Our membership currently spans 23 states and more than 65 actor training programs. Join us and help the next generation of artists thrive.

Together, we’re forming a collective voice to affect pedagogical change on a national scale; a laboratory and incubator of new ideas and techniques; as well as an exchange point and living archive for information and dialogue.

Our founding members were drawn from alumni of the Teacher Development Program, which has graduated more than 200 alumni over the last two decades.

Born from the collective desire of these alumni to maintain excellence in our craft nationally, we aim to provide a creative home and ongoing dialogue among our members and throughout the field of actor training.

Where our members teach.

See a list of our current members.

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International

University of Alberta (Canada)

California

American Conservatory Theatre
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Fullerton
Cerritos College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Marlborough School
Mills College
San Francisco State University
University of Southern California
UC Santa Barbara

Washington

Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab
University of Washington

Wyoming

Casper College

Texas

Texas Tech University
University of Texas at Austin

Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Missouri

University of Missouri, Kansas City

Kansas

University of Kansas

Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University
University of Evansville

Michigan

Motion Picture Institute

Ohio

Ohio University
Baldwin Wallace University

Tennessee

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Louisiana

Louisiana State University Tulane University

Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Florida

Eckerd College
Flagler College
University of South Florida
and private coaches

North Carolina

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Virginia

Shenandoah University
University of Mary Washington

Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University

New Jersey

Montclair State University
Passage Theatre
Rider University
Rutgers University
and Private Coaches

New York

Actors Movement Studio
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Atlantic Acting School
Chautauqua Theater Company
Columbia University
CUNY Brooklyn College
The Freeman Studio
HB Studio
Ithaca College
The Juilliard School
The Lucid Body
New York University
The New School
Marymount Manhattan College
Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School
St Francis College
The Studio New York
Sarah Lawrence College
Stony Brook University
SUNY Purchase
Tom Todoroff Studio
Vassar College
and Private Coaches

Connecticut

National Theater Institute
Shakespeare Academy at Stratford
Yale School of Drama

Massachusetts

Brandeis University
Emerson College
UMass Amherst

Maine

Bowdoin College,
and Private Coaches

About Membership

This organization is important if you believe that acting training is important. It’s important if you believe that the field needs improvement. It’s important if you believe that learning to teach acting does not end with the awarding of an MFA, nor with the attainment of tenure, nor with 20 years of teaching under one’s belt. It’s important if you wish to remain vital in the classroom, and if you wish your colleagues to do the same. It’s important if you encounter obstacles to your effectiveness as an educator, whether personal, bureaucratic, governmental, social or economic. It’s important if you feel isolated in your work. It’s important if you want the art of acting to thrive and advance. It’s important if you think theatre is important. It’s important if you think you’re important.

Simply put, this organization cannot exist without you. As a member, your voice is crucial in helping shape our work and our path forward. Whether current or former acting teacher, you can help us craft the kind of organization for acting teachers that we, and our field, both need and deserve.

As a member, you receive an invitation to participate in our National Congress, including expanded classroom work and presentations, and talks from master teachers. At the congress, you’ll also be able to elect members to the organization’s executive committee and other leadership roles, and also serve on committees devoted to your interest in the field.

You’ll also receive exclusive access to our online resources and community as well as a 10% discount to attend the annual Teacher Development Program and regional workshops. We also have some exciting plans for our organization. By becoming a member you can not only ensure that these plans become a reality, but have a say in how we effect them.

At this early stage, our membership is currently by nomination or through participation in our Teacher Development Program. Nominations may be submitted by current members on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are interested in joining and know a current member, please reach out to them about submitting a nomination on your behalf. If you are not connected with any of our current members, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at membership@actingteachers.org.

Membership dues are an annual commitment. Annual dues are $250 for full-time employed teachers and $175 for adjunct and part-time employed teachers.

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