This fall, we're offering our popular Scene Study and Monologue classes, in addition to two new courses to help deepen your skills and expand you confidence. They are all taught at our indoor Independent Studio.

Because we believe that the ultimate goal of classwork is performance whether for professional or personal reasons, the Scene Study Classes and Monologue Studio students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a presentation Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 pm, open to friends, family, and the public. This is not a requirement for attending the classes, but is a great way to celebrate the work!

Please note, that once you are enrolled, classes are non-refundable. Thank you for your understanding!

Taught by Joseph Culliton

We all want to make choices that are dynamic, informed, and entertaining, and this class is designed to help you do just that. Based in thorough text analysis and the fundamentals of verse speaking, these classes will help you develop a personal technique to connect to poetic texts.

The beginning class lays out the basics of verse speaking and connecting to Shakespeare's words in a personal way. It is perfect for actors new to Shakespeare performance, or people with a general interest in learning more about the acting of Shakespeare. All students present their text and work on their feet in every class.

In the advanced class, expectations are more intense and the work is more detailed and demanding. It requires a familiarity with acting Shakespeare and assumes a working knowledge of classical texts. Commitment is paramount, and participation is at the discretion of ISC and the instructor.

Advanced:  Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Eight weeks beginning September 18
14 students maximum in each section
400 (payable in 2 installments)

$360 if you enroll by September 1

Beginning: Sundays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Eight weeks beginning September 17 
14 students maximum in each section
$400 (payable in 2 installments)

$360 if you enroll by September 1

Taught by Joseph Culliton

Ideally, every monologue should take you (and your audience) on a journey. This four-week class will help you do just that. You’ll enhance your ability to use language to craft character, become more confident as a classical actor, and leave with an audition-ready monologue in your pocket! All students present their text at every class.

Sundays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Four weeks, beginning October 15
10 students maximum
$200 ($180 if you enroll by October 1)

Taught by Melissa Chalsma

Want to gain real insight into how to speak Shakespeare’s texts? This is a six-week crash course in the most efficient and valuable techniques for classical speaking and acting we’ve discovered. You’ll learn the fundamentals of verse speaking, and how to access the power of verse structure in your work. You’ll also develop skills to give you clearer, more athletic speaking.

You will leave the class with specific, concise techniques, as well as materials and resources to help you implement your new skills as you move forward in your work.

This class is designed for students with Shakespeare performance experience, but who feel they have more to learn in the areas of speech and verse speaking.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Six weeks beginning September 19 
15 students maximum
$350 (payable in 2 installments)
$320 if you enroll by September 1

Taught by Kalean Ung

Find your voice through Shakespeare’s text! This workshop will both introduce you to the fundamental techniques of breath support, projection, and vocal range as well as deepen your understanding and commandment of these techniques through Shakespeare. Through these techniques you will expand your capability to find character through vocal choices and free your voice through physicality and play. This workshop will guide you in crafting a connection between the three main elements of the performer’s instrument: the body, the voice, and the imagination. Whether you are new to voice training or someone looking for more vocal tools to sharpen your skills as an experienced actor, this voice class is a hands-on, physical, and fun, intensive two-day workshop.

Saturday, September 30
12:00 - 4:00 pm & Sunday, October 1
5:30 - 9:30 pm
10 students maximum
$200 ($180 if you enroll by September 1)

All Classes held at the Independent Studio:

Independent Shakespeare Co.
3191 Casitas Avenue, #168
Los Angeles, CA 90039

(The studio is located next to the parking lot where Minneapolis St. and Casitas Avenue intersect. Park in the large parking lot number 1 or find ample street parking on Casitas Avenue.)

Email Sarah for more information or call (818) 710-6306.


Melissa Chalsma is Artistic Director and co-founder of Independent Shakespeare Co. For ISC, she has directed manyproductions, and devised countless workshops for young people and adults. As an actor, she is seen on the ISC stage, and has also acted on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theater throughout the US and the UK. She has taught movement, voice, and acting at Pepperdine University, Moorpark College, and California State University, Northridge (where she also directed extensively). As a private voice and speech coach, she has worked in theater, film, and television.


Joseph Culliton has been a professional actor for 45 years, and has acted, directed, and taught for ISC since 2005. He has acted on Broadway, off-Broadway and extensively in regional theater. He’s been seen in major motion pictures and on television. Joe has also taught Shakespeare technique at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre. He’s taught verse speaking at Butler University, Allentown College, and has conducted Shakespeare Workshops at colleges and high schools across the country.   In his ten years as an ISC company member, he has devised and performed interactive Shakespeare programs for middle schools and high schools in the LAUSD. As a provate acting coach he has guided young students in preparing their first auditions, polished the work of experienced professionals, and assisted well-known actors as they rehearsed for major engagements.

Kalean Ung is an award-winning actress, singer, and inter-disciplinary artist. Besides being a company member on ISC, she has performed at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, HIghways Performance Space, The Actors' Gang, and the Getty Villa among others. She has worked with critically acclaimed performance groups such as Critical Mass Performance Group, Four Larks Theatre, and CalArts Center for New Performance. As an educator, Kalean has taught voice for actors at California Institute for the Arts, California State University, Northridge; and New York Film Academy. Kalean also coaches voice and singin privately.