Joe Swanberg's "Amateur Hour" workshop today

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Acclaimed Chicago-based director Joe Swanberg (right) will begin a panel at 1 p.m. today, sharing his personal experiences and opinions on the appeal of working with untrained actors, as well as challenges and potential problems.

He'll also discuss the different ways that nonprofessionals can be used most effectively, such as building characters around the actor and putting them in comfortable situations. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions about their own projects, as well.

The event is free.