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Now you’re ready to dive into the world of the play! During the first six weeks of class, you will work on two scenes with a partner. By reading the entire script, memorizing, rehearsing, and working with props and costumes, you will deepen your understanding of specificity and personalization--essentials for any actor. Material will be from contemporary American playwrights, typically including such authors as John Patrick Shanley, David Mamet and Rebecca Gilman.

Required: Levels 1 and 2 or equivalent training or a placement audition. 

Tuition: $395

8 Weeks

Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays, 6:00p-10:00p

Starts September 19

This class has a pre-requisite: LEVEL 2 SHURTLEFF TO SCENE.

If you have the equivalent experience...

Adrianne Cury

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

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Saturdays, 1:00p-5:00p

Starts September 22

This class has a pre-requisite: LEVEL 2 SHURTLEFF TO SCENE.

If you have the equivalent experience...

Gretchen Sonstroem

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

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Gretchen Sontroem (Level 3 Instructor) was an amazing teacher. She pulled me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to where I thought I could never go.

— Treveen Stewart

"PURE GENIUS! There aren't any words in the English language or any other language to express or convey to you how grateful and blessed! to have Adrianne Cury (Adrianne Cury, Instructor, Level 3 Scene Studyas an instructor!"

— Elvis Cirkic

"She (Gretchen Sonstroem, Instructor, Level 3 Scene Study) spends a lot of time working with everyone's specific needs. She is an amazing teacher. She has great insight and doesn't sugar coat what she needs you to know. At the same time she is very encouraging."

— Adriana Trajkovski

"Gretchen (Gretchen Sonstroem, Instructor, Level 3 Scene Studypushed me to another level of expression and connection with my scene partners."

— Joshua Seeger

"She (Adrianne Cury, Instructor - Level 3 Scene Study) is fantastic.  Excellent feedback and useful tips for improvement.  Great energy and sense of humor."

— Kathy Berghoff


Core Acting Program

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

Look Who's Working!

ASC faculty member Christina Gorman fight choreographed a Red Orchid Theatre's 25th Season ender, Victims of Duty.