Duse Studio of Dramatic Art

at The Complex Hollywood

6472 Santa Monica Blvd.

Hollywood CA, 90038

DuseStudio@gmail.com • (424) 209-9822

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Duse Studio  

of Dramatic Art


Shelley Mitchell 

"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

​       Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony award

"We are living in a moment of unprecedented political lies and deception, making it

all the more urgent to find our own truth and the courage to speak it." -Shelley Mitchell

Duse Studio  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 was invited to world    premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival in June... 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, Green is Gold
Audience Choice Award winner, 2016 LA Film Festival

Old School Training in Hollywood

Shelley Mitchell is a SAG Conservatory instructor who's been cooking Method Acting back to it's liberating and consciousness-expanding essence for 25+ years. She trained directly with Lee Strasberg for over four years and is best known as an actress for her critically acclaimed performance of Talking with Angels: Budapest,1943.  Shelley is a certified Applied Kinesiology practitioner who brings quick and long lasting results, helping actors, singers, dancers and musicians speak their truth, up their game and transform their audience.
      "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 Reel
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.

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