This one night workshop uses TUTA’s unique physical approach to acting by exploring the power of your own body on stage in relationship to space, script, and fellow actors. Using both improvisational exercises and simple pieces of text, you will learn tools to enhance your timing, rhythm, responsiveness, and ability to trust your gut. Each student will have the opportunity to work in both groups and solo, with scripts and without. This class is open to performers of any skill level. It’s a great introductory class for beginners, or a refresher course for any advanced actors that want to regain spontaneity in their acting. No audition needed.


The workshop brought me back to the foundation of acting—stuff you sometimes forget about when rehearsal periods are short. Jackie’s exercises reminded me to make even bolder choices, and rejoice in using your body and voice to do so. I also connected with the most wonderful people. I came away from there with the feeling that the world is a better place than it can seem
— Amy, TUTA Tune-Up Student

TUTA Workshop: Unlocking the Character


What are your character's most ambitious dreams and darkest impulses? What is your character's opinion on raw sushi? This workshop, taught by Chicago playwright Emma Stanton, welcomes all theater artists who seek to learn more about a character they are writing, portraying, or directing. Utilizing writing exercises of Charles Mee, Mac Wellman, and Maria Irene Fornes, participants will identify the voice of their character, how their character behaves in physical space, and the very particular lens through which their character sees the world. 


TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The Saints, and Promet Source.