With a growing number of acting teachers throughout the country, our organization aims to empower teachers find their own “true north.”

Our programming is designed to build on the combination of passion, knowledge and experience that drew us to become teaching artists in the first place.

We provide opportunities to deepen connection to the craft through exposure to leading figures in our field, and to a wide variety of methodologies. Further, we seek to broaden and deepen the field of teaching actors through inclusion, discussion and collaboration.

With a growing number of members worldwide, our organization delivers support and inspiration to acting teachers nationally and internationally. Our programming promotes community, exchange of ideas, approaches that foster health and well-being, and exploration of innovations that advance our profession.

Our Flagship Programs

Teacher Development Program

Session I
June 1 – 12, 2021 ONLINE
Session II
July 19 – 30, 2021 IN PERSON (CDC recommendations permitting, otherwise online)

Teacher Development Program

June 14 – 25, 2021 ONLINE
(Applications open to TDP alumni and members of NAAT)

In 2021, our flagship Teacher Development Program returns for its 25th year and continues with two sessions: June 1 – 12, 2021 ONLINE and July 19-30, 2021 IN PERSON in NYC (CDC recommendations permitting, otherwise this session will be online as well.) Join us on for an inspiring and revitalizing 12 days devoted to the craft of teaching acting.

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An in depth continuation of our Teacher Development Program. Intensive work in Active Analysis, Pedagogy, Diversity and Inclusion, and Scene Study.

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National Congress – ONLINE

Tentative 2021 dates
July 30 – August 2
(In NY and online)


The first National Congress of acting teachers was held in 2008 and in 2014 it became an annual event. Typically held in the summer in New York City, its purpose is to appraise the health and state of actor training. All members of the organization are invited to attend the event that features veteran teachers, panels, hands-on workshops, and the opportunity for intimate conversation about the craft of teaching acting.

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