Introducing TesserAct’s new educational wing, dedicated to the Creative & Performing Arts, and the people who practice them

Academy of the Heart
Hub for Education in the Arts, Radiance & Theater 

Intuitive & heart-based education for creatives, focusing on the whole person.

Featuring group & individual classes in acting, writing, play-writing, storytelling, poetry, painting, self-esteem, energy work and meditation.

We will also be offering workshops in related topics such as auditions, monologues, and song-writing.

The curriculum will expand based on what our students want to learn, so let us know if you have an idea for a class we can offer!

Private coaching available.

Training for Theater, Training for Life

We are also thrilled to announce that as part of the launch of their educational wing’s Academy of the Heart, after a two-year hiatus, TesserAct’s Artistic Director, Tamara Kist returns to teaching! 

Sign up now for your opportunity to experience Private Coaching & Group Lessons for all ages, led by Ms. Kist 

How Do I Schedule my First Lesson?  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Email Tamara at
  2. Let her know you would like to speak with her about scheduling a lesson 
  3. She will respond within 72 hours with the next step!

How Do I Prepare for my Introductory Planning Lesson?

A personal note from Tamara: “Relax. I want you to be comfortable as we explore our possible partnership. Bring an open heart as we discuss your most desired acting goals and aspirations. If you have specific material you would like to tackle, bring it with, or, if you don’t own a copy yet, know the name of the piece. Besides providing insightful feedback, powered by my extensive theater background and teaching experiences, I will also share relaxation techniques, self-introspection exercises for performers and intuitive body work to help you bring your best self to each lesson.”

Other Opportunities While taking lessons with the artistic director of a theatre company never guarantees you a part in any given show – the chances of you being invited to participate in one of TesserAct’s many fun events, exciting projects, extracurricular activities, and upcoming productions are very high!

Are you ready to explore your possibilities? Have questions about our other classes?

Contact Academy of the Heart

Please fill out the form below to let us know what you are interested in learning and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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TesserAct Theatre Ensemble of Palatine, IL is a 501(c3).

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