Cat Black (she/they) is an acting instructor, a working union actress for 25+ years, and a director-writer for 12 years. Cat has been coaching actors of all ages for 20 years in Toronto, Los Angeles and now worldwide thanks to zoom. She has studied various acting techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK. Having studied “Paradigms Immersive Acting” with Stuart Rogers Studios in Los Angeles for ten years, Catherine is a certified teacher with the studio and teaches Paradigms IA – a fast and comprehensive acting system that works with any acting approach. Our work is centered not only in freedom, but in a fully immersed experience in the story. Cat has a continued commitment to inclusion, anti-racism, non-binary acting methods, trauma awareness, consent and mental and physical health considerations in the rehearsal process. Cat is devoted to their evolution as an educator – to continue to learn how to best serve all actors while creating safe spaces for actors to be their most creative. Cat loves teaching Paradigms IA 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. Paradigms is ever evolving, so it’s always inspiring. They have great insight, but Cat’s real gift as a teacher is teaching with heart, making sure everyone feels that they belong.

Join scene study classes in-person or virtual audition and self tape classes with Catherine at Stuart Rogers Studios.

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My mission is to prepare you for “anything” by helping you become a more exciting, free and authentic artist. I intuitively empower & teach actors to embrace their strengths and teach actors how to have a reliable acting process that will always serve them. To help you achieve this, I’ll inspire you with innovative acting techniques, empower you to direct your own projects by walking you through the a-z’s of filmmaking, illuminate clear and concise text analysis, share technical tips and tricks, accent reduction and dialects, how to “memorize” even if dyslexic with a nurturing and clear coach who wants you to succeed and embody your strengths as an artist.” ~ Cat Black

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


“So empowering! My favorite night of the week. I’m so grateful and really feel so lucky to have had this experience.” ~ Angela (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

“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

“Catherine is an incredible 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. As a teacher, Catherine’s online classes are always high energy, she is fun and thoughtful and always thinking of new ways to keep her students engaged and in continuous growth. It’s amazing to watch everyone get better week after week.” ~ Jay (Toronto) – coaching, ongoing scene study classes

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

“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

“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

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20% discount on coaching for Stuart Rogers Studio members

No discounts on same day bookings

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

American Dialect

Directing Actors


*** 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, confirm a booking, or wait for a confirmation.
SAME DAY BOOKINGS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. Look forward to working with you!

No discounts on same day bookings

USA clients book with me HERE!
OR Contact Cat to book a session via email

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