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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. 

Studio Director

Rachael Patterson

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


 

Faculty

 

Chris Agos

Chris Agos began his acting career in 1995, he continues to audition, work, and help other actors get what they want from their acting careers.

Christy Arington

Christy has been an actor, director and teaching artist for over 25 years bringing a bevy of experience and passion to her teaching.

Adam Belcuore

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

Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry is an Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf and a director and teacher in Chicago.

Henry Bolzon

Henry brings decades of experience as an actor, a visual artist, and as a meditation teacher extraordinaire to the table!

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!

Wardell Julius Clark

Wardell earned his BFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is a working actor, director and producer in Chicago.

Stephen Cone

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

Esteban Andres Cruz

Esteban is a passionate and skilled stage and film actor, dancer, & teacher.

Adrianne Cury

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

Dado

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 extraordinaire 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!

Natalie Duke

Natalie Duke is a voice actor and a proficient audio books narrator who brings a breadth of expertise to her teaching.

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.

Mary Franke

Mary specializes in working with younger talent!

Charles Andrew Gardner

Born and raised on Chicago's south side, Charles is an experienced actor, director, producer, and teaching artist.

Linda Gillum

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

Jennifer Glasse

Jennifer's background acting and teaching with Court Theatre brings passion and dynamism to her classes.

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!

Elly Green

Director Elly Green brings her considerable experience, as a storefront aficionado to the table in her classes.

Brad Grusnick

Brad is a highly experienced Gaming and Animation VO artist who brings high energy and fun to his teaching.

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden is a Juilliard graduate and has been acting and teaching for almost 30 years.

Jerry Kernion

Jerry is a veteran actor/director/producer with over 50 television credits under his belt.

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

Taylor Louderman

As a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for MEAN GIRLS, Taylor brings her Broadway experience to the classroom.

Jeff Lupetin

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

Marti Lyons

Guest Director: Masters Scene Study - Prolific Freelance Director

Sandra Marquez

Sandra Marquez is an actor, director, and educator. She is also a longtime ensemble member of Teatro Vista, the Midwest's only Equity Latino theatre company, where she served as the company's Associate Artistic Director from 1998-2006.

Bob Mason

Bob Mason has been casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater since 2000.

Carolyn McCandlish

Carolyn teaches the Meisner technique at NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing and at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio in Brooklyn.

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 as the Associate Artistice Director ensemble 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.

Marisa Paonessa

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

Rachael Patterson

Studio Director, Rachael Patterson has led Acting Studio Chicago for 24 years and worked in the biz since 1983.

Brian Plocharczyk

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

Siobhan Reddy-Best

Siobhan loves bringing her acting experience to the other side of the table at Paonessa, where she has been an agent for 2 years.

Robert Schleifer

Robert is a teaching artist and actor, leading classes and workshops all over the world including several programs in Austria and Italy.

Claire Simon

Owner and Casting Director at Simon Casting.

Donna Simon Dunn

Talent Agent at Grossman & Jack Talent.

Janelle Snow

Janelle 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.

Danny Taylor

Danny Taylor brings his extensive experience as a performer to create a fun and dynamic acting class experience.

Michael Patrick Thornton

Guest Director: Masters Scene Study - Artistic Director of The Gift Theatre

Sarafina Vecchio

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

Henry Wishcamper

Henry Wishcamper is a member of the Goodman's Artistic Collective.

Barbara Zahora

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

For acting training, absolutely nothing beats taking a class. Acting is a team sport and you learn so much from being in relationship with your classmates. However, when those intense auditions arise, you may find yourself needing a great coach.  Many of our teachers do private coachings and are happy to get you ready to nab that callback!

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ASC alum Isaly Viana recently performed with Urban Theatre Co., just booked a commercial and was cast in An Xmas Cuento Remix at 16th Street Theater, performing through Dec. 2019. Go Isaly!