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ReActing by Heart

First Season: November 15th

Second Session: December 2nd

Thur, 5:00pm - 10pm


The Safety Net Under Your Audition - 

Ever go into an audition thinking you have your lines memorized only to get nervous and mess-up?  Memorization can lock you into a stale delivery or make you even more flustered if you accidentally forget a line.  ReActing By Heart Technique is a one-day workshop that will teach you how to use your sides in an audition while staying in character so you don't have to depend on memorization.  Learn your lines "by heart" - not by rote.  

Focus your preparation by:

  • Deepening your connection to the other character
  • Actively listening and being present
  • Fighting for your objective
  • Responding truthfully in the moment

Limited to 12 actors.  

This class is the PERFECT lead-in to Auditioning by Heart! Actors get more out of the 3-day intensive when they take the ReActing By Heart Workshop with it.

Join this incredible 5 hour class! 



Should you need to cancel, your  replacement student must be found at least 48 hours before class starts to give time to re-think parings and find new sides, especially if the class is outside of the Los Angeles area.  Please refer to cancellation policies -

Auditioning by Heart

3-Day Intensive

First Session: November 16th - 18th

Second Session: December 3rd - 5th

Fri, 3:00pm - 8:00pm  

Sat & Sun 10:00am - 5:30pm 

(includes tickets to the Sunday Industry Panel)

RETURNING ACTORS check out special rate on payment scroll bar*


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About "Auditioning By Heart" 

This on-camera intensive will teach professional actors how to organically prepare for film and television auditions within a short time-frame.  Actors receive new sides prior to each class and work daily.   "Auditioning by Heart" is a deep exploration of how to create a character's life from the truth through history homework.  It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become dynamic and courageous at your auditions. The training is very much student-centered, giving time for individual attention. Crystal will provide thorough, personalized critiques for actor's who register to be critiqued.

This workshop will empower you to:

  • Rid Nerves
  • Know Your Lines “by Heart”
  • Live Truthfully Through the Life of the Character
  • Highlight Your Acting Abilities
  • Improve Booking Rates
Register for ATL: 3-Day ABH & ReActing By Heart Nov. 15-18, 2018
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Two Ways to Play Auditioning by Heart!

1) CRITIQUED ACTOR: Sign up to have your work critiqued in front of the class, (your resume will be requested after you register)  Limited to 12 actors. 

2) NON CRITIQUED ACTOR: you can choose to self-critique (please read about this below) and/or you can choose to be critiqued outside of class (for an additional fee) Limited to 12 actors 


What is a Non-Critiqued Actor?

A Non-Critiqued Actor receives the same audition material as those being critiqued in front of the class. When Crystal puts the 12 critiqued actors on tape, non-critiqued actors are put on tape either by a T.A. or partnered with a fellow Non-Critiqued actor (to put each other on tape). Should you choose not to have your audition taped, then you may be a reader for those who do. (Actors can learn a lot about auditioning when they sit on the other side of the camera.) 

After this, Crystal will breakdown the sides, and as a class, you'll learn to do the script analysis of each day's material. Crystal uses the Critiqued actor's tapes to demonstrate her method for you. Most likely, you will "See yourself" in the work of the 12 actors whose critiques you'll hear. You will then follow your TA to a space to watch your own playback, and apply what you just learned to your own work. (A class TA is available to comment on your work, if you desire such.)  Former students consistently tell us that when they "self critiqued" based on Crystal's breakdown, and after watching the other actors critiques, they KNEW EXACTLY how they did. They were "crystal clear" on which of their choices were strong, and which could have been better, and how to improve in the future.

Non-Critiqued actors who discover they want Crystal to critique 1, 2 or all 3 of their audition tapes, may choose to do so when registering OR at any point before the end of each day's class. Crystal will make time to do so, either at the end of the day or at a later time for a small fee.  ($40 per taped audition)

* Minimum Age 18 yrs for Auditioning By Heart (Certain exceptions apply, please inquire)

Returning Students are Family!

If you have taken Auditioning by Heart before, and are a returning student, "refresh" your skills at a very special discount, by signing up to be a guided self-critiquing actor (Referred to as Non-critiqued, because after you are put on tape, Crystal teaches you to self-critique, as there is only time to critique 12 actors during class-time).  As you know...after Crystal's lecture and thorough breakdown of your sides, you will more than likely be able to watch your tape and know "how you did." This lets you save big! --Of course, if you still want Crystal to critique you, you may also sign up anytime for a critique outside of class (See the "Sign up after class button on this page").  We LOVE having you back!

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Brian White most known for his major recurring roles on ScandalChicago Fire, MistressesBeauty & the Beast and and more.  He's currently on his second season of Ray Donovan.

Register for ATL: 3-Day ABH & ReActing By Heart Nov. 15-18, 2018
Who referred you?
Register for ATL: 3-Day ABH & ReActing By Heart Dec 3-5, 2018
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Add - Critique outside of class time:

A TESTIMONY - ReActing By Heart - Actor: Frank Carrijo

I just finished taking ReActing By Heart class and I finally "get it", not just rationally, but I really FEEL what it means to be in the moment in a whole new, unforgettable, usable, effortless way.

After you understand the rules & technicalities, you will notice that your body and mind will automatically start to respond to the other person. You'll start to have emotions hit and change you. You'll GENERATE THOUGHTS, then look at the other person and say them. You'll really get that the script gives you WHAT to say, but taking in the other person, gives you HOW to say it -- no "pre-shaping".

Even though I am not really thinking up the lines, because the writers has already done that, I feel like I am. ReActing By Heart has helped ME, be more of a REAL human being when auditioning and anytime I'm acting.  

It also is the perfect prerequisite to Auditioning by Heart! It supports you, so you can feel safe doing what Crystal is asking of you. I hope you take ReActing By Heart and see for yourself. 

Actor: Frank Carrijo

Included, directly after class on the last night of Auditioning by Heart:


Q & A Event at 4:30PM

There is no guarantee as to which Industry Professionals from the worlds of Casting, Directing, Agenting, Managing, Producing or Acting will be a part of this incredible and enlightening Industry Panel Q&A. The evening is FREE to enrolled students, and begins directly after the fantastic 3-day workshop; a true highlight of the day.




Lots of fun at the De-Breifing After Party! Directly after the "Sunday Industry Panel"  - July 2018 Week Two Class and Panel pictured above.


Tanya Clarke is most known for her major recurring roles on  Inhumans and Banshee, as well as her work in the film, A Beautiful Mind talks about the "gems" she comes away because of Crystal Carson's amazing coaching.