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.


Suzuki Method Overview


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.


Movement for Actors


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.


Classical Bootcamp


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!


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



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



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


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