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Acting Classes



Begin your acting journey with our Introduction to Acting class, where you will establish a solid foundation and gain essential fundamentals. This course is a prerequisite for entry into our Mastery Core Program.


Upon completing the Introduction course, you’ll progress to our Mastery Program. Designed to cultivate your skills, our Mastery Program offers an ongoing opportunity for you to truly master the craft of acting. Immerse yourself in the work as we explore a wide range of topics, featuring specialty guest lecturers, performance opportunities, and more.



Our ongoing Advanced Scene Study course is modeled after courses in major markets like New York and Los Angeles and is intended for the serious student of acting. Dive deeper into your craft and refine your skills under the guidance of veteran instructor Kate Peckham.

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Welcome to our comprehensive acting program, an immersive journey that will guide you through the process of acting step by step. Our program equips you with the necessary tools to excel in the craft of acting whether your interest is in personal growth and enrichment, or a career in the arts. 


All classes except Introduction to Acting (and specialty courses) are ongoing.

Introductory classes are prerequisites for the mastery and advanced classes

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Introduction to Acting

Level: Beginner

Age: MUST BE 18+


Length: 8 weeks

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

Price: $350


Upcoming Sessions

SPRING: Begins Monday April 15, 2024  7pm - 9:30pm

SPRING: Begins Tuesday April 16, 2024 

11am - 1:30pm NEW DAYTIME CLASS!

SUMMER: Begins Tuesday June 11, 2024 7pm - 9:30pm

Who it’s for

This introductory class is designed for anyone who has an interest in acting. Whether you're a beginner who has never stepped foot on stage before or a more experienced actor looking to refresh your skills, Introduction to Acting gives you a taste of the craft of acting and helps you develop a foundation of skills and techniques to bring a character to life on stage or in front of the camera. 

What it’s about


You will explore the fundamentals of acting, including techniques for developing believable characters, while working with scripts and scenes. You will also have the chance to work with your fellow classmates, giving and receiving feedback to help you grow as an actor. You’ll explore ways to approach a script and bring it to life through active listening, improvisation, and scene work. TOPICS INCLUDE - Creating a character - Dealing with nerves - How to rehearse your script And more! WHAT YOU'LL WALK AWAY WITH By the end of the course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an actor, as well as tools and techniques to continue exploring and developing your craft. Whether you're interested in pursuing acting professionally or simply looking to have fun and try something new, we invite you to join us for this fun and rewarding class. Whatever your level, this class is a great way to learn about the craft, challenge yourself creatively, build your confidence, and meet other like-minded individuals who share your passion. Get ready to dive in and explore the world of acting!

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Acting Mastery

Level: Intermediate

Age: MUST BE 18+

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting

Length: 8 weeks, ongoing

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Price: $395

Upcoming Sessions

WINTER: Begins Wednesday January 24, 2024

SPRING: Begins Wednesday April 10, 2024

SUMMER: Begins Wednesday June 19, 2024

Who it’s for

If you enjoyed your experience in Introduction to Acting we’ve got some great news- you’re just getting started! Acting Mastery is our core ongoing program and it offers the opportunity to master the skills you’ve learned as well as continuing to learn new ones. 


What it’s about



Acting Mastery is really the heart of our program at the Michigan Actors Studio. It is here that you will gain the confidence, skills and experience to help you achieve your goals. It’s an ongoing course which means that it’s meant to be taken more than once.  We recommend that our students spend at least 6 months in this program in order to build and solidify their process and craft, but it doesn’t have to be 6 months in a row. Our ongoing program offers flexibility; you know what works best for you. You can take time away to let the teaching sink in, and when you come back, we’ll pick up where you left off.  With exercises and deep dives on topics designed to make you a more well-rounded actor as well as challenging scene work, Acting Mastery introduces you to more advanced concepts while building on what you’ve already learned. The class will feature guest instructors in specialized areas such as improv, voice over and the art of the self-tape. These industry professionals will work with you in their area of expertise. Your studies will be guided by our Lead Instructor, Kate Peckham who is dedicated to the empowerment and growth of each student. You will be challenged to take risks and push yourself to the next level, while also being provided the individualized feedback and guidance you need to grow as an actor. Through a variety of exercises, improvisation games, and scene work, you will have the opportunity to hone your acting skills and deepen your understanding of the craft and how to collaborate with your peers. We will meet you where you are, while offering you the tools to get to where you want to be.  TOPICS INCLUDE - How to choose a scene - Creating a character - How to make bold choices - Trusting your creative impulses - Being in the moment - Memorization tips and tricks And more! YOU'LL WALK AWAY WITH This program equips you with the tools and techniques to attain mastery in the art of acting. Whether you aspire to become a professional actor or simply want to continue developing your craft, this class will provide you with the tools and support you need to grow as an artist and a person in a supportive and challenging environment. ​

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Advanced Scene Study

Level: Advanced

Age: MUST BE 18+

Prerequisites: Acting Mastery, Previous MAS acting training or permission from instructor

Length: 8 weeks (ongoing)

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Price: $430

Upcoming Sessions:


Who it’s for

Advanced Scene Study is for those who have a strong foundation in the craft of acting and are ready to take their training to the next level.

What it’s about


Advanced Scene Study revolves around an in-depth exploration of scenes from published plays. You’ll be assigned a partner and have the opportunity to select a recommended scene (or pick your own) that focuses on what you need to continue to grow as an actor.  Whether performing your scene and receiving feedback, or observing the scenes of your fellow actors and giving feedback, Advanced Scene Study provides the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the art of acting. Through scene analysis and performance exercises, you’ll learn the skills that will help you to bring a heightened level of authenticity and emotional depth to your acting. TOPICS INCLUDE: - Exercises you can use in a self-directed rehearsal - Working through difficult beats - Incorporating feedback  And a lot more! WHAT YOU'LL WALK AWAY WITH Whether you’re looking to continue your studies, work professionally in Michigan or prepare yourself to work in a larger market, Advanced Scene Study equips you with the tools to push the limits of your craft and elevate your skills. The lively and meaningful discussions about the scenes will help to give you a deeper understanding of the art of acting. Embrace the challenge of exploring diverse techniques and approaches to scene work, fostering growth and versatility. Come and see for yourself why we have some students who are going on their 10th year in Advanced Scene Study!

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