View this email in your browser

Dearest talented love ones,

Please find below the dates for our classes starting in mid-March and moving into April. We are very excited to be offering to beginning monologue classes, as well as to intermediate monologue classes at this time.

And we are extremely excited to announce that our one play focus series pick is the magnificent Julius Caesar!!! Oh that’s right! We have never taught this play in our series and are very excited to get started on it! And the really exciting news is that it will be followed in our April session by the magnificent Anthony and Cleopatra. Please do not register for Anthony and Cleopatra at this time, those days will be announced and then next sessions menu. But definitely if you’re interested in Julius Caesar please sign up!!!Juicy details are below!!! We are so looking forward to tackling a very tricky time in history covered over the course of these two plays! Details are below!

As always, please feel free to forward our class menu to any of your friends who might be interested in our beginning monologue courses! We are always seeking beginners! So please spread the word!

As always, love and gratitude,

Susan and Jeffrey




Here we go!

TO REGISTER, PLEASE RESPOND TO: an $80.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required within 7 days after you register, or we cannot insure that your reservation is secure. This deposit is applied to the class fee. We prefer online payment for deposits,  and have Venmo, Chase Quick Pay, Bank of America online  transfer, as well as the new Zelle option( which many banks now use for bank-to-bank transfers!) Just let Susan know which method you prefer,  and she will send you instructions for online payment of deposit ).  Also, if you need to mail a check, let Susan know and she'll send her mailing address to you!  If necessary, due to finances, you may pay half of the balance at the FIRST CLASS and then the remainder at the THIRD CLASS. This payment plan is available ONLY if you let SUSAN know UPON REGISTRATION.If you email to register, you should receive a response within a few days. The majority of classes are held in Andersonville on Chicago’s north side. Specific locations are TBD.

(Class Limit 8 people)

A prerequisite to all other courses, this five week course will introduce you to the Folio Technique (the foundation of Chicago Shakespeare  Theatre, where Susan has done 15 shows and Jeffrey played Prince Hal in Henry IV, parts 1&2, and the title role in Marlowe's Edward II).  In addition, we go well beyond that technique, as we have hugely expanded our vocabulary on teaching great Shakespeare over the years! Jeffrey Carlson has a Juilliard education where, among the brilliant faculty, he was fortunate enough to study with "Shakespeare Greats" Michael Kahn and Barry Edelstein. So we use the basics of Folio technique, with many  more delicious technique approaches as well.


As a result, our students not only receive "First Folio Training", but many helpful tools in approaching Shakespeare's text (i.e. clarity, word-choice, poetic devices, and - most importantly - a truthful, honest connection to the characters one thought at a time).  The goal is, of course to eventually let your character be a living, breathing human being who just happens to speak beautifully! You will promptly get to work on your very own  Shakespeare verse monologue to apply technique. Every student receives a great deal of individual attention and if you feel, in any way, over your head with the Bard as a professional actor…This class is for you.

TWO sessions offered:


6:00 pm-10:00 pm 

March 20th - April 17th


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 March 26th - April 23rd


(Class limit 10 people)

Prerequisite: One must have taken Beginning Monologue to take this course.

This is a five week course, taking you to the next level of verse speaking technique. The Book Thinking Shakespeare by Barry Edelstein will be required reading for this course. Mr. Edelstein is the Artistic Director of the Old Globe in San Diego, and a former faculty member (and Jeffrey’s teacher) at the Juilliard School.  T THE NEW PRINTING is available NOW and we are thrilled to have it  once again available for your education! Its a great, fun read!! !Available at and on Amazon!! The knowledge in the book and this course is almost certain to clarify any issues you may still have regarding verse speaking technique. Mr. Edelstein’s book forces the actor to ask the question "WHY?" constantly, and has proved an invaluable tool to us and our students. You will then apply your new knowledge to a brand new monologue chosen by your instructors as a contrasting piece to your first from Beginning Class!

ONE session offered:


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 21st - April 18th


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 25th - April 22nd




Prerequisite: Student MUST have taken Beginning Monologue, Intermediate Monologue and B2B Scene Study classes.

This is a 6 week class which explores an individual Shakespeare play in depth, by choosing key scenes involving the major characters. Each actor will have a scene in which he/she plays a larger role, and may be asked to play small roles in other scenes if needed. Sometimes this involves gender-bending, which is AWESOME! It’s a joy to work as a team and explore some of the wonderful puzzles these plays provide as the characters head on in their journeys. The responses to these classes have been tremendous


ONE session offered:


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 10th - April 14th

Location: The Edge Theatre

Julius Caesar


Hey all, we're heading back to Rome - to the 15th of March B.C. - for the first time in Carlson and Hart's history with “One Play Focus Scene Study” (circa 2008). We will be working on the high school English class favorite, JULIUS CAESAR, as our new adventure. I'm being flip. It's such a cool play.

While we have explored many monologues and scenes from this play in previous years, we feel it is definitely time to explore this play as a whole, only to follow up with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA during the following session.

...Back to JULIUS CAESAR... Please join us in the legendary tale of whacked-out politics, conspiracy, political game, compromised friendships, familial turmoil, moral beliefs (or the loss of), etc; and especially questions of HONOR in the mess. Not to mention the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire under the rule of Octavius Caesar (explored in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA).

This play, actually, was the inspiration for “One Play Focus Scene Study” in 2008, as Jeffrey played Brutus and a number of other roles at Juilliard. Susan and Jeffrey have both been in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Off-Broadway, respectively.

We are looking forward to, finally, completing Shakespeare's paring of famous, and infamous, Roman history and legend.


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Shakespeare Classes · 1732 W.Gregory St · Chicago, Il 60660 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp