ALYSIA REINER  (BETTER THINGS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SIDEWAYS, and star/producer of the feature EQUITY opposite Anna Gunn ) Caryn was the first and best audition class I ever took. She is a genius of both technique and actor psyche and cutting through habits that hinder us. I use many of her techniques both in auditions and on set, like today!”


STUDIO 1 CROP “Real Tools for Working Actors”

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CARYN WEST    this award-winning actress and teacher is the only one selected in both NYC and LA as one of “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” in BACKSTAGE’S WEST and EAST polls and has taught at many prestigious drama schools on both coasts.  A veteran actress & coach,  she first devised this class 20 odd years ago based on her own and clients’ experiences. Ever evolving with the seismic shifts in our industry, Caryn still auditions and works…just like her students.        Bio and Video


Fear of Preparation, Memorization Issues, Loss of Breath, Performance Anxiety

Self Tape, In the Room Tapings, Online, Social Media, Theater, You & them alone in the room

  • LA : The Weekend Feb 21-23 Fri eve/Sat/Sun day  (early enroll by Feb 14 and save $50)  REGISTRATION 
  • LA: 4 week version TBA   16 hours Tues 7-11pm (early enroll by ___ and save $50)

       NYC: The Weekend June 2020 TBA 16 hrs. Sat/Sun 10-6pm  (early enroll by June and save $50) NY REGISTRATION 

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Caryn  is all about content... with many handouts to guide you. This highly acclaimed workshop is preparation-oriented and geared to the market of film and television but helps your theater auditions as well. 

 TOPICS :             

  • Internet Readiness “the New PreRead” : Google-ability,  ImdbPro visibility, cutting edge social media handouts
  • Foundations of Courage and Career Boost Tools
  • Camera Script Analysis and Preparation, Dramaturgy: Making Choices informed by Story Structure, Genre-Specific Choices
  • Camera Technique for Taped Auditions
  • The Tricks CDs Can’t Tell You at Workshops
  • Networking: New ways to create relationships and stay in touch, The Special Prep for CD Workshops
  • Your Contagion: Do you attract or repel casting to your value?
  • The Power of the First Moment
  • Breathing: Your Eyes, Releasing Tension, Dropping into Subtextual Moments
  • Eliminating Self Sabotage and Nerves
  • 1-6 liners: “Co-stars are actually harder!”
  • Stillness vs. the Smartphone
  • Ease and Effortlessness: Being Present and Playful
  • Artistry- your unique take on the work and your deepest choices



 Kilner Head ShotKEVIN KILNER ( veteran actor, lead on 3 series, most recently recurred on Showtime’s HAPPYISH ) “Run to Caryn, do not walk.  I’ve been a Professional over 30 years, studied with some gifted, excellent teachers. No one is more talented, thorough & on the edge of what is the latest in the Industry, Social Media’s use in it, script analysis, & acting craft for the camera. If you are looking for the Real Deal?  It’s Caryn West.”

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PATRICIA RICHARDSON (Series lead HOME IMPROVEMENT, WEST WING, STRONG MEDICINE, 4 Emmy nominations took the AUDITION INTENSIVE twice!) : “Did an amazing workshop with Caryn West last weekend/auditioning/goal setting/marketing /learned SO MUCH!  Inspiring and exhausting, invaluable”

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