Acting & Scene Study Classes:

Taught by YAA acting teachers (all industry professionals) and award wining actress and Hollywood acting coach, Susan Duerden, with special industry guest/s

For more information on our in-person Saturday Acting Class click HERE


Training for the young actor. Along with improv, acting exercises and theatre games, students get to work with the latest sides from film, sitcom, episodic, and commercials. Class sizes are kept small to ensure each actor receives proper individualized attention. We will be working on script analysis, character creation and development. The classes provide an opportunity for the actor to develop their technique in depth. Students will learn how to:

Bring a script to life

How to build a character

Work on moment-to-moment acting

Making strong choices

Creating truthful characters

Audition technique

On-camera technique

Cold reading

Students will develop their craft in an inspirational, energetic, fun and supportive environment. We encourage our students to risk, explore, create and to believe in the powers of their creativity.

**Class size is strictly limited in order to give our students the individual attention they require.

  • 8 Week Sessions

  • Session dates and tuition fee information HERE

  • 9 – 16 years: Saturdays in-person 9.30am – 11.30am PST

  • 8-11 years: Mondays: Beginners Class (online) 4.00pm – 5pm PST

  • 9-13 years: Mondays Level 1 and Level 2 (online) 4.00pm – 5.15pm PST

  • 8 – 12 years: Tuesdays Level 1 (online) – 4.00pm – 5.15pm PST

  • 9 – 13 years: Tuesdays Level 1-2 (online) 4.00pm – 5.30pm PST

  • 11 – 16 years: Tuesdays – Level 2 (online) – 4.00pm – 5.30pm PST

  • 11 – 16 years: Wednesdays Level 1 (online) 4.00pm – 5.30pm PST

  • 13 – 18 years: Thursdays (online) 4.00pm – 5.30pm PST. Pre-professional and professional class. Invite only or audition required.

  • Limited spaces

  • Students receive a copy of their on-camera work each week


YAA Artistic Director, Susan Duerden

Susan is an award winning actress who has worked in the profession for over 20 years in film, TV, stage, voiceover and animation. She has taught in Los Angeles and London and current and past students have worked on TV shows, feature films and on stage, including Broadway and West End productions. Susan trained in London and after moving to Los Angeles studied with the renowned acting teacher and director, Milton Katselas for several years. She has played lead roles on London’s West End, starred on Broadway and with the RSC. Feature films have included productions for Dreamworks, Disney, Classic Media, Miramax, Media8, starring alongside Hugh Jackman, David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, Tom Sizemore, Fred Willard, Jamie-Lynn Sigler to name a few. Susan has played series regular and recurring roles on numerous TV shows including ‘Lost’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Vice’, ‘NCIS’, ‘Days of Our Lives’, ‘The Unit’ among many others.

Susan is passionate about teaching young actors and empowering them with the tools, techniques and discipline they need to succeed as actors. She has successfully coached many, many actors, both seasoned professionals and young performers, to roles on TV shows, stage and feature films.