Our membership currently spans 30 states and more than 80 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 220 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.



University of Alberta (Canada)


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


University of Utah

New Mexico

New Mexico State University


Eastside Catholic School
Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab
University of Washington


Casper College


University of Northern Colorado


Sam Houston State University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin


Oral Roberts University


University of Arkansas


University of Missouri, Kansas City


University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater


University of Illinois


University of Kansas


Indiana Wesleyan University


Motion Picture Institute


Baldwin Wallace University
Ohio University
Youngstown State University


University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Louisiana State University
Tulane University
University of Holy Cross


University of Alabama at Birmingham


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

South Carolina

Clemson University


Shenandoah University
University of Mary Washington

District of Columbia

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Howard University


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
Fordham University
HB Studio
Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory
Ithaca College
The Juilliard School
The Lucid Body
New York University
The New School
Marymount Manhattan College
Pace University
Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School
St Francis College
The Studio New York
Sarah Lawrence College
Stony Brook University
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Purchase
Tom Todoroff Studio
Vassar College
and Private Coaches


National Theater Institute
Shakespeare Academy at Stratford
Yale School of Drama


Brandeis University
Emerson College
UMass Amherst


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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