Black Box Acting Studio was founded in 2009 by Audrey Francis and Laura Hooper as a place for actors to hone their craft and own their worth as artists. The founders grew the company from a handful of classes in various spaces around the city into one of the premiere acting schools in Chicago, and the only with dedicated space on the Northwest side.
After taking class with Audrey at the University of Chicago, I attended Black Box’s intensive, long form ACADEMY program in 2012. It was a transformative experience for me, and to this day, I credit it with my foundation in the field as an actor.
In 2013, I started teaching at the company. For the next several years, I enjoyed the enormous privilege of working with Black Box students and helping them to realize their goals in and out of the classroom.
Then, in 2018, Amanda Fink, Eric Gerard and I purchased Black Box, and took over as the full-time leadership team, while continuing our teaching duties. Our leadership transition was covered in Newcity Stage in 2019. In the Fall of 2018, I taught an advanced acting course in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at the University of Chicago, followed by another module in the summer of 2019.
Since then, Amanda, Eric, and I have worked tirelessly to expand and further the original mission of Black Box: to be a place where actors can come and learn that they are enough.
We hope to continue to make that mission as expansive as possible. Our goal is to bring our brand of fearless acting to stages and sets across the country.
For any inquiries related to my work as a teacher or administrator at Black Box, including coaching requests, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.