Welcome to LaGuardia Acting Studio

 

 

Looking for a professional Acting School in New Jersey? You've come to right place!

At The LaGuardia Acting Studio we strive to make beginner actors great and experienced actors even better! We work with actors at all levels and help you progress at your natural speed. Our focus is preparing actors that are SERIOUS about making it in show business...actors who are really looking to pursue this as a career.

About Us

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso

Looking for a professional Acting School in New Jersey? You've come to right place!

At The LaGuardia Acting Studio we strive to make beginner actors great and experienced actors even better! We work with actors at all levels and help you progress at your natural speed. Our focus is preparing actors that are SERIOUS about making it in show business...actors who are really looking to pursue this as a career.

There are many different types of acting classes in New Jersey...and unfortunately, MANY are just scams...especially in New Jersey for some reason...false promises, telling you anything and everything to get more $$$ out of you...well rest assured, that is NOT us.

We work with ages 12-16 in our teen classes and 16-99 in our adult classes...the one great thing about acting; you're never too old to start!

Although our training is both in Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg's methods and we are familiar with Meisner, this is not what we teach at LAS simply because not every technique will work for every person. We teach the “what works for you” technique...because ultimately, everyone is different and we don't believe that anyone should be locked into one style.

We don't only teach the art of acting but the business as well...far too many schools only stress acting technique and leave the actor (and their families) clueless as to where to go, what to do and how to break in! We combine learning the craft (Scene study, Monologues, Commercials, Acting for film & television, character development, etc.) with the basic knowledge of the business (Agents, Managers, Casting Directors, Audition etiquette, headshots, resumes, where to find auditions and more) so you leave with a much more well rounded understanding of what it takes to make it.

We are actors teaching actors, we will never rip people off with unrealistic promises or charge astronomical amounts of money. We offer very affordable rates, we're very professional...and we try to make it fun. But it takes hard work...and we expect all of our students to work hard.

We are very fortunate to work on a consistent basis with most of the agents and casting directors in New York & Los Angeles. We know they they're looking for, what they expect and what they DON'T want...and we try to give our students as much of this knowledge as we can...and because we work so closely with the people in the industry we also want to expose our students to them...In fact, we are perhaps the ONLY Acting School in New Jersey that is directly associated with the Agents & Casting Directors in both New York City and Los Angeles...giving our actors, when ready, the opportunity to meet with the people in the industry that make everything happen!

Also, many parents want to help their children break into the business but know very little or have been scammed in the past...we will always take the time to talk to parents, explain things to them and help them see who/what is legitimate and what is a complete waste of money.

Finally, we want all actors to know that yes, this business is extremely difficult and yes the competition is tremendous ...BUT, if this is your dream, we will do everything In our power to help...with hard work, training, dedication, knowledge and yes, a lot of luck...you can make your dreams a reality...you can become a professional actor.

Teen & Adult Acting 101 Classes;
For those both with & without prior experience. In the 8 week 101 classes, we take you through a little of everything; On-Camera Commercials, Monologues, Improv, Audition Prep, Scene Study and more...We also teach you all the basics of the business; Agents, Casting Directors, Headshots, Auditions and much more!

Our Advanced Classes range from Film Classes to Play Classes to Webisodes to Advanced Classes with Industry Showcases.

The Instructor

"Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made". - George Burns

HEAD Instructor for Teens and Adults: Joshua Nelson

Joshua has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry having worked as an actor, producer and casting director. He is also an award winning filmmaker and screen writer. Joshua is a graduate of the prestigious High School of Performing Arts (The "Fame" school). He has starred on both Sitcoms and Soap Operas. He has also appeared in numerous film that include working opposite academy awards winners Al Pacino and Robin Williams. He has also spent the last several years working as an acting teacher and coach in Manhattan and various schools in NJ. He has been in dozens of feature films, off-broadways shows and TV shows.

Joshua is also the owner of The Network Studio East, A Bi-Coastal company that introduces actors to all the top Talent Agents, Managers and Casting Directors in both New York and Los Angeles. Top talent agents from Don Buchwald, Abrams, Henderson Hogan, Innovative, Avalon Artists, CESD and more!

Joshua works directly with the VP of Casting for CBS, Head Casting Directors for ABC, FOX as well as casting directors from TV shows like HOMELAND, BLUE BLOODS, ROYAL PAINS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, REVOLUTION and more...

