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Top 10 acting classes in Chicago, IL

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Karen Vaccaro Acting Coach

Karen Vaccaro Acting Coach

5.0Exceptional(12)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
38+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Brayden B. says, "good" Read more
BAWS Studio Chicago

BAWS Studio Chicago

5.0(1)
Offers online services
7+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Ghada H. says, "BAWS Studio has been an absolute game-changer for my singing journey! The lessons are personalized, challenging, and incredibly rewarding. I've witnessed significant growth in my vocals, and the supportive environment makes every session sooo enjoyable !" Read more
Learn From A Working Director.

Learn From A Working Director.

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Taught acting at the New York film academy. Studied with Larry Moss. Recently directed and produced the feature film The Word Without You. 3 projects in the works. Learn from someone in the game. 25 years experience.
David August Coaching

David August Coaching

5.0(2)
Offers online services
9+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Marty B. says, "He's shown me that voice over is truly a form of acting, not just reading a script. He knows a lot about how to interpret a script and gets me to achieve far more than I could on my own." Read more
Acting And Storytelling Coaching

Acting And Storytelling Coaching

New on Lessons
Offers online services
5+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Work with Jack to: - Infuse professional pitches with personal meaning - Craft better presentations - Tell your unique story to stand out from the competition When someone tells their story they create space for people to connect. A storyteller’s presentation can be slick, thoughtful, and intelligent but without shades of vulnerability their stories won’t deeply connect with their audience. Leading with vulnerability, allowing others to see where our courage meets our fear, is the key to weaving stories that leave a lasting impact. To tap into this vulnerability, storytellers must speak from a developed sense of self awareness and will...
BEKA -- Chameleon Character Actor Private Coach

BEKA -- Chameleon Character Actor Private Coach

5.0(4)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Jennifer L. says, "BEKA is great to work with. She is very personable and patient and make you feel comfortable exploring your work. She talks through any direction she's giving so that it makes sense from multiple angles. Highly recommend!" Read more
Scales Of Success

Scales Of Success

New on Lessons
Offers online services
14+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Get an intensive on improve acting for commercial and theatrical film, how to stand out at an audition, how to rebook a gig, commercial energy boosts, and from page to reality character creation both. For theatrical and commercial spots.
The Class Act Studios

The Class Act Studios

5.0Exceptional(7)
16+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Blake B. says, "Dorian has a unique ability to identify the emotional demand of a role & tap into the purest form of human connection to shape career-defining moments. He coaches students to make thoughtful, unique decisions they otherwise may not choose. Just like experiencing the world around you fade away while engrossed in a mesmerizing film, Dorian invites you into his world where imagination runs wild & “acting” truly becomes “being”." Read more
Dexter Bullard – Master Acting Teacher

Dexter Bullard – Master Acting Teacher

New on Lessons
Offers online services
29+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Two Broadway directing credits: GRACE in 2012 and LINDA VISTA 2019. Jeff-Nominated twice for Best Director in Chicago. Named Best Director by Chicao Magazine 2011. Won NYC Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director in 2004 and nominated for a Drama Desk Award. I have directed for Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, and at Second City. I lead a physical theater company called Plasticene for seveteen years of critically acclaimed work. I am the Head the MFA Acting program at DePaul University where I teach acting at the undergraduate and graduate level. I have taught acting, physical theater, and improvisation to over 1000 people. I ...
Chicago Actors Studio

Chicago Actors Studio

New on Lessons
31+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
The Chicago Actors Studio is a well-established and recommended, reputable acting training institution with roots going as far back as 1946 when famous acting training coach and performing arts icon, Ted Liss, decided to share his masterful skills of turning ordinary everyday individuals into top known professional actors of stage, screen and television. We offer audition workshops, monologue and cold reading, accent reduction classes, on-camera technique, and fundamental acting training in our cozy studio. Many such students that have emerged to stardom were: Tom Bosley, from the TV series “Happy Days” and “Father Downing Mysteries”, Oscar w...

Your Acting Classes questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do acting classes cost?

Acting classes cost $25 to $65 per hour on average for group classes or $50 to $150+ per hour to hire a private acting coach. Prices vary depending on where you live and the instructor's experience and reputation. Acting studios that offer ongoing weekly classes typically charge $150 to $350 per month.

Acting courses and workshops can cost as little as $200 to as much as $2,800+, depending on the content, number of sessions, and the instructor's demand. Some acting workshops are short, 1- or 2-day intensive classes focusing on one aspect of the industry, while other programs last 4 to 8 weeks and cover several topics, methods, and techniques.

