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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Chicago Acting Teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

16th Street Theater

16th Street Theater is an intimate local theater located in Berwyn, IL. They feature a variety of stage productions, and to date, they have performed Blizzard 67, Into the Beautiful North, and Muthaland. The North Berwyn Park District designed the 16th Street Theater to provide residents and visitors with outdoor recreational areas and opportunities for leisure, that in turn foster family values, community growth and an enhanced quality of life.

Black Box Acting Studio

Black Box Acting Studio is a school dedicated to training actors how to work hard and be fearless, located in Chicago, IL. This premier acting school offers three training programs such as the Academy: a five-month intensive conservatory training, the Studio: part-time classes and workshops offered year round, and National Intensives: Bootcamp-style Black Box training in cities across the country. Black Box Acting Studio has paved the way for actors to find success in their career.

Carolina Improv Company

Carolina Improv Company is a premier training and entertainment company located in Chicago, IL. In addition to offering improv classes to aspiring actors and performers, CIC also provides soft skills business training programs for businesses, custom designed shows, and entertainment services for organizations and businesses. Carolina Improv Company is open to anyone who wants to learn, practice or watch improv in a team environment with unconditional support and respect for peoples’ own personal values and goals.

Chicago Improv Studio

The Chicago Improv Studio is a local acting studio and theater located in Chicago, IL. This premier studio and theater invites enthusiasts to see a show, take a workshop, or join classes. The Chicago Improv Studio offers four levels of improv training conducted by Bill Arnett, a 16-year expert in improvisation. The Chicago Improv Studio is dedicated to creating strong players with a deep understanding of improvisation in all its forms.

CiC Theater

CiC Theater is a non-profit comedy theater with a full bar located in Chicago, IL. This cozy and lively theatre performs improv shows from Wednesday to Sunday. They conduct four improvisational classes, such as The Scene, The Show, The Ensemble, and Performance Level. CiC Theater promises that their acting classes and improv shows are sure to inspire and delight both audiences and students alike.

Emerald City Theatre

Emerald City Theatre is a premier drama company located in Chicago, IL. Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, ECT is one of Chicago’s most-attended non-profit theater companies reaching children 0 – 13 years old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and outreach. This company produces shows for a young audience and hosts theater classes and summer camps for children. Chicago Theater Beat and the Times Square Chronicle, among others, have raved about shows produced by Emerald City Theatre.

Forevermore Dance & Theater Arts

Forevermore Dance & Theater Arts is a dance and acting studio located in Chicago, IL. This studio conducts various classes for kids, teens, and adults in the disciplines of jazz, hip-hop, tap, ballet, modern dance, dance ensemble, and creative movement. They offer private and mini-lessons. Forevermore Dance & Theater Arts is founded on a love of the arts and a passion for educating and enriching lives.

Improv Resource Center News

Improve Resource Center News is an acting academy with a facility based in Chicago, IL. This academy offers various classes with different features for aspiring actors, such as Sceneblast, Laying the Foundation, The Core Improv Program, as well as Game of the Scene. Improv Resource Center News gears their classes and workshops towards creating dynamic, engaging, and fun scene work, making it a premier acting academy.

Joe Hall Dancers & Center

Joe Hall Dancers & Center is a dance studio based in Chicago, IL. Dance classes at this company are affordable and accessible and span different genres such as ballet, modern jazz dance, Horton/Graham-based modern dance, hip-hop, tap and musical theater. Joe Hall Dancers & Center offer a unique signature urban dance style designed by Joe Hall. This method is based on jazz and infused with classical and modern idioms.

Laugh Out Loud

Laugh Out Loud is a local theater offering acting classes to people who want to try comedy in Schaumburg IL. Anybody can join the improvisation classes in this theater, especially teens and adults, such as Advanced Performance classes 1, Advanced Performance 3 and From Page to Stage classes. Laugh Out Loud simply is the best place to be to watch stand up comedy shows and for enthusiasts who are interested to learn how to be a superstar comedian.

Schaumburg, IL 60173


Piven Theatre Workshop

The Piven Theatre Workshop is a premier acting academy based in Evanston, IL. Classes offered by this company to enhance the acting skills of their students include the Piven Training Technique, Fall and Spring Youth Classes, Fall and Spring Adult Classes, and Advanced High School Performance Conservatory, among others. The Piven Theatre Workshop takes pride in the quality instruction they provide where students are encouraged to explore and voice their creative talents.

Evanston, IL 60201


Stacey De & Company School of Performing Arts

Stacey De & Company School of Performing Arts is a leading music and acting school located in Lisle, IL. This academy offers various performing arts lessons, such as music lessons, vocal lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, guitar lessons, and acting classes. Stacey De & Company School of Performing Arts is the largest music school in its area and has helped thousands of students to begin and excel in their musical and acting journey.

Lisle, IL 60532


The Annoyance Theater and Bar

The Annoyance Theater and Bar is a comedy theater and bar located in Chicago, IL. In addition to producing hilarious and quality comedy shows, this business also offers improv classes under the instruction of Artistic Director Mick Napier who bases his classes on the approach indicated in his book Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out. The Annoyance Theater and Bar's philosophy focuses on the individual, giving students feedback and support to allow them to find and enhance their point of view and creative voice.

The Chicago High School for the Arts

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) is a renowned school of performing arts for high school students based in Chicago, IL. Arts and academic classes offered by this school include creative writing, academics, music, theater, dance and visual arts. The Chicago High School for the Arts takes pride in their commitment to providing intensive pre-professional training to artistically gifted and diverse high school students in the city of Chicago and beyond.

The Playground Theater

The Playground Theater is a comedy theater led by artists in Chicago, IL. Their coaches help comedians fulfill their potential to become writers, performers, directors, producers. The Playground Theater conducts various classes for multiple ages and level of experience. They are committed to helping students find their voice, promote their strengths, and build their confidence – all through exploration and discovery.

Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater is a local theater that features pop culture comedy shows in Chicago, IL. This theater offers four levels of progressing acting classes including UCB Manual Class, Deconstruction of Monologues in a Long Form-Performance Level, Long Form, and the Long Form-Performance Level. Under the Gun Theater’s mission is to create original theater combining the mediums of improvisation, stand up, sketch comedy, plays, storytelling, music and physical theater with a bent toward comedy. They serve a selection of craft beers, PBR, wine, soft drinks and mixed drinks.

Westside Improv

Westside Improv is a local studio that presents long-form improv shows and conducts improv classes in Wheaton, IL. Classes and training offered by this studio include the Youth Improv Program, Intro to Improv, Advanced Improv Classes, Ensemble Class, and the Players' Workshop. Westside Improv provides a fun environment for enthusiasts who want to watch improv shows, learn improv or perform on stage.