How to do Your Best Work in a Self-Taped Audition

This class by Ellen Novack, esteemed teacher, coach and author of Taming the Cyclops, is for actors already practiced in their craft who seek to act more effectively on camera and strengthen their ability to create self-tapes that show their best work.


The class will consist of a pre-assigned self tape to be viewed in the first class, then analyzed and worked on in class.

For the second class, each actor will re-tape the same piece, which will be discussed. Some work will also be done on how to audition live via Zoom.


The goal is to give each actor very practical tools to help them accommodate the growing need for creating the most effective self-tapes.



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: Fridays 12 to 2pm EST | July 31st, Aug. 7th


WHERE: Online via Zoom

COST: $110

79 Leonard St.

New York, NY 10013