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Join Casting Directors, Erica S. Bream and Cara Chute Rosenbaum in this practical script analysis + self-tape class!

By Erica S. Bream Casting + Consulting

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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


  • Are you a classic over-thinker?
  • Do you find that you hedge your choices because you aren't sure of the writer's intent?
  • Do you read comedy scripts and struggle to find the jokes?
  • Do you worry that you can't discern a project's tone?
  • Are you living and dying by punctuation and stage direction?
  • Are you coming up with three pages of back story for every character you read?
  • Do you feel you barely have enough time to memorize lines for your audition, and simply can't get too deep on any other aspects of the text?
  • Do you feel like you consistently miss moments or information in a script?
  • Do you struggle to confidently break down audition sides, particularly if the information provided seems limited or vague?

The list of text analysis traps are vast. The key to confident, successful self-tapes lies in this very important, (yet underutilized,) actor tool!

    During the month of May, Erica and Cara will guide actors through script analysis exercises, allowing participants to directly apply their text practicum to self-tapes.

    • Exercise #1 - Actors will break down four different scripts in exercises guided by Cara and Erica, using specific questions to elicit thoughts and responses. All class answers will be submitted and posted (anonymously) for review to learn from one another’s experiences of breaking down text. Cara and Erica will then share their thoughts and analysis on the text.
    • Exercise #2 - Actors will receive a Drama Guest Star scene and some guided text questions. They will break down the scene and then tape it. Actors will receive written feedback from both Cara and Erica on their tape.
    • Exercise #3 - Actors will receive a Comedy Guest Star scene and some guided text questions. They will break down the scene and then tape it. Actors will receive written feedback from both Cara and Erica on their tape.
    • Actors will have access to an online folder where all class work can be accessed. Erica and Cara will also post resourceful articles and references, along with helpful videos full of examples and extra information.
    • Class will wrap up with a live Zoom, where Erica and Cara will answer questions and provide some final thoughts.
    • Requirements: 1. A way to self-tape and 2. A healthy attitude about being challenged!

    A little about Cara:

    CARA CHUTE ROSENBAUM, CSA is a Casting Director based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable credits include the features JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL and STUBER, and television series THE MINDY PROJECT, THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, and THE LEAGUE. She and Erica S. Bream are the Casting Directors for the main stage productions at THE BLANK THEATRE in Hollywood, including The Blank’s prestigious Annual Young Playwrights Festival for which they were awarded the 2017 Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for Los Angeles Theatre. Cara is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, a mama, and an aquarium lover.

    A little about Erica:

    ERICA S. BREAM, CSA is a long-time Casting Director, now based in the Southeast. She has worked on a wide range of projects across all mediums, including the following titles: ECHOES, THE WINCHESTERS, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, ALTERED CARBON, DOLLY PARTON'S MOUNTAIN MAGIC CHRISTMAS, WORKAHOLICS, HOUSE OF LIES, and many more. She is a long-time Casting Director for THE BLANK THEATRE COMPANY's main stage productions as well as its prestigious YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL, for which she and her Casting/Life Partner, Cara, won an Artios Award (CSA) in 2017. Erica is also a long-time teacher, focusing on audition technique. Her most important title is "Harrison and Martin's Mom."

    The word from former students:

    Wanted to take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU to you both for such an incredible class the past two weeks. I have gone to a handful of classes with casting directors, and I have never left with my notebook so full of notes. You were both incredibly gracious with your feedback and thoughts, and they were SO HELPFUL.

    - Julianne L.

    It was such a fun and informational 4 weeks. You both have such an amazing breadth of knowledge that I came away with something new every week. Also, I've taken several Zoom classes since going online became our new normal and this was, hands-down, the best use of the Zoom medium I've taken part in.

    - Scott C.

    Thank you so much for a phenomenal class the last four weeks. I also wanted to note how unique I found your class, and not just because of the self tape format. Taking class with people who are engaging week after week, speak candidly about the industry, and offer genuine constructive feedback was such a treat!! So, thank you. Honestly, it tops my list of classes, and... it was on Zoom!

