10 Atlanta Acting Classes and Schools for Kids to Steal the Show

Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory. Photo courtesy of the theater
Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory. Photo courtesy of the theater

Atlanta is often called the "Hollywood of the South," so it's no wonder the acting bug is spreading to local kids interested in Atlanta acting classes. Living in a hub for film, TV, commercials, and theater also provides potential opportunities for young people to take acting classes from the pros and get noticed by industry insiders. Even if your child doesn't have aspirations of Oscar fame, Atlanta acting classes foster confidence, social skills, and public speaking expertise. Check out our list of theaters and Atlanta acting schools to add a little more drama—the good kind—into your lives!

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Alliance Theatre —Midtown 

Alliance Theatre, part of the Woodruff Arts Center, offers kids' acting classes to a wide range of ages, from 0 (yes, zero!) to teens. They also have a wide variety of acting classes such as musical theater, improve comedy, commercial acting, and film acting. Kids can try one of their free workshops to see if they like acting before registering for a class. 

Atlanta Children's Theatre —Little Five Points & Various Locations in Buckhead

Students can take afterschool acting classes through the Atlanta Children's Theatre at certain public and private schools in Buckhead. For those children who do not already attend one of the listed schools on their schedule, they can register for weekend classes at the Horizon Theatre (located in Little Five Points). Atlanta Children's Theatre's classes are geared towards elementary and middle school kids who want to perform and learn skills to be more confident with their peers. 

Kids put on a performance of "Dinosaurs Before Dark" at Off Broadway Children's Theatre. Photo by the author

Off Broadway Children's Theatre —Alpharetta 

Off Broadway Children's Theatre (OBCT) is constantly putting on fabulous shows, such as Annie Jr., Aladdin Jr, Seussical, and The Little Mermaid. Kids from around the community are welcome to audition—ages vary depending on the show. If a child decides that acting is his or her passion, the actor can audition for the theatre's troupes. 

RISPA —Milton 

This performing arts school is known for producing triple threats—dancers, singers, and actors. Parents can sign their kids up for acting classes like musical theater or on-camera acting, without being in the company. For stage shows, kids can audition for RISPA Children's Theatre (RCT), ages 7-15, or RISPA Theatrical Productions (RTP), older teens. 

Aurora Theatre —Lawrenceville 

Children take classes and perform in shows at this state-of-the-art facility in Lawrenceville. Aurora Theatre will announce their next round of classes and shows soon so they invite parents to sign up for alerts when they put out their updated schedule. 

Georgia Ensemble Theatre —Roswell 

Kids take classes and participate in one-act shows at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre offers courses like Elementary Actor Lab for grades 1-5 and The Story Factory where students focus on performing famous tales. Kids can also join ensembles based on age and experience. Those in grades 6-12 can do Improv-a-palooza classes on a drop-in basis. 

Dunwoody School for the Arts —Dunwoody 

Dunwoody School for the Arts' Drama Program offers a beginner's acting course, "So You Think You Wanna Act?," and an intermediate course, "Drama: Masterclass." Kids learn theater history, improvisation, memorization, and much more. At the end of the course, kids will perform in an original play.

Marcus JCC of Atlanta —Dunwoody 

Members of the Marcus JCC of Atlanta (MJCCA) can take advantage of many theater programs offered to various ages. Students in grades K-2 take Dramatic Discoveries, an introductory class that concludes with a showcase for family and friends; older kids (grades 5-8) can try Acting for the Camera, a course that focuses on learning skills for commercials, television, and film. 

Forefront Arts —Various Locations 

Forefront Arts comes to kids in host sites, including local churches and rec centers all over metro Atlanta (Alpharetta, Chamblee, Buckhead, Duluth, Gwinnett). Young kids (ages 3-6) can take Storybook Adventures and older kids learn musical theater, improv, acting, and get to perform in productions like Descendants the Musical and Beauty and the Beast

Drama Kids International —Cobb & Cherokee Counties

This program takes place in over a dozen schools around Cobb and Cherokee Counties. Students registered for Drama Kids stay after school one day a week for fun, educational acting classes. Though some classes are full for this fall, parents can get on a wait list or register kids for the spring semester. 

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