Adult Class Descriptions
Guest Teacher Policy for Casting Directors / Associates / Assistants
Guest teachers scheduled for a particular week(s) in our multi-week classes are based on their availability which may change at the last minute due to their casting duties, are not guaranteed, and may be subbed out for another teacher. (Most of our teachers at the Green Room have extensive experience as current or former Casting professionals at major Chicago or LA casting offices. Those without casting experience have developed successful careers as professional actors.)
The Green Room's On-Camera Training Program
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 by casting directors 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 commercial 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.
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.
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Every actor is different and all come with different levels of previous experience. Here are some thoughts regarding experience level and this program's focus:
Why The Green Room OCTP?
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 believable. 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-choices" 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.
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 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 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 Ivcich CORE Intensives?
For info call 312-685-2774, or email us.
Other Programs & Electives
TV Audition Prep Workshop
Voice OverIntro To Voice Over
Advanced Voice Over
Ear Prompter and Telepropter
Ivcich CORE IntensivesWhat is CORE?
CORE reveals the profound essentials that drive an actor's performance. CORE is an actor-friendly environment that supports individual exploration and encourages discovery. CORE liberates your personal potential as an actor and builds confidence as a professional.
CLICK each heading below to reveal more information!
To find out if Ivcich CORE Intensives are right for you, join one of our upcoming free CORE classes, or contact 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 Green Room Program should I take??"
Leap With Passion Workshop
Save the Date: Sunday, January 19, 11 AM-4 PM CT - Live/Online
Do you wish you had time each year during the busy holiday season to take stock of your life and prepare for the year ahead?
If yes, then the Leap with Passion Workshop is for you.
The annual Leap with Passion is a life-changing 5-hour workshop. Offered this year as an online seminar, it is an opportunity for participants to show up for themselves without distractions in order to mindfully complete 2019 and then create an inspiring plan for 2020...a plan that will stick.
Leap with Passion was created by native Chicagoan & NYC transplant, Rhonda Musak. She will be leading this workshop live online
For a complete workshop description please visit Rhonda's website here
This workshop is perfect for actors and non-actors alike.
Teens Acting On-Camera
- 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
by Steven Ivcich
There’s a big difference between understanding your lines and bringing them to
life in an audition or performance. I’ve often listened to actors give genuinely
insightful interpretations of their lines and then see those same lines die a slow
death in front of the camera or on stage. The problem is that their insights have
to be translated into human behavior, into something that will be believable as a
human being actually experiencing something. Most actors don’t have a clue
about how to do this.
There’s only one thing that can translate insight into action and ironically enough,
you’re doing it right now. You are experiencing! You translate your interpretation
of the words into action through your moment-to-moment experiencing. Knowing
how to do this is at the heart of every CORE Intensive.
With a CORE Intensive you are not learning a method or system. The approach
is experiential. You learn how to experience your way through every audition,
every performance. To find out if this approach is right for you, you need to try it
on. Take a 90-Minute Exploratory with Steven Ivcich, the originator of CORE, on
Saturday, March 7th (1:00-2:30pm) or Monday, March 9th (1:00-2:30pm). The
class is free and you get a “hands on” feel for how CORE can work for you. To
attend you must register here.
Yep, it’s true!
In this level we introduce you to several genres of voiceover that expand your voiceover repertoire. You also get to be more in control of what you’d like to work on and can bring in your own material or we can figure out scripts for you. Whether you’ve taken the Intro to VO class and want to learn more or you’re already out there in the voice over world and are looking for more time in the booth with feedback – the ADV VO class is your friend. If you’re working towards making a demo, taking the ADV VO class gets you a lot more bang for your buck than private coaching . So if you’re contemplating brushing up on your voiceover skills, come hang with us in the Green Room VO booth and we’ll offer you a discount on repeat sessions! E-mail us to get the discount.
As a child’s acting coach, I often hear the same scenario from the parents of my young students. Mom or Dad agrees to have their child audition for a professional role—they then spend time helping the child prepare, putting together the child’s resume and picture, coordinating their outfit, running lines, taking time out of the family schedule to get their child to the audition, and so on. Once there, the child enters the audition room without mom or dad. When they return, the parents eagerly ask how it went, and the child responds with a vague “fine”. The parents are left to ponder the mysterious inner workings of the audition room. While we can’t expect children to give a detailed analysis of each experience, we can keep these five things in mind to help young actors in their auditions.Read more