Professional Conservatory

Still from “Indecent” By Paula Vogel – Class of 2022 Contemporary Shows

LA Professional Conservatory Details:

Fall Intake: Classes Begin September 11th, 2023
Fall Intake Applications Due: March 27th, 2023
Tuition: $6,500 Per Semester ($33,082 Total, including STRF and Classroom Supplies fee)
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The Professional Conservatory (Two and a Half Year Conservatory) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST) and approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education of California (BPPE).  For more information on NAST, Click here.  For more information on the BPPE, Click here.

Our flagship Professional Conservatory (Two and a Half Year Conservatory) is the apex of all training programs at the Art of Acting Studio. In this exclusive program students learn tools and techniques to better engage their imagination, to analyze text deeply and accurately, to create rich, specific characters, to engage the body and voice fully and to work professionally and creatively on both stage and screen. The goal of this program is to fully prepare students for both the craft and business of acting.

Classes are five days a week, between 6:30PM and 10:30PM. As such, the training is intense and intended to produce a comprehensive conservatory experience over the length of two and a half years.

Class size is limited to 14 students. Admission by audition only. For information about the current curriculum, please download the school catalog here.

Students may opt to enrol in our Spring (January) 2024 Intake, which is considered our “Fast Track” option where students complete the 2.5 year program in two years (five consecutive semesters).

The First Year (1st and 2nd Semester)
The first year of the program focuses on providing students with a strong foundation from which to grow through a firm acting technique, voice and speech work, movement and physical exploration, as well as contemporary and classical scene work and an introduction to technique for film. Students will develop a facile and responsive body, a strong and clear voice, and a clear understanding of the Studio’s acting technique. Students will also gain stagecraft experience by assisting as crew on the second year student productions. The First Year concludes with a Rehearsal Project.

Still from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare – Class of 2022 Shakespeare Shows

The Second Year (3rd and 4th Semester) *
The second year concentrates on applying the tools learned in the first year through intense contemporary and classical scene work, with continued voice and speech work and an exploration of physical acting. Students begin performance through their Poetry Project, followed by a short film endeavour called the Genesis Project. Students will develop and create self-generated works, including a Solo Show performance of an original piece, and will explore more in-depth On-Camera scene work. The Second Year concludes with a performance of a classical play.

Still from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare – Class of 2022 Shakespeare Shows

The Final Semester *
The Final semester is devoted to preparing for further performance and the professional world. Students will have classes regarding the business of acting, auditioning, and master classes with industry professionals. They will continue advanced contemporary and classical scene work as well as further On-Camera technique, and will culminate their learning with a performance of a contemporary play. Finally, students will develop a self-written Reel scene which will be screened for invited industry guests at a professional showcase.

* Invitation to continue studies in the Second Year and Final Semester is conditional on student growth, work ethic and overall engagement with the program, as reviewed by all faculty.

Still from “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams – Class of 2021 Contemporary Shows

Admission Information

Admission to the conservatory program is by interview and audition. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and must submit the following:

  1. A Completed Application Form.
  2. Headshot and Resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation in pdf format, must be dated and signed. Including referee’s address and telephone number. The letters should be from teacher or persons who can supply a recommendation pertaining to the applicant’s character and potential. Referees must send their letters to They may also mail their letters if they wish, to the Art of Acting Studio, 1017 N Orange Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  4. A $70 non-refundable application fee (payable to the Art of Acting Studio).


Admissions Dates

Fall 2023 Intake Applications and Auditions
Application and Audition Deadline: March 27th, 2023

Spring 2024 Intake Applications and Auditions
Application and Audition Deadline: September 15th, 2023

The Audition

The audition should consist of a performance of two contrasting monologues of your choice. One classical (Shakespeare) and one contemporary/realism (from a published play), no longer than 90 seconds each.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Monologues must be memorized.
  • Screenplays/Teleplays will NOT be accepted.


You will be contacted to schedule your audition, following the submission of your application.

If you are unable to attend an audition in person, you may submit a request to audition via Zoom or submit a video. However, live auditions (either in-person or on zoom) are strongly encouraged.

After the interview and audition have taken place, applicants will be notified if they are invited to a final callback audition.

COVID-19 Policy: Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates, policies and list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19.

*prices, curriculum, and faculty subject to change