AD: Fall Advanced Scene Study featuring Practical Aesthetics

AD: Fall Advanced Scene Study featuring Practical Aesthetics

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


Karen Kohlhaas

Job Details


with Karen Kohlhaas
Atlantic Theater Co. founding ensemble member & senior teacher

This intensive 18 hour class will feature the Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique applied to substantial (12-15 min) scenes from great plays. You do not need previous experience with Practical Aesthetics to enroll, but you must have previous scene study training. (See below for full description)

I have been finding Zoom scene study ideal for 
• honing razor-sharp analysis choices
• working very specifically moment to moment on camera
• working on excellent writing and roles.
We just completed a class in this format last month and the work was so strong and connected. Join us!

Full Participant and Auditor spaces available

Meets on Zoom. 11am-2pm EST Thursdays and Tuesdays: 

October 1, 6, 8, [skip 13, 15], 20, 22, 27. 
All actors work in 4 out of the 6 classes

$325 Tuition | $150 Auditor
TO APPLY: Reply to this post with pic/resume


Developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, the Practical Aesthetics technique was taught to Atlantic Theater Company founding members when we were undergraduate drama students at New York University in the mid 1980s. We have taught the technique to generations of actors at the Atlantic Acting School.

Practical Aesthetics demystifies the acting process by giving the actor a simple, repeatable set of principles and skills with which to approach dramatic material of any genre. Emphasis is placed on action, deep investment, listening, and storytelling.

It is the most profound acting technique I've ever studied and it has only deepened my love and understanding of drama in the 30+ years I've taught it.

Notable Atlantic alumni include DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It), Rose Byrne (Damages), Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Jason Ritter (A Million Little Things), Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kristen Johnston (Mom, Third Rock from the Sun), Marianna Palka (Glow), Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces), Eloise Mumford (Chicago Fire), and many more.


Each scene will work in class four times.

CLASS 1 | Practical Aesthetics script analysis applied to all scenes
CLASS 2 | Table work: Work scenes for deep script analysis choices, play discussion
CLASS 3 | Table work: Work scenes for deep script analysis choices, play discussion
CLASS 4 | Work scenes with moment to moment, on-camera performance focus
CLASS 5 | Work scenes with moment to moment, on-camera performance focus
CLASS 6 | Performance run of all scenes with feedback

• When you apply I'll ask about your goals for taking the class and will match you with partners.
• You and your partner then discuss possible plays and scenes, and I can make suggestions/give feedback on possibilities.
• Please come to the class very familiar with the entire play that your scene is from, and especially the scene itself.
• Please only enroll in this class if you will prepare thoroughly, be an on-time, generous, communicative scene partner, and give your whole heart to the work!

KAREN KOHLHAAS is an Atlantic Theater Company founding ensemble member, director, and senior teacher. Director |For Atlantic, Karen has directed mainstage and Stage 2 productions of plays by Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Annie Baker, Keith Reddin, Kia Corthron, Shel Silverstein, Hilary Bell, Joe Penhall, and Kate Moira Ryan. She has also directed for Primary Stages, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Naked Angels, Ars Nova, 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, the Practical Theater Co. in Sydney and others. Teacher | Karen is a master teacher of the Practical Aesthetics acting technique with over 30 years in the classroom, and is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School. She teaches her own NYC and online classes in acting, directing, monologues, and audition technique. She has guest taught for the USC, Florida International University, Kenyon College, Rose Bruford College for the Performing Arts in London, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Baldwin Wallace University, University of the South at Sewanee, Colorado College, Texas State University, Seattle University, Drama, Inc. in Atlanta, Theater Educators of Texas Association, ATHE, the Metodi Festival in Tuscany, Italy, Zach Theatre, Austin; Ah Um theater, Vancouver, Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge, UK, Practical Aesthetics Australia, the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, VT, and Austin Shakespeare. Corporate workshops have included AdaCore and Bloomberg Beta. Author | Karen is the author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (foreword by David Mamet), a Backstage must-read; How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition; and The Monologue Audition Teacher’s Manual, and director of a 120 minute DVD on her monologue techniques. Filmmaker | Two films with acclaimed performer/playwright Taylor Mac; several short documentaries; and the instructional film Roots & Branches 5 Element Qi Gong for the T'ai Chi Foundation. Tennessee Williams Scholar & Filmmaker | Karen is currently editing a full length documentary and accompanying book on Tennessee Williams' Mississippi Delta roots. She is a regular 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 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She teaches Tennessee Williams advanced scene classes and weekends in New York City and guest workshops, and in January 2020 conducted, with playwright Craig Lucas, the first annual week-long residential training for actors and playwrights in Clarksdale, Mississippi. 


October 1, 2020 - October 27, 2020



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