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Doug McDade

Doug McDade is an original ensemble member and Managing Director of Chicago's critically acclaimed Shattered Globe Theatre. Doug has performed in many SGT productions including The Rose Tattoo, Other People's Money, Talk Radio, God's Country, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Price, Dealer's Choice, The House of Blue Leaves, The Manchurian Candidate(Jeff Award Recipient), A View from the Bridge and Warhawks and Lindberghs (Both Jeff Award nominations).

Doug shares several Jeff (Equity and Non-Equity Wing) and After Dark awards for Ensemble with SGT, American Blues Theatre and Next Theatre productions. His most recent role was in Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of Blind Date. Doug understudied Tony award winner, Pulitzer prize-winner (for drama) Tracey Letts in Steppenwolf's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Doug's film and television acting credits include Chicago Fire and appearing with Michael Keaton in Keaton's directorial film debut, The Merry Gentlemen. He was recently seen in the film, Lazaretto!. This summer he looks forward to the release of The Pride film.

Doug's directing credits include staged works for SGT, Northside Story Productions, Koch-Cohen Productions, Kalibre Productions, Gurnee Theatre Company, Three Brothers Theatre and Clockwise Theatre Company. He has also directed film, video and television projects. His most recent directorial work, CUTEeGRL which he directed with writer/composer Jeton Murtishi received Best Short Film Thriller at The 2011 Illinois International Film Festival.Doug serves on the Shattered Globe Theatre Board of Directors and the boards of Coincidence Films, and WinsomeMuse Entertainment. One of Chicago's premier film acting / theatre coaches, he serves on the staff of Acting Studio Chicago.

In 2006 Doug received a Volunteer of The Year Award from Northpointe Resources for designing an acting program for the developmentally disabled.



Great constructive feedback and encouraging support! Emphasized the most important instruction he (Doug Mcdade — On Camera 1: Online) was giving by having us write it down, word for word. Great sense of humor. He really enjoyed what he was doing.

— Thomas Ochocinski

On Camera 1: Online, with Doug McDade was great! Doug challenges you to be the best and gives great feedback every time you perform. He will take you out your comfort zone. Great class and teacher!

— Adriana Belan

Doug (McDade - On Camera 1 Online) always hit such a tricky balance of giving honest feedback but doing so in a way that was encouraging and provided a healthy, fun class environment. I've learned more from him in this class that went above and beyond my expectations.

— Alexandria Ross

"Doug, (Doug McDade, Camera Instructor, Summer Audition Clinic) thank you so much for teaching me about the amazing tactics of working on scenes. I have done a lot of theater and never knew what it was like to work on camera. I have had a wonderful time with all scenes, and that one Kidzbop commercial which made me laugh the hardest I've ever laughed. Thank you."

— Maeve Doody

"I had so much fun this week. I can definitely leave saying I improved as an actor. I use to just memorize monologues, but now I am incorporating humor, discoveries, and actions. I learned more on-camera technique from Doug (Doug McDade, Camera Instructor, Summer Audition Clinic). I would love to come back next year, and I plan on taking more classes at the Acting Studio of Chicago. In one week I had a huge improvement, imagine what more training would do." 

— Demi Hagan

"Doug (Doug McDade, Instructor - Camera 1) made amazing adjustments that pulled me towards some of my best work. He wasn't afraid to speak plainly and I respect that, It made me work harder. Doug kept pushing for our best and was very patient and intuitive to the different level of the class. He is fun, informative, knowledgeable, and made Tuesday the highlight of my week."

— Timothy Steinmetz


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