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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!

Tuition: $375

8 Weeks

Upcoming Classes

Tuesdays, 6:00p-9:00p

Starts February 19

Linda Gillum

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

More about Linda

Wednesdays, 6:00p-9:00p

Starts February 20

Jack Bronis

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

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Saturdays, 2:00p-5:00p

Starts February 23

Jack Bronis

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

More about Jack

Tuesdays, 6:00p-9:00p

Starts April 30

Linda Gillum

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

More about Linda



"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

"She (Linda Gillum, Instructor - Level 1) told me exactly what I needed to hear and work on in order to improve my skills and myself.  I felt comfortable to be different and open minded.  I have a new perspective on reading and speaking my lines."

— Jessica Abbinante

"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


Core Acting Program

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
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ASC alum Matt Miles has performed in over 120 Performances as Brian in Mercury Theater Chicago's Avenue Q which opened last June and will be running through Dec 30, 2018.