by BWW News Desk Jan. 11, 2017
Actors Training Center – the acting school in residence at the Wilmette Theatre – is pleased to announce that one of their acting students, Seth Steinberg, has landed a role in If I Forget, playing at the nation’s most influental nonprofit theatre company, The Roundabout Theatre (roundabouttheatre.org) in New York.
Steinberg has worked alongside ATC Founder and Creative Director Carole Dibo to help land this role and joins the ranks of fellow ATC alumni who have gone on to pursue successful acting careers including Rachel Brosnahan, who is currently Off Broadway with Daniel Craig in OTHELLO, and who also received an Emmy’s nod for her role in House of Cards; and Zoe Levin (The Way, Way Back), to name a few.
“We are so excited for Seth to have this opportunity of a lifetime and so grateful to ATC and Carole, who trained and nurtured Seth every step of the way. ATC gave him top-notch professional training and performance experience across the board in comedy, theater, and musical theater, as well as the standards and expectations of ‘the business’, said Susan Wishnick, Seth’s mother. “Carole intuitively ‘got’ Seth as a performer and a person and, through her talent management agency, continued to guide his professional development with her invaluable knowledge, experience, and contacts. She made what once seemed impossible not only possible but now, a reality.”
Steinberg will be playing Joey, a smart and socially awkward teen, a role that he has been working his whole “acting career” to perfect.
“I came to ATC when I was in fifth grade to take an improvisation class. I joined the Comedy Troupe and later, the Repertory Company. I fell in love with performing. ATC became my home base. Carole took me under her wing and coached me every step of the way, including before every audition,” said Steinberg. “I think Carole may be the only person more excited that I was to find out that I got cast! I never imagined I would have this opportunity, but Carole and ATC make dreams come true.”
Since the school opened just 10 years ago, ATC students have gone on to pursue many successful careers. When seeking young talent, directors from Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Steppenwolf know where to look for exceptional talent. From NYC to LA, there is no other place like ATC.
Steinberg’s success is not a surprise to Dibo who has been in the industry for more than 30 years. “We train our students to work in this industry,” says Dibo. “Mastering the craft of acting is not a talent or skill that comes naturally to most people, and our dedicated and accomplished teaching staff works with aspiring actors to help them develop the talent to do so.”
ATC does not just train students in the fundamentals of acting, but also prepares them for auditioning and working in front and behind the camera. Classes at ATC are repeated for mastery, ensuring students are ready to hit the ground running once opportunities arise.
“I’m so grateful to Carole Dibo and Actor’s Training Center for getting me where I am toady. Both are workshops I’ve attended and private coaching sessions have been so helpful and directly applicable to real world audition and acting experiences,” said Lucas Jade Zumann, former ATC student who has gone on to star in a late 70’s drama 20th Century Women alongside Annete Bening and Elle Fanning.
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