Acting Lessons.
Amazing Teachers.

Private acting lessons tailored to you. In-person or online.

“Today is my opportunity to practice acting.”

Meet a Few of Our Amazing Instructors

What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your acting lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Cory H.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Vocal Music from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded Outstanding Vocal Percussion from Varsity Vocals
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Cory H.

6 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher
About Cory

I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your per

Recent Reviews
Auguste
Cory is amazing! My son loves his lessons and look forward to see Cory every week. I highly recommend!
Teddy L.
he is a great instructor!!!
Alta Owen
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Donnabella M.

27 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Spanish, Tagalog
  • Awarded Kelliher Award from Seattle University
  • Teaching since 2006
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Donnabella M.

27 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher

Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After a decade in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! I've booked over a DOZEN speaking roles on TV and Film including How to Get Away with Murder, The Young & the Restless, and Jane the Virgin, I appear on national commercials yearly, and I've played voices in award-winning audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

A decade ago, I wish I had had someone to help me fill in the missing pieces. What more can I do? What should I do differently?

We will work on material you have, or I'll send you a scene(s) from TV/FILM weekly!

We can cover Comedy, Drama, Improv, Commercials, and even the business side of things like resumes, headshots, website profiles, and representation.

Whether you're an EXPERIENCED actor looking for a refresh, or BRAND NEW; and whether you're interested in just FUN or real CAREER moves, I've got knowledge from real experience to share.

About Donnabella

Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further! I'm Donnabella, and I'm excited to help you take your ACTING BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have

Recent Reviews
Eunice B.
Anne
thank you Donnabella!
Warren
Donnabella is amazing ! I started fresh with no acting experience and from the start she was very encouraging. I feel that my confidence increases after each session with her :) . She also has really cool and useful insight on the industry from all her experience with auditions.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Rebecca L.

23 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students Male: 10 to 80; Female: 8 to 80
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Theater from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Rebecca L.

23 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher

This class is for teen-adult beginning/intermediate acting. I pioneered 2 private Arts Academies in drama and film for 6 years, and am now teaching acting and directing full time with private lessons and gigs. My goal is to help students become well-rounded in all the areas that are needed to truly become a working actor. These areas include: auditioning, theater, film, and improvisation.

Being a repertory performer for Silver Star Playhouse (musical theater parodies), and having lots of experience and training in improv and interactive dinner theaters really trains you in comedy.
My husband also owns Soundwaves Productions (technological advanced studio in Gilbert)- so completing remote voiceover work for a reel is not out of the question.

I also encourage students to pair in duos for effective scene work and more in-depth technique training (this will also split your lesson cost in half).

About Rebecca

Greetings! I am super excited to be building a private and small group lesson platform at our home studio and to meet your personal acting and performing needs! I recently stepped down from 2 years of full-time drama and visual art at Lumos Arts Academy- a private school I played a role in pione

Recent Reviews
Jodeci M.
Surya
Autumn K.
Rebecca was very nice, inviting and patient with my almost 13 year old daughter. This is our first experience with anyone regarding acting and we were so happy with Rebecca.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Andrew Y.

43 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Bachelors of Music Education from Wichta State University
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Andrew Y.

43 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher

Focusing on diverse techniques, including types of characters, staging, blocking of scenes, costuming, creating characters, improv and games for each concept.

We are constantly play games to reinforce the techniques presented each week and the students always have fun. They walk away confident and wanting to learn more.

Spend time on costuming and set design, by creating with the materials we find at Goodwill, thrift stores and other retail businesses. We look over the characters descriptions and utilize our creative to flow with costuming and scenery.

In the past years we've done excerpts from The Polar Express, The Wizard of Oz, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and George and the Marvelous Medicine.

This summer of 2014, we're doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where we are discussing staging, blocking, creating costumes and props.

About Andrew

Obtained an Associates in Arts at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS. Obtained a Bachelors in Music Education from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. I'm an accomplished accompanist and vocalist, with 10 plus years of expertise. Currently, I’m a volunteer worship leader at church

Recent Reviews
Frank -.
Enjoyed the 45 minutes, it went by very quickly, Very patient and fun to learn from.
Bright I.
Mr. Young is truly awesome. He always has a smile on his face and takes your through your lessons in the easy way possible.
Linda G.
First lesson with Andrew was enjoyable, instructive and with Zoom it was a comfortable setting. Almost like having the instructor at your side... looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you Andrew
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Robert E.

11 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks Un petit peu Français.
  • BA in Philosophy from Hampshire College
  • Teaching since 1982
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Robert E.

