How to do Your Best Work in an On-Camera Audition

Auditioning is really hard, and, arguably, on-camera auditioning is the hardest. Ellen bases her class on the idea that if actors can believe in what they are doing, it becomes easier to audition. She provides actors with a way of approaching every audition, so no time is wasted not being sure where to begin and how to work.

Ellen will talk about, then demonstrate how to work on your audition, using genuine audition scenes from TV and film. At the beginning of the first day, some students will be selected by lottery to work on-camera in front of the class. In addition to answering questions about auditioning, she will also answer anything anyone would like to ask about making a life as an actor.


Ellen Novack has spent her career working with actors: as a casting director, a film director, a manager, a TV producer, a talent consultant and a teacher. She has taught on-camera auditioning at American Conservatory Theatre, The New School, New York University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the National Theatre Institute and has been teaching On-Camera Acting Technique and On-Camera Auditioning for many years at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Drama. To help actors who are new to the business or whose career has stalled, she started ActorLaunch, a one-on-one consulting service.  

She based her recently released book, Taming the Cyclops: How to Do Your Best Work in an On-Camera Audition, on her popular on-camera audition class, which she teaches in New York City. She also coaches actors privately, primarily for audition preparation.

WHEN: Next dates TBA


WHERE: The Freeman Studio. 79 Leonard St.

COST: $195

79 Leonard St.

New York, NY 10013