SPECIAL WORKSHOPS



K-1st Grade - Story Theatre

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Mondays 4:30 - 5:30pm

April 20 - May 11

4 Sessions

$95

K - 1st Grade

This class takes young actors on an interactive journey through improvised plays, stories and folktales.  Learn basic acting skills by bringing stories to life.

Instructor: TBD

2nd - 3rd Grade - Four Plays / Four Days

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Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:30pm

April 21 - May 12

4 Sessions

$160

 2nd - 3rd Grade

This class takes young actors on an interactive journey through improvised plays, stories and folktales.  Learn basic acting skills by bringing stories to life.

Instructor: TBD

4th-6th Grade Acting Through Song

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Saturdays 12:30 - 2:30pm

April 18th - May 9th

4 Sessions

$190

4th-6th Grade

Musical theatre performances are powerful when song furthers both the character's journey and the play's central story.  This class takes the five W's (who, what, where, when and why) and applies them to song.  This class will culminate in a final performance for friends and family.

Instructor: TBD

4th-6th Grade The Art Of The Disney/Nick Audition

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Saturdays 10:00am - Noon

April 18 - May 9

4 Sessions

$160

4th-6th Grade

It takes skill to let go of your inhibitions and find the right balance of energy to perform over-the-top comedy. Let PR Casting Associate Lauren Phillips help you find the life inside the characters of Disney and Nickelodeon. 

Instructor: Lauren Phillips

4th-6th Grade Clowning

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Sundays 11:30am- 1:30pm

April 19 - May 10 

4 Sessions

$160

4th-6th Grade 

Clowning has several definitions and in this class, we will explore all of them!  Following impulse, being connected to the audience, having confidence on stage, and creating your clown will all be different areas that we will explore.  It will be a fun and wild ride and will provide you with essential skills for any type of acting!

Instructor: TBD

7th-12th Grade - The Effective Audition

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Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm

May 17

1 Session

$150

 7th-12th Grade

Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke, casting partners at one of Chicago's premiere casting offices, teach this 3-hour workshop in their Chicago studio. Hear first hand what casting directors are looking for. Through assigned scenes, playback and feedback, students learn how to make specific, appropriate and memorable choices that parlay auditions into callbacks. Students will also learn industry protocol through mock auditions. Space is limited.

Instructor: Mickie Paskal & Jennifer Rudnicke

7th-12th Grade - Shakespeare

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Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm

April 18 - May 9

4 Sessions

$160

 7th-12th Grade

 

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7th-12th Grade - Understanding Your Music

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Saturdays 10:00am - Noon

April 18 - May 9

4 Sessions

$190

7th-12th Grade

Learn to interpret the absent director...the composer. Every song contains a musical vocabulary --written and harmonic--which can enhance your depth of understanding when acting through song.

Instructor: TBD

7th-12th Grade - Clowning

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Sundays 2:00pm-4:00pm

April 19 - May 10

4 Sessions

$160 

 7th-12th Grade

Clowning has several definitions and in this class, we will explore all of them!  Following impulse, being connected to the audience, having confidence on stage, and creating your clown will all be different areas that we will explore.  It will be a fun and wild ride and will provide you with essential skills for any type of acting!

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7th-12th Grade - Accent & Dialect Toolbox

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Saturdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm

April 18 - May 9 

4 Sessions

$160

7th-12th Grade

The Accents and Dialects Toolbox workshop will offer students an approach to dialects and accents used in theatre, film, and TV.  In this multi-week series students will learn several of the most commonly used dialects in entertainment and then will tackle individually chosen dialects and apply them to appropriate texts. Students will come away with the confidence to deliver honest, authentic characters from anywhere in the world.

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9th-12th Grade - ABC's of Design

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Sundays 2:00 - 4:00pm

April 19 - May 10

4 Sessions

$160

 9th-12th Grade

This unique workshop has been designed by ATC's Head of Design, Max Maxin. Max will empower advanced actors with an understanding of directorial and design concepts and how they can play into an actor's choices. Student will also learn basic makeup techniques critical for all working actors.

