How It Works

Coaching for artists pursuing admission into professional theater training programs.

In 2011, I co-founded Central Coaching, a bi-coastal company providing niche coaching in New York and San Francisco to actors pursuing admission into professional training programs. Now I bring that uniquely focused process to artists in our Portland community and nationally online.

Clients have been accepted or received final callbacks at programs including Brown/Trinity Rep, Bristol Old Vic, British Academy of Dramatic Arts, Atlantic Theater Company, National Theatre Conservatory, Yale, NYU, Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Rutgers, and Juilliard.

If I am booked or I feel that an artist would be better served by working with a different mentor, I match clients with other expert coaches (affiliate coaches Lauren Bloom Hanover and Ben Newman) who are working theater artists and have completed Master’s Degrees in their fields. I believe that the strongest coaches are those who have experienced the application process themselves.

The Approach

Unlike the typical “get the gig” audition that most actors do frequently, auditioning for MFA, BFA, or other professional training programs is a unique and complex process, and for many actors, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Instead of auditioning for a particular part in a play, you are auditioning for the role of YOURSELF. You are showing the auditors the best version of you possible and convincing them that you are the person they want in a room with them for the next three or four years.

So how do we get there? By creating an individualized plan based on your strengths and interests, we work from the inside out to craft an audition that shows your authentic self in the best possible light. We get to know you and understand what type of training would be the best fit for you. Then we get down to the nitty-gritty of choosing monologues that are age and type appropriate (believe it or not, you need at least 6!), doing solid text work, honing your voice and physicality, and putting your application together. We even do mock interviews to make sure you’re ready to confidently talk about yourself. It’s a whole-person process, and we’re here for the long haul.

We have a few different ways we can serve your process. The most inclusive is the Complete Package which runs from the fall through February (spanning the length of the audition and call-back season). We also have a list of a la carte services for those who want just a few sessions of private coaching, a workshop or class, or would like to have us look over their portfolio or application materials.

When working with high school students, we encourage a first meeting that includes the parent(s) so we can help the whole family navigate what can be a stressful time.

Not an actor? I also work with directors, designers, and playwrights.

Individualized plans for each artist include:

  • private coaching
  • group classes
  • essay, portfolio, and application review
  • recommendations for programs to consider and auditions to attend
  • help with navigating the complex process of applying, scheduling auditions, interviewing, etc.
  • mock auditions
  • headshot and resume consultation
  • text, email, and phone support during the audition process

Affiliate Coaches

Lauren Bloom Hanover (Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Wesleyan University)
Ben Newman (University of Missouri – Kansas City, University of Northern Colorado)