Einstein said it: Everything is constantly evolving. So why are we still teaching acting classes as if nothing has changed in the last 70 years? At Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop acting classes in Chicago, the long-held illusions that continue to keep actors in the dark about their creative process are being shattered. IT’S REVOLUTIONARY. It’s what you always knew New York acting workshops could be: FUN, EASY, EMPOWERING.
NO substitutions, sense memory, becoming an animal (“I think I’m a dog. No, I think I’m a snake!”). NO repetition exercises or 8 hours of scene rehearsals with your partner who’d rather be at the beach. NO memorization (“Learn those lines, dammit!”), drilling objectives or imbuing objects with personal meaning (“This coffee cup reminds me of rainbows.”). It’s just you being your great self. Refreshing, huh? So how does it work? Come watch us work. It’s free and fun!
This 6-week Chicago acting class meets twice a week: one working class and one lecture/observation class. The course introduces actors to the fundamentals of the AMAW philosophy and our way of working. A major shift takes place during this period – faster and more tangible than any other acting program.
After graduating from the Foundations Course, actors are evaluated by their instructor and placed in one of three Phase Levels for ongoing, month-to-month instruction. At every level you will be challenged to explore story more deeply and discover more of who you are as an actor, creator, and human being.
Actors have mastered the fundamentals of the AMAW philosophy; they are producing professional level work in an environment which is provocative, instinctual, community-oriented and “ego-free”.
Fun. Easy. Empowering.
You are great simply by being you!
You moved to the Windy City. You want to perform at the Chicago Theatre musical but also do film and TV. You’re not sure where to begin since your understanding of theatre often ends with bad performances of Peter Pan. How can you be trained for the stage and also tell stories on film? What if your acting training encompassed all forms of acting in every discipline – and the greatest – most revolutionary insight – is that being taught to tell the truth is going to be the same regardless of the medium you’re working in? How refreshing is that? You don’t have to be “big” or “small” – you don’t have to be “theatrical” or “subtle”. You simply have to learn to be. And to tell the truth. Moment-to-moment. With all of who you are. At AMAW’s acting classes and workshops Chicago, you’ll learn that “theatre” is just the name of the place in which a play is being performed. It doesn’t have to mean a style of acting in which you’re so big you might as well be doing a Kabuki performance in a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas. In our Chicago acting classes, you will learn how to think about creating in new ways. Chicago acting workshops will help you unleash the shackles that hold you back when you audition, constantly worrying, “Is this too much?” “Is this not enough?” Start getting knowledge from the best acting coaches in CHI that will help you live the truth.
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