Sage Studio

  

 

Sage Studio offers the ultimate learning experience for anyone interested in the world of theatre. All classes are led by working professional actors, directors, and designers (including those from Raue Center’s award-winning Williams Street Repertory) who offer advice and insight into the fast-paced and ever-changing professional theatre landscape, giving students a chance to make important connections and learn from the best. All classes have a maximum class size of 16 students, to ensure personal attention and a hands-on experience. We offer a wide variety of classes in acting, musical theatre, and theatre production, so there’s truly something for every student to explore their passion and build their skills. Our students have gone on to pursue their careers at top colleges and universities, and appear in productions across Chicagoland—including right here with WSR!

 

2017-2018 Class Schedule

  • MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP 
    Monday-Friday mornings, 9 AM-12:30 PMJuly 10-27 SOLD OUT!
    Ages 14-18
    Tuition: $255*
    Ever dream of a career in musical theatre?  This is the workshop for you!  Sage Studio is proud to once again present its popular signature workshop: a three-week intensive musical theatre program for students ages 14-18, led by Sage Studio program manager Amanda Flahive--who's appeared in 22 shows as an original ensemble member of Williams Street Repertory, the in-house professional theatre company at Raue Center for the Arts. Students will explore all aspects of classic and modern musical theatre, with a focus on the three core performance disciplines unique to the genre--acting, singing, and dance.  With special sessions on audition technique, improvisation, movement and vocal health, as well as guest instructors including veterans of the Chicago and New York theatre scene, this class is a true immersive experience for young performers, helping them to develop as artists and young theatre professionals--and a must for any student with plans to pursue a theatre career.  This workshop culminates in a showcase of songs and scenes on the stage of the Raue Center for the Arts!
  • PREREQUISITES: Students must exhibit an appreciation and aptitude for musical theatre. Students are also required to submit a video audition of a musical theatre song (no more than three minutes)--this can be accompanied or a capella. If unable to submit a video, please contact Kate Wilford at kwilford@rauecenter.org to schedule an in-person audition.

 

  • JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
    Monday-Friday, 1-4 PM
    Ages 7-10: Aug 7-11 
    Ages 11-14: Aug 7-11
    Tuition: $150*

    Back for another sure to sell out class in the Sage Studio Junior series, introducing young students to the exciting world of musical theatre performance. In this one week program, instructors will focus on all aspects of acting, movement, dance, and vocal technique to give students a glimpse into the craft of this vibrant art form, foster their creativity and talent, and help them develop as young performers. The class culminates in a showcase for friends and family!

    PREREQUISITES: None.

Registration deadline is July 7.

FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

  • MONOLOGUE BOOTCAMP FOR ACTORS: PART OF SAGE STUDIO BOOTCAMP SERIES
    Sept. 9-30 | Saturday afternoons, 1-3 PM
    Ages 14-18
    Tuition:

    Before an actor can hit the stage in that starring role, they usually play on a smaller stage in the audition room--all by themselves--and the perfect piece for the actor often helps seal the deal. In this four-week course for teen actors, Sage Studio takes a deep dive into one of the most often-requested genres for auditions of all sorts--the monologue. With a focus on making bold choices, character analysis, and learning practical strategies for making the moment come alive onstage - and led by a staff of working theatre professionals--this class will explore pieces from both classical and contemporary literature, and help students build their repertoire with show-stopping new material for all sorts of audition scenarios. This class culminates in a showcase for industry professionals, including representatives from Williams Street Repertory, the in-house professional theatre company at Raue Center for the Arts.
    PREREQUISITES: Age limit is 14-18. Students must exhibit an appreciation and aptitude for theatre. Students are also required to submit a video audition of a monologue from a play or musical. If unable to submit a video, please contact Kate Wilford at kwilford@rauecenter.org to schedule an audition.
     
  • READY, SET, ACT! ACTING FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
    Part of Sage Studio Junior
    Ages 7-8: September 19-October 24 | 4:30pm-5:30pm (Tuesdays)
    Ages 9-10: September 21-October 26 | 4:30pm-5:30pm (Thursdays)
    Ages 11-12: September 19-October 24 | 4:30pm-5:30pm (Tuesdays)
    Ages 13-14: September 21-October 26 | 4:30pm-5:30pm (Thursdays)
    Tuition: $150

    Sage Studio Junior, our series of classes for performers ages 7-14, offers a curricular approach to theatre education with the unique small-class studio approach that is Sage Studio’s signature—with all of our classes led by working industry professionals.  Our fall series is an introduction to the craft of acting that will use theatre games and creative play techniques to help bring students out of their shells and into the bright lights of the stage, and teach them the basics of theatre. In classes tailored to the unique needs of each age group, our staff of working theatre professionals offer individualized attention and encouragement as students hone their skills and learn tips and tricks from the best--and help give your family's "dramatic personality" a place to shine.  Each session will culminate in a performance on the Raue Center stage!
    PREREQUISITES: None.

Registration deadline for ALL fall workshops is September 11.

 Click here to download a PDF of our latest Class Schedule!


*Financial aid available for all Sage classes!

Contact Kate Wilford at kwilford@rauecenter.org for more information on this program.
 
Family Discount: if a family has multiple students enrolled in Sage Studio courses, we offer a multi-student discount--the first child is enrolled at full price with any additional children at $50 each! Contact us for more information. 
Multi-child discount: Multiple students from the same family can qualify for our multi-child discount of $150 for the first child and $50 for each additional child.
Referral Discount: If a student registers for their first Sage Studio class and lists a current Sage Studio student who referred them, both students receive $10 off their registration fee. Contact us for more information. (Please note this is a one-time discount, and not valid for students in the same family.)
 
