STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM - ACT IN L.A.
Our Summer ACT in L.A. program is for both U.S. and international actors 14-18 years old who want to further their acting training in Los Angeles.
Our program’s goal is to bring a small and select group of talented young men and women to improve their acting skills and enjoy life in Los Angeles for the entire, fun month of July. So when someone asks you: “What did you do last summer?” You simply say: “ I was living and acting in Los Angeles last summer.”
We will match you with your L.A. host family, your home base and forever family. You will spend your weekdays in acting class at Young Actors Studio in the fun NoHo Arts District. We will explore the city as a group and you will simply be an L.A. actor for July.
All about Summer Act in L.A.
- PROGRAM OVERVIEW
- DATES AND PRICES
- STUDENT INQUIRY
The ages are 14-18 for this particular summer program.This is the only program that gives actors a set acting program of classes, an L.A. family life, coordinated activities to see the real Los Angeles, and a strong support network of experts in the acting world who know this fabulous city very well.
Do you have to be a professional actor with years of training? No! We look for actors who have a passion for the art and who will be grateful for the opportunity to live and act in L.A. We look for actors who have an open mind, a positive attitude for other actors and their L.A. host family, who will take direction from the acting coaches, who will help other actors, and who will strive to be the best in the class.
We interview you to determine compatibility for a VERY limited number of spaces. Our actors are grateful for this experience, excited to make friends with people from various cultures, and are eager to explore L.A. Appreciation, thank yous, and communicating are necessary for our L.A. host families and program.
We will match you with your host family, your L.A. family who will provide you not just room and full board, but a loving home. We will also do a ton of fun activities to explore Los Angeles, both touristy and local hot spots. You'll explore everything from Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Magic Mountain, Venice Boardwalk, downtown districts and everything in between.
Los Angeles is a huge student destination in the summer but we take care of everything so you don't have to. You won't have to worry about anything but acting and enjoying L.A. life. Space is purposely limited to maintain a comprehensive summer training schedule.
9AM – 1:30PM
The first half of the day consists of acting technique, voice/movement, improvisation, acting for the camera, and character work.
The second half of the day consists of students working together to present a production at the end of the program. This is a great intensive program for students who are passionate about acting, and wish to learn the craft in a conservatory-type approach.
6:30 – 10:30PM
Dinner time with your L.A. family. Free time with your host family and new friends or another round of class.
About the Young Actor's Studio
The Young Actor’s Studio is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor’s craft through classes, workshops, and productions. Our founder/current artistic director, Jeff Alan-Lee, was a child actor who subsequently taught and directed at various private/public schools and youth shelters, as well as teaching/directing at The Lee Strasberg Institute in both New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 1996, The Young Actor’s Studio was created as a supportive and nurturing environment for young actors to develop their craft. While the school has grown a lot since the initial ten students, we are still committed to excellent teaching in a supportive and close-knit environment.
(a full 30 days living in Los Angeles and includes everything minus flight, insurance, cell)
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INCLUDE?
- Enrollment in acting academy
- Matching you with one of our L.A. host families
- The host family takes care of room and board: three meals a day, support, help, activities, a family structure
- Organizing group activities to explore L.A.
- A month unlimited METRO pass
- Monitoring integration into the host family and training
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE?
- Mandatory health insurance
- Pocket money for shopping, out with friends when not with L.A. family or program activities, or group activities with a non-hosted lunch
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM LOCATION?
Our program and L.A. families is located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, the suburban area of L.A. Our schools and training facilities are primarily in the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood and Hollywood. All of these are accessible to major modes of transportation, including two METRO subway lines for easy access to school, home, arts training and all of Los Angeles.
L.A. HOST FAMILY
There’s not a better way to get the real L.A. experience than with one of our hand-selected L.A.host families! If you're an international student, there’s not a better way to improve your English in an organic, easy and fun way than by living with a family. Your L.A. family has been chosen for their desire to host a dancer. You will be a member of the family. You will have breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert in your home. You will be comfortable, have Wi-Fi of course, and enjoy life in L.A. as a teenager. We take great care in matching our students with their L.A. family. This will be your home, not a hotel! You’ll see why L.A. is so diverse and amazing.
ARE THERE RULES?
The application will list all the program rules and causes for dismissal from the program. All students will receive a copy of the program rules in their orientation packet and we will review them at our student orientation.
IS THERE A CURFEW?
The curfew is set by the family. If it is broken, the students are given a warning. If it is broken a second time, the students are sent home.
CAN WE DRINK ALCOHOL?
There is no alcohol consumption. Students who break this rule will be sent home immediately, at the natural parents’ expense.
DO WE NEED INSURANCE?
Proof of health insurance is mandatory. For our international students, we do not have a requirement of which company you choose or any affiliation with any company. It should be travel medical coverage. Here is a good place to start: www.internationalstudentinsurance.com
WHAT ARE THE FLIGHT DATES?
You should arrive on the program arrival date, June 30 and the departure date, August 1.
WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?
L.A. is huge and our students must understand that it will take time to get places and need to plan accordingly. We will provide each student with a METRO pass. It is the student’s job to get to any arts training or extra curricular activity. The host family and our team will show the student how to get to class. We will also show students the L.A. METRO system, which is what we use for group activities and how we all will get around this summer. Even though L.A. is large, it is very easy to navigate the transportation system.
IS THERE PROGRAM SUPPORT?
Students will be a part of the L.A. Cultural Exchange student family, which will include other U.S. students as well as an eclectic group of hand-selected international exchange students. The Program Managers are available 24/7, and live in the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of L.A. where our program is located.
WHO WE ARE
We are L.A. Cultural Exchange, a program of Artists Exchange Group, Inc., an arts education, marketing and tourism corporation based in Los Angeles' booming NoHo Arts District since 2003. The NoHo Arts District is Los Angeles' official arts district located in the North Hollywood neighborhood. NoHo is filled with 20+ theatres, professional dance studios, acting studios, art galleries, recording studios, boutiques and a myriad of dining options and venues that give us one-of-a-kind events.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
- SKYPE interview with the student.
- Accept student in program
- Fill out application and appropriate forms
- Match the student with the L.A.host family
- Fill out school-specific forms
WHEN IS THE PAYMENT DUE?
Students are invoiced the full program fee amount. All fees are due by May 15.
WHAT ABOUT CANCELLATION?
A student has the right to cancel by June 15 and will receive a refund less the $300 application fee and any other itemized nonrefundable fees within 30 calendar days. If the program cancels, we will refund entire program fee within 30 calendar days.
CAN I WITHDRAW FROM THE PROGRAM?
A student may withdraw from the program within the first week and there will be a prorated refund given less application fee and other itemized nonrefundable fees within 30 calendar days. After that date and at any time if a student is dismissed from the program due to failure to follow policies outlined in the Student Rule Book, there will be no refund due.
ARE THERE NONREFUNDABLE FEES?
$300 Application fee, mailing or courier fee, all bank wire transfer fee and credit card processing fees, housing placement service fee or any actual cost of housing arrangement for students incurred, passes, activity entrance fees, or similar charges.