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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Mari Lyn Henry (Mari Lyn Henry is a career coach, teacher, and former director of casting for ABC-TV.)

““I have known Rita Litton for many years. She is a pioneer in the area of helping young people get the best kind of acting training to prepare them for a career in film, TV and theatre. I have featured Rita in a chapter in the book I co-authored “How to Be a Working Actor.” If anyone knows how to give young people an overview of what it takes to audition and be prepared for the world of show business, Rita does. Her alums are featured in series, films, and of course on stage.”


This is a film acting course for students who wish to be stretched and challenged via audition and scene work. In this film acting class emphasis is placed on creating characters common or unique to television and film. Students are encouraged to go beyond their immediate experiences to find the character conceived by the writer. Students are directed to take risks and make unique or difficult choices. Through various exercises, research, observations and rehearsals, students differentiate aspects of character, status, appearance, background, speech, life experiences, and more. Students portray several contrasting roles from our extensive film/TV library.  Class discussion defines particular themes and audition problems inherent in a variety of on-camera material — feature films, indie films, episodic Television series, situation comedy, TV pilots, etc.

*** This course is offered frequently and may be continued as a work out ‘actor’s gym’ for maximum growth.


An acting course designed to provide students with the building blocks, or “foundation” necessary for truthful, creative, and spontaneous, ‘moment to moment’ acting. Designed for the beginning or intermediate level actor looking to improve skills and find an organic way to work. Through a series of exercises deeply rooted in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, cold readings, and scene work, the instructor will teach actors how to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”


If you need a monologue for an industry audition, or for entrance to various performing arts conservatories and universities, this course is for you! From selection of appropriate material to fleshing out the roles, finding their contrasting dynamics and making them uniquely yours, the instructor uses her vast library and extensive experience to guide you to success.
(Private monologue coaching also available)


Commercial bookings give you tremendous exposure, income and valuable experience. Yet many actors underestimate the commercial audition, failing to rise to the challenge of coming up with vital, original and personality-enhanced choices for a 30-second scenario. Rita Litton is an industry pioneer in smart, effective commercial training and a Backstage Reader’s Choice Award Winner: “Best Commercial Class.”  If you have started to audition this is where your skills are first tested– on the spot in an agent or manager’s office. How you deliver a short commercial script often determines whether you are going to be sent out on auditions, and perhaps also given an introduction to their theatrical or film and television division! Learn the skills to relax, improvise, take direction, focus quickly and bring your best self to the audition! (Private commercial coaching is also available.)


Actors at every level benefit from exercises tailored to their specific needs and goals. More…


Learn the exciting and lucrative art of voice overs–acting with your voice. Agents and casting directors are always looking for artists young or old, who can read well and deliver professional voice over work. In this course you’ll learn how to break down, understand and master radio and television commercial copy, as well as animation scripts. In addition, you’ll learn proper audition etiquette and how to record from the comfort and safety of your own home. Yes! Voice overs are one of the few actor income sources surviving our new ‘stay safe’ environment.  Rita Litton and her staff have launched the careers of hundreds of talented and highly successful voice over artists! Taught by a top New York voice over actor, over Zoom. An industry voice over guest (agent or casting directors scouting for talent) will visit the last class. 

Please see Upcoming for times of classes, fees, location and how to Register.

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I am available for private coaching in New York, or currently remotely on Zoom or Skype. Please contact me to make an appointment.

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Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney)

“I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.”

My classes are offered for beginners or professionals, adults or teens. Whether you were referred to me by your agent or manager and have extensive work experience– or your have never acted before– there is a class that will allow you to grow and develop. The intimate class size (a typical class has 6-12 students) insures that you will be challenged according to your ability. 

I will help you take your acting talent to the next level!

All acting classes use common theater terms and exercises, specifically those that concentrate on listening and responding to your partner “in the moment.” Since many actors are naturally self-conscious I initially utilize a process which turns the focus away from your internal state of mind and towards your acting partner. You will be on your feet exploring, improvising, and utilizing various acting techniques from the original teachings of legends Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen or Stella Adler. You will then work on your character’s inner life and subtext, through effective emotional preparation, sense memory and work based on ‘the Method .’ You’ll learn how to deepen your character’s relationships and objective through specific and vital script analysis. Some courses work on preparing monologues and scene work, while others focus on the audition process. The goal is to offer possibilities and tools, and more than one path to characterization. You will learn to function well among diverse directors and actors with varying acting approaches.

In my film acting courses students perform scenes and monologues on-camera. Your scenes are directed and explored over several weeks, initially through cold readings, and then on your feet with blocking, directorial adjustments and enlivening role-playing improvisations. We analyze your work from the digital playbacks. It’s an invaluable opportunity to begin to distinguish between what you are feeling and what the camera sees (and the audience feels!).  Students learn to relax, recognize their insecurities, center their performance and trust in the situation. Your work becomes more truthful, spontaneous, and alive.  

There are terrific advantages to acting training unrelated to becoming a professional actor.  Poise, self-confidence, self-expression, creativity, team building,  problem solving skills,  comprehension, public speaking skills, diction & voice improvement, grace and physical relaxation — all these are benefits accrued from acting training! I’ve worked with executives, lawyers, police officers, doctors, newscasters, reporters, and others who want to explore this kinetic, exhilarating process.

Ready to sign up? Click here: REGISTER

If you have a personal goal or are a working professional with scheduling difficulties or you need assistance on an upcoming audition or current role –you may prefer the flexibility and privacy of individual acting coaching. Feel free to contact me!

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