GUEST TEACHER | Revitalize and fortify your acting technique to invigorate your on-camera work.

Get your skills in order so that when the camera turns on you, you’re ready. Reinspire your work by strengthening the foundations of your craft.

Class size: Limited to 8 students
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Union Square, New York City
*$250 deposit is required to guarantee your slot. Non-refundable, but transferable to a friend.

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Every audition should begin with the actor asking themselves these five questions: Who am I? Where and when am I? What do I want? What do I do to get what I want?  What happens if I don’t get what I want? If you can answer these questions, you’re already on your way to a great audition or rehearsal. In this first class, I’ll teach you how to apply these questions to your character and how to use them in the scene to keep you grounded and specific.


How can you act well if you don’t know what you’re saying? In the second week of class, we will work on beats and text analysis so that when you’re acting, you sound like an actual human being instead of a robot. By using imaging techniques and classic concepts like beats, you’ll leave class with a better sense of what story you’re trying to tell, and how to tell it effectively.


How can your characters differ if they all exist in the same body? This week, I’ll teach you a quick and easy way to change your body’s energy centers and create physicality.  There are very simple ways to adjust your posture, stance, and energy so that your characters inhabit a different body than the one you walk around in every day.


Finally, what’s the most important key to great acting? Listening! This final week will be all about engaging with your scene partner, surrendering, and listening to what they have to say. With the foundation work done in weeks 1, 2, and 3, you’ll see how easy it is to let go and listen. This way, your scene has buoyancy and a spontaneity that can’t possibly be planned.


I’ll use my experience as a working actress along with the expertise I gained while acquiring my MFA at the Yale School of Drama to pass along exclusive tips from the best teachers in the country.


About Carly

Carly Zien

Carly is a working actress, business owner, intimacy coordinator, and audition coach for actors in all mediums.

Carly attended Yale School of Drama for both her undergrad and her MFA, and she was always involved in the audition process for their MFA program. From watching thousands of MFA hopefuls, she learned what makes a strong, well-crafted, and inspired audition. Carly is passionate about empowering artists and helping actors discover and rediscover their passion for what they do.

Carly served as Intimacy Coordinator on the following sets: Almost Family (FOX), #LoveMyRoomie (web series), White Flags (independent film).


Carly is also an alumna of my Studio and shares a philosophy of empowering actors with inspiration and tools. At the Studio, she also teaches a one night workshop called HOLDING COURT: Film & Theater Monologues and a next level class TAKING THE LEAD. 

When I first met Carly years ago, she had recently graduated from Yale School of Drama and was fully committed to breaking into film and TV. I loved her focus and her approach as a highly trained actor, and I noticed that it made a real difference in her on-camera work. She had such solid foundations. She is the perfect teacher for this class!

Who is this class good for?

Anyone who understands that acting on film is a craft! Craft takes time and attention to develop. This class is for actors who know they’re talented and who want to harness that talent using structure and craft.

If you’ve been in a million acting classes already, this class will take you back to the building blocks of your work so you can see what you’ve forgotten or what you’re missing.

If you’re new to acting, this class will help you build a solid foundation for work in theater, commercials, TV, and film.

If you’re somewhere in between and just need some more tools in your toolbox, this class will equip you with the right stuff to kick butt in your upcoming auditions.

All are welcome: all skill levels and ages. These tools are timeless, and they will serve you no matter where you are in your process.

What you get

  • 4 weeks, 4 hours each class   
  • Individualized coaching in class
  • Film your scene every week
  • Downloadable video files of your on-camera classwork for personal review
  • Intimate and non-competitive space: 8 students max
  • BFA and MFA drama school–level acting tips and insights
  • Specific instructions for how to: 
    1. Analyze scenes and break down text
    2. Create an objective for your character
    3. Build a character’s physicality, given circumstances, and stakes

Class content


Each week, you’ll receive an assignment that addresses a specific building block of the actor’s process. Whether it’s where you are, what you’re doing, what you want, or what you’ll do to get there, these questions and corresponding scenes will provide templates for you to learn the areas where you can improve your specificity and skill.


We film your scenes and provide you with downloads after each class. It’s an excellent way to study your progress, see your “tricks,” and understand what the producers/directors are seeing on the television monitors.


“I am always available to my students to answer questions about the industry and to provide my experience, strength, and hope. My wish for you is that after you leave my class, you feel like a strong, badass, empowered artist: in other words, the person you were born to be.” — Carly

Studio guarantee

Full disclosure—please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct or cast. We do guarantee my supportive honesty and my open sharing of knowledge. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting actors as they develop their process of working within the audition room. We seek to build their knowledge about the business of auditioning.