Duse Studio  

Old School Training in Hollywood​

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 wonthe 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

Shelley Mitchell

Shelley Mitchell has been cooking The Method back to it's liberating and consciousness-expanding essence for 25+ years. She is a teacher, mentor and coach who can bring you to a place where you're fresh, you're interesting and where you discover parts of yourself that you didn't even know you had. ​ -As a performer, she 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 YOUwritten and directed by her student, Boots Riley.​​​
Shelley is also co-founder with Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto, of The Slauson Rec. Theater School.

​​​​Weekly Classes 

A Mindful Approach to Being Irresistible

• Scene Study
• Script Analysis

• Emotional Memory

• Dramatic Improv

• Sound Unscripted​​

• A Mindful Approach to Being Irresistible

Private Coaching

Audition Prep. and On-Set
Monthly Mentoring Intensive

​• Business Presentations & Media

Shelley Mitchell

Duse Studio

​"She's the real deal!" -Sean Penn​

Shelley Mitchell with Bobby Soto, Shia LaBeouf and Cynthia Carmona,

starring in David Ayer's 2019 film,

"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​​

Duse Studio of Dramatic Art

A Mindful Approach to Being Irresistible

at The Complex Hollywood

6472 Santa Monica Blvd.

Hollywood CA, 90038

DuseStudio@gmail.com • (424) 209-9822


​​​​"​Being natural isn't enough any more, robots will soon be natural. As artists, self-awareness comes easily to us, so we need to show up in the world by favoring our humanity over our social media image, least we become toxic mimics of ourselves and strangers to our own essence."

"Shelley is a wizard!"  -Shia LaBeouf

with Shelley Mitchell

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

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. 
Eleonora 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.