On Camera Acting with Samuel Hunt

iO Theater - Opening Room

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Opening Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60622
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Opening Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60622

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What's Included

Think of the first moment you get an audition: The emotions, the inspiration, the excitement-the thoughts of all that could be! Well, if you’re anything like me, then you also know how quickly all this positivity can evaporate and be replaced by fear, anxiety and tension. In my experience, most of us actors love performing, but dread auditions. The reason why: we don’t prepare to succeed; we prepare to avoid failing. This is not our fault it is a failure of the system. Most of us have been taught that in order to succeed, you have to get it RIGHT. But the wonderful reality of acting is that there is no RIGHT. There is only the truth. If you want to work consistently then you have to be consistent (when auditioning and when you’re working), and the only way to be consistent is by finding and developing a system that works for you. In my class you will learn how to incorporate what you already know into a step by step system that asks questions, digests meaning, and attacks material without judgment. In developing your own process, you will find the consistency and freedom you need to do inspiring work every time and rediscover the joy of discovery. This class is not about MY system for doing your best work, it's about finding YOURS both on camera and in life. Brass tacks: Actors work on-camera every class and will receive footage for review. Learn and develop personalized step by step scene breakdown worksheet. Introduction to goal setting systems for making real professional progress. Must be paid in full before the 1st class. Registration is non refundable. Once enrolled, you will not be able to drop and use the credit toward future classes. Please make sure you can attend before you register. You can transfer your enrollment to someone else.

About This Organizer

Founded in 1981, iO (Formerly ImprovOlympic) is the world famous flashpoint of comic creativity that spawned an entire generation of America’s best and brightest entertainers. Over 5000 people have trained and performed at iO’s Chicago and Los Angeles theaters, including some of the most recognizable names in show business; Mike Myers, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and many, many more.

Charna Halpern held a belief that improv was capable of more than the short games and competition-style shows that dominated the scene through the 1970s. It was then that she met legendary director and improv luminary Del Close. Their shared vision for a deeper, more robust form of improvisation based on trust and agreement would be rounded into shape and set in motion when they developed the Harold at iO (then ImprovOlympic). With Del serving as the mentor and Charna the guide, longform was born and the two would change the face of improvisational comedy.


It was Del’s belief that performers needed to have the utmost respect for one another- that if they treated each other like geniuses, poets and artists, they could become that on stage. This philosophy and the famous “yes, and!” notion that agreement is vital on stage helped iO establish itself in the community, and with that the Chicago improv scene was born. In short order iO grew from a ragtag nomadic group of comedic artists into a nationally recognized artistic institution, a destination for the world’s most talented comedians to study and experiment and work. In 1995, iO moved into its current location on Clark Street in Chicago and iO West opened in Los Angeles in 1997. Charna and Del would co-author “Truth In Comedy”, hailed by Bill Murray as “The most important group work since they built the pyramids,” and considered by many to be the bible of improvisational comedy.






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Opening Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60622
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