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 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.  In the summer, we offer classes for students entering 1st grade through graduated seniors in our exceptional Young Actors Summer Institute.


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.

Please read the cancellation policy.

COVID SAFETY POLICY (as of 12/1/21)

  • Starting with the spring session, all students eligible for vaccination (5 years & older) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose) as a condition of enrollment. Medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement will be considered and reasonable accommodations provided under applicable law.
  • All students with symptoms (including fever over 100°, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea) should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Staff and students will be screened before entry, including being asked about symptoms, temperature being taken, and signing in to our log.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all students and staff must wear masks/face coverings over their nose and mouth when indoors.


Classes will be held in person at one of our studios with COVID-19 safety protocol in place. If we have to cancel a class due to COVID exposure or inclement weather, we may have that class online via Zoom instead. The spring session meets 8 times (with a break during the week of April 18 – 22, 2022 for school vacation week).

Grades K – 1
Tuesdays, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, March 22 – May 17, 2022
Led by Joi Wright
This class is full. Please click here to put your child’s name on the waitlist.

Grades 2 – 4
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, March 22 – May 17, 2022
Led by Joi Wright
This class is full. Please click here to put your child’s name on the waitlist.

Grades 5 – 7
Wednesdays, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm, March 23 – May 18, 2022
Led by Joi Wright
This class is full. Please click here to put your child’s name on the waitlist.

Grades 8 – 12
Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 23 – May 18, 2022
Led by Joi Wright
This class is full. Please click here to put your child’s name on the waitlist.


Classes meet throughout the school year. Participants will also receive a free ticket to a designated evening performance of each Trinity Rep mainstage show.  Financial aid is available and payments can be made in installments. Each class has 24 meetings total ranging from October 2021 to May 2022. Permission from the instructor required. Email with inquiries. Students must have a prior history with Trinity Rep classes or summer programs.

Youth Company, Grades 10 – 12

Trinity Rep has long committed to hosting a resident company of actors, strengthening the bond between performers and the community, which is why we established the Youth Company. This company of high school-aged actors will partake in a mix of acting classes, job training, networking with professionals, and performance opportunities at the theater. This is a great opportunity for young actors ready to explore Trinity Rep’s guiding principles of company, community, and education.

Members of the 2021-2022 Youth Company have already been selected and are currently in session. Click here to learn more about them. Details regarding the 2022-2023 Youth Company will be announced at a later date.

The Theater Explosion! Grades 8-9

The Theater Explosion! studies with Trinity Rep director of education & accessibility, Jordan Butterfield. Students will examine playwriting/playmaking, acting methods, musical theater, improvisation, audition techniques and scene study with a special emphasis on works by contemporary BIPOC, LGBTQ and female playwrights.

The Theater Explosion! is currently in session for the 2021-2022 Season. Details regarding the 2022-2023 class will be announced at a later date.

Junior Ensemble: Grades 5-7

Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, $550 
Studies with education programs coordinator, Joi Wright. 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.

The 2022 Junior Ensemble is open for enrollment. Email for a link to register.


Virtual: 10 Weeks with August Wilson: The American Century Cycle

Taught by Michelle Cruz
Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, February 26 to April 30, 2022

In this discussion and play reading group, participants will explore a different play from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle each week. Community Engagement Director Michelle Cruz will lead a conversation about the context, themes, rich history, music and language of Wilson’s plays. In order, the plays are: Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. We encourage students to purchase these plays from Black-owned bookstores such as these or find it at your local library. This class will be held on Zoom.

For ages 16 and up. Class size limited to 20.

We are holding spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color people to join free of charge. Email for more info. 

Register Here 

Virtual Play Reading and Discussion Group

Led by Curt Columbus
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, March 12 – April 16, 2022
Ages 16 +  Artistic Director Curt Columbus will lead students through a curated discussion focused on a different play each week. Curt will select plays from a variety of genres and playwrights, including some who have been produced recently at Trinity Rep. Students will be given a syllabus in advance and will be sent a PDF of each play. Stimulate your mind and engage in the power of human connection with this exciting group. Class size is limited to 20 students.

Register Here

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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