Carole Dibo, ATC Founder & Executive Director, gives our students and families the latest news about the Actors Training Center!
Dearest ATC families - past, present and future, Board of Directors, valued teachers, and adored students:
Thirteen years ago, the Actors Training Center began in one tiny little room (now known as The Camera Room or Studio 1) above the Wilmette Theatre with a mission to train actors, not just as actors but as savvy business folk. No acting school was working the left side of their students’ brains (the analytical side) along with the right side (the creative side) but us. And it is still just us.
Over the past 13 years we have grown from seven students in one summer program to over 150 students a term, and we have helped launch numerous successful careers - not all in acting, I am proud to say. We have garnered a national reputation and are ready to dive into our new reality with enthusiasm and creativity. The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is something we could not even imagine. In March, I was sure we would be back in our studios for summer classes. That didn’t happen; but a few things are happening that I want to share.
In the past we have posted our Fall classes in mid-July. We expect this year’s Fall classes will be posted by mid-August so that we may carefully and thoughtfully design our Fall schedule to best fit our present circumstances. It will be a hybrid of online and in-person classes.
We are packing up our space over the Wilmette Theatre and moving around the corner to our gorgeous Storefront space. We were lucky to grab 1st floor office space across the hall. For the time being, while we are in hybrid mode, we will use that solo our storefront studio for in-person classes. There is room for expansion when we are ready, which is very exciting. The studios above the Theatre are, quite simply, too small to safely hold classes given the restrictions of social distancing. Safety is our number one priority.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce after seven years with the Actors Training Center Becky Blomgren will be stepping down from her role as Managing Director as she pursues new passions and challenges. Becky has been invaluable to ATC, and to me, these past seven years, and she will be truly missed. Becky being Becky, we are excited to see where she will make her mark next. The Board and I will use this as an opportunity to re-organize our administrative structure so we can include a wider variety of voices in our long- and short-term development. I am very fortunate to have had Becky working alongside me these past years and I know we will all miss her energy, her smile, and her passion.
We are on an exciting new expedition that will allow ATC to expand its reach beyond the Chicagoland area. The new virtual classroom will allow us to open many of our classes to students, teachers and industry professionals outside of Illinois. I am as excited about our new direction as I was when I first opened our doors in 2007.
Warmest regards and sincerest thanks for all of your support and love. LETS DO THIS!
Executive Director & Founder