Conquering the Audition (Kids!)

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Date & Time
05/22/2021 | 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

1st Team Actors Studio
156 Main St
Westlake, OH 44145

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About this Event

Actor Stef Tovar, seen on screen in CONTAGION, WIDOWS, PROVEN INNOCENT, THE CHI, CHICAGO MED teaches kids the basics of being in front of the camera. Learning that on on-camera work can be fun, but it is also a JOB.

Stef offers a very simple technique for kids to follow in their auditions, self-tapes and on set to make them feel comfortable and execute the job—while having fun.

Stef is a professional on-camera acting coach with over 20 years experience in the industry. Stef has been on both sides of the camera in Los Angeles and Chicago and has worked extensively in commercials, television, film and theatre. His coaching clients have been seen on television shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, The Chi, NeXt, APB, The Bold Type and Orange is the New Black. Stef also coached Che “Rhymefest” Smith in first film role: the Emilio Estevez directed film The Public (Filmed in Cincinnati).
A book of his technique, The Map: An Actor’s Guide to On-Camera Acting, will be published by Applause Books and available in Fall of 2021.

His personal on screen credits include Widows; (with Colin Farrell) directed by Steve McQueen; Kenny in Employee of the Month directed by Mitch Rouse (with Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate), which premiered at Sundance in 2004; Dan in the award winning The Gymnast and the sequel out now on Amazon Prime, The Aerialist, directed by Ned Farr and Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, giving some very bad news to Matt Damon as Dr. Arrington. On television, Stef was seen as Daniel Schwartz the premiere season of Chicago Fire as well as Boss, the 2018 season finale of Empire; as Bob Callaway on Proven Innocent for CBS, “White Donor” on Showtime’s The Chi and as Elliot Meyers on NBC’s Chicago Med. Stef is represented by Stewart Talent in Chicago, and Spire Artists Management in Los Angeles.


As actors, we have many things we carry with us into the audition room. While Meisner, Viewpoints and other acting techniques can help you become a more well-rounded actor in the rehearsal room, they don’t serve you in the audition room for television and film. Stef’s on-camera technique, THE MAP, is a simple, step-by-step technique that is designed to give you a “Map” in the audition room or for your self-tape. It puts you in control of the material and gives you the best possible audition through the camera lens.

You can be an amazing actor—but if you don’t understand the language of on-camera, your audition won’t translate. Stef’s class can teach you this on-camera language and help you book jobs.