ATC Parent, Pam Rezek, talks how ATC Summer Classes gave her two sons a creative outlet
I have 2 boys who have participated in summer classes at ATC.
My older son - Max, the extrovert - enrolled in the Professional Summer Intensive (PSI) a few years ago. Max had no idea what to expect because this was his first intensive acting class, but it was a great experience for him. He really appreciated having numerous professionals come in to teach a wide variety of theatre skills.
He learned about scene study, Shakespeare, monologues, industry-specific information, how to get an agent, etc. And, he got an awesome headshot out of it that he used for applying to college theatre programs that he still uses today.
By the end of the class, Max felt more mature as an actor & equipped with skills he could apply moving forward.
My younger son - Kelly - who is much more introverted & not interested in being the center of attention, enrolled in Page to Screen two summers ago. Kelly was nervous, did not know what to expect, & absolutely did not want to be filmed - but he liked the idea of writing a script.
He LOVED the instructor, Tim Soszko, & liked that the kids had “total control” over the content of the script & that it wasn’t pre-planned. Although hesitant when it came time to film, Kelly agreed to take a role, with encouragement & tips from Tim. By the end of the summer course, he was super proud of the end product & very excited to take the class again the next summer, which he did.
The end-of-summer Red Carpet event at the Wilmette Theatre was certainly a highlight, we were pleasantly surprised to see him acting on the “big screen.”
He said that the class helped him “to be less shy” & gave him the confidence he needed to take additional classes that he would not have previously taken such as Improv and Comedy Lab.
Kelly even participated in ATC's premiere Comedy Troupe, "No Explanation" last session - that performed their own show at Stage 773 in Chicago!
For information on the classes mentioned above, contact the ATC office: 847.251.8710 | info@actorstrainingcenter OR visit: actorstrainingcenter.org.