Montage at The Michigan Actors Studio is an online acting training program that provides a safe and challenging space to study the craft of acting. Whether you have dreams of becoming a professional actor or want to live a more authentic life, we can give you the tools to get where you want to be.  

Next Cohort Begins Jan. 2022, Enrollment Begins Nov 12

Montage’s online certificate program is a one-stop Actor Training Program

We are  woman owned and operated and community-centric. We care; about you, the world we live in, and building a future that includes art, connection and creativity. We give you the tools to help you make your dreams become your reality.

We’re fully online, with live classes grounded in the fundamentals of the craft and business of acting, committed to authentic, diverse instructors and students alike. 

We are entirely focused on giving you the acting education, business tools, personal development, support & guidance you need to begin an acting career or bring a positive change into your life. 


Build a strong foundation in the craft of acting. 

Join a thriving community that networks and supports each other.

Get individual support that shows you the way to put your training into action. 

Ryan Ken

“Without question, the best part of the program is getting to work with people who are brave and willing to try something. It is life-affirming to know that every week I'm spending time with people who are pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone, risking looking foolish, but really trying. And trying feels like being fully present in your life. I've made friends and community even during a time where we are all supposed to be six feet away.”


Ryan Ken 

Certificate Program Graduate

Monica Hiris

"I feel like I have a support system. There are several instructors who know me well and can answer questions/give advice. Kate meets with me regularly and I feel like I have a mentor who is guiding me."

Monica Hiris

Advanced Certificate Program Graduate

Mircea Lazar

"I decided to enroll in the certificate program to improve my public speaking and teaching skills. I am a PhD student and prospective professor, so this skillset is essential for my career. The certificate program at MAS has been instrumental in improving my ability to connect with students in the classroom."

Mircea Lazar

Certificate Program Graduate

We take a different approach than other  acting programs.

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A Unique Community

The people you'll meet are the heart of the Montage experience. 

People from all walks of life come together to study acting. 

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Dynamic and Responsive Classes

We make things better, listening and changing as we go.

Like good actors, at Montage we listen to our students and respond.  We are always adding new classes and modifying existing ones to make sure our students get the training they want and need. 

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For People with Lives

You’ve got more going on than just acting class. 

The Online Certificate Program is built with the busy adult learner in mind. We make it easy for you to pursue training and have a life, too.


The Montage Online Certificate Program

Our online certificate program is deeply transformative experience. Here’s how we do what we do:


Small Group Learning 

You'll be placed in a small cohort of fellow actors for the duration of the program. You’ll learn together as well as support and hold one another accountable.


Live Weekly Instruction 

Held on weekday evenings at 7pm, our LIVE, 100% online class sessions are led by world-class instructors from a broad range of acting and teaching backgrounds. Students will take a maximum of 2 classes per week.


Experiential Training

We approach acting training holistically.  You’ll participate in live training, experience seminars, workshops and valuable one-on-one coaching to make sure you internalize and absorb your education. 

Our Students Love Us... A Lot

Kristen Thornton
I’ve grown immensely

- Kristen Thornton

"I couldn’t ask for a more welcoming and supportive environment to work through the fear and vulnerability of putting myself out there. I’ve grown immensely in the far too short class time and look forward to the next one. Classmates, most feeling equally vulnerable, have been nothing short of incredible while offering positive support, feedback, and a willingness to be open to learning from everyone."

Who We Are

Montage began as the Michigan Actors Studio, a state licensed trade school serving students locally in the metro-Detroit community. Our goal was to provide state of the art training for both established and aspiring artists here in Michigan. When we started, there weren't many affordable and professional options to study acting locally. While the short-lived Michigan film boom created a lot of small studios that flourished and then died when the incentives did, we were able to not only survive, but thrive. Why is that? We think it's because our teachers and staff are committed to two ideals that are at the core of who we are. One: that studying the arts is empowering and two: creating art in a safe space can be life-changing. If you haven't studied with us before, you might be surprised to learn that in addition to acting training, our students often find lifelong friendships and the momentum and support to make positive changes in their lives.

Program Directors

Rachel Bellack

Rachel Bellack

​Founder/Director/Leadership Coach

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Kate Peckham

Kate Peckham

Director of Education/Lead Instructor

Meet the Rest of The Team

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Tuition & Payment Plans

 Check out our pricing and payment plans below!

Next Cohort Begins January 2022-- Enrollment Begins Nov 12

With meaningful education and a vibrant community, the Montage Online Certificate program is the perfect place to begin your journey as an actor. 

Take the Next Step. Become an actor.

