Open Accordion

Level 1: Living Truthfully begins with our exploration of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner’s definition of acting which states, “Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” By exploring what it means to “live truthfully” through Meisner’s innovative, improvisational repetition exercises you’ll:

  • Identify the differences between self consciousness and presence
  • Practice being more responsive, spontaneous, emotionally alive, and grounded in the moment
  • Understand what it feels like to get out of your head and follow your ‘gut’ impulses

This class is ideal for: 

  • Adults ages 18+ interested in developing their skills in a fun, welcoming environment
  • Actors who want to develop a reliable, solid technique to act on stage and for the camera
  • Students who want to study a technique rooted in courage, empathy, and vulnerability

Attendance Policy

Closed Accordion

Student Cancellation

If a student is withdrawing from a workshop more than 7 days prior to the day of the workshop, the tuition will be kept on file for a future class or workshop for a calendar year.

If a student withdraws from a workshop less than 7 days prior to the day of the workshop, the tuition is non-refundable or transferable.

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 workshop due to low enrollment. We’re sorry if that happens to you! If we have to cancel a workshop 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), a make-up 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.

Cancellation 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.

Covid Policy

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About the Teacher

Cordie Nelson is a director in Chicago. She received her BA from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she assistant taught graduate and undergraduate Meisner Classes with Professor Sean Boyd (who received his training from Steve Rapella and Bill Esper at UTA.) Post graduation she taught some independent Meisner training in the city. From 2014 to 2015 she received training in all five levels of the Green Shirt Studio’s Meisner Technique, studying under both Sommer Austin and Andrew Gallant. She fell in love with this work the moment she was introduced to it, and her skills have been reinforced by excellent teachers over seven years of study and practice. She cares deeply about her students and knows that, with hard work, this technique will cultivate an incredible artist in them.

Class Details

7 to 9:30 PM
  • August 17, 2023
  • August 24, 2023
  • August 31, 2023
  • September 7, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • September 21, 2023
  • September 28, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
4001 N Ravenswood Ave Unit 303-B Chicago, IL
Class Size
14 Max
This is an adult acting class ages 18+