Improv for Actors
$290.00* for 8 weeks
begins June 21st
|7:00pm - 9:00pm
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
The class will culminate in a performance that will be recorded,
and then featured on the new performing arts talk show, "Late Night
Mary Reynard was trained by, and team taught with, legendary
Improvisation guru, Del Close.
This class promises to be enlightening, challenging and Fun!
this class is limited, so reserve your seat today!
*15% discount available to all students currently enrolled in our Acting As A Craft
For refund & cancelation policy, read our F.A.Q. section.
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