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

This three-week workshop – taught 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 gone on how to audition in the room.


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 had a long and varied career with one consistent theme: working with and helping actors. She is currently teaching at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where she’s been preparing students to both audition and work in film and TV for 18 years. She has also taught on-camera auditioning at The Juilliard School, American Conservatory Theatre, The New School, New York University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the National Theatre Institute. Over the years, her students have included Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Mamoudou Athie, Molly Bernard, Brett Dalton, Winston Duke, Corey Hawkins, Brian Tyree Henry, Aja Naomi King, Lupita Nyong’o, and Allison Williams among many others. You can read Ellen's full bio here.


She based her 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.


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