Taught by Joseph Culliton

Beginning Scene Study 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.

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Eight weeks beginning March 12
14 students maximum
$400 (payable in 2 installments) **register by 2/12 and pay $360

Advanced Scene Study a course for those with a working knowledge of Shakespearean texts. Expectations are more intense and the work is more detailed and demanding. It requires a familiarity with acting Shakespeare. Commitment is paramount, and participation is at the discretion of ISC and the instructor. All students must be approved by Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma, please email her your resume or a brief paragraph describing your experience.

Sundays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Eight weeks beginning March 10
14 students maximum
$400 (payable in 2 installments) **register by 2/10 and pay $360

Taught by Joseph Culliton

Over the course of four weeks you will master an audition piece, whether for use professional or for your own enjoyment. Verse speaking and character analyses are the focus.

Monologue Studio: Sundays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Session one: four weeks beginning February 10
Session two: four weeks beginning March 10
14 students maximum in each section

Taught by Melissa Chalsma and other ISC artists

This class developed over the past 12 months is a new offering. For the past 15 years, the Independent Shakespeare Company has enthralled audiences with vibrant, audacious, and irreverent productions all while staying true to their signature lyrical style. Now, for the first time, ISC will bring students behind the curtain into their unique process of staging Shakespeare.

Using Shakespeare’s Macbeth, students will explore the relationship between the audience and performer, choreograph dynamic staging, learn vocal and speech techniques, delve into the world of physical comedy, and strengthen their ability to communicate a story clearly. At the end of the class, students will perform their own, unique version of Macbeth.

This class does NOT require previous Shakespeare performance experience, however it does require that participants have theater-making experience and a willingness to participate in all aspects of the creative process of making theater: acting, text work, voice work, analyses, staging. It is a highly collaborative class with an emphasis on personal creativity. If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please email Melissa Chalsma a description of your theater experience.

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Five weeks, beginning March 20
18 students maximum
$750 (payable in 2 installments) **register by 2/20 and pay $675

All Classes held at the Independent Studio:

Independent Shakespeare Co.
3191 Casitas Avenue, #130
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 lots number 1 or number 2 or find street parking on Casitas Avenue.)

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


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 private 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.