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Kids and Teens - Summer Classes


This exciting clinic immerses the young actor in the professional acting industry.

Five full days of audition/acting classes include: cold reading, monologue, on- camera, and business skills. The week culminates in a showcase of monologues for some of Chicago's top agents, casting directors and theatre directors. During the week, students will learn from lunchtime chats with industry professionals, have headshots taken by photographer Aaron Gang, and will study with some of Chicago's busiest working actors/directors.



  • Cold Reading- make bold choices fast
  • Monologue- learn to personalize
  • On-Camera- audition skills for commercial/film
  • Business Skills- resumes/cover letters
  • Lunch Q&A-  Chicago SAG-AFTRA Agent 
  • Lunch Q&A- Casting Director
  • Lunch Q&A- Professional Actor              
  • Headshots- headshots, photographer Aaron Gang
  • DAILY WARM-UPS- physical, vocal, improv, exercises
  • Showcase- Friday performance for agents & parents- starts at 6:00pm 

This program is ideally suited for teens with strong previous training and experience who are looking to up their skills and audition game. 

*Please bring a bagged lunch.

Admission is determined by a self tape audition.

  • Please slate your full name and age at the beginning of your tape.
  • Include a 1 Minute Intro: Share a bit about yourself (hobbies/interests, tell us about your family, favorite trip, anything!).
  • Prepare 1 contemporary monologue of 2 minutes or less.
  • Please email your self tape via an UNLISTED youtube link with your vaccination card, headshot and resume, attached to

Self Tape Tips

  • Camera- record your self tape on a camera or phone or computer camera
  • Sound- sit near to your camera/phone/computer to make sure the audio quality is good and you can be heard
  • Lighting- Make sure you have a light source in front of you (if the light source in behind you, your face will be in shadow). Natural lighting is great, but feel free to add ring/umbrella lights if you have access to additional lighting sources. If not natural lighting will do just fine.
  • Background- Film in front of a neutral (blank) background
  • Video- If taping on your phone you must shoot HORIZONTALLY (landscape mode) and not vertically
  • Face the camera but do not look into the lens. Your scene partner should be eye/lens level and be about 4 inches to the left or right of your camera lens
  • Be in a medium close up shot (head and shoulders) and do not have a huge gap between the top of your head and the top of the frame.
  • Have fun!

Tuition: $695

5 Day Intensive

Upcoming Classes

Monday-Thursday, 10:00a-4:30p; Friday, 9:00a-7:00p

Starts July 31

Kurt Naebig

Kurt, a Juilliard grad, brings his 25 plus years worth of experience to his energetic and engaging classes.

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Rachael Patterson

Studio Director, Rachael Patterson has led Acting Studio Chicago for 27 years.

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Adrianne Cury

Adrianne brings experience from Chicago's top theatres such as Writers, Chicago Shakes, and Lifeline.

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Christina Gorman

Actress and fight choreographer, Christina brings energy, creativity, and industry knowledge to her classes!

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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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I just wanted to say thank you so much for having the Summer Audition Clinic, it was amazing and I learned so much! After the showcase,  Paonessa Talent Agency reached out to me and offered me an audition. It went well and I just officially signed with them last week! ASC has helped me grow so much as an actor and I can't wait to take another class :) 

— mikayla plant

“The Summer Audition Clinic for Teens was a very valuable learning experience for me. I learned that using yourself and your own experiences is a key part of the craft. The relationships I formed with my peers and teachers during this week will surely last a lifetime.”


— Sophie Biancalana


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