Caryn is the only acting coach to be cited in both Backstage West and East polls as one of  “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” in polls in the last two decades.

Our mission is to provide real tools for working actors, to stretch their craft beyond comfortable assumptions, to nurture true artists to be effective storytellers, and inspire them to keep showing up with the goal of booking! 

Caryn West   An acting coach and teacher for over 30 years, consistently recommended by the industry on both coasts. She is also an award-winning working actress and director who once attended AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and her AFI film was in 23 festivals.


December 2021 Audition Intensive  2 weeks Nov 30, Dec 4, 7, 11   ( 1 SLOTS LEFT!)
2 Tues eves 5-8:30pmPT (8-11:30pmET)
2 Sat afternoons 2-5:30pmPT (5-8:30pmET) Details and Signup )  

January 2022 Audition Intensive  Jan 13 – Feb 3 4 weeks
Thursday eves 5-8:30pmPT (8-11:30pmET)  Signup

Zoom version for both coasts! Designed for the Covid era, getting huge self-taping and booking results for attendees!  Industry recommended on both coasts! Focusing on Self-Tape excellence and Do’s & Dont’s, Script and Genre Analysis, Online Networking, Character POV, Stillness, and Vulnerability.  Zoom callback checklist. Many handouts.  A no-nonsense approach to preparation and confident execution that books the role.

early enroll by 1/2/ 22 $230 , after $260, (Pre Covid $305)

Intensive Alumni early enroll by 1/2 /22 $180, after $200   Details and Signup                                                                                  


Skype or Facetime, Self Tape via Facetime / Zoom/WeAudition: Script Analysis, One on One rehearsal,  Taping, Tech advice

Schedule An Appt.   COVID Discount Rates and Packages starting at $150 off a 3-hour package, or $300 off a 5-hour package


Coached from masked safe distance, block, read with Caryn, we edit, quick uploading to Dropbox, WeTransfer. Conveniently located in West Hollywood studio or NYC address


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  • Coming April 2022 
  • *10 slots for vaccinated actors Sundays 3-6:30pmPT/ 6-9:30pmET
  • Come work on process and deeper skills with working directors giving feedback every 4 weeks.
  • A journey of real growth & bigger risks in your work. No gurus, no yelling, no BS.
  • Work every week! 2020 SAMPLE SCENES performed live for director:  Trip to Bountiful 

* Caryn is at risk age, so only vaccinated actors at this time, my apologies to all but that is what I must do

Director Guests:  Jessica Kubzansky  (Art Dir. of the Boston Court Pasadena) and Tom Dolby film dir/ prod (THE ARTIST’S WIFECALL ME BY YOUR NAME)   


Kelly AucoinKELLY AUCOIN   (“Dollar Bill” on BILLIONS, THE AMERICANS,HOUSE OF CARDS etc)“Caryn’s workshop is just the best. So much savvy feedback on how to attack a scene, and give your best performance. How to identify the style of the project you’re going up for. But also, just such incredibly detailed advice on tech, what the decision-makers are ACTUALLY looking for, when they want it, and what — fair or not — they want it to look like. She’s rigorous, but super supportive. And just a f*cking blast to be around. ”

RAKE regularNECAR ZADEGAN  (Lead CBS’ NCIS: NOLA, HBO’s HERE AND NOW, regular on GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE,  EMILY OWENS M.D., EXTANT,  and  “24”): “Caryn very quickly understands scenes and characters and where the scene should go is always supported by her keen eye for specifics. Her audition technique class is singular amidst the rest…She is clear about why auditioning is an art unto itself…Under Caryn’s tutelage, I really had a chance to hone the art of specificity within my acting but also entirely within my life as an artist…”


ALYSIA REINER (Fig on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Sundance hit feature EQUITY and SIDEWAYS): “Caryn’s was the first & BEST audition intensive I ever took. She is a genius both of technique and actor psyche and cutting through habits that hinder us. I use so many of her techniques both in auditions and on set, like today!” 

Adrain MArtinezADRIAN MARTINEZ  (NYC actor, regular on BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION sidekick to the stars’ in ‘Focus’ (Will Smith), ‘Walter Mitty’ (Ben Stiller) and ‘Casa de mi Padre’ (Will Ferrell)  From beginners to veterans, Caryn helps all actors with her passion for actors— she’s a great one herself— and laser-sharp insights into your work, and how to help you interpret material and nail that audition. She’s simply awesome.”

DAVID ALAN BASCHE  (series regular “The Exes”, “Starter Wife”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Three Sisters,” “Oh Grow Up,” films include “United 93”, “War of the Worlds”, “Full Frontal”) “Caryn’s class changed my life: I take what she taught me into every audition, and it works over and over again, and that means: so do I !”


Free Class TBA Dec 2020 6:15 pm PT (8-9:15pmET) “The Mistakes I See in Covid Era  Self Tapes Now”

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