Testimonials

 

 

 

“Shelley is a wizard!”  – Shia LaBeouf

“To speak about Shelley, for me, means to write a love letter. The simplest way to put it, there are these extensions in life, necessary life lines. From the moment we’re born, our umbilical cord;  a ship’s line that holds the anchor down below on the ocean floor;  a shoe lace that holds our foot in the shoe;  these lines hold us down, ground us, allow us to move around with subtle life needs, yet still these lines connect us to our greater purpose. -The babies to survive, the boat to continue its journey, the shoe laces to protect our body on this earth.  Shelley is that, she’s that life line, she’s the fairy dust that tinker bell spreads on you to fly.  She’s the kiss that woke sleeping beauty!, she’s the fuel in your engine to keep you going; only this fuel is unlimited.  Sometimes you’ll take a pit stop, and then you’ll get back in the driver seat and head on your way.  She pulled me up when I was in the bottom of a self made trap. She’s given me the wisdom, the knowledge. and the power to carry myself through life and in my work; hands down and chin up.  She’s birthed me!  And she not only talks it, but she can definitely walk it,  …rare,  a jewel.”  -Bobby Soto

“Working with Shelley brought my opera career to the next level. By inviting me to connect to the magic that always flowed within me, I allowed my voice to become, as Shelley refers to it, “heavenly vapor.” It was through working with Shelley that I recognized the strain of perfectionism and turned my eyes instead to the pleasure and purpose of performance. Shelley’s wisdom feels ancient, as though she was sent here to usher in a revived excellence. Litha Ashforth @your.litha

Shelley allowed me to see how all things in my life are sources for my opera. I often refer to Shelley’s nuggets of wisdom, including the concept of outsourcing authority, in which we as artists give away our power, by seeking outward validation. Instead, she instructs us to live to tell. We are called upon to share, to tell, to teach. She encourages us to excavate; that which springs forth from ourselves, and from the text. Shelley’s ability to read between the lines, and plumb deeply into subtext and subtle meaning is unprecedented. This insight alone is worth every moment spent in her studio. Shelley is a gift to the artist and to the world.”
-Litha Ashforth @your.litha
 

 

 

“Shelley is the real deal!” -Sean Penn

 

“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’s work is very definite, very sound, very detailed…”  -Lee Strasberg

 

 

“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!” -Rita Moreno, EGOT

 

“Seeing Shelley bring Talking with Angels to life, three dimensional and whole, amazed me!” -Eamonn Walker

 

 

“I met Shelley when we were both studying with Lee Strasberg in the 1970s. 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!” -Harvey Keitel