with Shelley Mitchell 

Duse Studio  

Old School Training in Hollywood​

of Dramatic Art

"Does it seem to you that it is possible to speak of art? -It would be the same as trying to explain love." - Eleonora Duse, 1858-1924

"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!"  



Duse Studio of Dramatic Art

at The Complex Hollywood

6472 Santa Monica Blvd.

Hollywood CA, 90038

DuseStudio@gmail.com • (424) 209-9822

"Our technology is quickly upstaging our humanity, making it all the more urgent for us to be mindful of our most defining trait: the ability to find meaning through creativity."

-Shelley Mitchell

Duse Studio of Dramatic Art  is named after the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse.  She was fundamental to the birth of modern acting as we know it. Both Stanislavsky and Lee Strasberg cite Duse as an inspiration for their techniques. ...Duse was such a powerful and influential performer that the word 'doozy' was invented after her 1893 tour of the USA!
Duse was the innovator of a technique she described as "the elimination of self". Akin to the ideas of 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.

Method Acting Class For Film in Los Angeles

"I came to Shelley a competent performer with success  that had me in front of an audience much of the year, but I felt completely stuck. ...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."      -ALUNA FRANCIS of AlunaGeorge  


"Dear Shelley, Green is Gold won the audience choice  award at the 2016 LA Film Festival!... Thank you so much for your creative contribution, your performance was flawless (those scenes are so f#&%n great because of the choices you made).  I'm eternally grateful for your mentorship and wisdom... You have been an angel in my life ;)"          
 ​filmmaker, actor, producer, Green is Gold
                                                 Now trending on NETFLIX!

Shelley Mitchell is a SAG Conservatory instructor who's been cooking The Method back to it's liberating and consciousness-expanding essence for 25+ years. She trained directly with Lee Strasberg in his private class and at the Actors Studio. As a performer, she is best known for her critically acclaimed performance of "TALKING WITH ANGELS" and can be seen on the big screen in the Sundance 2018 darling "SORRY TO BOTHER YOU", written and directed by her student Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield.

"She's the real deal!" Sean Penn​

​​​Weekly Classes

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

• Scene Study
• Script Analysis

• Emotional Memory

• Meisner Repetition

• How to Sound Unscripted​​

• Demystify 'Method Acting' 

• Transform Fear into Creativity

Private Coaching
In person or on Skype.

Audition and On-Set
Monthly Mentoring Intensive

​• Business Presentations & Media


Shelley Mitchell

Training with Shelley Mitchell can free your spirit and bring you to a place where you're fresh, you're interesting and you discover parts of yourself that you didn't even know you had!  You'll come out of this training knowing how to create characters from the fabric of your own soul and make full use of whatever it is that makes you special.

Duse Studio

"When I started my training with Shelley, I was obsessed with analysis and themes. There are great benefits in those skills, but Shelley brings the focus back to you, and that's what the world wants; the world wants the truest you, and that, by the way, is ultimately what you want too.  ...I've had life-changing breakthroughs with Shelley, and am eternally grateful to her."      -MOJEAN ARIA, winner of the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship