Acting Class: Scene Study

For the first time ever in Portland, Acting Workshops by Carole Zucker is giving a Scene Study Workshop!


  • Start Date: April 22nd/April 23rd, then Saturday April 29th, May 6th, May 13th, May 20th, May 27th.
  • Times: From 12-4 each day


  • Class fee : $275
  • A brief interview is required either in person, or by phone.
  • 12 students maximum
  • Enrollment is restricted to those 16 years of age and over.

To enroll in class or if you have any questions, please contact Carole at


These classes are open to all, and will provide benefit to actors at every stage of experience – from those just starting out to seasoned professionals. The workshop is invaluable for filmmakers who want to learn more about the acting process and how to direct actors.

Carole has had actors, non-actors, dancers, sculptors, painters, opera singers, welders, and waitresses, moms, among many others in her classes.


“Soul: that which is in us, that is most human.”

The technique

The Scene Study class focuses on techniques developed by the legendary Uta Hagen at the HB Studios in New York, whose students have include: Claire Danes, Matthew Broderick, Jessica Lange, Steve McQueen, Robert de Niro and Al Pacino.

The workshop includes exercises concerning important actors’ questions, such as: Who Am I?; What Are My Circumstances?; What Are My Relationships?; What Do I Want?; What’s In My Way?; and What Do I Do To Get What I Want? Each of these questions is explored through a series of exercises designed to give a deeper reality to your character. The exercises are prepared outside of class and performed and critiqued during the class. The focus of the workshop is the actors’ objectives (“I want”) and obstacles to that objective (“what prevents me from getting what I want? Who is for me and against me?”).

Students keep a notebook about their character; they will add to the notebook as they think about their character, and read and re-read the play, and rehearse with their partner. Scenes will be given out early in the workshop, and you are expected to memorize your scene and to work with your partner outside of class.

Students rehearse your scene during class, and are directed by the instructor. Students are encouraged to carefully observe other students during the rehearsal and direction process. The scenes will be put up in the final class.

Experience: Welcome, but not necessary.


Carole Zucker changed my life. Her workshops have inspired me on so many levels. Carole is full of life and spunk, and there is never a dull moment in her presence. She is non-judgmental and honest with her students and encourages their strengths and helps them with their weaknesses. Take her workshops and HAVE FUN!

-Micha Lazare, actor, New York


Carole makes no pretenses about her class being a launch pad to stardom, or a networking place, or some kind of seminar on the business – and does not see herself as an acting guru of any kind. What she does is sit back, watch, listen, and then tell you exactly what she saw up there. Hers is an eye trained by years of observation and deep thought on what it is we do, and there is no hope of fooling her, of charming her, of getting away with anything but being true on stage. She points out falseness, or where you went off-track, but without letting her ego get in the way. For Carole, the work is the thing. She teaches you to respect that, and when you do, no one is more excited by the inevitable result than she. Thank you, Carole.

-Scott Clarkson, actor, Toronto


Carole helped me to understand the process of acting and the difference between performing and being. Carole is a generous, sensitive and talented person, a mentor, who guides you to achieve the most brilliantly simple moments of “just being” on stage.

-Gina Haraszti, filmmaker, Budapest/Montreal


Carole’s classes and teachings provide what any true actor needs – how to read between and underneath the lines of any script. Working scenes in Carole’s classes was always exciting. Carole has a way of instinctively knowing which buttons to push and which walls to break down in order to bring out your best. Carole’s Classes Rock!!

-Sora Olah, television presenter and actor, Toronto


I thought I was getting into this workshop to be a better director and actually the class made me a better person. Carole is such a capable guide; she keeps the class honest and authentic. She knows when to push you to go where you’ve always secretly wanted to go, and she’ll do it with generous encouragement and a wicked sense of humor. It’s a liberating space that Carole creates, and you simply have to trust her.

-Nika Khanjani, filmmaker, Texas, USA, and Montreal