Acting for the Camera Workshop

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CineYouth Acting for the Camera Workshop

CineYouth Acting for the Camera invites students 13-18 years old to join our one-day acting workshop! Participants will be lead through the process of memorizing, rehearsing and filming two-person scenes in front of a camera under the guidance of professional acting coaches. The scenes will be adjudicated by our panel of acting coaches and three winners will go on to be screened at the CineYouth Festival, April 20-22, at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre.

Acting for the Camera Workshop
Saturday, March 31, 2018
• 10am – 4pm
Loyola University: School of Communication
51 E. Pearson Street


headshot - Thea Camara 200x200Thea Camara discovered her passion for acting at an early age. Camara has trained under the watchful eye of Susan Baton of Susan Batson Studio NYC, Michael McCracken of Vagabond, Jamal McNeil of L.A., Act 1 Studio, Columbia College and has a B.A. from Concordia University. Camara has appeared in Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, Christopher Nolen’s I Left My Girlfriend For Regina Jones, Walk Away From Love, For The Love Of Christmas and 72 Hours, and Kimberly Conner’s Jump In and Before I Do, which was an Official Selection at the 2017 Cannes Pan African Film Festival. Camara has worked with some of the best Acting Coaches in the business and is a highly sought after actor in Chicago.

headshot - Jossie Harris 200x200Jossie Harris Thacker began her career as a dancer. She starred as one of the acclaimed “Fly Girls” in Keenan Ivory Wayan’s and FOX’s hit T.V show In Living Color. Jossie honed in on her natural acting talent that landed many roles on many top television sets. Jossie’s performance in the NAACP nominated short Brooklyn’s Bride to Jordan, which led to her award winning role in Mississippi Damned, earning a “Best Supporting Actress” award at the Chicago International Film Festival. Jossie recently won the People’s Choice award for “Best Lead Actress” at the Las Vegas Film Festival for her film work in No Weapon Formed Against Us. Jossie is a producer of several projects with her production company, BeFLYCreate, Inc. Also known as a professional acting coach, Jossie teaches “Respect for Acting Academy” and “Kids W.A.Y (Who Are You?) Acting Academy after being inspired by her son who lacked self-esteem.

headshot - Jessica Turner 200x200Jessica Dean Turner is an actor, teacher, director, and writer born and raised on the West Side of Chicago in the Austin community. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her MA in Applied Theatre from NYU. In Chicago has performed with The House Theatre of Chicago, About Face Theatre, Congo Square, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Oracle Productions, and Haven Theatre. Other credits include The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Shakespeare in Iowa City, and Great River Shakespeare in Winona, Minnesota. She has taught all over Chicago and New York, and is currently on the acting faculty at The Chicago High School for the Arts where she teaches Acting II, coaches the Shakespeare Slam Team, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, and assistant coaches the Louder than a Bomb slam poetry team.

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