A Mindful Approach to Great Dramatic Acting

Seeing the universal in the personal…

Shelley Mitchell has been cooking ‘The Method’ back to its liberating and mind-expanding essence for 25+ years. She’s a teacher, mentor and coach who can help you up your game and engage with parts of yourself that you didn’t even know you had. ​

Shelley is a creative midwife helping actors, dancers and singers to eat, sleep and breathe from their essence, where truth is at your fingertips and magic is in your every gesture.    

As a performer Shelley is best known for her critically acclaimed performance of 
TALKING WITH ANGELS: BUDAPEST, 1943. She can be seen on the big screen in SORRY TO BOTHER YOUwritten and directed by her student, Boots Riley, and GREEN IS GOLD, also written, directed by and starring her student Ryon Baxter.

Shelley co-founded Slauson Rec. Theater School  with
Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto and produced the June 29, 2019, Sacred Spectacle event in DTLA featuring the Slauson Rec. players.

Weekly Classes

in Hollywood

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

for 4 classes

$600/3 Months
12 classes + 1 Private Session

Private Coaching

By appointment in Hollywood,
on-set or on Skype.  

(sliding scale) 

Monthly Mentoring Intensive
four one-on-one sessions
+ group class

• Script Analysis

• Character Study 

• Eliminate Anxiety

• Scene Work

• Sense-Memory


• Stress Reduction

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. Duse is unknown to many modern actors yet Stanislavsky and Strasberg both stand on her shoulders.

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.

Shia LaBeouf

“Shelley is a wizard!”


“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.”  

Sean Penn

“Shelley is the real deal!”

Rita Moreno

“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!”

Harvey Keitel

“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!”

Lee Strasberg

“Shelley’s work is very definite, very sound, very detailed.”

Duse Studio

Dorie Theater
Wednesdays: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036

Call us at (424) 209-9822
email:  DuseStudio (at) gmail (dot) com

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