Directing - Level 1 & 2
Sundays, beginning January 20th
separates directors like Quentin Tarantino, Stephen Spielberg, Martin
Scorcese, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson from
others? For one thing, they understand how to work with actors
and get a great performance out of them. Most working directors
today are glorified traffic managers who may know how to frame a
nice-looking shot, but don't know anything about collaborating with a
performer to get their best possible work.
If you want to be the next Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick, you
need to learn more than just the basics. In order to stand out
and get noticed for your work, you'll need to develop that same insight
that the greats have when working with their actors.
In this exciting series of classes, you'll not only learn the
fundamentals of directing and working with actors, but you'll also get
to put your newfound skills to the test when you direct a full
production of your choice, right here in our studio.
Part 1 - Fundamentals of Directing
This unique 10 week intensive class will focus on teaching you the essential tools that every director must know, including:
-Getting the best performance out of your actors
-Collaborating with your cast to flesh out the characters
-How to create stage pictures and how they affect the scene
-communicating your ideas to your cast and crew to bring your vision to life
-Understanding the important role that lighting and sound play in your show
-How to fix performance problems and knowing which ones to focus on
-How to cast an entire ensemble, rather than just one character at a time
Each week, you will get to work with volunteer students from our acting classes to help you develop your directing skill set.
|Register for both parts 1 & 2 together, and get a $95.00 discount!
|January 20th - March 31st|
(No class March 17th)
|5:00pm - 8:00pm|
Part 2 - Mounting a Production
Here you will learn first-hand, the entire process of putting on your
own production from the first audition to the closing night
performance. In this class you will get to choose a one-act play
to direct, and have mounted on our stage for a 4-week run. With
the personal guidance of the CAS artistic director, Edward Fogell, you
will bring your theatrical vision to life!
This class will cover:
-Picking the right play to mount. What script do you feel you identify with?
-The audition and casting process.
-Assembling a production crew (Stage manager, assistant director, light
& sound tech, etc.) and understanding what each crew member does.
-Pre-production: rehearsal, set design, choosing music & sound effects, etc.
-Tech & dress rehearsals, and finishing touches before the show begins
-The full run of your show, from opening to closing night, including pick-up rehearsals when needed.
On the closing night, we throw a party for the cast and crew of all the
shows, with music, dancing, karaoke, free food & drinks.
Plus, special awards will be given out for best show, best director,
best actor & actress.
In order to take Part 2 of this class, you MUST complete Part 1.
|April 14th - June 30th*|
|See below for info on days & times|
Level 2 of this class will be the process of mounting a production from
start to finish. The first day of class will be on Sunday, April
14th at 5:00pm. During this first meeting, the instructor and
students will determine which plays are being produced, and map out a
*Ending date is subject to be extended, depending on changes to production schedule
Edward Dennis Fogell
Artistic Director - Chicago Actors Studio
his training from such renowned institutions and acting coaches as Ted
Liss School of Drama/Chicago, Victory Gardens/Chicago, CES/Los Angeles,
Michael Shurtleff/New York, Geoffrey Conners and David Perry, Royal
Academy of Dramatic arts/London, to name a few. Some of you out there
in the industrial, audio/visual markets probably already know Ed, or at
least have seen his rugged exterior in many corporate, training films
& commercials for the Motorola Corps, Sears, RCA, National Safety
Council , and national spots for Kellogg & Miller's Lite Beer , to
name few. Some television credits include the NBC soap opera
"Generations", "Lady Blue", "Crime Stories", "Unsolved Mysteries". He
recreated the historic 40s-50s mob figure "Willie Bioff" in "The
Projection Racket" for the BBC. Feature film credits include "Time
Was"; the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award &
LA Telly Award winner "It Takes A Lot Of Light To Make A City"; the
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Award winning "Last Days In
Chicago" , the indi gem "Sitting On The Fence", Co-Starred in the
action feature thriller, "Dead Air", plus countless stage productions
to include "Lt Weinberg" in "A Few Good Men".
Ed has directed numerous theatre productions, features &
made-for-television films, including,"Paradise Lost, Paradise Found".
"In The Air Tonight" and "Detective Story", produced, directed and
performed in many musical variety shows through out the United States,
which includes the "Arie Crown theatre", "The Park West" and "Civic
Opera House" here in Chicago and on the international set, musical show
revue in Hawaii, Japan, Korea and the Republic of China. Helped
co-found the "Screen Actors Academy" in La Jolla, CA. Ed frequently
serves as a judge and Chairman of the judges in the "Miss Teenage
Illinois", "Miss Illinois" and "Mrs. Illinois" beauty pageants.
Finally we would also like to mention that Mr. Fogell is on the board
of directors at Complete Video & Film Productions as well as
president of Worldwide Entertainment. Ed possesses a refreshingly
honest, no nonsense approach to the method, coupled with an unequaled
passionate affection for his students and commitment to helping them
fulfill their dreams.