Performance Workshops in LA

Acting, Comedy and Singing Lessons Available to Tourists in LA

Only have a short time in Los Angeles? Here are some acting workshops, comedy and improv classes and singing classes you can fit into your vacation to let you test out your dream of being an actor, singer or comedian. Some of them have ongoing classes. Many of them offer summer intensives from five days to three weeks once a year.

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    Students in an acting workshop
    ••• Students in an acting workshop. Hill Street Studios/Blended Images/Getty Images

    The Berubians Theatre has an on-going series of comedy/acting/writing classes on Monday nights in Hollywood and will let you drop in on few classes for free.

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    Stella Adler Los Angeles Studio of Acting in the heart of Hollywood will provide acting workshops for touring youth groups of 15 or more, or corporate team building workshops for groups of 25 or more. If you've ever thought of becoming a professional actor, they also offer a free 1 1/2 hour Actor's Initiation.

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    This school offers week-long intensive workshops in acting, digital filmmaking and music video production.

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    TVI Actors Studio in Sherman Oaks has weekend intensive classes in Auditioning for TV & Film and Acting in Soaps.

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    Jump into the basics with Kimberly Jentzen's Cold Reading Weekend Intensive Workshop offered every 4 to 6 weeks in Van Nuys. An audition/interview is required.
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    Many Comedy clubs have comedy school in multiple sessions, but ComedySportz offers one-day cram sessions in short-form improv comedy.

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    The Second City - Los Angeles in Hollywood periodically offers a one-week intensive version of their improv and comedy writing classes.

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    M. I.'s Westside Comedy Theatre is a comedy club in Santa Monica offering classes in multiple styles of improv, stand-up and sketch comedy. They also have classes for kids and teens. Most of their classes are stretched over weeks or months, but they do have a 5-day summer intensive.

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    Tuesday night drop-in jazz vocal workshops. Prepare a jazz standard for critique and get coached on your performance style in a casual workshop at The World Stage in Leimert Park, the heart of LA's Black arts community. 

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    Want to learn some dance moves for you music video? Anyone can sign up for one or more classes at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood.

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    The LA Music Academy is a year-round classical music school that offers five-day music performance workshops with different themes each summer.