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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.

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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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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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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

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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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