6th - 12th Grade

pooh_acting-thier-ageAuditions for The Performer’s School Fall Production at Ravinia

The Performer’s School is pleased to announce the fall production at Ravinia’s Bennet Hall stage

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Directed by Stacey Flaster
Musical Direction by Liz Fauntleroy
Choreography by Stacey Flaster and Zach Gray

ravine.org for dates and times

With Adria Dawn ~ Spring 2017

View additional films HERE

Coming Spring 2017

With the success of previous class films, “Bystander” (anti-bullying) and “Excluded”(social exclusion),  Adria Dawn will be back to collaborate with students to make a new short film that centers around a current topic facing our youth today.

Together the class will learn the process of filmmaking and on-camera film acting through the creation of a film, including writing, pre-production, casting, production and a final screening.

CLASS LOCATION Highwood Rec Dept: April 15th, 22nd, 29th   May 6th 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
SHOOT LOCATION: Lake Forest Country Day School

145 South Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Shoot Dates : May 20th & May 21st  Times 9am – 3pm

Screening June 10th @ 1pm
We will not shoot weekend of May 13th & May 14th
Topic: TBD
6th Grade – 12th grade
Cost: $525



With George Keating

Spring 2017

This intensive will explore Shakespeare and students will emerge with a better understanding and a Shakespeare monologue for future auditions. Students should wear comfortable clothes to move in, NO flip flops and NO UGG type boots. Soft tennis or dance shoes are recommended. Students may also bring a nut free snack and water bottle to class.

BE A WORKING ACTOR: script and character work


With George Keating

Winter/Spring 2017 

This intensive will help students discover meaning and depth behind script and scenes. Students please wear comfortable clothes to move in, NO flip flops and NO UGG type boots. Soft tennis or dance shoes are recommended. Students may bring a  water bottle to class.

Mondays 5:30-7:00

FIRST 7 weeks                        SECOND 7 weeks
Jan 9, 23, 30                            March 13, 20
Feb 6, 13, 27                            April 3, 17, 24
March 6                                    May 15, 22
5th-7th grade                          8th-11th grade
$250                                         $250


The Studio

With George Keating
Audition Only Class – 2nd semester audition OPEN NOW to secure an appointment email info@theperformersschool.com 

Audition Date DEC 12th from 7-8pm


This is a rigorous class for the serious and disciplined acting student. Acting skills will be taught in a setting which emphasizes group work, with an ultimate goal of performance.

Training will be physical. A high level of concentration will be necessary. The class will culminate in a minimally produced classroom performance, possibly in spring. Students will use their bodies and voices in new ways to create a personal and imaginative production celebrating the individual members that make up the selected group. Rehearsal will take place during class hours, but students will need time outside of class to memorize and review.

2nd semester registration is only for admitted students. Please visit the Register and pay link at the bottom of the page.

Spring Session Dates
January 9th – May 22nd
(No class Jan 16, Feb 20, March 27, April 10, May 1 and May 8 ) 

7:00 – 8:30 pm
7th through 12th grade ONLY
Cost: $495 (14 weeks)

What to prepare-Admittance is by audition only.
This audition is for students who are not currently enrolled in Studio.
***Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Do not wear “audition” clothes.  Comfortable dance clothing would be appropriate, but not necessary.  Athletic clothing would be appropriate.  You will break a sweat.***
I am looking for advanced actors whom I can guide to explore language and physical movement and who are willing to discover meaning beyond the superficial.
I am looking for potential, not a finished product.
This audition will be fun.  Think of it like a free acting class.  I want to see you and get to know you as a young artist.
  1. Read all 5 poems.
  2. Pick the one you like best.  Follow your gut.  I will ask you why you chose it.
  3. Look up any words you do not know or understand.
  4. Memorize the one poem that you chose.  Know it “inside and out” and “backwards and forwards” so that we can explore it in many different ways.  Say it out loud as you memorize it.
    1. During the audition workshop you will use the words of this poem over and over in many different contexts. While you must understand the poem, and know why you chose it (i.e. a feeling it gives you, an image that it brings to mind, you like the sound or the rhythm of the words themselves), I will not ask you to perform it the way you would a monologue.
    2. We will all work together in groups, so you will be saying these poems in front of others who are auditioning.
Poem #1
Far from the day
falls the night
where dreams and dark deeds
now creep into one
denying the sun
ever knew them
Poem #2
Though round and round
you are bound to go
confused and worn
the day has come
to finally hear
your truth
Poem #3
Do not fear
your light rising
as your shadow wanes
Until you know 
what longing lies
beneath your soul
you won’t let flow
your destiny
Poem #4
You are ready
and you know the way
You feel the moment join~
lives in motion
souls are met
actions lap
against a net
of time
Poem #5
Waiting is not easy
but wait is what I do
day to night
year to year
waking only
by his light

The Bloody Truth! A Parent Workshop of Child Actors At Any Age

“This should be a required class for every parent with a child in the acting world!”
Parent Testimonial 

Fall Session 2016

With George Keating 

George Keating is donating his time to help parents gain a thorough understanding of the acting world; the pros, the cons and what to expect if your child wants to pursue this professionally now or in the future.  This is also highly recommended for parents who currently have a student in ANY of our performance groups: Acapella, Ensemble or Studio. Parents in past workshops appreciate George’s very candid, honest approach to this subject. Bring all of your questions and concerns.


$25 Suggested Donation