Adult Class Descriptions

 

The Green Room's On-Camera Training Program

In Short

This is what the Green Room is known for.  The On Camera Training Program (OCTP) takes the experienced actor and teaches them to use their skills in ways that are strategically effective in today's on camera market. Our program was created in discussion with Chicago talent agents to provide actors with the tools they need in both Commercials and TV/Film. Agents in this town need to stay diverse and work on both comercial and narrative projects to thrive, and they want actors that have skillsets to tackle both.  Our program also allows flexibility for the student to choose a pathway of continued study of their interest in the upper levels, be it a commercial focus,  TV & film focus, or both.  Some students opt to only take one class, some take a few over the course of a year or two, but many choose to complete the entire program and continue on with the on-going advanced studies. Whatever your chosen path, you will find it to be the BEST on-camera training around.  Our goal? To show you how to book the roles you’re not booking right now.

 

The Layout

See The Program description below for more details, but here’s a map of the pathways available:

 

*if you have taken portiions of our On Camera Program prior to   May 2017 click here to find what level to take next.

 


 



The Program

Due to the cumulative and unique nature of the program's approach, all actors begin in Level One regardless of whether they are SAG, AFTRA, have had previous On-Camera training, or hold an MFA in acting. Level 1 focuses on The Green Room On Camera Fundamentals, as well as providing a versy solid approach to commercial auditions, and small TV & film roles so ubiquitous in Chicago.

 

Level 2 continues the focus on larger TV & Film roles in the first half of the class, then dives deeper into the ever important skill of structrual improvisation on commercail material in the second half.

 

Level 3 rounds off our commercial approach by expanding further into commercail styles in the first half, and finishes with major TV and Film roles in the second half.

 

Students who have completed levels 1-3 are eligible to then take Level 4 "The Callbacks", or just move on into either Ongoing Advanced TV/Film or Ongoing Advanced Commercial.

 

Level 4 "The Callbacks" uses a mock callback format and brings in industry guests from various Chicago casting offices to expose the actor to different directing styles and issues they may confront in callbacks or producer’s sessions.

 

The two Ongoing Advanced Classes are opportunities for actors to continue to hone their skills and work new material in classes that are designed to be taken as many times as the actor desires.

 

 TO THE EXPERIECNED ACTOR:   One of the most common questions we get is "What level should I start in? I already have on-camera experience." These classes were designed based on our experiences directing professional actors in real life on-camera commercial, film, and TV auditions; actors that we had called in time and time again, who give decent, believable performances, and actually get some work. They have talent agents, get called in for auditions, and have seen the inside of a callback session. But there are basic principles that they simply fail to bring to their work on a regular basis that keeps them from working nearly as much as they could. We find that the work that most seasoned actors need to focus on to take them to the next level is a fresh examination of some seemingly basic principles.  We take a new look at aspects of storytelling that are unfortunately taken for too much for granted, and use that rebuilt foundation to move into much more effective and much more masterful storytelling. Level 1 is in every way an in depth and challenging study.

 

TO THE LESS EXPERIENCED:   Many of our students who have less experience actually thrive right alongside the actors who have been doing this for years. We do allow students into the program who have limited experience in their acting careers. We've seen many a success in the fresh, honest approach of those who come to the table without the baggage of an indelibly ingrained acting process.  We do have a prerequisite option for level 1 that gives the more experienced actor the choice to work with peers at a less diverse experience level, but both prerequisite options tackle the same progression of material.  Don’t let your inexperience frighten you away.  If on-camera acting is your passion- building acting fundamentals in an on-camera setting may be a better choice than starting out in stage-focused acting classes.  But if you feel like you might want basic acting classes first, feel free to drop us an email and we can chat with you about some solid options with us or at other studios in the city as well.

