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Sarafina Vecchio

Sarafina Vecchio

Sarafina has been working as a performer and teaching artist in Chicago for nearly 20 years. She holds a Post Graduate Award in Teaching Shakespeare from The University of Warwick, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Coventry, England. She also earned a Bachelor's from Roosevelt University and studied classical acting at Richmond College in London. She is the founder of "ShakesPlay!", an independent workshop for middle and high schools, which teaches an on-your-feet approach to connecting kids' worlds to Shakespeare's in a fun, friendly and fearless way. Sarafina also worked for several years in Chicago, NY and LA as a plus size model, appearing on runways, magazines and print ads. Most recently, she has been seen on NBC's Chicago Justice, several feature and independent films and on many Chicago area stages. She is proud to be a member of the faculty of Acting Studio Chicago and to have the opportunity to share her energy and passion with others who recognize the incredible professional opportunities the Chicago performing arts community has to offer. 

Classes

BEGINNING MONOLOGUE: ONLINE

Get ready to take your work to the professional level!

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SHAKESPLAY! GRADES 8-12: ONLINE

A fun, fearless, and fast intro to Shakespeare via Zoom!

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SHAKESPLAY! ONLINE

A fun, fearless, and fast intro to Shakespeare!

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Testimonials

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Sarafina (Vecchio - ShakesPlay! Online) was fantastic! I do not have a theater background and she made this class so easy for me to grasp the concepts and understand the material. She also gave me tools that will be useful for auditions and other classes. She was able to help me understand breathing techniques that I will be able to use in contemporary classes as well. I am so grateful for everything that Sarafina did for this class, and I would highly recommend this class!

— Sara Gorman

Sarafina (Vecchio- Level II Online) was high energy, encouraging, supportive and explained the ideas well. I like how feedback that she would give to a scene would actually apply to all of us

— David Quach

Sarafina (Vecchio, Level 2) was amazing! She always gave the best feedback and encouraged us to challenge ourselves.

— Atavia Reed

I took both levels 1 and 2 of the core classes with Sarafina Vecchio. Sarafina is an amazing instructor! I was really nervous going in, but she put me at ease immediately with her warm and welcoming spirit. I can't believe how much I've learned already from just the first and second courses. I've been doing theatre for a long time now, but I've always struggled with a lack of self-confidence. Her encouragement and emphasis on positive feedback and constructive criticism really helped me to shake the nerves and drop my guard. Thanks to Sarafina, I've already been auditioning with a lot more confidence, feeling prepared, strong, and self-assured. 

— Rebecca Fassbender

"Sarafina (Sarafina Vecchio- Instructor, Level 1) is an amazing teacher and I’m loving every moment of these classes!"

— Jeannie Oakes

"The clarity that the Shurtleff method gave me definitely surpassed my expectations and gave me a definitive method to use when preparing scenes. Sarafina's (Sarafina Vecchio, Instructor - Level 2 Shurtleff to Scene) feedback was very constructive. I 100% would take another class as well as recommend to a friend."

— Siubhan Stormont

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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.