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Suggested Reading List

Suggested Reading List

Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide. Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney Backstage Books,  NY.
Acting in Film, Michael Caine, Applause Books.
Acting: The First Six LessonsRichard Boleslavsky(Theatre Arts Books), Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books, 2003
An Actor Prepares, Constantin Stanislavski, New York: Theater Arts Books, 1967.
Art of Auditioning, The.  Rob Decina. Allworth Press. June 2004
Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part, Michael Shurtleff, Bantam Books.  1979
Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide, Joanna Merlin and Harold Prince, Vintage Originals, Vintage Books USA, 2001
Challenge for the Actor, Uta Hagen, Scribner Book Co..  1991
Confessions of an Actor, Sanford Meisner, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.
Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice: The Actor’s Guide to Talking the Text,
Kristin Linklater, Theatre Communications Group, 1991
Freeing the Natural Voice, Kristin Linklater. Drama Publishers, 1976
Improvisation for the Theater, Viola Spolin, 
How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television,  Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers.
Back Stage Books, 5th Edition, December 2007
How to Sell Yourself as an Actor: From New York to Los Angeles (And Everywhere in Between!), K Callan, Sweden Press.
Mastery of Movement, The, Rudolf Laban, Boston: Plays, Inc. 1975.
Method or Madness, Robert Lewis, New York: Stein & Day, 1958.
Monologue Workshop, The, Jack Poggi, Applause Books.
NY Agent Book, The,   K Callan, Sweden Press
Respect for Acting, Uta Hagen and Haskel Frankel, Wiley Publishing, 1973
Sanford Meisner on Acting, Sanford Meisner, Vintage Books 1987
Speak With Distinction, Edith Skinner, Applause Books, 1942.
Stanislavski System, The, Sonia Moore, Penguin Books
Stella Adler – The Art of Acting, Howard Kissel, Applause Books
To the Actor, Michael Chekov and Charles Leonard, New York: HarperCollins: 1985.
Thirty Seconds, Michael Arlen. 
Uta Hagen’s Acting Class, Uta Hagen, Applause Books (Video, VHS Format, 2002) (DVD 2004)

These are books we recommend to you.  Gather acting ideas from all possible sources.  Your technique will ultimately be a compilation of everything you’ve read and studied.

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Summer One-Week Acting Intensives

Summer One-Week Acting Intensives

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.”

(Lucca De Oliveira, center, recent series regular in CBS’s “Clarice,”& “Seal Team.” )

Summer is CLOSED. See Upcoming Fall Term

Our summer acting intensives offer exciting, specialized acting training in a condensed one week environment.

Choose one week or several! Each week has a specific focus: Acting Foundation, Tools and Technique or  On-Camera Acting Process and Auditioning Skills. Each week is unique and will not duplicate exercises or assigned acting scenes.

Dates:  2022
Week A: June 20- June 24 (CLOSED)
Week B: July 11-July 15  (CLOSED)
Week C: August 1-August 5 (CLOSED)

Intensives Meet:
Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (1-hour lunch break daily.) Students participate all five days.

Fees:
Each Full Week Intensive: (Either A, B, or C) :  
$750.              
Take TWO weeks and SAVE $100 !


  • Foundations of Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Foundations Week A:
    June 20- June 24 (CLOSED!)

    REGISTER

     Fee: $750 

    Students will work on process, acting tools and objectives. This intensive is 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.” We will incorporate movement, voice and improvisation to fine tune the actor’s instrument.

  • On Camera Acting & Audition Technique

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Acting On Camera (Week B & C, CLOSED):
    Week B: July 11- July 15, 2022.
    Week C: August 1-August 5, 2022.
    Next Offering: Fall 2022
     

    REGISTER

     Fee: $750 for either wk B or C.

    This acting intensive is best suited for students who wish to be stretched and challenged while fine tuning their Film or Television Acting and Auditioning Skills. In this film acting class 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 are encouraged to dig deeper and find the ‘hooks’ or links that help them identify with the roles they play.  Students portray roles from our extensive film/TV library and all participants should plan to reserve evening time to prepare and memorize assigned material. All classroom scenes are reviewed for discussion and individualized help during critiques. Class discussion defines particular themes and audition problems inherent in a variety of on-camera material — feature or independent films, episodic television series, situation comedy, TV pilots, etc 

    If great actors make the most interesting choices, this course will help define how those choices evolve, what to look for, and ultimately, how  to enter the life of the character.

FAQs

  • Will you be doing Zoom Intensives for summer 2022?

