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Designing their North Hollywood Acting Studio for anyone who's ever dreamed of being a movie star, two award-winning suburbanites active in filmmaking, acting and producing have teamed up to provide training in how to act for film. They are Nicholas Celozzi and Grant Stokes, who will offer four weeknight classes for the community, starting in early July and again in August in Elmhurst and Naperville.

Nicholas Celozzi
Elmhurst native and Hollywood filmmaker Nicholas Celozzi teaches acting based on the expertise he developed during his 20-year-and-counting career in acting, film writing and production. Previously the head of the film department at Act One Studios and Conservatory in Chicago, he now will coach and mentor suburban students. He has a degree in theater from Marquette University.

The studio notes that Celozzi currently has three feature films in pre-production and a soon-to-be-picked-up, Chicago-based reality TV show about young actors in Chicago who want to live the Hollywood dream.

Grant Stokes
Uta Hagen, who taught Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Christine Lahti and Jack Lemon, personally trained Grant Stokes of Naperville in New York City. Grant is a teacher and actor in film and television.

As an actor, producer, storywriter and musical performer, his film “Fall Away” earned him the “Best Lead Actor” award at the 2011 New York City International Film Festival.

He holds a master's degree in voice performance from Eastern Michigan University, and a master's in acting from Wayne State University. He is member of SAG, AEA and AGMA.

The scoop
North Hollywood Acting Studio currently is accepting students ages 17 and older. Slightly younger students will be accepted based on experience. Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m.

Celozzi and Stokes’ classes will be held at Elmhurst College and North Central College in Naperville. The training is not affiliated with either college.

Parents and students can visit them on Facebook for more information at To register, email or call 773-276-0232.