Returns to Austin with Three Workshops!

November 17, 18 & 19, 2017

presented by

 The Actor’s School & Austin Shakespeare



Friday, November 17 Workshop
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Saturday, November 18 Master Class
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday, November 19 Workshop
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm


For more information:
call: (512) 223-7219
email: theactorsschool@austincc.edu
Call or email for Tuition Information


WORKSHOP 1: Fearless Audition Technique

This workshop is about everything BUT the acting. Learn “how to enter a room” with confidence and ease; how to navigate high stakes or awkward moments with poise; how best to answer common industry questions; and, how to keep your sense of humor, adventure and showmanship in high gear in all audition settings! Some aspects of the workshop taped for playback.

A thank you to you: I had an agent meet and greet last Saturday and before I walked out she said, “I just have to tell you that you have such a grace. The way you walked in this room was so calm and commanding and a really nice energy.  Great overall package”  –Jessica S., L.A./NYC Actor


MASTER CLASS–WORKSHOP 2: Tennessee Williams scenes featuring Practical Aesthetics.

10 actors will be cast in scenes from Williams plays, and learn Practical Aesthetics* script analysis techniques by working on the scenes in class. Karen will speak on Williams’ life and works, and show clips from her documentary-in-progress, Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta: The Love of Things Irreconcilable.

*Practical Aesthetics is the technique developed by playwright David Mamet and taught by him and actor William H. Macy to those who would found the Atlantic Theater Company in the mid-1980s. The technique is currently taught at the Atlantic Acting School’s New York University, conservatory, part-time and summer acting programs. Prominent alumni of the school include Felicity Huffman, Clark Gregg, Rose Byrne, Jason Ritter, Gina Rodriguez, Kristen Johnston, Simon Helberg, Jessica Alba, Eddie Cahill, Elizabeth Olsen, and many others.


WORKSHOP 3: Fearless Cold Reading

Based on her popular audition classes in New York City, this is a high-energy workshop packed with information and audition skills. Karen will show how on to apply Practical Aesthetics on-the-fly so its principles can focus your choices for audition material no matter how much or little time you have to prepare.  She will teach her 10-point cold reading system that helps actors:

  • make bold choices for the script
  • connect immediately to their partner/reader (and know how to work well with bad readers!)
  • share the  performance fully with their auditors
  • quickly assess the style and tone of the material

Karen will also show what to prioritize when there is little preparation time. BONUS: Karen will teach her signature technique, “How to enter the audition room” for confidence and ease on every entrance/exit.

I 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 🙂  –Allison T., New York Actor



Participants limited to 10 for Tennessee William’s Master Class–12 participants for Fearless Audition and Fearless Cold Reading workshops. If you are interested in the Saturday and/or Sunday workshops, please email headshot and resume to theactorsschool@austincc.edu





The Actor’s School


Email: theactorsschool@austincc.edu  



Karen Kohlhaas is a director, teacher, author, and filmmaker. She is a founding member of New York’s Atlantic Theater Company, an acclaimed Off-Broadway company for over 30 years, and has directed at Atlantic and other Off-Broadway theaters, as well as regionally and internationally. Karen is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, teaches her own NYC classes in advanced acting, directing, monologues and audition technique (www.art-and-audition.com), and has guest-taught around the US and in Australia and the UK. She is the author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for ActorsHow to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, and a teacher’s manual and DVD about her unique approach to rehearsing audition monologues. Currently she is at work on a feature documentary, Tennessee Williams In The Mississippi Delta: The Love of Things Irreconcilablewww.TennWmsDelta.com.