Free Acting Class on Zoom (Drop-In Lesson)

Here at The O.A. Training Studio, adults (ages 18+) can sign up to observe or participate in a class for free! You'll get to see and experience our unique and grounded approach to screen acting completely free of charge. When you observe a class for free, you'll see moderate, intermediate, and advanced level acting training all in the same session. If you participate in a free class, you'll get a taste of our on-camera training style. Whether you're totally new to acting, you're experienced in theater but not the screen, or you've already been working in Film & TV, you'll learn something fresh and unique when you observe or participate in a class at The O.A. Training Studio!

There is no obligation to join the studio after your free observation. This is a risk-free way to experience our training style. If you decide you want to keep training with us, check out the progression of our classes and programs!

Our Acting for Beginners Workshop is a 3-hour session for brand new actors to get an introduction to the film/TV industry and lots of time working on scenes with other actors.

You'll progress through the four categories of our Acting On-Camera training program, beginning with the foundational Essentials levels, and moving through mixed-level Intermediate, Advanced, and In-Depth, which are a hybrid class of Scene Study and Audition Technique. Each has multiple levels with 4 classes per level, except for In-Depth which is intended as a master level of sorts, with no level endpoint.

There's a clear progression through these categories and levels. You'll take on more complex material across numerous genres while finding what is uniquely you as the actor. Our expert coaches will challenge you to build and develop areas of your range through a variety of individualized exercises and techniques. You'll discover what is memorable and compelling on-camera that you can bring forward to help casting learn who you are and solidify your talent as someone to watch.


Check Out Our Free Online Workshop

Our informational workshop "How to Launch Your Acting Career," is available to view multiple times per day on a flexible schedule. We'll cover all the basics of getting your acting career started, from different types of acting training and your first headshots, to building a demo reel and understanding the differences between Union and Non-Union work.

The O.A. Training Method

By observing one of our classes for free, you'll experience The O.A. training method for yourself. You'll see that actors are not huddled in front of their computers reading scripts off the screen, like many classes that have temporarily adapted to an online format. At The O.A., scenes are framed, blocked, and shot cinematically. Actors are empowered use their own spaces creatively and effectively for on-screen performance. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the filmmaking process and will be encouraged to create work on your own using the skills you develop in class.

What You'll Learn

Among many other concepts, you'll learn foundational acting skills, audition/self-taping technique, scene study, and on-set style blocking. A tripod and cell phone mount setup is encouraged (but not required until our Intermediate levels) as we work with movement in the frame, using props, hitting marks, shot and frame sizes, and lighting. You'll get to play with wardrobe choices, size of performance, stillness, scene interpretation, and even more concepts that are extremely relevant for screen acting.

What The Class Is Like

Some portions of our classes involve theory and technique discussions, while most of the time is spent performing scripts on-camera with other actors. You'll receive ample individualized instruction and guidance from our expert coaches, who are also working actors - they provide valuable insight as they know what it's like to be working in the industry right now. Our training sessions mimic an on-set shooting style as well as most common self-tape setups (self-tapes are audition tapes that you shoot yourself). Career group coaching on headshots, resumes, demo reels, agents, etc. also takes place as part of ongoing class discussion.

Private Coaching Options

Have an audition or self-tape and in need of some help? We offer affordable online self-tape audition coaching to actors ages 14+. Meet one-on-one with an expert coach as you work through an upcoming audition and even film the self-tape in an Audition Coaching, or receive actionable advice and dicuss tangible next steps for your career in a Career Coaching. We also offer Self-Tape or Demo Reel Feedback, where actors can submit a self-tape or demo reel (up to 5 minutes in length), and will receive 15-20 minutes of audio/video feedback from one of our expert coaches!

Why Train at The O.A.?

Our unique organic approach to screen acting (we work with 25+ concepts!) gives you access to practical knowledge you can use to book the job, while drawing from existing foundational technique and theory that actors may already be familiar with.

Online classes mean you can learn from anywhere and connect with a global community of actors.

Small class sizes (typically 4-6 actors) guarantee individualized instruction.

There are no "semesters" or "terms," meaning actors can jump into our ongoing classes at any time.

Flexibility with rescheduling and purchase options. Our class credit system allows you to purchase as many or as few classes at a time as you'd like.

Access to our exclusive community and private Facebook group providing industry advice, support for auditions, and more.

Discounts on One-on-One Audition Coaching, One-on-One Career Coaching, and Self-Tape or Demo Reel Feedback.

Ongoing class discussion of industry-related topics including headshots, demo reels, agents, and more.