American Blues Theater offers “classes for the masses” in music, acting and more

Zachary Stevenson as Buddy Holly, front row, in the 2018 production. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

American Blues Theater offers “classes for the masses” with small classes taught by ensemble members in various artistic and cultural practices. You will receive four hours of coaching or counseling in each program. Classes are limited to 10 participants, are chargeable and run until August 30.

You can take guitar lessons from a master guitarist and actor (and star of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) Zachary Stevenson. Guitar lessons are for beginners or intermediate guitarists.

Actor Manny Buckley will help you learn how to navigate auditions in the Chicago market.

Camille Robinson, musical theater performer, will teach Breaking Into Musical Theater in small theaters and large regional houses.

The Competitive Edge—Speech for Teens will be offered by Dawn Bach, actress and speech coach (and former state champion in public speaking).

You can study yoga and meditation individually or in a group with yoga instructor Christopher J. Neville.

More course and instructor information is available here. You can also email

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Nancy S. Bishop is the editor and editor of Stages at Third Coast Review. She is a Fellow of the American Theater Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal pop culture writing at and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about cinema, books, art, architecture and design.

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