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


updated November 26, 2014



• Weekly classes in Hollywood, Wednesdays at 7pm
• Private Coaching
• On-Set
• Skype session -Call 424.209.9822 for details
• Private Coaching in San Francisco December 11,12,13

Prospective students may audit one class before enrolling.

Call 424.209.9822 or Email

at The Complex Theater, 6472 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90038
-upstairs in the Villa studio.

Mon Tu Wed Thu Fr Sat Sun
Scene Study Class


Tuition fees:
8 Week Class ..................... $485
Private Coaching: ............... $150/hour/sliding scale($80/hr for current students)
8 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

Coaching with Shelley Mitchell

Private Coaching:
Audition Prep. (taped or in-person)
Expressive Arts Healing
(Applied Kinesiology)

• Sound unscripted.
• Nail auditions.
• Focus,Focus, Focus.
• Balance Work/Life pressures.
• Script Analysis

• In San Francisco December 11,12,13.
Call or email to book a session!

"Let's find a way to freeze-dry the kinesiology and sell it on the Internet ... I kept the relaxed balanced state with voice half octave lower for about three hours after our appointment. Don't know how it works, don't care. I look forward to doing the same in December. If it's possible to stay that way, I'm all for learning how. Great to see you!
All the best," Tom Cokenias

"Shelley is amazing! She is a miracle-maker! I signed up for her class despite having no theatrical background (I work in technology and science) , more out of personal curiosity than anything else. It wasn’t easy, but after two years I came out of her class as a completely transformed individual. Never before have been so aware of myself, and the people around me, and the glorious nature of art! I’ve integrated lessons Shelley taught me into both my personal and professional life. I realized that I have deep rooted need to share myself with other people on a stage, or before a camera. I’ve pursued that need using my new found sense of self-awareness, and have begun to encounter success in the show-business industry. Though I’m still a technology professional, I am also currently a co-host for a show to be aired on the History Channel. In short, Shelley’s classes work! Take a risk and sign up for her class." Leonard Apelsin

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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• How to Deliver a TED-worthy presentation
Non-actors who need to speak in public
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