AD: Art + Life | A Class for the New Year | 2 groups start Dec 4 and 5

AD: Art + Life | A Class for the New Year | 2 groups start Dec 4 and 5


The Art and the Audition and the Audition with Karen Kohlhaas
New York, NY 10011


Karen Kohlhaas

Job Details


"By far, the most practical class I have taken"—Kristin Parker, Actor

Hi Everyone,

This class is an ideal re-set for a New Year of joy, movement, and growth in your Art and Art-Business lives. 

I love teaching this class every winter. It's a collection of techniques, tools and perspectives I use on a regular basis to put more ART into my LIFE, as well as to plan and achieve artistic and business goals. 

See below for class description, tuition, and how to apply. Please feel free to write with questions, 

Karen Kohlhaas
(bio below)

ART + LIFE | A Class for the New Year 

Do any of these threaten or impair your artistic—and/or your art-business—life? 

• Perfectionism 

• Lack of focus/organization 

• Procrastination 

• Artistic despair, bitterness, or helplessness 

• Overwhelm 

• Not planning time or finances effectively? 

• Drama (the bad kind) 

Or are you simply looking for ways to up your artistic and professional game and get more out of what you're doing right now?

ART + LIFE puts more ART into your LIFE, starting right NOW 

We focus on: 


• Build routines that support the often erratic schedule of an artist 

• Create systems that prioritize your long term artistic success 

• Practice self-care that builds your mental, physical, and emotional energy 

• Learn financial practices that support your artistic goals as well as your life needs 


• Touch what inspires you on a daily basis

• Identify role models and "inspiration mentors" 

• Take risks, and invest in and root for other members of the group as they take risks too 

• Push your edge by completing a personal challenge assignment: after getting to know you and your goals, I give a personal challenge to each artist that might be art-oriented or business-oriented or both. You can accept, reject, or modify the challenge, but you know it's probably a good one for you if you are slightly terrified of it 


• Reflect, get feedback, and pinpoint where you are in your craft 

• Figure out which areas you want to focus on and strengthen first 

• Build no-matter-what, doable short routines that maintain and build your craft daily 

• If you're an actor, you'll find and rehearse a 'Hello, this is me' monologue that truly resonates with you and helps you show who you are as an artist. (If you're another kind of artist, we'll discuss your equivalent to the Hello, this is me monologue.) 


• Get savvy about the business of your art by developing and DOING thought-out stratetgies for increasing your awareness of and participation in your industr

• Build business routines & systems 

• Name clear business goals that support and enhance your career goals 

• Build systems to update and re-commit to your goals 


• Evaluate your wardrobe (with the help of our guest speaker & class assignments) and choose how you present yourself and your art to the world in various artistic & professional situations and events 

• Get, or move steadily toward, headshots/professional photos that represent you well to the artistic and business worlds you work in and want to work in 

• Plan how to release your images across platforms such as website, reel, and social media 


• Finish with clear, testable, updatable 6 month, 1 year, and 2 year plans 

• Execute your "brain crack" Projects small & large that you've always meant to do. This assignment produces a LOT of energy!

• Use a series of tools & worksheets assess where you are and set clear goals 

• Schedule your progress toward your goals in a way that works for YOU 


A | Wednesday PM| 6-10pm | Dec 4, 11, 18, January 15* 

B | Thursday AM | 9am-1pm | Dec 5, 12, 19, January 16* 

*Note: we skip 3 weeks between the 3rd and 4th (final) class so you can enjoy holidays and have time to implement the class projects, plans, and adventures


$495 | Payment plans available 

How to Apply 

Reply to this post with 

• your preferred group day/time 

• a resume 

• a brief statement about where you are in your ART+LIFE 


By far, the most practical class I have taken. 

Since class, I wrote a play and a webseries, directed a play, have been asked to perform my solo show, and got cast in an independent film! 

I know where I want to be, and I have a map for getting there. So simple. So profoundly empowering as an artist. I know that even when I am not feeling motivated or inspired, I don't have to climb the mountain, simply do the steps. I know where I am in my progress. I don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. 

