AD: Monologues in May | Thursday Daytime Group Added

AD: Monologues in May | Thursday Daytime Group Added

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


Karen Kohlhaas

Job Details



We have just added a Thursday daytime group to this session.
In the 4 weeks of this class, you can learn to love monologues, learn my complete technique, and finish 4 new monologues!

The class is ideal prep for 
  • Finding representation

  • Grad school & training program auditions
  • Casting director meetings and seminars
  • Summer stock, repertory, and apprentice programs.

Complete description & application is below.

 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: My book, THE MONOLOGUE AUDITION, has been included by Helen Mirren as part of the coursework for her Master Class on Acting

With director/teacher/author KAREN KOHLHAAS of the Atlantic Theater Company (class description and full bio below)

NOW ENROLLING | all classes meet on Zoom
A | Tuesdays 6-9pm Eastern | May 11, 18, 25, June 1—full, join waitlist
B | Wednesday 3-6pm Eastern | May 12, 19, 26, June 2—full, join waitlist
C | Thursdays 11am-2pm Eastern | May 13, 20, 27, June 3—JUST ADDED
D | Thursdays 6-9pm Eastern | 
 May 13, 20, 27, June 3—2 spots open

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• 8 Actors only per class
• Everyone works in every class
• Finish 4 audition-ready monologues
• Take the technique with you
• For actors with previous training only
• Tuition $250. Payment plans available

TO APPLY: Reply to this post with a resume and preferred class day/time.

Here's a detailed breakdown of what we cover.
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 :)

__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 used by actors, teachers, colleges, and conservatories all over the US and internationally since 1993.

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“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

"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

is a Director, Teacher, Author, Tennessee Williams Scholar, 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 has over 30 years teaching experience and is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School's 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 Monologue Teacher Training to university and high school teachers. 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).Tennessee Williams Scholar:Since 2011 Karen has been researching Tennessee Williams’ Mississippi Delta roots, and is at work on a feature documentary and a book on her findings. She has been a panelist at the New Orleans and Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festivals, and is the curator and founder, with St. George’s Episcopal Church, of the Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum ( in the former home of Williams and his family, in Clarksdale, MS. In January 2020 she brought playwright Craig Lucas and 25 actors and writers to Clarksdale for 1-week residential acting and playwriting intensives, and will do the same in 2021! Email for more info: Karen@monologueaudition.comFilmmaker: 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.


May 11, 2021 - June 3, 2021



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