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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The Northwest’s Premiere TV and Film Acting Studio

Acting for Kids & Teens is a state-of-the-art acting studio in Portland, OR offering classes, workshops, voiceover lessons, audition assistance and private coaching. All of our coaches are working actors who empower kids every day to show up in their voice, while growing their confidence and life skills in a supportive community where they are heard, valued and celebrated!

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Acting Classes

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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

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AFKT Happenings

Make-a-Movie Premier – June 4

The Make - A - Movie Red Carpet Movie Premier on June 4th was a huge success. With almost 300 attendees including the film actors, their families and members of…
Blog & News

AFKT 2023 Graduates

Congratulations to our exceptional graduating actors of 2023! As they take their final bow on the stage of academia, we celebrate their talent, dedication, and hard work. Join us in…
AFKT Happenings

Kohr Explores: Summer Acting Camps at Acting for Kids & Teens

Kohr Harlan of KOIN 6 News, visited Acting for Kids & Teens on April 12th to chat about Summer Camps.  Program Director, Jessica More shared some highlights about our upcoming…

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