Karen was voted "FAVORITE MONOLOGUE TEACHER" and "FAVORITE COLD READING TEACHER in New York's BACKSTAGE READER'S POLL
Welcome! This website is dedicated to helping you learn to love to audition. Do your auditions show what you are capable of as an actor? If you have any kind of difficulty auditioning, you can transform your rehearsals and auditions into an adventurous and creative process—and that is how you will be at your best in the audition room. An actor needs to show in an audition that he is both an artist and a showman, a creative spirit and a professional. The techniques I teach feature all of these qualities. I invite you to browse the actor resources on this website, and to learn more about my classes, books, and DVD.
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KAREN KOHLHAAS is a founding member of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, where she recently directed the Lucille Lortel Award nominated THE COLLECTION and A KIND OF ALASKA by Harold Pinter which was named a top-10 theater production of 2010 by the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Daily News. Other productions for Atlantic include plays by David Mamet, Annie Baker, Keith Reddin, Shel Silverstein, Harold Pinter, and Kate Moira Ryan. She directed the award-winning "25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER" by Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold. She has also directed at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater; Naked Angels, IRT Theatre; Ars Nova and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; the Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge, U.K. and the Practical Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia. Her documentaries and short films have played at festivals in the United States and internationally. She is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, and teaches her own Monologue Workshops, Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique classes, and her yearly Directing Class in New York. She also guest teaches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Karen is the director/producer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD), and author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (Foreword by David Mamet), How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, and The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual.