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The Playground
Acting Classes Los Angeles

The Playground offers acting classes for kids, teens, and young adults.
Contact us now to get started!


Acting Classes in Los Angeles!

Welcome to The Playground! We offer acting classes for kids, acting classes for teens, and acting classes for young adults. The Playground has acting studios in Los Angeles & Orange County, California. Get started today!

Acting Classes For Kids

The Playground is welcoming new talent between the ages of 5 – 12 years old! Click the link below to learn more about this acting program.


Acting Classes For Teens

Calling all teens! These classes are for teens between the ages of 13 – 17 years old. Click the link below to get more details about these classes.


Acting Classes For Young Adults

If you’re 18 and over, we’ve got you covered! The Playground offers acting classes for young adults. Click the link below for more information.


Summer Acting Program

Visiting southern California for the summer? Our summer acting program is the perfect fit for you! Click the link below to learn more.


Want to Join The Playground or Visit Our Studio?

The Playground is an exclusive acting conservatory in Los Angeles for kids, teens, and young adults. Limited seats available. Contact one of our admission directors for more details!



The Playground is a young actors conservatory created by Gary Spatz. Who is Gary Spatz? Gary is one of the top acting coaches in the world for kids, teens, and young adults. Gary Spatz has almost 30 years experience working with young actors in the entertainment industry.

Projects & Actors Include:
  • The Mickey Mouse Club
  • Suite Life
  • Everybody Loves Raymond 
  • Roseanne
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Christina Aguilera + more..


The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Dylan and Cole Sprouse are the lead actors in the Disney Channel’s Sitcom, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”

Watch this short YouTube clip and you can hear both Dylan and Cole casually talk about Gary Spatz, the Director of The Playground Los Angeles.

Whether Gary’s students become professional actors, writers, or directors; Gary’s goal as a mentor is to help his students reach their maximum potential and be a positive influence.

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The Playground has many success stories! Some of our working actors include Ashley Argota who’s often seen on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Then there’s Joel Courtney who landed the lead role in J.J. Abrams, Super 8. Next we have Jordana Beatty who landed the lead role in Judy Moody. We also have Jadagrace who has a main role in the blockbuster hit Terminator Salvation.

Ashley Argota From The Playground

Judy Moody From The Playground

Joel Courtney From The Playground

Jadagrace From The Playground


The Playground Acting School

Acting Classes Los Angeles: The Playground


acting classes los angelesGary Spatz and The Playground staff love teaching acting classes, it’s our primary passion. Gary Spatz founded “The Playground – A Young Actors’ Conservatory” as an on-camera acting program where kids, teens, and young adults are asked to challenge themselves which ultimately stimulates their abilities.

At The Playground in Los Angeles and Orange County, our main focus is creating a nurturing environment that allows our students to exercise their imaginations and creativity. Gary and his faculty of professional teachers strive to help each actor develop their creativity, confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem. We have acting classes all year including our summer acting programs.

Acting Classes Help Develop Your Self Confidence

Gary Spatz’s Playground is dedicated to helping kids, teens, and adults create their own unique style for on-camera performances associated with television, film, and commercial. Our actors will learn the craft of acting, and if you’re a parent, you will learn about the acting business and performing arts.

Young Actors’ Programs at The Playground

At The Playground, our classes focus on the craft of television acting, commercial acting, acting auditioning, and film acting. Actors that enroll at The Playground will not only improve in their acting skills; our students learn other skills that help them become more successful and succeed in life. Gary Spatz and his faculty will help you become a better speaker, better listener, improve your reading comprehension, and your self confidence will skyrocket.

The Playground Acting Studio

The Playground acting school utilizes professional quality digital recording studios including theater style seating, high definition playback monitors, start of the art cameras, digital video recorders, professional digital video editing, and studio grade lighting that you’d find at a TV set.

Our acting classes will help you excel at on-camera work. Our acting studios in Los Angeles and Orange County are designed to compliment our coach’s efforts to help our kid actors, teen actors, and young adults classes develop professional and unique acting technique.

