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Acting Coach , Actor, director

As an Actor I struggled a lot on how to use my emotions in my work. I was digging deep but I was using it without the benefit and the motivation that comes from having a goal . Just being truthful and not connecting that truth to smth I wanted to get was making me be deeply emotional but the audience was not relating to me. I was thinking that I wasn’t talented and maybe I should quit acting.

 Until one day I got in touch with the Chubbuck Technique and everything changed. I got personally trained by Ivana Chubbuck in Hollywood on how to use my Emotions not just as an end itself but as a way to empower the character goal . I learned how to win or try to win with my pain. I learned how to specificly apply my pain to connect with my character and how to push through my boundaries. .

Today the confusion is gone:). This way of working brought a lot of clarity, confidence and power in myself and now I know exactly how to do the work (to break down a script fast and fill it up using my life experience), feeling more empowered every time I do it. The process was so enriching that I wanted to share it with all actors. I started giving classes in Barcelona in 2017 and open my own studio Arting Studio BCN. Now I teach & coach The Chubbuck Technique to Actors so that you can shift from Struggling to Empowered Actor Fast.

Elsena Shehaj is the founder owner and director of Arting Studio BCN.With 13 years of experience as an Actor and 7 years as an Acting Coach at Arting Studio BCN, Elsy has coached & prepared numerous actors in Spain and Europe for Films, Tv-Series, Film & Tv Series auditions & several independent cinematographic projects! She was coached personally by Ivana Chubbuck for an extended period of time at the Ivana Chubbuck -Official Studio in L.A. Also, Elsy has created several Acting Showreel Videos Projects and directs an ongoing Acting Showcase Event at The Comedy Clubhouse Barcelona with actors from the studio.

There are 3 ongoing classes ranging from introductory to master level classes. The Studio maintains a focus on producing and nurturing actors, writers, and directors in a rigorous professional environment.


It is our mission to
empower you with the tools to become successful and to make dynamic, empowered choices in your work.

Elsena Shehaj has successfully completed the Ivana Chubbuck Studio Teacher Certification Program with flying colors

and is officially Certified to teach the Chubbuck Technique in Spain and Albania!

 More Power to you and your wonderful new self.

Ivana Chubbuck


Ivana Chubbuck is definitely an icon in Hollywood. During her 35-plus year career, Ivana has coached a long list of A-list actors: Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Travis Fimmel, Sylvester Stallone, Jared Leto, Halle Berry, James Franco and Jake Gyllenhaal – just to name a few.

Being coached by her Certified Teacher Elsena Shehaj is truly a unique opportunity to help you grow on a professional and personal level.

About The Chubbuck Technique The Chubbuck Technique has been used in Oscar winning and nominated performances.The difference between the Chubbuck Technique and those developed in the past is that The Chubbuck Technique teaches actors how to use their emotions not as an end result, but as a way to empower a goal.The Chubbuck Technique teaches actors how to win.” 

Essentially, The Chubbuck Technique takes the very same pain, insecurities, issues and fears that usually cause self-destructive behaviors and instead uses the very same issues as a powerful fuel to overcome, resolve, learn, evolve and create catharsis for the characters in the script. Thereby the Chubbuck Technique philosophy creates a dynamic journey for the actor, writer, director and ultimately the audience. The underbelly of the Chubbuck Technique is to find a way to “win” in spite of and because of the pain.  

The Chubbuck Technique is a 12-step system based on psychology and behavioral science. It guides an actor to the heart of the character by discovering the character’s primal needs – love, validation and power – and by doing anything and everything to win their objective.
The essence of the Chubbuck Technique is not to use emotional pain as an end in itself, but rather to “use emotional pain , fears, insecurities as a fuel to overcome your obstacles and WIN your character goal”. This thought process can be useful both for success in script analysis, and in your personal life.