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Professional Kids and Teens Acting Classes





Location: JAS Studios, Sherman Oaks.


9:30-12:00    9-12 YEAR OLDS     $75 PER STUDENT. [early bird $65]


1:30 - 4:00    13-17 YEAR OLDS    $75 PER STUDENT [early bird $65]


We are SERIOUS about PLAY! Our young artist acting workshops foster EMPATHY, IMAGINATION and CONFIDENCE. You’ll also have a lot of FUN learning new acting skills that will help you hone your craft and creative process. Weekly youth acting classes available from July.

Starting July 2023 - reserve your spot NOW! Limited space available. 


After 20 years of coaching professional actors, Joe Anthony is proud to launch professional youth acting classes for 9 to 17 year olds. The JAS philosophy of fostering ‘empathy, curiosity and imagination’ will now be available to young artists, keen to develop as people and actors.  As Joe states: “in a city and industry that promotes ego and celebrity, I believe it is vital to promote empathy, connection and community. As young people become more isolated through technology and social media, I want to create a space in which they can play, grow and get serious about developing their acting skills.

At JAS we are serious about play!”  


Acting is an ideal activity to develop children’s empathy, confidence and connection with others and the world around them. Weekly classes for 9-17 year olds build a strong acting foundation [improv; scene study; on-camera and commercial acting] and grow their industry knowledge in monthly workshops led by leading LA industry talent agents and casting directors.


Our classes are small so that we can get to know our young artists in a caring, supportive and creative environment. Through our trusted partners we will help your child with their headshots, resumes, demo reels and audition materials for professional work and college entry. All material will be age appropriate.

Every fourth session will be led by a leading Los Angeles theatrical agent and former Head of Casting at Disney. College audition preparation is available with the former head of undergraduate Acting at USC and the former acting coach of Kit Harrington [Game of Thrones].



The fourth session of each month will be lead by a leading LA industry professional. Talent Agents, Casting Directors, Headshot Photographers, Directors and former child Actors will be invited to share their insights and experience with our community of young artists.


These workshops are for educational purposes only, and do not imply possible casting or representation by industry professionals.




9-12 ‘TWEENS’    SATURDAYS     10:30AM-12:30PM


13-17 ‘TEENS’    SATURDAYS    1:30PM - 3:30PM



$195 a month [4 classes]


2 month minimum [first and last] and then month-to-month or $1,995 for 12 months [annual membership includes free Bridges to Industry guest workshops and seminars].

To reserve your place [space is limited] please call 310.920.1639 or email


Amanda Charney

Core Faculty


Matt Jackson

Guest Faculty


Brian Parsons

Guest Faculty

Faculty Bios

Amanda Charney

Amanda Charney is a working actor, singer, and educator born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts (’14), Amanda studied theatre, on-camera performance, voice over acting, music, cinema, and more. While at USC she spent a semester steeped in classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London, and also met Joe Anthony with whom she has now been taking classes for over ten years. Since entering the professional world, Amanda has explored LA's theatre and indie film scene. She has starred in shorts and features, including feature film "Calvinball” which won the Audience Award for "Best Feature Film" at the Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. 


Amanda performs around the country with Andrews Sisters group “The Harmony Dolls", including a performance at First Lady Jill Biden's Luncheon in Washington, DC in 2022. During the holidays, she sings for public and private events with caroling groups The Tinseltones and Jingle 5. Currently Amanda teaches private singing lessons, music directs school productions around Los Angeles, and teaches singing through Act One Theatre Camp. She also teaches gardening at LAUSD schools with the local nonprofit EnrichLA. 

Matt Jackson

Matt has worked for over 20 years in talent development with companies including ABC, Amazon, Buchwald Entertainment, CBS, Disney Channel, Freeform, FX, Hallmark Channel, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Netflix, OWN, Rebel Entertainment Partners, TNT, TBS and Warner Bros. He has cast, developed and represented an array of young talent during his extensive career. Currently Matt is VP West Coast Talent at McDonald Selznick Associates [MSA]. 

Brian Parsons

Brian is the former Director of Undergraduate Acting at USC.

Brian trained at Bristol University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. On graduation from Bristol he joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre company [England’s oldest working theatre]  as a stage director. He has worked as a director, acting teacher and performer in the UK and USA at, amongst others, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; University of Southern California; Royal National Theatre; Tisch School of the Arts NYU; The Royal Court Theatre; BBC; LIPA; Mountview Academy; Arden School of Theatre; Rose Bruford College; Aquila Theatre Company; Franklin Stage Company; Carroll College; Oklahoma City University, and the University of Hull Drama Department.


As an acting teacher he trained many notable performers such as Kit Harrington [Jon Snow in Game of Thrones]; Cush Jumbo [The Good Fight]; Tom Payne [The Walking Dead, Prodigal Son]; Nathan Stewart-Jarrett [Candyman, Four Weddings and A Funeral Mini-series]; Leanne Best [Young Wallender]; Karan Soni [Deadpool, Deadpool 2, The People We Hate At The Wedding]; Liz White [Unforgiven]; Brendan Patricks [Downton Abbey, Gentleman Jack]; Tom Brooke [Empire of Light, The Crown], and Sam Spruell [Taken 3, The Last Ship, Starred Up, The Hanging Sun]. 


Brian provides college audition prep classes to the Teens section.

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