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As you may have gathered by the NEW email address, I am now teaching on my own. My beloved best friend and teaching partner, Jeffrey Carlson, has retuned home to LA..(sob).for some much needed rest and time to revitalize for the next step in his career. His loving teaching legacy will continue to live on in the work we do together in the near future, as I am sure I will be quoting him incessantly.....( I love Jeffrey so much...this change is pretty rough!)  We all love you Jeffrey Carlson, and will miss you very much. I look forward to continuing to serve Chicago actors with my Shakespeare training skills., and will continue to teach for a while.

Please find below the classes for May/June 2019! Im thrilled to be offering Monologue One (previously dubbed Beginning monologue class) as well as Intermediate Monologue Two class. In addition I look forward to tackling another tremendous play in the One-Play-Focus class on Sunday evenings.

And the play I have chosen to explore in that series, is THE MERCHANT OF VENICE!!!  I look forward to navigating the difficulties of this complex play with the advanced students... And look forward to lots of great debates over the six week class!

As always, do not hesitate to share information to your cool actor friends who might appreciate the work !!.  Always seeking startup monologue students, and really value so many of you spreading the word.  

Onward and Upward!! Looking forward to seeing many of you soon!

Yours With Huge Gratitude,
 Susan Hart




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.

(Class Limit 8 people)

Students receive 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 pm-10:00 pm 

May 1st  - May 29th


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 May 7th - June 4th


(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.  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

May 6th - June 10th

(Skipping May 27th for Memorial Day )



 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.              
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.

  May 5th– June 16th 

( skipping May 26 for Memorial day holiday weekend)

Location: The Edge and Den Theatres

The Merchant  of Venice 3.0 

“The quality of mercy is not strained...”Act IV, Sc 1
 “Hath not a Jew eyes?”....Act III, Sc 1


This is the third “one-play-focus” venture into Merchant of Venice, the hotly debated, complex exploration of human dimensionality and bias by our beloved William Shakespeare. I will keep this discussion short for now, but  I can promise we'll explore the play AS WRITTEN, not deflated and exhausted by the myriad of misconceptions about it. Advanced Students, please check those calendars and come join the adventure!



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