The Green Room's On-Camera Training Program

In Short

A comprehensive 5 level training program that takes the experienced actor and modifies their skills to master the demands of today's on camera styles. 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. Whatever best fits your schedule, you will find it to be the BEST on-camera training around.

The Roots

The purpose of The Green Room's On Camera Training Program is to not only educate actors in the skills required in on-camera acting, but to bring the actor to a place of full ownership of these tools. 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 professionals in the field who have extensive experience behind the camera in both auditions and production. We are a unique group of teachers who bring professional acting experience to the table, and more importantly ALSO bring the perspective that only comes from years of experience as Casting Directors, Directors, and Producers. 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.

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. 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, believeable performances, and actually get some work. These actors we have based the work on 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. Because 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 very basic principles, many of our students who have less experience than most 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 as well. We've seen many a success in the fresh, honest approach of those who come to the table without the baggage of an indellibly ingrained acting process.

Level 1: Simplicity, Specificity, Change, & the need for Real AND Raw

Level 2: Rules of Improv in on-camera settings, "The Where" & other "Events"

Level 3: Styles, Switches, & Personality

Level 4: TV & Film

Level 5: The Callback


Along with the On Camera training program, we will continue to strive to create and/or offer elective courses for a more well rounded acting educational process for the students.

Why a year long program? 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 fails to fit into the styles and requirements of professional on-camera roles. Instead of the"smorgasboard" approach, we provide a 5 level on-camera training program that takes the actor through a unique approach which presents every aspect of on camera acting step by step, and works to instill the principles into the actor's on-camera instincts. 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 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.

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.

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