The Art and the Audition with Karen Kohlhaas
New York, NY 10011
This class turns you into an adventurer in the audition room (instead of a worried perfectionist!).
It's not that you won't feel fear—you simply won't be controlled by it any more and can learn to take your best shot in auditions while feeling the thrill of doing something brave and adventurous.
My 10-point technique combines with powerful show business and audition principles when making your moment to moment choices and interacting with auditors in the room.
Auditioning is about standing out, over a period of time, by doing a little bit more than most people do.
Most people play it safe. I will teach you to be fearless.
See actor comments and class schedule below, and feel free to write with questions or to join my mailing list.
"Using what I learned from your amazing fearless class...the entrance, the posture and most of all the positive energy mind set, I booked a role in an indie film!! Thanks for your helpful wisdom :)"
F E A R L E S S C O L D R E A D I N G
and A u d i t i o n T e c h n i q u e
with Karen Kohlhaas of the Atlantic Theater Company
KAREN KOHLHAAS is an Atlantic Theater Co. founding member, senior teacher, and director. She was named Best NYC Cold Reading Teacher and Best NYC Monologue Teacher by Backstage readers, and is the author of 3 books on monologues and auditioning. She offers private classes in monologues, cold reading, and advanced scene study in New York City.
NOW ENROLLING 2 GROUPS ONLY | Very limited space still open
A | Thursday PM | 6pm-10pm | Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct
B | Friday AM | 9am—1pm | Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4
WHO TAKES THIS CLASS?
This class is ideal for:
• Auditioning actors who want to troubleshoot/up their game/book more
• Actors who have completed their training and are starting to audition seriously
• Actors returning to the business who want to get back in shape for auditions
For actors with previous training only. This is not a beginning-level class.
It's 2 classes in 1:
FEARLESS COLD READING
A 10-point system that works for cold AND prepared readings. The points get you out of your head, connected to your partner/reader, and telling the story of the scene with focused, bold, adventurous choices. You'll learn what to immediately look for and notice in a script, including actions, stakes, structure, changes, genre and style. We also address how to take direction fully and quickly, working with good, average, and bad readers; and, troubleshooting difficult/unexpected direction & partner choices.
FEARLESS AUDITION TECHNIQUE
Helps you master all of the non-acting moments in an audition. You'll know how to enter and exit with confidence and ease; when, when not, and how to chat; how to best answer common industry questions like "Tell me about yourself", "What have you been doing lately?"and even, "How are you?". You need these skills in place for your auditions now, and when you walk the red carpet or interview on talk shows—it's the same skill set.
$445 | Payment plans available.
Chelsea or Midtown
HOW TO APPLY
Reply to this post with your resume and choice of group (Thurs PM or Friday AM)
We will be in touch soon about registration.
WHAT ACTORS ARE SAYING
Biggest change: I actually really enjoy auditioning. Karen is an amazing teacher and her classes are small, so you get to work in each class. There is no better way to start the audition season.
I highly, highly recommend this class with Karen Kohlhaas. I suddenly started booking so much more work. She's really a fantastic teacher and a wonderful person, I couldn't get enough of this class.
I was asked to cold read in a firing squad type situation where three agents watched me read while sitting on a couch about 3 feet away from me. I aced it, and even after previously telling me he had no more room for me on his roster the agent was suddenly trying to make some room. Honestly I would have choked on that cold read and those interviews before I took your class. I feel so much more prepared and I just want to thank you again.
One of the producers pulled me aside to tell me my audition/cold read was one of the best she had seen in the auditions, and that obviously whatever audition classes I had took paid off. This came only weeks after completing your cold reading class.
I had to cold read at an audition the other day with a casting director and she said, "I can't believe you just got that side 2 minutes ago!" I felt so confident in making bold instinctual choices, so thank you again!
I just got a callback for the first audition I have had since your class and I think listening to my reader, going back to the script and keeping the energy up made an extraordinary difference in both my performance and ability to be open to direction. And, best of all, the audition was really fun.
Thanks to what we learned in class, I'm standing, sitting, and walking taller, and it's made a huge impact on the way I perceive my life. Thank you, for this awesome tool!
—Laura Yumi Snell
Thanks so much for a fantastic class—yet again—and the invaluable cold reading techniques you taught us. Many thanks again for all your help, both inspirational and practical.
My cold reading skills are becoming really sharp by practicing what you taught us in class!
Your fearless cold reading technique helps me feel like I am in so much more control of any character that I am auditioning for and gives me more confidence in the audition room. Your techniques have helped my career tremendously.
My friends have noticed a change in me, not just professionally, and it's partly because of the 'peace' your class has brought me. My auditioning has become stronger and my “Oh S***” moments are much fewer and farther between in a short amount of time. I've sent recommendations to my friends to take your class.
—Maya Lynne Robinson
Your valuable class completely shifted my perspective on auditioning. My auditions have already improved significantly, and I believe this is just the beginning.
I’m using everything I learned in your class. At an important audition recently, I listened to your "big and slow" voice in my head; saved myself from "tight and fast" and got an immediate call back!
Just auditioned for a movie & they said they were blown away by my listening skills - that they could have watched me listen all day! That's thanks to your fearless cold reading lessons. Feeling empowered;)
It was just me and the filmmaker. She gave me a quick sketch of my character, then gave me the script and let me read through the page once. Then I read with her while she recorded me on her phone. I kept in mind a few important points that Karen has taught us. When I was done, the filmmaker literally said, "I'm impressed with how well you can cold read." She told me she liked me and that I really "got" what the character was all about. She cast me on the spot.
I got more from your workshop then I could have ever imagined. I'm taking your adjustments and knowledge and will be applying them daily. I've found that your class has made me even more aware and allowed me to adjust what needs to be adjusted before it turns into a habit.
Just booked a role on the next episode of the Blacklist. Off to a good start. Really appreciated your insights and teaching.
Your class has carried me through some kind of breaking point it seems. I managed to not at all be intimidated and garnered the strongest most enthusiastic response I've ever received.
The cold reading class I took with you has helped tremendously. I actually had a director hand me a script at the audition without having had a chance to look it over and I was able to handle it confidently using the tips that I'd learned. Thanks so much.
The cold readings technique I learned in your class last December has proved to be some of the most VALUABLE training I have received!!!
Thank you again, for teaching me Fearless Auditioning. I'm never scared, and I always represent myself with dignity, thanks to you. I do still get the good nerves. The ones that let you know you're alive. And Winning!!! Irish love.
Thank you for what you have taught me. The technical part is so valuable and helps get my mind off being self conscious. I am learning much greater self trust and self acceptance as an actor. I am really grateful for this huge shift in perspective. Thank you for the work you do and the humanity that you bring in teaching auditioning. It is HUGE.
Thank you for such a wonderful Cold Reading class experience. I had a great time and learned an enormous amount in a short time. I'm already using some of your tools, tips, and philosophies in auditions and I'm so grateful.
September 12, 2019 - October 4, 2019