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Acting as a Craft (AAAC)

at Chicago Actors Studio - Bucktown

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$305 4 seats left
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Sat, Sep 07, 1:00pm - Oct 26, 4:30pm (8 sessions)

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Location:
Bucktown, North Side
2040 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this acting technique class:

The “Acting As A Craft” (AAAC) workshops are uniquely designed master class workshops incorporating a broad range of basic skills that an actor absolutely needs.

Students will be given scene assignments from various film and stage plays and then paired up to work that particular scene as a homework assignment which will then be performed at the next scheduled class. These assignments are carefully designed to address whatever the students need to move forward in relation to their particular developmental stage.

In this workshop, students will be trained in:
  • Scene Study - learning how to break down the authors writings into a strong sense of “truth”. Not just playing the part, but rather living it.
  • The Road Map - a clear comprehensive process needed to break down all the elements during script analysis, which includes the process of working “moment to moment” instead of “line to line”.
  • Character Development - master the creation of a character. Learn to use the many parts of the inner life force of a particular character and finding the elements that make up that character. This addresses the “If I Were This Character” concept.
  • Improvisations - using improv to support the other aspects of performance such as character development. Also using the techniques to free the student of self-judgment and inhibitions that may hinder the ability to completely submerse themselves into a character or moment.
  • Emotional Recall - Learning the skill of using emotions from past experiences, recalling those feelings and applying them to the actors work.
  • Sense Memory - All 5 senses have memory. Over the years, some (if not most) of them have been numbed. The process of bringing them back to life, making them more reactive to even the slightest stimulation. The student learns to give their character experience a more reactive sense.
  • Monologues - although there's a separate class targeting effective monologue skills, there are situations where a student would have to work alone. In these instances, a student may be assigned a monologue as class assignment or to help solve a particular training issue.
  • Cold Readings - Although there's a separate class targeting this skill, there are situations where a student would have to work alone. In these instances, a student may be assigned a cold reading as class assignment or to help solve a particular training issue.
  • Introduction to Shakespeare - mainly to expose students to areas like "Scansion" which is the basic guide to effective performance. This also introduces them to elements such as speech rhythms, vocal pitch builds and rhythm in movement - the same teachings presented at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the UK.
  • Movement and Voice - Learn and master the skills of an effective performance by coordinating the three basic rhythms: speech, physical movement and the author's writings.
  • Acting for the Camera and Stage - there are separate workshops targeting these techniques but this class will introduce students to the basic but very important differences in techniques.
Props and costumes are available for students to use on their performances. They can also utilize the facilities such as rehearsal rooms and stage areas for rehearsal of their class assignments.

The school will collect a one-time registration fee of $25 for first-time students.

Note: This is an on-going class one day or evening weekly. However, students may attend other classes in this category free of charge. 

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Refund Policy
Normally, if you miss a class, you simply lose that class. Classes cannot be “made up” by attending a different night. However, we will often credit students, who miss class due to an illness, attending an audition or because they are working on a film or stage production. 

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Start Dates (6)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Sep 14 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Sep 21 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Sep 28 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 05 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 12 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 19 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 26 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
10:00am - 1:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Sep 16 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Sep 23 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Sep 30 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 07 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 21 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 28 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 04 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Sep 16 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Sep 23 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Sep 30 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 07 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 21 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 28 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 04 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Oct 12 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 19 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Oct 26 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Nov 02 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Nov 09 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Nov 16 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
Sat, Nov 23 1:00pm - 4:30pm TBD
10:00am - 1:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Oct 14 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 21 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 28 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 04 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 11 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 18 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 25 10:00am - 1:30pm TBD
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD 8 $305
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Oct 14 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 21 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Oct 28 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 04 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 11 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 18 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD
Mon, Nov 25 7:00pm - 10:30pm TBD

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Question from Daniela A.
I am not an actress, I am not sure if I picked the right class, I just want to learn to express myself publicly, I hope I enrolled in the right class/... I am a bit nervous thanks
Answer from Jonathan F. Verified Educator
Hi Daniela, No need to worry. While many of our students are here to be professional actors, we have also had many students who studied acting to improve their presentation skills for their careers as doctors, lawyers, journalists, politicians and teachers. Being nervous before starting the class is perfectly normal as well. Most students start to feel much more at ease after they've been in class for a couple weeks, so don't let your nerves hold you back when you're just starting out.
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