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This fun and dynamic class uses improv and theater games to teach young actors to use their imagination and strengthen their commercial auditions. Students will work on-camera every week, and review playback footage. Classes include:

  • Improvisation: To promote fast-thinking and awaken the imagination, essentials for any actor 
  • The Basics of Commercial Audition Skills: To prepare for any commercial audition with confidence.
  • The Interview Process: So young actors know just what to expect
  • MOS Auditions: Because you don’t have to talk to act!
  • Single Person Copy: To learn how to work alone
  • Two Person Copy: To learn how to work with another actor
  • Audition Etiquette: Take all the guesswork out of how it works and what you’re supposed to do.
  • Mock Auditions: Practice builds confidence for the real thing

Facilitated by the teacher, the final class culminates with a Q & A  for parents with a top Chicago agent. This Industry class is held 11am-1pm.


Tuition: $395

This class meets 10 times

Upcoming Classes

Sundays, 10:30a-12:30p

Starts September 29
No Class Dec. 1st due to Thanksgiving

Charles Andrew Gardner

Born and raised on Chicago's south side, Charles is an experienced actor, director, producer, and teaching artist.

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"Griffin had his very first audition for a commercial this week and he now has a callback!  He is very excited and said that he wasn't very nervous because of what you (Charles Andrew Gardner, Instructor - Grades 3-5 On Camera Technique)  taught him in class. Thank you." 

— Julie Drake