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The Green Room On Camera Training Program

Our flagship program. Click here to find out more about the program!

Level 1

Mon 
1/7/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
8 wks
$400.00
Wed 
1/9/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
8 wks
$400.00

Level 2

Tue 
1/8/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
8 wks
$400.00

Level 3

Tue 
1/8/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
8 wks
$400.00
ALL NEW STUDENTS wishing to take a level 1-4 of the OCTP must sign up for level 1 *** There is no advanced placement into levels 2 through 4 without taking the previous level.
Advanced TV/Film Scene Study is outside of our core program and DOES allow students new to the Green Room based on approval. See FAQ's and class description for further information.

Guest teachers listed for the classes are based on their availability and not guaranteed. All of our classes with guest casting directors including this class are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop/class is over, the casting director/casting associate/session director (whichever is applicable) teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials.

Please note the STUDIO at which each class meets. We now have two spaces. The ChicagoAve studio is at 1915 W. Chicago Ave 60622 and Ravenswood is at 3701 N. Ravenswood Ave. #201 60613

- A student may makeup up to TWO missed classes depending upon availability of a suitable make-up date. Makeups must be completed within a year of the initial class.

Advanced TV/Film Scene Study

Mon 
1/7/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
8 wks
$400.00
***PREREQUISITES*** On Camera Training Program Level 3 - OR - Permission of the Teacher (based on submission and review of headshot and resume.) To submit resume for consideration- go through the registration process but STOP before paying. Then go back into you PROFILE on our website- and make sure you upload your headshot and resume and any other pertinent links. Then send an email to info@thegreenroomstudio.tv to let us know your interest.

In the past few sessions, we have been fortunate to have had Jenn Noyes - Casting Associate at Karge Ross Casting, AJ Links - Casting Associate at PR Casting, Sarah Charipar - Session Director at PR Casting, Brian King - series regular on Showtimes The Chi, and Sam Porretta - former Session Director at O'Connor Casting join us for various evenings. It's our hope that we will be able to include some evenings with a mix of as many of these artists as possible in this session as well- though any given artist is dependent upon their ever changing availability especially as we move into production season and casting schedules get busy.

Guest teachers listed for the classes are based on their availability and not guaranteed. All of our classes with guest casting directors including this class are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop/class is over, the casting director/casting associate/session director (whichever is applicable) teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials.

Ear Prompter AND Teleprompter

Gain more than "proficiency" in these two tools, and open yourself up to more avenues for income in your acting career. Learn the technical requirements as well as acting styles that tend to show up in relation to each type of prompter. Then tap into these potentially lucrative markets!

VOICE OVER

Intro To Voice Over

Voice Over is a great way for a solid actor to diversify their skills! This is a class for actors looking to learn the techniques of working in a recording booth, and to learn the styles of commercial voiceover. Actors will work in the booth multiple times each week.
Wed 
1/9/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
6 wks
$310.00
No class week of Thanksgiving. Last class night is on 12/19. Class meets a total of 6 nights.

Advanced Voice Over

This class is designed to provide the experienced voice over actor a home where you can take your reads to the next level and work in the booth multiple times each week on various styles of commercial copy.

* Prerequisite- Students should have SOME experience inside a VO booth before taking this class. Our "Intro to VO" class or similar experience is the minimum requirement.
Thur 
1/10/19
7-10pm Ravenswood
6 wks
$310.00

Green Room Professional Program

For complete information on the program, read about it here, join us for our free class - The Green Room Professional 90-Minute Exploratory to participate in typical Level 1 activities and get a feel for this way of working, or contact Steven Ivcich to visit a GRP class.
Level 1
Tuesday 
1/8/19
1-4pm Chicago Ave
8 weeks
$399.00
Ivcich
Tuesday 
1/8/19
7-10PM Chicago Ave
8 weeks
$399.00
Ivcich
Fri, Sat, Sun 
1/25/19
10am-6:30pm
3 Day Intensive!!!
$399.00
Ivcich
Level 2
Wednesday 
1/9/19
7-10PM Chicago Ave
8 weeks
$399.00
Ivcich
Level 3
Wednesday 
1/9/19
1-4pm Chicago Ave
8 weeks
$399.00
Ivcich
Level 1 eight week session runs until February 26th
Level 1 intensive runs Friday, 1/26, Saturday, 1/27 and Sunday, 1/28
Levels 2 and 3 end of session: February 27th

(this is for GRPP only! See other classes for their own schedule details!)

Green Room Professional 90 Minute Exploratory

Attend this free 90-minute class and work hands on with Steven Ivcich to see if the Green Room Professional Program is right for you.

What you experience in this GRP Exploratory is unlike anything you’ve encountered in other approaches to acting. It optimizes your current skills. At the same time you discover a way of working that is unique to you. Unless you’ve worked with Steven Ivcich before, this will be decidedly new territory for you as an actor. No one ever leaves a Green Room Professional class saying, “I’ve seen that before”. As Steven notes, “My way of working presents an entirely new creative space.”

What previous Green Room Professional students say about the exploratory...

"If you are truly serious about acting, Steve will help you to unlock doors you didn't even know existed."

"In my opinion, he is a master teacher. His process takes everything you learned in the past and expands it so that you even surprise yourself. He empowers you so that you find your own way."

"If you are at all serious about your craft, you have to add his process to your arsenal."
Tuesday 
12/11/18
3:00-4:30 Chicago Ave
$0.00
Ivcich
Tuesday 
12/11/18
6:30-8:00 Chicago Ave
$0.00
Ivcich
This class is for actors age 18 and up.

ACTING ELECTIVES

Below are a variety of class offerings outside of our regular On Camera Training Program or the Green Room Professional Program.

