Hi there! I coach actors toward integrating this truth into their work:

You are enough.

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What do you mean, ‘I am enough’?

‘I am enough’ is an affirmation I use to resist harmful acting industry narratives.

For decades, the acting industry has suggested in subtle and overt ways that in order to succeed as an actor, you must sacrifice and assimilate into their expectations. In other words, your voice, your body, your culture, your accent, your energy input, the color of your skin, your learning needs, your (dis)abilities, your boundaries, etc – all of these, in subtle or not-so-subtle ways, are not ‘enough,’ and you need to change, push harder, and lose your boundaries, if you want to experience success.

So says the acting industry’s ‘grind culture’ narrative, one which is fed by dominator cultures like white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism (more about this on my blog).

But ‘grind culture’ is getting pushback.

I’ve spent the last eight years developing approaches and techniques for actors that contribute to this resistance. My coaching centers you; I offer guidance and support as you develop and clarify your creative process. Foundational to my work is my belief that rest and space for imagination are not ‘luxuries’ as grind culture may make them out to be, but rather cornerstones of sustainable, joyful, creative careers.So when I say ‘you are enough,’ I mean:

  • Your voice, your body, your culture, YOU, are welcome.
  • Your boundaries, consent, and ‘no’ are welcome.
  • Your learning needs, rest, and imagination are welcome.

Ready to play? Let’s get started.

Coaching available online or in-person.

Payment plans available at no extra cost.

Cultivate a joyful, sustainable creative practice.

Cultivate a joyful, sustainable creative practice.

Quick! Help me with my audition.

Got an audition coming up, and need a pair of outside eyes before the big day? Use the adjacent button to schedule a 1.5 hour session. Investment: $50 / session. Payment plans available at no extra cost.

Actor Coaching Packages

Two or more coaching sessions packaged together along a theme.

College Audition Prep

These three coaching sessions are focused on supporting students to cultivate presence, calm, and joy within the audition process.

Layering Technique

In two coaching sessions you can learn ‘layering,’ a technique that you can use at home to rehearse, learn lines, and invite creativity back into your work.

Embodied Text Analysis

Whether you are brand-new, love it like the air you breathe, or avoid it like the plague, these four coaching sessions are designed to help you create an approach to text analysis that works for you.

College Audition Prep

These three coaching sessions are focused on supporting students to cultivate presence, calm, and joy within the audition process.

$145
or
$29/week for 5 weeks

Layering Technique

In two coaching sessions you can learn ‘layering,’ a technique that you can use at home to rehearse, learn lines, and invite creativity back into your work.

$95
or
$23.75/week for 4 weeks

Embodied Text Analysis

Whether you are brand-new, love it like the air you breathe, or avoid it like the plague, these four coaching sessions are designed to help you create an approach to text analysis that works for you.

$195
or
$32.50/week for 6 weeks

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September 2023

Caitlin is someone who has helped me grow as an actor, she draws her ideas from different methods which gives you options to explore. Caitlin is all about embracing who you are as a person and growing not only as an actor but as an individual. Caitlin has a gift of observing. She really listens to you and tries to understand who you are as a person to formulate techniques that are ideal to the individual. I am very grateful for Caitlin’s help and I’m glad she can mentor me in this stage of my life.

Ruth, Student Actor, London, UK

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January 2023

Caitlin is warm, collaborative and encouraging! I met with her at a time when I was feeling very burnt out and creatively blocked, and I left our session feeling more positive and capable than I had in a long time. I also walked away with actionable tools I could use in rehearsal that very evening. Highly recommend!

Joellen Sweeney, Actor and Teaching Artist, Portland, OR

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March 2018

Ms. Lushington's diligent mentorship and caring encouragement is what made it possible for me to lead this highly successful process...Not only did Ms. Lushington fully support me in wellness and creative direction for the duration of the mentorship, she empowered me to continue developing my vision for the project beyond my time with Enso Theatre Ensemble.

Cambria Herrera, former mentee, Portland, OR

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April 2021

I have worked in the theatre community for many years, have hired, trained and managed many people over the years, and have been an observant person in the world all of my life. I have only met a few people who not only possess a profound creative spirit but also the capacity to inspire imagination and excellence in others. Caitlin is one of those few.

ROSS LAGUZZA, ACTOR

A Bit About Me

Caitlin, a young white woman with dark brown hair, wears a blue shirt and is seated at a wood table. She is smiling and rolling dice onto the table.

Hi, I’m Caitlin, pronouns she/her and they/them. I’m a teacher and an artist, gathering wisdom on how we can build nourishing, sustainable creative lives in the midst of a white supremecist capitalist patriarchy.

I’m a white, queer, American theatre educator and practitioner, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Managing Director of Enso Theatre Ensemble based out of Portland, Oregon. I’ve taught, directed, and performed with a variety of companies in the U.S., including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland New Plays Festival, Third Rail Mentorship Company, and Enso Theatre Ensemble.

I'm back in the U.S. after completing my MFA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. While there, I researched socio-cultural contributors to student burnout in actor training, focusing on scarcity mindset and the Human Giver Syndrome framework, as articulated by Kate Manne and Emily and Amelia Nagoski. I argued for the integration of a 'love ethic' in higher education actor training as one possible response to the pervasiveness of student burnout. I also taught devising and resiliency skills to B.A. acting students as part of a class called 'Performing the Self' at Rose Bruford College.

My work intentionally straddles the boundary between creativity as an art form, and creativity as a therapeutic practice. Supporting my ability to traverse this boundary with care and responsibility is my 10+ year mindfulness practice. This includes years of self-study, as well as a 6-month yoga teacher training at Yoga Refuge, and the Mindfulness for Youth-Serving Professionals course with Peace in Schools. I also hold a certificate in Mental Health First Aid.

Outside the theatre, I'm an avid lover of table-top role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, tea drinking, ritual, and history, and enjoy long walks through the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

CONTACT

caitlinlushington@gmail.com

I work and live on the unceded lands of the Clackamas people, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people, known by its colonial name of Portland, OR.

© 2022 Caitlin Lushington

Rest & Love in Creative Living

Let's chat! In this email "newsletter," I respond to your questions on finding sustainability and creative fulfillment in our wild and challenging industry. I'll also send along stories, musings, and other bits of inspiration. Submit your questions to caitlinlushington@gmail.com.