Life will do everything to destroy your soul,
art will remind you that you have one.
-Stella Adler


updated November 22, 2013

• Weekly classes in Hollywood on Wednesdays at 7pm
• Private Coaching - audition, reel prep and on-set
• Skype session -Call 424.209.9822 for details

Prospective students may observe one class before enrolling.

To reserve a spot or get more info
424.209.9822 or click here to email

Serious Beginners are welcome.

All classes are taught by Shelley Mitchell unless otherwise indicated.

at The Complex Theater, 6472 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90038
Hammond Studio

On-going classes

Call 424.209.9822

Mon Tu Wed Thu Fr Sat Sun
Scene Study Class


Tuition fees: (sliding scale on request)
8 Week Class .......................... $485
Private Coaching: .................... $150/hour ($80/hr for current students)
Six Week Intensive Training ..... $1,200
Intensive Training includes one group class and one private session each week.

Please email or call to set up a phone interview for private coaching.
(424) 209-9822

Classes in Dramatic Art with Shelley Mitchell

Private Coaching with Shelley Mitchell
• Finding the universal in the personal.
• How to sound unscripted.
• Sense-memory
• Substitution
• Concentration
• Improvisation
• Scene Study
• Script analysis
• Audition Prep

(Prepared scenes and monologues encouraged.)

corporate and executive coaching
•How to Deliver a TED-worthy presentation • click here

16 free things to do!
Here are some of the artists, books, films and current events that have inspired me and shape my work. SM

1. Touched by Duse
2. Read chapters 1 & 2 of Respect for Acting by Ute Hagen.

3. Read The Art of Acting by Stella Adler.
4. Watch 'Inside the Actors Studio' on BRAVO! TV.
5. Listen to Sherry Turkel talk about technology and emotions
6. Click here to listen to Alec Baldwin on Fresh Air!
7. Watch 'Looking for Richard' by Al Pacino
8. the Soul of the American
9. James Grissom blog - Interviews with Great Actors
10. Watch 'Searching for Debra Winger' by Rosanna Arquette
11. Watch 'Esther Kahn' with Summer Phoenix
12. Read TRUTH by Susan Batson (Shelley Mitchell is recommended by Susan!)
13. Listen to Susan Batson here on NPR
or here on On Point
14. Watch Jill Bolte Taylor and read her book My Stroke of Insight
15. Watch Jaron Lanier and read his book You Are Not A Gadget
16. Charlie Kaufman speaks about being an artist in the film industry.

Check out our reading and youtube list here-

Class Policies
- Classes are ongoing throughout the year which means you can sign up for your eight week session at any time.
- If Shelley has performance obligations, class will be rescheduled.
- Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.
- New students have eight weeks to complete the their classes.
- Class size is limited to 16
- Everyone must observe one class or have an interview before enrolling ($45). Call or email for info or an appointment to audit. Class is three hours, please plan to stay for the entire period.
- Keeping the class safe, dynamic, cutting-edge and professional is of primary importance to everyone. Inappropriate, destructive or sexually harassing behavior will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal.
- No refunds.
- Missed classes can be made up. Two missed classes = one private session.





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