ASC faculty member Jerry Kernion will be playing Officer Krupke in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of West Side Story.
Kurt has worked professionally in theatre, film, television and radio for more than 30 years, and has been teaching and coaching actors since 1992.
A Juilliard graduate, he has also studied at the Moscow School of the Arts in Russia. Kurt is the former Artistic Director of The Theatre of Western Springs, a member of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and has worked as an actor at Portland Stage, Milwaukee's Pabst Theatre, National Jewish Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
He also appeared in such films as Public Enemies, The Express, Witless Protection, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Relic, Dillinger, Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder, and has been in seen in the television shows, Empire, APB, Sense8, Chicago Code, Detroit 1-8-7 and multiple episodes of Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, ER and Prison Break. Kurt recently directed another season of VC - The Webseries. He has also directed The 39 Steps, Don't Dress For Dinner, The Drawer Boy, Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted, and Leading Ladies at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Visit him at www.kurtnaebig.com
"I loved how Kurt Naebig (Monologue) was flexible, talking about recent audition experiences we had each week, and using them as teachable moments. I loved how positive and encouraging his teaching style is! This class was a great way to both find new pieces and also get them audition ready."
— Christie Coran
"This class went far above my expectations. Kurt Naebig (Advanced Scene Study) is a great teacher and knows how to get everyone to give performances beyond what they thought was capable. Kurt creates a safe, positive, collaborative, and fun environment. By using the twelve guideposts that Kurt teaches in class, I have found so much more possibility for creation in the characters I play. Kurt knows how to take actors to the next level. What I learned here I will use in my acting career at all times."
— Peter Surma
(Kurt Naebig, Instructor- Advanced Scene Study) "I never once felt like my time was wasted. The class was efficient and exciting. I learned something new every week. Kurt was extremely specific in his feedback and consistently referenced the same breakdown/guideposts we learned. Kurt made it very clear that class was the place to take risks and encouraged playing large actions."
— Brian Kulaga
The Monologue class with Kurt Naebig was very helpful. Kurt has a vast amount of knowledge from his career and knows how to connect with his students. Kurt picked pieces he catered specifically to me and on the first audition I went on following the conclusion of class I booked a 9 week out of town contract!
— Dustin Rothbart
"This class went BEYOND my expectations. I’ve had A LOT of training and this was by far the most beneficial. Kurt (Kurt Naebig, Instructor - Monologue) is a magical acting wizard. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. I loved Kurt’s input feedback, energy, passion, etc. He knows his stuff and I feel very grateful for having learned from him. Honestly, I can’t think of anything to do better. The class was fun and beneficial. Kurt made a 4 hour class feel like 10 minutes."
— Bre Brown