Open Accordion

Let’s Do A Play offers students an opportunity to focus on scenes from one play, allowing a chance to create a world as an ensemble and dive deep into character. Building upon the Meisner skills taught at Green Shirt, students will use a Stanislavski-based approach in this class with a focus on driving the action and doing vs. indicating. 

Konstantin Stanislavsky was a Russian actor, director and founder of the Moscow Art Theatre. His research and acting methods were introduced to Sanford Mesiner in the 1930s (along with other members of the Group Theatre). His work was a foundation to Meisner’s own process. 

Actors will deepen their relationship to text, character and action while honing in on skills of listening, reacting and rehearsing with others. A full-body, full-heart exploration for a group of actors who are ready to give it their all and play generously with others. 

This class meets twice a week – Monday nights, 7-9:30pm with the instructor and Sunday mornings, 10:30-12:30pm as an ensemble to prepare for class the next day.

The class ends with a public performance of their work at the studio on Monday, March 4.

All participating students must have finished Level 2: Under Imaginary Circumstances or equivalent course work. Please reach out to before registering if you have any questions. 

Attendance Policy

Closed Accordion

In order to get the most out of your work with us, our students should make showing up to every class on time a priority.

We understand that things do come up so if you know you’re going to miss a class, please give your instructor as advance notice as possible. This will help them get you caught up and not throw off the rest of the group. Scheduling a make-up class is possible but not guaranteed.

Students enrolled in our Meisner Acting Program can only advance to the next level if they’ve attended at least 6 of their 8 sessions. If a student misses more than 2 sessions, they will need to retake the level in order to advance in the program.

Cancellation Policy

Closed Accordion

Student Cancellation

We keep our classes very small to ensure everyone gets the best learning experience. Since we only have a very small amount of seats to sell, it is very costly when someone reserves a seat, and then backs out when we don’t have enough time to resell that seat. We hope you understand!

If a student is withdrawing from class more than 7 days prior to start date, the amount of the tuition paid including a $108 non-refundable deposit will be kept on credit at the studio for a year, to be used on a future class.

Alternatively, students who withdraw more than 7 days prior to the start date can keep $108 non-refundable deposit on file to be applied to a future class and any other payments made will be refunded to the original payment method.

If you drop the class ON THE DAY OF THE FIRST CLASS OR AFTER, the full tuition is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and may not be kept on file for a future class.

We appreciate you respecting this policy for the best experience for our instructors and students!

Please reach out at 773-217-9565 if you have any questions.

Studio Cancellation

Occasionally we’ll have to cancel a call due to low enrollment. We’re sorry if that happens to you! If we have to cancel a class you’ve signed up for, we will give you at least 48 hours notice and promptly start your refund process.

In the event that class is canceled due to circumstances beyond our control (including but not limited to extreme weather and pandemic related shutdowns), make-up classes will be scheduled as soon as it’s safe for our students and instructors to be together safely at the studio. In some cases classes may transfer to an online platform. If a student is unable to attend the rescheduled class due to circumstances beyond our control (including but not limited to extreme weather and pandemic related shutdowns) that student will receive credit on their account for the value of missed classes.

Twice A Week

This class meets twice a week – Monday nights with the instructor and Sunday mornings as an ensemble to prepare for class the next day.


About the Teacher

Tatiana Pavela is a Chicago-based actress & theatre artist who gravitates towards experimental theatre, devised work and heightened language. As a private coach, she specializes in getting actors ready for undergraduate and graduate theatre programs.

​As a teaching artist, she has worked with students of all ages to guide actors to work through fear, take up space and do the ridiculous. She has worked extensively as a teaching artist with Macha Theatre Works and The Studio Seattle (Seattle, WA). With The Studio, Tatiana was responsible for developing the Foundations Series for adults.

Recent Chicago credits include Hurricane Diane at Theater Wit (U/S Pam & Carol) and Maria in Midsommer Flight’s Twelfth Night. During her time in New York, she has performed at the New Ohio, Chashama, Dixon Place, La Mama ETC, HERE Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, CATCH Performance Series, PS 122 and at Juilliard (to name some favorites). She has been a performer and collaborator with companies such as Drama of Works, Sightline Theatre Company, Obie award winning Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and was a puppeteer for the Mabou Mines/Basil Twist production of Red Beads. While in Seattle, she has performed with Cafe Nordo, The Horse In Motion, Off-Road Shakespeare, Outsiders Inn, Annex Theatre and 14/48. Her own work has been shared at On The Boards’ Open Studio, Velocity Sh*T Gold and Love City Love. Outside of New York and Seattle, Tatiana has worked in Edinburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville, Providence, Finland, Indonesia and Serbia.

Her original works include Brandi Alexander,El Diablo and Buttercream & Scotch (co-written with Paige Collette). She is a recipient of a 2017 Artist Trust Award for Brandi Alexander. Brandi Alexander was part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was a Week 1 Critic’s Pick from The List.

​MFA from University of Washington PATP; BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Repped by DDO Artists Agency;

Class Details

Mondays & Sundays
7 - 9:30pm
  • January 8, 2024
  • January 14, 2024
  • January 15, 2024
  • January 21, 2024
  • January 22, 2024
  • January 28, 2024
  • January 29, 2024
  • February 4, 2024
  • February 5, 2024
  • February 11, 2024
  • February 12, 2024
  • February 18, 2024
  • February 19, 2024
  • February 25, 2024
  • February 26, 2024
  • March 3, 2024
  • March 4, 2024
4001 N Ravenswood Ave Unit 303-B Chicago, IL
Class Size
12 Max
This is an adult acting class ages 18+