APRIL 2020

GUEST TEACHER | Learn to take center stage and to consciously shape and craft a speech.

Monologue self-tapes are a popular request for Casting Director generals.

In this class, polish up your theater or film monologues—create arc and dynamics. Learn how to bring your unique self to the work when selecting an audition monologue and preparing to do a big speech on camera. Plus, Carly is an excellent guide for adapting theater auditions to self-tape. 

Class size: Limited to 8 students
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Online
$60 (Discounted rate)

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April 25
4:00-6:30pm EST
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Conversations with Carly


When I was getting my MFA at Yale, I watched A LOT of auditions for the program. Our acting teachers would invite us to watch and learn as they searched tirelessly for the next class of incoming actors. What struck me was this:

Many actors made mistakes that had NOTHING to do with their acting.


These mistakes were so easy to fix with just a little know-ho… read more

What was a difficult challenge for you as an actor? 

I’m in an uncomfortable moment right now! I’m currently taking a year away from performing so that I can focus on other areas of my life. I miss performing, but I stay connected to the acting community through teaching and intimacy coaching.

What was a crazy or silly moment on set? 

I’ve trained with a lot of wonderful teachers who taught me what I know about acting. I’m inspired when I can pass along my knowledge and give it to others.

What is the main thing you wish you knew then but that you only understand now?

I get frustrated when I feel like I’m shouting into the void and that the industry that I love isn’t listening or doesn’t have room for someone like me.

What moment or experience as an artist do you feel most proud of?

The first play I did after getting my MFA was a three-person show in Cincinnati. I was proud of my preparation, my performance, and the close bond that my two castmates and I made together.

Who do you really look up to in your field and why?

Frances McDormand, Laurie Metcalf, Jane Houdyshell, and Kristen Bell, because they seem to be forging their own paths without conforming to pressure from the industry to be or act a certain way.

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). She lives and works in LA.



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 leveling-up class called 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?

This class is good for all actors who wish to refine their skills in the art of the monologue. Monologues or speeches are performed on stage, on film/TV sets, in auditions for agents, managers, and theater repertory seasons, and for graduate school auditions.

What you get

  • The big tip to giving your best auditions every time (hint: it has nothing to do with the scene or monologue!)
  • Ways to blast through the fears that are keeping you from giving your best work
  • Strategies for memorization, what to wear, and how to follow up
  • Practical skills for breaking down your piece, clarifying your intention, and bringing the world of the play or film into the audition room
  • Footage of your work in class
  • Suggestions for future monologues


The STUDIO [ONLINE] CLASSES are uniquely designed.

Online classes are fresh, new classes…different from the in-person studio classes.

[ONLINE] classes include:

  • Filming
  • Small class size for individualized coaching
  • How to maximize and tweak your self-tape setups
  • Development of self-tape best practices
  • Group learning and community
  • Expanded class themes not offered in the studio classes
  • Study of the art and craft of acting
  • Assignments designed to challenge and inspire

Class content

Carly will help you break down your favorite audition monologues or film/TV speeches to bring them new life and vitality. She will share with you her insights on how to give the best audition every time.

Select 1-2 monologues or speeches to bring to class. Monologues from contemporary plays, film, television, and Shakespeare are all welcome. If you have a speech in an upcoming film or series episode that you will be performing, please feel free to bring that!

With Carly, you’ll rediscover your love for auditioning and invigorate the artist within.


Lauren Bell


Carly’s energy and enthusiasm was the same for each student. Loved Carly’s passion for teaching.

Rachel Policar


One thing that I really wanted to work on in this class was honing which questions to ask of myself and my character prior to delivering a monologue, and Carly absolutely did not disappoint in that department. She asked so many thought-provoking questions for each actor and their material, and challenged us to think about our circumstances in ways I hadn’t thought of. Carly’s approach to monologue work was fascinating.

Carly created a very safe environment to work on our material and elicited a lot of beautiful colors out of each actor – it has empowered me to not be intimidated by monologues and to trust my instincts. I think that I will approach new material with a different thought process now after working with Carly.

Jessica Fishenfeld


I feel more confident in preparing a new piece with the right tools. Carly said in class, “The character doesn’t know he/she is about to give a speech.” Even in a monologue I have to think about what my scene partner is saying/wants to say.

Lee Hubilla


The class has had a great impact on how I prep for a scene. What I’ll do differently is….follow Carly’s guide! She gave us so many tools and revealed her exact process in how she preps for every character/audition. Following them really helps me understand the character, even more than I realize. Her in the moment coaching was super helpful in helping recognize and break certain patterns/habits. So great! I got a lot out of this! I also want to credit my fellow classmates for really bringing it. People brought great challenging scenes that really made a safe environment for us to be vulnerable and try things. Carly of course was amazing at pushing us to try these things and challenge ourselves.


It was beautiful, challenging and a safe environment! I feel more self-trust! Thank you, Carly and Heidi, for keeping the actor’s life meaningful! It gave me awareness of my body sensors! It reminded me that it is not about me! This class drew myself out ! I got the tools how to do it ! I will approach learning script with more depth!

Dawn Vicknair


Loved, loved, loved Carly!! Wonderful supportive teacher and class. Would love to have a Part 2. As always, you always provide the best teachers and the most supportive environment! Thanks, Heidi!

Gabriel Awan


I feel like a have a much more solid idea of what I need to do to prep and then let go and trust. It sounds basic but I felt lost before the class and I feel like I have the tools to work so that I may play now.

Brian Culbertson


Absolutely thrilled! One of the most useful classes I’ve taken that provides more resources to explore!

Amanda Goble


I feel much better about my prep process, and I feel more confident in general.

Lauren Bell


I had the BEST experience!

Briana Reed


As a dancer transitioning to acting with no training, I’ve tried to be very pragmatic in building a technical foundation. I felt that this workshop fit perfectly. Its impact was how well Carly was able to simplify and summarize techniques and of course her infectious love of the craft.

Dave Weinstein


Carly is a great teacher. She creates a fun, warm atmosphere to learn in.


Absolutely thrilled! One of the most useful classes I’ve taken that provides more resources to explore!


I feel like a have a much more solid idea of what I need to do to prep and then let go and trust. It sounds basic but I felt lost before the class and I feel like I have the tools to work so that I may play now.


I have been so BLOCKED recently, and this class was step one in loosening up the blocks and trying to get back into acting. It was a very useful first step. I think I will go from not auditioning at all, to prepping auditions and actually getting a reel together.


It has given me the confidence to look at a script or side and decipher the meanings, subtext and importance of what I am going to be presenting to my audience. It has also shown me that I have a true love for this art form that I want to pursue further

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.