In the Moment

In the Moment offers one of a kind classes and individual coaching for young actors.

Students learn by listening and doing while building a foundation for professional aspirations or even just for fun!

Summer Scene Study

6 week course beginning July 16th - $340

This class is formatted similar to a professional level scene study. The first of its kind, there are currently no other technique-based classes in this style offered for young actors in New York City.

Students ages 8-10 and 11-12 will be engaged in the basics of acting by learning to speak in their own voice, learning how to make informed choices in a script, and learning to listen and respond in the moment. These 3 elements will help unlock the doors to living truthfully in the imaginary world. No previous acting experience is required.

Class will be held once a week with a maximum of 8 students to create a learning experience that is both broad and individualized. Students will learn by doing, watching and listening.

Week 1: This first class will be an introduction to the basics. We will do a creative meditation and improv games to get settled and connected. Each class will start with these types of exercises as a warmup. In this first class, students will have a chance to cold read a monologue in the second half of class. Or, if preferred, students can bring a monologue of their choice that is new to them.

Week 2-3: Working with monologues, students will learn simple techniques and, most importantly, how to apply these techniques to create a truthful experience in their pieces. 

Week 4-6: Students will be assigned scenes to work on with a partner. We will explore and refine this material with the techniques that have been introduced. Class will be 2 hours for these weeks as the first half hour of class will be for scene partners to reconnect and rehearse the scene before working in front of the class. 

All classes will be held at Shetler Studios in midtown Manhattan.

Tuesdays (ages 8-10)

(July 16th-August 20th)

  • 4pm-5:30pm (July 16th, 23rd, 30th)

  • 4pm-6pm (August 6th, 13th, 20th)

Thursdays (ages 11-13)

(July 18th-August 22nd)

  • 4pm-5:30pm (July 18th, 25th, August 1st)

  • 4pm-6pm (August 8th, 15th, 22nd)

If a student misses a class, an individual 45 minute make-up session can be scheduled. Please be aware that the studio rental fee will be the parent’s responsibility. (Typically $24/hr)

Limited to one make-up session per 6 week course. We can also accommodate busy schedules with a video conference session. 

Please keep in mind that this class will require students to spend some additional time with their material outside of class. This allows for the students to connect, personalize and simplify their choices with the scene work in order to bring their highest relationship with the material into class. We will talk more about this and how to do this throughout the course. 

Individual Coaching

For a more personalized experience, individual coaching is available. We offer single sessions or we can design a program tailored to meet your child’s specific goals. Sessions can be held in studio, in home or via video conference.

Pricing starts at $75/hour.

Email to set up a session or program.

Who’s Teaching?


Ashley Lawwill is a New York City based actress who has appeared in feature films, television, commercials and theatre. She moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a career in professional ballet and acting. Ashley attended the University of Arizona and Hunter College and is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio 2-year conservatory program for acting. She has continued her studies with some of New York’s best teachers and casting directors and has spent much of the last 7 years working with children. Through Ashley’s adventures and travels, she discovered that technique-based classes like this didn’t exist for aspiring young actors and decided to bring together this one of a kind experience.

References available upon request.


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