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Dearest Talented Loved Ones!
Warmest greetings to each and every one of you! If only the weather would get warm! Regardless, happy Spring!
I am thrilled to offer a full roster of classes for June into July. Of course, working around the Fourth of July holiday. 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 thrilling pick for one play focus class! This class will extend into August slightly. The play( or plays...!) is one of my all-time favorites, having been in it twice at Chicago Shakespeare theater. And it is the play during which I met my beloved friend, Jeffrey Carlson. Our production subsequently performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, UK. And that time is one of the fondest memories of my life. That's right darlings...the pick is   HENRY THE FOURTH,  Parts one and two!!! The incredible story of young prince Hal..kicking and screaming his way to the throne of England. And eventually becoming the greatest king in the history of England. King Henry V. Dates and details are below! Advanced students please consider joining this amazing study of two incredible plays combined into one class!
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 new 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,





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:


6:00-10:00 pm 

June 6th - July 11th
(skipping July 4th!)


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 June 17th - July 15th 


(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:


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
June 11th - July 9th



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:

 Wednesday Evenings

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
June 12th - July 17th 
 (skipping July 3rd)



 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.

June 30th - August 11th
(skipping July 7th for Holiday weekend!)

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

HENRY IV Pts 1 and 2...3.0 

'I'll so offend to make offence a skill
Redeeming time, when men think least I will


The story of Prince Hal, whose father, Henry Bolingbroke, usurped the throne of England from Richard II, a young man who was not BORN  to be heir to the throne Choosing to spend most of his time in taverns and whorehouses with the fat Knight Sir John Falstaff and a bunch of other crazies,  rather than in the Court training for his pending responsibilities as the future King of England. 
In addition, Henry the Fourth's precarious rule as King, has caused many uprisings of rebellion throughout the British Isles, and the throne is in constant danger. This is a tale of a reluctant, flawed, brilliant young man, coming to terms with becoming King. Oh...not just ANY King mind you, but, King HENRY V, the greatest king in the history of England!!! 
On the journey with him is a fantastic group of simply unforgettable characters: The lovable braggart Falstaff; the loyal best buddy, Poins; the tavern crew of misfits Bardolph , Pistol., Peto and the lovable, , well-intentioned malaprop Mistress Quickly ; King Henry IV, , haunted by his conscience, troubled by his son , the rebels, and his failing health.  The Percy family faction....Hal's nemesis , the heroic, fiery Hotspur and his gorgeous amazing wife, Lady Percy; Hotspur's ineffectual wimp of a father, Northumberland;; and the crafty leader of the rebellion, Hotspur's uncle  the Duke of Gloucester. We'll also meet Hal's brothers, his father's loyal right-hand -man Westmoreland, the stern Chief Justice, who, historically, actually threw Hal in jail after Hal hit him!  
 In order to complete this course within 6 weeks, we'll be doing a lot of Part One, with just enough of Part Two to complete Hal's journey! 
Please consider joining  this FABULOUS story!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!




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