Young Actors Studio

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.


These are subject-specific groups that meet for most of the school year. Register for one of these courses, or a trimester class, here!

January 18 – May 17, 2018
Grades 3–6, Thursdays 4 -5:30pm, $250

Trinity Rep and the Providence Athenaeum invite students to participate in a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare masterpiece. Directed by Natalie Dreyer, students learn to bring Shakespeare’s words to life before starring in public performances staged in the Athenaeum’s library stacks. Previous shows include Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet,Twelfth Night, and Macbeth.

TBD Dates September 2017 – June 2018
Grades 7–12, $100

For students more interested in focusing the spotlight instead of being in it, we have Trinity Technicians! Technicians meet several times through the year, learning the ins and outs of the technical side of theater. Under the guidance of a member of the technical staff, Trinity Technicians observe one tech rehearsal for each show, meet with a designer or member of the production team for each show, and attend every Trinity Rep production.


Trinity Rep offers eight-week acting classes for students in grades K-12 at all experience levels. 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. Each class culminates with an informal sharing for friends and family in our education classroom. Please Note: All students must submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the class.

Young Actors Studio Spring Session (8 Weekly Classes)

Storytelling and Dramatic Play Class For actors ages 4 & 5 years old 
Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm, March 27 – May 22, 2018 (8 classes)
Join us for our first-ever class for young actors ages 4 and 5. Students would be working with children’s texts and entering into the story using their voices, bodies and imagination. By exploring the world of the story or jumping into the action as their favorite character, these young actors will master the art of play. This course is the perfect way to help students appreciate the joy of pretend and prepare them for the world of performance.

Grades K-1: Tuesdays, 4-5pm, March 27 – May 22, 2018 (Class is FULL; please email to reserve a place on the waitlist)
Grades 2-4: Thursdays, 4-5:15pm, March 29 – May 24, 2018 ($200)
Grades 5-7: Saturdays, 1-2pm, March 31 – May 26, 2018 ($150)
Grades 8-12: Saturdays, 2:30-4pm, March 31 – May 26, 2018 ($225)

To register for a Spring Session course, click HERE.


Classes meet throughout the year and are taught by members of our education department and resident acting company. Students receive complimentary tickets to Trinity Rep productions. Financial aid is available and payments can be made in installments.

Permission from the instructor required. Email with inquiries/to register. Students must have a prior history with Trinity Rep classes or summer programs. 

Begins October 2, 2017. Mondays, 4-6pm, $800

This is the perfect class for aspiring actors or artists. As a writing-and-performance based company, the Collaborative: Studies exclusively with Trinity Rep actors and artistic staff. Attends every Trinity Rep production. The Collaborative requires out-of-class rehearsal. There are two or three Collaborative presentations during the year for family and friends.

Begins September 13, 2017. Wednesdays, 4-6pm, $700

Studies with Trinity Rep director of education, Jordan Butterfield. Attends every Trinity Rep production. Studies playwriting, musical theater, improvisation and scene study with special emphasis on Shakespeare and theater history. There are two EXPLOSION presentations during the year for family and friends, including a cabaret at the end of the season.

Begins September 11, 2017, Mondays, 4-6pm, $600

Studies with arts integration and school-to-career coordinator, Natalie Dreyer. Attends select family-friendly performances. Students will work on Shakespeare through the development of a shortened Shakespeare piece; creative a cabaret of scenes or monologues and enjoy the exploration of improv. There are two Junior Ensemble presentations during the year for family and friends.


Please fill out the Young Actors Studio Financial Aid Application and upload the essay in order to be considered for financial assistance for the Trinity Repertory Company Young Actors Studio. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the attached form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email with all inquiries.


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.

Applications through this online form. Applications are due September 22, 2017


The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is the only summer theater program in New England for students to train at a Tony Award-winning theater with the best professional instructors from around the region. Budding theater artists learn from Trinity Rep’s nationally renowned acting ensemble, resident artists, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA graduate students and local working artists. Customize your experience by choosing electives from playwriting, musical theater, and improvisation, to YouTube video making, Shakespeare and more! This month long program brings the fun, friends and energy of summer camp, while students take their skills to the next level with our exceptional curricula. YASI is a supportive, competition free zone that culminates in two public performances on the Trinity Rep stage. Get more information about YASI.

YASI Financial Aid

Please fill out the YASI Financial Aid Application and upload the essay in order to be considered for financial assistance for the Trinity Repertory Company Young Actors Studio. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the attached form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email with all inquiries.

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.