ACTING CLASSES



Acting Through Imagination

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Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30pm
October 14 - December 16

9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 – Sun 11/30

$175

K - 1st Grade

This fun-filled class will introduce beginning actors to the art of working together through theatre games and classic stories.  Students will learn to use their bodies and voices to transform stories into plays.  There will be an opportunity for parents to observe on the last day of class.

This class is designed to be repeated.

Instructor: Jonathan Mayo

Collaborative Creation (Level 1)

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Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm
October 14 - December 16 

9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

 $350

2nd-3rd Grade

Discover, create, and perform! Students will devise an original play that will be performed on the final day of class.  The process will foster imagination, nurture self-confidence, and teach students to work as an ensemble.  Students will perform their work for friends and family on the final day of class!

Instructor: TBD

Page to Stage (Level 2)

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Mondays 4:30 – 6:30pm
October 13 - December 15

9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

 2nd-3rd Grade

The class invites returning students to work with text through kid-centered scenes from movies and plays. Students will learn the building blocks of bringing a scene to life and will perform their work for friends and family on the final day of class.

Prerequisite: Collaborative Creation and Instructor Approval

Instructor: TBD

 

Acting Division: Actor's Essentials (Level 1)

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Saturdays 12:30 - 2:30pm
October 11 - December 13

9 sessions
 

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

4th-6th Grade

This core acting class explores the most challenging beginning steps for a young actor. Students will tackle physical, vocal, and emotional approaches to three-dimensional characters.

Instructor: Lauren Pizzi

ACTING DIVISION: SCENE STUDY (LEVEL 2)

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Saturdays 10am - 12pm
October 11 - December 13

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

 

4th-6th Grade

Returning students develop advanced technique while workshopping scenes from age-appropriate scripts.  Actors learn to take direction and apply feedback from the instructor. This class will culminate in a showcase of scenes-in-progress for friends and family.

Prerequisite: Actor’s Essentials and Instructor Approval

Instructor: Lauren Pizzi

 

Improv Division: Improvising Through Games (Level 1)

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Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30pm 
October 15 - December 17

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

4th-6th Grade

Through short-form improv games, students will learn the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea.  Students will learn to use their imaginations and, at the same time, hone their creative energy.  This class will culminate in a final short-form improvised performance for friends and family.

Instructor: TBD

Improv Division: Improvising Through Scenes (Level 2)

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Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
October 16 - December 18
 

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350
 

 

4th-6th Grade

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

Prerequisite: Improvising Through Games and Instructor Approval

Instructor: TBD

 

 

On-Camera Division: Basics (Level 1)

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Mondays 4:30-6:30pm
October 13 - December 15
9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

4th-6th Grade

A specific skill set is required for a powerful, truthful on camera performance. This essential skills class provides a comprehensive overview of on-camera technique.  Students will shoot in our professional studio, work from actual commercial copy, and analyze their work as it is played back each week.
Instructor: TBD

On-Camera Division: Audition Technique (Level 2)

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Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm 
October 14 - December 16
9 sessions
 

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

4th-6th Grade

Working in TV and film is many an actors’ dream, but before booking the job, actors need to know how to stand out in an audition. This class provides students with the vital skills needed to make specific and bold choices that will create a lasting impression on casting directors.

Prerequisite: On-Camera Basics and Instructor Approval

Instructor: TBD

 

Acting Division: The Power of "If" (Level 1)

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Sundays 11:30-1:30pm
October 12 - December 14 

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

7th-12th Grade 

Designed for aspiring young actors who are ready to work fearlessly from their emotional cores. Students will be challenged each week to bring their personal experiences to their work, using the power of saying “what if."

Instructor: TBD

Acting Division: Monologue/Cold Reading (Level 2)

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Sundays 1:45 - 3:45pm
October 12 - December 14


9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

7th-12th Grade

Get out of your own way and embrace the risks and vulnerability necessary to become a competitive actor. Students will learn the skills to weave the full life of the play within a monologue audition, as well as face a weekly audition challenge with callbacks and cold reading.

Prerequisite: Power of “If” and Instructor Approval

Instructor: TBD

Acting Division: 10 Minute Plays (Level 3)

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Sundays 4 - 8pm
October 12 - January 25

**Special 12-week session**

 

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

& Sun 12/21 - Sun 1/4

$900

This price include a non-refundable $150 deposit.

7th-12th Grade

This 12-week workshop gives advanced students the opportunity to put training on its feet and embrace the challenge of tackling 10-minute plays written specifically for youth.  This workshop culminates in a 10-Minute Play Festival at the Wilmette Theatre:

Saturday, January 24 @ 8pm & Sunday, January 25 @ 4pm
[Tech rehearsal: Saturday, January 24]

Students must be available for tech and performance are are expected to attend all rehearsals.

