Advanced Scene Study


JIMMY O. YANG is a series regular on HBO’s SILICON VALLEY CRAZY RICH ASIANS,  and LIFE OF THE PARTY with Melissa McCarthy and last year’s PATRIOT’S DAY with Mark Wahlberg

ERIC LADEN Joins 2017/18 Season 2 Of History’s Navy Seal drama SIX As New Regular. (Previously on the first two seasons of The Killing and most recently as Glenn Taylor on HBO’s The Brink . He’s also had a number of key recurring roles on series including Bosch, Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.)

NECAR ZADEGAN ( and still a client ) is now  a lead on NCIS: Nola recurred on Alan Ball’s new HBO show HERE AND NOW, was a regular GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE, was also a regular on Fox’s RAKE with Greg Kinnear, EMILY OWENS MD,  and “24”

FANSHEN COX GIOVANNI’s solo show ONE DROP OF LOVE  produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is now a film! and she is still touring the play around the country

RAY FORD  was a regular on  both seasons of  “Don’t Trust The B….Apt 23”  

taught by Caryn West
                                WHERE CAN YOU RISK AND FAIL IN ORDER TO TRULY GROW
Los Angeles: Sept. 23- Nov 11, 2018  Sun.s 6-10pm 8 weeks
NYC: TBA  Mondays  8 weeks  7-10:30pm  with Caryn West
NYCDA 39. W. 19 St. 3rd floor AUDITORS WELCOME!  

Acting Coach/Actress/Director   the only teacher selected only in both LA and NYC as one of  “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” Backstage West & East polls  ( bio on name links


schedule permitting JESSICA  KUBZANSKYJessica Kubzansky 

Director/Co-Art. Dir.  the Theatre@Boston Court     

Recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s 2014 “BEST DIRECTION” Award & “Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre”

( Jess co taught for 9 years, has a very busy nationwide directing schedule but still subs when Caryn working )

Developed over 10 years,  our class is philosophically designed to allow you the time and space to really delve into a script,  explore a character for a few weeks without expectation of a “performance” ; to venture into choices that might not be sure bets, to risk and fail in new modalities and really stretch: Strengthening your work ethic and reevaluating preparation, but also encouraging your spontaneity and freedom.  Risk, fail and grow with roles that stretch you out of your comfort zone. Real working standards.

Tools you can use in any medium to be a better storyteller and actor: A script analysis guide informs your choices, makes you stand out ,  create high stake choices, and find deeper insights into character. Did you know you get to work on your scene every week?

REGISTRATION at bottom of this page

Class Agenda   4-6 scenes per class,  limited to 14! Expect to work nearly every week, this is not an observation class where you watch more than work.    REQUEST AN INTERVIEW FOR CLASS HERE ( attach pix/resume or URL to)

  • Warmups: Meditation, Body/Vocal and Improv warmups
  • Dramaturgy – what is the event of the scene, function of the character in the storytelling
  • Script Analysis- really breaking it down, the clues
  • Rituals, Secrets and Lies of a Character
  • Pursuing Actions
  • Character Private Moments- finding behavior not dependant on text
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Physicality
  • Genre/ Style Work
  • Your “Mojo”- Truth, Memory, Substitution, Experience, Intuition
  • Risk Taking- acquiring a new creative skill
  • Class exercises: Yatitudes/breaking habitual patterns, trying scary new skills, being present
  • The Walk : Character & Intentions in Physicality, Yatitudes , Energy and Focus
  • Etiquette and Rules of the World your character is in
  • An Invitation to fail without recrimination in the pursuit of new paths and freedom

(Incoming students need to attend a one-hour orientation about Script analysis and Preparation tools- usually held  one hour before a regular class)


Tuition :    (due in check or cash at first class of the month or through PayPal)

LA: early enroll by  Sept 3, $400 8 weeks,  after  $500 

NYC early enroll by ___ $400, after $500 8 weeks


8 week commitment,  Interview / audition and industry referral required

Currently accepting appts:  818.693.465 or Email Us! with pix/resume URL  ( IMDb or actors access)

Sarah JAne Morris

Caryn, I’m so thrilled to tell you that after taking your auditioning class years ago, working and returning to your scene study class this past fall, I am back to work on a great recurring arc on NCIS!!  I actually get to use some of my “funny” we worked on in class, and I’m playing a smart, confident, “kick-ass and take names” woman!  I also booked a great role in a USA pilot called “Common Law”…Working with you and Jessica definitely helped me get my confidence back and think about ways to be “in action” and add layers and color to my work.  Thank you and I hope to be back in class soon.” – SARAH JANE MORRIS ( NCIS, Brothers and Sisters)


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