Our Actors work in Major Film + Television Projects in LA


First Take Acting classes are held in the San Francisco Bay area. We offer acting classes in San Jose, San Francisco and the East Bay.

Please contact us to SIT IN on one of our classes for FREE!

Kids Acting Classes

Our Kids Acting Classes prepare children for the TV/film market by learning how to improvise in imaginary situation/acting games, the audition experience, how to read scripts, how to express themselves more freely, communicate more effectively, and most importantly, how to have fun acting! For kids ages 5-10 (younger kids could fit this class if they are very mature)
Price: $350 for 8 week session

Sign up by calling 925-222-5644!

Kids Class – Location:Los Gatos, CA – Time: Tuesdays 5-630PM Taught by: Alicia Jimenez

Kids Class – Location: San Francico– Time: Saturdays 11AM-12:30PM Taught by: Alicia Jimenez


Alby UngasheAlby Ungashe

“Being a part of the First Take community for the past 4 years has been such a blessing. I have leaned so much from Nancy. She has an amazingly keen eye for this craft, and knows just what to do to help us do our best. The environment that has been created here is so welcoming and inspiring. I have received such a huge support system from the other actors and I am constantly inspired by the works of all our actors. First Take is such a safe place to grow and really work on your craft. I started, attending classes when I was 12, and I never felt intimidated, because no one ever made me feel that way. Nancy is so caring and looks out for each and every actor, and that kindness really rubs off on the rest of us! I have learned so much about both the art and business of acting. Words can not express how happy I am to have found such an amazing place that never fails to teach, push, and inspire me each and every day. “

Joelle JacobyJoelle Jacoby

“Nancy has helped me grow as an actress and understand the professional world more. That’s a big deal to me, as I’m going through my teenage angst years. Nancy has helped me make connections to my characters to make it more real for me and for everyone watching. Thanks to Nancy, I have now started a career in what I like to do most–act!”




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“Nancy is one of the most gifted teachers I’ve had the privilege to work with. I’m not an actor myself but my daughters are, and watching how Nancy and the First Take instructors work with their students is amazing. Their perceptiveness, intelligence and focus is remarkable. Most importantly, especially for kids, they instruct and guide with warmth, humor and sensitivity, creating a safe environment in which students feel OK if they try and fail – a key requirement for any creative endeavor. The instructors’ talent, dedication, and genuine love of the acting process creates an ideal learning environment for their students.”

Dana_BlueKathy and Dana Khodi

“I have two different perspectives of First Take Acting and Nancy Berwid.
First, is as a student. The second, is as a parent of a child in Nancy’s First Take program.

First my experience as a student I must say it has been amazing!!! I originally was just looking for a class for my daughter, but after I sat in on the class I decided I wanted in on the fun! Now, coming from no experience in acting whatsoever has been challenging, but Nancy’s method and skills that she teaches you give you clear guidelines and boundaries on how to develop the skills needed to be a “working actor.” She trains you to experience and articulate the scenes in your view, being yourself having that experience.

Amazing, sounds easy enough right….well far from it. Nancy’s talent and clarity at seeing whether you have put in enough work into your scenes or not is beyond words. Second, as a parent evaluating a program, I was not only looking for a
great Coach and mentor but also one that would be able to develop my child’s confidence, self esteem as well as talent.

Wow! I have got all that I have asked for and more! The nourishing, comforting, loving, camaraderie as well as the challenging environment that Nancy embodies among her students, or I should say family of classes is unimaginable until experienced!

Now having a very reputable manager for both my daughter and I, and a very reputable Los Angeles Agency representing my daughter, I know that we are on the right track and all thanks to Nancy and the First Take Method as well as our First Take family!”

– Kathy Khodi

“First Take has been an AMAZING experience. It is a great way to start my acting career. If it wasn’t for Nancy I wouldn’t have gotten my first job at the age of 12.

Nancy and everyone in the class is very friendly and loving. I always have fun when I’m doing my scene or 5 and under. After I finish a scene or 5 and under I feel proud and accomplished, which is the best feeling to have for me! Nancy gives you the best advice on how to make the scene more real for you and that, “YOU ARE ENOUGH,” It’s awesome how Nancy tells you how to improve your work
truthfully and really nice at the same time.

First Take has been the best choice of acting class so far! Having a great manager and Los Angeles Agency representing me I know that I am in good hands! Thank you Nancy! Thank you First Take!”

– Dana Khodi
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