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By: Courtney Rioux

Courtney’s first day as EMT #1.

As a recurring character on a network television show and an acting coach, I get a lot of emails from people asking what they can expect from their first day on set for an episodic.

I remember my first day on a network TV set, as “EMT #1” on Chicago Fire. I was excited, but mostly nervous. It was a hot Saturday in July. Most people I knew were at Lollapalooza and I was on 290 in an ambulance.

At lunch, I was eating alone and my background EMT partner sat at another table alone. I called him over. He told me he wasn’t allowed to talk to “1st team”, which is why he didn’t automatically sit by me. It wasn’t my first time on set ever, but it felt like it and I could have used some company. I hope I can shed some light for you here on a day in the life on set, so you can be less nervous than I was on day one.

The night before, you’ll get a call time from the Key 2nd AD (assistant director). Don’t ask your agent about your call time. They won’t know. This is because your call time depends on when the crew is wrapping for the evening before your shoot. They need 9-12 hours of turnaround time from one day to another (depending on actors and crew turnaround times.)

When you get on set, find the 2nd AD and get their name. They’ll sign you in and get you to your trailer/honeywagon. There you’ll read, sign and take a picture of your contract. Make sure your rate, your name and everything is correct. If not, reach out to your agent or SAG-AFTRA.

If your name is incorrect, that’s how it will show up in the credits of the show. If your rate is scale, check and see that there’s a + 10% for your agent. If not, your agent can’t take money out of your scale pay. Look out for them, too. If it’s above scale, they’ll take the 10% out of your pay, or have your agent negotiate 10% on top of your above scale pay.

Always take a picture of your contract and keep it for future reference! Don’t feel rushed. You’ll have time.

Get dressed in your trailer. They’ll call you to hair and makeup so you’ll be ready to head to set for rehearsals. First you might have a private rehearsal for the actors, director, DP (director of photography), script supervisor, and writer. There will definitely be a marking rehearsal for the crew. After that you’ll get wired (your mic) and sit around to wait until the crew sets up the shot.

You’ll be on 1st team, and they’ll use a 2nd team (stand-ins) to get lighting and shots set up.

On set, the director and the 1st AD will be running the show and giving you direction. The script supervisor will let you know if you’re getting your lines wrong. Make sure you’re matching up where you say your lines on each shot. This will help in the editing room.

There will be a lot of “hurry up and wait”. You’ll film your scene from multiple angles and shots with lots of set up in between for the crew. We get paid to sit around and wait!

SAG-AFTRA actor, Ilyssa Fradin, is often asked how long an actor will be on set for the day. She says to expect 8-12 hours. Just come prepared. Bring your chargers for your electronics, some work and reading materials. Fradin recommends bringing your own food in case you can’t get to Craft Services or have specific nutritional needs or food allergies.

My advice to you is to know your lines and your mark, and LISTEN!

Have a good attitude. Have fun and be yourself, but read the room. Know when to talk and when to stay quiet. Take direction and listen to everything being said to you and around you. When the director yells cut, go closer (but not too close!) to the conversations if you can.

Nicole McGovern, 2nd 2nd AD (no, that’s not a typo) on Chicago Med says, “Observe what’s happening. Be self-aware, but not in the way.” McGovern also says to be prepared for anything. Scenes get changed and moved to different days. “If you’re working multiple days, we may add another scene if we are ahead of schedule. A set may not be ready or an emergency may come up.”

When someone tells you their name, listen, say it out loud back to them, and write it down so you remember it next time you see them. Get a call sheet and study the names of the crew. They are making you look and sound good. They are awesome. Be friends with them. Thank them for their hard work!

Be aware of where the cameras are at all times, but of course don’t look into them.

Be prepared, but flexible.

Be willing to fail, and be willing to succeed.

Know that one mistake will not get you fired. Let it go, take a deep breath, and fix it in the next take. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I’d never be called in again, and four years later, I’m still there!

Don’t stop acting until someone yells cut, even if you think you’ve messed up and you want to start over. Keep going unless you’re told differently. They might be getting someone else’s coverage, and don’t need your lines to be right in that take. Keep going!

Never leave set without telling anyone. Find a PA (production assistant) or a 2nd AD and let them know where you’re going (ie: your trailer, the bathroom, to makeup etc). If you’re going to the bathroom, just ask, “Can I 10-1?” They’ll know what you mean.

If you’re like me, you’re probably worried you don’t know what you’re doing. No one really does his or her first day on set. Just pay attention to the veterans and learn on the job.

Sean Bradley, SAG-AFTRA actor and owner of The Green Room Studio says, “You don’t need to know everything. Feel free to ask questions.”

McGovern agrees, “You can ask the AD’s or PA’s questions. You might think it’s a stupid question, but it’s probably not.” (Fear not, there are a ton of PAs whose job it is to take care of you like you are a baby.)

Bradley adds, “Stay away from the dessert table. It’s a dangerous drug that will make you very sleepy for the rest of the day.”

Speaking of energy for the day, I always meditate beforehand. It helps me stay calm when action is yelled. I’m more focused and relaxed, and I find it helps me be best self in a stressful time. Need a guided meditation? Reach out to me and I’ll send one!

Finally, one of the stars on Med gave some great advice to a day player the other day. She was telling him there was food available for the cast and crew. She told him to go get a container and put it in his trailer before the food was gone. Then she yelled as he was leaving, “Act like you belong!” The first few times you are on set, you might not feel like you belong. You do. Act like it. Don’t be a jerk, but act confidently. You’re worthy of being there. Like the old saying goes, “Fake it ‘til you make it”!

And at the end of the day, find your 2nd AD who signed you in and sign out properly!

You got this!!

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