with Shelley Mitchell 

Duse Studio  

Old School Training in Hollywood​

An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.       -MARLON BRANDO

Shelley Mitchell and Emile Hirsch

Shelley Mitchell and Juliette Binoche

Brain Candy

  • -Watch Matthew Weiner, creator of MADMEN, speak about the last episode, the series, the actors and the writers.
  • -Check out Sean Penn's recent Huff Post interview where he talks about acting, Hollywood and the internet.
  • -Where to begin to introduce you to the incredible Dr. Mario Martinez?! This youtube is a good place to start. His understanding of the mind-body connection and human pathos is a perfect model to help us understand why great dramatic art is so transformative. Enjoy!
  • -Through her TEDtalk on Shame, Dr. Brené Brown inadvertently gets to the heart of great acting.
  • -From James Grissom's blog, Follies of God , thoughts on acting from Elia Kazan: "Everyone asks about acting. It's not a stupid question. Everyone wants to know what makes a good actor; what makes a good director. No one asks these questions more often--and for longer periods of time--than actors or directors...
  • -A 'must see' film, The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel, gives us all insight into where the entertainment industry is, where it's going and what it's doing to our spirit. --On itunes.

Believing in yourself you gain confidence, which allows you to relax. Relaxation is one of the most important parts about acting.                                                     -Emile Hirsch

"Artists and poets are the raw nerve ends of humanity.
By themselves they can do little to save humanity.
Without them there would be little worth saving."
Anonymous quote on a gravestone,
Green River Cemetery, New York

of Dramatic Art