Fundamentals of Acting

by Dennis Garcia (English Coach) and Victor Marana (Spanish Coach)

Our Online Fundamentals of Acting class focuses on  the principles of acting based on text/script. We begin by learning how personal  experience informs and expands our register, connecting us to hard-to-access emotions. We also learn how to transfer and substitute those emotions to fictional circumstances in order to have truthful actions while performing. Throughout the sessions, coaches teach Techniques on how to build a character from a psychophysical approach. . Students learn  to analyze and create subtext, background, relationships, and status,among other elements.

Meet your Coaches

Dennis Garcia

Enlgish Coach

After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Dennis went on to study with Sanford Meisner's apprentice, John Ruskin, at The Ruskin School Of Acting in Santa Monica. He is also a graduate of the South Coast Repertory Conservatory in Costa Mesa. While in Los Angeles, Dennis worked on theatre and TV. Most notably with the Watts Village Theatre Company, CASA 0101 and Circus Theatricals. He has worked with ACADEMY AWARD winner Robert Richardson, commercial director Danny Ducovny and the late Peter Boyle. 2012 brought Dennis back to Chicago. Since then he's had the pleasure to work with Teatro Vista, Urban Theatre Company, Raska Theatre Company, Pegasus Theatre Company and most recently was seen in Shattered Globe Theatre's, HOW TO USE A KNIFE. As a proud SAG-AFTRA member since 2008 Dennis has worked on numerous national commercials and can be seen in NBC's CHICAGO JUSTICE, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO PD and the film SOUL SESSIONS. His latest film BARRIO BOY is in post production and is slated for a 2020 release. Dennis is more than thrilled and humbled to be apart of The Actors Club Chicago family and is looking forward to working with the Chicago's world class acting community. 





Chicago P.D. · Officer Roland

Chicago Med · Cameron

Chicago Justice · Santiago Mendoza

NFL Total Access · Tom Waddle Fan


Mind Of Mencia · Tijuana Guy

From The Hood To The Hedge · Javier

Off The PorchJake · Jonathan 


Barrio Boy · Quique

Soul Sessions · Gangster

Boys On Film 14: Worlds Collide · Quique

Drag Queen Heist · Jared

Rival Colleges · Michigan Student

Niki · Lead

Improbable Gnomes · Lead

Street Dreams · High School Student

The Other Line · Brett


Maven Gig · Spokesperson

Dairy Queen · Prinicpal

Esurance · Principal

Bel Brands · Principal

United Airlines · Principal

Sears · Principal 

Honda · Principal

Ford · Principal

Army · Principal

Bud Light Lime · Prinicpal

Budweiser · Principal

JC Penney · Principal

Budweiser · Principal

Víctor Maraña

Director · Spanish Coach

Víctor trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

With more than 15 years of acting experience, he has worked in several productions at the National Theatre in Mexico City and The Goodman Theatre, Theatre Wit, Victory Gardens, The Athenauem, among others in Chicago. As an On Camera and Voice Over actor he has worked for  Netflix, Paw Patrol, Pace, IL Lottery, Sloan, Van der Hagen, and more. 

He has coached actors for the National Theatre Library, Mexico, Theatre Without Walls Company, The Performing Arts Studio. Víctor has received Best Actor Awards for his work on Heaven Under the Skin and Strawberry and Chocolate. He is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group. 




Sweat · Oscar (u/s) · Goodman Theatre           


How to Use a Knife · Miguel · Shattered Globe / Theatre Wit 


My Mañana Come · Jorge · Teatro Vista / Victory Gardens 


American Jornalero · Luis · Teatro Vista / Victory Gardens   


The Dogs · Javier · National Theatre, Mexico     


Exiles · Washington · National Theatre, Mexico   


IRA · Dylan Rivera · National Theatre, Mexico


Firefly Love · Ramón · Something Marvelous/Athenaeum  

Oedipus · Oedipus · Messini Festival, Greece · Dir. Cara Nolan

Exécuteur 14 · Exécuteur 14 · Alliance Française, Mexico   


Electra Garrigó · Orestes · The Right Brain Project

Luz Estrada · Vidal · Mercy Street Theatre   


A prayer for the Sandinistas · Carlos · Subtext Theatre 


Heaven Under the Skin · Chava · UNAM, Mexico       


The Green Cockatoo · Lebret · Principal Theatre, Puebla   


A Midsummer Night´s Dream · Lysander · Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 

The Pillars of Society · Karsten Bernick · Royal Academy of Dramatic Art    

Mother Courage and Her Children · Swiss Cheese · Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 


Easy · Park Date · Netflix


Angel Feliciano · Angel Feliciano 


Pace · Lead

Paw Patrol · Lead

Van Der Hagen · Co-Star

IL Lottery · Co-Star

Sloan · Co-Star

University of the Americas, Puebla · Co-Star

Maruchan Instant Soup · Co-Star