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Acting Studio Chicago
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Chicago’s Premier Training Center for Actors since 1981

We are proud to offer quality training in a nurturing environment for beginning actors ready to take a creative leap, as well as challenging acting classes for working actors who wish to keep their skills sharp and stay current with industry trends. Our top-notch faculty are working professional actors who have shared a common acting methodology since 1981. We offer both Adult Acting Classes and Kids and Teens Acting Classes




Kurt Naebig introduces Shurtleff's 12 Guideposts!

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New Class!

On-Camera Intro    Starts May 1st

On-Camera training for actors new to the biz, with Allison Latta.

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It's Back

Master Scene Study
Starts May 25

Taught by Director Shade Murray
Ensemble Member -  A Red Orchid.

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Look Who's Working!

ASC alum Amy Johnson is performing in Falling with Interrobang Theatre.

Our Faculty

At ASC we are especially proud of our top-notch faculty. As working professionals they bring years of industry expertise, enthusiasm, and skill to their classes. Our instructors are a large part of what makes studying at Acting Studio Chicago such a worthwhile investment in your career.

Rachael Patterson

Studio Director, Rachael Patterson has led Acting Studio Chicago for 22 years and worked in the biz since 1983.

Adam Belcuore

Adam is a teacher and the head of casting at Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre.

Norm Boucher

Norm brings a wide variety of stage, television, commercial, and VO experience to his energetic classes!

Jane Brody

Jane tours internationally teaching workshops in career building, Shurtleff, camera methods, Stanislavski analysis, and super scenes.

Jack Bronis

Jack Bronis brings a wealth of acting, improv, and directing experience to his teaching at ASC!

Stephen Cone

Indie filmmaker, director, and actor, Stephen Cone is one of Chicago's rising stars. We're thrilled to have him at ASC!

Adrianne Cury

Adrianne brings experience from Chicago's top theatres such as Writers, Chicago Shakes, and Lifeline.


Dado is a director and Ensemble Member of A Red Orchid Theatre.

Adria Dawn

Adria brings inside knowledge of on-camera acting from her expansive roster of tv, film, & new media credits!

Kate DeVore

Kate brings her knowledge as a speech pathologist and dialect extrodinaire to her voice and dialect classes at ASC!

Deb Doetzer

Deb Doetzer brings an extensive career in voiceover and theatre to her dynamic classes at ASC!

Ann Filmer

Founding Artistic Director of 16th Street Theatre, Ann brings her passion for new works to her classes.

Kirsten Fitzgerald

Kirsten Fitzgerald brings her experience as a renowned actress and is the Artistic Director of A Red Orchid Theatre.

Linda Gillum

Actress/Director Linda brings her warmth and experience in class and is the Casting Director of Remy Bumppo!

Christina Gorman

Actress and fight choreographer, Christina brings energy, creativity, and industry knowledge to her classes!

Coburn Goss

We're thrilled to have TV/film, theatre, VO actor, as well as award winning playwright Coburn on our roster!

Allison Latta

Allison has voiced commercials for numerous clients. She has also worked on stage and on-camera for 20 years.

David Leffel

Dave is a veteran VO artist and audio engineer specializing in sound for Radio, Film, and TV at BAM Studios.

AJ Links

As a casting associate for Paskal Rudnicke Casting, AJ brings a wealth of industry experience to her classes.

Jeff Lupetin

Jeff is an author and award winning VO artist recognized for his work for SC Johnson and Procter & Gamble.

Doug McDade

Doug brings years of award winning theatre and on-camera experience to his work as a teacher and coach.

Matt Miller

Matt brings insight from his extensive career as a theatre, commercial, and TV Director/Executive Producer.

Jennie Moreau

Jennie uses her extensive Chicago and NY theatre credits as well as her on camera experience here at ASC.

Shade Murray

A true actor's director, Shade brings his experience as a theatre director and ensemble member of A Red Orchid.

Kurt Naebig

Kurt, a Juilliard grad, brings his 25 plus years worth of experience to his energetic and engaging classes.

Alice Pacyga

Alice Pacyga is an actor, improviser, and teacher. She received her MFA and BFA in Acting from NIU.

Amber Page

As an actress and yoga teacher, Amber brings her dynamic movement and positive energy to her classes!

Marisa Paonessa

Talent agent extraordinaire, Marisa, the owner of prestigious Paonessa Talent, is here breaking down the biz at ASC!

Brian Plocharczyk

Brian's work as a VO talent has been heard in countless commercials and corporate videos, as well as in animated and gaming projects.

Erica Sartini-Combs

Erica is the Goodman Theatre's Casting Associate, the Founder of Two Birds Casting, and all around casting maven.

Janelle Snow

Janelle Snow is a graduate of NU and Harvard and has been active in our acting community for over 2 decades.

Gretchen Sonstroem

Gretchen brings her passionate, dynamic, and inspirational style to her 20 plus years of teaching.

Sarafina Vecchio

As an actor and teaching artist for nearly 20 years, Sarafina brings her passion and fearlessness to the table.

Barbara Zahora

Barbara is an actor, director, teacher, and voice coach, with an emphasis on unlocking Classical texts.


"The clarity that the Shurtleff method gave me definitely surpassed my expectations and gave me a definitive method to use when preparing scenes. Sarafina's (Sarafina Vecchio, Instructor - Level 2) feedback was very constructive. I 100% would take another class as well as recommend to a friend."

— Siubhan Stormont