The Monologue Audition: A Complete Approach

  • The Monologue Audition: A Complete Approach
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About this course


One week (Five days teaching)

Term Start

Monday 2 to Friday 6 July 2018

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates will actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, and enthusiastically embrace intensive work and rehearsal.

This 5-day course for actors and teachers addresses effective rehearsal of every aspect of monologue auditions for drama school admissions and for professional auditions.

Karen Kohlhaas, Atlantic Theater Company founding member, director and senior teacher, has been developing and teaching an integrated approach to audition monologues since 1993, described in her books The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors; How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, and The Monologue Audition Teacher’s Manual; and her DVD, which are used at training institutions around the US and internationally.

Why choose this course?

  • Professional-level studios and spaces on a leafy green campus
  • Study with acclaimed international Master Teachers
  • Intensive study of cutting edge techniques
  • Take your own practice to the next level

Fee and Application Information


This course is delivered over one week of intensive full-time training (30+ hours) at our Sidcup campus. 

How to Apply

Email for more information or to book your place. 

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Full Fee

£625 (paid in full before 1 June 2018)

Accommodation (if required)
£300 (One week booking) 

Discounts are available to Rose Bruford College alumni – contact us for further information

Course content

Karen's complete approach to audition monologues includes:


Karen will discuss and teach the factors actors must consider when choosing effective monologues for specific types of auditions. Included and discussed are topics such as: What makes a good monologue for me? Should profanity or certain subjects be avoided? Is it important to consider age, type, gender, and ethnicity? What kinds of monologues should I have in my repertoire? The “Hello, This is Me” monologue. And, tips on cutting and editing monologues.


Actors will learn to create staging for the entire monologue using specific directing techniques. Doing so helps actors avoid the physical extremes of “freezing” and “wandering” and gives them what a well-rehearsed cast has on opening night: clear, fun staging that tells the story of the play, freeing actors to act moments fully. Once the monologue is fully staged, the size can be reduced, when appropriate, to standing in place, sitting, or even in closeup while preserving the intensity and variety in the staging. Actors who have worked with these techniques very often report a huge sense of relief at finally knowing what to do with their bodies when working on monologues.


Actors will apply Practical Aesthetics script analysis and performance techniques to monologues in ways that allow them to act with truth, specificity, and connection “off of the wall”—with no partner. Demonstrating with participants, Karen will show how the acting techniques can work together with the staging to create strong auditions that are enjoyable for the actor to do, and for auditors to watch.


Actors learn specific audition techniques that address all of the non-acting moments of an audition, including “How to Enter the Room”; guidelines about audition room  interactions including how to introduce themselves and how to “chat; how to know what kind of non-acting behaviour is appropriate in a given audition; and, “How to Leave the Room”.

This course is appropriate for actors with some previous acting training and/or experience. The skills are the same for newer and more advanced actors. Acting teachers are welcome to observe and/or participate as actors.

Each full participant will complete at least 1 monologue, and will learn Karen’s complete approach to preparing monologues.

We will work from Karen’s book, The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors. (Included with tuition fees)

“This book helped me through my first professional audition- it was a godsend. It breaks your roles up into that of self-director and actor with incredible effectiveness. The tips and instruction she gives seem so obvious and "right" once you have read and tried them- it is an intuitive approach.” —Amazon reader from UK


Karen will also show film clips and give a lecture on her current project, a documentary film on Tennessee Williams set in the Mississippi Delta. Participants will read and discuss monologues from well-known and lesser known Williams plays.

Course Director

Karen Kohlhaas is a stage director, teacher, author and filmmaker. She was one of the original group of New York University undergraduates who founded New York’s Atlantic Theater Company in the mid-1980’s, and are now in their 32nd year of production.

Karen has directed mainstage plays at Atlantic, The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Ars Nova, St. Luke’s Theatre, The Culture Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Live Arts, Naked Angels, the Alley Theatre in Houston, The Practical Theatre Co. in Sydney, Australia, and The Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge UK and others. Highlights include her acclaimed productions of Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, and The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, and the world premiere of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness. Karen is a senior teacher in the Atlantic Acting School’s NYU undergraduate and professional conservatory programs, and since 1993 has taught classes that include advanced acting, monologues, cold reading/audition technique and directing.

Karen is the author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors, How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual, and the director/producer/writer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). Her monologue techniques are used by actors and taught in middle, high school, and university acting programs, and in teacher training and graduate programs in the US and around the world.

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