Instructor: TBD

Adult - The Effective Audition

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Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

May 17th

1 Session

$150

Adult 

Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke, casting partners at one of Chicago's premiere casting offices, teach this 3-hour workshop in their Chicago studio. Hear first hand what casting directors are looking for. Through assigned scenes, playback and feedback, students learn how to make specific, appropriate and memorable choices that parlay auditions into callbacks. Students will also learn industry protocol through mock auditions. Space is limited.

Instructors: Micki Paskal & Jennifer Rudnicke 

Adult - Clowning

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Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00pm

April 23 - May 14 

4 Sessions

$160

Adult

Clowning has several definitions and in this class, we will explore all of them!  Following impulse, being connected to the audience, having confidence on stage, and creating your clown will all be different areas that we will explore.  It will be a fun and wild ride and will provide you with essential skills for any type of acting!

Instructor: TBD

Adult - Stage to Screen Calibration

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Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm 

April 21 - May 12

4 Sessions

$200

Adult

Students will build on the essentials by preparing the same scene for both stage and screen, learning to calibrate their performance for each medium while deepening their work by finding their character's actions, objectives and relationship to the arc of the scene.

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9th Grade-Adult - College Challenge

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Thursday 7:00 - 10:00pm

April 16 

1 Session

$50

9th Grade - Adult

This program, led by Carole Dibo and Janet Louer, provides a forum to identify, clarify and take the anxiety out of choosing the right school.  Parent and student wil spend the morning together receiving a detailed overview of the differences and benefits of specific programs and the choice between a conservatory and a liberal arts program.  Then, after a break for lunch, parents can feel free to ask questions of the instructors while students attend a talkback with recent graduate of various programs.

Instructor: TBD

7th Grade-Adult - Breaking Into The Business

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Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm

June 13

1 Session

$75

7th Grade-Adult

Cut to the chase and learn firsthand how to break in and work your way through the film, TV and theatre business. Studio Director Carole Dibo will share her years of experience in this invaluable workshop breaking down the who's who and the do's and don'ts of a very complicated industry. Guest speakers will include some of the industry's top professionals.  This 1-day seminar is full of information that would take years to learn.  A must for every actor.

Instructor: TBD

"It is important to me to have the talent I represent learn from actual casting directors who are working in the city. That is why I recommend classes at ATC, that are taught by casting directors like Steppenwolf's Erica Daniels, and TPR's Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke."-- DAWN GRAY, PRESIDENT, GRAY TALENT GROUP
 
 
"Well I thank you once again for having me to your monologue workshop.  I ended up auditioning for, and getting, that part Erica mentioned she had for me!  Woo hoo!"
 
 
"My daughter came home with a notebook full of information, personal critiques to work on and it boosted her confidence on camera."
 
 
"As a mom it makes me feel very proud when a director tells me over the phone, "Your daughter is very talented." I have YOU to thank for helping her use her talents!"
 
 
"I took a workshop at ATC and an agent came and saw me.  That's how I got an agent."
 
 
"You will take away more than you can imagine. Don't miss these workshops!"
 
 
"Going into auditions after these workshops, I feel there is so much more within me to pull from."
 
 
"I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much my daughter enjoyed the weekend workshop. Your instructors were so knowledgeable and caring. She just booked the lead title role in a short film. While prepping for her audition, she had her notebook out to review her notes from the course. It really built her knowledge base for on-camera."
 
 
"Sage came home both days beyond enthusiastic about everything she had learned, and absolutely LOVED Deborah’s ‘warmth and encouragement’ (her words, not mine!).  She had a big audition the following week and was cast in the role she wanted, so please let Deborah know she must have taught those little ones well!"
 
 
"I could even see a difference after the first day in how my daughter prepared for the next day's scenes."