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Audition Power - The Basics
Getting the Part: Monologues & Cold Reading

August 26th - October 14th Thursdays
7:00pm - 9:00pm
8 Weeks

Each and every actor embarking on a career in the performing arts will need to master the art of cold reading, and monologue presentation.  Virtually every audition you go to will require one or the other, and often times both!  This workshop is designed to develop both of these essential skills so that you have an edge over the competition on every audition.

Cold Reading

You go out on an audition and have been given almost no information about what you'll be reading.  Someone puts a brand new script in your hand and tells you that you have only minutes to prepare.  This is the infamous, nerve-racking Cold Reading audition, many an actor's worst nightmare!  But it doesn't have to be!  Mastering cold reading just takes some technique, a little know-how, and practice under the guidance of a skilled instructor.

Master important cold reading skills, including

-How to quickly break down and understand a new script
-Making decisions on the fly
-Emotional preparation
-Creating circumstances and objectives to deepen your character
-Creating a relationship with your audition partner
-Committing to the part

The ability to cold read new scripts is an ABSOLUTE MUST for any serious actor.  It not only sets you apart from the competition, but also increases your chances of giving a standout audition.


If you aren't required to do a cold reading at your audition, you'll need to be prepared to deliver a dynamic monologue.  Not just any monologue, but one that you've polished and perfected, which showcases the best of your acting abilities.  It's vital that an actor knows a diverse selection of monologues which he or she can be ready to perform at the drop of a hat.

Actors in this workshop will work on two contrasting contemporary of classical pieces.  You can show up with monologue pieces of your own which you would like to work on and perfect, or you can choose to have the instructor pick audition pieces that sell you best as an actor based on your character type, age range and branding.


Any actor who takes this workshop will have a huge advantage in their career, and are much more likely to win any audition they go on!

To ensure the health and safety of our students during the Covid-19 pandemic, space in this program is limited right now to no more than six participants.  Make the decision to be serious about your career and book a spot for yourself before the workshop is full!

Edward Dennis Fogell - Artistic Director/Instructor

Received his training from such renowned institutions and acting coaches as Ted Liss School of Drama/Chicago, Victory Gardens/Chicago, CES/Los Angeles, Michael Shurtleff/New York, Geoffrey Conners and David Perry, Royal Academy of Dramatic arts/London, to name a few. Ed recently completed co-staring in "Word Alive" with Matthew McConhaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Selleck plus he has been cast as a series regular in a new Netflix series to be shot here in Chicago later this year.   Some past television credits include the NBC soap opera "Generations", "Lady Blue", "Crime Stories", and "Unsolved Mysteries." He recreated the historic 40s-50s mob figure "Willie Bioff" in "The Projection Racket" for the BBC. Feature film credits also include "Time Was," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award & LA Telly Award winner "It Takes A Lot Of Light To Make A City," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Award winning "Last Days In Chicago," the indie gem "Sitting On The Fence," Co-Starred in the action feature thriller, "Dead Air," plus countless stage productions including "Lt. Weinberg" in "A Few Good Men." Some of you out there in the industrial, audio/visual markets probably already know Ed, or at least have seen his rugged exterior in many corporate, training films & commercials for the Motorola Corps, Sears, RCA, National Safety Council, and national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines,  Kellogg & Miller's Lite Beer, to name few.

Ed has directed numerous theatre productions, features & made-for-television films, including,"Paradise Lost, Paradise Found". "In The Air Tonight" and "Detective Story", produced, directed and performed in many musical variety shows through out the United States, which includes the "Arie Crown theatre," "The Park West" and "Civic Opera House" here in Chicago and on the international set, musical show revue in Hawaii, Japan, Korea and the Republic of China. Helped co-found the "Screen Actors Academy" in La Jolla, CA. Ed frequently serves as a judge and Chairman of the judges in the "Miss Teenage Illinois," "Miss Illinois" and "Mrs. Illinois" beauty pageants.

Finally we would also like to mention that Mr. Fogell is on the board of directors at Complete Video & Film Productions as well as president of Worldwide Entertainment. Ed possesses a refreshingly honest, no nonsense approach to the method, coupled with an unequaled passionate affection for the actors he coaches and commitment to helping them fulfill their dreams.

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