Testimonials

  • "One cannot find a better acting teacher in the Los Angeles area than Catherine Carlen. Having sat in on countless acting classes over the years, and having been horrified by what I too often witnessed, there are only a handful of teachers I heartily recommend and endorse. Catherine Carlen is the one. One cannot be in better hands."

    Martin Landau Academy Award winner for "Ed WOOD"
    and 3 time Academy Award Nominee.

  • "I unhesitatingly recommend Catherine Carlen as an experienced and knowledgeable teacher of acting."

    Mark Rydell Director of THE ROSE and ON GOLDEN POND
    6 time Academy Award nominee

  • "Catherine Carlen first brought her great enthusiasm for acting to The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in 2005. She is a well-liked teacher of both our adult and young actor programs,seamlessly navigating between the different age groups. Catherine is a team player and brings her professional experience and contagious attitude to everything she does."

    David Lee Strasberg The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute

  • "I've gone from guest-starring on sitcoms to leading roles in movies because of Catherine Carlen. She has been my acting coach since 1988 - She's incredible - the BOMB!"

    Lela Rochon Co-star of WAITING TO EXHALE
    and THE CHAMBER

  • "I've worked with Catherine Carlen for 20 years. Our work together has been incisive, joyful and producing award winning performances. I'm truly indebted."

    Lesley Ann Warren Academy Award nominee for VICTOR/VICTORIA

  • "Catherine Carlen inspires me. she gives me confidence which is the exact ingredient I need when I'm walking into an audition. Her fantastic energy enriches me, plus, she's funny as hell."

    John Diehl MIAMI VICE, JURASSIC PARK III,
    plus over 60 other film and TV roles

  • "I was discouraged about acting and bored with the work, and seriously considered quitting. Then I met Catherine Carlen and she ignited a spark in my acting that I didn't know I had. I found excitement, fun and a new interest in my work I thought I'd never have again. I had the opportunity to try this new approach when I auditioned for RoboCop (check this) It worked - on RoboCop 1, 2 and 3!!. She reminded me to trust my instincts, and to play, and to bring my truth to the character. What I learned from this experience is that I must always be willing to begin again. She's been my coach for 20 years."

    Nancy Allen DRESSED TO KILL, CARRIE,
    BLOW OUT, ROBOCOP 1, 2, & 3

  • "Catherine reveals the complexities and brings simplicity to them. From that simplicity, we find the most interesting of the complexities. She's all I'll ever want in an acting coach."

    Clint Black Country singer/actor

  • "Catherine is all of the greatest acting coaches I've never worked with and all I'll ever need. She's the best!"

    Lisa Hartman Black KNOTS LANDING plus many TV and film roles

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