Teen Acting Classes

 Acting for Teens 12-18

  • Beginning                
  • Advanced
  • Private Coaching
  • Summer Intensive
  “Actors of all ages need the craft. My classes are designed to help the young actor build that foundation, find their truth as a performer, and discover their unique voice.” – Ryan Kessler

 We are proud to offer this  Acting Classes for teen actors who have a strong desire learn the craft of acting. The class will use the methods and techniques Penny Templeton has developed over her 20 years of professional experience as a teacher and coach.  Penny has handpicked Master Actor Ryan Kessler to teach this new innovative class.

 The goal of this class is for these young actors to develop a strong sense of self-confidence in their performing abilities as they learn who they are and what makes them unique. This will be accomplished through Penny Templeton’s breakthrough acting exercises inspired by the gifts of the great master teachers (Stanislavsky, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner and Uta Hagen) and designed to bring out the best in each actor.  Each class will also develop the actors’ performance and audition skills through scene study, monologues and on-camera work. Classes will be limited to a maximum of 10 actors to assure personal attention.

Beginning Teen Class

 Taught by Ryan Kessler

Six Week Class   Starts Sept 18th

  FRIDAYS   5-7pm

Students are introduced to the techniques passed down to us from the master teachers (Stanislavsky, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner and Uta Hagen) and modernized by Penny Templeton. Students will learn how to break down a scene and build a foundation from which to work from.With a combination scene study, monologues, and acting exercises the student develops confidence as a performer and an understanding of how to approach a scene whether it be for an audition, a play, or a film.


Teen Class Options

Our Teen Actor Justin Myrick  plays the important role of ARTHUR  in KNUCKLEHEAD   starring Alfre Woodard  and Amari Cheatom.


 The supporting cast includes Amari Cheatom (Django Unchained), who plays his street-hustler brother, Julian; and young, up-and-coming actor Justin Myrick, who plays Art, a wisecracking sidekick who is much younger but wiser than Langston.”  THE ROOT –  ” One of the kids, Justin S. Myrick‘s Arthur, has a smartass spark that animates scenes and balances the bleak situation at home.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


The teen acting classes at the Penny Templeton Studio are an incredible experience. Ryan Kessler teaches the class, and I took something away from it every single week! Ryan is such a relatable human being and a great teacher. He truly made me feel comfortable and welcome each session. Penny’s approach to acting was far deeper than most I had explored, and after a few months of taking classes with Ryan I started receiving a lot of positive feedback from casting directors and agents. All in all, this class is amazing. It’s affordable, and helped me get to the next level in my acting career.” Madison, age 18

 “The teen classes have been such an amazing education and experience for me. The techniques Ryan teaches have helped me become a well-rounded actress. Through these techniques I’ve learned to tap into my emotions. It is unbelievable. I even cried once; it shocked me, because I didn’t know it was possible. That goes to show how informative and important this class is. I get to learn how to become a great actress, not only by a great actor himself, but also by other teen actors. I cannot wait to be back with my family at the Penny Templeton Studios.” Sabornee, age 16


– Taught by Ryan Kessler –

  On-Going  Class (4 classes per section)

Saturdays 11 am – 1:30 pm

$160/4 week section

Section One – Theater

September 19th, September 26th, October 3rd, and October 10th

“Blue Denim” By James Leo Herlihy

Section Two – Film

October 17th, October 24th, October 31st, November 7th

“Let Me In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Section Three – *Auditions

November 14th, Novermber 21st, December 5th, and December 12th

*Scenes to be selected weekly.


The Advanced class is for young performers ages 13-18 who have taken the beginning class, coached at the studio, or have previous training. The goal of this class is to help actors learn to shift between theater, film and TV, and auditions. It is a hands on, practical and professional class designed for the young performer who is thinking about a career as an actor.

Each class is broken into two separate parts designed to help the young actor find their voice as a performer. In the first part students work on an exercise called the Acting Barre, a series of exercises developed to stretch and strengthen the acting muscles (from opening up the emotional life to recreating a real life person as a character). The second part involves scene study. Students are given either a theater or film scene to work on for the month. The scene is blocked, rehearsed and performed under the guidance and direction of Ryan Kessler.

For the audition class students will learn how to prepare both cold reads and short scenes ahead of time.



It is suggested that actors commit to all three months of the Advanced Class for their own growth and benefit as artists.

Requirements for enrollment:

    • Beginning class with Ryan Kessler (Completed) or

    • Previous experience and a parent-student meeting with instructor at the studio.


Advanced Teen Pmt. Options

Teen Class Monologue Montage from the Teen Class on  Vimeo.


  2016 Summer Teen Intensive 

Six Weeks

Dates   TBA

Fridays 11-3pm

 Maximum of 8 Actors


“The Penny Templeton Summer Teen Acting Intensive taught by Ryan Kessler is nothing short of an eye-opening experience…a new outlook on acting and the craft as a whole.” – Breon, age 16

This immersive summer program gives young actors the chance to dive into the craft of acting. Students are exposed to scene study, acting exercises, monologues, and audition technique, and learn to shift between theater, film and television, and find their voice as a performer.  Past scenes include: The Social Network, You Can Count on Me, The Hunger Games, Orphans, Dream of the Burning Boy, and The Bad Seed.


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Ages 13-18, new and old actors welcome. Class size limited to 8 actors. $375 for the entire six weeks.

Teen Intensive Payment options



 Skype Ÿ/ In-Studio

 Can’t make it to NYC? Saturdays are busy for you?

Ryan Kessler is available to coach via Skype or at the studio in a one hour personalized sessions.

Ryan Kessler is a graduate of Marist College and has been studying with Penny Templeton for the past six years. He began his acting career in the theater, appearing in Sideman (Meetinghouse Rep.); A Few Good Men and A Comedy of Errors (River Rep.), A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story (Hartford Stage Company), and Sixteen Wounded (Long Wharf Theatre). His film and TV credits include the starring role in Pinkville (nominated for Best Drama at the Hollywood Film Festival), Fox TV Studios’ SubterraNYaPractice (Golden Starfish Award, Hamptons International Film Festival), and As the World Turns.  Recently, Ryan played the role of John on the CW network’s The Vampire Diaries and will be seen in South of Hell, a new series premiering in 2015 on the WE network.Along with teaching at the Penny Templeton studio Ryan also teaches an on-camera master class at the Theatre Arts Center for young performers.–

Ryan Kessler  Cell: 860.670.5357