed by the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. Young people are therefore acquainted not only with core elements of actor training but with the artistic, cultural and humanistic values that support a life in the theater.

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