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in Person and Virtual classes

Content is the same for in-person and virtual classes.

  • Virtual classes are arranged from Level 1- Level 9 because they are 1.5 - 2 hours in length to reduce screen fatigue.

 

  • In-person students must show proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask during class as mandated by the city of Chicago.

 

  • ​Live in-person classes are from Level 1- Level 5 and 2.5 - 3 hours in length.

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In person classes

 Level 1 - Learning To Play In The Now

In Level One, Players learn the basic do’s and don’ts of the art form of improvisation. The first term begins with basic principles of improvisation that help players survive “in the now” on stage. Players will learn skills that help them thrive on stage by learning about the character of the space. 

Participants must show proof of Vaccination and wear a mask during class.

As mandated by the City of Chicago, participants must show proof of Vaccination and wear a mask during 8-week class except when onstage.

Class Dates: June 8th - June 27th

Location: mHub Chicago - 965 W Chicago, IL 60642

Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Instructor: David Murphy
Price: $300

In person classes

 Level 2 - Explore The Past, Present, & Future

Our Level Two term is all about exploring the multiple dimensions of theatre. Players have the tools to live fully in the now, while exploring their past and future, and what's beyond the immediate "where" of the scene. Players also learn how to present multiple scenes at one time, and travel between them.

As mandated by the City of Chicago, participants must show proof of Vaccination and wear a mask during 8 week class.

Class Dates: Febuary 14 - April 4th

Location: mHub Chicago - 965 W Chicago, IL 60642

Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Instructor: David Murphy
Price: $300

Virtual classes

 Level 3 - Explore The Past, Present, & Future

This level is all about exploring the multiple dimensions of theatre. Players have the tools to live fully in the now, while exploring their past and future, and what's beyond the immediate "where" of the scene. Players also learn how to present multiple scenes at one time, and travel between them.

Students can miss no more than one class. No refunds once classes begin.

Class Dates: Wednesdays, Jan 12 - Feb 2

Time: 7PM - 8:30PM CST
Instructor: Doug Voegtle
Price: $150

Virtual classes

 Level 7 - How to Build a Story

Players learn 9 ways to end a scene including switch and surprise endings. We explore scenes based in reality that transform into a fantasy, and how to explore situations where characters think they are communicating, but they are not.

Students can miss no more than one class. No refunds once classes begin.

Class Dates: May 25 - June 22 (4 Weeks)

Time: 7PM - 8:30PM CST
Instructor: Doug Voegtle
Price: $150

Virtual classes

Level 8 - Refining & Directing Scenes

Players explore scenes in multiple points of view, how to create scenes of confrontation, seduction and negotiation, and how to revise and repeat a scene while keeping their performance fresh and in the moment. 

Students can miss no more than one class. No refunds once classes begin.

Class Dates:

June 29 - July 27 (NO class July 20) (4 Weeks)

Time: 7PM - 8:30PM CST
Instructor: Doug Voegtle
Price: $150

Virtual classes

 Level 9 - Theatrical Styles: Comedy & Drama

Players learn about the four sources of humor, parody and satire, as well as comedy structures like scene of simple misunderstanding and inappropriate behavior. We explore how to create serious and serious-comic scenes. Students perform a "solo" scene where they play multiple characters. 

Students can miss no more than one class. No refunds once classes begin.

Class Dates: August 3 - August 24 (4 Weeks)

Time: 7PM - 8:30PM CST
Instructor: Doug Voegtle
Price: $150

Masters workshop

 In-Person - Saturday, August 20, 2022
Audition Scene Study with David Murphy

David Murphy has been a casting director for films, tv, and commercials in Chicago for over 20 years. In this workshop, we'll explore: 

  

Solo Scenes 

2 Person Scenes 

Both lines and MOS. 

Cold Reading  

Q & A about the business. Bring your questions.  

  

We'll examine how to look at a commercial scene, character and colors to bring to a script. When Improv within a scripted scene will be necessary.  

David will focus on you and your work to give specific, individual direction. 

As mandated by the City of Chicago, participants must show proof of Vaccination and should feel free to wear a mask during the workshop. (Currently, the City of Chicago does not require a mask be worn.)

Instructor: David has been a teacher, coach, and casting director for over 30 years. He’s worked with Players Workshop, in casting with O’Connor Casting, and is co-founder of The Green Room Studio. Any questions, david@playersworkshop.com )

Time: 10AM - 2PM

Class Date: August 20, 2022
Price: $150

LocationMHub 965 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642 (Both lot and street parking)

Corporate workshops

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 Learning Environment Commitment

 

Players Workshop is dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental learning environment for our students and teachers. If you’re doing it right, you’ll find out some truths about yourself and the world at large that may surprise you. This can lead to feeling vulnerable, which is why we maintain a safe space for students to work in. We steadfastly believe in creating a space of unconditional and universal acceptance for everyone as they choose to define themselves. However, we will enforce a zero tolerance for exclusionary or threatening behavior (physical or verbal) of any kind. Basically, be nice. We’re all just astronauts on a rock that’s floating through space…so be nice!