Most studios offer a free trial class so you can get a feel for the teaching style and decide if it's right for you.

Are online acting classes worth it?

Online acting classes are worth it if you want to pursue acting and are unable to attend acting classes in person. With online video calling platforms like Zoom and Skype, you can now study acting with the best in the industry from the comfort of your own home! Many reputable acting coaches—including those right here on Lessons—now offer online acting classes and teach the same methods and techniques that they teach in the studio. 

Do you need acting classes to become an actor?

You technically don't need acting classes to become an actor. However, acting classes can help you gain confidence, learn new methods and techniques, analyze scenes and scripts, and build new industry connections and relationships. Acting classes can also teach you about the business side of acting, which is as important as acting itself.

How long do acting classes take?

Acting class length varies depending on the studio and the type of class. Some studios have 2-hour classes, while others have classes lasting 3 to 5 hours. Depending on the location, acting classes may be offered in several formats, such as ongoing weekly classes, weekend intensive workshops, and training programs that can run anywhere from 2 to 8+ weeks.

What skills do you need to be an actor?

While the necessary skillset varies depending on the type of acting you pursue (think Broadway theater vs. TV commercials vs. film), all actors need a broad range of skills to portray the expressions and emotions of a character so effectively that they temporarily transport the audience to a world where the actor is indeed that character. This often involves:

  • Memorizing lines and stage cues
  • Analyzing scripts and scenes
  • Developing a character's emotions and physical expressions
  • Working with other actors, directors, and production crews
  • Adapting to unexpected changes and situations
  • Speaking clearly and adjusting one's voice to align with the character
  • Learning and developing different acting methods and techniques
  • Being comfortable in front of an audience or camera

Reviews for Chicago acting classes

Recent success stories from people in the Chicago area.
Maurice D.
Karen is very personal and in tuned with actors she works with. She’s detailed and focused on bringing out the best with those she works with.
Karen Vaccaro Acting Coach
Lori K.
Late in life, and during the pandemic, I decided to take one-on-one acting lessons. I've been working with David on Zoom for over a year and have learned so incredibly much! I was very nervous our first session but he very quickly put me at ease. He asked me lots of questions to learn the medium I want to focus on, find the right scenes for me to work on and how best to work together. He taught me how to come at a scene and character from multiple perspectives, always offering fantastic advice to achieve the intention, whether the intention I come up with or the challenge he's given me. If I'm struggling with something, he's great at shifting the angle to come at the challenge in a different way that will work better for me. He's a professional who is very patient, creative and fun to work with!
David August coaching
Jennifer L.
I had my first session with BEKA and she was amazing. She worked with me on two monologues and she was able to quickly and expertly dissect the material, and was able to help me try out various ways of making the performances stronger. She is kind and gentle with how she delivers notes, but at the same time has a solid opinion on how to improve. In other words, she makes you feel safe to receive criticism but isn't going to let you off the hook if you're not getting where you need to be to get the attention of your audience. I feel like working with her will help me get to where I want to be.
BEKA -- Chameleon Character Actor Private Coach
Abigail S.
I had the best experience working with The Class Act Studios. I learned very valuable lessons with acting, performance, and life in general. He is the best of the best.
The Class Act Studios
Markia M.
You taught everyone so much about theater and life, and we are all endlessly grateful.
Kevin Schwartz - Acting/Writing
Kassi Z.
Alina is everything you could want in a vocal teacher. Not only is she an incredible vocalist, but she has a very deep understanding on how to properly use your vocals and the mechanics of everything. She has great attention to detail. She listens very intently to her students and is able to pinpoint what their strengths and weaknesses are in order to tailor the lessons to their needs. Even after my very first lesson with her, she taught me things about my voice that I’ve never noticed before, and was able to gain an understanding of my voice. She’s really patient and creates a positive atmosphere, making you feel comfortable to sound funny, or even bad! HIGHLY recommend her!
Alina's Voice Studio
Kasia P.
Tad has been wonderful! His expertise and training really shine through the lessons with my children. He has suggested specific books that will address their areas of need while also keeping in mind their song/style interests and goals. Tad provides challenging yet engaging lessons that have already expanded their skill level. Always communicative, courteous, and punctual, I would highly recommend Tad to anyone looking for piano lessons.
EMMA - Elite Mobile Music Academy
Kayla
She is very patient and kind. She does a really good job of explaining things and is not afraid to correct you when you’re doing something wrong, but she does it in a kind away. I would highly recommend her!
Kate Schiliro - Vocal Coach and Audition Coach
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