Online On Camera Acting Coaching

by Dennis Garcia (English Coach) and Victor Marana (Eng·Spa Coach)

Our On-Camera Acting Coaching  teaches students how to be comfortable in front of the camera by using their own instincts and personal traits as tools to create characters. Actors learn camera techniques that help them create presence through focus; find nuance and arcs in sides; and respond truthfully to readers’ stimuli We encourage students to learn from their own work by watching playbacks.  Students may work on material of their own choosing, or they may ask coaches to send sides prior to online sessions. We suggest memorizing sides prior to the coaching session in order to replicate the audition scenario as closely as possible during the session. We are happy to coordinate online sessions over the student’s preferred video platform. 

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, he has worked with the Watts Village Theatre Company, CASA 0101 Theater, and Circus Theatricals. He has worked with Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, commercial director Danny Ducovny, and the late Peter Boyle. In 2012,  Dennis returned to Chicago. Since then he's had the pleasure to work with Teatro Vista, UrbanTheatre Company, Rasaka Theatre Company, Pegasus Theatre Company, and, most recently, with Shattered Globe Theatre in 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  Chicago's world class acting community. 

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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 · English & 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