TO REGISTER: Visit http://rauecenter.org/sage-studio-reservation-request-form/ to fill out forms online, or contact Kate at kwilford@rauecenter.org. Audition materials should be submitted to Kate directly via email.

Class Descriptions

ADVANCED ACTING WORKSHOP

Ages 15-18

Join us for a 2-day intensive acting workshop where students will get the chance to delve into what makes acting a "process".  Explore the multiple elements and aspects of acting ranging from: trust, discovery, honesty, exploration, connection, and much more.  Advanced Acting is comprised of numerous exercises, which will culminate into a full ensemble assignment and have your students walk away with tools to allow them to nail those auditions!

TRIPLE THREAT: Auditioning for Musical Theatre

Ages 15-18

Back by popular demand, this advanced workshop for teen performers is designed to hone audition skills in the three key musical theatre performance areas—acting, singing and dance—and ends with an audition opportunity for industry professionals!

SHOWTUNE STYLES: from R&B to Rock-N-Roll

Ages 15-18

This fun workshop for teen singers focuses on the ever-changing world of musical theatre song styles--where students will study “classical” and “contemporary” repertoire, and put their knowledge into practice by learning and performing songs from each era. Perfect for students prepping for college entrance auditions, this class culminates in a recital for friends and family!

STOLEN SCENES: scene study for young actors

Ages 15-18

For an actor, nailing that big audition is only half the battle--the real challenge comes once rehearsals begin and you start to work on that big scene.  With this in mind, Sage Studio once again offers this four-week course for high school actors focused on the craft of scene study.  Students will work in small groups on scenes from contemporary plays, with a focus on making bold choices, character analysis, and learning practical strategies for making the moment come alive onstage--and making that moment a show-stopper!  The workshop culminates in a showcase of prepared scenes for friends and family.

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

Ages 14-18

Our signature workshop is back for its fourth year and more popular than ever—a three-week intensive musical theatre program for students ages 14-18, culminating in a showcase of songs and scenes on the stage of the Raue Center for the Arts! 

NO HOLDS BARD:  Shakespeare & Swords

Ages 14 – 18

Sage Studio is proud to present No Holds Bard, a class devoted to teaching the basics of Shakespearean language through the fundamentals of hand-to-hand stage combat and classical rapier swordplay.  By using tested vocal and physical exercises to unlock and demystify Shakespeare’s text, students will learn how to safely conduct themselves to depict realistic stage violence; “suiting the Action to the word, the word to the Action”.  Students will learn basic falls, tumbles, punches, and grabs as well as how to safely and effectively thrust, parry, and slash with stage worthy steel swords. 

READY FOR MY CLOSE UP: Acting for the camera.

Ages 7-18

Our on-camera acting class is designed to give young actors the skills and insights into working in front of the camera for commercials, television and film. In this new class students learn commercial audition techniques in a one-on-one style where our professional and industry-working instructor prepares the students for professional-style auditions and work environment. 

JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

SAGE JR PROGRAM: Ages 7-14

This summer we offer a new class in our Sage Studio Junior series, introducing young students to the exciting world of musical theatre performance. In this one-week program, instructors will focus on all aspects of acting, movement, dance, and vocal technique to give students a glimpse into the craft of this vibrant art form, foster their creativity and talent, and help them develop as young performers. The class culminates in a showcase for friends and family!

BROADWAY BOUND: MUSICAL THEATRE FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS

SAGE JR PROGRAM: Ages 7-14

 Sage Studio Junior is proud to offer a class for the young “triple threat,” or for any kid who’s been wanting to try their hand at the exciting and vibrant art of musical theatre! This introduction to musical theatre will teach kids all about the process of creating a character, vocal technique and unique choreography combinations along with theatre games to stretch those creativity muscles—and help build the confidence they need to chase those big dreams and take the stage by storm in their next production. Parents will be able to observe the final class to see their young stars strut their stuff!

READY, SET, ACT!: Acting for young performers

SAGE JR PROGRAM: Ages 7-14

Do you have a dramatic personality in your family that's looking for a stage?  We've got a class for them!  This introduction to the craft of acting will use theatre games and creative play techniques to help bring students out of their shells and into the bright lights of the stage, and teach them the basics of theatre. Parents will be able to observe the last class and see the hard work come to life!

Additional Information

 

 

PRE-REQUISITES and APPLICATION DEADLINES vary for each workshop, please click here for the most up-to-date information & registration form.

 

TUITION AND PAYMENT POLICY: Class tuition is $100 (unless otherwise noted). Payment is due within 14 days of receipt of the notification of acceptance or the position will not be held for the student. Financial aid and scholarships are available on a case-by-case evaluation.

SPECIAL OFFER: Refer a friend and you both get $10 off tuition! (certain restrictions may apply)

To register for classes, please contact Kate Wilford at 815.356.9010 or email kwilford@rauecenter.org.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Raue Center and Sage Studio affirmatively seek to attract to its faculty, staff and student body persons of diverse backgrounds and pursuant to this policy, no applicant for admission or applicant for employment is discriminated against because of race, sex, color, religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Raue Center assumes no medical expenses for its students. All students must have medical insurance coverage either through their parents or through an outside party.

GUARDIANS: Please inform us of any special needs or attention your student requires.

Thank you to ComEd and The Foglia Family Foundation for making Sage Studio possible.
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