The Northwest’s Premiere TV and Film Acting Studio

Nurture your child’s love for acting at Acting for Kids & Teens. Our state-of-the-art studio, led by experienced working actors, goes beyond traditional acting classes.  Led by a team of experienced working actors, we empower children every day to find their unique voice, fostering not just acting skills but also boosting their confidence and essential life skills. In our supportive community, your child will be heard, valued, and celebrated, creating an enriching environment where they can truly thrive. Within our walls your child will have access to top quality acting classes, workshops, voiceover lessons, audition assistance, and private coaching and more.

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Founder Story
Katie O'Grady

Katie O’Grady is founder and owner of Acting for Kids & Teens and an Emmy award-winning director, actress, writer and producer.

Emmy Award Winning Director
It all begins with the work
Working Actor of 20 years
Owner & founder
Founder Story
Acting Classes

At AFKT we teach acting for TV & Film specifically. Classes are grouped by age and are perfect fit for experienced and novice creators! New students are welcomed any time.

Fundamentals of Acting
Acting Classes

Aside from being just plain fun and entertaining, there are so many ways that acting lessons translate to real-life skills, whether you child wants to become a serious career actor or just enjoys it as a hobby.

Acting builds confidence!
It’s their own community.
Presentation skills
Camaraderie & teamwork.
Summer Camps
Summer Camps

Join AFKT for an "Acting" Packed summer camps. We have camps for kids age 8 to teens!

Week of Everything TV & Film
Improv & Comedy
Create Your Own Short Film
Summer Camps

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Build Confidence, Amazing Community, Creativity & FUN!

Acting Classes

Learn more about what your student actor will learn at AFKT….

Acting Camps

Upcoming Acting Camps & Workshops

Client Testimonial

We have been going to AFKT for some time now. My daughter loves Katie and her wonderful teachers and staff!

Rob W.AFKT Parent

Great Great Great place for kids to get formal acting, training and preparation to be in front of a camera. Katie O'Grady is a wonderful person and is a delight to be around. Her staff are wonderful and courteous. The classes are fun, creative and the kids love it.

Ryan D.AFKT Parent

Hi there, I just wanted to thank you and your team for making us feel so welcome at the studio and for making Andre feel at ease for his very first audition! Also, I wanted to let you know that he had an absolutely fantastic time in class, he LOVED it! I am soooo glad I found you guys and

Andre's Mom

Hands down the best acting studio in Portland for young people! Perfect for those who may be a bit shy but want to explore their creative side, as well as serious actors looking for guidance in career building. Katie O'Grady provides a safe, judgement free space where actors of all levels and backgrounds can come to dive into fun, challenging work. I couldn't be the actor I am today without this amazing studio!

William S.AFKT Parent

Katie creates a nurturing community of young actors. She cares deeply about empowering the kids she works with.

Claire V.Teacher & Artist

I’ve been training here for 3 years and it has been one the best choices I’ve made. The community, coaching and the opportunities you get here are unbeatable. I highly recommend joining the acting for kids and teens family!

Hailee M.AFKT Student

I can not say enough good things about Acting for Kids and Teens. Do you want your child to grow in the arts, learn from working actors, walk into a room full of strangers and feel confident, make true friends, serve others, work hard towards a dream, all while having fun? Then there is simply no better place in the Portland area to send your kids.

Jen H.AFKT Parent

It has been an incredible experience to have our daughter and son in classes at Acting for Kids & Teens. The acting teachers have encouraged them to take risks, work as a team, learn new skills, and grow as performers, artists, and humans. And all of this while having fun! It's truly a remarkable program in Portland - we are deeply grateful.


Katie O'Grady and all of the coaches here at this studio are absolutely wonderful! I am a current actor in LA and graduated with Honors and a Theatre and Music degree from Pepperdine University, and am so thankful for the time I spent in this studio! It better prepared me for my future career, and did so in a loving, safe, and supportive environment!


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AFKT Happenings

Reflection of Gratitude ~ 2023

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with moments of gratitude, big and small. Embracing the spirit of gratitude as we approach this season of reflection and appreciation. Gratitude isn't just…
AFKT Happenings

True or False – I need an Agent to Audition

Coach Katie answers one of the top questions kids, teens and adult actors ask. The answer may surprise you, in a good way! Do you have a True…
AFKT Happenings

The “Art” of Perfection

What are the voices in our head telling you? Katie O'Grady shares some encouraging words to help you quiet the voices in your head saying ~ You Aren't... You Can't...…

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