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Improv for Actors

$290.00* for 8 weeks

New Class begins June 21st

8-week session
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning the art of Improv can be a fantastic compliment to your acting skills, helping you to loosen up and appear more natural while performing, feel more confident during auditions, be more willing to take risks, and be more open to direction.

In this class students will use Improvisation as a way to explore and clarify the craft of Acting.

With this foundation in place you will get to unleash your creative imaginations, intelligence and wit to create your own short stories and scenarios starring you, in characters created by you, and directed by you!

 The class will culminate in a performance that will be recorded, and then featured on the new performing arts talk show, "Late Night Chicago."

Mary Reynard was trained by, and team taught with, legendary Improvisation guru, Del Close. 

This class promises to be enlightening, challenging and Fun!

Space in this class is limited, so reserve your seat today!

*15% discount available to all students currently enrolled in our Acting As A Craft program!

For refund & cancelation policy, read our F.A.Q. section.

Mary Beth Liss

Mary Reynard

Mary studied with, and subsequently taught with, legendary Chicago teachers, Ted Liss (whom she married) and Del Close of Second City fame. In London she studied with and befriended Geoffrey Conners, vocal coach of the National Theatre of Great Britain and David Parry of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also studied Opera with Norman Gulbrenson at Northwestern University and Gisela Goettling at the American Conservatory of Music where Mary was chosen as one of their top 10 students and went on to create and teach musical comedy workshops for them.

She is fluent in classical theatre and vocal technique as well as the naturalist schools of thought such as Method, Meisner and Linklater.  She has performed all styles of theatre and was given her SAG card by icon Joanne Woodward in Ms. Woodward's directorial debut for PBS.

 Mary has been coaching, acting and directing in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years.  Most recently she has directed acclaimed productions of "MACBETH" for Roundhouse Theater Company, "A BODY OF WATER" for Redtwist theatre and the World Premier of "THE BOYS IN THE BASEMENT" for 2nd Act Players.

 She has produced and directed many documentary pieces for television including one used by Jerry Brown for his Presidential Campaign, CHRIS Radio at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.  She has also done voice-over work for Harvard University and The Oriental Institute of Chicago.

 Mary has taught scene study classes and Shakespeare Seminars at THE CHICAGO ACTOR’S STUDIO and has recently returned to continue her collaboration with us.   She is a REDTWIST THEATRE COMPANY member where she has Directed and acted as Vocal Coach for their Resident Company as well as running their Actor's Workshop.  She also trains actors in Improvisation for the University of Illinois. Mary can be seen performing as Winnie Thompson in the I BINGE TV Series FAMILY VALUES.

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