Best Programs for Kids TALKING ACTING WITH APPLAUSE FOUNDER AUDREY KAPLAN
BY BRIANNA SUBIN PHOTO BY JILL LOTENBERG @FOTOHO @JILLPHOTOGRAPHY
s an aspiring actress, I was delighted to have an opportunity to interview Audrey Kaplan, the founder of Applause, a theatrical training school and Upper East Side institution for the past 25 years. After years of performing on stage and television, and nearly a decade as a New York City public school teacher, Audrey merged her passions for theater and education by founding Applause. She has directed and produced hundreds of productions at Applause, while also coaching many children for professional work and auditions for performing arts schools and colleges over the years.
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Ms. Kaplan was kind enough to answer all my questions about the importance of developing my craft, the importance of finding an agent, creating a reel and having proper headshots. The highlight of our meeting was when Audrey showed me how to cry on command at an audition. Audrey Kaplan is incredibly knowledgeable, connected within the industry and most of all kind, patient, understand and passionate about helping young performers. Audrey also advised me to explore my writing abilities and create my own content to bring to an agent.
Applause the best resource for aspiring actors. Applause is not only a training ground for actors, singers and dancers, Applause has also produced some of the busiest and most respected writers, directors and producers working in TV today. Starting out as a modest enterprise in the performing arts, Applause has steadily expanded over the past 25 years. Its staff of more than 50 expertly trained instructors offer a wide-ranging curriculum that reaches more than 4000 children annually, providing beginning to pre-professional training in acting, musical theater, dance and film acting. applauseny.com
Audrey Kaplan is the shining star that makes