Acting Classes in Chicago
So you were in your high school production of Bye Bye Birdie or Our Town and you had a really good time or maybe you haven't done a play since the third grade Nativity Pageant. If you've ever tossed around the idea of being in a show again but find actors intimidating (I know, we are an odd group of people) this is a perfect class for you. This is a "no pressure" chance to get on stage to explore various styles of theatre (improv, scene work, etc.) along with discussing the business side of acting. Everyone will be paired up to perform a scene with various partners. Each scene will go through a "cold reading", a blocking session, and a final critique performance.
Our classes begin with a variety of improv games that will help classmates get to know each other quickly, followed by mime, physical theatre and a quick basics in the lingo of the theatre. Then we work on our scenes. No prior experience in acting is required for this class, only the willingness to let go and enjoy yourself. (A very successful class for people who are looking to be comfortable with public speaking).
The class will held at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago) and is held on the Second or third floor and does not, unfortunately, have handicapped access at this point, though it is a priority and we're working very hard on it. They DO have a full coffee shop and a bar and a great fake fireside to sit by before or after class.
"So much fun!"
That was the overall message from each of my fellow students. The class size was just big enough to allow us to learn from and play off of each other. The concepts taught are transferable skills that can be utilized in presentations, meeting facilitation, or even just interactions in everyday life. Anthony is not only a talented performer, he has a gift for teaching.
A great experience for improv rookies. The small group and the beer made it easy to try (and fail) without an audience. And although I may never master improv, the rules of improv we learned can be taken and molded to be a better conversationalist, brainstormer, daydreamer, and parent (just to name a few).
I loved this class! I'm an introvert by nature and it was fun to step outside of my comfort zone and be creative, learn how to think on my feet a little better and have fun in front of complete strangers! The fact that it was a small class made it much more comfortable and the instructor was so encouraging and helping me bring out my inner improv!
It was a great enviornment- very laid back, but also very encouraging. The mix of socializing/beer tasting allowed everyone to feel very at ease. I also suspect it had something to do with me volunteering first for a lot of exercises- I was plesantly surprised with myself!
Anthony Whitaker, originally from South Carolina, has lived in Chicago for over 20 years working as a professional actor, playwrite, musician, director and teacher. Anthony attended the Conservatory Program at Chicago's Second City, where he studied with Stephen Colbert, Jim Sherman, Don Depollo and many others. He has taught Improv and Acting for the past 15 years for Moraine Valley Community College, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, the Rumble Arts Center and a whole slew of other places.
In 2011, he co-founded the New American Folk Theatre and wrote and directed a successful six-week run of "Two from the trailer Court" and will be following that up with "The Marvelous Land of Oz" in the Spring of 2013.