Movies Alive!

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Monday - Friday, 9am-12:30pm

August 18-22


New Date, Time and Price!


Students will begin the day watching a different award-winning short film (specifically chosen for ages 5-9) on the movie screen at the Wilmette Theatre.  Students will then bring the film to life through imagination and play, using music, art, improvisational games, and acting.

Instructor: Stephanie Chavara 

Professional Teen Summer Intensive

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Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
August 4 - 15

Final Showcase:
Monday, August 18 @ 7pm



Get inside the business with this popular and professional intensive. In addition to strengthening monologue, on- camera, improv, voice technique, and scene study skills, students will have the unique opportunity to revise their resumes and take new headshots under the guidance of leading industry professionals. Students will have the chance to interface with Chicago agents and casting directors. The class will culminate in a showcase for invited industry professionals so students can launch their professional careers with confidence and connections.

By Audition Only (Call office to set up a time), with Approval of Studio Director

Call the office (847-251-8710) for an appointment or email

The Art of Storytelling

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Mondays 7-9pm
November 3 - December 15

Final performance date TBD by class availability

 6 sessions



Adults (18+)

A good story feeds the imagination, creates a bond between teller and listener, and brings the creative community together over shared human experience. This class will help students of all walks of life discover and develop their own voice and share the hilarious, heartbreaking, but always true experiences that are both personal and universal. Students will workshop their stories to find their own voice under the direction of professional storyteller Stephanie Chavara.This session’s stories will culminate in an intimate night of storytelling for friends and family on the last day of class.

Instructor: Stephanie Chavara


Story: "Brooklyn Bluffs"
Event: 2nd Story
Your staff is extraordinary and should know just how much they touch the kid’s lives!!!!"
"I want to thank you for your efforts in the exceptional Stage to Screen program. Grace enjoyed every part of it!”
"It is a real credit to you that you paired that kiddie humor with a meaningful story line, interesting character development and collaborative work process [in Stage to Screen]. WOW!  The supportive and festive atmosphere, the terrific camerawork, the high-talent staff – you exceeded expectations in every way!"

"[My daughter] has come home with such energy and excitement and cannot wait to come the next week."
"Thank you for providing [my son] with such an incredible experience and for showing him the rewards of working hard."
"When I drop off our kidsthey burst out of my car with smiles on their faces, ready to go. I think that this says so much about you and your classes.”
The instruction they receive from you makes them the performers that they want to be."
"I absolutely love your insight and advice to the kids. It sounds like they are gaining not only first-rate acting skills -- but lasting and essential life-skills, as well.
"[My daughter] is so proud of the ‘new her’ (the same fabulous her as before but with a new confidence)."
"I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with ATC.  I wish every child had the opportunity to experience your outstanding program."
"I learned more in this class than in 7 years of acting."
"I got so much out of my improv class at ATC. It helped me with confidence, risk-taking, improv-abilities, and acting in general - the whole shebang."