Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique with Tennessee Williams Scenes

  • Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique with Tennessee Williams Scenes
  • Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique with Tennessee Williams Scenes
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About this course


3 weeks

Entry Requirements

Age 18+

This course is for actors with previous training, directors, and acting teachers who want to learn Practical Aesthetics, and about the life and works of Tennessee Williams.

Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique is an elegant, 4-step technique. Developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and taught to the founding members of New York’s acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company, the technique demystifies the acting process by teaching the actor a repeatable, concrete set of skills. Students will learn the technique by working on scenes from plays by legendary American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Why choose this course?

Learn a practical, repeatable approach to analysing and acting any script, working with some of the greatest plays and roles ever written.

Fee and Application Information


Non-accredited online masterclass

Course Dates and Times

Week 1
Monday 6 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)
Thursday 9 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)

Week 2
Monday 13 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)
Thursday 16 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)

Week 3
Monday 20 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)
Thursday 23 July - 3pm-6pm (BST)

Course Cost:
Early bird: £300 (until 15 June 2020)
Full fee: £350 

Rose Bruford College Alumni Discounts

Alumni of Rose Bruford College undergraduate and postgraduate courses are entitled to a 5% discount on the full fee. Please contact us for further information.

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please email

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Course content

Students will learn the Practical Aesthetics acting technique by working on scenes from Tennessee Williams plays. They will learn script analysis that helps the actor to articulate playable actions, and performance techniques that create truthful, connected performances.

The course will also feature background on Williams’ life and works, especially his growing up years in the Mississippi Delta and examine how the region’s people, places, and stories inspired some of Williams’ greatest plays.

About Karen Kohlhaas

Karen Kohlhaas is an Atlantic Theater Company founding ensemble member; an Off Broadway theater director, a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, a master teacher of Practical Aesthetics acting technique, a filmmaker, and Tennessee Williams scholar. Since 2011 she has been researching and directing a feature length documentary, Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta, which focuses on Williams’ seminal Mississippi Delta childhood and its influence on his greatest plays.

She is the author of three books on monologues and auditioning, and her techniques are recommended by Dame Helen Mirren in her Master Class on acting.


Testimonials from previous Karen Kohlhaas Masterclasses:

"I'm still in awe of how deeply and viscerally Williams’ words were able to affect me. You have created a new Williams fan and I can't wait to continue learning more. I also really enjoyed working with you and being able to unlock some really great things in my scene work. Thank you so much for such an incredible opportunity to learn a powerful new technique and work with some incredible writing."

"Without exaggerating, I can say that it was an intense, transformative class. I loved every second of it. I felt that the scenes drew us in more deeply than I had ever experienced in a Broadway or even Off Broadway theater. There were the tools that I took away as well! Hang on to the action, play the question, advocate for the character and play the solution not the problem. Can’t forget those. I think you should know that your teaching affects people deeply and permanently."

"I'm still reeling from how wonderful the Williams/PA class was. I appreciated learning more about TW's background and how it impacted the characters. Using Practical Aesthetics, particularly following one action throughout, was enlightening. I only have the highest accolades for you and your classes."

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