Southport Performing Arts and Conservatory (SPACE) Announces Drama Program

Southport Performing Arts and Conservatory (SPACE) has announced the addition of a new comprehensive drama program to its existing line-up of quality music and dance classes. Designed for ages seven through adult, the drama program has been created by professional actor and director Antoine McKay. A special orientation and introduction to this new drama program is scheduled Saturday, September 17 at 3 p.m. at 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago. The special orientation is free and, as an introductory offer, SPACE offers those 7 years of age and older attending the orientation 2 weeks of free drama classes. Excerpts from McKay’s dark comedy Recession of Wisdom takes place immediately following the orientation. Tickets for the play are $5 and available at the door. For more information visit or call 773-463-1220.

Antoine McKay is a respected actor and director with more than 20 years of experience. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, McKay has studied with Uta Hagen and has appeared onstage with The Second City in Detroit and Chicago as well as in television shows such as “Detroit 187,” “ER,” “Prison Break” and “Sports Action Team” as well as films including “The Weatherman” with Nicholas Cage, Someone to Eat Cheese With” featuring comedian Jeff Garland and “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” and “Osso Bucco.” McKay has taught drama at the University of Notre Dame and Cambridge University.

“We are extremely excited to offer a quality program providing instruction in the dramatic arts to our existing classes,” said SPACE co-founder Fusun Alpakin Naska, “and we feel that the professionalism and teaching methods Mr. McKay brings to the table are directly in line with the mission of the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory. We are thrilled to have him as a part of our creative team and welcome him as an esteemed educator and colleague.”

ABOUT SPACE (Southport Performing Arts Conservatory):

Chicago’s SPACE is a European-style performing arts conservatory that provides instruction in music, dance and drama. Founded in 2005, SPACE has fueled the artistic dreams and aspirations of hundreds of artists from ages pre-school through adult. SPACE provides personalized instruction for all levels of artistic ability and offers a large range of music education including Suzuki instruction, traditional individual instruction and a Pre-Professional Gifted Program as well as a full range of dance and drama education.

Dedicated to expanding the beauty and love of the performing arts to students in the Chicago area, SPACE’s Community Engagement Program is available to all public and private schools from Pre-K through high school. SPACE’s specially designed Community Engagement Program meets the Illinois Board of Education’s performing arts standards.

SPACE is located at 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., 773-463-1220. For more information about SPACE, please call or visit the website at