    Answer:  Yes. All summer courses will meet remotely. The summer intensives in 2021 were a huge success! All students (and parents) felt the level of instruction was outstanding. I felt the students made huge progress, accomplishing advanced and impressive work.
    Due to travel quarantines and ‘social distancing’ restrictions RLS successfully altered it’s  curriculum to offer Zoom acting intensives. I have taught and coached online for years to great success (scene study, auditioning, monologues, basic acting technique.)  I would not offer these Summer Intensives if I wasn’t confident that the curriculum offers plenty of opportunity to move, rehearse, explore, study text, and learn in a positive and engrossing way. Students will be encouraged to work honestly by the nuanced ‘intimacy’ of the Zoom universe. This will assist students in their efforts for honest, provocative, and spellbinding work!
    And for our frequent out of town students, think of the savings on meals and lodging!   

  • May I take both the Foundations and On Camera Intensives?

    Answer: Yes! If you have limited experience, and as a general practice, we recommend that you take the Foundations week before you take the On-Camera Intensive to better prepare you for the  in-depth scene work. There is also a $100 tuition discount for enrolling in two or more weeks.

  • May I take both weeks of the On Camera Intensives? Are they different or the same course?

    Answer: While both weeks focus on camera acting technique the exercises and scenes assigned will vary and not be repeated in either discipline. Students can definitely benefit from taking both types of intensive, or two weeks of a single theme (two weeks of On Camera Acting for example.)

    So yes! Register for both intensives and benefit from the varied focus. Or take all offered weeks for the utmost experience and growth. A discount is offered for taking two or more weeks.

  • What happens during the lunch break?

    Answer: Students have a one hour lunch break every day. We suggest you go outside or change your location while eating. A short break will be offered in the afternoon session, and possibly in the a.m.  

  • How do I register? Cancellation Policy?

    Answer: Submit your Registration form online. If possible please attach a photo and resume, and optionally,  paste the link  to a Vimeo, Wetransfer, or Youtube posted video of yourself performing a 2-minute or less contemporary monologue. Do not upload any videos– only provide the link. (if it is a private posting, be sure to note the password in ‘comments’ so we have permission to open and review.) 

    Alternatively we can ‘see’ each other via a video conference through Zoom software. You can ask questions, and if interested, perform a short 1-2 minute prepared monologue or the Director can furnish you a cold reading. We want to be able to answer any questions you have!

    Immediately upon receiving your Registration materials, we email you a direct PayPal invoice to pay your tuition. Please wait for our email and be sure it has the RLS logo and is from PayPal. We will send it to the email you list on your registration form. The invoice will list the correct tuition based on the number of weeks you select and the date you submit payment. There is an option to pay a 50% deposit (until June 1) . After June 1 full tuition is required. The invoice can be paid by either a PayPal personal account, or by credit or debit card. The transaction is encrypted and secure. We do not see your credit/debit information. PayPal confirms your payment to us, and we will then re-confirm with a Rita Litton Studio receipt.

    Remember! You are not confirmed for a summer space until the tuition minimum is received.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Summer Program cancellation requests received by June 1 will receive a full tuition refund, less a $75 summer administration fee. No refunds or credits after June 1, or after classes have begun for any reason. This policy is firm and allows us to maintain our small class/intensive composition. 

  • More Questions ?

    Feel free to send us an email. Or give us a call. If we are teaching  please leave a voice message with a preferred (day and) time for us to call you back!


Rita Litton (from the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book,” by Lisa Mulcahy)

“The famous stage actress Ellen Terry quoted three “I’s” essential for an actor’s success: Intelligence, Imagination and Industry. Of these she thought imagination the most important. I’d copy her list and add Integrity. Many people struggle to maintain businesses in the arts; temptations exist to lower standards, or make bizarre promises. We are in the arts because we love the work and want to inspire others to love it as well. They won’t love it if they are given poor treatment, or disrespected.”

Summer Classes are held via Zoom Conferencing.

Upcoming classes are held: 
Remotely, via online software, until further notice.
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Upcoming

Upcoming

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.”

Next Up– Fall Program Registering Now!

See Course Descriptions  

  • On Camera Film Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall Program. 
    Dates: October 15, 22, 29, November 5 & 12.
    Day/Time: Saturdays 10:30 AM -12:00 PM.
    Fee: $395 for five sessions.

    Register

  • Foundations of Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall Program
    Dates: October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, & Nov 12th.
    Day/Time: Saturdays 12:00- 1:30 PM.
    Fee: $395 for five sessions.

    Register

  • Monologues

    Private Coaching by Rita Litton

    Dates: Year Round, currently via online software. 
    Perfect for:  BFA, MFA, or High School Performing Arts Entrance Auditions. Help selecting and polishing monologues, including Classical Monologues! Pre-screen tapings and advice.
    Fee:  Contact me for information

  • Commercials and Voice Acting & Auditioning

    Rita Litton Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall 2022
    Time: Email for information
    (private commercial coaching also available)

    Register

Classes are held at:
Upcoming Classes will be held online via Zoom! Save time commuting, and avoid canceled transportation!

