ACTeen—Acting for Teens was created in 1978 by successful theater/commercial actress Rita Litton, as the first on camera acting curriculum for teenagers. ACTeen Juniors a sub division expressly for ages 10-12 was added in 2011. ACTeen develops dedicated pre-professionals into technically proficient, versatile, and marketable actors. Combining theatrical discipline with spontaneous, effective on-camera acting techniques, students learn to successfully perform in both film and theater media with skill and professionalism.
ACTeen believes that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. Therefore, various acting techniques are incorporated, including Stanislavsky, Meisner, Uta Hagen & Stella Adler exercises. The goal is to offer possibilities and tools, and more than one path to characterization. Students learn to function among diverse directors and actors with varying acting approaches.
In addition students benefit enormously from the video playbacks (the “one picture is worth a thousand words” theory), which are an integral part of the on-camera acting classes and also utilized in elective courses.
Hundreds of ACTeen graduates have achieved successful careers in film, television, and the theater including: Daniella Alonso (“Revolution," "Friday Night Lights,” “One Tree Hill”), Sofia Black D'Elia ("Gossip Girl", "Skins"), Katelyn Tarver ("Big Time Rush," "Secret Life of an American Teen,") Gillian Zinser ("90210,") Max Schneider (Nickelodeon's "How to Rock," "Rags,")Jordana Spiro ("Mob Doctor," “My Boys”), Danny Masterson (“Men at Work, "That ’70s Show”), Jordana Brewster (“Dallas", "Fast & Furious" films,”)Raphael Sbarge ("Once Upon a Time,") China Shavers (“ER.” “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”), Samm Levine (“Do No Harm," "Freaks and Geeks,”), students on Broadway in "The Book of Mormon," "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Billy Elliot," "Jersey Boys", "Oklahoma," “Spamalot,” etc, Emmy nominee Cara Buono ("Mad Men") or Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light”, ‘Stacy Morasco’ “One Life to Live”), and Emmy & Golden Globe series winner Jamie Lynn Sigler (‘Meadow Soprano’ in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” "Guys with Kids," ‘Belle’ on Broadway in “Beauty and the Beast”), Jon Seda (“The Pacific,” "Treme," Chicago Fire,” “Selena”), and Dana Barron (“Beverly Hills 90210,” "National Lampoon's Vacation"). Many acquired their first representation through our industry showcases.
ACTeen is proud to be the winner of three Backstage Magazine "Reader's Choice Awards" ("Favorite Acting Coach/Classes for Teens.") ACTeen is consistently recommended by New York talent agents and managers for their clients and prospective clients. In addition, our alumni roster includes graduates who have become successful talent agents, managers, film directors, screenwriters, and producers.
ACTeen Incorporated holds classes at the Weist-Barron Studios, home of Weist-Barron, the first on-camera acting school in America, (established in 1958 ). Various Articles about ACTeen or Rita Litton, have appeared in “Seventeen”, “Cosmo Girl,” “The New York Times, ““New York Magazine,” “New York Post,” “The Princeton Review, “ “Chicago Tribune,“ “Backstage,” “Dramatics” magazine, “Variety,” on television, and in news broadcasts. ACTeen’s copyrighted curriculum is favorably mentioned in various books on acting, including praise in "Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide," by Emmy-winning director Mary Lou Belli, and Dinah Linney, and "How to Be a Working Actor” by Mari Lyn Henry (former Head of East Coast Casting for ABC-TV.