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Dearest Talented Loved Ones, 

BIG news everyone! Jeffrey Carlson will be leaving Chicago at the end of April. More details on that to come! (All good.... just time for change!) But if any of you would like to get in on classes with Susan and Jeffrey teaching together. We are announcing that this is our last session as a team for awhile. So get in on the big fun now!

Please find below the dates for our classes starting in mid-March and moving into April. We are offering 2 Beginning monologue classes,  1 Intermediate monologue class , and are ADDING a BACK TO BASICS Scene Study Class for those of you who need to take this important prerequisite class for our "one-play" series...,as well as ONE-PLAY-FOCUS class.

In our previous menu we had announced that we were going to explore Julius Ceasar in our one play-focus class.... But because of Jeffrey Carlson’s departure, we are going to do the magnificent  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA instead! Dates and details are below! Advanced students please get back to us soon. The class is filling fast! And this deadline for sign-up is Monday, March 4.

There is no deadline for sign-up for the other classes. The March 4 date only applies to Anthony and Cleopatra class.

As always, please feel free to forward our class menu to any of your friends who might be interested in our beginning monologue courses! We are always seeking beginners! So please spread the word!

As always, 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 pm-10:00 pm 

March 20th - April 17th


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 March 26th - April 23rd


(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

April 1st - April 29th

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:


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

MARCH 21st - APRIL 18th





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


ONE session offered:


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 10th - April 14th

Location: The Edge Theatre

Antony and Cleopatra

"She shall be buried by her Antony

No grave upon the earth shall clip in it

A pair so famous."


We are beyond thrilled that we are returning to this magnificent play! As we mentioned above, our very first "One-Play-Focus " class was ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. We laughingly remember that at that point, we only did about 7 scenes....hahaha!  Boy have things changed!  So naturally, we are looking forward to adding many more scenes this time around, once again,  to get an in-depth look at more characters other than just Tony and Cleo!

Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous dramatic lovers in the eyes of the world. But there's no doubt that Antony and Cleopatra are the most infamous lovers in world history.  These two lovers live in infamy for the powerful positions they both held in antiquity, and their flawed, passionate devotion to each other, which led to their demise. What a fantastic story!! And Shakespeare's version of the tale is considered the greatest telling of this incredible period in history!  This play is HUGE!  It consists of 42 scenes!  Location changes like crazy!  Off stage battles that are so hard to track!  Almost impossible to stage in a LET'S DO IT!!!!

Come join the fun in lush, sensual Egypt as Rome threatens to encroach upon Cleopatra's dynasty, and, eventually, succeeds. Join the amazing , petulant, Cleopatra( talk about a drama queen, but then she is sublime and regal in Act 5...what a creation!!!!) ; the formerly awesome Antony, struggling to balance his former greatness with his infatuation with Egypt's infamous Queen ; the ruthless, silent-but-deadly, young Octavius Caesar determined to dissolve Rome's Triumvirate and "bear the palm alone" ; the sassy Charmian and devoted Iras, Cleopatra's faithful and constant companions ;  the wily, funny and extremely devoted Enobarbus, a brother-like friend to Antony;  poor  Lepidus, the impotent third wheel of  Rome's triumvirate rule; and Octavius' sister Octavia, a pawn in a doomed political marriage to Antony.  Add some eunuchs, soothsayers, pirate-like soldiers, opinionated onlookers, and STIR!!!  Off we go!!!  

Really looking forward to taking on this EPIC tale with you...our amazing artists!

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