The Art and the Audition with Karen Kohlhaas
New York`, NY 10011
In the 4 weeks of this class you can learn my complete technique, finish 4 new monologues—and learn to love doing them!
Complete description & application below, including a "Monologue Audition Checklist"
KAREN KOHLHAAS is an Atlantic Theater Company founding member, director, and senior teacher, and offers private classes in monologues, cold reading, advanced acting, directing, and Tennessee Williams in New York City. She was named Best NYC Monologue Teacher and Best NYC Cold Reading Teacher by Backstage readers. Full bio below.
Best endorsement EVER: Karen's book, The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors, has been included by Helen Mirren as part of the coursework for her Master Class on Acting.
ONLINE MONOLOGUE CLASSES
With director/teacher/author KAREN KOHLHAAS of the Atlantic Theater Company
A) Fridays | 3pm-6pm Eastern | March 5, 12, 19, 26
B) Mondays | 6pm-9pm Eastern | March 8, 15, 22 29
C) Wednesdays | 11am-2pm Eastern | March 10, 17, 24, 31
TUITION: $250 | payment plans available
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CLASS INFO & FEATURES
• 8 Actors only per class
• Everyone works in every class
• Finish 4 audition-ready monologues
• Learn to Choose, Self-Direct, Act, & Audition with Monologues (see below for complete checklist)
• Take the technique with you
• For actors with previous training only
HOW TO APPLY
Reply to this post with your resume and your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices of class group (or let us know if there is only 1 that works for your schedule).
“We’ll say it: monologues are hard. Legendary director and teacher Kohlhaas addresses this stick in the actor’s craw from 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
MONOLOGUE AUDITION CHECKLIST
Here's a detailed breakdown of what we cover in class.
You'll be able to check off everything on this list after 4 classes.
How many can you check off now?
__You have 4 monologues prepared
__You have a complete approach for future monologues
__At least one is a "Hello, This Is Me" monologue for agent & casting director auditions, if that is your focus
__You know how to choose material that is a great fit for you and for specific auditions
__Overall, you ENJOY finding, working on, and auditioning with monologues :)
DIRECTING & STAGING
__You know how to stage yourself with physical choices that tell your story every time
__You can easily adjust the staging to any size you need
__You have variety so your monologue doesn't feel & look the same all the way through
__You're comfortable with both movement and stillness
__Your body knows what to do at every moment
__You choose very specific, actable objectives for your monologues
__You act with truth and connection "off the wall" without a partner
__You listen when you perform a monologue, so it's a connected, two-way conversation
__You enter the room with confidence, looking delighted to be there
__You introduce/slate clearly and effectively
__You handle transitions in and out of monologues and any questions/chat with ease
__You make strong and confident exits from the room
This technique has been taught by Karen since 1993 and used by actors, teachers, colleges, and conservatories all over the US and internationally since 2000.
WHAT ACTORS ARE SAYING
"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
"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
"Monologues are no longer this scary place that I don't understand. I actually had fun at that audition yesterday! This is so helpful when it comes to how confident I feel— even in singing auditions." —DIANE TERRUSA
"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."—CHRISTINE LIU
"Your class was revolutionary to my monologue work. Thank you Karen."—JULIAN SCHRENZEL
"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
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 with over 30 years in the classroom, and is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School's conservatory programs. She teaches her own NYC classes in Acting, Directing (summer only), monologues, and Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique. She teaches guest workshops around the country and internationally including theaters, universities, and conferences in Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Mississippi, England, Australia, and Italy. She teaches Monologue Teacher Training to university and high school teachers. Author: Karen's books are The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (included by Helen Mirren as part of her Master Class coursework and a Backstage Must-Read); How To Choose A Monologue For Any Audition; and, The Monologue Teacher's Manual. Filmmaker: Karen's short films include two with acclaimed performer/playwright Taylor Mac, several short documentaries; and the instructional films Roots & Branches Qi Gong for the T'ai Chi Foundation and The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). Tennessee Williams: Since 2011 Karen has been researching and creating a full length documentary and book on Tennessee Williams' Mississippi Delta roots. She has been a panelist and presenter at the New Orleans and Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festivals, and has curated and co-founded, with St. George's Episcopal Church, the Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum in the former residence of Williams and his family. She teaches Tennessee Williams advanced scene weekends in New York City, and in January 2020 conducted, with playwright Craig Lucas, a week-long residential training for actors and playwrights in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
March 5, 2021 - March 31, 2021