Young Actors Studio Theater Classes

Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio provides in-depth programming for students interested in all aspects of theater. General acting classes taught by our education staff take place over fall, winter and spring trimesters and focus on different acting techniques, playwriting, improvisation, and scene study.

Year-round advanced classes are taught by members of our education staff, resident acting company and artistic staff.  In the summer, we offer classes for students entering 1st grade through graduated seniors in our exceptional Young Actors Summer Institute.

Spring classes are underway and registration is currently open for summer programs. To get a reminder when future class sessions become available for enrollment, complete the form at the bottom of this page.

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Please fill out the Young Actors Studio Financial Aid ApplicationBEFORE registering for a Young Actors Studio class. Once your application is processed (allow 3 – 5 business days) you will be given a discount code to register. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the  form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email with all inquiries.

Please Note: All students must submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the class. Email if this is cost prohibitive for your family.


Trinity Rep offers acting classes for students in grades K-12 at all experience levels that run for six or eight weeks. These courses are process-based, focusing on acting techniques through the lens of scene study, playwriting, collaborative creation, or improvisation and are taught by our education staff.

Spring classes are now in session. Registration is open for online and in-person summer programs. Fall classes will be announced and open for registration in the summer.

To receive a reminder when registration opens for future sessions, complete the form at the bottom of this page.


Classes meet throughout the year and are taught by members of our education department and resident acting company. For at least the first month of classes, we will be meeting online. We intend to transition to in-person instruction when it is safe to do so. Each class has 24 total meetings between October 2020 and May 2021. Financial aid is available and payments can be made in installments. Permission from the instructor required. Email with inquiries. Students must have a prior history with Trinity Rep classes or summer programs.

Mondays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

This class, for returning students only, runs for the full season from October to May. The program will be led by Associate Education Director Matthew Tibbs. Students will work with improvisation, devising, playwriting, and acting technique.

Wednesdays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

Studies with Trinity Rep Director of Education Jordan Butterfield. Studies playwriting/playmaking, acting methods, musical theater, improvisation, audition techniques, and scene study with special emphasis on works by contemporary BIPOC, LGBTQ, and female playwrights.

Mondays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

Studies with School Partnerships and Professional Development Coordinator Natalie Dreyer. The Junior Ensemble builds a foundation of performance skills through an introduction to improv and how it addresses the fundamentals of acting. We will then carry those skills into our work on a one-act play. In addition to performing the play, we will be creating short monologues in response to the work, from our own perspectives.

Since 1996, Trinity Rep’s High School Theater Ambassadors program has brought together talented teens from communities across Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, united by their common interest in theater. Participation is free. Group is limited to 14 students. For the 2020-21 Season, this program will meet twice monthly, starting virtually. They will read new plays and have special guest speakers from the theater community. Get more information.


Our Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) programs have historically been some of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. Due to COVID-19, our typical structure of students moving through multiple classes per day seems out of reach for 2021. In an effort to grow our in-person offerings smartly and safely, we are holding several one-week camps with stable pods of students this summer. Additionally, we have two weeks of the Summer Actors Studio (SAS) held via Zoom. SAS classes are standalone, subject-based classes which, in our experience, work very well in the online format. There is something for everyone. Join us for just one class or all six weeks of camp! We welcome students of all experience levels and abilities.  Learn more.

Looking for drama programs near you?

We also have extensive in-school and after-school residencies and show-related workshops at locations near you and we teach theater classes for children and adults with disabilities through our TRAIN program. Email for more information.

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To get an email notification when registration opens for future class sessions, complete this simple form.