ALYSIA REINER ( Fig on 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”

Caryn NEW MB shot #1with  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 and 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 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


  • LA WEEKEND EDITION   August 15-15 2015   Sat.and Sun  10:00- 5pm  quicker way to get the same info, but much more intense   (limited to 10, enroll by August 2 and save $50!)   LA REGISTRATION
  • LA 4 Week INTENSIVE July 21- August 11 2015  Tuesdays 7-11pm – closed
  • LA Free Class “AUDITIONING 2014 –What We All Need to Know Now!”   intro class  Next offering TBA 2015, Saturday 11:00- 12:30pm   please note larger venue address  REGISTER  
  • 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


Patricai richardsonPATRICIA RICHARDSON  @prichardsonla ( 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”



  • 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




ALMA MARTINEZ ( LA AUDITION INTENSIVE alum, recurring FX’s THE BRIDGE)  : I booked and shot a co-star role on Rake. A long scene with Greg Kinnear. Played a Prosecutor. Today I booked a supporting role on the feature “Cake.” A very nice long comedic scene with Jennifer Anniston. Wait a minute, “Rake” then “Cake”…I foresee a future project called “Bake.”  You’ve given me the tools and confidence to go into the audition room and book. Thank you, Alma”