The Evanston Arts Depot, located in the Main Street Metra station in Evanston, will hold several acting classes this fall.

“Acting 101: Communication and Performance for Adults,” taught by Alison Lonesome Rodriguez, invites grownups to explore their inner skills as performers through improv and other techniques.

Students learn how to communicate their ideas with confidence in the workplace and get a chance to unleash their creative imagination in a safe setting.

The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6. It costs $250.

Alison Lonesome Rodriguez has written, directed or produced independent films that have appeared in the Chicago International Children’s Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Reel Women International Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, London Disability Film Festival and many more. She has taught Acting Techniques for Filmmakers to directing, cinematography, screenwriting and post-production film students for the last ten years.

 “After School Improv!” taught by Tony Lawry gives 6th to10th graders a chance to dive into an exciting improv format called the Collage that mixes short form games and long form storytelling.

The one section of the class meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 The other meets at the same hours on Fridays from Sept. 17 to Nov. 5. The eight-week class costs $200.

This class  will culminate with an performance at Northwestern University with the Titanic Players!

Tony Lawry is founder and coach of the Under Age Sugar Addicts, Chicagoland’s Youth Improv Troupe.

Focal Point Theatre Company and The Evanston Arts Depot weill present two classes.

“TheatrePlay!” will provide a theater experience for kids ages 6 to 11. The class runs from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 16 and costs $115. It wll be taught by Melissa Albertario and Jason Peck.

The class uses beginner-level theatre games, storytelling and imagination-based exercises to build confidence, social skills and teamwork.

“Young Actor Monologue Workshop” for ages 12-18 runs from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Saturdays from Oct. 23 to Nov. 16 and costs $135.

This class, taught by Melissa Albertario will allow young aspiring actors to rehearse, perform and evaluate monologues and solo performances in front of a group. Class will prepare students for professional or school auditions, interviews and presentations by increasing their confidence with performance and public speaking and engaging their memorization, critical-thinking and creative skills.

To register for any of the classes call 847-328-2204.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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