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John Ara Martin-Drama Coach

John Ara Martin-Drama Coach

New on Lessons
Offers online services
6+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I taught HS drama for 25 years. I have a passion to watch students thrive, and succeed. I have loved teaching for as long as I can remember. It is a joy to watch someone that I have coached, nail the role that they have auditioned for.
Marie Rêve

Marie Rêve

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I am French therefore I am highly impressed by the French masters Jacques Tati and Marcel Marceau for their fluidity in moving and expressing though body language. Though when you put together every single actors tools, I like to lead on actors to Not overplay and reach a powerful sober acting style.
Danzart Academy

Danzart Academy

New on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Danzart Academy has 16 years of providing from 3 year olds to adults the best classes. We have experienced teachers and do wonderful themed recitals. We also have competition teams. Classes for kids and teens: acro, aero, jazz, ballet, flamenco, tap, contemporary,hip hop, acting & voice. Classes for adults: barre,pilates, cardio dance, flamenco, aeroyoga
A Dawn Of Music Studios

A Dawn Of Music Studios

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
31+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
My teaching approach: Students fly in from Europe and Japan to take lessons with A Dawn Of Music Studios. We offer lessons for all ages and levels in our 3 studio locations, serving all of San Diego County. Group Voice and Guitar Classes are available, as well as live video lessons. My influences are: Classics, Country, Mexican, and Metal My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9am-9pm Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading...
Jennings Dance Project

Jennings Dance Project

5.0(1)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
Serves San Diego, CA
Terryl G. says, "Kyoko is not only wonderful with the kids she is an excellent choreographer and designs dances that the students can really relate to that makes them want to dance and practice all the time. She is very hard working and professional and is a great role model for the students." Read more
Melissa K’s Performing Arts Workshop

Melissa K’s Performing Arts Workshop

5.0Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
12 hires on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Princess Z. says, "We absolutely LOVE Melissa. She is wonderful. She has such a warm and caring heart and is so patient with her students. My son LOves Melissa and gets excited when he sees her and Can-Can (acting puppet). He has grown so much in the year we have been with Melissa. He has developed more confidence in how he delivers his lines and has grown tremendously as an actor. We highly recommend Melissa. " Read more
Dan Gauthier Acting Studio

Dan Gauthier Acting Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
6+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Each individual is unique! The willingness to approach dialogue and emotions with one’s instincts brings a fresh, natural improvisational feel to the actor. I have over 30 years of experience that I call on to guide and incourage actors to use there instincts when approaching material. You need to observe and understand your self in order to be great! I will help you get there!
Rosemarie Ballard

Rosemarie Ballard

5.0(2)
2 hires on Lessons
26+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Bill B. says, "Rosemarie is very passionate about acting and she know her craft. I learened a lot about myself as well as new skills I can use. " Read more
Audition Revelation

Audition Revelation

New on Lessons
Offers online services
9+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
As San Diego / LA Acting Teacher and Audition - Jeffrey has created the successful "Not a Moment to Lose" (R) Approach. I have worked with hundreds of actors over the last 20 years. I am dedicated to helping actors reveal their true talent. Essential skill for acting in Film, TV, and Theatre. He is invited into Professional Theaters, University, high schools, and professional panels across the country. My clients are successful in all levels of the profession. They land jobs in film, tv, and theatre. My College and High School clients are accepted into the best programs in the US and abroad. Including NYU, Columbia, Royal Conservatoire ...
Amber's Private Vocal Studio

Amber's Private Vocal Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
5+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Welcome to my vocal studio in sunny San Diego, CA! I am Ms. Amber and I have a B.A. in Theatre Arts and years of vocal education at the collegiate level. I have been teaching children voice and theater for 8 years now. I am all about cultivating people’s love for singing as a stress reliever, creative outlet, and confidence booster. I work in a very holistic way that is unique to every student because I have a strong connection with vocal pedagogy. Once I assess your needs and vocal strengths, we create a plan together that perfectly aligns with your vocal goals. I teach via Zoom and in person at my private studio. I hope to sing with you or

Your Acting Classes questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do acting classes cost?

Acting classes cost $25 to $65 per hour on average for group classes or $50 to $150+ per hour to hire a private acting coach. Prices vary depending on where you live and the instructor's experience and reputation. Acting studios that offer ongoing weekly classes typically charge $150 to $350 per month.

