May 18 - June 22
Whether you're a first time actor, a seasoned professional, or someone returning after years away, this class will reinforce the foundational skills of acting: building trust with the audience and your scene partner, learning to have confidence in your instincts, operating from a place of vulnerability and bravery and finding the truth in every performance.
Instructor: Jay Worthington
May 19 – June 23
Learn what to look for in a scene when building a role. Go through each scene moment to moment and start digging for the heart of it. The course will largely be concerned with creating organic simple performances, underpinned by huge personalization and emotional life and will focus on each actor bringing themself to the work--actors will learn how to play themselves in the circumstances of someone else as opposed to the idea of creating a character. This is really were we begin to learn how organic this work is and how much of "us" can be allowed to live in it.
Prerequisite: Level 1 and Instructor Approval
Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke, casting partners at one of Chicago's premiere casting offices, teach this 3-hour workshop in their Chicago studio. Hear first hand what casting directors are looking for. Through assigned scenes, playback and feedback, students learn how to make specific, appropriate and memorable choices that parlay auditions into callbacks. Students will also learn industry protocol through mock auditions. Space is limited.
Instructors: Micki Paskal & Jennifer Rudnicke
Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00pm
April 23 - May 14
Clowning has several definitions and in this class, we will explore all of them! Following impulse, being connected to the audience, having confidence on stage, and creating your clown will all be different areas that we will explore. It will be a fun and wild ride and will provide you with essential skills for any type of acting!
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:30pm
April 21 - May 12
Students will build on the essentials by preparing the same scene for both stage and screen, learning to calibrate their performance for each medium while deepening their work by finding their character's actions, objectives and relationship to the arc of the scene.
Instructor: Ryan Kitley
April 13 - May 18
Final performance date TBD by class availability
A good story feeds the imagination, creates a bond between teller and listener, and brings the creative community together over shared human experience. This class will help students of all walks of life discover and develop their own voice and share the hilarious, heartbreaking, but always true experiences that are both personal and universal. Students will workshop their stories to find their own voice under the direction of professional storyteller Stephanie Chavara.This session’s stories will culminate in an intimate night of storytelling for friends and family on the last day of class.
Instructor: Stephanie Chavara
Thursday 7:00 - 10:00pm
9th Grade - Adult
This program, led by Carole Dibo and Janet Louer, provides a forum to identify, clarify and take the anxiety out of choosing the right school. Parent and student wil spend the morning together receiving a detailed overview of the differences and benefits of specific programs and the choice between a conservatory and a liberal arts program. Then, after a break for lunch, parents can feel free to ask questions of the instructors while students attend a talkback with recent graduate of various programs.
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Cut to the chase and learn firsthand how to break in and work your way through the film, TV and theatre business. Studio Director Carole Dibo will share her years of experience in this invaluable workshop breaking down the who's who and the do's and don'ts of a very complicated industry. Guest speakers will include some of the industry's top professionals. This 1-day seminar is full of information that would take years to learn. A must for every actor.
Instructor: Carole Dibo
3 sessions, June 14-16
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4th Grade - Adult
L.A. Casting Director Deborah Dion returns to ATC to teach her exclusive, sell-out-in-a-minute workshop!
Deborah Dion works with top directors in the industry and has an unprecedented reputation for drawing out the best in actors young and old. Learn what and what not to do in the room with cold reads and prepared material. Deb's casting projects include Moonrise Kingdom, I Don't Know How She Does It, The Last Airbender, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
4th-8th grade / Mon. June 15 & Tues. June 16 / 9am-1pm / $525
9th-12th grade / Mon. June 15 & Tues. June 16 / 2-6pm / $525
Adults / Sun. June 14 / 12-5pm / $350
Instructor: Deborah Dion
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