FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YOUNG ACTORS AT STRASBERG FAQ
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What grade does my child have to be in to participate in the Young Actors at Strasberg program?
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.
When are your classes held?
Our classes are held on Saturdays during the traditional school year. The year is divided in three semesters – Fall, Winter and Spring. The Fall and Spring sessions are 12-week-long programs, and the Winter Intensive is a 10-week program.
For Young Actors in grades 2-6, Saturday classes are held from 10:30am to 4:00pm EST. For Young Actors in grades 7-12, classes are from 9:00am to 3:30pm EST.
During the summer months, we offer 1- and 2-week programs for all age groups that run Monday – Friday.
Do you have classes after school or on Sundays?
Currently, we offer after-school classes for students in grades 2-6 on Tuesdays from and for students in grades 7-12 on Thursdays. All after-school classes meet from 3:30 – 5:30pm EST.
Where do the students eat?
Students in grades 2-6 bring their own lunches and are supervised by staff in a designated classroom to eat with their group.
Students in grades 7-12 are permitted to leave the building during lunch, unless the parents submit a note expressing that the student must remain in the building. Students in grades 7-12 are also welcome to pack their own lunch and eat at the available lunch tables in the hallways.
How many students are in each class?
All classes are capped at 16 students. Classes for students in grades 2-6 each have a program aide in addition to their instructor.
My child has never acted before. Do they need to have professional experience to join the program?
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.
Will my child be with kids that are the same age?
Yes, the Young Actors program is divided into four age categories:
Littles, for students in grades 2-4
Middles, for students in grades 5-6
Juniors, for students in grades 7-9
Seniors, for students in grades 10-12
If my child is between age groups, which Summer program should I choose?
After your student’s Admissions Interview, you will get a personalized recommendation about which group your student should sign up for.
What if my child is more experienced, advanced, or mature than other students their age?
Please let us know in the Admissions Interview if you feel your student should be moved up. We will proceed accordingly.
Who teaches these classes?
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!
How does my child apply for the program? What do I need to submit with the application?
You can find a complete overview of the admissions process and our online application form on our “How to Apply” page. You can submit the application directly from the webpage or email a completed form and supporting materials to [email protected].
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.
When is my child’s application due?
We accept applications on a rolling basis, but recommend that completed applications be submitted as early as possible since programs can fill up quickly.
My child is on the waitlist. What does that mean?
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.
My child has received their acceptance letter. What’s next?
Congratulations! With an 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.
How should my child dress for class?
Your child should be dressed to move! Long hair must be pulled back out of the face and jeans or other restrictive clothing should be avoided. Dresses and skirts are okay to wear as long as your child has leggings, tights, or a leotard on underneath.
What should my child bring with them to class?
We recommend your child bring or wear socks if they have any movement or dance classes. Students in grades 2-6 should also bring a packed, insulated lunch and a refillable water bottle. Students in grades 7-12 should bring either their own lunch or money to pick up food nearby.
My child previously attended the program and I would like to sign them up for the next semester. Do they need to reapply?
If your child previously attended the Young Actors Program at any time, they will not need to go through the application process again – even if they took a few semesters off! You may email [email protected] directly for a registration form.