 

TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN PRIOR TO 2017:    We have restructured the progression of the levels to better reflect todays marketplace with more TV and film opportunites and have brought those subjects into the earlier levels, but the fundamentals we teach are still the same.  Typically it's quite simple- whatever level you have taken in the past, sign up for the following level upon your return. Our teachers will work with you to make sure you are caught up on any material that our current structure would have covered. Special considerations for certain students are below:

 

Taken Lvl 1 at any time -  Lvl 2

Taken Lvl 2 prior to Mar 2017 -  Lvl 3 (and we will customize it for you if need be)

Taken Lvl 2 Commercial in 2017 -  Lvl 3 (and we will customize it for you)

Taken Lvl 2 TV/Film in 2017 -  Lvl3 (and we will customize it for you)

Taken Lvl 3 during  2016  -  Lvl 4 "The Callbacks" - OR - Ongoing Adv. Com - OR - Ongoing Adv. TV/Film

Taken Lvl 3 prior to 2016 -  The above can still apply- but would be good to contact us to discuss first.

Taken Lvl 4 prior to 2017 - Lvl 4 "The Callbacks" - OR - Ongoing Adv. Com - OR - Ongoing Adv. TV/Film

Taken Lvl 5 prior to 2017 - Ongoing Adv. Commercial -  OR -  Ongoing Adv. TV/Film

 

 

Why The Green Room OCTP?

 

We Have a Unique, Effective, Structured On Camera Approach

It is our goal to produce "On-Camera Actors" as opposed to "Actors With Some On-Camera Training." All to often actors will take an on-camera class or two at various institutes, and never walk away with a cohesive set of tools with which to approach their on-camera work. As such, their approach ends up having little difference from their general acting approach, and at best it only sets up the actor with a generalized knowledge that leaves them right on par with all of the actors in the city that have been doing this for a year or so (and just “learned on the job”!).

             

Our aim is to take your skill set deeper and farther in order to actually book on a regular basis. There are a lot of actors out there that are "good"  - - They get called in to the casting offices because their acting is quite believeable.  But they don’t book nearly as often as they could.  They don’t know HOW to manipulate the audition, focus on the story structure in a deeper way, play the room in a multi-take callback session, or make "strategic-creative-chocies" instead of just "creative-choices". We don’t want to show you how to do a particular script well in class (that script has already been cast in the real world and being good at it is pointless – the actor just returns to their old ways on their next audition) … we want to use that script to present GLOBAL concepts that you can then apply to all of the work that will present itself to you in the REAL world.   Our end goal is outstanding acting that is able to book repeatedly on a national basis and establish a real career. So we dig deeper and spend more time on each aspect of the on camera industry.

 

You get the recordings of your work for reveiw

This is an on camera focus.  So you should have access to your on camera footage for review. We record you on camera multiple times in every class, and you get almost instant access to those videos online, at anytime.  We don’t spend a ton of time reviewing everyone’s takes in class itself  - unless a particular issue comes up that the teacher feels the whole class can learn a global lesson from. (Then we do play the video back and point out the specific moments.)  You’ll get copious notes and can reference them to your videos. We’ve got a lot of material to cover in class- and don’t believe in taking up almost half of the class time playing back stuff that the whole class just watched! Instead, we spend the time getting you to embrace the concepts that need to be applied, and repeating and practicing them in performance in front of the camera ad nauseum until you can understand them in your body.

 

We work with your agents

We also have strong relationships with the city's talent agencies so that we can keep them informed of their talent's growth as well as provide ourselves with feedback on certain topics and classes agents would like their talent to have access to. The actor that completes the program will graduate equipped with skills in all areas of on-camera acting including technical, stylistic, and strategic skills in Commercials, Television, Film, and Industrial mediums.



The Roots

The training program is founded on the experiences of Casting Directors and their inside view of the on-camera acting profession. The classes are taught by a small group of professionals in the field who have extensive experience behind the camera in both casting and production.  We are a unique group of teachers who bring  both professional acting experience AND years of experience as Casting Directors, Directors, Writers and Producers. We know what you need to change about your performance so you can book- because we’ve spent years looking for it in audition settings.  We know the actor’s roadblocks that present along the way because we’ve also been in your shoes as actors. We acknowledge the depth and scope of the art of acting and how the lines may bleed between styles, from venue to venue, stage to film, drama to comedy. We strive to help bring depth, reality, and inspiration to all of the work our actors do. The training program focuses specifically on on-camera skills, but never fails to keep the fundamentals of honesty and creativity in the performances of our students. Our goal – frankly – is to help you MAKE MONEY by directing your creativity towards a strategy that tells a story very effectively …. and consistently books work.

