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Are you ready to finally take the leap and start your acting training? Learn how to build a solid foundation in a friendly, supportive environment where you’ll learn a practical way to achieve goals during rehearsal and performance. As a strong, effective approach to personalizing scripts, creating importance in a scene, and making clear, unique choices, The Guideposts found in the Shurtleff method are at the heart of what we teach in our classes.

  •  Physical and vocal warm ups to help train your instrument
  • Theatre exercises and improvisation techniques designed to help build your confidence and to connect with your scene partner(s)
  • Neutral scene work intended to assist in focusing on the importance of Relationship, Conflict, Action and Communication
  • Script analysis which will give you the foundation for understanding the scene and discovering what you’re doing
  • Scene work which provides you guaranteed class time to rehearse and perform scenes with partners. Contemporary American playwrights will be tackled specifically during the last 4 weeks of class.

You’ll also receive personalized feedback and guidance from passionate industry professionals who care about your journey as a developing artist.

At the beginning of each session we provide a New Student Seminar free of charge for all new ASC students. This dynamic and useful introduction to Michael Shurtleff's Guideposts is lead by actor, director and faculty member, Kurt Naebig and acquaints students to the common language and practices of the studio.

"The clarity that the Shurtleff method gave me definitely surpassed my expectations and gave me a definitive method to use when preparing scenes. I 100% would take another class as well as recommend to a friend."

— Siubhan Stormont

Required: No prior training is required- just tell us a little bit about yourself when you submit your application!

Whether you’re in Chicago or Timbuktu, Acting Studio Chicago Online has the perfect class for you!  Check out our digital offerings, perfect for remote and distance learners of all levels of experience. 


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Tuition: $375

8 Weeks

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Danny (Taylor - Level 1) is a gifted instructor. His humor and passion are contagious! He has a talent for connecting to his students and bringing out their best.

— Jordan Getty

The instructors at ASC are the cream of the crop and this includes Jennie Moreau (Level 1). Jennie always brings really great energy to her class. I gained a lot of powerful insight about myself. Jenny helped me to grow as a performer.

— Warren Baskin III

I took LEVEL 1 INTRODUCTION TO SHURTLEFF with Jack Bronis. It was an amazing class. I consider Jack Bronis a terrific teacher and person. His way of conducting the class, and making you feel comfortable in your own skin, while also getting you  to reveal the best in you, was absolutely remarkable. I strongly recommend this course and Jack as a teacher! Thank you.

— Adriana Belan

Jack (Bronis, Level 1) is fun, helpful, smart, talented and provides great feedback while allowing students breathing room to express themselves. It's a very welcoming environment and it's clear Jack loves what he does.

— Cherrell Anderson

I took both levels 1 and 2 of the core classes with Sarafina Vecchio. Sarafina is an amazing instructor! I was really nervous going in, but she put me at ease immediately with her warm and welcoming spirit. I can't believe how much I've learned already from just the first and second courses. I've been doing theatre for a long time now, but I've always struggled with a lack of self-confidence. Her encouragement and emphasis on positive feedback and constructive criticism really helped me to shake the nerves and drop my guard. Thanks to Sarafina, I've already been auditioning with a lot more confidence, feeling prepared, strong, and self-assured. 

— Rebecca Fassbender

"Jack Bronis for Level 1 Shurtleff is great at giving balanced feedback as well as helping students to discover rather than telling them what to do.  Jack is fun and engaging.  He knows how to direct and encourage "newbies" like me."

— Roy K Pugh

"Sarafina (Sarafina Vecchio- Instructor, Level 1) is an amazing teacher and I’m loving every moment of these classes!"

— Jeannie Oakes

"I got some amazing great feedback to use toward my career!  Linda (Linda Gillum, Instructor - Level 1 Introductions to Shurtleff) is awesome!"

— Gene Leonard

"Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) is very great at making students comfortable and finding ways to bring them (us) out of their (our) shells."

— Rashundra Dudley

"I learned a lot about putting a relationship together in a scene and what certain cues scene have. I always approached a scene better the second time around due to Jack’s (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) feedback. Regardless of how bad I felt I did, Jack would push to me that I did well and that’s the purpose of the class, to learn. Jack also had some really good one-liner tips."

— Level 1 Student

"Having a break from acting in musicals as a kid, this class helped bring back my confidence and challenge my skills. I thought Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) was an outstanding teacher. I enjoyed learning the 12 Guideposts and also loved how helpful they were for every scene. I really enjoyed the class and will continue to use your feedback for the future. Thank you for bringing back my confidence on stage!"

— Meaghan Nelson

"Linda (Linda Gillum, Instructor - Level 1 Introduction to Shurtleff) did a great job. Nice way about her and positive and healthy approach overall. Just the right balance for beginner group and range of ages, talent, etc. I think the orientation by Kurt is a great introduction and the more that people experience it the more it helps to promote the studio and have people join classes."

— Level 1 Student

"Jack (Jack Bronis, Instructor - Level 1 and Improv for Actors) was dope- very encouraging and challenged us to push our limits. I also appreciate how available he made himself for feedback and council. I really felt like we grew as a class in terms of taking risks."

— Kelsey McGrath

"Linda (Linda Gillum, Instructor - Level 1) was amazing, she was always calm and had a wealth of information for us."

— Danielle Schnurer


Look Who's Working!


ASC faculty member Linda Gillum is currently performing in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill directed by Keira Fromm at Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theatre Wit through February 22. $20 Industry tix for Wed, Thurs & Fri performances based on availability use code “Industry”.