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Audition 1        

Master the Art of Cold Reading
with CAS Artistic Director Edward Dennis Fogell

You go out on an audition and have been given almost no information about what you'll be reading.  Someone puts a brand new script in your hand and tells you that you have only minutes to prepare.  This is the infamous, nerve-racking Cold Reading audition, many an actor's worst nightmare!  But it doesn't have to be!  Mastering cold reading just takes some technique, a little know-how, and practice under the guidance of a skilled instructor.

During this workshop, you'll start to learn important cold reading skills, including

-How to quickly break down and understand a new script
-Making decisions on the fly
-Emotional preparation
-Creating circumstances and objectives to deepen your character
-Creating a relationship with your audition partner
-Committing to the part

If you have a headshot and resume, make sure to bring them with you.  Time permitting, we will go over these and give valuable advice on what casting directors are looking for.

Thursday, December 6th
12:00pm to 2:30pm

To register, give us a call at 773-645-0222

or just click the link below.


Because space is limited, there is a $10.00 deposit required to reserve a space in this class.  Attendees will be refunded this deposit when they come to the workshop.


Edward Dennis Fogell - Artistic Director/Instructor

Received 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.

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