13-Week Training Program for Actors Aged 10-16

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 Reservation Dogs

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Addison Hambright


The Unbreakable Boy

Feature Films

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Riley Kahn

What Josiah Saw 

Feature Film

Reylynn Caster

Series Regular, 

ABC's Speechless

CBS's Me, Myself and I

Thatcher Ridings

Lifetime's Southern Christmas

Addie Hoppers

Lotus Entertainment's Starbright

Camille Columbus

FOX's Brooklyn 99

Madilyn Kellam

Run with the Hunted feature film starring Melissa Leo

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

Atreyu Mansker

Young Prince in Scandal Made Me Famous TV series

Jada Williams

National commercial

for Crew 82

Gavin Taylor

Christmas in the Heartland starring Bo Derek, Shelley Long

Owen Joyner

Nickelodeon's 100 Things To Do Before Highschool

Noah Crawford

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

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 18, 2022

Showcase the first week of May


No class week of March 14

12-Student Limit
Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Beginning January 20, 2022

Showcase the first week of May​


No class week of March 14

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 18, 2022

Showcase the first week of May


No class week of March 14

10-Student Limit
Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. 
Beginning January 20, 2022


Showcase the first week of May

No class week of March 14

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!)

  • Script writing

  • Voice Over work

  • Dramatic Acting

  • Comedic Acting

  • Cold Reads

  • Auditioning

  • Commercial Acting

  • Improvisation

  • Scenes with professional Adult actors

  • 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 chris@actorfactory.net and we can discuss.

Meet the Team

Chris Oz McIntosh

Award-winning filmmaker

Director, Young Performer Academy

Chris Oz McIntosh is a Young Performer favorite, beginning his fifth year of teaching kids at The Factory, and the newly-named Director of the Young Performer Academy. 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.


He is an editor (editing Film Camp demo reels for 4 years), and his feature film FRACKERS is in post production.  His wife Melanie is also an educator, teaching English at Deer Creek High School.

Academy segments: Acting for Camera, Audition for Camera

Jenn Rader

Casting Associate

Professional Actor 

Jennifer Rader is Casting Associate at Freihofer Casting, Oklahoma’s largest and busiest casting office for feature film, commercials and television, and the only Casting Society of America casting office in the state.

She has a degree in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, and has taught dance classes to youngsters for over 10 years. Her casting credits include the films KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, STILLWATER,,  MINARI, WAKE UP, TO THE STARS, RUN WITH THE HUNTED, A DEADLY ROMANCE, THE TURKEY BOWL and STUCK OUT OF LOVE, among others.


She is also a professional actor, having appeared in commercials, in the films TEH INHABITANT, REAGAN,  THE PALE DOOR, SLEEPING IN PLASTIC and THE BYGONE and on TV in the series SCANDAL MADE ME FAMOUS.

Academy Segments: Audition for Camera

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Kimberly Condict


We are thrilled to have Los Angeles improv teacher Kimberly Condict filling in for us to teach improv online during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kimberly is a regular teacher with LA's legendary The Groundlings, where she holds the distinction of being one of the longest-running performers on the Sunday Company, performing for 18 months. She still performs there as a guest with the cast of the Crazy Uncle Joe Show with fellow Groundling Stephanie Courtney (Progressive’s “Flo”), the monthly all-Sunday Company alumni improv show, Bad Company, and in her own creation, SHARON MERKLE PRESENTS: LADIEZ LAFFIN’: A STAND-UP COMEDY GRADUATION SHOW.” 

Academy Segments: Improv

Tori Hartley is a professional actor and casting assistant at Freihofer Casting.  


Factory young performers know Tori as a camp counselor for two years at Film Camp, where she has led Film Race teams as well as coached film scenes.


She is a senior Acting major at the University of Oklahoma. Her casting credits include the film WHALING as well as several commercials. As an actor, she has appeared in the film SLEEPING IN PLASTIC and on TV in the series MURDER MADE ME FAMOUS.


Academy Segments: Acting for Camera

Tori Hartley

Casting Assistant

Professional Actor

Chris Freihofer, CSA

Oklahoma's only

CSA Award-winning

Casting Director

Chris Freihofer is Oklahoma’s only CSA-member 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 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 and in 2021 he received the Casting Society of America's Artios Award for his work on the feature film MINARI


Academy Segment: Audition Master Class

Let's do it!


Ages 10-16


Start the week of January 18 | Showcase the first week of May

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather

No class week of March 14

$425 (Monthly plans available)


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Questions about the current session?

Email chris@actorfactory.net  or call us at 405.701.1673

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 $75 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.