NOTE: For future classes on site in New York City, all students will be required to provide proof of full vaccination. All mask mandates will be strictly enforced. Policies are for the safety of our students and staff.

Private coaching currently via Zoom online software!

REGISTER

CANCELLATION POLICY: All Courses will be held subject to demand. Cancellation requests must be received two weeks prior to the start of term for deposit or tuition refund (less a non-refundable $35 administration fee). No refunds or credits will be given with less than two weeks notice or after classes have begun for any reason. This policy is firm (and necessary to maintain our small class composition).

Rita Litton (from the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book,” by Lisa Mulcahy)

“The famous stage actress Ellen Terry quoted three “I’s” essential for an actor’s success: Intelligence, Imagination and Industry. Of these she thought imagination the most important. I’d copy her list and add Integrity. Many people struggle to maintain businesses in the arts; temptations exist to lower standards, or make bizarre promises. We are in the arts because we love the work and want to inspire others to love it as well. They won’t love it if they are given poor treatment, or disrespected.”

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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.”

ON CAMERA FILM ACTING  

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.


FOUNDATIONS OF ACTING

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.”


MONOLOGUES

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 AUDITION TECHNIQUE

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.)


PRIVATE ACTING COACHING

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


VOICE OVER ACTING

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.

For regular updates please follow me at @ritalittonacting on Instagram
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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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Rita Litton

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My name is Rita Litton and I am an award-winning New York based acting teacher and coach. If you expected acteen.com you are in the right place! As Director and Founder of ACTeen, the nation’s first film acting training program for young adults for over twenty five years, I am pleased to showcase my latest venture. Rita Litton RLS offers small group theater or film acting classes, audition seminars and private coaching for adults or teens. Now is a great time to study,  as production ‘gets back to work.’ You may study online in small group classes, or privately via Zoom, without the pressures of travel restrictions, weather storms, or the stress of commuting. Yes! Online Zoom classes offer unique and valuable instruction to students, as our Summer or Fall Intensives confirmed. See “Testimonials” for more comments!

Check out this site for upcoming information on special courses  or industry events. (My recent Talent Industry Showcase was very successful!) I am available for on set coaching, guest artist lectures, one-on-one work for audition coaching and guidance in submitting self-tapes. I am a very helpful monologue audition coach and director for performing arts school auditions (including finding appropriate classical monologues.) I have extensive experience teaching on camera film acting technique, auditioning for TV series & pilots, voice overs, commercials, career guidance and more! See “About Rita”.

New York acting classes are meeting online in Zoom small group classes.  When we return to the classroom all students studying in NYC must show proof of full vaccination, and abide by all mask requirements.  Courses are open for immediate enrollment. (My Fall Program is up next!!) I hope you will review this site  contact me for more information. I’m happy to arrange your personal plan of study!

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John Seda Visits!

Jon Seda, recent star of the NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” (Detective Antonio Dawson.) Jon currently stars as Dr Sam Velez in NBC’s top ranked action series “LaBrea”–now prepping Season Two !!

Rita Litton

Rita Litton

Acting Teacher • Coach

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is creating an atmosphere where actors feel free to ‘play’. As an actress I worked with many professional directors through the years. The ones I enjoyed the most, or wanted to work with again, were those that inspired me to take risks,and who gave me freedom to explore. I ask a great deal from my students, so I am thrilled when they rise to the challenge and do something unexpected or brave. That exhilaration, that sense of adrenaline pumping, when the work takes flight…that is any director/teacher’s goal.”

Rita Litton (From the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book” by Lisa Mulcahy.)

Fall Program

UPCOMING

Choose:

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  • On Camera Film Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    See Upcoming for schedule!
    ONLINE via ZOOM

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  • Foundations of Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Next Offering Fall 2022.
    See:  Upcoming for weekly dates and fees.

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  • Monologues

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Private Coaching
    Available Year Round 
    By appointment via Zoom.
    Find your dream monologues!
    Get accepted to your dream school!

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  • Commercial Acting & Auditioning

    Rita Litton Instructor

    Fall Program
    ONLINE via ZOOM
    Dates: TBD
    (Private commercial coaching by request)

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  • Jon Seda

    “Rita Litton is a fantastic acting teacher who believed in me and helped me believe in myself!”

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  • Daniella Alonso

    “After starting her classes, I was getting callbacks. Rita slowly helps you develop into the person you’re supposed to be.”

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  • Jordana Brewster

    “I went from knowing nothing about the business to bookings thanks to Rita Litton.”

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