There are many differences that causes us to stand out amongst the various schools around and about the Chicagoland and midwestern region of the United States, here are a few:
- Greater accessibility to the teaching staff:
For example, if a student may be in need of a bit more clarification or help on any subject or even personal career counseling, their teachers and our office staff, often make themselves available to the student immediately before and after class schedules. Teachers often spend time with a student on their off days, helping bring a student up to speed or even helping them prepare for an up-coming scheduled audition with an agent or production.
- After Graduation Support:
Marketing and basic promotional skills are covered within the workshops offered here at CAS. In addition to this, even long after a students ventures out into industry, additional guidance and support is no more than a phone call away.
- Joining The Performance Unions:
Guidance and special help with acquiring membership in the major performance unions, such as, The Screen Actors Union (SAG), the
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).
- Free Access To Theatre Space, Props and Costumes For Class Assignment Rehearsals:
Students are given assignments to work on, outside of class time (homework), to prepare for their next class. These assignments may include working a scene out with another classmate or just doing a monologue. Our theatre and other spaces, along with costumes and props are made available to our students for this purpose. Use of these advantages is strongly encouraged to produce the optimum results possible for each assignment. Students may also take advantage of these perks to prepare for up-coming auditions not related to classwork assignments.
- Student Based One-Act Stage Showcases:
Several times a years, Chicago Actors Studio mounts series of One-Act Plays to showcase the talents of the student actors and student directors here at CAS. This is an important element of the training process. They give each student the opportunity to make that important connection to what they are working on in the workshop classes as it pertains to actual practical performance. Students that choose to participate in these productions are also exposed to agents, directors, producers etc, who are invited to attend, along with the family and friends of cast and crew. In addition to this valuable experience, each cast and crew member may receive a DVD copy of these productions that they may choose to upload to their websites and even add to their promotional DVDs that CAS also helps them to create. They may also receive mementos of these events, such as specialized T-Shirts and personalized mugs.
- Free auditing by students of other Workshops.
At most other schools a student is only allowed to attend classes/workshops that they have paid to be enrolled in. We here at CAS want each student to get the most training they possibly can absorb within the time they are enrolled at our school. Giving them all the advantages that we can possibly make available to them. As part of this commitment, each registered student is not only allowed, but strongly encouraged to audit other similar classes of various levels. Not just to sit in those workshops, but actively taking part and full advantage of that classroom’s pre-scene exercises.
- Auditing/Visiting of Workshops/Classes by Prospective Students:
Most of the time an individual considering a career in the performing arts, has little to no knowledge pertaining to the differences between good, valuable, professional training opposed to sometimes virtually useless training. It is also important for an individual to know a head of time, if they will feel comfortable with the teachers and coaches or even the general environment and attitude of the class itself. We here at the Chicago Actors Studio want you to know those differences and know that you are in the right place to get the most out of your experience here. It’s for those and many other reasons that we support a complete “Open Door Policy”. You are allowed to audit our workshops before you decide to register. To see and rxperience the top professional training here at CAS that will lead you to a fruitful career as an actor or even a director. Not only will you be watching an actual class in progress, but you will also be encouraged to participate in some of the exercises that all the registered students partake in. By the end of the class, you will know you are in the right place.
- Everyone Gets On Stage:
What this basically is referring to, is, that, we have heard, that in many other schools, not every students has the opportunity to perform their work during any given class. That, even within an average class size of 15 or so, only the first half of the class that signs in first gets to do their work before the class and the instructor. Not so, here at CAS. Every student is important to us and EVERY student pays the same tuition and EVERY student gets to do their work in every class.
- Discounts For Secondary, Target and Other Support Workshops:
Basically if a student is enrolled into one of our AAAC Acting As A Craft master classes, which is a basic skills workshop, the student is eligible to receive as much as 30% or more off a secondary support workshop, such as Audition Power, Voice and Diction, The Ear Prompter etc.
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