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
"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
"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
"She's the real deal!" -Sean Penn
Duse Studio of Dramatic Art
at The Complex Hollywood
6472 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood CA, 90038
DuseStudio@gmail.com • (424) 209-9822
" I help people look inside themselves and create characters from the fabric of their own soul.
Being natural is not enough in the 21st century, we need to acknowledge the universal in the personal, too."
Duse Studio of Dramatic Art is named after the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1859-1924). She is considered by many to be the first modern actor and the mother of Method Acting. ...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.
"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 ;)"
-RYON BAXTER filmmaker, actor, producer, Green is Gold
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