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.


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 classes)
Grades K-1: Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm, March 26 – May 21, 2019, $150
Grades 2-4: Tuesdays 5:15 – 6:15 pm, March 26 – May 21, 2019, $150 (FULL)
Grades 5-7: Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm, March 23 – May 18, 2019, $150
Grades 8-12: Saturdays 2:30 – 4:00 pm, March 23 – May 18, 2019, $225


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

February 7 – May 23, 2019

Grades 3–6, Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm

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. This year, we will be tackling The Tempest. Previous shows include Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear and Macbeth.

September 2018 – June 2019

Grades 7–12, $100

Rolling admission – spots still available!

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.

February 5 – March 19, 2019

Grades 9–12

School One Hosts Trinity Rep’s Write Here Write Now Playwriting for Teens: Student Playwriting Workshop in preparation for Trinity Rep’s Write Here Write Now competition for young playwrights

Learn the ins and outs of writing a script for the stage! Students will create an original ten-minute play of their own to be entered into the student play festival.


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 1, Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, $800 (Subscription) $100 per session (3-week sessions, a la carte)

This class, for returning students only, runs for the full season from October to May. The program will be led by multiple different guest teaching artists in specific subjects such as devising, stage combat, dialects, auditioning, musical theater and more. You can take the entire season (subscribe, includes tickets to student nights) or just a session or two depending on your interests (a la carte, no tickets). There will be two final sharings throughout the year. This year in Theater Lab, we are exploring the actors’ tools of voice, body and imagination.


Session 1 – Devising with Ronald Kevin Lewis – 10/1, 10/15, 10/22

Session 2 – Theater for Social Justice with Christopher Johnson – 10/29, 11/5, 11/19

Session 3 – Playwriting with David Rabinow – 11/26, 12/3, 12/10


Session 4 – Stage Combat with Teddy Lytle – 1/7, 1/14, 1/28

Session 5 – Hip Hop with Jackie Davis – 2/4, 2/11, 2/25


Session 6 – Acting the Song with Rachael Warren – 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

Session 7 – Dialects with Wendy Overly – 4/1, 4/8, 4/22

Session 8 – Audition Techniques with Daniel Duque-Estrada – 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

Begins September 26, 2018, Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, $700

Studies with Trinity Rep director of education, Jordan Butterfield. Attends every Trinity Rep production. Studies playwriting in the fall and monologues, musical theater and scene study in the spring with emphasis on acting technique. There are two EXPLOSION presentations during the year for family and friends, including a cabaret at the end of the season.

Begins September 24, Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, $600

Studies with arts integration and school-to-career 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, explores Shakespeare through different scenes and monologues to create a curated evening of short performances where students explore multiple roles.


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 15, 2018.


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.

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. The registration form must be completed before applying for financial aid. Financial aid applications without a registration will not be considered

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.