Best Acting Classes for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Kids

These classes will help your child build self-confidence — and maybe even become a movie star!

Lights, camera, action! Enrolling your outgoing or theatrical child in an acting class is a great way to channel their bubbly energy into a fun, creative outlet. These acting classes around metro Detroit will teach your little actor more than just showbiz fundamentals, though. 

Acting classes are for all kids; not just the ones who envision their name in a Hollywood star one day. Imaginative acting exercises can help shy kids build self-confidence, social skills and connect with their peers. Let your child’s imagination and talents soar by enrolling them in one of these local acting classes around metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. 

Acting Out Kids Community Theater

  • Address: At community spaces throughout metro Detroit. Check their website for info on your specific class. 
  • Best for ages: 4-12 

This youth-centered performing arts group produces films and shows, and hosts camps, classes, workshops, community events and even creative online classes. In Junior Theatre Class, kids ages 4-6 will focus on pretend play and learn to channel their imagination. Older kids will enjoy Acting & Improv class. 

The Actor’s Workshop

Acting lessons are available on Sunday afternoons for wee actors ages 4-8 to tween and teen actors. Explore acting fundamentals and essentials, or focus on scene study for emerging actors. Serious about a future in acting for your child? The Actor’s Workshop offers hourly career coaching for parents. 

Drama Kids 

  • Address: Locations in West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Troy and Rochester Hills.
  • Best for ages: 3-18

Drama Kids of South Oakland County provides kids of all ages with creative learning experiences and fun performance opportunities. There are programs for preschool kiddos to an Acting Academy for high school kids. Plus, summer and holiday camps, and ACT UP! To Stop Bullying, a series of workshops for 3rd-5th graders 

Michigan Actors Studio

Saturday Actors Gym classes for kids, tweens and teens occur seasonally. The 8-week class will boost their confidence, teach them basics and allow them to make friends with other young actors. 

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit 

With youth ensembles for young actors in third grade to aspiring professionals in high school, this theater’s youth-driven performances have garnered worldwide attention. The innovative programs at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit mentor and teach more than 100 hundred kids from 50 metro Detroit schools each year. Find out how your child can get involved in a youth ensemble

Motor City Youth Theater

  • Best for ages: 8-18

Audition for an upcoming production, or go to Musical Theatre Magic Summer Camp to learn and improve vocal skills, stage presence, movement and character development. 

Open Spot Theatre

  • Address: Locations throughout Michigan. Check their website to find information on your specific class. 
  • Best for ages: All ages

This accessible theater for all hosts camps for theater, musical theater, opera and ASL performances. Try one of their programs around metro Detroit, or learn in the comfort of your home via a virtual class. 

Professional Youth Theatre of Michigan

  • Address: Locations throughout metro Detroit. Check their website for information on each summer camp. 
  • Best for ages: 5-19

Your child can explore the wide variety of acting experiences with Professional Youth Theatre of Michigan’s summer camps. Try a musical theater camp, or get the giggles at comedy camp. Explore the behind the scenes aspects of theater with their playwriting camp, or tech theater camp. 

Village Youth Theater

  • Best for ages: 8-18

The Youth Theater Program of the Village Players will inspire and challenge budding actors. The program presents two productions annually that members can audition for, but there’s workshops throughout the year and a four-week Summer Theater Arts Camp, too.


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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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