As we enter into the season of gratitude, we want you all to know how thankful we are to have you in our lives. Even those of you that we haven’t met yet! We look forward to meeting you in the near future! We love the opportunity of sharing knowledge approaching classical text with so many of you! It remains a completely rewarding vocation for both of us, And watching all of you grow in our classes, and then winding up on professional stages all over Chicago and around the country is the best part of the job! Thank you so much for your dedication to the work!
Please find below our classes for the New Year of 2019! We are thrilled to be offering Beginning monologue classes, as well as Intermediate monologue classes. In addition we will be offering our fabulous" back to basics Scene Study" class, an important prerequisite for our one play focus classes!!
And the play we have chosen to explore in that series, is the richly textured, hilarious and moving CYMBELINE!! That’s right folks, one of the last plays he wrote, considered one of the romances, this play is incredibly challenging with its complicated verse structure, and crazy fairytale-like plot!!! We have both had the good fortune of being in productions of this play and are extremely fond of the story, and the challenges! So, advanced students, check those calendars! We are so thrilled at the prospect of our current advanced students tackling this wonderful, tricky beast! What a great way to start the new year!
As always, do not hesitate to share information to your actor friends who might appreciate the work that we do. We are always seeking beginning monologue students, and really value so many of you spreading the word.
Wishing everyone of you a glorious holiday season, filled with friends, family, food and love!
Yours With Huge Gratitude,
Susan and Jeffrey
Here we go!
TO REGISTER, PLEASE RESPOND TO: firstname.lastname@example.org. an$80.00 non-refundable, non-transferable depositis 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.
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:
January 3rd-January 31st
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 8th - February 5th
INTERMEDIATE MONOLOGUE (Back To Basics)
($340.00) (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 Target.com 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
January 7th - February 11th
(skipping January 14th for personal conflict of the teachers)
SCENE STUDY (Back to Basics) (340.00)
(Class limit 10 people)
Prerequisite: Students must have taken Beginning Monologue and Intermediate Monologue (Back to Basics). This is a five week course in which we further apply the wonderful tools from THINKING SHAKESPEARE. The scenes we will explore will, predominantly, be two person scenes. This will require rehearsing outside of class with your scene partner. You will be faced with new challenges beyond monologue class like shared lines, short lines, and a super fun part – LISTENING!! – What a novel concept – and you will genuinely be interacting with another human being using Shakespeare’s amazing language.
ONE session offered:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 9th - February 6th
ONE PLAY FOCUS SCENE STUDY ($380.00) Prerequisite: Student MUST have taken Beginning Monologue, Intermediate Monologue and B2B Scene Study classes. Teacher approval required. 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. Serious students only please. These classes are a lot of work and require discipline.
ONE session offered:
6:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.
January 13th – February 17th
Location: The Den and Edge Theatres
“I would have broke mine eye-strings, cracked them, but To look upon him till the diminution Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle...” Act I, sc. iii
“ 'Tis still a dream, or else such stuff as madmen Tongue, and brain not; either both, or nothing, Or senseless speaking, or a speaking such As sense cannot untie” Act V, sc. iii
This is our third “one-play-focus” venture into what Susan likes to say, (and it’s so true), is a BIG FAT FAIRY TALE... Way too much underdone on the stage… Probably because there is one plot too many... The play is a wonderful challenge technically… (It’s almost like Shakespeare was trying to kill Richard Burbage (one of his leading actors) with the role of Posthumous… “Take that, Dickie!!”) The verse line endings are very, very tricky and sooooo juicy. It has many gorgeous scenes (and so many monologues that one can steal for auditions, men and women). Many of you have seen or worked on an Imogen / Posthumous monologue here and there… But NOW we get to follow the gang's entire story… and dive into the journeys of the nasty Queen and her weirdo son, Cloten, Imo’s long lost brothers (Aviragus and Guidarius), Belarius (banished from the court), more of Imogen’s hubby (Posthumous), his faithful servant (Pisanio), the Italian Stallion (Iachimo) and we've added some material to the suite to include more Cymbeline and Lucius to the storytelling. Jeffrey was lucky enough to play Iachimo at Yale Rep in 2016 under the helm of the now Artistic Director of the Juilliard Drama Division, Evan Yionoulis. Through laughter and tears, and a beautiful Act V, we do hope you’ll join us on our trip from Briton to Italy, and our mysterious journey to Milford Haven and home again. It's a gorgeous play! Looking forward to hearing from you.