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

DuseStudio@gmail.com • (424) 209-9822

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 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 being 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 YOU", a 2018 Sundance favorite, written and directed by her student, Boots Riley.​​​

​​​​Weekly Classes 

• Scene Study
• Script Analysis

• Emotional Memory

• Dramatic Improv

• Sound Unscripted​​

• Transform Fear into Creativity​​

Private Coaching
In person or on Skype.

Audition and On-Set
Monthly Mentoring Intensive

​• Business Presentations & Media


Shelley Mitchell

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

with Shelley Mitchell 

Duse Studio  

Old School Training in Hollywood​

"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

" 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."

-Shelley Mitchell

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.