Dearest Talented Loved Ones!

I am thrilled to offer a full roster of classes for August into September. Classes offered this session include Monologue One; Intermediate  Monologue Two; and Back to Basics scene study (an important prerequisite for the one play focus series classes!! ) 

In addition, I’m offering  a fabulous pick for one play focus class! Much Ado About Nothing!! The infamous tale of pride and love! It’s an absolutely perfect play. Full of delicious parts for everyone! Details below! Advanced students please check your calendars and come join the immense fun we are going to have!

I am also aware that this is the time of year when people have travel plans. For any class offered, please let me know if you have a conflict when you sign up, and I will be happy to see what I can do in terms of working around your conflict! Just let me know upon registration!

As always please spread the word to any of your actor friends who might be interested in Monologue One class, and getting started on a great education In Shakespeare performance! I also have a  page on Facebook for classes. It is called Susan Hart Shakespeare classes and private coaching’s. Please don’t hesitate to share with everyone you know! Really appreciate any and all of you doing that!

Very excited to get started on this session! And looking forward to seeing many of you soon!

Huge love and gratitude as always,


August/September 2019

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 I cannot insure that your reservation is secure. This deposit is applied to the class fee. I 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. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN ONCE CLASS HAS BEGUN.



(Have a friend join you in signing up for this class, receive a 50$ discount for each of you!)

(Class Limit 8 people)

  Students receiver the core values of "First Folio Training"( The foundation of Chicago Shakespeare theater, where Susan was a teacher for many years and has performed in over 20 shows!!)  but also, in addition, many other 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:

6:00-10:00 pm

August 19- September 23

(skipping September 2 For Labor Day weekend)


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

August 27- September 24




(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 at the Juilliard School.   THE NEW PRINTING is available NOW and I'm thrilled to have it once again available for your education! Its a great, fun read!! Available at and on Amazon, and entirely affordable between 12$ and 15$!!! 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 ALL students. You will then apply your new knowledge to a brand new monologue chosen by your instructor as a contrasting piece to your first from Beginning Class!

ONE session offered     


August 29- September 26

SCENE STUDY [Back to Basics]


(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 might require rehearsing outside of class with your scene partner if you desire, but not imperative for the class.  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

August 28 September 25



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


( skipping Sept. 1st for Labor Day  holiday weekend)

Location: The Edge  and DEN Theatres


 " You must not, sir, mistake my niece; there is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her . They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them.
So absolutely thrilled to be exploring this perfect play again after several years! The infamous battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick has dazzled and delighted audiences for centuries! Two of the greatest lovers ever written, willful, stubborn, wildly intelligent, and real "softies" at heart, Bea and Ben are madly in love, and both too terrified of being wounded by the other, that they spar verbally with brilliant elan!  Only when faced with a villainous plot by the evil Don John to mislead Claudio into believing Hero has been unfaithful, do they admit their love and together, join forces to save Hero's honor. 
The play is perfectly balanced with humor and tragedy. Well-meaning people are up against a spiteful villain, and the emotional roller coaster is quite a ride!  I was lucky to finally play Beatrice at Milwaukee Shakespeare many years ago, in a wonderful production, and it was, honestly, a run that I never wanted to end! At it's core, the play grapples with the terrifying fear of not being loved, by many of the characters.....a theme that is so very human and complex. And it is the complexity of every character in this play that draws us in, and we never want to leave them ( MUCH, MUCH more on this at first class!!)
Please consider joining me for a fabulous 6 weeks in this dazzler of a play! We'll meet Bea and Ben ( nuf'said!); the innocent and beautiful young lovers Hero and Claudio; the noble and loving Leonato; the complete opposite, polar ends of the spectrum brothers...awesome Don Pedro and malicious Don John; Margaret and Ursula, the sassy , classy
waiting women to Hero: and, among others....the hilarious "Barney Fife" of the town, Dogberry, who, with his rather inept but enthusiastic band of brothers bring down the villainous plot and provide the happy ending to the story!  


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