A Mindful Approach to Great Dramatic Acting
The cult of the authoritarian/guru acting teacher is old news. Great acting is rooted in being at home with your own authority! It’s one of the most powerful tools you have to break through creative blocks, find your voice and free your spirit.
Shelley is a creative midwife helping actors, dancers and singers walk, talk, eat, sleep and breathe from their essence; when you’re in your essence you’re irresistible!
As a performer Shelley is best known for her critically acclaimed performance of TALKING WITH ANGELS: BUDAPEST, 1943, and can be seen on the big screen in SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, written and directed by her student, Boots Riley.
Shelley is a SAG Conservatory teacher at AFI and co-founder of The Slauson Rec. Theater School along with Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto.
3:00 pm-6:00 pm
for four classes
By appointment in Hollywood,
on-set, or on Skype.
Monthly Mentoring Intensive
4 one-on-one sessions
+ group class
• Audition Prep
• Stress Reduction
• Performance Prep
Duse Studio of Dramatic Art
Duse Studio is named after the great Italian actress, Eleonora Duse. She is considered by many to be the first modern actor and the mother of Method Acting.
Duse was such a powerful influencer that during her 1894 tour of the USA, the word “doozy” was adopted into the English language to describe something that was exceptional and life-changing. Twenty years later she became the first women to be on the cover of Time Magazine.
Eleonora Duse was the innovator of an acting technique she described as “the elimination of self”. Akin to the ideas associated with Zen Buddhism and Mindfulness, she said that her technique allowed her to internally connect with the character she was portraying and free her spirit from mind and ego so that emotional expression could take over.
“Shelley is a wizard!”
“Behind every great actor there’s almost always a great teacher. If you are eager to develop your skills as an actor, Shelley Mitchell’s class is a must!”
“Shelley took me on a journey to discover my true essence as an Artist – she went to a deep level so that anything learned would stick even when I was under enormous pressures. Now the performance place is somewhere I go to feel real, true and alive; the gift it should always have been.” AlunaGeorge
“Shelley is the real deal!”
“I met Shelley when we were both studying with Lee Strasberg in the 1970s. She was always fascinating to watch. Her talent was a magnet that drew everyone’s attention. In fact, as I recall, she was one of Strasberg’s favorites, if not the favorite!”
6576 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Call us at (424) 209-9822
or email: DuseStudio (at) gmail (dot) com