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NYC's 5 Best Acting Classes

Are you an actor on a budget? Having trouble finding that perfect lead on Broadway or a starring role in that new sitcom? Look no further. Here is your opportunity to learn how to make yourself the best candidate for the job. Take a few acting classes, meet some new contacts and have a little fun in the process.

Actors Connection
630 9th Ave, Suite 1410
New York, NY 10036
(212) 977-6666

Actors Connection is an organization dedicated to connecting actors to seminars, classes, showcases and castings in both New York and Los Angeles. Classes connect actors to high-profile directors and producers in theater, television, film, commercials, print and more. One class that was offered this summer was a three-week Network Television Class with Clint Alexander, Director of Casting for FOX. This class, offered over three Tuesdays this summer, introduced students to "on-camera audition technique specific to television as well as delving into the business side of what truly goes on before, during and after a casting session."

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Acting School for Film and Television
131 W 72nd St, Studio 1
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-2219

Created by writer, producer and actor Mark Stolzenberg, this school offers one-on-one coaching, special events and classes for acting in television, film and commercials. Improv and comedy classes are also offered. Distinguished alumni have had stand-up shows, have been seen on television shows like "Law and Order" or "Blues Clues," have produced films and written books. Check out the classes offered to find one that caters to your personal interests.

NYFA Acting

New York Film Academy
100 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-4300

This film and acting school is where students go when they're serious about becoming established in the acting world. Classes are taught by distinguished producers, directors, filmmakers and actors. Find a class in New York City or travel to Italy, France, Switzerland or even Australia. To brush up on your acting skills, take a week-long hands-on intensive workshop. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate in their designated program.

The Barrow Group Theatre Company
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The Barrow Group
312 W 36th St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 760-2615

The Barrow Group encourages students to become playwrights, actors, storytellers, teachers and artists. The organization provides not only acting classes but also offers an arts center, theater company and showcases. Classes are provided for both adults and children throughout the year. There are numerous classes to choose from that range in prices. Take a good look at the schedule to find one that works for you.

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Acting Studio

Acting Studio
244 W 54th St, 12th floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 580-6600

Any number of classes are offered here including the perfect brush-up courses for professional actors. Perhaps the most enticing is the Acting Shakespeare Class which introduces students to "diction, rhythm, vocal melody [and] imagery." In a city that adores the Bard, this is the perfect place to jumpstart your career. Once you can perform Shakespeare, other roles should easily fall into place.

Jennifer Eberhart is currently an art history/museum studies graduate student at The City College in New York. She is an avid art enthusiast, and visits as many museums and galleries as she can in her free time. Her work can be found at

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