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Acting Studio Chicago

Acting Studio Chicago

Here you can take acting classes in Chicago inspired by Shurtleff’s method (described in his book Audition).

Students take 3 to 3.5 hour-long acting classes during 7 or 8 weeks. This acting school offers classes for beginners and advanced actors.

Classes are divided into 3 levels, culminating in intense scene and monologue work and auditioning training. Actors can also take a voice workshop and voice-over classes that include sessions at a recording studio, as well as summer classes in improvisation, cold reading technique, commercial auditioning technique, monologue and acting for the camera.

This acting school also offers an intensive 3-day summer camp and Chicago classes for teens.

Career preparation: This is one of the Chicago acting schools that offers a strong training in auditioning skills for the stage and the camera. Teachers at the studio are all working professionals. Actors can take auditioning workshops with casting directors. The summer camp weekend intensive includes a Q&A with Chicago acting agents.

What you’ll need to apply: New students are required to take the free introductory class. Students who want to enroll in the Level 3 acting class need to take Level 1 & 2 or get a special permission. Some advanced classes require a headshot and resume submission.

Website: www.actingstudiochicago.com

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Piven Theatre Workshop

Piven Theatre Workshop

This acting school just half an hour from Chicago is affiliated with a working theater dedicated to original works and working with new directors and playwrights. Alumni include Jeremy Piven, Rosanna Arquette and John Cusack, to name a few.

This Chicago acting school offers classes for all levels of actors, from beginner to advanced. Here the emphasis is on working as an ensemble. During 3 hours a week, actors learn to develop their craft using improvisation, theater games, Viewpoints, Story Theatre and the Piven Technique.

Each 7-week class is 3 hours long. The school also offers classes for youth.

Career preparation: Students are expected to watch the theater productions at the workshop. The acting school regularly offers master classes with industry professionals.

Financial Aid: The school awards around $30,000 a year in need-based scholarships and participates in special outreach programs.

What you’ll need to apply: A filled out registration form and payment, plus a resume or recommendation from a teacher from the school for the intermediate classes. Actors who want to enroll in the professional classes will also need to submit a headshot and have strong experience in the methods taught at the school.

Website: www.piventheatre.org