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Dearest Talented Loved Ones, 

Heads up everyone! We are starting the Tuesday evening Beginning monologue class one week later than originally advertised. Reason being that we had to cancel class on Tuesday due to the devastating cold, so we need an extra week to finish up the current session. The Tuesday class for February will now begin on the 19th and resume on March 19. Details below! Also!! THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF ROOM in ALL of our class offerings for Mid- February into Mid-March 2019.Please check your calendars and come join us!! 

We are offering Beginning monologue classes( we need Beginners so spread the word!!), as well as Intermediate Monologue class and Back to Basics scene study. 

One play focus class will be back in March. Still debating what play to do.

As always, please don’t hesitate to forward this class menu to your cool actor friends! As stated above, we are very much in need of Beginners this session so please consider helping out and sharing Beginning class info!!

Looking forward to finishing out the winter with many of you!

Huge 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:


6:00-10:00 pm 

February 7th - March 7th

(this class is NOW starting on the 19th, instead of the 12th!)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 February 19th - March 19th


(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

February 11th - March 18th



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 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:

 Wednesday Evenings

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 13th - March 13th


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