Conservatory Training

Theater and Speech Arts Program Benefits:


Theater and Literature in the Spotlight

Students in the Theater and Speech Arts program work with drama, poetry and prose, bringing them to the stage for audiences small and large. By exploring the rich experience of the actor and interpreter, we explore literal meaning, dive into theme, subtext and connotation. We also guide students to explore the ways in which language, sound patterns, rhythms and structure intertwine in great works of theater and literature to derive meaning, and the ways in which a speaker can use layers of sound and other details to create their own artistic moment. Students delve into the lives of characters, discovering motivation and intention...losing themselves in the acting process.

The practical benefits from this training are evident in the child’s early studies, from “nailing” an English exam to excelling in poetry and reading aloud. Students attain variety in vocabulary and comprehension, immersing themselves in theatre and literature, from classic to contemporary works, and from poetry to prose. Theater and Speech students acquire a broad sensibility and insight into the human experience. As students seek to understand and convey the meaning of pieces ranging from Winnie The Pooh to Ode to the West Wind, and bring characters to life, they discover layers of thought, emotion and meaning that profoundly affect who they are and how they view the world. Within every piece of theater and literature, we find ideas that resonate deep within us that help us find a bit of ourselves.

Public Speaking and Storytelling

Public speaking and storytelling are major components of the Theater and Speech Arts program that benefit students in training them to think, create and shape their own ideas. With the skills they are learning from this program, they will share their ideas with an audience in a manner that is in the moment, alive and responsive. These skills are very powerful. Public speaking training is the element of the program that is most closely tied to success in academic and work situations. Students learn to craft and deliver a message that will influence and persuade an audience, mastering the main goals that parents seek, speaking effectively and achieving success.

Storytelling is a similar presentation style that may be even more powerful than public speaking. Storytelling accesses personal stories and our own repertoire of experience. The great benefit in storytelling for students is their ability to shape a narrative, embellishing it with unique details, and to connect it with their audience. Storytelling is our most authentic means of communication, and it helps students find their own voice and personal speaking style.

Finding your voice- A Real Voice

Students in the Theater and Speech Arts program work with drama, poetry and prose, bringing them to the stage for audiences small and large. By exploring the rich experience of the actor and interpreter, we explore literal meaning, dive into theme, subtext and connotation. We also guide students to explore the ways in which language, sound patterns, rhythms and structure intertwine in great works of theater and literature to derive meaning, and the ways in which a speaker can use layers of sound and other details to create their own artistic moment. Students delve into the lives of characters, discovering motivation and intention...losing themselves in the acting process.

Get to the Gist!

Tuesdays 4pm-5pm

(To enhance the voice and order thoughts for audition and speaking)

Take command of your voice and communicate with confidence and style! This class will inspire you to explore the power and range of your voice and will give you the tools to shape your ideas into vivid and effective presentations.

Rhythm and Rhyme

Fridays 4pm-5pm

(For beginner actors to connect words to pacing)

The developmental approach and small class size encourages actors to develop clear, expressive speech and confident communication skills. This class atmosphere is supportive and dynamic, allowing both shy and confident people an opportunity to learn and grow. This class will increase problem solving skills, self-confidence, and stimulate imagination through group collaboration.

Audition Workshop

Saturdays 11:00-12:30pm

Students will study many aspects of the audition process, such as keeping it real, monologue development, character analysis, audition protocol, slating, attire, basic acting techniques, movement, cold reading, sides, dialect, stage presence.

Breaking Down the Bard!

Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

(For the intermediate actor wanting to study Shakespeare)

Students will break down a number of works of Shakespeare, demonstrating the basic meaning of plays, acts and scenes. The class will also demonstrate that Shakespeare isn’t hard, and anyone can read, understand and perform his works!

