The Young Actor’s Studio is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor’s craft through classes, workshops, and productions.
Our founder/current artistic director, Jeff Alan-Lee, was a child actor who subsequently taught and directed at various private/public schools and youth shelters, as well as teaching/directing at The Lee Strasberg Institute in both New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 1996, The Young Actor’s Studio was created as a supportive and nurturing environment for young actors to develop their craft. While the school has grown a lot since the initial ten students, we are still committed to excellent teaching in a supportive and close-knit environment.
Quarterly (3 Month) Sessions: September- December, January- March, April- June; Saturdays or Sundays. Kids Classes- 10AM-2PM. Teen Classes- 2PM-6PM. 5-6 Year Olds 9AM-10AM. Adult Classes (Sundays only) 7PM-10PM
SCHEDULE A TOUR
We offer tours for prospective students/parents prior to enrolling in our classes. The tour is a great opportunity to meet one of the teachers, get a tour of the studio, and learn more about the work we do. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday-Friday 10AM-6PM, and Saturday/Sunday mornings.
Jeff Alan-Lee is the Artistic Director of The Young Actor’s Studio, and a top acting coach Los Angeles. He has taught and directed young people for over 20 years, both in New York and Los Angeles. Jeff was a former child actor himself and began acting with his own television series at age 9. He was Andrew McCarthy’s co-star in Warner’s feature, The Beniker Gang, featured in Whispers In The Dark, co-starred with Andrea McArdle in the Broadway tour of Snoopy and in Huck Finn (directed by Broadway legend Joshua Logan). Television includes guest-star roles on As The World Turns, The Street (Universal TV), Could it Be a Miracle and many others. Other leading roles in professional regional theatres include Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lion In Winter, Orphans King Lear, and Losing It (Directed by Home Improvement’s Andy Cadiff), and most recently critical acclaim for the lead role in The Zoo Story with Mark Taper Foundation and Deaf West. Jeff has a BFA from New York University and has taught and directed at private schools, public schools, youth shelters as well as teaching and directing children and teens at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institutes in New York and Los Angeles. Some of his students include Shia LaBeouf and Scarlett Johansson among many other great actors.
ANDREW SHAFER (PRODUCING DIRECTOR)
Andrew Shafer received his B.A. (cum laude) from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television (playwrighting emphasis). Recent writing credits include: Weak/Side/Help (Guignol Theater- Lexington, Kentucky), Colossus of Rhodes (Tri-State Actor’s Theater- New Jersey), Touch of Genius (Senior Theater- Washington D.C.), Checkpoint in the Safe Zone (development with Moving Arts, and Athena Theater), Electra (Theater/Theatre- Hollywood), Wonderland (The NoHo Actor’s Studio), and Infinite Glory (in development with A Theatre Connection); screenwriting credit- Hollywood Desertion (developed with Breakout Entertainment, Boulevard Industries), This Shining City (in development with Triangle Road Productions). Other credits include directing Ryan Scott Oliver’s Making Beautiful (Powerhouse Theater- LA Times “Recommended”), and producing “Portrait of the Architect in Ruins” (The New LATC), Eugene Ionesco’s “Exit the King” (The NoHo Actor’s Studio), and “Detective/Partner/Hero/Villain” (A Theatre Connection), and previously board chairman of the Echo Theater Company. He has been a producer of new works development at The BLANK Theater (Hollywood, California), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He is currently Director of New Programs at The Echo Theater.
After years of study in NYC, Carolyn performed in New Hampshire Summer Stock. But Jack Romano’s vision for Carolyn was film. So rather than continue a promising career in New York theatre, Carolyn willed herself to Los Angeles. On a visit to Manhattan Beach to visit her sister, Carolyn was propitiously cast in the Laguna Playhouse production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness,” which propelled Carolyn to make L.A. her home. Since that memorable debut, Carolyn has done extensive theatre work in the L.A. area, including performances at the Laguna Playhouse, Boston Court, The Odyssey, and the Celebration Theatre to name a few. She has worked commercially and has done print campaigns for Mercedes and Microsoft.Carolyn has had leading roles in Independent films, some premiering at South by Southwest. She can be seen in a nice co-starring role on TV in American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson as Mrs. Lance Ito, in How To Get Away With Murder as a Philly Waitress in a scene with Viola Davis, and in Masters of Sex as Marilyn opposite Michael Sheen.Carolyn is a proud graduate of UCLA with a degree in Women’s Studies and English.
Khanya Mkhize is originally from South Africa and has over 25 years in the industry. She began her career as a child in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson on Broadway. Months into the run she landed a role in Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang, as the sassy little girl in the art school. She’s also appeared in three seasons of One on One as Arnaz’s love interest Ginger, and two seasons of Lincoln Heights as Ta’Wanda. Since making the move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles she’s appeared on numerous television shows including Boston Public, The Shield, Brothers and Sisters, Monk and many others. Khanya is also a voice-over actress and has been featured in many films including, For Colored Girls, The Soloist, Why did I get Married, Invictus, Happy Feet, The Incredible Hulk, Idlewild, Talk to Me and many others. Khanya is a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theatre Company), a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and currently teaches Acting Technique at the Young Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles
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