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13-Week Training Program for Actors Aged 10-17

Ready for some on-camera acting training? Ready to have fun, make friends, and learn about filmmaking?

The Actor Factory Young Performers Academy’s semester long program offers a full-service training ground for beginners or seasoned actors. Students will receive fun and specialized training from industry professionals in auditioning, improvisation, building a character, and on-camera acting!
They will build friendships and hone communication skills while working together with other students to build scenes and characters. Each semester ends in an exciting showcase for friends and family!

Student Success Stories

Check out what some of our previous students have been up to!

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Lane Factor

Series Regular, FX on Hulu's Peabody Award-winning Reservation Dogs

Steven Spielberg's The Fablemens

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Addison Hambright


The Unbreakable Boy

Feature Films

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Madilyn Kellam

Disney's The Naughty Nine

Run with the Hunted feature film starring Melissa Leo

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Reylynn Caster

Series Regular, 

CBS's The Young & The Restless

CBS's Me, Myself and I

Thatcher Ridings

Lifetime's Southern Christmas

Addie Hoppers

Lotus Entertainment's Starbright

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Riley Kahn

What Josiah Saw 

Feature Film

Camille Columbus

FOX's Brooklyn 99

Chole Davis

Whaling starring Tammin Sursok, Tom Felton,

David Koechner

Chole Wyatt

Painted Woman starring Stef Dawson, Matt Dallas

Winner: Best Actress at Wild Bunch Film Festival

Owen Joyner

Nickelodeon's 100 Things To Do Before Highschool

Noah Crawford

NBC's My Name Is Earl and CBS's Criminal Minds

Atreyu Mansker

Young Prince in Scandal Made Me Famous TV series

Jada Williams

National commercial

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Gavin Taylor

Christmas in the Heartland starring Bo Derek, Shelley Long

Victoria Scott

ABC's Modern Family

Days of Our Lives (CBS)

Young Performer Academy Session

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
Beginning January 17, 2023

Showcase third week of April


No class March 14 for Spring Break

12-Student Limit
Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Beginning January 19, 2023

Showcase third week of April


No class March 16 for Spring Breakl

12- Student Limit
Weeks 1-4 | Acting for Camera

Students will jump right in with acting for camera lessons! This fun and informative section will teach kiddos skills like:

  • Working within the frame (Crossing, eye-line, etc.)

  • The difference between film and theatre

  • Taking direction

  • Character development

  • Film terms and more!

Each week students will work on scenes from film and television, pushing their craft forward.

Weeks 5-7 | Improvisation

No acting training is complete without the most fun training of all: Improv!! These three weeks focus on improvising and learning skills like:

  • The basics of improv

  • Improvising in auditions - It happens more often than you'd think!

  • Working with scene partners while improvising

Weeks 8-10 | Audition for Camera

Working with working professionals in the casting office is the best training around! Casting associate Tiffany Feese and casting assistant Bethany Bourland will work with kiddos on:

  • Translating acting for camera skills to auditions

  • Taking direction quickly

  • Cold reading

  • Dos and don'ts

Weeks 11-12 | Workshop & Rehearsal

Casting Director Chris Freihofer, CSA will also come in for a mock audition scenario to give kiddos the feel of an actual audition. This is a great opportunity (and lots of grown-up actors would love this chance!)

Finally, some rehearsal! The group will work on their best scenes from the course, practice their favorite improv games for the showcase, and tie up any loose ends.

Week 13 | Showcase

We invite family to come see what these kiddos have worked so hard on! 

Advanced Academy

Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.
Beginning January 17, 2023

Showcase third week of April


No class March 14 for Spring Break

10-Student Limit
Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. 
Beginning January 19, 2023

Showcase third week of April

No class March 16 for Spring Break

10- Student Limit

The Actor Factory Young Performer Advanced Academy includes all of the aspects you LOVED about your first Academy experience but with elevated training and new areas of film to explore. 


Not only will all Advanced Academy sessions offer training in a variety of areas, but we will also focus on a specific area of training each semester. Options for specific areas of training include:

  • Filmmaking (Including making your own short film!)

  • Dramatic Acting

  • Comedic Acting

  • Cold Reads

  • Auditioning

  • Commercial Acting

  • Improvisation

  • Workshops with a variety of professional teachers.


Each semester, the teaching team will determine which area we will focus on and parents will be notified via email. 


Every student starts in THE ACADEMY, no matter what classes they have taken or where they have studied acting in the past. Students will not be invited to join The ADVANCED ACADEMY until they have completed our introductory program, an important building block before moving on to more elevated training. If you are sure that your student is an exception to the rule, email and we can discuss.