He also works closely with several top film Casting Directors that have worked on Iron Man 1, The Avengers, The Hobbit, Flight, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Star Trek, Black Swan, Lord of the Rings, The Help, Brokeback Mountain, and just to name a few...

Classes and Schedules:

 

Adult Acting Classes are 1 hour and 30 minutes

Teen Classes are 1 hour

Private Lessons Available for all ages by appointment

ALL TEEN & ADULT CLASSES ARE $175 (Except FILM/PLAY classes or where noted)

 

TEEN SUMMER CAMP

 

1 Week Camp Choose between July 21st-July 25th OR August 11th-15th Mon-Fri 10am-1pm -Acting 101 Bootcamp!
We have taken our 8 week class and turned it into an awesome 1 Week Bootcamp where we will learn everything from Commercials to Scene Study to Improvisation to Audition Prep. and much more!!! 12 Kids MAX per class Ages 12-16
Please contact us for prices/details!!

 

ADULT CLASSES

 

ADULT ACTING 101: (Ages 16-99)
Adult Acting 101 Sunday, February 2nd at 5:30pm 8 Weeks $175- (SOLD OUT)
Adult Acting 101 Monday, April 28th at 7:15pm 8 Weeks $175 (SOLD OUT)
Adult Acting 101 Thursday, June 12th at 7:15 8 Weeks $175
Adult Acting 101 in New YORK CITY Wednesday, June 18th 7pm $175

 

ACTING 303 Starts on Sunday, May 18th at 5pm 8 Weeks $175 (SOLD OUT)
(Acting 303 Includes free Industry showcase in NY)

 

AUDITION PREP
4 Week Audition Prep Class- Monday, March 31st- 4 week class- $100 (SOLD OUT)

 

CAREER BUILDER- Stay Sharp and Make a Reel!
8 Week general class plus we create the perfect showcase scene for you, professionally film it and edit it and you can use it for your reel! $175

 

FILM CLASS 8 week class plus filming: Dates TBD $225

 

TEEN CLASSES (AGES 12-16)
Acting 101- Starts Monday, June 18th 5:15pm 8 week class $175
Acting 101- Starts Thursday, September 18th 5:15pm 8 week class $175

Teen Advanced Scene Study- 8 Week Class PLUS Industry Showcase Wed April 23rd at 5:30pm $175
Teen Film Class- Date TBD
Teen Play Class- 8 Week Class plus Live Performance $200 Starts Monday, September 15th 5:30pm

 


There are 3 ways to register:
1) Over the phone with any credit or debit card: 973-362-5783
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Discover.

2) Online with PAYPAL
Click the PAYPAL button to make an online payment using a credit card or PayPal account.

3) You can always drop off cash in person in advance as long as the class isn't sold out

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Testimonials

Meghan Coates
I could not recommend LaGuardia Acting Studio enough. I took Josh's Acting 101 class and absolutely loved it. I left each class feeling like I had learned a lot, and always looked forward to the next one. The class is great for both people who want to pursue acting as a career and for those who just want to give it a try. The preparation is professional-level, but the atmosphere is very comfortable. It is a really nice environment to grow and experiment. Josh is an excellent teacher who genuinely wants you to succeed. Definitely recommended!

Joseph Scarpino
I just finished the Acting 101 classes with Josh and I can honestly say these classes are extremely fun and challenging. Josh has a great way of bringing out the best in all of his students. He doesn't beat around the bush, he's completely honest and he is 100% there to make you a better actor. The atmosphere of LaGuardia Acting Studio is professional yet easy going. There was never a time where I thought to myself "I can't do this" or "This is so embarrassing". I believe that is because Josh is such a great coach that he makes you feel comfortable. I'm going back for more classes starting in June and I am extremely excited.

Alison Marshall
I'm so excited to start my second class with Josh at LaGuardia Acting Studio. I had the greatest experience in Acting 101. While I've been/studied acting for quite some time, I've never learned so much about protocol when it comes to auditions, agents, commercial vs. legit, etc. My fears going into the class were that it would be more of "the same": awkward warm-ups, silly games and pretentious lessons about the craft. I've been there and done that. But I was so pleasantly surprised at how relaxed, practical, and knowledgeable Josh is about the business as well as the art. I've spent the last 8 weeks THRILLED to go to class and I'll spend the next several weeks anxious to start the next one.

