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The Studio for Actors in Tucson, AZ
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What I'd like to do right now is introduce you to The Studio for Actors in Tucson, Arizona. I moved from New York City to Tucson in 1984 to create and open a professional acting studio in the Southwest - and for more than 20 years, it's been a one-of-a-kind situation.

The Studio isn’t connected to any talent agency, so you don't have someone dangling auditions in front of you - "Take my $800 course and you’ll get auditions" - a classic scam. The Studio is the real thing - just a superb training ground with 14 different courses, each offered at beginning to advanced levels. People have studied at The Studio who are as young as 12 and as seasoned as 80. Another rarity is that all of these courses and private sessions are coached by someone with great credentials and extensive experience. Click here for information about qualifications.

Courses and Private Sessions

Evening Classes

  • Monday - Saturday
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    (unless noted otherwise in the schedule)
  • $40 to $55 per week as you come
  • Courses are typically between 4 and 8 weeks long

Private Sessions

  • Available for most courses
  • Sessions are typically 1½ hours or 1 hour long
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday at 12:30pm or 1:30pm; Tuesday or Friday evenings at 6:30pm or 7:30pm; Saturdays at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, or sometimes 3:00pm - depending on schedules and availability
  • 1 hour for $55 or 1½ hours for $80

Training is offered in the following areas (at several different levels, ranging from beginning to advanced). Click on a course title for a full description.


To take a tour through all the course descriptions, click here.

Click here to see how acting courses can make great gifts.

Holiday Season Discounts

Come celebrate the holidays at The Studio for Actors.

Choice #1 - Comedy Improvisation - four (4) Wednesday nights in a row starting on any Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:00pm. This course is usually $40/week, but the holiday rate is $30/week. So, instead of $160 for the course, it's just $120. You'll laugh a lot, have a great time, and it's a wonderful holiday destressor.

Choice #2 - Private Sessions - normally $55/hour are $45/hour. You can have private sessions in classes such as audition technique, monologues, speaking/presentation, and many other topics. What a way to celebrate.

These special rates are in effect for a limited time to new students only. All classes and/or sessions should be booked between November 01, 2014 and December 31, 2014, and may be taken up through January 15, 2015. Please book at least a week in advance.

Call (520) 881-2363 and we can book your training at the special holiday rates. Please mention "Holiday Specials" when you call, and have a great holiday season.

- Anna



Anna Risley

After receiving her BA in Drama from the University of Wisconsin, Anna was in the cast of Saturday Night Live for one year, in two Broadway shows, has been the lead in some 35 plays nationwide, and has done two pilots for new sitcoms. Along with these credits, her NYC/LA career included five weeks on a Soap and countless voice jobs. She has also had small roles in several feature films. Anna has owned and run The Studio For Actors here in Tucson since 1984 and, although she continues to do extensive voice work as an actor, she personally coaches all her group classes and private sessions. One of her favorite areas is training students in dramatic and comedic scenes and monologues. Click here for more details.


Note on Evening Classes

If you're signed up for a multi-week course and you have to miss one of the evenings, you'll still owe for the class that you missed. In most cases, we can book a private session outside of class to make up for the missed evening class.




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The Studio for Actors, 310 E. Sixth Street, Tucson, AZ 85705 (between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave.)

For more information, call (520) 881-2363.

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