Ginger Schmidt - Acting Coach

Ginger Schmidt - Acting Coach

5.0 (5)
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1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

-Trained in Michael Chekhov technique through the Michael Chekhov Studio Chicago

-Proven techniques to get that college callback/scholarship

-Beginning actors gain confidence

-Non intimadeting techniques to get your career started

-Friendly, positive advice for young students

-Using 30+ years of training, and paying it forward

-Illnois certified drama teacher

-Mississippi certified drama teacher

-5+ years teaching experience, grades k-12

-Passionate about theatre

-2014 awarded Best Director in Seconadary for the state of Mississippi

-2014 awarded best ensemble for state for students production of "The Oddyssey"

-2014 awarded best theatre for youth production overall in the state "Wiley and the Hairy Man"

-2014 awarded a directing fellowship for educators in directing Shakespeare at Julliard

-2015 awarded a spot to perform at the South Eastern Theatre Conference with student producation of "Lady White Snake" (adapted and directed by Ginger Schmidt)

-2017 awarded the Moving Dock scholarship to attend MICHA (Micheal Chekhov Association's) annual international conference

My greatest joy is helping students become successful.

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Chicago, IL 60625
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5 Reviews


  • Christa Macbeth

    Ginger and I are part of the same Chicago-based acting ensemble: The Moving Dock Theatre Company. It has been my delight to rehearse and perform with her, specifically in our 2016 show 'The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns!' What is so striking in experiencing Ginger at work is the way she is never finished: there is always another nuance, one more layer of character to be discovered, revealing day by day more and more of what her imagination sees. If this speaks to you, trust her experience as a teacher to lead you through the same process. Highly recommended!

  • Sue Mullins

    As a co-company member of The Moving Dock Theatre Company, I have worked with Ginger many times. She's a true professional - kind, caring, super talented and extremely creative. She's the real deal!

  • Deborah Craig

    Ginger took my place as theatre and speech teacher at Pearl River Central High School , Carriere, MS, three years ago. As a teacher and director for our very competitive one-act play festivals, she brought our school to the state finals two years in a row. Her second year our high school won the state title with a play she had adapted herself from Chinese folklore. She is driven, knowledgeable, and astonishingly creative. In every aspect of a play she directs or a class she teaches, there is the expectation and guidance to high standards. Ginger also coached me in a pageant performance for a senior women's pageant, and helped me achieve a level of polish and professionalism that gave me the confidence to perform at the pageant. I highly recommend Ginger aa theatre teacher, coach, or director.

  • Justin (Blue Masker - PRCHS)

    Thank you so much! I've been using the techniques you've taught me! I'm currently trying to get involved in film and apply for Juilliard!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First lesson half price, and is treated as getting to know you session. Students are invited to share their needs and details of their artistic journey up to the point of our first meeting. I look forward to designing future sessions around their needs and levels of experience.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-Trained at the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NY, NY; Received Associate's Degree

-Trained at Loyola in NO, LA: Received Bachelor of Music

-Trained at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL; Recived Master of Fine Arts

-Trained at Julliard; Directing Shakespeare directing fellowship for Educators

-Trained at Michael Chekhov Studio Chicago

-Teacher's Certification through William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS 

How did you get started teaching?

I started as a high school teacher in 2013. A job teaching a very prestigious, award winning high school team was opening up, and a friend suggested I get certified and apply. I was awarded the position, and it became the most rewarding work I have done. I LOVE sharing the knowlege and experience I have gained. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly high school and younger actors. These actors were mostly beginners and hobbyists. I have also coached adult actors of various levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Homeschooling my daughter. Everyday I feel I am making a difference in our country's future.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The most important thing is to fine someone who makes you feel comfortable, is supportive, and looks out for the students' needs first. THe next thing I would look for is someone who has a variety of training techniques under the belt, and does not steer you into a one size fits all training program.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals, long and short term?

Why do you want coaching/lessons?

Ask what your coach specializes in, and see if this aligns with your personal goals.

Lessons offered

Theater Acting Classes Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Stage Performance Training