 



FAQ: "Which Program should I take- the On Camera Training Program, or the Green Room Professional Program?

For info call 312-685-2774, or email us.

The Shoot

Work with award winning indie film director Alex Thompson as you produce and perform in a short film.

This class will work together on multiple short films as they learn all the steps of producing and performing in their own work, while collaborating with professional cinematographers and sound engineers to turn out quality work worthy of the festival circuit.

 

A combination of classroom work and production days, the curriculum will take you through:

Script Selection

Cinematography

Lighting and Grip

Sound

Production Design

Production Department / Logistics

Multiple Rehearsals to address acting for the camera

The Production phase with multiple shooting days

Post-Production

 

This class requires a strong performance backgroung, a solid work ethic, and commitment to the group.  Admission to the class will be based on submissions of headshot & resume. Reels may also be submitted. The class will meet weekly for the first 6 weeks, there will be multiple 12hr shoot days scheduled during the 7th week, an then a final class meeting a wek or two after the shooting process to cover post-production topics. Please refer to the schedule/registration page for specific info on currnet schedules and submission requirements.

 

Alex Thompsen

is a director and producer whose films have premiered across the country at festivals such as the Newport Beach Film Festival, New York Greek Film Festival, Chicago Onscreen Festival, and the Rome International Film Festival.


Recently his short film The New Zealander premiered before Silence of the Lambs in Millennium Park, and Bedrooms, a collaboration with Quinn Tsan and choreographers Josh Anderson and Erin Kilmurray won the grand prize at the Flatlands Dance Film Festival, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, In/Motion Dance Film Festival and screened at the Polish International Film Festival. Thompson has recently completed production on the features King Rat and Our Father, as well as his directorial debut, Brother Sister.


He was recently listed #25 on New City's Film 50 list of "Chicago's Screen Gems".


 

 




Voice Over


Learn the ins and outs of working in a recording booth and making money with your voice!

Intro To Voice Over
Learn the techniques needed in the booth, how to address different types of microphones, and how to use your voice in different situations. We will cover TV commercial announcer, radio commercial announcer, radio dialogue commercials, and more. Students will work in the booth multiple times each week.

Green Room Professional Program (GRPP)

with Steven Ivcich
The Green Room Professional Program is a three-level intensive actor-training program. While our popular On-Camera Training Program was designed to provide actors with technical and stylistic expertise in the on-camera audition, Green Room Professional targets the core skills that drive great performances both on camera and on stage. GRPP training is based on an approach that encourages each individual actor to define a unique working process that expands expressive range, improves creative agility and delivers consistently high levels of performance. In short, GRP explores every skill set essential to a professional acting career. Expert coaching from GRP director, Steven Ivcich, insures the continuity of the training and brings personalized attention to each actor's development.

Level 1 establishes core performance skills that effect every audition, every rehearsal, every performance. You learn to effectively engage your audience no matter what the performance venue. Expansion of physical, vocal and emotional range reveals unrealized personal potential. Understanding how the performance environment really works brings clarity to your process and improves your ability to take direction. Practical application to auditions, cold reading and scene development means that you're learning skills that can be immediately applied in the real world.

Level 2 expands Level 1 performance skills into characterization, script exploration, structuring a performance and working actor-to-actor. Through scene work, Level 2 GRP actors refine their personal process and learn to apply that process to role development whether that's prepping for an audition or sustaining weeks of performance in a feature film.

Level 3 is a 16-week "process" proving ground that provides in depth coaching from instructor, Steven Ivcich. Each individual actor's skills are tested through scene assignments that drive process exploration and expand casting range with challenging roles that take you into new creative territory. Each actor is assigned a monologue that is developed to an audition ready level. Level 3 can be taken multiple times affording an ongoing workspace for GRP actors.

