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TV, Film & Digital Performance

This performance program is about giving actors, improvisers, and directors the opportunity to make the transition from Stage to On-Screen or in Podcasting and Voiceover work. The classes in this program focus on technical skills, industry knowledge, and real world experience so they can turn their work on the Training Center stages into a career in TV, Film or the Web.

Acting On Camera

Acting On Camera

  • Levels 1-2
  • 3 Hours, 8 Weeks

Acting On Camera 1

Acting On Camera is your opportunity for on-camera acting experience in scripted and improvised scene work. This class is designed for actors and improvisers interested in making the leap from stage to screen. Students looking learn specifically about meeting the new challenges film presents the actor with will enjoy this class.  Students will also find that this course is designed to unlock the mysteries of filmmaking for those looking to understand how to make a film or how to make a webseries.

What will I learn?

Students will learn how to build a scene on film. They will learn how the actor works specifically with the director, the way camera coverage is achieved, and the etiquette of on-set behavior.

What will I do in this class?

The teacher works as a director and the class has its own director of photography (to handle all the technical aspects of film production from shooting, lighting, and editing). The students will take turns acting in filmed scenes and when they are not, they will become part of the filming crew. This hands-on approach is sure to give students perspectives from multiple sides of the camera.

Who can take this class?

This class is for adult students who have completed Improv Level C or Acting 2.

How long is this class?

The class meets once a week for three hours. The class session is eight weeks.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance, but each student leaves with a filmed and edited scene that they have acted in.

Why is this class important?

Acting and improvising for the camera really differs from work the performer does on stage. To learn the nuances of this essential medium it’s important to understand the way film works both from an on-camera and a behind-the-camera perspective.

Acting On Camera 2

Acting On Camera 2 is your opportunity for a deeper on-camera acting experience. This class is designed specifically for students looking to get further experience acting on-camera as they learn how to make a film or how to make a webseries.

What will I learn?

Students will learn how to build a scene on film on location. They will work exclusively with original material and how to craft original work on screen with an experienced director. Students will have the chance to use the environment of the location as opposed to working in a classroom.

What will I do in this class?

In Acting On Camera 2, the teacher works as a director and the class has its own dedicated director of photography. Like the first installment of the class, the students will take turns acting in filmed scenes, and when they are not, they will become part of the filming crew. However, after two initial classes in the building, each additional class will take place on site at the location being filmed.

How long is this class?

The class meets once a week for three hours. The class session is eight weeks.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance, but each student leaves with a professional filmed and edited scene that they have acted in that could be used for their acting reel.

Why is this class important?

Nothing beats the knowledge that hands-on experience can provide. Actors and improvisers looking to master the nuances of on-screen acting will appreciate the real life experience this class provides, as well as a professional quality scene to add to their reel.

These workshops may not be offered every term. If you would like to be informed when a class becomes available, please click here.

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On Camera Auditioning

On Camera Auditioning

  • On Camera Auditioning 1-2
  • 3 Hours, 4 Weeks

On Camera Auditioning 1

On Camera Auditioning 1 is for any actor or improviser who wants to be a working on-camera actor. It is also good for working actors who want to sharpen their auditioning skills.

What will I learn?

On Camera Auditioning 1 focuses on demystifying the auditioning process. It empowers the performer to know the audition process more and be comfortable in real life auditions for commercials, TV, film, and web series. It will provide insight as to what casting directors are looking for and touch on the differences between an on camera audition style of acting and a performance style of acting. You will also learn how to the most out of not-so-great copy. This class does have a slight comedic bent so you will learn how to get laughs from weak material.

What will I do in this class?

You will get lots of on camera reps. You will perform mock auditions with provided copy. You will analyze your mock auditions and discover what your strengths and weaknesses are. This will also help you cultivate your individual look and style for commercial and television/ film projects.

Who can take this class?

This is open to adult students ages 19 and up.

How long is this class?

The class meets once a week for three hours. The term is four weeks.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance.

Why is this class important?

Auditioning can be an intimidating process to performers on any level. Being comfortable in the audition process gives you a distinct edge. Looking unprepared or unprofessional at an audition is a red flag that could cost you the role. Also, this class is taught by a working casting agent who will become familiar with your style and abilities.

On Camera Auditioning 2

On Camera Auditioning 2 is for actors and improvisers who are serious about booking on camera projects as a way to earn a living. It is for people who have recently acquired an agent or are actively seeking one.

What will I learn?