Teens Diving into Scenes

Fridays 5-6pm

(Intermediate theater actors scene study)

Make a character, play a role, and let your drama shine in this dynamic acting class. Give life to characters and build a compelling performance from the ground up, learning how to study and analyze dramatic texts, rehearsing scenes, and moving and speaking with presence and purpose.

Life is better when you improvise!

Saturdays 12:30pm-2pm

((For experienced Improvisers)

This fun and collaborative class is a great place for improvisers at all levels of experience! The course provides a safe and fun environment for all ages who enjoy collaborating with other actors and learning strategies to grasp all the key principles and fundamentals of improvisation.

Debate Club

Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

(For the intermediate actor to show debating skills)

This Debate course will provide you with the opportunities to learn the ins and outs of debate in an exciting, challenging environment. You will work in teams to research, practice and deliver powerful debates on a range of interesting topics.

Act Out, Speak Up!

Saturdays 10:00am-11:00pm

(For the beginner improv actor)

Everyone can have fun, build confidence, and discover the power of the voice in our Act Out, Speak Up program! This class’ dynamic atmosphere will provide everyone with a chance to build on their public speaking skills and self-esteem through storytelling, improvisation and many other works of creative drama.

Meet Our Teachers!

Sara Caligiuri

Voice Instructor
Sara Caligiuri is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with degrees in Music and English. Sara specializes in teaching opera technique, as well as musical theatre.

Dawn Harkins

Voice & Musical Theatre Instructor
Dawn Harkins is a professional singer/actress with a wide vocal range and colour. She is a graduate of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University.

Robin Rotela

Voice Instructor
Robin has a masters in music education from Vandercook College of Music, along with several years experience in voice teaching and performing! She is classically trained but primarily sing in music theatre/cabaret styles.

Richard Trost

Piano Instructor
Richard's love of music started at an early age and can be heard throughout every performance. Richard Trost was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has performed both instrumentally and vocally throughout his high school and collegiate career at North Park University in Chicago.

Justine Izewski

Voice & Music Instuctor

Justine Izewski attained a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) degree, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education (Choral) degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is Illinois state certified to teach Music K-12. She currently teaches grades P-8th at the Queen of the Rosary School in Elk Grove Village.

Alex Murphy

Piano Instructor

Alex Murphy, a native of St Charles, IL and graduate of DePaul University in Jazz Piano, is considered one of the "young lions" working his way into the Chicago Jazz Scene. He has performed at the Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel, House of Blues and the Chicago Jazz Festival. In early 2018 he was featured in a "Jazz at Symphony Center" Masterclass with jazz great, Bill Charlap. He also freelances throughout the Chicagoland area, Northern Illinois and the Midwest. He can be heard playing keyboards on an EP from the band "Fade" that can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.

Dennis Brown

Theatre Instructor
Dennis has been on the professional stage in England and America for about 40 years. In that time he has performed in well over 120 different shows from Shakespeare to Farce and has won many accolades including best supporting actor in a number of plays and festivals. Dennis has directed plays as well as producing, dialect coaching, performing, speaking, voice over and emceeing hundreds of events around the world.

Jocelyn Adamski

Theatre Instructor

Jocelyn has been studying Shakespeare for the majority of her life!   Her lifelong study began as a child at Valparaiso University’s Young Actors Shakespeare Workshop in which she studied and performed Shakespeare’s plays for several seasons.  Jocelyn continued to grow her love of the Bard through several professional Shakespearean productions and at Renaissance Festivals.  She studied further at the Chicago Academy of the Arts, Northwestern University’s prestigious “cherub” program and at Wright State University, where she earned her BFA in Acting.

School of Performing Arts

Proudly offering classes and lessons in the following categories:

Music

We specialize in voice and piano. We also offer training in voice and piano via the Royal Conservatory Development Program (Canada)

Theater

Youth Theatre, Improv, and Musical Theatre

Corporate Speaking

Experienced Corporate Speaking & Training

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3755 E. Main St.
#158
St. Charles, IL.
60174

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