Kids & Teens Classes
Guest Teacher Policy for Casting Directors / AssociatesPLEASE NOTE: All of our classes with guest casting directors/associates/assistants are a learning experience, not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop/class is over, the casting director/casting associate/assistant (whichever is applicable) teaching will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials.
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.)
Standard Kids / Teens On Camera Program
Sometimes a child is rather mature for their age, rather shy, or simply because their sibling is in the other age group, the family can't carve out a full four hour chunk on every Saturday, and it would be way easier if the kids could just be in the same class! Our policy is thus: we are open to that within reason, and the parents are typically far better judges on whether it is an appropriate move or not. Here are a few bits of info that can help you make your decisions:
- Being off by one year is usually fine, two years only occassionally works,
three or more- no way.
- You are the parent. You know the maturity level of you child. Be honest about it.
- Each class uses scripts that are typical for that age group. More often than not, it behooves a child that looks like a six year old to work on scripts that are written for a six year old, regardless of how mature they may be. A six year old reading at a 13yr old level still looks like a six year old, and will be cast accordingly. But this is by no means a deal breaker.
- The basic concepts and issues taught in each age group are, for the most part, the same. There are some scripts that are different to fit the age groups, and a few of our approaches on certain topics may be modified and simplified for our youngest groups, but the overall approach is intact and similar in each of the age groups.
All classes are limited in size- See particular class description for details. Not all classes are offered each term- see schedule for classes available currently.
Teens On-Camera (13-17yrs)
- Work in a classroom setting with other teens on roles written for teens.
- Learn how to analyze a variety of script structures.
- Learn an effective audition strategy that may differ from other mediums.
- Learn how to use and develop your own personality.
- Work towards “keeping it real”.
- Incorporate tips and tricks that many actors overlook.
- Strengthen your business and communication skills as you discover
what is expected of you.
- Develop your ability to use Simplicity / Specificity as an incredible tool.