An Experienced Teacher, Steven Ivcich is director and lead teacher of the Green Room Professional Program. He is a writer/director/actor/teacher with 35 years of professional stage and film experience. Working with actors has been central to the arc of his career. His understanding of the actor's creative needs led him to create a training process that affords actors a highly stimulating workspace.

GRPP Admission
Level 1 is an open admission class. No audition is required. Admission to Levels 2 and 3 is based on performance in the previous level.

To find out if GRP is right for you. Arrange to visit a GRPP class by contacting Steven Ivcich. Read Steven's ongoing commentary on a wide range of topics relating to the art and business of acting at http://theactorsprocess.blogspot.com/

FAQ- "Which Program should I take??"

Other Programs & Electives

 

We're excited to offer other programs & classes that are outside our core On-Camera Training Program and Green Room Professional Program. Some of these classes are on-camera specific, some are not. See particular class description for details. Our stable of electives offered changes frequently. Check back often! Not all classes that are listed on this descrption page are offered each term- see schedule for classes available curently.

FREE SEMINAR - The Business

Learn about the On Camera Acting business in Chicago and how to navigate Agents and Casting Directors, what their processes are, how to get on their radar, and how to best strategize your performances with them as your audience. This class is directed at our adult students pursuing a professional career.

 

* If you have taken Level 1 of our On Camera Training Program prior to 2017 this will be repeat information.

* Parents of kids and teens: we offer other free classes for the younger set who are looking to work in the industry as well. You can find them here. If nothing is currently listed check back soon. We offer free classes for kids every two months. Please reserve the spots in this seminar for our adult students.

Improvisation 1 and 2

LEVEL 1 - Learn the basics of improvisation, AND how to apply them to your On-Camera auditions. This course is perfect for actors who want to feel more comfortable improvising without becoming a "main stager". The exercises are based on Viola Spolin's, Josephine Forsberg and Martin DeMatt taught by David Murphy- an instructor and director of improv for over 16 years. Class is open to any adult student (+18yrs), no prerequisites required.
LEVEL 2 - Continuing on the basic concepts learning in level 1...level 2 touches on character, scene structure, some Improv with scripts and games. Prerequisite: Must have completed our Basic Improvisation class.

Monologue Boot Camp 

with Steven Ivcich
Actors seldom make the most of monologue auditions. It's not for lack of trying. It's for lack of a process that helps them find, develop, and perform great monologues. Monologue Boot Camp is all about process.
  • Identify monologues that are right for you.
  • Understand how monologues function in the audition environment.
  • Learn a developmental process that can be applied to any monologue.
  • Get coaching that speaks directly to your individual needs.
  • Adapt your monologues for on camera auditions
In Monologue Boot Camp actors are assigned a monologue chosen specifically for them by instructor, Steven Ivcich. You're able to track your development via in class video that can be downloaded between classes from the Green Room site. Steven Ivcich is a director/writer/actor/teacher with more than 30 years of professional experience in theatre and media. To review his approach to monologues visit Steven's blog, theactorsprocess.com.

 

Teens Acting On-Camera (Limit 10 students)

Work in a classroom setting with other teens on roles written for teens.
  • Learn how to analyze a commercial script.
  • Strengthen your business and communication skills as you discover what is expected of you.
  • Learn how to use and develop your own personality.
  • Work towards "keeping it real".
  • Incorporate tips and tricks that many actors overlook.

One-On-One Coaching and Audition Taping

Do you need an audition recorded or some one-on-one time to focus on a specific training issue? The Green Room is your professional resource for coaching and taping. We will record your coaching sessions so you can review them at home, or we can help you create a professional looking audition using our studio space and equipment. We help coach you to your best performance so you feel confident about your audition, and edit it into an easily downloaded format for submission. Email coach@thegreenroomstudio.tv or call for pricing and availability.

 

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