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Classes & Intensives

We offer weekly classes, one-day workshops, and weekend intensives as well as demo reel production and services designed to push your career forward. 

Class Options

Our full menu of classes, rotating seasonally. Best paired with consistency.

Check your levels

Not sure which level fits your current skills? Take our quiz to find out! Keep in mind that if you enroll in a Tier III class and you are not ready for it, we'll work with you to find the correct level.

Enroll Now

These are our current selections of classes accepting enrollments. If the class you're interested in doesn't have new dates, subscribe to our email list to be the first to know! 

INTENSIVES

From bringing in out-of-town professionals to offering our weekly classes as a weekend intensive, these bite-sized weekends are a power pack of training in a short amount of time. 

Upcoming Events

  • The Pro Series: Sarah Cayce
    The Pro Series: Sarah Cayce
    Sun, May 05
    The Forge
    May 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    The Forge, 2424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
    May 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    The Forge, 2424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
    Work with Casting Director Sarah Cayce in a compressed version of her six-week class on May 5th, 2024!
  • The Pro Series • Actor Process with Jonathan Lipnicki
    The Pro Series • Actor Process with Jonathan Lipnicki
    Fri, May 31
    The Forge
    May 31, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    The Forge, 2424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
    May 31, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 02, 2024, 5:00 PM
    The Forge, 2424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
    Work with an actor with over 25 years experience, Jonathan Lipnicki, to improve your preparation process. This two-day intensive will dig into how to prep your material through scene work and feedback from Jonathan.

DEMO CAMP

Put the control back in your hands
Demo Camp (On Location!)
Demo Camp (On Location!)
6 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Show casting the types of roles you want to play. Be taken more seriously for roles because they can see your talent.
Apr 20, 2024, 8:00 AM CDT
Chicago,
2424 W Montrose Ave Unit W, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
Ready to work?
Enroll

More Intensives: Coming Soon

THE PRO SERIES

with Casting Director Deborah Barylski

She won an Emmy for casting Arrested Development, and now she's coming to Chicago to share her knowledge.

Dates coming soon!

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I can not say enough about The Forge and it's owner, Sarah. Sarah has created one of the best on camera acting schools in Chicago, and I have seen my skills grow exponentially under her direction, particularly in areas involving listening and character work.

She also offers self tape services that are convenient, thorough, and professional. Scheduling is easy, turnaround is quick, and prices are reasonable. If you are a serious actor in Chicago, I highly recommend them.

DEMO REELS

Ready to take control of your footage? Grab a spot!
Demo Camp (On Location!)
Demo Camp (On Location!)
6 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Apr 20, 2024, 8:00 AM CDT
Chicago,
2424 W Montrose Ave Unit W, Chicago, IL 60618, USA

SERVICES

01

If you're new to on-camera acting, start with Tier One. You'll learn the basics of film acting (even if you're a great theater actor) and give yourself the best possible foundation for acting for the screen.

Tier One Classes
  • Acting Foundations

  • Audition Foundations

  • Camera Foundations

  • Teen Audition for Camera

Class Tiers

To help you find the best class for you, all our classes are broken into three tiers based on training level and experience. If you have questions about which class is right for you, please get in touch!

Note: If you choose to enroll in a tier II or tier III class prior to consulting with The Forge Team for approval, and you are not qualified for that level,  we cannot process refunds or shift your enrollment to another class at no cost. Please get in touch with any questions or concerns.

02

If you have been acting professionally for 2+ years or you're a recent graduate looking to continue your training, push your camera technique, and work more specifically on your craft, Tier Two is for you. 

Tier Two Classes
  • Commercial Auditioning

  • Audition for Film & TV

  • Acting for Camera

03

Tier 3 is for advanced actors who are working (auditioning or booking) consistently who are looking for hyper-specific, supplemental training to maintain or hone their skills. 

Note: Students who sign up for Advanced Classes are often required to audition at the teacher's discretion. 

Tier Three Classes
  • Advanced Audition Technique

  • Advanced Camera Technique

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