Why should I take an acting class?

“The continuing job of learning to find out who you really are, of learning to pinpoint your responses—will help you begin to fill your warehouse with sources upon which to draw for the construction of a character.” ― Uta Hagen, Respect for Acting. Acting classes are for beginning and advanced actors alike -- even professional actors continue to train. By training, you work that muscle that allows you to easily connect & relate to a character or, rather, a version of yourself under different circumstances. There is no better place to learn to be vulnerable, take risks, & fail than in an acting class or workshop. Train today - walk into the audition room with confidence tomorrow

What are the short or long term benefits of taking an acting class? says that those who train in performance communicate more effectively with others, become more confident in themselves, experience less stress or better ways of relieving it, understand the power of their own vulnerability, & are quick to make friends. Whether or not you are destined for stardom or this is just a really exciting hobby doesn’t matter so much to us - as long as students come away learning something about themselves, how they relate to the world, & how they relate to others around them - we consider the acting class a success.

Why should I choose this school over the others?

Industry-grade training shouldn’t be limited to downtown Chicago. Here at ATC, our nationally-recognized school helps to bridge the gap between the training actor & the expectations of the industry. With classes available Kindergarten - Adult, our professional space, makes industry-grade training accessible to any student.

How are your classes structured?

Classes are broken down by age and by session, typically meeting once per week. Please note that our Winter/Spring 2021 classes are running with a hybrid model. All classes will begin online on zoom and aim to begin in person the first week of April following studio Spring Break. Most classes are taught by one teacher the whole session. Some of the more Advanced classes may bring in Guest Instructors or have a rotation of teachers throughout the session. For more details on what to expect from a class, please contact the ATC office: 847.251.8710 |

Do you offer private coaching?

Learning is an opportunity best experienced shared — therefore we do not offer private acting classes week-to-week. However, we do offer private coaching for specific auditions (theatre, TV/film, college, etc). Contact us to schedule a coaching: 847.251.8710 | or visit our Audition Coaching and Taping Page.

Why should my child take an acting class?

If your child has gotten the acting bug, is looking to explore new challenges, or is ready to perform on Broadway or win an Oscar - it is essential to get them the right training. The best acting classes are those that foster healthy communication between instructor & student & gives actors the capacity to audition & work at the professional level with confidence! Acting classes are for beginning and advanced actors alike -- even professional actors continue to train. By training, you work that muscle that allows you to easily connect & relate to a character or, rather, a version of yourself under different circumstances.

How are your workshops structured?

Our workshops vary between one-day intensives to multi-week programs based on instructor availability and course goals. All workshops feature a special guest instructor - a professional working in the industry such as: a casting director, a talent agent, a working actor, artistic director of a theatre, etc. Our workshops are purely education & are in no way a guarantee of employment. Most workshops require some work before coming into class. Materials to prepare are usually emailed out a couple of days in advance to simulate the true timeline given to working actors receiving a script for an audition. It is integral to come as prepared as possible to these workshops - as prepared as you would be for a real audition. You are welcome to bring in a headshot/resume for a workshop, although there is no guarantee the instructor will collect them.

How can I register for a class or workshop?

To register for a call, please fill out the registration form in the class or workshop. A member from our team with contact you to go over specifics and secure payment. All classes and workshops require a 30% non-refundable deposit to hold your spot.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

30% of tuition is considered a non-refundable deposit. If you cancel or drop for any reason and it’s more than 2 weeks before the start of the class, you can get a refund, minus the non-refundable deposit. If it’s 2 weeks or less before the start date of the class, the class becomes fully non-refundable. Due to their specific nature, workshops are non-refundable.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! We offer personalized payment plans to anyone who needs them. Please note that to register for a class we do require a 30% deposit to secure your spot.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes! For a Scholarship Application Contact: Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the start of a class or workshop.