Performance Classes at the Studio

All ISC classes allow students to explore the actual techniques and exercises we use to rehearse our plays.

Classes are intended for adults. Students under the age of 18 will be admitted only by consent of the instructor.

Lyrical Verse Speaking

Taught by ISC co-founder, David Melville, this 3-hour master class will introduce you to the
fundamentals of our approach to acting Shakespeare.*

Through a detailed examination of several of Shakespeare’s speeches, you will learn the basics of verse speaking, and skills to act Shakespeare with clarity and power. Please note, this class is not a coaching session. Although you will have an opportunity to practice the techniques, you won’t be receiving specific, individual acting notes.

$75 (eastcheap members, 30% off)

This class is a pre-requisite for Scene Study and Monologue Studio, so that all students share the same technique and vocabulary.

Sessions: Monday, 11/3 at 6:30 pm

*Full disclosure: we didn’t invent it. In fact, it is quite old-fashioned, and even perhaps a bit out of favor in contemporary theater circles. However, we know it works, and don’t mind being considered retro!

Shakespeare Scene Study

Taught by ISC Co-founder David Melville, this 3-hour ongoing class is an 8-week Shakespeare laboratory.

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, the exercise will help you develop your own connection to Shakespeare’s work.

Class will be held Tuesdays at 6:30. The next session begins Tuesday, 11/4 at 6:30 pm.

This class is $400.00 and can be paid in 2 installments.

Installment 1 is due before the 1st day of class.
Installment 2 is due before the start of the 5th week.

Shakespeare Monologue Studio

Taught by ISC Co-founders, David Melville and Melissa Chalsma, this 3-hour ongoing class is a 4-week Monologue class.

Work in depth on speeches from Shakespeare, using the techniques of verse speaking, as well as character physicalization. Ideal for preparing for auditions, as well as for broadening your ability to engage in detailed character analysis.

Class will be held Mondays at 6:30. The next session begins in January, 2015

This class is $200.00.


Classes are non-refundable.

Sign up for classes here.

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 Avnuee intersect. Park in the large parking lot number 1 or find ample street parking on Casitas Avenue.)

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

About Melissa Chalsma:
Melissa has directed many ISC productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Hamlet. As an actress, she has performed in numerous ISC productions, most recently in Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummner Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. She has also performed on Broadway and in regional theaters thorughout US and the UK. She has been on the faculty of California State University, Moorpark College, and Pepperdine University; teaching courses in directing, theater literature, acting, voice and movement. She received her MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.

About David Melville:
He first came to the US in the Broadway transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s Hamlet, with Ralph Fiennes. Other UK theatre credits include: Ivanov which performed at both the Almeida Theatre in London and the Maly theatre in Moscow; and the West End production of Mother Courage with Glenda Jackson. As Managing Director of Independent Shakespeare Co. David produces the Griffith Park Shakespeare Free Festival. Past roles with ISC include Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II and Henry V, Iago, Benedick, and Touchstone. He is the creator and composer of Red Barn, an original musical. Films include Hamlet, The Understudy, Perfection and Ironclad.