    - Zoey B.

    Just wanted to send an extra thank you to you absolute QUEENS of casting! You woke me up in ways that I wasn’t expecting. My brain is on fire and I’m happily uncomfortable!! Feeling inspired, awake and ready for more. Bring on the learning! THANK YOU.

    - Jen E.

    I want to thank you SO MUCH for the awesome self-tape class. It was SO REFRESHING to get feedback on the self-tapes and to be able to ask questions in such a warm and friendly zoom room. We had such a great group, too. Seeing everyone’s work was really inspiring. Thank you for putting it all together and running such a great room. I leave class with a huge adrenaline shot of energy, excitement and inspiration.

    - Sara G.

    I was thinking about your class today and just wanted to send you a bit of gratitude. I am truly so glad that I took the Co-Star class with you. I feel like it is already impacting my auditions and making me feel like I have more power in auditioning than I previously thought. So many of the technical tips you provided - like the difference between audition speed and set speed are easy adjustments and I can really feel the difference. And honestly, I needed to hear the idea that if someone is making bold "different" choices, it isn't because they are trying to do that, that is what is authentic to them. That advice resonated with me in a way I hadn't heard before and I feel like it has allowed me to focus so much more on just bringing myself to auditions.

    - Camille C.

    Class schedule:

    This is an asynchronous class that uses guided exercises to break down scripts and apply that analysis to self-tapes. Actors will need to complete exercises by a certain date, but the work is largely done on their own time. Participants will receive written feedback on self-tapes from both Erica and Cara. This is a great class for people with busy schedules!

    Friday, April 21 - final day to register/ final day to request a refund

    Monday, May 1 - Welcome and Exercise #1 are sent to students

    Wednesday, May 10 - Exercise #1 is due; exercise #2 (drama) is sent to students

    Wednesday, May 17 - Exercise #2 is due; exercise #3 (comedy) is sent to students

    Wednesday, May 24 - Exercise #3 is due

    Wednesday, May 31 - 10am PST/ 1pm EST - WRAP-UP ZOOM with ERICA and CARA

    Space is VERY limited! Register today!



    What kind of material will we be working on? Do I need to provide my own?

    Cara and Erica will provide all material. The first exercise will focus on both drama and comedy, with roles of varying sizes. The second exercise will revolve around Drama Guest Stars; the third will be all about Comedy Guest Stars.or drama and weeks where we combine the two to help differentiate and discern tone.

    What happens if I can't make it to the final Zoom?

    Don't fret! It'll be recorded and available for playback.

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

    Actors 18+ are welcome to join this class!

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


    What's the refund policy?

    Full refunds will be honored up until April 21, 2023. Due to the nature and timing of this class, no refunds (full or partial) will be paid out past this deadline.

    Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

    Sure! As long as you let Erica know who the new participant is by April 21, you are welcome to transfer your registration to anyone else.

    I need to discuss a payment plan... is that possible?

    Absolutely. Contact to discuss details.

    Please note: this class is an educational opportunity only. Your participation in this class does not constitute a pre-read or real audition. All materials used in class are from previously produced and aired projects. Erica and her co-teachers provide a safe, constructive learning experience for all her students.

    About the organizer

    ERICA S. BREAM, CSA started working in Casting when she was 18 years old. Since then, she has worked on projects across all mediums, including on titles such as ECHOES (Netflix), TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (Amazon), ALTERED CARBON (Netflix), CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS), STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (Paramount), 11:22.63 (Hulu) and many others, including the upcoming DOLLY PARTON’S MOUNTAIN MAGIC CHRISTMAS (NBC), PANHANDLE (Spectrum) and THE WINCHESTERS (CW). Notably, Bream has co-cast thirteen seasons of the prestigious Young Playwrights Festival for The Blank Theatre Company. Over the years, Bream’s work in theatre, short film and television casting has garnered her nine Artios nominations and a win in the Los Angeles Theatre category.

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