This class changed my life. I have grown in my acting by facing one of my fears. It also got me to do one of the things I had been talking and thinking about doing for so long! If you are chronically late, messy, disorganized, crazy, afraid...this class will give you tools to face the world. It’s wonderful! 

The class helps artists to think without any artistic/creative limitations. It helps artists feel free while still being productive by DOING. Also, it helped to trust that one creative thought can lead to another and that other thought can get us far, or can be the project of our dreams. 

Two of my three mindmaps are coming true! I am going to LA for some pilot season stuff (which is SOOOO outta the blue and almost NOTHING to do with anything I tried to make happen!)....and I am in the process of moving! I LOVE THOSE FREAKIN MIND MAPS!!! 

The "brain crack" lesson is huge.
I also think that when we wrote down every possible way to work as an actor for different jobs and venues was very helpful.
"Hello, This is Me" Monologue—super useful! 

After the election I felt passionately about only doing women driven projects and that has truly shaped my year. I've helped develop a few plays, all written and directed by women, playing strong female leads. I've done two all female short play festivals, shot the pilot and just wrapped the first season of a webseries with an all female crew. And shot the lead in my first TV pilot (will air in December) that was part of a writing contest helmed by the mayor to get more strong female voices in film and tv in NY! These experiences, in the safety and creativity of female heavy spaces, have facilitated huge growth for me in my instrument and coming into my power as an actor (something I've shied away from for some time) This was all born out of going back to my ART+LIFE tools (satisfaction survey, evaluation questions, 1 year plan) after the election when I was feeling very lost in deep grief and had no idea what my role as an artist was anymore.  

Being asked to share and present material EVERY class kept momentum going for me. I couldn't slack off, and it propelled me forward into the projects I wanted to accomplish after the class. 

I feel as though I have gotten closer to understanding what kind of work I want to do. The discipline and long term planning your class taught me has given me a lot of inner strength to pursue my own artistic path in the theater world. 

I made a video of my vision/goals and am able to watch it every day to remind myself of my direction. This has helped ENORMOUSLY. There have been some tough creative times over the last few months - times of tears, and more tears, complete despair, resistance, and total angst. It has kept me moving forward on the path. 

The things I turn to over and over again are the evaluation questions, those questions that you send out before the class starts, satisfaction survey, braincrack, the plans, and fly lady especially the time management baby step aspect. 

I think that in this time we are in, the greatest gift of this class is showing artists that even through our despair it is possible and vital to create and to create daily. Even if all you can muster is 5 minutes. 

KAREN KOHLHAAS is a Director, Teacher, Author, Filmmaker and Tennessee Williams scholar. Director: Karen is a founding member of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, where her productions include plays by Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Annie Baker, Keith Reddin, Shel Silverstein and Kate Moira Ryan. She has also directed for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Live Arts, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, the Alley Theatre, Houston, New Dramatists, Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge, UK, The Culture Project, Practical Theater Co. in Sydney and others. Teacher: Karen is a master teacher of Practical Aesthetics acting technique. She has over 25 years teaching experience and is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School's NYU undergraduate and full time conservatory programs. She teaches her own NYC classes in monologues; Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique; Advanced Acting; and Directing (summer only). She teaches guest workshops around the country and internationally including theaters, schools, conferences and universities in Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, Mississippi, the UK and Australia, and also teaches teacher trainings to university and high school teachers in her unique approach to monologues. Author: Karen's books and DVD are The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (foreword by David Mamet and a Backstage MUST-READ); How To Choose A Monologue For Any Audition; The Monologue Teacher's Manual; and, The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). Filmmaker: Karen's short films include two with acclaimed performer/playwright Taylor Mac, several short documentaries, and she is currently at work on a feature documentary about Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta. ( Tennessee Williams Scholar: Karen is a regular lecturer and panelist on Tennessee Williams' Mississippi Delta roots and has spoken at the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival, the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and other universities around the country. She is the curator and founder, with St. George's Episcopal Church of the Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum in Clarksdale, MS and for the past two years has been co-director of the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival. 


December 4, 2019 - January 16, 2020



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