AD: Master Monologues | 4-week Workshops start July 31 and August 1 | Enrolling Now

AD: Master Monologues | 4-week Workshops start July 31 and August 1 | Enrolling Now


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


Karen Kohlhaas

Job Details


I'm excited to start my next NYC classes July 31 and August 1!
All info and how to apply is below - 
Feel free to reply with questions or to join the mailing list to hear about future classes and free events.
Karen Kohlhaas

M A S T E R   M O N O L O G U E S
with Karen Kohlhaas
Atlantic Theater Company director, senior teacher, founding member, and author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors

Class Features
• Only 8 actors accepted per group: Everyone works in every class and receives individualized coaching
• Actors must have previous training and be ready and willing to work—and to have fun learning to love monologues :)
• Each actor can complete 4 great, new, audition-ready monologues—you only need 1 picked out to start, and I consult on the rest
• Learn my complete approach: How to Choose, Direct, Act, and Audition with monologues

What I will teach you:

• Know which kinds of monologues are best to show agents, casting directors, EPAs, theaters, training programs, summer stock, apprenticeships
• Know when to do and when not to do "overdone" monologues (check out my site for the most comprehensive overdone monologue lists online!)
• Find writers who write great roles for you, and learn how your choices can express your strengths, goals, and love of acting
• Start building a killer repertoire of monologues that show the industry what you can do

• Make your monologue fun to do and to watch with strong self-staging choices
• Solve "What do I do with my hands??" forever
• Learn how much movement is right for a particular monologue
• Know when and how to use a chair effectively
• Bring these techniques into your work with directors so that you can take direction easily and collaborate fully

• Act truthfully with "no one" —it's an easy adjustment you already know how to do
• Create a connected "two way" conversation instead of acting "at" your focus
• Stay focused and committed to your choices under pressure
• Deeply personalize your stakes

• Make confident, professsional entrances and exits
• Learn how to chat in the room—and when not to
• Introduce and transition in and out of pieces with ease
• Use a system of self-evalulation that empowers you and propels you into your next audition (used and recommended by Anna Chlumsky in her Backstage interview)

Tuition | $545 | Payment plans available upon request
How to apply | Reply to this post with your resume and preferred group

GROUP A | Wednesday evenings 6-10pm | July 31, August 7, 14, 21
GROUP B | Thursday mornings 9am-1pm | August 1, 8, 15, 22

Can't do these classes? Reply to this post to join the mailing list to hear about next classes and free events

KAREN KOHLHAAS is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company and a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School. She is a master teacher of Practical Aesthetics acting technique with over 30 years in the classroom. She is an Off Broadway director, author and documentary filmmaker, and has taught her unique approach to audition monologues at the Atlantic Acting School: Rose Bruford College of the Performing Arts, UK; Seattle University; University of Southern California: Oklahoma City University: Practical Aesthetics Australia; Theater Educators of Texas Association; Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Baldwin Wallace University, Austin Shakespeare, Florida International University; University of Central Oklahoma; Ah Um Theater, Vancouver; and privately in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles since the 1990's.

Her books, The Monologue Audition, How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual, and DVD, The Monologue Audition Video are used by hundreds of colleges, schools, and teachers, and thousands of actors around the US and internationally.

Karen was named "Best Monologue Teacher" and "Best Cold Reading Teacher" by Backstage readers.

“We’ll say it: monologues are hard. Legendary director and teacher Kohlhaas addresses preparation to execution, demystifying one of the most difficult forms of theatrical audition. Headed to an open call? Learn how to direct, stage and even enjoy performing your monologue in the room.”—BACKSTAGE


Hour-for-hour the best class I have ever taken. It completely transformed my practices and thinking about monologues and the audition process.—LISA BOYET

I have a callback this week, so happy to have something else to work on. It’s a killer role. P.S. all these callbacks are from EPAs where I have to do a monologue. Your class works.—AMANDA McCALLUM

Thank you for everything. You have no idea how tremendous your book and classes have been to me.—JOE DANBUSKEY

Four monologues in four weeks! It pushes you to explore new pieces and to make choices that would usually take a long time due to indecisive minds. I also ABSOLUTELY loved the last (mock audition) day.—CHRISTINE LIU

Your class was revolutionary to my monologue work. Thank you Karen.—JULIAN SCHRENZEL

I learned more from your first class than I have ever learned in entire semesters taking other acting courses. Class atmosphere was personable and welcoming. The audition preparations and advice were also very valuable. I would love to continue my studies with you.—MICHELLE PETERSON

I actually had fun at that audition yesterday! This is SO crazy helpful when it comes to how confident I feel—even in singing auditions.—DIANE TERRUSA

I am indebted to you for the most informative and exciting monologue training I've ever had. Knowing that I could follow easy steps to take care of all the presentational elements of monologue auditioning made it so much easier to let the acting shine through.—McLEAN PETERSON

I've gotten a callback for almost every audition I've been to since taking your course! I got into a show right away. —MAREK SAPIEWSKI

After only 3 days with a new monologue, using your techniques, I had a very successful general audition. Before I took your class I would not have felt ready and would not have attended. The 'countdown' technique alone was worth the whole price of the class. It focused me in a simple way and allowed my first moment to come out fully without any self-consciousness or self-doubt.—JACKIE MARUSCHAK

My favorite part of this class is that you FORCE us to see what an audition looks like from the other side of the table by walking in and, introducing yourself. The class size allows for enough work time. The four monologues I left class with have me feeling prepared!—JOE GODLEY

I love this work! My body and instincts haven't felt this free to make choices for a long (frustrating) time!


July 31, 2019 - August 22, 2019



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