While On Camera Auditioning 1 is about familiarizing and demystifying the audition process, On Camera Auditioning 2 focuses on nailing every opportunity. You will take a deeper dive on making the most of copy and developing your voice and style. This class also focuses more on improvising in an audition setting and recognizing when not to improvise in an audition. You will learn how to professionally approach casting and how to utilize “What’s Shooting” web pages.

What will I do in this class?

This class also offers a lot of on camera time. You will work with copy and analyze your auditions, and you will improvise on camera. This class is about taking your skills and your approach to auditioning to the next level.

Who can take this class?

This class is open to students who have completed On Camera Auditioning 1.

How long is this class?

This class meets once a week for three hours. The term lasts for four weeks.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance.

Why is this class important?

Auditioning well is a special skill set unto itself. You have to know how to catch the eye of a casting agent who is looking at dozens of other performers. Not only is this class taught by a working casting agent but at the end of the class you will meet other agents. Meeting in person with casting professionals is a huge opportunity to advance your acting career.

These workshops may not be offered every term. If you would like to be informed when a class becomes available, please click here.

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Voiceover for Improvisers

Voiceover for Improvisers

  • Beginning & Advanced
  • 3 Hours, 5-8 Weeks

Beginning Voiceover for Improvisers

Beginning Voiceover for Improvisers is geared toward improvisers who want to use their skills to get commercial and character voiceover work. It is also for actors who are interested in voiceover work, but there is an improvisational element to the class.

What will I learn?

In Beginning Voiceover for Improvisers you will learn about mic technique, breath control, demos, and the difference between radio and television reads. You will learn what type of character reads are useful in the Chicago market. You’ll learn tips and resources to help you establish your career in the voiceover scene.

What will I do in this class?

You will have lots of time behind the mic performing commercial, character, and gaming copy. When you are off mic you will be listening to and learning from your classmates as they perform and get notes. You will get a meeting with a demo producer to talk business and discuss the tools of the trade. The class culminates with a tour and recording session in a professional recording studio in downtown Chicago.

Who can take this class?

This class is open to adult students ages 19 and up who have completed Improv Level B.

How long is this class?

This class meets once a week for three hours over six weeks. Please note that one class meeting is a studio session that may be different from your class time. Check the class details or contact the Training Center for info about the schedule.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance, but you will have material to develop your voiceover reel.

Why is this class important?

Improv is a skill that is sought after in the voiceover market.  This class will teach you what you need to begin your career as a voiceover artist.  Voiceover talent is always in demand, and voiceover work can be very lucrative.

Advanced Voiceover

Advanced Voiceover for Improvisers is for improvisers and actors who want real world experience recording voiceovers. It is for those who want to seriously pursue a career in voiceover work.

What will I learn?

You will learns the ins and outs of professional recording sessions. You will learn to manage multi-person reads, difficult copy, and explore narration copy. You will learn more about the business end of voiceovers. You will learn what to expect (and what is expected of you) at auditions.

What will I do in this class?

The entire class takes place at Audio Recording Unlimited, Chicago’s premiere recording studio located on Michigan Avenue, so this class is an immersion into real world professional voiceover recording. You will work in a professional recording environment with a professional audio engineer using state of the art equipment. You will also do a live audition for an agent or voice casting professional. When you are not on mic you will observe and learn from your classmates as they record and get notes. You’ll also work with copy chosen for your voice type.

Who can take this class?

Beginning Voiceover for Improvisers is a prerequisite.

How long is this class?

The class meets once a week for three hours. The class session is five weeks.

Will there be a performance?

There is no performance, but there is a live audition and you will add material for your voiceover reel.

Why is this class important?

The most important thing beginners lack when they go into the professional world is professional studio time. This class gives you that real world working experience so you can reach a level of professionalism on par with veteran voiceover talent.

These workshops may not be offered every term. If you would like to be informed when a class becomes available, please click here.

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Hosting for Television

Hosting for Television

Hosting for Television is for anyone interested in on-air hosting. It is also good for people who want to sharpen their on air skills for the business world (TED Talks, video conference presentations, etc.). This workshops is also valuable to anyone who wants to enhance their reel with a hosting…

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Voiceover for Improvisers

Voice Actor's Bootcamp

Want to strengthen your dialect skills? Got a commercial voiceover audition that requires a specific accent? Maybe you’re recording an audiobook full of characters, creating your own animations, or recording pages and pages of different game voices. This workshop is for you!

In the first half of Voice Actor’s Bootcamp, you’ll…

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Intro to Voiceover: Copy and Technique

Learn the ins and outs of breaking down copy–punctuation, breath, pace, character and connecting to your audience.

3 hours

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Intro to Voiceover: Demo Reel

Learn how to make a high quality demo reel that will help you apply and audition for those voiceover jobs.

3 hours

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