When every platform is a stage and every stage is an opportunity to perform, it’s time to find a platform for your littles to shine. Here are the top classes, auditions and workshops around the area that will allow your kids to ‘act out’ and be as dramatic as they want!
The Actor’s Workshop (Madison Heights)
This program is designed for the professional child, covering audition techniques and comparing/contrasting between theatre and film and utilizing film production terminology. We explore exactly what it’s like to work as young actors. An excellent preparation for kids pursuing both theatre and on-camera auditions, but also a rich and rewarding experience for any youngster.
- Wee Actors – Ages 4-7
- Children’s Workshop – Ages 8 – 11
- Tween Actors – Ages 11.5 – 12
- Teen Actors – Ages 13 – 17
Address: 25129 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus (Detrit)
The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus provides choral music and theatrical performance instruction in a professional environment to young people. Offering a curriculum that embraces diverse cultures and traditions and a rich and extensive range of musical genres, the program seeks to instill personal and artistic excellence in its students. Led by Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus Master Suzanne Mallare Acton and Children’s Chorus Assistant Director and Conductor Dianna Hochella, this permanent children’s choir is the first of its kind for Detroit-area children.
Address: 1526 Broadway Detroit, MI 48226
Mosaic Performing Arts (Detroit)
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit offers critically acclaimed student-driven performances. Its national and international tours have brought worldwide attention to Detroit as a center for arts and culture while shining a spotlight on the area’s talented young people and creating new and diverse audiences for the performing arts. These innovative programs provide expert training, mentoring and opportunity to the area’s young actors, singers, and stage technicians, while fostering a culture of high expectations, active participation and acceptance that serves them beyond the stage.
- First Stage: Intro program for young artists – Ages 7-14
- Second Stage: Mid level program for young artists – Ages 11-16
- Main Stage: Core nine month program for young artists – Ages 12-18
Address: University Prep Math and Science Elementary – 2251 Antietam, Detroit, MI 48207
Michigan Actors Studio (Ferndale)
The Michigan Actors Studio is one of the premier acting schools in the country. It is a state licensed acting school, located in Ferndale and offering a full schedule of classes four semesters a year, along with many diverse workshops.
- Actors Gym – Ages 8-12
- Improve for Kids – Ages 8-12
- Acting for Film – Ages 10-16
- Actors Gym – Ages 13-17
- ComedySportz Improv for Youth – ages 12-17
- Improv for Teens II – Ages 12-17
- Acting for Film – Ages 10-16
- Private Lessons
Address: 1100 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220
Grosse Pointe Theatre (Grosse Pointe)
Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Youth on Stage program has been an annual offering to the community since 2001. The program teaches youth, ages six to fourteen, basic acting and performance techniques through their participation in classroom sessions and in live performance under the guidance and direction of seasoned actors and directors from Grosse Pointe Theatre and guest artists.
Address: 315 Fisher Rd, Grosse Pointe MI 48230
Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit)
Through Matrix’s sequential curriculum and unique learner-centered approach, young people in the metro-Detroit area have the opportunity to create new works that call attention to crucial issues in their lives. Participants improve their literacy and language skills as they collaboratively write and perform original plays that entertain as well as educate. Students can also expect to acquire confidence in themselves, their own ideas, and their ability to affect positive change.
Classes: Ages 2.5 and up
- Budding Artists – Ages 5-7
- Young Artists – Ages 8-10
- Junior Company – Ages 11-14
- Matrix Teen Company – Ages 14-18
- Workshops and Special Events
Address: 2730 Bagley St. Detroit MI 48216
Phone: 313.967.0999 ext 3
Motor City Youth Theatre (Livonia)
Motor City Youth Theatre accepts all aspiring actors with varied levels of experience and welcomes children with special needs. Unlike most programs, MCYT accepts all children and guides them toward becoming creative and talented leaders who advance to adult theatre programs and other professions.
- Prepares students for annual stage performances
Address: 27555 Grantland St, Livonia, Michigan
Acting Out Kids Community Theatre (Clawson)
Acting Out Kids Community Theatre (AOK) is an inclusive, youth-centered performing arts theatre and production studio dedicated to developing talents and confidence. At AOK we offer plays, films, YouTube and cable TV shows, local commercials, classes, workshops, field trips, community events and drop-in events.
- Fun with Acting and Improv – Ages 6-10
- Broadway Bootcamp – Ages 8-18
- Channel Magnificent – YouTube & Local Cable TV Show – Ages 8-18
- After-school Drama Club – Grades 1-5
Address: Multiple locations in Clawson
Stagecrafters (Royal Oak)
Stagecrafters is committed to creating and nurturing opportunities for young people and their families through its Youth Theatre (SYT). SYT performs live theatrical plays by youth for youth with the goal of fostering teamwork, self-esteem and an enthusiasm for the arts. Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 may join SYT.
Address: 415 South Lafayette, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Drama Kids (Birmingham)
Drama Kids develops all kids. We’re a place where all children, from the shy to the outgoing can develop at their own pace, with plenty of positive encouragement. Our specialty is using a wide range of unique drama activities to focus the bold, outspoken child and to draw out the quiet child or the inarticulate child and help them reach into themselves to discover their full potential. Drama Kids International uses our famous copyrighted original curriculum in each class. Lessons are carefully planned so that students can enroll at any time and will never repeat a lesson regardless of when they enroll.
- Preschool Workshops – Ages 3- 4
- KinderKids – Ages 4 -5
- Lower Primary – Ages 5-8
- Composite – Ages 6-10
- Upper Primary – Ages 9-11
- DKI Acting Academy – Ages 12-18
Address: 33717 Woodward Ave, # 252, Birmingham, MI 48009
Farmington Hills Youth Theatre (Farmington Hills)
The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre welcomes and encourages both newcomers and experienced actors (Grades 1-12 and adults) to audition for its spring show. This original full-Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast features a variety of roles at all performance levels and all ages. Auditions are open to both residents and non-residents of Farmington Hill, and participants may drop in any time during the designated audition hours. The process is easy and friendly, and no prior preparation is necessary.
Classes: Seasonal productions
Address: Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Young People’s Theatre (Ann Arbor)
Young People’s Theatre nurtures the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of young people, helping them find their “inner light” of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership. YPT thrives as a completely volunteer-run organization partnering with individual donors and corporate sponsors to be “world class”, offering professional theater experiences, training, and educational opportunities for young people pre-school through high school.
Address: 331 Metty Drive, Suite #3, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..