Prerequisite: Monologue/Cold Reading and Instructor Approval

Instructor: Adam Goldstein
 

Improv Division: Sketch Comedy (Level 1)

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Sundays 1:30 - 3:30pm
October 12 - December 14

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

7th-12th Grade

Students will learn the art of creating sketch comedy -- from pitching ideas, to improvising, revising, and finally performing their original sketch comedy revue on the final day of class for friends and family.

Instructor: Tim Soszko

Improv Division: Short-Form (Level 1)

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Sundays 4-6pm 
October 12 - December 14

9 sessions
 

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

7th-12th Grade

Through short-form improv games, students will learn the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea. They will develop the ability to think on their feet and outside of the box. This class will culminate in a final short-form improvised performance for friends and family.

Instructor: Tim Soszko

Improv Division: Long-Form (Level 2)

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Sundays 11:30-1:30pm
October 12 - December 14
 

9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$350

7th-12th Grade

Returning students will take improvisation to a higher level with relationship-based scene work, fueling a long form improvised structure. This class will culminate in a final long-form improvised performance for friends and family.

Prerequisite: Short Form Improv and Instructor Approval

Instructor: Tim Soszko
 

Improv Division: "No Explanation" Comedy Troupe (Level 3)

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Saturdays 3-6pm
October 11 - January 25
 
**Special 12-week session**

NO CLASSES from
Mon 3/31 - Sun 4/6
& Sat 12/20 - Sat 1/3 

 

$600

This price includes a non-refundable $100 deposit.

7th-12th Grade

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 at the Wilmette Theatre:

Saturday, January 24 @ 8pm & Sunday, January 25 @ 4pm

[Tech Rehearsal: Saturday January 24]

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

By Audition Only.  Contact the office (847.251.8710) for more information.

Prerequisite for Audition: Long-Form Improv and Sketch Comedy

Instructor: Tim Soszko

On-Camera Division: The Commercial Audition (Level 1)

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Saturdays 10am - 12:30pm
October 11 - December 13

9 sessions

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Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30

$425

7th-12th GRADE

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

Instructor: TBD

On-Camera Division: TV / Film Technique (Level 2)

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Sundays 11:30 - 2pm 
October 12 - December 14

9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30
 
$425

7th-12th Grade

This second level course is specfically designed to create real-world situations using film and television scripts.  Actors will focus on relaxing in front of the camera, telling the story simply and making subtle yet specific choices.

Prerequisite: The Commercial Audition and Instructor Approval

Instructor: TBD

 

On-Camera Division: Advanced On Camera (Level 3)

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Saturdays 12:45 - 3:15pm 

October 11 - December 13
9 sessions

NO CLASSES from
Mon 11/24 - Sun 11/30
 
$425

7th-12th Grade

Taught by Studio Director Carole Dibo, this advanced class challenges the actor to deepen their work with subtext, relationship and the element of living in the moment.  The final three classes will be taught by special guest instructors from the Chicago industry.
Prerequisite: TV / Film Technique and Instructor Approval

  

"ATC has really helped me grow, not only as an actress, but as a person."  
 
 
"Before this class, I could barely speak in front of two people."
 
 
 "Any show, class, or theatrical experience I've had can't compare to what I've learned at ATC. It has made me think about theatre in a whole new way."
 
 
"Milla has found a home at ATC.  Milla is being treated like an actor and not just a child.”
 
 
" My son is currently enrolled in your improv class. I cannot remember a class that he has ever taken that he has enjoyed more. He has already gotten so much out of this class after just one month!"
 
 
"We are so happy we found ATC!!! Elexa has said that it feels like home. She loves the classes because she is challenged, inspired and loves working with professionals(teachers and other students)."
 
 
"These classes are the highlight of her week, she wishes she could just do these every day, instead of going to school. We are really happy we found ATC."
 
 
"I have grown immensely since the beginning of this class - it was the best acting class - EVER!" 
 
 
"I wish I could go back in time and take the class all over again."
 
 
"My husband and I both could not get over the professionalism and poise of these young performers
 
 
"I love taking poems and making them into plays because it is fun, and I like being a team!"
 
 
"Annabelle ADORES your class!   Acting Thru Imagination is one of the highlights of her week.”
 
 
"'Thank you' is nowhere near adequate to express the gratitude I feel for the experience you have put together with the creation of Actors Training Center. Your school has been exactly what we have been looking for during the last several years."
 
 
"I have the impression that at some point we will see professional actors who are in the national spotlight, that will have roots at ATC and who will attribute their success to ATC, much the same way that Second City has built a similar reputation for itself in that regard."