ALYSIA REINER (  ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and Thomas Church’s bride in the film 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!”

                        THE AUDITION INTENSIVE      

                     “Real Tools for Working Actors”

DRAMA Green smile RT Smaller sizewith  CARYN WEST  this award winning actress and renowned teacher was the only one selected in both NYC and LA as one of “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” BACK STAGE West and East polls and has taught at many prestigious schools on both coasts.  A veteran actress & coach,  she began this class 20 odd years ago and it  is ever evolving because of the seismic shifts in our industry.  And she still auditions and works… just like her students. Bio and Video

DON’T BLOW YOUR INTRO OR SHOW YOUR RUST!  This highly acclaimed workshop is preparation-oriented and geared to the market of film and television but helps your theater auditions as well. It spurs you to creative risk-taking, to sue the power of breath to deepen your investment and combat performance anxiety, to getting savvy about taped auditions & CD workshops, and many targeted networking/marketing skills for a rapidly changing market.  Caryn  is all about content… with many handouts to guide you.  Details below



  • Oct 29-Nov 19 Thursdays 4 weeks  (limited to 12, enroll by Oct 15  and save $50!)   REGISTRATION




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 KEVIN KILNER ( veteran actor, lead on 3 series, currently recurring on HAPPYISH on Showtime ) “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.”


  • Internet Readiness “the New PreRead” : Google-ability,  ImdbPro visibility, Ever evolving handouts to get your social media in order
  • Foundations of Courage: Mission/ Vision/ Goals broken down to combat overwhelm and fear/ Tools to be Present
  • 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


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PATRICIA RICHARDSON  ( Series regular on HOME IMPROVEMENT, WEST WING,  STRONG MEDICINE, took the Dec 2013 AUDITION INTENSIVE) : “Did an amazing workshop with Caryn West last weekend/auditioning/goal setting/marketing /learned SO MUCH!  Inspiring and exhausting, invaluable”





  • WEEKEND EDITION  TBA  Sat.and Sun  10:00- 5pm  quicker way to get the same info, but much more intense   (limited to 12, enroll by —-and save $50!)   
  • LA ALUMNI ON CAMERA WORKOUT 4 Thursdays eve.s TBA  DETAILS Continuing concepts, warming up for body and On  Camera, Career Actions help and accountability,  for alumni only