She Sings From Her Soul: The Seventies

When:  Saturday July 27 8:00pm & Sunday July 27 & 28 3:00pm

Where: The Barrage, 11 Low Street, Newbury.
***No parking on the street please.***



Name That Jingle!
(an audience participation event)

When: August 3
more details to follow

Where: The Actors Studio – Crossroads Plaza

for details   stay tuned for the booking link


Bossa Jazz Trio

When: August 8  Saturday 7:30pm

Where: The Actors Studio – Crossroads Plaza

for details  stay tuned for the booking link


Full Moon Story Slam
Theme: Dog Days of Summer

When: August 10  Saturday 7:00pm

Where: The Actors Studio – Crossroads Plaza

for details   to book


Daddy’s Little Girl by Jack Neary
more details to follow
When:  Sept 27-29 and Oct 4-6
Where: The Actors Studio – Crossroads Plaza
for details   stay tuned for the booking link



Scary Shorts II

more details to follow

When:  October 25-27

Where: The Actors Studio – Crossroads Plaza
for details   stay tuned for the booking link

July 13, 2024

Dear Friends,

The Actors Studio of Newburyport is at a critical turning point. Our Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to lay off our Executive Director, Kimm Wilkinson. Kimm saw the organization through a demanding period, coming back from the Covid shutdown and a very expensive double move, finally establishing our new home in our current excellent location. Unfortunately, in a crushing irony, the long, extended
transition, and build out of our beautiful new theater leaves us with a serious financial challenge. We acknowledge, with gratitude, all of Kimm’s hard work and dedication to our mission which brought us here with new hope and vision for the future, with a dynamic programming schedule planned for the next eight months.

I will be acting as Executive Director for the foreseeable future. I will not be collecting a salary until we have attained financial stability. The Board of Directors and I have taken this action in the strong belief that The Studio occupies a vital place in the North Shore’s cultural landscape and are determined to keep going. This is where you, our audience, supporters, and participants, have a part to play.

We are counting on your support more than ever at this crucial time. We are proud of our 33 years providing acting training, offering great programming, incubating new playwrights, and serving as a hub for creative community. At the risk of sounding overdramatic, the response to this appeal will help us determine our long-term future. I invite you to join us in the spirit of these enlightened cultural leaders:

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Einstein
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you for your consideration and support,U

Marc Clopton
Executive Director

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Next up:


Classes currently meeting:

Cold Reading Classes

Wednesday evenings and
Thursday & Friday mornings

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Audition Notices:



We’ve Moved!

The Actors Studio is now in its new home. We hope you’ll join us regularly at this new and very convenient location:

1 Merrill Street, Cross Roads Plaza, Salisbury, MA


Please check out our partners

Acting Out Productions


Newburyport Arts Collective (NAC)





Be a part of THE STUDIO team and gain production experience and/or add your technical and marketing skills to our burgeoning virtual programming. Positions such as box office, usher, running crews, tech, lighting and stage management will be on hold until we are performing live again. For more information contact Kimm Wilkinson at Info@newburyportacting.org.


BONS Award 2021

I am so pleased to announce that The Studio has been awarded North of Boston Magazine’s BONS Award for 2021. We won both the Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice for Best small live/virtual venue for the whole North Shore. I congratulate all of our teachers, directors, writers, actors, and project producers. You all adapted brilliantly to the circumstances and challenges of 2020 and 2021, bringing a continuous flow of great material to our audiences.  This honor is yours!

Marc Clopton
Executive Director

Be Part of our Future.

There are many ways to  participate at The Studio. If you are too busy to volunteer, take classes, or perform, an important and meaningful option is financial support for our new expanded facility.

Founded in 1991, the Actors Studio of Newburyport is a 501©(3) theater, which serves as a vital cultural resource for the community: to inspire, enrich and engage audiences and to develop both the art form and the individual.

Performance Venue

Our 62-seat black box theater is host to established plays, new original works, staged readings, film and musical performances.
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Friendly Learning Environment

The studio hosts a variety of classes & workshops including: cold reading, scene study, character development, voice, monologue, on-camera, improvisation, and musical theater.

New Works

We provide a forum for local playwrights to present their work to live audiences for evaluation and feedback throughout the play development process.