- 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 Rehearsal Space, Props and Costumes For Rehearsals:
Actors are given assignments to work on, outside of the studio, to
prepare for their next workshop. These assignments may include working a
scene out with another actor or just doing a monologue. Our studio
and other spaces, along with costumes and props are made available to
our participants for this purpose. Use of these advantages is strongly
encouraged to produce the optimum results possible for each assignment. Actors may also take advantage of these perks to prepare for
up-coming auditions not related to studio assignments.
- One-Act Stage Showcases As Part Of Our Training:
times a years, Chicago Actors Studio mounts series of One-Act Plays to
showcase the talents of the workshop participants and directors-in-training here
at CAS. This is an important element of the training process. They give
each participant the opportunity to make that important connection to what
they are working on in the workshops as it pertains to actual
practical performance. Actors 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 participants of other Workshops.
At most other studios a participant is only allowed to attend workshops that they have paid to be enrolled in. We here at CAS
want each actor to get the most training they possibly can absorb
within the time they are enrolled at our studio, giving them all the
advantages that we can possibly make available to them. As part of this
commitment, each registered actor is not only allowed, but strongly
encouraged to audit other similar workshops of various levels, and not just
to sit in, but actively take part in that workshop’s pre-scene exercises.
- Everyone Gets On Stage:
What this basically is referring to,
is that we have heard
that in many other studios, not every participant has the opportunity
perform their scenework during any given workshop. That, even within an
average group size of 15 or so, only the first half of the actors that
signs in gets to do their work before the group and the instructor. Not
so here at CAS! Every actor is important to us and EVERY actor gets to
do their work in EVERY workshop.
- Discounts For Secondary, Target and Other Support Workshops:
if a student is enrolled into one of our “AAAC” Acting As A Craft programs, which is a basic skills workshop, the student is
eligible to receive 15% or more off secondary support
workshops, such as “Audition Monologues & Cold Reading,” “Voice and Diction,” “The Ear
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