Arts Center of St. Charles

Sponsored by Self-Esteem for Life Foundation: A 501 C 3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization
Acting-Modeling-Singing-Music-Theatre-Portraiture-Classes-Private Lessons-Internships

ABOUT THE FOUNDER...

Tracy Whiteside specializes in coaching children and teens, and has been training and directing young actors for over 15 years.

A photographer, modeling coach, director and performing arts teacher, Tracy has been in the entertainment and fashion business for over 35 years. She has directed over 50 youth musicals, and taught performing arts at Elgin College and Christian Youth Theatre.  As a Board Member of First Street Playhouse, she directed and produced plays at the theatre.  

Tracy served as the Education Manager for Fox Valley Repertory Theater at Pheasant Run Resort for 9 years, where she directed youth musicals and was responsible for the development and staffing of the Performing Arts Academy.


A Board Member of the St. Charles Education Foundation and member of the St. Charles Arts Council, Tracy lives in St. Charles with her handsome husband, two gorgeous children and two naughty cats.

As a child and teen, Tracy studied acting, singing, and modeling.  On stage, she appeared as Nancy in Oliver!, Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof, Maria in the Sound Of Music at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Wendy in Peter Pan, and Anna in The King and I. 

Tracy earned her BA in Fashion Merchandising at Ray Vogue College of Design in Chicago. With a GPA of 4.0/4.0, she was class valedictorian and began her fashion career with Saks Fifth Avenue. She worked as a Buyer, Merchandise Manager, and Stylist for Spiegel Catalog for 12 years.  As Merchandise Manager and Fashion Director for G. H. Bass and Famous Footwear, Tracy continued to perfect her craft.  At Bellini, Tracy held the position of International Managing Director of the Bellini brands. 

Returning to her first love, Tracy opened a modeling and acting school and agency in the New York area. She built this performing arts franchise business from $0 to $1 million. As owner and operator of the school and agency, Tracy was a licensed talent agent and taught workshops for ages 4 to 64 in modeling, acting, makeup, fashion, image, and self-improvement. Her award-winning agency's clients included MTV, Nickelodeon, Ogilvy and Mather Advertising and Court TV. Tracy modified existing class lecture material and developed new instructional curricula that resulted in her election to the corporate franchise advisory board.

Tracy has trained Elite, Wilhelmina and Ford models.  Her students have appeared in many magazines including Details, Fitness, Teen Vogue, More, People, TV Guide, and Cosmopolitan.   Her models have walked the designer runways in New York, Paris and Milan.  Tracy also trained Miss Preteen New Jersey 2005, Miss Preteen USA 2006, and Mrs. New Jersey 2005.

Her actors and singers have been on Broadway, in films, on TV, and in commercials.  Tracy's students have appeared on Disney Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Forensic Files, Sesame Street, and The O.C, among others.  The countless TV commercial credits include Tide, Sieman's Furniture, Coke, and Chucky Cheese.  Tracy's students can be seen in films such as The Descendants, The Stepford Wives, The Interpreter, Loverboy, Over The Mountain, Hitch, In Her Shoes, and many, many others. Many of Tracy's current students have appeared in professional shows in the Chicago area including Broadway In Chicago, The Paramount, Drury Lane, Metropolis, and Fox Valley Repertory.

Tracy began her photography career 15 years ago taking headshots and modeling photos.  Now back in Chicago, Tracy indulges her passion for photography by working not only with actors and models, but also with anyone that will allow her to photograph them.  Her professional clients include Six78th Magazine, Hal Leonard Vocal, Seventeen Magazine, Reader's Digest, SHL Group, Pheasant Run Resort, Noble Fool Theatricals, Brio Magazine, Savers, Michaels, CNN.com, Tiny Prints, Getty Images, Shutterstock.com and other stock photography agencies.

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