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Welcome to the Chicago Actors Studio

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 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 winner, Geraldine Page, for the film, “The Trip to Bountiful” etc, Billy Campbell, TV series, “Crime Stories”, starring in the Disney film, “The Rocketeer” etc., Robert Urich, starring in the TV series “Spencer For Hire” & TV series “The Lazarus Man”, Academy Award nominee, Virginia Madsen and many many more.  Following his death in 1992, former student of Ted Liss, Edward Dennis Fogell, now with countless credits of his own, picked up the staff and carried Ted's teachings and legacy forward with The Chicago Actors Studio, cultivating many more, fine professionals of the arts.


Learn all about our main acting program, designed for everyone, from beginners to advanced professionals.  These classes feature individual attention and training that's tailor made to fit YOUR needs as a performer.

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Can't make it into the studio?
 This class is now available online!

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In-person classes are now open again!


Artistic Director, Edward Dennis Fogell, being a US army veteran, is pleased to announce, he will be extending classes to all wounded veterans and all immediate family members of soldiers that have been killed-in-action defending our great country, completely free of charge.  For all of our brave men and women that have served, we will also institute a military discount of fifty percent (that's $174.50) off classes for all veterans and first responders. AND 75 percent (that's $261.75) off for training here to any veteran that has served overseas in the past eighteen months prior to registration.

It is one small step we can take to show our deep gratitude to these great heroes that risked their lives for our freedom. It is important to note that studying the craft of acting is not just beneficial for those with a desire to enter a profession in the performing arts, but it also involves cultivating tools useful in other industries and professions, which includes honing creative and communication skills, not to mention having therapeutic value for certain disorders to include PTSD.

Our hope is to contribute in some small way by giving these courageous patriots, support that they need and deserve, welcoming them back with gracious open arms, showing our appreciation for their service and that they are not alone in all this chaos as well. We are here for them at The Chicago Actors Studio.


The Chicago Actors Studio offers their support to Ukrainian refugees during this time of crisis.

Learn how you can help!

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Upcoming events and workshops


Acting for Kids & Teens (Age 8-17)

Saturdays, beginning June 4th

free voice

Free Voice and Movement Workshop

Friday, June 24th at 7:00pm

ear prompter

Ear Prompter Technique
The Actor's Secret Best Friend!

Thursdays at 4:00pm
Start Date: June 30th

On-Camera Audition

Audition Technique:
On-Camera & Self Taping

Thursdays at 7:00pm
Start Date: June 30th

Click here to learn more about our online classes

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