Monday, February 4, 2013

Andrea Caban to teach Monologues and Cold Readings audition workshop

The Patel Conservatory welcomes Andrea Caban as a guest instructor for our upcoming audition workshop series.

Caban, who brings her one-woman show Questions My Mother Can’t Answer to the Straz Center this month, will be the guest instructor for the Monologues and Cold Readings workshop, Feb. 15 at the Conservatory.

Caban has a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in acting from the University of California, Irvine. She is now based out of the Los Angeles area.

Questions My Mother Can’t Answer is Caban’s third solo show. She’s toured it around the country and in Capetown, S. Africa.

“It’s the story of how I was hit by a New York City cab, and not feeling like my life was fitting afterwards,” said Caban, who is also a dialect coach and plays eight different women in the show.

“Their stories are interwoven through my story. It’s about finding my way back to my own life,” she said.

As a solo artist and an educator, Caban teaches students how to develop their own work, and she teaches outreach classes that help people apply theater skills to their personal lives.

“When you get on stage and own who you are in front of a group of people, you learn a lot about yourself,” said Caban.

When it comes to audition monologues, she suggests, “Choosing material that speaks to you personally is very important because you want to allow some of your true self to be seen.”

She advises having at least two monologues prepared before going into an audition.

“You should have one that sounds like want to use words that could almost be your own words. And, you should have a piece that really scares you and pushes you to take risks.”

The more material you have in your repertoire, the better. But it takes time to build a solid repertoire, so study what’s out there, she said.

“Start with something that already inspires you...Think about actors whom you admire and look at what they’ve done in the past, then look at the writers of those roles.”

For the Monologue and Cold Readings class, she recommends bringing material to workshop.

“The way to find material is to read a lot of plays and see a lot of plays,” she said.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
5 to 8 p.m.
The cost is $50.

The class is Part II of the Conservatory’s audition workshop series, held Fridays, Feb. 9 through Feb. 22, 2013. The cost for all three workshops is $135.

Purchase the three-workshop package, and you’ll receive a voucher good for one 30-minute private acting lesson at the Patel Conservatory.
Register online at or over the phone by calling 813-222-1002.

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