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.

Sessions: Monday, January 26th at 6:30 PM
Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM

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.

*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!

Begins February 2

Taught by ISC company member, Joseph Culliton, this 3-hour ongoing class is an 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 is held Mondays at 6:30.

This class is $200.00 for 4 weeks of study. (eastcheap members, 30% off)

Begins March 9

Taught by ISC company member Joseph Culliton, 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 personal technique to connect to Shakespeare’s work.

Class is held Mondays at 6:30.

This class is $400.00 and can be paid in 2 installments (eastcheap members, 30% off):

Installment 1 is due before the 1st day of class.
Installment 2 is due before the start of the 5th week.
CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE Thank you for understanding.

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

Joseph Culliton has been a professional actor for 45 years. He has acted on Broadway, off-Broadway and extensively in regional theatre. He’s been seen in major motion pictures and on television. Joe also has a parallel career as an acting teacher.  He recently taught Shakespeare technique at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre. He’s taught verse speaking at Butler University and Allentown College. While on national tour with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, he conducted Shakespeare Workshops at colleges and high schools throughout the United States. 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. He has shared David Melville’s teaching load and has substituted for him. Joe was the director of ISC’s acclaimed productions of Richard II and Henry IV.  In collaboration with Thomas Ehas, he blended Shakespeare verse and classical music in two concerts with Symphony in the Glen, and matched great visual art with Shakespeare’s words in two programs at the Huntington Museum. Joe began coaching privately during his three decades in New York City.  As an 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. Joe asks that his students come to their first class having selected a speech from Shakespeare, to be either read or spoken from memory.