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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. 

FREE Workshop:
Intro to Acting Fundamentals

free Audition

Friday, September 20th
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Latest events and workshops

one acts

Join us for an unforgettable theatrical experience, featuring the works of Neil Simon, William Saroyan, Romulus Linney and Glenn Hughes.

August 30th - September 15th

Click here to learn more!

improv showcase

Improv Showcase
September 12th

ear prompter

Ear Prompter Technique
with Edward Dennis Fogell

New Session
Begins September 26th


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

New Session Begins October 19th


Improv Technique For Actors

Begins September 26th!


Season 2 is here!

Check out the first episode of Season 2, featuring an interview with the creative team of Eagle Mehana Films, and a special appearance by CAS artistic director, Edward Dennis Fogell, who will give you important tips for winning your next audition!

"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!

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 workshops, 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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