Advanced Academy Enrollment requires
completion of YP Academy and Special Permission. 
To apply for one of the 24 seats in Advanced Academy, click HERE

Meet the Team

Chris Oz McIntosh

Award-winning filmmaker

Director, Young Performer Academy

Chris Oz McIntosh is a Young Performer favorite, and Director of the Young Performer Academy, beginning his 8th year of teaching kids at The Factory. He is an award-winning filmmaker and editor with a degree in Broadcast & Electronic Media from the University of Oklahoma,


Chris’ short film MOVIE MAGIC, starring Factory Young Performers, screened at festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival and received top honors at several festivals nationwide.  His next film, STICK UP, was either nominated for or won top honors at several festivals across the country.


He is an editor (editing Film Camp demo reels for 8 years), along with the feature film FRACKERS.  His wife Melanie is also an educator, teaching English at Deer Creek High School.

Academy segments: Acting for Camera, Audition for Camera

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Kasey Weir

Professional Actor 

Casting Assistant

Kasey Weir returns to teach Young Performers at The Actor Factory after having spent the last decade in Los Angeles.  Prior to her departure, Kasey worked as an actor as well as a casting assistant at Freihofer Casting. She also taught several classes of  Young Performer Audition for Camera prior to the creating of Young Performer Academy.

She has appeared on stage, in film and commercials.

She has since returned to Oklahoma to be near family and has been assisting the adult class Audition for Film & Television.

Academy Segments: Audition for Camera

Madison Niederhauser


University Professor

We are thrilled to have University of Oklahoma theater professor Madison Niederhauser join the Factory staff, teaching improvisation to adults and Young Performers. 


His improv roots come from his study at Chicago's IO. He has taught improv in Chicago and now at the OU School of Drama, where he also directs and teaches acting.

He has appeared on stage for Chicago Shakespeare, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Commission Theater (Chicago) and more.  In addition to stage acting, he is an experienced voiceover artist and audiobook narrator.

Academy segment:  Improv

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Emily Bertels is a professional actor as well as a high school educator.  


Factory Film Campers know Emily as the sound recordist of all the demo reels, but Emily is a longtime Actor Factory student, having taken nearly every class offered.


She has worked on countless film & television sets as a stand-in, body double and background performer, and can be seen in principals roles in Lifetime's Deadly Seduction, the 360-degree VR feature All Terrain, ABC's The Last Defense, the features The Pale Door, Hosea, Spectre and many more.


Academy Segment: Acting for Camera

Emily Bertels

Professional Actor

Oklahoma Educator

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Chris Freihofer, CSA

Oklahoma's only

CSA Award-winning

Casting Director

Chris Freihofer is Oklahoma’s only Artios Award-winning Casting Director, owner of Freihofer Casting, the state’s busiest casting office for feature film, commercials and television.


With over 100 casting credits on his resume, he has worked for legendary filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom McCarthy and Terrence Malick, as well as notable filmmakers Cameron Crowe, Andrea Arnold, Michael Winterbottom, David Boyd and the directorial debuts for actors William H. Macy and Paul Dano.


He is also an actor, having appeared in feature film and network television, most notably on the series LONGMIRE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, PRISON BREAK and his best known for his recurring role on BREAKING BAD.  He will soon be seen in the HBO limited series LOVE & DEATH, working with Jesse Plemons and Elizabeth Olsen.


He is the owner of The Actor Factory, where he has taught Audition for Film & Television to adults on Monday nights since the studio opened in 2009. In 2016 he was honored with the Oklahoma Film Icon Award, in 2021 he received the Casting Society of America's Artios Award for his work on the feature film MINARI, and he was named to the 2022 Oklahoma Film Industry Power List by the Journal Record.


Academy Segment: Audition Master Class

Let's do it!


Ages 10-17

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather


$495 (Monthly plans available)


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Deposits are not refunded. Enrollment cannot be canceled within 72 hours of the start of the first class. If cancellation must be made outside of 72 hours before the start of the first class, your account will be refunded all monies paid on top of a $100 deposit. There are no refunds within 72 hours of the start of the first class and after the class session has begun.


In the event of inclement weather, a determination will be made on the safety of road conditions within a 30-mile perimeter of The Actor Factory. If class is rescheduled, parents will receive an email and The Actor Factory will update its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. If there is time, parents will be sent a text to the number on their Active account. In the event of a reschedule, an extra week will be added to the end of the class session to assure students receive the entire amount of training paid for.

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