“Caroline Thomas helps me understand the true meaning of acting. Instead of just relying on craft I feel like I can ‘become the character.’ I always recommend her class whenever anybody asks me!”
-Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar
Mary Collins, James Gandolfini's agent from HWA, discovered him while she was sitting in on a class at Total Theatre Lab.
“Caroline has been a strong influence in developing my acting ability and shaping my career. Through her skillful training she has given me confidence and inspiration. Her guidance and understanding the nuances of script reading has been invaluable."
-Laura Prepon, Orange is the New Black, That 70's Show
“Caroline Thomas helped me tap into aspects of myself that I have now brought into my acting. Her sense memory is a wonderful way to bring your true feelings and emotions into your acting and with her guidance, she encourages you to explore new territory within yourself and use that for creating a character. She approaches everything in a positive yet insightful manner. She is a truly special lady.”
-Alicia Minshew, All My Children
Having graduated from Yale, David Duchovny wrote a book and was set on being a writer. His girlfriend dragged him to her acting class at Total Theatre Lab. He enrolled, and it became a career-changing experience.
Susan May Pratt
"Fining Caroline was like discovering daylight. Studying with her has given me a solid ground from which to work on any script or play that comes my way."
-Susan May Pratt, 10 Things I Hate About You, Center Stage
"Any actor who is TRULY serious about elevating their craft to the next level would be blessed to have someone as amazing as Total Theatre Lab with Caroline Thomas in their corner. Caroline has done AMAZING work with Devin. She does not tell him how to read lines - she helps him unlock his characters and discover who they truly are so he can BECOME them, seamlessly. She helped him prep for his roles in films and TV series such as House of Cards, Louder than Bombs, Imperium, and Louie. He has received nothing but praise from the director (Oscar nominated Lisa Cholodenko), producers (Steven Shareshian, Gary Goetzman, David Coatsworth, Tom Hanks) and co-stars. He was told he is a gifted actor, and has great talent. I always believed in him, but Caroline M. L. Thomas helped him believe in himself. Between his study with Caroline, and his incredible team; Dave McKeown and Stephanie Artuso Waters; Devin has the tools to succeed. And I will be thrilled watch him make his way."
-Christine Druid (Devin's mother)
Sara Jeanna Asselin
“Caroline's approach to acting is based in sincerity, honesty and truth. Her favorite six words: "What is REALLY going on here?" And she won't let go till you find it. She knows when you're true and she knows when you're not. She will tap into that part of you that separates the good actors from the GREAT actors. She will scare you, she will devastate you, she will enlighten you. I owe much of my technique as an actor to her."
-Sara Jeanna Asselin, Mother Courage, Intrigue and Love
"Caroline makes me look at things differently and make it fun at the same time."
-Garrett Leighton, Terra Incognita
"The last year of my life acting wise has actually been pretty busy, and good. I booked a role in the play “Lombardi” for Kentucky stages down in bowling green Kentucky where I played the role of Dave “Robbie” Robinson, and shortly after, back in NYC, Iplayed the part of Teddy in the off-Broadway run of the play “Donkey Punch” with Ivy Theatre, which had a pretty good run and got a 4 star review in time out magazine (http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/donkey-punch) . Caroline helped me prepare for both roles, and I couldn’t have gotten through either process without her."
"Working with Caroline on a weekly basis has been both an experience of discomfort and comfort. Discomfort in the sense that she pushes me to new places, providing a solid sense memory background to add depth to my performances, and comfort in the sense that I know I can lean on her for support and for last minute audition material that she is always readily available to help me prepare. Caroline is my acting rock! And despite all the chaos in this industry, I know she is always there for me."
"[Caroline is] the reason I applied to NYU (on the last day possible!), she is the reason I got into the school, and she is the one that got me where I am today. I think about her whenever I remember I meditate (since she was the first one that taught me how to use my sense memory) and every time I relax my mouth (since she was the one that pointed that out to me!)... I was hired to intern as a Film Editor for an acting studio and am now a member of a small theatre company called Open Work Theatre Company (directed by Greg Drozdek)."
To me, the first mission of the actor is to know thyself!
Caroline Thomas showed me a part of myself I never knew was there.
Her method of teaching is balanced, self-empowering and highly effective. It's been 25 years for me and I still use her methods with great success.
She is New York City's best-kept secret that I don't think should be kept a secret any longer! Eternally grateful!