Montage Online Certificate in Acting Program

$1995 USD



$400 Deposit +

$285/mo USD

for 6 months

  • 100% Live, Online Classes

  • Small Group Learning

  • Office Hours with Director of Education

  • Student/Alumni Network

  • Certificate upon completion

  • Business of Acting Seminar

  • Fun and relevant electives


Inclusion & Diversity Matter To Us

Inclusion is a core value at Montage.  We welcome those of any background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation and ethnicity. 


How do I enroll?

You can click here to enroll. Our registration process is quick and easy.

How do I pay? Do you have a payment plan?

Simply click the registration link to pay securely online with a credit or debit card. You can choose to pay tuition in full or take advantage of our convenient auto debit monthly payment plan. If you choose this option you will be automatically charged every month till completion.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The online certificate program is intended to be completed in 6 months.

What is the time commitment?

The online certificate program is designed to be taken while you are continuing your life, including your employment. You will take a maximum of two classes per semester and they are in the evenings from 7-9:30PM. Most of our classes do not have much time commitment outside of regularly scheduled class times. While we believe that you get out of it what you put into it, most people find they spend approximately 30-60 minutes outside of class time per week.

What equipment do I need?

You need a computer with a webcam and a strong internet connection, ideally connected with an ethernet cable, and a quiet space to attend your classes. You will also need to download the Zoom app and check it regularly for updates. Tablets, phones and Chromebooks do not work as well. They tend to have multiple issues with connectivity, sound and many of the features of zoom do not work well or at all on these types of devices.

Will I need to purchase materials?

All of the materials (books, texts and scripts) for classes, exercises and scene work will be provided. We recommend that you have a notebook and pen to write down your thoughts after class. Since our instructors rarely lecture, most of the time you do not need to take notes during class but will definitely want a place to record your learnings and reflections. Occasionally you will need props and/or costumes for your scene work. Purchasing these things will never be mandatory. In fact, we prefer that you think outside of the box and find a way to use what you have readily available.

Is the program 100% online?

YES. Our program is entirely online, which means you can join us from anywhere in the world and there’s no commute! We use the Zoom platform to host our live, real-time, online classes. They are interactive and you can see and talk to everyone in the class. Everything is done online from the comfort of your own home, or your preferred work space.

Do you use grades? How do you determine who receives a certificate?

All of our classes are pass/fail. Attendance, participation, attitude and preparedness are the top criteria we use to determine this status for each student. As our classes are experiential you must attend and fully participate in at least 80% of scheduled classes and meetings in order to be eligible for the certificate. Your success is important to us. You will be in such close contact with your instructors and advisors, and will receive ongoing feedback on your progress with specific action steps for improvement if required.

What is the cohort model?

The cohort model means that you will be moving through your classes with the same group. We keep our cohorts small with a maximum of 14 people. We have found that when people move through our acting program together, they see better results. A cohort becomes an ensemble. This creates an environment ripe for creative breakthroughs which allows you to grasp concepts faster, and see more improvement in your work. It is networking at its best- in addition to forming lasting friendships, our students often go on to collaborate on creative projects together. Our students report that the cohort experience is one of the most valuable parts of the program.

What happens if I miss a class?

We recommend attending if at all possible. However, classes will be recorded. If you miss, you will receive a link for private access.

Will Montage help me get an agent/book gigs?

We cannot make guarantees about finding representation, what we can do is guide you through the process step by step. Same with gigs- we can't make any promises about that but you will have access to all of the considerable opportunities that come our way, and the skills to pursue them as well as a listing on our casting page (this is optional).

Do I have to become a professional actor or do acting skills apply in other fields?

Many of our students apply what they’ve learned at Montage to their existing full time professional positions to great success and satisfaction. Our training helps build confidence in your voice, your opinions and your ideas.

What is included in the Online Certificate Program?

A FOUNDATION IN THE CRAFT OF ACTING Our acting curriculum is a journey that gives you the tools to build a strong foundation in the craft of acting. Each class builds on the one before.
PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT This is part of our "secret sauce". We provide tools and training to help you set goals, overcome obstacles (both internal and external) and move forward with confidence and presence. PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES While part of the program, you will form valuable and important relationships with the other members of your cohort. Upon completion of the program our certificate program graduates will join our growing network of professionals in all aspects of the business.

What is the refund policy?

Student has the right to cancel the Enrollment Agreement and obtain a full tuition and application fee refund (0% tuition charged) if requested within three (3) days of signing up, otherwise student will receive a full tuition refund less a $200.00 cancellation fee up until thirty (30) days before the beginning of the initial semester. No refunds will be given within 30 days of start date or after program has commenced. In case of an unexpected emergency, student may obtain a one time enrollment deferral and transfer their tuition to the next available start date.

I have other questions, how do I contact you?

Check out our website or fill out this form to be put in contact with our Director of Education, Kate Peckham

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The Time Is Now

Start your training today and transform your life, on your terms.

Just imagine how different your world could look in only 6 months.