Coaching and Acting Classes


My mission is to prepare you for anything and help you become a more exciting, free and authentic artist. I empower actors to embrace their strengths and teach a reliable and innovative acting process that will always serve you. I’ll empower you to direct your own films by walking you through the a-z’s of filmmaking, illuminate clear and concise text analysis, share technical tips and tricks, accent reduction and American dialects and how to absorb your lines so they are in your body. I don’t want you to need me – I want you to succeed and embody your strengths.
~ Cat Black

Cat Black (she/they) is an acting instructor, professional actor of 30 years, and a director-writer of 13 years. Cat has been coaching actors of all ages in Toronto, Los Angeles and now worldwide thanks to zoom. She has studied various acting and movement techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK. Having studied “Immersive Acting” with Stuart Rogers Studios in Los Angeles for ten years, Catherine is a certified teacher with the studio and teaches Immersive Acting – a fast and comprehensive acting system that works with any acting approach. Immersive Acting is centered not only in freedom, but in a fully immersed experience in the story. Cat is a certified MHFA responder and qualified to work as an Intimacy Coordinator, currently getting certified with SAG-AFTRA accredited Principal Intimacy Professionals. Cat is devoted to their evolution as an educator – to continue to learn how to best serve all actors while curating informed spaces with acceptable risks so actors can be their most creative. Cat loves teaching Immersive Acting most of all because it is an intuitive acting process that takes actors from an objective point of view about a character to a first person experience of a life. Immersive Acting is ever evolving, so it’s always inspiring. Cat has great insight, but Cat’s real gift as a teacher is teaching with heart and making sure everyone feels that they belong.

Join scene study classes with Cat at Stuart Rogers Studios LA.

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Are you tired of waiting for someone else to cast you in their film? Do you have a burning desire to create your own project but don’t know where to start? Don’t want to miss this opportunity to showcase your talents and become a film auteur, but you’re not ready yet?

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20% discount on coaching for enrolled Stuart Rogers Studio members

*** Every 5th coaching session within a 30 day period is 30% off!

Due to inflation, rates will be increasing September 1st 2024

No discounts on same day bookings

Contact Catherine to book an in-person taped audition via email

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*NOTE: Private in-person coaching rates as well as private coaching for directing or writing is based off of a day rate. Inquire for rates.


*** Every 5th coaching session within a 30 day period is 30% off! ***

Please get in touch with Cat to get the most up to date schedule and cost, confirm a booking, or wait for a confirmation. SAME DAY BOOKINGS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. No discounts on same day bookings.

Look forward to working with you!

USA clients book a session via email and pay with Venmo @Cat-Black

Canadian clients Canadian rates are in CAD + HST. Canadians can pay with payPal or eTransfer. To book in Canadian dollar go HERE!

JOIN a community where actors share and encourage each other to direct and act at the same time, receive exclusive discounts, tips and tricks on how to direct yourself in your own films that found anywhere else. Actors Direct (themselves)

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“Catherine is amazing to work with. We always encourage each other and engage in positive exchanges which makes me feel extremely safe when sharing my artistic vision as a director-writer.”” ~ Bianca (Montreal) – Actors Direct

“I gained knowledge in Cat’s classes in L.A., and I’ve been acting and studying for 50 years! Cat is highly recommended and I’ve studied with Uta Hagen, Alan Miller, John Lacy, Michael Homes, directed by Spielberg, Scorsese, Phil Alden Robinson, Barry Levinson… Cat fits in with them.” – Thomas W. Ashworth – scene study classes

“I was so proud to say I took an 8 Week directing course!!! It gave me the confidence to know I could do it.”
~ Grace (Los Angeles) – Actors Direct

I’m so glad to say that I have finally found an acting coach who is versatile, high energy, professional and a coach who is reliable and actually caring about my progress. Catherine also helped me perfect some American accents. I don’t feel like I’m acting with Catherine, I feel like the character lives in me. ” ~ Bianka (Montreal) – coaching, ongoing scene study classes

“Catherine is a great audition coach. She sees deep into the corners of what’s going on in a scene, simplifies it and knows how to get me to connect with it fast.” ~ Jay (Toronto) – coaching

“Catherine really helped me start understanding this work deeper! I can say I am really proud of my work and Catherine’s help with this process has been great.” ~ Amy (Vancouver) – private coaching

“I love class and Catherine inspires me very much.” ~ Rachel (Los Angeles) – ongoing classes