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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.


We all know that so many hardships are now being felt nationwide here in America.  It's for that reason, here at the Chicago Actors Studio, in a effort to show our support, ever since the onset of the Corona lockdown, we had been offering our on-line training workshop completely free of charge to our students.

To further our efforts to this end, our Artistic Director, Edward Dennis Fogell, being a US army veteran, is pleased to announce, he will be extending offering classes to all wounded veterans and all immediate family members of soldiers that have been killed-in-action defending our great country, completely free of charge.  For all of our brave men and women that have served, we will also institute a military discount of fifty percent off classes for all veterans and first responders. AND 75 percent off for training here to any veteran that has served overseas in the past eighteen months prior to registration.

It is one small step we can take to show our deep gratitude to these great heroes that risked their lives for our freedom. It is important to note that studying the craft of acting is not just beneficial for those with a desire to enter a profession in the performing arts, but it also involves cultivating tools useful in other industries and professions, which includes honing creative and communication skills, not to mention having therapeutic value for certain disorders to include PTSD.

Our hope is to contribute in some small way by giving these courageous patriots, support that they need and deserve, welcoming them back with gracious open arms, showing our appreciation for their service and that they are not alone in all this chaos as well. We are here for them at The Chicago Actors Studio.


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.

Click here to learn more!

New Class day added - Saturdays at 4:30pm!

In-person classes are now open again!

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Actors Studio was forced to temporarily close its doors, postponing all classes, workshops, performances and special events. 

We are proud to say that we were finally be able to reopen for limited-size classes July 27th!  Call 773-645-0222 for more details!

We are still offering online workshops, private lessons & career counseling at reduced rates, until we are able to fully reopen.

To learn more about our online workshops, click here!

We would also appreciate if you support the Chicago Actors Studio and our dedicated teaching staff during this challenging time by donating to our GoFundMe campaign.

Click here to learn more!

Upcoming events and workshops


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

Saturday Mornings
New Session date: September 26th


Audition Power - The Basics
Monologues and Cold Reading

Thursdays at 1:00pm
Start date: October 8th


The Actor & The Camera
An introduction to On-Camera technique

Thursdays at 10:00am
Start date: October 8th

voice class

Voice and Movement Technique

Fridays at 7:00pm
Start date: October 16th


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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