“Acting is my way of exploring human nature and having fun at the same time.”

Meryl Streep

Acting Instruction

At Arts Detroit, we believe that the most effective actor is the one who communicates. While various method styles are presented through theatre history, we aim to help actors find their actions and intentions from a place of honesty and understanding.

We encourage students of all ages to study with us, and we are available for all types of coaching, whether it is working a monologue, preparing for an audition, simply improving one’s craft, and everything in between.

Private Lessons

An acting student that takes private lessons may work on monologues, script analysis, character building, technique, and more. We typically accept students ages 13+ to begin private lessons, but exceptions may be made.

For pricing and to enquire about private lessons, please use the contact form below or email info@artsdetroit.org; alternately you may call or text 313-427-2490 (Allen Park) or call 734-926-3020 (Plymouth).

College audition coaching

We offer a mentoring service to high school students who wish to pursue theatre or musical theatre at the collegiate level.

College auditions are an extremely stressful time, and the unfortunately reality is that the most successful students are the ones who work with coaches. This is generally a very expensive service. If you’re going to work with an audition coach, you want to make sure that you’re working with someone who knows specifically about the college audition process, as it can be quite different from that of a professional audition. We aim to provide advice, answer questions, and be a general source of knowledge to students and parents throughout the process completely free of charge and offer individual coaching for a nominal fee, or at a reduced cost or even free to those who cannot afford it.

For more information, visit the College Audition Coaching page.

Broadway Babies (Ages 3-7)

Your little performer will learn singing, storytelling, and movement with fun and entertaining Broadway songs! This class will teach little ones confidence, stage etiquette, basic movement and more, all through age appropriate and fun songs they know and love.

Musical Theatre Performance (Ages 8+)

Understand performance skills needed while singing, dancing, and acting through age appripriate songs and scenes. Students will begin each class with a physical and vocal warm up, work vocal endurance while moving, then transition into group song work with accompanying scenes in order to learn to function as an ensemble while still maintaining strong personal choices.

Acting Scenes (Ages 12+)

Students will learn how to use the words on the page and work with a scene partner(s), as well as a prepared character biography, to exist as a natural human being in a realistic environment. Get of your head and into the scene by learning how to listen and respond to one another. By identifying your character’s objective and how they go about fighting for it, we will find honest emotion and the through line of your scene.

Acting for Film (Ages 8+)

Using on-camera exercises with playback and discussion, you’ll work within frames from wide-shots, med-shots, to close-up shots, practicing cheating/framing techniques, vocal performance and sightlines while developing an awareness of your relationship with the camera.

Acting for Musical Theatre (Ages 8+)

Step up your game as an MT performer through song interpretation and how to approach musical numbers as an actor. Learn how to utilize both the music and the words, as well the circumstances of your scene, to make active choices that keep storytelling at the forefront of your performance while simultaneously showcasing your voice.

Script and Scene Analysis (Ages 12+)

Understanding the words on the page as well as the subtext is one of the most important jobs an actor has. In this class, learn to break apart a script based on the author’s intentions and your own interpretations of scenes and characters to become a more well-versed, intelligent actor who can make strong, informed choices in auditions and rehearsals.
Note that not all classes run in both Allen Park and Plymouth locations. Please see the schedule below or visit the Schedule page for more details on class availability.

Schedule of Classes – Summer 2018 – Allen Park

Schedule of Classes – Summer 2018 – Plymouth

Please note there is a $20 registration fee per family; for more information, see our Policies and Procedures page.

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Arts Detroit Allen Park

18614 Ecorse Road • Allen Park, MI 48101
Phone: 313-427-2490

Arts Detroit

Arts Detroit Plymouth

650 Church Street • Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-926-3020

Arts Detroit