Acting courses and workshops can cost as little as $200 to as much as $2,800+, depending on the content, number of sessions, and the instructor's demand. Some acting workshops are short, 1- or 2-day intensive classes focusing on one aspect of the industry, while other programs last 4 to 8 weeks and cover several topics, methods, and techniques.

Most studios offer a free trial class so you can get a feel for the teaching style and decide if it's right for you.

Are online acting classes worth it?

Online acting classes are worth it if you want to pursue acting and are unable to attend acting classes in person. With online video calling platforms like Zoom and Skype, you can now study acting with the best in the industry from the comfort of your own home! Many reputable acting coaches—including those right here on Lessons—now offer online acting classes and teach the same methods and techniques that they teach in the studio. 

Do you need acting classes to become an actor?

You technically don't need acting classes to become an actor. However, acting classes can help you gain confidence, learn new methods and techniques, analyze scenes and scripts, and build new industry connections and relationships. Acting classes can also teach you about the business side of acting, which is as important as acting itself.

How long do acting classes take?

Acting class length varies depending on the studio and the type of class. Some studios have 2-hour classes, while others have classes lasting 3 to 5 hours. Depending on the location, acting classes may be offered in several formats, such as ongoing weekly classes, weekend intensive workshops, and training programs that can run anywhere from 2 to 8+ weeks.

What skills do you need to be an actor?

While the necessary skillset varies depending on the type of acting you pursue (think Broadway theater vs. TV commercials vs. film), all actors need a broad range of skills to portray the expressions and emotions of a character so effectively that they temporarily transport the audience to a world where the actor is indeed that character. This often involves:

  • Memorizing lines and stage cues
  • Analyzing scripts and scenes
  • Developing a character's emotions and physical expressions
  • Working with other actors, directors, and production crews
  • Adapting to unexpected changes and situations
  • Speaking clearly and adjusting one's voice to align with the character
  • Learning and developing different acting methods and techniques
  • Being comfortable in front of an audience or camera

Reviews for San Diego acting classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
Anne B.
Melissa is a phenomenal acting coach! My ten-year old daughter has grown and learned so much through Melissa’s performing arts workshop. Melissa is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in acting techniques and the acting industry. Melissa is positive, energetic, fun and caring. She makes the classes fun for kids while simultaneously teaching. Highly recommend this workshop!
Melissa K’s Performing Arts Workshop
Rosamaria T.
To Whom It May Concern: I am excited to provide a recommendation for Rosemarie Ballard. She has generously worked with our students at Bonita Vista High School for several months now. She has established herself as our performing arts specialist, seeing that she has performed as a mime, Charlie Chaplin, Chiquita, and is the director of Imagination Express All Abroad. It is obvious that performing/acting is her way of life. It brings Mrs. Ballard great pride and joy to be able to share her expertise and experiences with students and novice theater teachers such as myself. For the past few months, Rosemarie has helped students develop their character for the school play by working with them in small groups emphasizing on voice projection, movement, and body language. She is passionate about creating characters that are believable and stories that are entertaining and convincing. Her positive energy and dedication motivate students to "be" the character, use their imagination, and recognize their full potential. After the workshops, students have commented that they feel "confident" and that her feedback has been "very helpful." Mrs. Ballard has been a huge help! In addition to the workshops, Mrs. Mime has lead several 5- 10-minute warm-ups ranging from stretches, trust exercises, reenacting combat movements, tripping with style, diction activities, and etc. She recognizes areas where students need the most improvement and creates warmups that develop those skills. It is apparent that Mrs. Ballard is deeply committed to her craft…. Her fun, bright, energetic personality brings joy to many. Bonita Vista High School has been fortunate to have her here. Rosemarie Ballard has my highest recommendation.
Rosemarie Ballard
CJ
Alina lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast, but we are still able to manage high quality voice lessons over Skype. Alina’s Voice Studio has given me many creative vocal exercises to practice even when I am not in a session. She’s a great voice mentor that has taught me so much more about my voice than I would have learned on my own. She takes the time to get to know your voice and gives great advice that guarantees you’ll make progress in your vocal range and vocal control. She’s super supportive. Would 100% recommend
Alina's Voice Studio
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