the Art and the Audition with Karen Kohlhaas with Karen Kohlhaas
New York, NY 10011
Do you want to direct? I'm very excited about this Summer's directing class. The entire class will be online.
We meet June 7—August 3 on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Eastern time). We skip a few weeks for extra rehearsal time. The class culminates in an invited performance. Reply to this post for the complete schedule.
There are three ways to enroll:
• Full Director
• Active Auditor
• Guest Class Only (reply to this post for a list of past guests)
The class is a 50+ hour directing intensive designed to be as comprehensive and creatively stimulating as possible. In addition to the practical directing, there is a huge amount of information packed into the coursework and lecture that will continue to "unpack" as class participants direct more and more work. Artistic relationships are often fostered in this class that continue into the future.
Previous directing experience is not required, but to enroll in the Full Director level you do need to have previous training/experience as a performing arts/theater or film artist. We have had actors, playwrights, choreographers, designers, filmmakers, screenwriters, and stage managers as well as directors seeking to deepen their craft.
The class includes hands-on experience with: Script analysis for directors; Pre-production and research; Making choices and making those choices appear on stage; Auditions and Casting; Table work; Communicating effectively with actors; Leadership; Rehearsal techniques; Staging: How to use structure, contrast and suspense in storytelling; Composition; Conceiving the set, light, costume and sound design of your play; Getting rid of gray areas in your scenes by making everything a choice; Showmanship for directors; Time management; Troubleshooting.
And, lecture/discussion/guest classes that address: Working with a playwright on a new play; Collaborating with designers; Working effectively with casting directors; Working effectively with artistic directors and producers; Working effectively with stage managers; Working with an agent; Directing careers in New York City and regional USA; Goals for and handling of previews/opening/run; Building your vision of the kind of director you want to be and taking steps to realize that vision.
"I've never taken a better organized or more productive class in any field.”
—Elise Marenson, Writer and Director of Film & Theater
"Really insightful techniques. I'm learning more than I have in all my previous classes put together."
—Patty Mulcahy, Screenwriter and Film Director
$695 Full Director
$345 Active Auditor
$75 Guest class only series (6 classes)
Payment plans are available.
For a complete class description and schedule, and how to apply, please reply to this post.
"I'm blurbed in the materials for Karen Kohlhaas' excellent directing class, but I actually think my blurb isn't enthusiastic enough. This class created much of my professional life. I doubt I'd be as happy or as successful if I hadn't taken it when I did. Highest recommendation for directors at all levels."—Mark Armstrong, Executive Director of the 24 Hour Plays and Freelance Theater Director
KAREN KOHLHAAS is a stage director, filmmaker, teacher, author, and Tennessee Williams scholar. DIRECTOR | Karen is a founding ensemble member of the Atlantic Theater Company. For Atlantic she directed the Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award nominated The Collection and A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter, which was named as a top-10 theater production by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the New York Daily News. She revived her production of Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska for New York Live Arts for Live Ideas in honor of Dr. Oliver Sacks. Other productions include the world premiere of Annie Baker's Body Awareness at Atlantic Stage 2; and the Drama Desk Award nominated 25 Questions for a Jewish Motherby Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, St. Luke's Theatre and National Tour, recently revived by Primary Stages. Other Off-Broadway and regional includes Harold Pinter's The Hothouse (Atlantic), Keith Reddin’s Synergy (Alley Theatre, world premiere) and Frame 312 (Atlantic, NY premiere); David Mamet's Boston Marriage (Public Theater, NY premiere) and The Water Engine (Atlantic); three productions of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein in New York and Sydney, Kate Moira Ryan's OTMA (U.S. premiere, Atlantic) and At Sea by Clare Bayley (Menagerie Theatre, U.K.). She has also directed at Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Culture Project and other New York theaters. FILMMAKER | Her short films, including two with acclaimed performer/playwright Taylor Mac, and short documentaries, have played at festivals in the US and internationally. TEACHER | Karen is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School's conservatory acting programs, and teaches her own classes in directing, advanced acting, monologues, and cold reading. She has been a visiting master teacher and lecturer around the US and internationally including Seattle University, Florida International University, Baldwin Wallace University, the University of Southern California, the University of the South at Sewanee, the Texas State University, Theater Educators of Texas Association, Practical Aesthetics Australia, Menagerie Theatre, UK, Ah Um Theater, Vancouver, Austin Shakespeare, Drama Inc. in Atlanta, and the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival. AUTHOR | Karen is the author of How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual, The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors, and is the director, writer and producer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). TENNESSEE WILLIAMS | Karen is directing a feature length documentary film Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta, and writing a companion book focusing on Williams' seminal childhood in that region. She has been a panelist for the New Orleans and Misssissippi Delta Tennessee Williams festivals; she is the co-creator and curator of the Tennesseee Williams Rectory Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi; and in January 2020 held the first annual actor and playwright residential training in Clarksdale, with playwright Craig Lucas.
“Thank you so much for offering this amazing Directing Workshop. You merge the practical with the creative, making for an insightful, unique and highly effective approach to the craft of directing. The scene work was invaluable. The tools you have given me will serve me far into the future.
—John Summerford, Actor and Director
June 7, 2021 - August 3, 2021