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Dearest Talented Loved Ones!

I am thrilled to offer another  full roster of classes for October into November. 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  daunting and remarkable pick  for "One-Play-Focus" Class!!!! And it's MEASURE FOR MEASURE gang!!!  Details below! Advanced students please check your calendars, put your seatbelts on...and join this exploration of a roller-coaster of a play!!!

 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.  Here's the link! 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,

October/November 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. Specific locations are TBD.

Have a friend join you in signing up for 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 pm - 10:00 pm
October 1st - October 29th

6:00-10:00 pm 
October 2nd - October 30th


Class limit: 10 people

Prerequisite: One must have taken  Monologue One 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 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:

October 7th- November 11th
(skipping Nov.4th)

SCENE STUDY (Back to Basics)

Class limit: 10 people
Prerequisite: Students must have taken  Monologue One and Intermediate Monologue Two.

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 may require rehearsing outside of class with your scene partner. if you choose, but this is not imperative for taking 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
October 3rd- October 31st

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.
October 20th– November 24th

Location: The  Edge Theatre (Black Box space)
5451 N. Broadway

" Who shall believe thee Isabel?
My unsoiled name, th’austereness of my life,
My vouch against you, and my place i’the state,
Will so your accusation overweigh,
That you shall stifle in your own report,
And smell of Calumny..
Act II, Scene iv

The editors of the Folger edition of Measure for Measure make reference to a Joseph Summers' essay. that is fascinating and true: “Summers points out that, while the dramaturgy of most Shakespeare plays allows us to know the characters and their world by Act II and thus anticipate likely developments, in Measure for Measure we cannot at all predict what will happened.  We are reduced to a state of childlike waiting for the revelation of wonders by a secretive Duke and a mysterious playwright.”

Measure for Measure is dubbed as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”...  In a previous exploration of the play ( SEVEN years ago !!!) we found the play to be an extremely difficult, but ultimately rewarding and satisfying masterpiece about real human behavior, from the Master of understanding humanity, our beloved Will.   So, if you want to get to know the inner workings of Isabella, Angelo, the Duke, Claudio. Lucio, Marianna, and perhaps some downright ridiculous clowns !!! Come join the fun!!!
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