Jhas Danielle
First of all, I was SUPER skeptical about driving all the way to North Jersey from the Camden County area to take an acting class that I'd only heard about online. I went in to the class super excited, but also EXTREMELY hopeful that the class wouldn't be a scam or a waste of gas/money and time. As it turned out, I made the BEST DECISION EVER to sign up with Josh! Not only does he know exactly what he's talking about, but you also feel like you're dealing with a family member or a friend- because that's exactly how he treats you. He remained sensitive to the fact that I was driving long distance and made sure to give me exactly what I paid for from start to finish and then some! Long story short, I'm already signed up for the next class! Don't sleep on this guy! Although the classroom is small, you'll probably have a better class with him, and for less money than you would if you paid top dollar at any other acting program. Also, he truly does his best to help you with your career without charging you an arm and a leg for little services like helping you with your resume and headshot advice. He's the best! What else can I say. Don't miss out or it'll be your loss! :)

Mary Zaroura
I was a little scared to enroll in an acting class because all I took were Improv classes, but if you are looking for a great teacher and an amazing experience, take classes here! Josh is such an amazing teacher who makes you so comfortable and confident in your abilities. Not only does he coach you on acting, but he gives you all the information you need to know about auditions, head shots, resumes, and anything else you are questioning. He is so knowledgable in this industry, there is no other school I would ever attend. He brought out the person who was hiding inside of me, I thought for years that I could not be so open and outgoing anymore, but Josh is the reason why I came alive again. I am so confident in my abilities, that I can say I will not be nervous meeting an Agent at the end of this course. His courses are amazing and this is my second course so far and it will not be my last. The course that I am currently enrolled in, is amazing. We will be meeting with an Agent at the end of it, what other school do you know does that?! I can't wait for the future and what it holds for me. I am a Biologist who is in love with Acting and I do believe that Mr. Josh Nelson is the smartest person I know. I am honored to be one of his students, and I hope one day I can make him proud. Please, if you want a teacher/coach who will guide you in this path, and not just throw you in the "pit of fire that is the entertainment industry", then attend this school. You'll see why I feel this way, its amazing.

Emily M. - May 11th, 2013
I just completed the introduction course, and loved every minute of it. The teacher was enthusiastic, practical as far as the information he gave us about acting, compassionate and encouraging. The classes were imaginative and challanging without being embarrassing or threatening. I will study further with Laguardia.

Jhas - November 5th. 2012
First of all, I was SUPER skeptical about driving all the way to North Jersey from the Camden County area to take an acting class that I'd only heard about online. I went in to the class super excited, but also EXTREMELY hopeful that the class wouldn't be a scam or a waste of gas/money and time. As it turned out, I made the BEST DECISION EVER to sign up with Josh! Not only does he know exactly what he's talking about, but you also feel like you're dealing with a family member or a friend- because that's exactly how he treats you. He remained sensitive to the fact that I was driving long distance and made sure to give me exactly what I paid for from start to finish and then some! Long story short, I'm already signed up for the next class! Don't sleep on this guy! Although the classroom is small, you'll probably have a better class with him, and for less money than you would if you paid top dollar at any other acting program. Also, he truly does his best to help you with your career without charging you an arm and a leg for little services like helping you with your resume and headshot advice. He's the best! What else can I say. Don't miss out or it'll be your loss! :)

Michelle - May 10th, 2012
Great class and EXCELLENT teacher! Starting with the first class Josh gets right to work. Relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. You learn a lot about the industry and he really helps you pursue your passion. The small class size makes it feel like you have a one-on-one instruction. The eight weeks go so fast but you do so much! Signed up for another class and cannot wait to start.....Thanks Josh!!!

Brenda - Mar 29, 2012
You HAVE to sign up!! If you are interested in acting at all whatsoever you must try this class! I signed up for the acting 101 class just to have some fun & add a little something to my resume. I never expected to learn as much as I did & to have such an amazing teacher. He makes the environment easy going & will bring out the best in you. It's nice to have someone so willing to help at any time & lead you in the right direction. Sign up, learn a lot, & have fun doing it!

