FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YOUNG ACTORS AT STRASBERG FAQ
Q: What grade does my child have to be in to participate in the Young Actors at Strasberg program?
A: We accept students in Grades 2 through 12. We will only interview a student once they are 7 years old. After a student turns 18 and has graduated from high school, they are eligible to apply for our adult programs.
Q: When are your classes held?
A: Our classes are held during the traditional school year in three semesters (Fall, Winter and Spring) on Saturdays. The Fall and Spring are 12-week sessions, and the Winter Intensive is a 10-week program. For young actors in grades 2 through 6, classes are from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For young actors in grades 7 through 12, classes are from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
Q: Do you have classes after school or on Sundays?
A: Our Young Actors Program is currently held on Saturdays during the Fall, Winter, and Spring semester. During the summer, we offer intensive programs during the week. Occasionally, we will offer after-school classes during the week during the school year.
Q: Where do the students eat?
A: Kids and Pre-Teens bring their own lunches and are supervised by staff in a designated classroom to eat with their group.
Teens and Young Adults are permitted to leave the building during lunch, unless the parents submit a note expressing that the student must remain in the building. Teens and Young Adult students are also welcome to pack their own lunch and eat at the available lunch tables in the hallways.
Q: How many students are in each class?
A: All classes are capped at 16 students. The Kids and Pre-Teen classes each have a program aide in addition to their instructor.
Q: My child has never acted before. Do they need to have professional experience to join the program?
A: No, your child does not need professional experience to join Young Actors at Strasberg. Our program is for both the serious young actor and those who are just beginning! We welcome all experience levels and usually have a balanced mix of new students and those with some training under their belts.
Q: Will my child be with kids that are the same age?
A: Yes, we organize the groups by grades. Our Kids program is separated into four groups: Group A (grades 2 – 3), Group B (grade 4), Group C (grade 5), and Group D (grade 6). The Teen program is for students in grades 7 – 8 and the Young Adult program is for students in grades 9 – 12.
Q: Who teaches these classes?
A: All of our Young Actors at Strasberg Faculty are accomplished as both actors and instructors. Many have been teaching in the Young Actors programs for over 10 years and also teach in our adult Institute and NYU programs.
Learn more about our Young Actors teachers on the New York Faculty page!
Q: How does my child apply for the program? What do I need to submit with the application?
A: You can find the application under the “Apply Now” button. You can mail in hard copies of the application with the supporting materials or e-mail them to [email protected]
Please mail the application with an ATTN: Young Actors Program, 115 East 15th Street; New York, NY 10003 or you can drop off the application to the school in person.
In addition to the application form, we require one photo of the child, a personal statement (an essay of 100 to 250 words describing your goals in acting and why you wish to study at LSTFI) along with a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Q: When is my child’s application due?
A: We accept applications on a rolling basis, but recommend that completed applications be submitted as early as possible since programs can fill up.
Q: My child is on the waitlist. What does that mean?
A: If your child was waitlisted for a specific semester that means the class level is currently full. If a position opens, the first student on the waitlist will receive a spot.
Q: My child has received their acceptance letter. What’s next?
A: Congratulations! With the acceptance letter, you will also receive a registration form. We recommend returning the paperwork and tuition payment quickly in order to reserve your child’s spot in the class. Their seat in the program will only be reserved once all paperwork is completed and tuition is paid in-full.
Q: How should my child dress for class?
A: Your child should be dressed to move! Long hair must be pulled back in a ponytail and jeans or other restrictive clothing should be avoided. Dresses and skirts are okay to wear as long as the child has leggings, tights, or a leotard on underneath.
Q: What should my child bring with them to class?
A: We recommend your child brings or wears socks if they have any movement or dance classes. Students should also bring an packed, insulated lunch and a refillable water bottle. Teens and Young Adults should bring either their own lunch or money to pick up food nearby.