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The Gately Poole Acting Intensives are the foundation of the Gately Poole training program. They are designed for promising young actors and professionals who prefer concentrated conservatory style training to conventional, long-term programs.

This approach to training allows professional actors the opportunity to continue to pursue a career while honing and developing their skills.

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The Gately/Poole Chicago Acting School
is a unique conservatory-style program for training actors in the Meisner Acting Technique.

Traditional Meisner Studio Training spans two years which doesn't always address the needs of today's young actors who are already in the process of pursuing and booking professional work.

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Acting Intensive Curriculum:
*a new approach to acting - total immersion.
*150 hours of instruction in the 3 week intensive 6 days per week, 8-10 hrs per day.
*acting technique-script analysis-scene study-film acting-comedy-improvisation-voice/speech-movement/physical technique-character work-and audition skills.
*vivid performers: truthful, bold, imaginative, and expressive behavior.
*a momentum which builds as the workshop advances.
*covers a 3 credit course load at Northern Illinois University's Professional Program
*ease, imagination, expressiveness, clarity of action, characterization and moment-to-moment truthfulness.
*a regimen is established- highly demanding requiring the upmost concentration and discipline.
*private coaching.
*prominent and award winning graduates see alumni
Over the past 30 years, Gately and Poole have founded and developed a number of esteemed training programs for actors in both the United States and Europe. More recently, this trendsetting approach to training,The Intensive, was developed by Master Teachers, Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole, who, through their association with talent agents and managers, identified this more contemporary need for compressed, conservatory training.
 
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What makes Gately/Poole Chicago Acting Classes unique:

• Development of 6 National and International Acting Programs

• Head of 2 URTA/NAST premiere graduate and undergraduate acting programs

• One of most renown and comprehensive acting conservatories in America

• Award winning and industry celebrated Alumni

• Extensive Alumni recognition and success in Film, Television, and Stage.

James Gandolfini about Katherine Gately on Inside the Actors Studio.

Congratulations to the following Gately Poole alumni:


  • Kevin Kilner guest stars on Netflix Original Series House of Cards episodes Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 26 as Michael Kern.
  • NIU Alumnist Joe Mikieta has a starring role in NBC's Chicago Fire.
  • Michael Ornstein guest stars on the Mob City episodes Red Light and Stay Down .
  • Justin Bruening earned a supporting role in the ABC Family Series, Ravenswood.
  • In its Sept 29 review of Veronica's Room, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote of Amanda Long: "Each of the actors here is first-rate. But it is Long, who recently earned her MFA in acting at Northern Illinois University and is making an impressive Chicago stage debut, who bedazzles as she tries to maintain her humor, her sanity and her life." - congratulations, Amanda
  • NIU alumnist Matthew Yee has a supporting role in the upcoming Steppenwolf production The Wheel. September 12 — November 10, 2013.
  • Suzanne Schmidt premiered on episode 2 of Sons of Anarchy Tuesday SEP 18 on FX.
  • Joe Minoso has a supporting role in NBC'S new series Chicago Fire on NBC Tuesdays, 10/9c starting on September 24th.
  • Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy season 6 Tuesdays, 10/9c on FX.
  • Justin Bruening guest stars in Grey's Anatomy episode, "Walking on a Dream."
  • Karen Wennstrom Guest Stars in Grimm
    episode, "The Bottle Imp."
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In 2013, in recognition of their contribution to the Professional Actor Training Program at Northern Illinois University, Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole were awarded the position of Professor Emeritus, the highest honor which can be given to a member of the faculty. In addition, they have been published in Who's Who in America since 2011.
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