ASC alum Isaly Viana recently performed with Urban Theatre Co., just booked a commercial and was cast in An Xmas Cuento Remix at 16th Street Theater, performing through Dec. 2019. Go Isaly!
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.
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
"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