11 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher

I have taught and directed for 30 years in NY and DC. From lesson 1, students engage with a dynamic approach to acting through Meisner-based improv. During the 1st 12 weeks, we go from basic truthful acting to dynamic scene work, followed by 12 weeks of in-depth scene study, then extensive character training and in-depth film and audition technique. My students are successful in film, theater, commercials and TV in DC, NY and LA.

About Robert

I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich backgro

Recent Reviews
Isabella D.
Very knowledgeable & kind. Set good groundwork for my daughter. She really enjoyed it and talked about it all through dinner.
KiKi
Helpful right out of the gate! What a fabulous experience! A true pro and I’m already looking forward to our next session. Excellent!!!
Michael
Robert is super easy to talk to and he has great ideas. He leads with passion, curiosity and understanding and opened new worlds to me. Although I was a terrible student, Robert made me realize how much potential I have and now I'm exploring many new things on my own. I'm very tankful!
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Stephanie B.

191 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $43
  • Speaks Romanian, ASL, Italian, Spanish
  • BFA- Theater, Minor in world dialects from California Institute of the Arts
  • Awarded List of awards from Best of Manhattan
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Stephanie B.

191 Reviews
Book Now
Private Acting Teacher

Have been training actors in NYC for 15 years and many have gone on to films, TV, getting agents, winning awards. Have been a director and casting director in both NY and LA and know what auditions entail and what they want to see in order to cast you!

About Stephanie

Although splitting my time between NY and Florida, I still promise to my acting students you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work. You will have some homework as you must work hard to join this industry! Making a reel

Recent Reviews
Monalisa D.
Nancy
I Just had my first lesson and I am so pleased that I chose Stephanie as my voice acting coach. She seems focused on your needs and what you want to achieve. She was pleasant and fun. Looking forward to having many more lessons from her.
Asia G.
a wonderful teacher

A Better Way to Learn

Expert Teachers

Top rated instructors guide you in every step of your journey

Personalized Lessons

Your style, your pace. Customized lessons designed for you

100% Guaranteed

Try a lesson. If you're not satisfied we'll refund your unused balance

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing acting teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream acting teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Acting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute acting lessons is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $134 per hour.
30 min
$41 average
45 min
$55 average
60 min
$72 average

How It Works

Here's why 2 million people a month use TakeLessons

Match

Find your perfect acting teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

Meet

Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

Master

Each acting lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

Educating the World

310
Lifelong learning subjects offered
6,483
Amazing, inspiring, supportive teachers
2,045,044
People that use our platform each month
3,004,877
Lessons given around the world

Why TakeLessons?

  • Easy and Hassle-Free
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Background Checked Teachers
  • Over 3 Million Lessons Given

Hear From TakeLessons Acting Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

Profile_190645_pi_Photo%20on%2010-20-18%20at%2011.23%20AM
"Molly was great. She jumped right in getting my daughter out of her shell. It was awesome."
Rylee
Took Acting lessons from Molly M.
Profile_220881_pi_Darren%20Clean%20Large
"Darren is an incredible acting Coach. I couldn’t recommend him higher. He goes so above and beyond with his time, his care and investment in you as an actor, his amazing guidance and how to truly delve deep into a character and a scene. Before I started taking with him, I was ok as an actor. Once I started working with him, I started getting callbacks and booking jobs and really started to grow and reach my full potential as an actor and I began to feel very confident about my abilities. If you take lessons with him, you will be so happy you did!!"
Dianne
Took Acting lessons from Darren D.
Profile_80083_pi_IMG_6443
"First acting teacher that got me able to sound realistic when acting and not so scripted. Great teacher"
june zaporojan
Took Acting lessons from Christian C.
Profile_240766_pi_d486d5ae663f8a0192efcc09d13d593b64bddf09
"I thought he was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. He answered a lot of my questions. He had an easy going manner that made me feel comfortable and right at home. He gave me a lot of information I didn't even think to ask. Also told me things that he expects from me that would benefit me."
Natalie
Took Acting lessons from Joseph M.
Profile_69900_pi_James%20Walsh%20plays
"He's very intuitive. He is good at explaining and teaching in such a detailed, fun way. I learned alot from him and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor who can teach you the best information and techniques."
Elaine
Took Acting lessons from James W.
Profile_242864_pi_6b4be9e14dd37dcee31cefa650f62d8a51be15f2
"Shauna is a fabulous teacher she taught me to trust my instincts and have much more confidence in my work as an actor. She is insightful, patient and smart. Her guidance was invaluable to me."
Dailza
Took Acting lessons from Shauna K.
Profile_103916_pi_IMG_3001
"Jazz is best instructor . I am so happy that Jazz is my teacher. She is patience, kind, and will explain every detail how scene will work when of performing. I am looking forward to taking more classes with awesome instructor Jazz. Thank you Jazz and Take lessons!!!"
Veronica
Took Acting lessons from Jazz S.
269005_lphlw4fksrdprmtmdmzj
"Very attentive! Many of her personal experiences made us feel so at ease
Simply can’t wait for my next session"
Gabrielle
Took Acting lessons from Nicole C.
Profile_243715_pi_2dd109fbfcd9f1321794b8a774b4ef08695abaa1
"Kelsey is wonderful instructor!!"
Jonathan
Took Acting lessons from Kelsey J.
Profile_189620_pi_david%20tom
"David is an incredible teacher, he makes sure you’re comfortable and always makes sure you’re following his instructions and tips!"
Greta
Took Acting lessons from David T.
View More
View Less

