Free Acting Class on Zoom (Drop-In Lesson)

Here at The O.A. Training Studio, adults (ages 18+) can sign up to observe a class for free! You'll get to see and experience our unique and grounded approach to screen acting completely free of charge. You'll see moderate, intermediate, and advanced level acting training all in the same session! And it's 100% free - there is no requirement to sign up or take future classes after a free observation session. 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 a class at The O.A. Training Studio!

Interested in our options for teens? The O.A. Training Studio is proud to offer Semi-Private Acting Training for Teens (ages 16-19)!

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. It is designed to be repeated until you're ready to move into our camera-focused Scene Study program, at the discretion of our coaches and based on your own comfort level.

Our camera-focused Scene Study program is divided into four categories: Essentials, Intermediate, Advanced, and In-Depth. Essentials, Intermediate, and Advanced each contain 5 levels (ex. Essentials 1, Essentials 2,...), and each level contains 4 classes. Complete 4 classes to move up to the next level! In-Depth is a master level of sorts, with no 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.

We also offer Semi-Private Acting Training for Teens (ages 16-19)!

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.

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 and One-on-One Career Coaching.

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