YOUTH CLASSES

(Grades 2nd – 12th)

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SESSION RUNS: JANUARY 21st – MARCH 26th

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ACTING, THEATRE, MUSICAL THEATRE, ON CAMERA AND MORE FOR CHICAGO & THE NORTH SHORE!

Classes designed to be repeated for mastery

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LITTLE ACTORS

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Play in a Day

Grades 2nd – 3rd

This fast-paced, dynamic class will teach and refine important acting skills while concluding each day with a wacky 10-minute performance for families.  Projections, physical expression and dynamic acting will be encouraged through new scripts and classic Americana songs.

Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
January 26th – March 23rd
$360

GRADES 4th – 6th

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Acting

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Actors Essentials

This core class breaks down the most challenging steps for the young actor. Students will explore the vocal, physical, and emotional details that lead to creating three-dimensional characters and scenes.

Saturdays | 10:30am – 12:30pm
January 21st – March 18th
$360

Scene Study

Returning students will develop more advanced technique while workshopping scenes from age-appropriate scripts. Through scene study and cold readings, students will learn the essentials of taking adjustments from a director and incorporating them into their work. The session will culminate in a showcase of scenes-in-progress for friends and family.

Prerequisite: Actors Essentials and Instructor Approval

Sundays | 1:15pm – 3:15pm
January 29th – March 26th (NEW DATES)
$360

ON CAMERA

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Acting for the Camera

This essential class provides a comprehensive overview of the on camera audition experience.  Each week, students will work from industry commercial copy and watch HD playback for optimal learning.

Sundays | 3:15pm – 5:15pm
January 29th – March 26th (NEW DATES)
$360

Acting for the Camera 2

Specifically designed to create real on-set situations using film and television scripts, this class focuses on relaxation in front of the camera and how to make honest, simple, and specific choices

Prerequisite: Acting for the Camera and Instructor Approval

Sundays | 10:45am – 12:45pm
January 29th – March 26th (NEW DATES)
$360

GRADES 7th – 12th

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Acting

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The Power of “If”

Designed for aspiring young actors who are ready to work fearlessly from their personal experiences of the past by saying “what if…” to their character in the present. This class fills FAST! Register today to guarantee your spot!

Saturdays | 11:30am – 1:30pm
January 21st – March 18th
$360

The Professional Actors Toolbox

Text Analysis, Physical Theatre, & Cold Reading are three must-have techniques a serious actor needs in this competitive field. This compact class, taught by a rotation of ATC teachers, is designed with a keen eye for the actor who is ready to start working in the industry.

Prerequisite: Power of “IF” and Instructor Approval

Sundays | 3:30pm – 6:00pm
January 22nd – March 19th
$460

IMPROV

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Improvisation

Through improv students learn the value of saying “Yes, and…” to every idea, using their imaginations and creative energy to become confident storytellers.  This class will culminate in a final short-form improvised performance for friends and family.

Saturdays | 2:30pm – 4:30pm (NEW TIMES)
January 21st – March 18th
$360

Intermediate Improvisation

Returning students will learn to create original scenes through long-form improvisation. A focus on believability allows humor to come from honest choices rather than “going for the joke”. This class will feature a long-form improvised final performance for friends and family.

Prerequisite: Improvisation & Instructor Approval

Saturdays | 12:45pm – 2:45pm
January 21st – March 25th
$360

“No Explanation”: ATC’s Comedy Troupe

The ATC Comedy Troupe, “No Explanation”, represents our most advanced improvisers who have proven ready to perform for the public.  This troupe will write an original sketch comedy revue, developed through improv, which will be showcased in Chicago on  Saturday, May 20.

Students must be available for performances and are expected to attend all class sessions and tech rehearsals.

Prerequisite: By Instructor Approval

Saturdays | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
February 18th – May 20th, 12 weeks
(No class March 25th, April 1st)
$650

ON CAMERA

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Acting for the Camera

A successful on camera career requires savvy improvisational skills as well as the ability to make bold and truthful choices. This essential class provides a complete overview of on camera technique. Students will shoot in our professional studio, work from actual industry copy, and analyze their work as it is played back each week.

Saturdays | 2:30pm – 4:30pm
January 21st – March 18th
$360

TV/Film Technique

This class focuses on relaxing in front of the camera, telling the story simply and making subtle yet specific choices and is specifically designed to create real-world situations using film and television scripts.

Prerequisite: Acting for the Camera and Instructor Approval

Sundays | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
January 29th – March 26th (NEW DATES)
$360

Advanced On Camera

This class challenges the advanced on camera actor to deepen their work for a more complex, truthful on camera performance. Founder Carole Dibo and other industry guests alternate instructing this class.

Prerequisite: By Audition or Instructor Approval only

Saturdays | 11:30am – 2:00pm
January 28th – March 25th (NEW DATES!)
$460

MUSICAL THEATRE

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Songwriting with Jess Godwin

Find your unique voice by writing original songs in a supportive environment with singer/ composer/ performer, Jess Godwin.  Learn about pop structure, melodies, & lyrics, showcasing your work in a final performance for friends & family.

Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
February 2nd – February 23rd
$200

Acting Through Song

Musical Theatre performances are powerful when the song furthers both the character’s journey and the play’s central story.  This class takes the five W’s (who, what, where, when and why) and applies them to song.  This class will culminate in a final performance for friends and family.

 

Sundays | 11:00am – 1:00pm
January 22nd – March 19th
$425

Musical Theatre Lab at the Actors Training Center

The MT Lab offers students an intensive and inclusive environment in which to develop,  synthesize, attack, and practice their craft as actors specializing in musical theatre.  In a collaborative environment led by Chicago’s finest musical theatre talent, students will gain the essential tools and critical confidence not only to understand musical theatre as an art form, but to set themselves apart from their peers in artistry and technique as we guide them on a strong path to be working professionals in Chicago’s theatre community and beyond.

Prerequisite: By Audition or Instructor Approval only

9th – 12th Grade Only
Sundays | 10:00am – 5:00pm
January 29th – April 9th, 10 weeks
(No class March 26th)
$1200