Performance Training Series

Our professional performance training series exists to empower artists from marginalized communities to mine their craft in a safe space.  It will consist of master classes, workshops and lectures from Chicago artists, wanting to share their expertise with those who may not have had access to the tools necessary to sustain a career in theatre.  By offering affordable classes in accessible spaces, we are removing a few barriers to these artists who deserve to have a place on our stages.

All classes will be pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10.

Because of the intimate venues, there is limited capacity and enrollment will limited.

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SUMMER TRAINING SERIES

PROLOGUE WEEK June 26 - June 28

The Chicago Inclusion Project in collaboration with Theater on the Lake: PROLOGUE week will welcome attendees from across the state to shape the future of performance. Classes are held in different spaces throughout the Chicago Parks District and students will register for individual classes at the link below. 

JUNE 26, 3-5pm  Intro to Improv and Meisner with Sadieh Rifai and Jessie Fisher
 

JUNE 26, 5pm-8:30pm  Intimacy Direction in Collaboration (For Directors, Stage Managers, Producers and Choreographers) with Rachel Flesher, Sarah Scanlon and Gaby Labotka 

 

JUNE 27, 3-5pm Audition and Monologue Workshop with Kanome Jones and Stephanie Diaz

JUNE 28, 1-3pm Auditioning For Musical Theater with Lili Anne Brown and Harmony France

JUNE 28, 3-5pm Dialect Masterclass with Vahishta Vafadari  

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This class will provide basic techniques for vocal preparation and performance. Develop projection, vocal quality, range, energy, and expressiveness through relaxation exercises and basic physical work.  It will include intensive study of the vocal instrument for those who have already acquired basic vocal skills, stimulating emotional, physical, and vocal range in order to creatively illuminate the text. 

Vocal Technique for Actors

Date and Location TBA

SANDRA MARQUEZ

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Not only will participants learn a dance combination in a replicated dance call, but they will learn critical thinking that can be applied to learning a dance sequence while in an audition or rehearsal setting. 

Musical Theater Dance Workshop

Date and Location TBA

JON MARTINEZ

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Actors will step through a mock audition in front of casting professionals, receiving tools and constructive feedback.  Participants can use this opportunity to workshop new monologues as well as gain a deeper understanding of what casting directors expect from the moment they walk through the door...

Audition Lab

STEPH DIAZ & KANOME JONES

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Movement for Actors

WILL DAVIS

Students will learn how maintain a balance of motion, storytelling and play -- all elements useful in an artist's process - auditioning, rehearsal and in production.

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Suzuki Method Overview

JOSE TONY GARCIA

The Suzuki Method is a rigorous and physically demanding approach to actor training. It was devised by Japanese Theatre Director Tadashi Suzuki, to help his actors develop the tools and skills necessary for his demanding stage productions. Using elements of Modern Ballet, Kabuki Theatre, and Indian Kathakali Dance, and other physical training disciplines, the training focuses on the actor’s body, specifically the center/core, and the relationship between the actor’s feet and the ground/floor/stage/earth. Through a series of strict form exercises, the actor’s balance, stamina, and focus (among other things) are tested and strengthened. You will be challenged to dig deeper within yourself to summon the drive and will necessary to meet the physical strain head on.

We will cover a substantial amount of the training in detail: the preciseness of the movements, the rhythm and control of the breath, and the use of the voice. The long term goal is to connect them all together and develop a strong base from which to work, a better awareness of the core, a heightened level of focus, and a stronger sense of physical command. While the work never ends, the idea is to help the actor gain better accessibility to these elements for continued improvement and growth.

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Classical Bootcamp

LAVINA JADHWANI

Shakespeare is meant for everyone! If you can clap on the 2 and the 4, you have everything you need to unlock the rhythm of this text. Spend three hours with classically trained director Lavina Jadhwani (Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, Asolo Rep) working on the meter, musicality, and meaning of heightened language plays. You will emerge with the skills to approach these plays with confidence, regardless of your level of prior experience. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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