Conservatory Classes

Classes in acting, writing and all things “the business” taught by a roster of incredible Chicago artists and administrators.

For teens and adults, professionals and rookies!

Auditioning For Musical Theatre
Instructor:Doug Peck
Class Times:10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019
$250

Join Music Director and educator Doug Peck for a challenging, cleansing, demystifying day of group work on building your artistic voice and audition repertoire. Each student will gain added confidence in their presentation, as well as a concrete plan for moving forward with ambition and excitement.

Composition & Sound Design
& Navigating The Waters Of Collaboration
Instructor:Josh Schmidt
Class Times:10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019
$250

Are you a sound designer or composer? Do you want to learn how to have better, more productive conversations with the other members of your artistic team? This 1-day seminar with veteran composer and sound designer Josh Schmidt will prepare you for the world of collaborating with other theatre artists. Students will gain insight into script analysis, cue composition, organization, and planning in hopes of the most responsive collaboration possible between Composer/Sound Designers and their directors, fellow designers, and actors.

Understanding The Business Of Acting
Instructor:John Kastl
Class Times:10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019
$250

Acting is a profession like no other. There are no rules to success. Many actors spend all their time working on their craft, while failing to understand or appreciate the most fundamental and important aspect of their career: the Business of Acting. In this 6-hour intensive workshop, Johnny Kastl (Scrubs, The Beast), teaches new and seasoned actors how to take charge of their career to succeed where others thought they couldn’t. The course will cover defining your “type,” strategies to make the most of your time with casting directors, and short- and long-term planning to achieve your career goals. For actors who wish to become—or already are—professional, working actors, this class will be among the most important of their career.

The Art Of The Audition For Young Actors
Ages 12-18
Facilitator:Joel Ewing and Robert Cornelius
Class Times:1:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
$250

Are you a young actor (or a parent/guardian) facing the daunting task of auditioning for high school, conservatory or college? This 3-day workshop is for you! Learn how to choose material that will showcase your range and make an impression in an audition setting. During the first session, get insight on the tricks to selecting a monologue from Senn Arts Lead Theatre Teacher and professional actor, Joel Ewing (Co-Artistic Director, The Yard, Actor with Jackalope and TimeLine). Then spend a couple of weeks rehearsing on your own, before diving into two days of monologue coaching focused on the power of slating effectively, making bold choices, and connecting to your material, taught by actor and long-time teaching artist Robert Cornelius (Rightlynd at Victory Gardens Theater and Lottery Dayat Goodman Theatre).

Beyond The First Draft
Instructor:Calamity West
Class Times:6:30-9:30pm
Monday, October 21, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
$300

This class is geared towards playwrights who have already completed a first draft of a play and are looking to take it to the next stage of its artistic development. Students will explore the craft of dramaturgy, helping them develop the tools to examine their work critically, ask the right questions, and make purposeful changes to their text. With the guidance of award-winning playwright Calamity West, participants will gain a better understanding of the rewriting and development process.

Scenes:
Voices Of African American Women Playwrights
Instructors:Andi Dymond and Celeste Williams
Class Times:6:30-9:30pm
Monday, October 21, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
$300

Want to develop your acting skills while exploring the work of African American women playwrights? Join us for a 5-week acting seminar highlighting plays from the 20th and 21st century written by both well-established and upcoming voices. In this class, curated and coached by director Andrea J. Dymond and actor Celeste Williams, students will engage with work that views the world through a dynamic lens, while rehearsing and performing scenes to hone their artistic skills.

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