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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 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


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