Vanessa - Feb 19, 2012
LaGuardia acting school has the best acting classes I have ever taken! Josh is an excellent teacher and really makes every student feel 100% comfortable. He shares his years of experience in the business in every single class. His honesty and encouragement is very motivating! I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in acting, regardless of experience. You won't ever have a dull moment in any of these classes! ~ Vanessa

Dick - Feb 14, 2012
I am surprised and fascinated by all the exercises. Mr. Nelson creates an atmosphere that frees my spirit and challenges my mentality. In my opinion, his lessons are vital for anybody pursuing anything -- not just a show business career. You can never forget what you learn with him because all the learning is infused with emotion and everyone knows emotional memories can be the sharpest and the longest lasting of all memories. He's not just giving acting lessons, he's giving life lessons. I recommend his schooling without reservation.

TOMMY - Dec 21, 2011
GREAT CLASSES GREAT EXPERIENCE!... Very comfortable and informal atmosphere. I love the small classes and Josh's honest straight-forward approach. I learn something new with each class and have never felt I was wasting my time. I've also really enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse and talented group of people. Between the cost, the knowledge, the experience, and the friendships you will acquire you can't go wrong with L.A.S.!

Sunny - Dec 19, 2011
It all started with a 5 minute phone call to Josh, the teacher. He was very supportive, casual, and encouraging - he stayed this way through both of my 8 week sessions thus far. If you are looking for a non-competitive, no pressure atmosphere that allows you to explore your range as an actor, this is definitely the class for you. Josh has a variety of tactics to break individuals out of their shells. He is even willing to introduce you to his contacts in New York City after you feel ready. I will definitely be taking another class at Laguardia Acting School in the future. Be prepared to meet an eclectic group of people when taking this class - it'll be the time of your life.

Karla P - Dec 18, 2011
One word AMAZING...I always wanted to take acting lessons and honestly didn't know where to start. From after just one phone call I knew LaGuardia was the school for me!... Josh was very professional and explained everything the school has to offer. From just after the first class I knew I made the right decision. Words can't even do justice about how LaGuardia has changed my life!. Josh teaches every aspect of the business. There is no stone unturned. He is an amazing, talented teacher/mentor. He makes sure every student understands the business. Each class I meet another talented performer and you learn every single time. We all are very supportive and it really is like a family!. I have taken several classes with LaGuardia and I plan on taking many more in the upcoming year. So if you are thinking of become and actor or just want to get your feet wet. Look no further call LaGuardia Acting. It will change your life forever...!!! I am proud to say I am a student of LaGuardia Acting!!!~~~Karla Post~~~ 12/18/2011

Vanessa Ashley - Sep 23, 2011
So glad I decided to sign up for classes with LaGuardia Acting. Josh is straight forward, professional, and fun. He offers an environment to really explore what you are capable of as an actor. He is encouraging and willing to work with you in any way he can. As a working actor, he helps those less experienced to get a good idea of what it's like to be in the industry. I've taken the beginner and advanced class and even met with an agent which was all a great learning experience. LaGuardia's classes have helped me to be more confident as an actor and I highly recommend Josh's classes if you'd like to explore if acting is for you.

Charles B. - Sep 17, 2011
If you want to learn acting, this is definitely the school! Joshua is not only a talented actor, writer, film and theatre director, but an amazing teacher as well! His classes are small for personal attention, covers many facets of the acting business, and offers a lot of support for your growth as an actor. I feel he genuinely wants his students to succeed as actors and he will go above and beyond to help you find your way. Everything advertised at the Laguardia Acting Studio website is true! You will get detailed instruction in commercials, television, film, as well as in-depth scene studies with interesting screenplays written by Joshua himself. He has over 20 solid years experience in the acting business and his classes are a lot of fun! Take his Intro to Acting 101 class, you will not be disappointed!!

AndyMain - Aug 18, 2011
Joshua Nelson epitomizes the qualities an instructor should have. The small classes make for a very comfortable feel from the first class. Josh delivers a very realistic outlook on what to expect from the acting industry and how to approach all the processes of booking work.

Contact LaGuardia Acting Studio

239 New Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
BUILDING C - 1st Floor

Close to Routes
I-80, I-287, I-280, 45 & 10

973-362-5873

info@laguardiaacting.com