Monthly Archives: April 2016

Apr 30

Acting – Delivering the Story

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Delivering the Story





Full Fee:


Sunday 30 April – 21 May

(4 weeks)

2.00pm to 6.00pm

Richard Sarell



Explore your character's journey through the screenplay/play.  Understand how story actually works and discover how the point of the story will affect your choices and the story structure.

Ann Truong Hard Target 2, Hunters, Schapelle, Neighbours

"Something clicks in every class. It’s an amazing feeling - knowing that you are going to learn something profound but you are yet to have any idea of what that is until it happens. I return each week excited knowing that I am about to experience this."  March 2013

What will be covered in this course?

1) Learn how to control the source of a story's power

Story is the area that is talked about the most and understood the least.  It is the core of all communication and understanding it is the key to real performance success.

2) Understand how 3-act structure works

3-act structure is very simple but it mostly explained in a VERY complicated way.  You will understand the mechanics of 3-act structure and how you can use it to your advantage.

3) Be confident your choice in a scene will support the development of the story

If you are the lead character this is very important.  But if you are a guest who has only one scene you can still make choices that are important to the delivery of the overall story.

4) Have a grounded confidence in your discussions with the director

These simple principles enable you to have a clear, professional and purposeful conversation with any director.  They will put you in charge of your choices.

5) Know that your approach to your job is equal to anyone

Being clear about the reasons behind your choices empowers you to function professionally on any set and in any company.  There is a lot of vagueness in creative conversation - you will be specific, purposeful and totally logical.  That doesn't mean you can't move to a different point of view.  But it does mean  you are in control of your offers.

6) Share the excitement of being a story-teller

Storytelling is the most important ingredient of any aspect of a performer's skill.  Understand storytelling and you understand your job.  This workshop will excite your creativity. 


  • You realize there is more to acting than just saying the lines in a believable way
  • You sense there is more importance to a scene than just the content of what happens
  • Even though you have seen a show that has much to offer at the end you wonder why you needed to see it at all
  • You are looking for a real understanding of how and why performance works
  • You have worked with directors who you know are inventing reasons for your motivations but you aren't armed with the logic to sort out their ramblings


  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • The exciting power of these concepts could elude you entirely
  • Confidence in dealing with directors may not be part of your professional process
  • A clearly logical approach to the power of story might be lost because you can't clearly explain your strongly intuitive understandings
  • You won't have the power that these exciting techniques deliver to create your own stories and projects
  • You will miss out on a LOT of fun


Richard first discovered the core values of this technique when he was directing drama at the ABC in Melbourne.  Those core values brought a clear and purposeful purpose to his approach to directing but it was a while before their value in developing clarity in storytelling emerged.  

This was part of the whole trial and error development of The Rehearsal Room acting process.   The ongoing assessment of the results of this process have lead to the enormously practical nature of these techniques.

They are built on a director's point of view of what can actually be seen to work.  TV directors need to make decisions that immediately produce results - that is the nature of the job.  These techniques Richard found to be both exciting and inspirational. They make sense of things that are talked about as general principles by the great acting teachers (such as Constantine Stanislvaski and Uta Hagen) but are not clearly explained.  

What excites Richard is that clear explanations are not only possible but can be demonstrated.  

This is a practical, professional approach focused on delivering the performance outcomes that directors and casting directors are looking for. Unlike any other acting process before it the main focus of this approach is on engaging and entertaining an audience. Actors who can do that are a sought after commodity. Richard loves teaching it. You will love learning it.

THIS COURSE STARTS - Sunday 30th April 2017

Explore your character's journey through the screenplay/play.  Understand how story actually works and discover how the point of the story will affect your choices and the story structure.  

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Apr 19

Drop In – Wednesdays

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

'Drop In' Wednesdays


Starts 21 Jun 2017


Ongoing Weekly


10am to 2pm


Richard Sarell

Variable Fee:

$25 per hr to participate in the class (for as long as your stay)

$20 to audit full length class

The ultimate ‘Drop-in Workshop”.
You can DROP-IN and do a scene or just DROP-IN and watch.

To work on your scene with another actor you pay $25 an hour. Just pay on the day.

Or to watch just pay $20 for as long as you like..

Email your plans to attend to

Glenn Quinn Mama Mia, Spamelot, Jersey Boys [lead]

I was able to quickly overcome my long held misconceptions about what acting is and was ushered into a place of freedom, spontaneity and freedom with the scene.

What will be covered in this course?

1) Supportive direction will give you the chance to achieve your goals

If you are working on a scene the direction will be tailored to your personal needs. You don’t need to have trained here – Richard will adapt the acting process to support you..

2) Learn the basics of this process and test them out

This is a great way to try out The Rehearsal Room acting process. You can discover whether this approach makes sense for you. Ask questions and try the techniques one step at a time.

3) Practice your established skills and develop new ones

If you are already familiar with these techniques then this is a simple way to expand them further. There is so much information available here that the learning is never ending. Actors just keep growing and growing.

4) Keep exercising your acting muscle

Many actors have noticed that if the training isn’t regular the skills do drop off. This is the perfect way to keep your skills strong and active.

5) Enjoy a relaxed social environment

Enjoy the convivial atmosphere of these classes while you continue to explore the wondrous world of acting. You can make these sessions as challenging or relaxing as you like.

6) Just keep on learning

Actors who keep returning to The Rehearsal Room just see there skills get better and better.


  • You have the foundations of The Rehearsal Room process in place and want to continue to build your skills
  • Or it is for you if you want to gain a basic understanding of this technique
  • You have an acting problem you want to fix
  • You are looking for a stimulating way of freshening up your weekly routine
  • Share your interest in actors with others of like mind


  • You will miss out on the fun
  • You could miss finding an acting buddy or a new friend
  • You may never know the way this approach could change your view of acting and increase your skills
  • You will miss sharing stimulating views on a topic you love
  • You will never find out how much your skill could grow from these powerful techniques


Richard finds every workshop provides the opportunity not only for actors to grow more but also for the collective understanding of technique to grow more. The exciting element of these classes is that they train actors to think in a productive way about the practicalities of acting. The discussions are stimulating, purposeful and highly productive. Richard is always on the look out for the new view that he will learn from the next class. Some thought you philosophize about today might well be an exciting basis for tomorrow’s class.

Richard often says, “I get out of bed each day excited by the prospect of an unexpected new discovery.”

Next Drop In - this Wednesday

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The Advanced Workshop will make you the director’s best friend.