Karen Kohlhaas - Discussion and Signing

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome author and director Karen Kohlhaas for a monologue workshop and signing of her books, How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition and The Monologue Audition: A Pracitcal Guide for Actors. The Monday, July 17th, 5:00pm event is free and open to the public. Copies of Ms. Kohlhaas' books will be available for purchase. Actors are encouraged to bring material they may want to explore. 

In this 1-hour workshop, Karen will coach several attendees on monologues they have prepared, introducing elements of her monologue technique. She will also talk about how to choose effective audition material and the 3 factors you must consider when looking for monologues for specific kinds of auditions. Bring ALL of your questions about monologues, and feel free to bring monologues on paper that you are considering—Karen will give feedback on their suitability for you and for the auditions you are going on. Followed by a book signing for Karen's two books.

KAREN KOHLHAAS is an Atlantic Theater Company founding member, director and senior teacher. While teaching at Atlantic Karen developed an approach to monologues, outlined in her book THE MONOLOGUE AUDITION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR ACTORS that addresses not only how to act monologues with truth and connection without a partner, but also how to direct them— to create fun and specific staging for a monologue that's adaptable to any type of audition—from theatrical to on-camera. She also addresses overall audition technique so that your audition is as powerful and effective as it can be from entrance to exit. Karen teaches monologue, cold reading and scene study at Atlantic, in her NYC private classes, and at universities, theaters and schools around the country. She is also the author of HOW TO CHOOSE A MONOLOGUE FOR ANY AUDITION, which details what actors should consider in order to choose monologues actively and specifically when auditioning for schools, theater companies, agents, casting directors, graduate programs, summer stock, EPA's, and more. Her techniques are used by actors, teachers, middle and high schools, and universities in the US and internationally. Her website for actors is www.art-and-audition.com.

The Drama Book Shop, currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more, or browse the shop's online bookstore, visit www.dramabookshop.com. 


“If you’re a freelancer who’s ever sent a pitch to an editor or producer, a job seeker who’s ever sent a resume to a prospective employer or, yes, an actor preparing for an audition, author Karen Kohlhaas has a message so plain-spoken and common sense it makes you want to do that “I could have had a V-8” palm-to-the-forehead gesture.”

—Nancy Colasurdo, Fox Business News 

“Here’s where Kohlhaas helps out. She’s made the book easy to read, breaking down every detail to finding the elusive monologue. Her goal is to help you out so that finding a monologue is actually fun. Buy a copy! I highly recommend it.”

— Lance Carter, The Daily Actor

“A much-needed kick in the butt. This book should be handed to every actor the day they arrive in the city.” 

—Nikki Berger, New York actor

“We’ll say it: monologues are hard. Legendary director and teacher Kohlhaas addresses this stick in the actor’s craw from 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.” 


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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

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How to Choose a Monologue for any Audition: 2nd edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780978638443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Big and Slow, Inc. - September 25th, 2015

The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780879102913
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Limelight Editions - August 1st, 2004