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Faculty

Mary Franke

Mary is an acting teacher who specializes in working with younger talent.  She is also a working actor, model, and spokesperson based in Chicago.

As a children's performing arts teacher, Mary has taught dance (Glencastle Academy, etc.), worked as a Theatre Camp Leader for many summers at Dominican Theatre (WI), and has taught children's acting workshops throughout Chicago (GEMS Academy, etc).  As a volunteer, Mary assists F.A.M.E. Chicago acting classes (Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment).

Mary studied acting at Loyola University and to further her education spent time studying the classics in London at the British American Dramatic Academy.

Immediately after graduation, Mary began working professionally both on-stage and on-camera in Chicago.  Favorite stage roles include Mrs. Stanley, in the children's show, Flat Stanley, as well as Duckling in Our Country's Good (Shattered Globe Theatre).  Her roster of commercial work continues to expand, and some of her favorite projects include Subway, Hershey's, WeatherTech, O'Charley's Restaurants, & Groupon.  Mary's notable indie film credits are, THERE, Dorkumentary, and One Day.

A lover of travel, her work continues to take her throughout the United States. 

Classes

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! GRADES 1-2: ONLINE

The sky's the limit! Or is it? You're in charge of creating this story! Will you join the dark side? Will you save the world? Will you join the adventure? Begins July 7th!

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GRADES 3-5- ON CAMERA TECHNIQUE: ONLINE

SPRING CLASS: Take improv and imagination in front of the lens! Begins May 2nd!

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ON CAMERA FOR KIDS: GRADES 6-8: ONLINE

Nail Your On Camera Audition Skills This Summer! Begins July 8th.

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SUMMER ACTING CAMP FOR GRADES 4-7: IN PERSON

Exciting 1 week summer camp for students grade 4-7 who want to explore many of the elements of what it takes to be an actor: relationship, text work, improv, and on-camera skills.

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SUMMER SMASH UP! GRADES 1-2: ONLINE

Creativity, imagination, voice and body are the tools needed to explore being an Actor. Whether new to theatre or returning, we encourage young performers to learn all about acting and the performing arts! Begins July 6th!

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THE ACTORS SUMMER SMORGASBORD GRADES 3-5:ONLINE

Delve into a variety of acting techniques all in one class! Begins July 6th!

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Testimonials

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Mary Franke (Grades 3-5- On-Camera Technique: Online) is a talented actor and acting coach. She’s taught me so much and is a lot of fun to work with. Mary cheers me on, gives great advice, and is kind. I highly recommend taking a class with her!

— Skylar Gerlach

"River's favorite part of class was having an amazing teacher and being a ninja dog...(not to be confused with a dog ninja)!" - River completed our Kids Acting Class with the faboulous Mr. Danny Taylor and Ms. Mary Franke!

I really enjoyed Mary's (Mary Franke — On Camera Technique: Grades 3-5) class. She was very helpful with direction and critiquing. I felt comfortable and the class was very fun and engaging.

— Amara Kaeding

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Online Testimonial

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