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Adult Advanced Classes


Designed for the professional, Masters Scene Study is a unique opportunity to work with a variety of directors, each with their own directing style. Each week, a professional director will work with the class. Each actor will work in front of the class every other week on scenes with four of the eight directors and in the alternate weeks, will actively observe the other four directors' work with their classmates. This class requires a professional-level commitment as we encourage all actors to work at the top of their game!

The class begins with a Meet And Greet with the class facilitator, Christy Arington. This is a great opportunity to learn the style and how these top Chicago directors work with actors!

2024 Directors included: 

  • Henry Godinez: Goodman Theatre, Teatro Vista
  • Mikael Burke: Assoc. AD About Face Theatre & First Floor Theatre, Victory Gardens,  ATC, Asolo, GEVA, 
  • Azar Kazemi: Rivendell, Goodman, Jackelope, Victory Gardens, Theatre On The Lake, The Blind Owl, 
  • Jamal Howard: 2023-24 Goodman Theatre Maggio Fellow, Co-Artistic Director of New American Folk Theatre, Porchlight, Theo Ubique, Filament
  • Gus Meany; former AD of Jackalope and Book-It Rep. Theatre 
  • Georgette Verdin: Assoc. AD Northlight Theatre, AD Interrobang Theatre Project, Shattered Globe, 
  • Tara Mallon; AD of Rivendell Theatre 
  • Dado: A Red Orchid Theatre Ensemble Member, Facility Theatre

Required: Strong professional acting background. Admission is determined by headshot, resume and audition. Once you apply for the class, we will contact you to schedule an audition slot.

Auditions were Jan, 24th 2024.  We are no longer taking submissions for this class. 

Tuition: $450

8 Weeks & A Preliminary Student Meet & Greet Orientation

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If you're fortunate enough to get into the Masters Scene Study class, I HIGHLY recommend you go for it. It's by far one of the best classes to take in the Chicagoland area. I'd even say it's the best in the Midwest. Nothing sharpens your skills like this 8-week Masters challenge, and Christy Arington is the best! All the directors chosen for this class are amazing! I highly recommend this class to "master" your craft.

— Justin Mobley

Shade Murray (Masters Scene Study) met each of us where we were. [He] provided specific, insightful, actionable observations and suggestions concerning our execution of scenes, [and] offered macro- level conceptual frameworks by which to understand and approach scene work.

— Mike Rogalski

Shade Murray (Masters Scene Study) talked about focusing on History, Mystery, and Discovery and it really helped me target goals for my work. He is so encouraging, even when giving constructive feedback. It's so freeing. I learned so much in this class that I can take right into rehearsal; it really is amazing.

— Meredith Brasher


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