About Austin's Asylum

The teacher and the taught become the teaching

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Karen Austin 


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Karen Austin's class is where I go to find talent and to reclaim my soul. 

It's the best kept secret in Hollywood.

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The Asylum is an arena designed for you to train with other professionals.
My goal is to seek simplicity:  
to give you usable information, not just theory  
to foster a space where you can experience emotional access
to guide you to work both hard and smart
and to help sharpen your technique 
while building the courage necessary for industry success. 

I teach from boots on the ground experience garnered from a wealth of work, in a variety of mediums, in concert with an infinite variety of talents,under a myriad of conditions.  

I love actors; I am fascinated by our process.
I work with each student very individually and ensure the environment is supportive. 
The curriculum emerges and collectively evolves from the unique needs of each member. 

I try to pose questions in a way they can be answered, to define any problem in a way it can be solved , to see creative blocks and, together, 
we create opportunity for breakthrough: 
exfoliating what doesn't serve you and entertaining what does. 
  • The heart of the class is scene study
  • frequent on camera audition technique work
  • monologue work for industry situations
  • "ice cold" reads entertain impulse and freedom 
  • Members are encouraged to work on audition sides in class.  
    The Class Work pages detail how the class is conducted. 
    The Class Policy pages are my agreement with members. 

    I encourage and require potential students to observe a class. 
    Observer seats are limited &by reservation only. You can contact me by email.

"There are three ways to teach- by example, by example and by example"                    Albert Scweithzer

"Acting is an art. And teaching acting is an art, too or it can be. Ultimately, it's a question of talent  -  of theirs meshing with mine. So time will tell. "   
    Sanford Meisner