9:30        Registration/Parent Meeting/Improv Exercises and Games

10:00    Improv, Directing and Highlighting your Cast. Director Basics – Telling a Story Onstage, Voice Acting, Creating Character Through Voice

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By CHRISITINE GATTO HECKMAN – Actress, Professor, Director, Teacher

Christine is an adjunct instructor of theatre at Dominican University, where she has taught a variety of theatre courses and directed mainstage productions within the department. A member of SAG/ AFTRA, Christine’s training includes a BFA in Theatre with Honors from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as a professional actress for 15 years with many theatres in the Chicago area.

11:00   Writing and Becoming your Masterpiece on Stage – By Ron Keaton

How do you create a coherent storyline arc when you as you write or develop a character? Own the process so that you can succeed and grow as a writer and on stage.

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Ron has been dazzling audiences for years.  This Chicago Equity Actor has shown his versatility as a veteran actor and songster. His latest work as a playwright and one-man-show is Churchill, has toured with critical acclaim and lengthy stays in New York and First Folio.  Whispers to the Moon, another written, one-man production that transports the audience to the world of a hobo musing on life. Ron is known throughout Chicago and Indiana for his theater presence, particularly his role in The Christmas Schooner.

12:00    ~ Sack Lunch (No hard-boiled eggs, please – allergy)

12:30    Stand Up Comedy  – Creating your stand up routine to your audience demographic.

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MIKE STRICKER – Stand up Comedian, Actor

Mike Stricker is a comedian of 5 plus years originally from Berwyn, IL.  He performs all over the country and in 2017 performs from Michigan to Hawaii!  He is the opener for MTV’s Jackass live, but his material is catered to his audience, and he does everything from bar shows to church shows.  He’s also worked with comedians including: Pauly Shore, Mark Curry (Hanging With Mr. Cooper), Brian Posehn, Creed Bratton from NBC’s The Office, and many more.

Mike just finished filming his first movie “Canal Street” where he plays a lawyer that will be in theaters in winter of 2017.  He’s been a finalist in several comedy contests around the Midwest including Make Me Laugh St. Louis in 2015 and the Jukebox Comedy Tournament in Peoria, IL as well.  He’s had several tweets featured on Comedy Central’s award winning @Midnight show.

Mike’s high level of enthusiasm, positive attitude, and interesting perspectives paired with impressions and life experiences make his show fun for all who watch it.  You can catch Mike all over the country or locally catch him producing and performing in shows at the Brookfield Elks.

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  1:30     Vocal Fun and Mastery 


By KEANON KYLESKeanon Kyles opera sceneA  Performing Artist at the Lyric Opera, Vocal Teacher,  and Columbia College Graduate, Keanon also has toured Italy and performed in Scotland in one of the lead roles in La Boheme, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall.   His passion for authentic performance is truly impactful.


2:30     Stage Combat and Choreography – Tristan Hall

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By TRISTAN HALL. Tristin is a born and raised Chicagoan and Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD. Currently, Tristin is working towards getting certified in Intimacy Direction and becoming a Certified Teacher with the SAFD. She fell in love with Stage Combat Sophmore year of school at Columbia College where she worked with Fight Master David Woolley, CT and Master Teacher (BASSC) John McFarland, CT David Yondorf, and CT and Intimacy Coordinator Rachel Flesher. Since then Tristin has traveled around the country interning and attending various SAFD workshops- last summer her adventures took her to London where she interned for the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat National Workshop. She is an actor and choreographer around Chicago, one of the founding members of Point Theatre Project, and creator of Gladiator Fight Night- an event where stage combatants compete as gladiators to see who will win the favor of the crowd and the Emperor for the evening.

Recent choreography credits include: Human Resources (Theatre Evolve), Assisted Sam Hubbard with Yen (Raven Theater) and Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Timeline Theater), Some Like it Red and Munsterspiel (The Plagiarists), assisted Rachel Flesher with Sickle (Red Theater), and numerous projects at Columbia College. Acting Credits include Lisa in Falling (Interrobang Theater), Carrie in Carrie and Francine (Haven Theater), Jo-Jo  the Bald Faced Liar in Dog Act (Columbia College), and Phineas in A Separate Peace (Point Theatre Project).  Thanks to the family, friends, and mentors who have been there every step of the way!  https://pointtheatreproject.com/


3:30   Creativity in Careers – How do you take your stage skills and ingenuity into the workforce. What skills transfer for potential careers? What is day-time news production like? 


SUZIEMUNSON, Daytime TV Producer

Suzie has to be quick on the draw, specializes in unscripted show productions such as Steve Harvey, Windy City Live, Judge Mathis, Judge Pirro, Judge Joe Brown. Emmy winning and nominated. She has worked with Walt Disney Television, CBS, did casting for Chicagolicious, and loves her freelance career.


or 3:30   Building Scenes, Creating Stage Chemistry and Pacing. Physicality, Stage Chemistry, Character, and Relationship Development, Personalizing a Well Known Role, and Monologue Timing, Audition Tricks

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By FELICIA PFLUGER – Empathy Movement Creator, LATTE Founder, Producer, Artistic Director

A Chicago playwright, Felicia has also acted, directed and produced theater for over 25 years. Felicia counts herself blessed to have founded, developed and shaped LATTE since 2009 to bring socio-emotional growth and collaborative leadership development to the forefront on and off stage.

Felicia’s Pfluger Empathy Movement Method” develops actresses and actors holistically utilizing socio-emotional facets, physiological awareness and empathy-building while protecting the psyche. With a varied background in theater, dance, song, writing, script and ghostwriting, Felicia enjoys empowering teens in LATTE to challenge themselves through full length, professional counseling and education, stage works and personal and professional development – all while having a lot of fun in the process!

She has written numerous stage works including: Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Much Ado About Nothing, and Little Women. Her original works include The Porch Light and Dearest Soldier, Love in War.

4:30     Stress Management, Neutral & Strengthening Body Postures, Yoga Neutral body postures, Relaxation Techniques , Commanding your Body.

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25660415_1986287151398116_4062918079372555432_nBy DONNA PRENTA

Donna is a RYT500 Yoga teacher. She has been a student of Yoga for over 20 years, with a passion for the mind-body connection. Through the practice of Yoga profound healing occurs. For over 8 years Donna has shared her intelligence, gentleness, and compassion with students in her classes. Her youngest student was born with Down Syndrome.

Donna has a special gift for working with special needs. She has also received a certification of intuition under the direction of Dr. Christine Page. (N.I.C.A.B.M.) 2001-2005. Her Sankalpa (intention), for students is to “ignite the spark” that lives in each soul.    http://gardenofyoga.net/about_us.html

Presenting: Neutral body postures, Relaxation techniques , Commanding your Body.

5:00     Placement Auditions (if interested)

Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, yoga mat, the completed forms below, and your enthusiasm!

$35 for the day. $150 Tuition for show season.

Register Online Here

Note: Parents are required to attend the first 15 minutes of the workshop, even if the forms are filled out.

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LATTE Group Placement is based upon audition. Sign up for a Saturday, September 8th placement audition, after our Professional Acting Workshop. 708-655-0989

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