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Welcome to the Chicago Actors Studio

The Chicago Actors Studio is a well-established and recommended, reputable acting training institution with roots going as far back as 1946 when famous acting training coach and performing arts icon, Ted Liss, decided to share his masterful skills of turning ordinary everyday individuals into top known professional actors of stage, screen and television. We offer audition workshops, monologue and cold reading, accent reduction classes in our cosy studio.

Many such students that have emerged to stardom were: Tom Bosley, from the TV series “Happy Days” and “Father Downing Mysteries”, Oscar winner, Geraldine Page, for the film, “The Trip to Bountiful” etc, Billy Campbell, TV series, “Crime Stories”, starring in the Disney film, “The Rocketeer” etc., Robert Urich, starring in the TV series “Spencer For Hire” & TV series “The Lazarus Man”, Academy Award nominee, Virginia Madsen and many many more.  Following his death in 1992, former student of Ted Liss, Edward Dennis Fogell, now with countless credits of his own, picked up the staff and carried Ted’s teachings and legacy forward with The Chicago Actors Studio, cultivating many more, fine professionals of the arts.


Learn all about our main acting program, designed for everyone, from beginners to advanced professionals.  These classes feature individual attention and training that's tailor made to fit YOUR needs as a performer. 

Featured Class:
Directing - Part 1 & 2


Begins January 20th

Learn the craft of directing actors, all the way from fundamentals to directing your own production!

Gift certificate

Gift certificates are here for the holidays!

Have someone special in your life with a passion for the performing arts?  Want to surprise them with the perfect gift?  We're now offering certificates for all our classes, private lessons, career counseling and video services!  Don't pass up on this opportunity to do something special for the actor in your life.

Click the link below, or call 773-645-0222 to place your order today.

Order online here


Episode 6 is live!

Featuring an inside look at "The Saturday Night Live Experience!"

The Chicago Actor's Studio's newest production, "Late Night Chicago," is a talk show focusing on the performing arts in the Chicagoland area, featuring:

-Advice for new actors trying to jumpstart their career

-News about upcoming shows, movies and auditions

-A performance showcase for CAS students

-Interviews with local performers, directors, producers, writers, talent agents and more!

Click here to watch the show!

Latest events and classes


Free Cold Reading Workshop
Thursday, December 6th

Digital filmmaking

Digital Filmmaking for Teens

Class begins January 13th


Acting Classes for Kids and Teens
Age 4-7
Age 8-12
Age 13-17

New Sessions Begins January 19th


Monologues and Cold Reading for Auditions

8-week class begins January 10th!


Ear Prompter Class
Begins January 10th


Free networking event: Actor's Mingle
Sunday, December 2nd

Looking for a way to support the performing arts?  Check out our new Patreon page.  Starting at just a dollar per month, you can get fantastic rewards like early access to new episodes of "Late Night Chicago," Personal coaching sessions, discounts on classes, and more!  Not only that, but your support helps us to keep providing the best theater & film training so that our students can follow their dreams!

Click here to see how you can help the performing arts flourish in Chicago.

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