The Training Center at Victory Gardens is back! The 2016 Fall Session offers a full spectrum of courses in performance, dance, and writing. Whether you’re looking for professional development or a new creative challenge The Training Center has something to offer.
FALL 2016 SESSION
October 18 – November 15
Tuesday Evenings from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Ike Holter (Exit Strategy, Sender), Victory Gardens Theater playwrights’ Ensemble member and hit Chicago playwright, offers insight on the creation of a 10-min play. Participants will draft their own 10-min pieces while getting feedback from one of the Chicago stage’s hottest voices.
October 16-November 20
Sunday Evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm
From the choreographer that brought you The House that Will Not Stand’s electric rhythms comes the new wave of dance for the stage! Join choreographer Breon Arzell for a fun-filled 6-week session blending contemporary dance styles and classical musical theatre influences.
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13
11:00am – 2:30pm
This hands on workshop will focus on strengthening your unique story style. Day 1 is devoted to developing your story and Day 2 is devoted to the performance aspect. Through One-on-One coaching, exercises and “playing around” you will find the style that best serves you and the material to help you deliver an engaging story with confidence. Whether you want to perform on a stage or tell a good story at Thanksgiving Dinner this intensive will provide you with the tools and techniques. We will also discuss the Live Lit scene in Chicago. Everyone is welcome. No experience required – this class is appropriate for new storytellers as well as seasoned writers, performers, stand-ups and solo-artists looking to develop the tools in their backpack.
October 15 – November 19
Saturday Mornings from 10am – 1pm
The master, Dennis Začek, returns to Victory Gardens for his classic deep-dive into comedic styles. Explore such forms as farce, realistic comedy, and high comedy through scene study and class discussions. If you’re refining your comedic skills or just want to dip your toe into comedic styles of all kinds this is the perfect opportunity.
October 17 – November 21 (No Class Nov. 14)
Monday Evenings from 7pm – 10pm
Taught by Actor, Singer, and VG Arts Education Director Robert Cornelius, this class will explore successful techniques for auditioning and getting cast using a variety of disciplines to further develop and sharpen acting instincts. Participants will work on monologues for general auditions and will read pre-chosen sides with readers to complement their work. Students can bring in existing pieces they want to improve upon or we can start from scratch. Gain confidence with this exploration of best practices to hone your auditioning skills. Independent outside work is a required component of this class.