Young Artists and Teens

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting provides professional actor training for young artists (ages 11-13) as well as teens (ages 14-18) both in-person in NYC as well as online. As with all of the studio’s programs, the Young Artist & Teen programs are informed by the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human begin 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.

For information on our Teen Weekend Conservatory, Teen Workshops, Summer Teen Conservatory, New Works Performance Intensive, Young Artists Conservatory or Young Artist Workshops please contact program director Christa Kimlicko Jones at email

Ages 11-13 Ages 14-18

For Ages 14 – 18

The Teen Conservatory Program is based on the conviction that young actors, ages 14 to 18, can be trained with the same rigor and discipline as adults. The Faculty in this program is the same as, or comparable to, the Studio’s Conservatory or NYU Tisch Undergraduate Drama programs. Actors exercise all the aspects of craft required to achieve the highest professional standards: voice and speech, movement, improvisation, scene study, Shakespeare and acting technique.

“Going through the Teen Conservatory specifically helped immensely with my transition in to the NYU Tisch Drama program because I became accustomed to nine-hour days, five days a week. The skills I developed within the Teen Conservatory program are invaluable. They continue to inform my acting and how I operate in my every day life.”
-Kataruna Zhu, NYU Tisch BFA Graduate

Teen Actors Gym (TAG) – NEW!

6 Weeks | Saturdays from 10am – 6pm ET | Tuition: $850
Fall: October 12 – November 16
Winter: February 1 – March 8
Spring: April 5 – May 17 (skips May 3)
Summer: June 28 – August 9 (skips July 5)

This on-going weekend actor’s gym is held on Saturdays in-person at the studio and is structured to suit both the emerging and professional young actor seeking to train and stay in shape with the studio’s NYU Tisch & Conservatory faculty. The gym will explore serious multi-disciplinary training in a conservatory environment in order to build a solid foundation in the actor’s craft while introducing Stella Adler’s approach to character development.


Teen Weekend Workshops (NYC & Online)

6 WEEKS on Sundays
Various times and dates.
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer sessions
Throughout the year, the studio offers a variety of topic focused workshops either in-person or online for teens on the weekends. Workshops might include: Acting Technique 1, Acting Technique 2, College Audition Prep, On Camera Technique, Scene Study, etc.

Teen Summer Conservatory (NYC)

5 Weeks, $3250
Monday-Friday, 30 Hours a Week
July 8 – August 9, 2024
The Stella Adler Summer Teen Conservatory is a five week, thirty-hour-per-week intensive for actors ages 14-18 held Monday through Friday at the studio; it is the most rigorous of its kind. This demanding program is based on the conviction that young actors can be trained with the same rigor and discipline as adults.

Summer New Works Performance Intensive (NYC) – Closed

5 Weeks, $2995
Monday-Friday, 30 Hours a Week
July 8 – August 9, 2024
Students spend the 5 weeks of this performance-focused intensive immersed in a rigorous and challenging rehearsal process that culminates in public performances. This intensive includes working on original material written specifically for the teens by playwrights commissioned by the studio.


Musical Theater Workshop for Teens (NYC)

5 Weeks, $375
Fridays, July 12 – August 9, 2024
The Musical Theatre Teen Workshop gives young actors a chance to explore Musical Theatre interpretation and performance as well as songs useful in auditions. Technical coaching such as appropriate songs to sing, breath support for both sound and interpretation, the arc of the song’s story, and how to act a musical scene are all integral to the program.

For Ages 11 – 13

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. With this in mind and heart the Stella Adler Studio of Acting is excited once again to open its doors to young people ages 11-13.

The Young Artists Conservatory (NYC)

6 WEEKS,  $475
Saturdays, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Fall: October 5 – November 16, 2024 (skips November 2)
Winter: February 15 – March 22, 2025
Spring: May 10 – June 21, 2025 (skips May 24)
In the fall, winter and spring, the studio offers a conservatory program for young artists (ages 11-13) on Saturdays at the studio. 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 taught include: Acting Technique, Improvisation, Scene Study, Voice and Movement. The conservatory is designed to be ongoing and repeated if desired.

The Young Artists Workshop (Online)

6 WEEKS, $225
Sundays, 2:30-4:30pm (ET)
Fall: October 13 – November 24, 2024 (skips November 3)
Winter: February 9 – March 16, 2025
Spring: May 11 – June 22, 2025
This on-going six week course explores the language and principles of the Stella Adler Studio’s approach to acting rooted in the power of the imagination and designed for the serious young actor ages 11-13. Each six week session will cover various topics in the studio’s conservatory curriculum and is designed to be taken repeatedly. Actors will develop a foundation from which to build themselves as actors as well as human beings.
Topics for the Sessions: Fall (Acting Technique & Scene Study) | Winter (Acting Technique & Improv) | Spring (Acting Technique & Voice/Movement)