(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.
(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.
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.
(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!
(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.
((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.
(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.
(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.
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, 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.
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.