AD: Tennessee Williams Advanced Scene Wknd Featuring Practical Aesthetics | Sept 15 & 16

AD: Tennessee Williams Advanced Scene Wknd Featuring Practical Aesthetics | Sept 15 & 16


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


Karen Kohlhaas

Job Details


We have a couple of spots open in this weekend's training September 15 & 16
If you've wanted to learn more about Tennessee Williams' life and dig deeply into one of his wonderful roles, please join us.
We will work with Practical Aesthetics script analysis, moment to moment work, and staging techniques.
Info below.
Karen Kohlhaas

Featuring Practical Aesthetics acting technique
Taught by director & senior teacher Karen Kohlhaas of the Atlantic Theater Co.,
Featuring intensive tablework/script analysis, moment-to-moment work and staging of Williams scenes, and including film clips, images and research from my documentary on Williams.

Saturday, Sept 15, 9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday, Sept 16, 9:30-5:30pm

*Can't do these dates? Reply to this post to join my list and hear about future classes


Full: $250
Audit: $125

In this intensive weekend we'll dig deeply into the life and works of Tennessee Williams. We'll apply script analysis, then fully stage scenes from several of his plays. You'll learn a lot about Williams and his impact on the world theater. His roles have been played by the greatest actors of each generation since they were written.

You will also get a strong introduction to Practical Aesthetics, the foundation technique of the Atlantic Theater Company.

I've been teaching this workshop for actors in New York, and at university acting programs and theater companies across the country. If you already love Williams, or if you have never worked on his plays, you will act and experience the exquisitely drawn characters of this ferociously prolific playwright that are matched by no other.

TO APPLY: Reply to this post with a picture and resume.

Comments from recent NYC Tennessee Williams weekend trainings:

Thank you so much for such an incredible weekend and opportunity to learn a powerful new technique and work with some incredible writing. I'm still in awe of how deeply and viscerally his words were able to affect me. You have created a new Williams fan and advocate in me and I can't wait to continue learning more. I also really enjoyed working with you and being able to unlock some really great things in my Scene work.

Without exaggerating, I can say that it was an intense, transformative two days. I loved every second of it. I felt that the scenes drew us in more deeply than I had ever experienced in a Broadway or even Off Broadway theater. There were the tools that I took away as well! Hang on to the action, play the question, advocate for the character and play the solution not the problem. Can’t forget those. I think you should know that your teaching affects people deeply and permanently.

I'm still reeling from how wonderful the TW weekend was. I appreciated learning more about TW's background and how it impacted the characters. Using Practical Aesthetics, particularly following one action throughout, was enlightening. I only have the highest accolades for you and your classes.

Tremendously informative on both the aesthetic (sheer appreciation of Williams' work) and pragmatic (direction for the scene) levels. I was absolutely rapt at the depth and nuanced presentation of your research.

The simplicity of Practical Aesthetics and the need to stick to your choices was beyond valuable to me. The idea of one action carrying a scene proved stunning outcomes throughout the workshop and this simplicity is what I need given the fact that I often overthink and search beyond the page for answers.

You know something is good for you when the brain starts tingling. I liked that Practical Aesthetics gives a way to narrow one's focus, and get into the work. Otherwise, of course, the mind wants to start painting with all the colors, especially with Williams, since there is soooo much there.

You won’t let habits, or b.s. in an actor’s work slide! Thanks for caring about our growth Karen. Truly loved this process and appreciate how the weekend and working with you has made me step back, breathe, and return to the words that first inspired me to act. The answers are on the page…and I am grateful for the reminder.

KAREN KOHLHAAS is a Director, Teacher, Author, and Filmmaker. 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. (


September 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018



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