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Mary Franke

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

ACTING 1 GRADES 4-6: ONLINE

Build your acting skills with monologues, scenes and working together as an ensemble.

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ACTING 2 GRADES 4-6: ONLINE

Building upon Acting I skills, this class will focus on monologue work, audition skills and cold-readings.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! - GRADES 1-3: ONLINE

The sky is the limit! You're in charge of creating this story! Will you join the adventure?

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HEROES AND VILLAINS GRADES 1-3: ONLINE

WAM! POP! BOOM! Create action with your body and learn how to properly use your vocal instrument!

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MUSICAL THEATRE-TRIPLE THREAT GRADES 4-6: ONLINE

Use song and dance to expand your acting tool belt!

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REGAL ROYALTY- GRADES 1-3: ONLINE

Would you like a cup of tea? A joust? A joke or two? A CHALLENGE!? Join us as we explore using our storytelling skills.

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UNPACK YOUR ACTING BACKPACK ONLINE: AGES 5-7

Join us for games in our online playground! M-W-F

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ZOOM SUMMER ACTING CAMP GRADES 6-8: ONLINE

Exciting 1 week summer camp on Zoom for students grades 6-8 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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Online Testimonial

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ASC faculty member Charles Andrew Gardner booked a McDonald's Voiceover commercial. He also appeared onstage and, with the Covid19 pandemic stopping live theatre, via streaming in TimeLine Theatre's Kill Move Paradise.