Catherine Carlen has been an actor for 35 years. She is a Lifetime member of THE ACTORS STUDIO and has worked in many off-Broadway productions and has starred in numerous TV shows and film.
Catherine studied acting with the great masters of the Theater: Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Susan Batson. She began a career as an acting teacher and coach when she received requests from stars that needed coaching in Los Angeles, including such well known actors as: Demi Moore, Nancy Allen, Lesley Ann Warren, Lela Rochon and John Diehl. In 2005 Catherine became the Drama Acting Coach on the TV show for the WB called THE STARLET with Faye Dunaway.
Catherine was working with Mark Rydell at THE ACTORS STUDIO in LA and began the next love of her life ... Directing. Mark Rydell and Mark Travis started an invitation only "Directors Workshop". Under the guidance and inspiration of her mentors Catherine next challenge was to find a project to direct. This is how RUNNING OUT OF TIME IN HOLLYWOOD was born. This is Catherine's directorial debut and has been the greatest classroom she could have. The film is a raw reality look at the struggle of wanting a dream that's impossible under Hollywood rules. The film is driven by pure desire and desperation.
Catherine had a great festival run in 2006 and 2007. She is currently teaching an exciting Saturday Acting Workshop in Studio City, CA. She is a very sought after Private Acting Coach who has taught in Los Angeles at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and Susan Batson's Black Nexxus.
Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her producer husband Roger Biff Johnson and their beautiful daughter Carlen, with Honey and Lexi, the dogs, and Prince the cat.