"At the Artistic Home you find actors who are deeply connected to the text. They are emotionally free, truthful and fearless."
Erica Daniels, Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director & Casting Director
"The Artistic Home has a great tradition of producing actors who are serious about their craft for both film and theater." Jack Newell, Feature film and Commercial Director
The Acting Studio
What We Do
We drive you to the edge of your art, and then beyond. We strip away your layers and reveal the deeper actor. The one who makes organic, imaginative and sometimes gut-wrenching choices that turn dimly lit acting into brilliance. We are the crucible for your artistic transformation. We do this using the Meisner Technique, which we’ve been teaching since 1998 to some of Chicago’s top actors. Studio Founder Kathy Scambiatterra, having trained with legendary Meisner protege Ed Kaye-Martin, is a direct “descendent” of the Meisner method and brings a fiery and intuitive craft to an intimate studio of dedicated actors. This is the undiluted, real stuff, taught by acclaimed directors, actors and filmmakers who know how to bring out your best.
Classes currently offered (click for more info)
Meisner Tech 1
Meisner Tech 2
Meisner Tech 3
Thebus Advanced Scene Study NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION
Contemporary Scene Study NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION
On Camera Scene Study NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION
Classical Lab NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION
Master Class NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION
2014 CLASS SCHEDULE...
Winter 1 12/1 - 2/1/14
Winter 2 2/16 - 4/16/14
Spring 4/27 - 6/28/14
Summer 7/13 - 9/6/14
Fall 9/21 - 11/22/14
"I love working with actors who train with The Artistic Home. They know how to explore a scene and take risks -- and they always find a strong emotional connection to the material." Jeff Christian, Theatre, Film and Commercial Director
"The Artistic Home, feels exactly like that, home. Meisner is such a revealing and vulnerable method for an actor to explore, it's necessary that the actor feel safe and supported. Kathy and John have given the Chicago acting community a gift and certainly have helped my acting on all levels, from scene work, to prep and understanding, to incorporating these practices into my commercial and on-camera acting. It is where I keep coming back and always am welcomed."
Grace McPhillips, Actress, Producer, Co-Director Chicago Acting in Film Meetup
MeisnerTech 1/ Breakdown, Breakthrough
Break down your barriers and expose a reservoir of intense and powerful emotional life. Your breakthrough to brilliant acting begins here, "living truthfully" and working moment to moment.
Instructors: Kathy Scambiatterra, Ed Krystosek, Patrick Thornton Prerequisite: Admission by interview
Weds. 8:00-10:00, Sat. 3:00-5:00 $330
Class meets twice per week
Meisner Tech 2/Conceive, Create
Activate your imagination and plumb the depths of your risk-taking to create forceful, personally connected character. Hone your emotional preparation while continuing to work moment to moment.
Instructors: Kathy Scambiatterra, John Mossman
Prerequisite: Tech 1
Weds. 6-8:00, Sat. 1-3:00 $330
Class meets twice per week
Meisner Tech 3/Lift-off
Channel all your work and learning into the world of a play. Make bold choices with high stakes that create dynamic relationship, truthful living, and complex and compelling characters within dramatic structure.
Instructor: Kathy Scambiatterra
Prerequisite: Tech 1,2
Tuesdays 8 - 11 $290
Advanced Meisner/Text: The Bridge
Work intensely with another actor within the structure of two-person scenes and unleash deeply personal, imaginative and organic work. This is the bridge between the Meisner technique and text work.
Instructors: Kathy Scambiatterra
Prerequisite: Tech 1,2,3
Sat. 10-1:00 $300
"I've seen show after show at the AH and always marveled at how well acted the productions are. I've also had AH actors in my classrooms and films and they not only know and execute the craft splendidly they can talk about it with elan and passion. I unreservedly recommend the Artistic Home for anything to do with the craft of acting, they are true professionals."
Vaun Monroe, Director, Producer
Master Class: The Dive
Dive into intensive work with one playwright in a competitive arena where technique and performance are stressed. Explore great text with a fiery ensemble.
Instructor: Kathy Scambiatterra
By Invitation only
Meisner Monologue: Audition Intensive
This class provides the 'one-two punch' you need to nail your audition. By accessing two very simple rules of thumb based on Meisner's dynamic method, actors will focus on language, place, delivery and theatricality. This class ensures that you will beam with confidence and command of language, guaranteeing that you will deliver a memorable audition. While the class focuses on the Monologue as an Audition Tool, students will also be 'schooled' in an overview of the 'audition' process. What are you waiting for? You simply have no time to lose and everything to gain with this dynamic, straightforward approach taught by an actual Sanford Meisner trained actor.
Tuesdays 6-8. $275 Madrid St. Angelo Class runs 6-8pm Not offered this session
"Before I enrolled at The Artistic Home, I was searching to find the kind of actor in myself that I admired on so many of Chicago's great stages. I was determined to learn 'how to act.' As I look back on that time and the thrilling discoveries I made about myself and my work, I realize Kathy didn't teach me how to act. She taught me how to live. I draw from and deepen those discoveries daily as I now try to share them with my own acting students. Live simply. Live boldly. Live beautifully."
Jason Bayle, Actor, Faculty LSU
Contemporary Scene Study
Interested in acting but not sure where to start? This class is designed to give the beginner a solid base. Learn to analyze text, make risky choices and deliver honest, moment-to-moment work that is truthful, organic and personal.
Instructor: Patrick Thornton
Thebus Advanced Scene Study
Acclaimed actress Mary Ann Thebus offers her ongoing scene study class.
Admission by invitation only.
Monday 7-10 $300
Classical Acting Workshop
The actor who can perform the classics with confidence — who can meet the technical demands of performing heightened dramatic texts — can perform anything. Shakespeare requires of actors immense intellectual curiosity, great physical athleticism, strong vocal production, and deep emotional availability. In this class, students will have an opportunity to prepare and perform monologues and scenes from the works of William Shakespeare.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval/Open to all levels
Instructors: Lee Stark, Scott Westerman
Tuesday 6-8 $250
On Camera Scene Study
This scene study class set in front of a camera is geared for the actor who yearns to work quickly and comfortably while learning techniques specific to the screen. Taught by award-winning feature filmmaker and stage director John Mossman, the class is uniquely positioned to help serious actors create a strong bridge between their stage work and great work in front of the camera.
$200 Mondays 7-10 4 weeks
Instructor: John Mossman
Prerequisite: Admission by instructor approval
"My whole approach to acting changed after taking Maryann's class. She gives you the tools to rediscover your performance each night. Having a point of view, getting in touch with your feelings and being able to express them - this is what you will learn and practice. I take the class every chance I get. Like going to the gym, I find that it is essential to keeping your instrument flexible and toned." Peter Defaria, Actor