Other Programs & Electives

We're excited to offer other programs & classes that are outside our core On-Camera Training 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.

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.

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 is specifically designed for actors intent on raising their skills to a true professional level. 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 1 is an intensive 4-week class that meets twice a week. 4 hours on Sundays and 3 hours on a weeknight evening.

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 “process” proving ground. 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. 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.

GRPP Class Schedule
Levels 1 & 2 are 4-week intensive classes that meet twice a week (7 hours weekly). Level 3 is an 8-week class that meets once a week (3 hours weekly). See the home page for scheduling of GRPP Levels currently being offered. Tuition
Cost for GRPP levels 1 & 2 is $385. However, if Levels 1 and 2 are taken back-to-back Level 2 is discounted to $285 for the 4-week intensive. Level 3 is $285 for the 6 week class.

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??"

Energy and Creativity

For 20 years David Murphy has worked in the field of acting. Beyond his acting and voice over credit, he has been a casting director, theatre director and instructor. What is not as widely known is his credential as a Reiki Master. Reiki is a healing modality using energy. More often than not, an unfocused energy can be at the root of an uncreative and uninteresting performance. Have you ever had a poor audition and wrote it off as having been nervous, or simply not "on" without exploring further what was at the root of the problem? If you are willing to fearlessly take a leap into a unique class of self-reflection, energy work and discovery of higher creative self, this will be right up your alley. There will be group exercises and group discussions, as well as individual scene work using scripted pieces and improvisation. Bring a VHS tape, although not all work will be done on-camera.

The Cold Read: Everything, All At Once, Right Away.

The Cold Read-- certainly one of the most crucial tests an actor can undergo, while simultaneously one of the most unfair. With no connection to what will be the final product, what could an unmemorized and unprepared scene/monologue possibly communicate to a director? The answer: nothing, and everything! The cold read is the culmination of everything you know about acting, concentrated into five white-knuckle minutes that can mean the difference between the role or the scrap heap. You need to take that step into the unknown with confidence and clarity. While this six-session class will touch on many of the basics of acting, the ultimate goal will be to apply your personal strengths to brand-new texts in real-time exercises. This is Extreme Acting taught by Lance Baker- one of Chicago's most adventurous actors!

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

We are pleased to offer one-on-one coaching. We prefer to work towards particular goals that the actor has made a point of exploring.
Availability may be limited.

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

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Recent Blog Posts

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.

Anne Acker is a professional actor and mom living in Chicago. She teaches on-camera acting at The Green Room Studio, as well as runs the Kids and Teens Program.

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.

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