KIDS CLASSES

Small classes for actors age 7-17 at The Forge

Starting acting education early is a great way to build confidence, communication, and creativity with kids. We offer two courses at The Forge to help focus young actors' skills and interests in small group environments. 

We offer payment plans and one scholarship per session. Please get in touch with us for questions on either. 

Ground Floor Acting Academy
Imagination Creation
Meet the Teacher

GROUND FLOOR

13-WEEK ACTING ACADEMY & SHOWCASE

Day of the Week // 10 student limit// $400 

Our 13-week program covers a little bit of everything to introduce young actors to the industry. Not only will students learn how to create characters and the stepping stones of acting, but they'll also learn commercial auditioning, creating their own work through scenes, how to audition for film and television 

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Weeks 1-3     

Learning about actor tools that we have within us- body, voice, imagination, and how we utilize those. Work on commercial copy and Disney/Nick scenes*- exploring how we create a character through text analysis of these scripts. 

Weeks 4-6

Focusing on auditions for these 3 weeks, we will explore different scenarios of auditioning. Commercial auditions including improvisation, TV- a comedy pilot* and a network drama*, and Indie film*.  

Weeks 7-9

We will create our own characters from the ground up. With these characters, we will create a monologue for them- think SNL or the 5-minute auditions with iO for SNL which are all character creation. How do we use those actor tools and the nuance of on-camera acting we have learned to develop these characters and what they want? 

We will also partner up to develop a short sketch scene that is centered around truth and relationship. This section gives advocacy over to the actors to create their own content.

Weeks 10-12

Working with casting and guest directors! Actors will pick their favorite thing they have worked on in class so far to do mock auditions with casting professionals and professional Chicago directors. One week could include receiving new material the day before class and bringing that in for an audition (which happens all of the time in the real world). 

Week 13: Showcase

In this class, we will be taping some of our material- including a commercial, created character monologue or scene, and more dramatic TV/Film scene. These will be crafted to send out to talent agencies if you so choose! If you already have an agent, this could be great content for a website, or to share with your agent to show them your new skills/range and that you now know how to create your own content!

Parent Check-In

After the showcase, Shaina will send parents a follow-up email with recommendations on the next steps for training for students. 

Families are welcome to schedule a free 15m consultation with Shaina after the feedback email to ask questions. 

GROUP ONE
  • Ages 7-10 years old

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GROUP TWO
  • Ages 11-15 years old

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IMAGINATION CREATION

6-WEEK CREATIVE PRODUCING COURSE

A great way to get young minds working is to help them create their own scenes and monologues and then give them to tools to act them! That's exactly what this six-week class does. Shaina will work with students to devise ideas for their monologues and scenes, help them write them, then work with them to act those scenes out. 

MEET THE TEACHER

ACTOR SHAINA SCHROOTEN

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