Acting Classes For Kids Program

Our most popular acting program is our youngest program, the children’s program. Our acting classes for kids is for 7 and 8-year-old children. In some situation, we can work with 6 yr old children if they’re passionate with an advanced reading level. We also have three different levels starting with beginners, intermediate, and advanced. We’ll have our acting directors interview your child to determine their level, but most young children start at the beginning level. These classes are also available during our summer acting programs.

Preteen Acting Classes

The Playground preteen acting program is designed for kids that are between the ages 9 and 12 years old. This is the perfect acting program for young kids seeking the benefits of acquiring acting skills and building confidence. This acting program also has three levels; beginners, intermediate, and advanced experience levels. If you’re just visiting Los Angeles, you can take these classes during the summer as well.

Teen Acting Classes

Our teen acting program is very popular with teens between the ages of 13 to 17. Have you ever watched the Disney Channel and thought to yourself, “I wonder what it’s like to act on camera. It looks like fun..” Well it is fun! Gary Spatz has worked with some of the most famous actors and actresses that started with the Disney Channel. Contact us to learn more about this acting program. We have a summer acting program available too. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or more advanced; we have three different levels where so we’ll find the perfect placement for you.

Acting Classes For Young Adults

We haven’t forgot about the adults. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 30yrs old, it’s never too late to start learning the craft of acting. The skills you learn at our acting studio are priceless and help you improve in so many areas of life. Like the classes for kids and teens, the adult classes are also focused on on-camera acting skills and we’ll help you when going out on auditions, self-esteem, and confidence. This program is welcoming talent at all levels from beginners to advanced, and we also offer these classes during our summer acting program.

Why Should You Take Acting Classes?

The Playground acting classes provide lifelong benefits. Like most kids, we watch hero on television and movies and think how much we would love to be an actor. While most people won’t end up on the big screen, acting is still a life skill that offers many advantages in life. The Playground acting school provides practical benefits for children and adults that will reap rewards throughout the course of their lives. Here’s a few good reasons why you should join The Playground:

Acting Classes Stimulate Creativity

Acting Classes at The Playground helps kids, teens, and adults stimulate their right-sided creative brain. The craft of acting is an performing art, and as you attend our acting class, you’ll use and develop your creative abilities. The Playground acting school encourages each student to engage with fellow actors in delivering their performance.

The Playground challenges each actor to be curious, explore different personas, become playful, act spontaneous, use different emotions, be funny, show compassion, and grow and learn. As you learn to exercise your creative muscle, the effects will start to permeate in other areas of your life.

Acting Classes Build Self Confidence

The Playground acting classes will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform by the repeated process of learning to act in front of a camera. The Playground will teach you how to tell a story to an audience. We’ll teach you not only how to keep your audience’s attention; we’ll teach you how to have your audience on the edges of their seats waiting to hear what you have to say next. With most people, public speaking is the number one fear, and we’ll help you overcome that fear.

Private Acting Classes

The Playground’s focused private acting classes are available for intermediate to advanced young actors that want to sharpen their acting skills, focus on character development, or prepare for an acting role or audition. Our private acting classes will help you address a broad range of needs.

If you’re a total beginner, private acting classes might be for you if you’re unable to take a regular class on the weekend. If you’re an experienced professional actor, you can take private acting classes to work on character study, cold reading, and monologues. You can also use a private acting session to get advice on finding talent representation, head-shots, plus more. Whatever your concern is during your private acting session, we focus on just you and assist you with the issue.

How Private Acting Coaching Works

If you’re a parent, then you contact our office and request a private coaching session. We you call, make sure that you describe the focus of the session and preferred time and dates. The sessions are held at The Playground acting studio. Obviously if you’re an adult, you can just call yourself and make the appointment lettings us know what areas you want to focus on.

The Playground’s private acting classes are customized to fit your individual needs. Some of your individual needs might include, but not limited to on-camera auditions, theatre auditions, improved audition techniques, audition preparation, help with monologues, and suggestions on improved improvisation techniques.

A lot of our actors have found that our classes have helped with speech impediments, bad acting habits, improved cold reading techniques, and character development. You’ll also learn the business of acting and make some valuable connections along the way. Sounds good? Contact The Playground now to get started!