ASC alum Marissa Longo will be playing Martha Cratchit and the Laundress in Metropolis Performing Arts' upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.
Jack Bronis most recently finished performing the role of The Father in a tour of Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play, which he did at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and Syracuse Stage. He is proud to have been a founding member of The Noble Fool Theater, performing in various shows including Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants, Roasting Chestnuts, Flanagan’s Wake, and The Baritones, among other shows. He wrote the book and lyrics forVikings- A Musical in Two Axe for Noble Fool (which was brilliantly directed by ASC’s own Linda Gillum). He is a longtime faculty member of Acting Studio Chicago, and has also taught improvisation at The Second City for nearly two decades. He conceived and was the original director for the long-running Flanagan’s Wake, which he has directed in Chicago at various venues including The Noble Fool, The Royal George, The Improv Institute, and Chicago Theatreworks, in addition to having directed productions in Rochester, New York, New Orleans, and Minneapolis. He also directed Rick Almada’s one-man tour-de-force farce The Paradox of Insanity, I Mean, Humanity, and Nolen & Nolen in The Science of Love. Film and television roles include Chicago Fire, Early Edition, The Playboy Club, Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Chicago Overcoat, The Last Rites of Joe May, Dirty Work, Best if Used By, The Package, and Jeri’s Grill.
"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