Private Acting Lessons Near You

Maybe you love narrative, or you adore drama. Perhaps, you've always savored the flavor of emotion or enjoyed captivating everyone around you. No matter your reasons for pursuing acting, you can nurture your talent in private lessons. Whether you're preparing to perform in an improv show, on the theatrical stage, for the small screen, or on the big screen, learning new techniques and honing your skills with a professional acting teacher can help you make it big.

Practicing in front of an audience and in front of a knowledgeable mentor can help you take your skills to the next level. In private lessons, your acting tutor can introduce you to new acting methods that will enhance your performance and help you discover the acting techniques that work best for you. 

Why Learn How to Act?

If you know you love drama, then of course you'll find several reasons to sign up for lessons. There're also plenty of reasons why learning to act is good for everyone — even people who don't aspire to be on stage or on screen. If you're a non-acting member of the film or theater industry, you can still benefit from taking lessons. Producers, writers, directors, agents, and managers all have something to gain by learning about acting. These classes give non-acting industry professionals key insights into the actor's world and responsibilities, while also improving your communications with actors.

Other types of performers, such as dancers and vocalists, can also benefit from learning to act. They'll learn to infuse their performances with drama and emotion. They'll also improve their use of the stage and connection with their audiences. 

Outside of performance, everyone can benefit from learning to act. Acting lessons can make you more self-aware and get you in touch with your emotions, desires, and motivations. Plus, you'll improve your confidence and public speaking skills. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Act and What You'll Study in Lessons

Although it's easy to find free acting classes and tutorials online, the best way to learn and improve fast is by studying with a private acting teacher. No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, acting classes for children feature different course content and teaching methods than acting lessons for adults. Plus, your teacher will customize course content to keep you motivated and interested. You'll study the repertoire and type of acting that excites you most and overcome challenges quickly, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Acting

If you have little to no previous experience acting, then beginner lessons are for you! You'll learn strategies to improve your stage presence, line delivery, and emotional expression, while working on scenes you love. To introduce you to the basics of acting, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Practice monologues and short scenes
  • Learn to use your nerves
  • Introduction to method acting
  • Try out cold readings

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Acting

If you have some previous experience acting and would like to work on taking your skills to the next level with immediate, personalized feedback, then intermediate lessons are for you! In these classes, you'll develop and hone new skills, as you learn to inhabit increasingly complex characters and roles, while focusing on the type of performances that interest you most. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Improve line memorization and delivery
  • Study classical acting
  • Learn various acting methods and systems: Stanislavski's System, Lee Strasberg Method, Meisner Technique, etc.
  • Develop your improv techniques
  • Learn to tap into your emotions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Acting

Advanced acting classes are intended for students who're out there trying to make a living as an actor or actress. In these courses, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional acting coach to improve your chances of landing parts that are right for you. The topics covered in advanced lessons really depend on each student's individual goals, interests, and the type of acting they're pursuing, but your advanced acting tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Extend your range and challenge yourself playing unlikely parts
  • Learn your way around the business
  • Land more gigs with professional audition coaching
  • Nail your part with structured performance preparation

How to Find an Acting Teacher Near You

With hundreds of teachers to choose from, finding an acting tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct your to a variety of teachers who provide acting classes near you and online. Before settling on the tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing through several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other acting students, like you. 

The price of lessons varies, but TakeLessons teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons taught. If you're concerned about the cost of acting lessons, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off quickly. You'll pick up new skills fast, hone your talent, and gain confidence after just a single lesson. 

Popular Acting Articles from our Blog

The Actor's Life for Me: How to Make a Living (and a Life!) as an Actor

What do you need to succeed in the arts? Is it possible to make a living with an actor/actress salary? Learn the ins and outs of the on-screen or on-stage life in this guest post by Saint Paul, MN acting teacher Emily B...   While you may not have chosen a traditional career path, pursuing the life of an actor does not mean you must be flung out into the abyss without a safety net, prepared only to fly or fall. There are many ways to build a life worth living as an actor. In my experien …

By Suzy S.