Testimonials

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Professionals

Sharon-Klein

Sharon Klein,
EVP Talent & Casting
20th Century Fox TV

“I’ve known Wendy and admired her work for many years… She has the rare combination of qualities – empathy, enthusiasm, taste and smarts, that I always look for in casting directors – and friends. The highest compliment I can give her is that if I were an actress I would want her guiding and supporting my career.”

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Keli Lee,
EVP Casting
ABC Entertainment Group

“I have had the privilege of working with Wendy Kurtzman for the past 10 years. I have enormous respect and admiration for her passion, knowledge, creativity, perseverance, and professionalism.  She has an incredible ability to recognize talent and knows how to help actors reach their potential. Additionally, she has built strong relationships across the entertainment industry. I love working with her, and students would be lucky to have her expertise!”

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Clark Sayre,
Theater Teacher/Director
Dos Pueblos High School

“I am telling my students they are all ‘crazy,’ if they are serious about a career in theater, TV or film, and DON’T utilize this amazing resource. What better way to transition from high school, through college and into the business? In Hollywood and New York, it’s all about meeting the “right people” and getting your foot in the door. When you work with Wendy you’re not only meeting the “right people” for your professional career, but both your feet will fly through that door and into a world of opportunity.”

Parents

Amanda Podany, Parent, Brentwood School

“Your presentation was terrific! Really helpful! I think you’ve created a really useful service. The whole process of applying to acting programs is pretty mystifying, so it’s great that you can answer the questions and help the kids figure it all out.”

Stephanie Levaton-Cobos, Parent, de Toledo HS

OMG!!! You are a LIFE SAVER and AWESOME :-). Thank you so much for helping ​S​age towards his dream 😭. You gave him confidence and courage to follow through​!💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Jonathan Freund, Parent, Milken High School

“Wow. You have clearly done deep and productive work with Gabi. Both versions of her audition were terrific, full of humor, sincerity, and the proverbial ‘colors.’ Her work showed how good your directions and adjustments were – and how well she was able to apply them. I am so impressed with Gabi and with the growth and development you both have nurtured. Thank you again and again.”

Karen Sylvester, Parent, Westlake HS

“We are really happy with the monologue coaching. Thank you very much. It has eased my stress tremendously, and my son’s.”

Angela Slape, Parent from Tokyo, Japan

“Your support before, during and after the college audition process was invaluable.  Feeling so out of my realm, you helped calm me and my daughter throughout the process with advise for colleges, scripts that fit her style and personality and much more.  I know that Gabriela was far more confident with your suggestions and help and succeeded in getting into most programs for which she applied and auditioned.  We know she found her perfect home in UNCSA and she is looking forward to a successful college experience.
Thank you, Thank you!!”

Actors

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Rachel Meyers, Actor
USC

“CTCA guided me throughout my entire college audition process; helped me choose the perfect monologues, manage my time throughout the duration of the process, and pushed me past my comfort zone to prepare me both mentally and creatively for the audition room. I highly recommend working with them if this is the path your considering.”

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Nathaniel Sylvester, Actor
NYU (TISCH)

“I couldn’t have survived the college audition process without Caroline and Wendy.  They pushed me further than I have ever been pushed, helped me pick suitable audition pieces that would show my strengths, and made me understand that there are no limits to a great performance.  Caroline and Wendy gave me such confidence in myself and my acting abilities, and I’m thankful because of them I’m going to the school of my choice!”

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Dylan Moore, Actor
The Juilliard School

“I find what Wendy and Caroline are accomplishing with their work at CTCA to be invaluable. They are leading young people, and their parents, through this industry maze with the leadership, skill, and knowledge that only professionals who know the industry from the inside could do. These extraordinary women know what they are doing and it shows. They are honest, attentive, detailed, and bring an intimate insiders view of what life as an actor really looks like.”

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Yara Zahzah, Actor
Lebanon

“Caroline and Wendy are simply hilarious. They helped me improve my auditioning skills, acting technique, and boosted my self confidence by pushing me to places I didn’t know I could go. And they are such sweethearts! Thank you so much, it was beautifully beautiful!”

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Martino Armanini, Actor
Italy

“This experience was very enriching. I learned so much about acting and preparing for auditioning in the American market. To work with experienced professionals like Wendy and Caroline was incredible!”

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Leyla Tanlar, Actor
Turkey

“You would think that two weeks would be really short, but NO! You will really have an opinion about the industry and everything that’s going on and you will start to think like a casting director so you will be able to give yourself feedback.”

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Tessa Seferina, Actor
Curaçao

“After working with these two I really feel like I engage more with a character and perform them with a depth that I wouldn’t have had before.”

Students

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Manny Unzueta, Actor,
Dos Pueblos High School

“Being a young actor in training, I really value straight-forward critique, and that is exactly what I got! Their kind, genuine, and informative input really goes a long way and helped me open my mind to the key concepts of how to prepare for a performance. They are helpful and experienced, but also love sharing a good laugh. If that’s what you’re looking for (I’m sure you are) Wendy and Caroline will be nothing short of amazing!”

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Robert Rodarte, Actor
Dos Pueblos High School

“Wendy and Caroline are such friendly people and they make you feel so comfortable. They got down to the details of my scene and monologue, helped me develop strong choices, and gave me techniques to connect with the character personally. I walked away a smarter actor. Can’t wait to work with you again.”

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Jessica Sater, 2016 Summer Discovery

“I had the best time in the Summer Discovery acting class! I’ve learned so much about myself and about acting and theater in such a short amount of time. Your constant encouragement and support helped me grow and gain so much confidence. Thank you so much for being such amazing teachers  and providing me with this incredible experience.”

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Alexis Miller, 2016 Summer Discovery

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything over these last three weeks. I had the best time and I’m so lucky that I got to work with you. Thank you for always making me feel comfortable and confident. Thank you for always believing in me, I hope I get to work with you again soon! I’m going to miss you so much!”

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Cassie Rosset, 2016 Summer Discovery

“Thank you for an incredible past 2 weeks.  It was truly an inspirational and amazing experience.  You taught me more than I ever imagined I would here and I’m so happy to have met you and to be taking away all these new lessons with me.”

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Sarina Hanai, 2016 Summer Discovery

“OH MY GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Honestly thank you so much for your support and guidance. I truly truly truly appreciate it.”

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Ines Antonanzas, 2016 Summer Discovery

“I just wanted to thank you for this great three weeks. I’ve learned so much and enjoyed every single minute. You have really made me realize how much I love acting and with your knowledge and support I’ve improved a lot. Thank you for everything.”