An actor is at most a poet, and at least an entertainer.
is based on the legacy of the great
Italian actress Eleonora Duse. Born in 1858 to a family of itinerant actors,
Duse was fundamental to the birth of modern acting as we know it. Both Stanislavsky and Lee Strasberg cite her as the inspiration for their methods and theories. ...So powerful was her acting that during her 1893 tour of the USA the word 'doozy' became a part of the American vernacular.
Duse was the innovator of a technique she described as "the elimination of self". Akin to the Buddhist ideas of non-attachment and mindfulness, she writes that her technique allowed her to internally connect with the character she was portraying and allow expression to occur.
Shelley Mitchell's offers serious training based on an exploration of the human spirit. Her class is free from commercial or academic constraints. Beginning actors are welcome. Working actors, writers, directors and film makers will find an inspiring place to strengthen their voice and clairfy their vision.
"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,
known for: OZ, LORD OF WAR, CADILLAC RECORDS, OTHELLO, JULIUS CEASAR (opposite Denzel Washington)and CHICAGO FIRE
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