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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 cozy 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.

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Actors Studio has been forced to temporarily close its doors, postponing all classes, workshops, performances and special events until June 1st at the earliest.  In the meantime, we are offering FREE online workshops and reduced rates for private lessons & career counseling.

To learn more about our online workshops, click here!

Online workshops will be free, but we would appreciate if you support the Chicago Actors Studio and our dedicated teaching staff during this challenging time by donating to our GoFundMe campaign.

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Latest events and workshops


On-Camera Classes for Kids & Teens
Ages 8-12 or 13-17

Saturday Mornings
New Session date: TBD


Audition Power - The Basics
Monologues and Cold Reading

Thursdays at 4:00pm
Start date TBD


Audition Power - In Practice
Auditioning for the camera

Thursdays at 10:00am
Start date TBD

improv class

Improv Tehnique for Actors

Thursdays at 7:00pm
Start date TBD


Season 2, Episode 2 is Live!

Check out the second episode of Season 2, featuring an interview with Jerry Bryant of JBTV, and a special appearance by CAS artistic director, Edward Dennis Fogell, who will give you important tips for building your resumè!

"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!

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