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Performing Artists Who Homeschool

Performing Artists (Other than musicians and singers) who are homeschooled or who homeschool their children.

Adam Simon Krist, Actor
Adam Simon Krist found his calling on the stage at age 7 in a community theater production of Jr. High School Musical. At 8, Broadway veteran Susan Swanson named him Sparky for his ability to light up the stage with his smile and energy as he entertained those around him. Watch him “Squaresville” in “Internet” section on his site.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Actors
Now that the Jolie-Pitt family is breaking up, all eyes are on the two superstars’ children. Now the children are homeschooled by a “team of international teachers,” according to StarPulse. She added, “Instead of tomfoolery in the class room, I’d rather them go to a museum and learn to play guitar and read and pick a book they love.”

Audrey Armacost, Clara in SF Nutcracker
As a 14-year-old, decided she wanted to be a ballerina when she was just four. Now she’s starring in San Francisco Ballet’s staging of The Nutcracker. She is a homeschooler from Oakland, CA. Elizabeth Cook reports. (12/12/14).

David Tamaki, Ballet Dancer
David Tamaki (’16) has spent nearly 20 years in the performing arts sector. He began as a professional ballet dancer, then moved on to fundraising and arts management. Currently, he works as the Director of Advancement at the New Jersey Ballet, focusing on fundraising, board engagement, grant writing, and more. He is also a student in the Fundraising Management graduate program at Columbia University.

Chris Colfer, played Kurt on GleeChris Colfer, “Glee” actor
Known as “Kurt” on “Glee,” Colfer was homeschooled in seventh and eighth grade because the bullying was so bad.

Hailee Steinfeld
“Mattie Ross” in “True Grit.” At one point, Hailee was going to school part-time, but the administration wasn’t supportive of her leaving class for shoots. She also cites social issues as a reason for turning to homeschooling. In 2013 she plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Johanna Linson, Hosts Cooking Show
Johanna and her brother and their homeschooled friends, including babysitters, from two other families take turns starring in “Kids Can Cook,” available on Charter on Demand.

Emile Hirsch, Actor
An actor known for playing bad boys and lost souls has been jailed for assaulting a female studio executive. Hirsh starred in Into the WildSpeed Racer and Milk. Graduated from Beach High, a homeschool program.

Spencer Breslin and Abigail Breslin, Actors
Spencer starred in Disney’s “The Kid,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Raising Helen,” and “The Santa Claus Part 2.” Abigail starred in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.” Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, “Scream Queens.”

Tyler Hoechlin, Actor
In many ways, the real star of Road to Perdition is California homeschooler Tyler Hoechlin, who plays 12 year-old Michael Jr. Hoechlin, in his first major role, gives a convincing portrayal of a young man who both idolizes and fears his father. Tyler has big plans to play professional baseball in a few years.

Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011
Much was made of her age — only 17. But the fact she was homeschooled through her junior year of high school has the homeschooling community buzzing with excitement.

Zephyr Goza, Author and Operations Manager of 5 Wits
He toured with his parents since he was 18 months old and has been an actor since he was 3. “They couldn’t keep me off the stage,” he says with a chuckle. He has authored a book now, The Tomato Soup Chronicles. 5 Wits are Live-Action Immersive Adventures in Massachusetts and New York.

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