Monthly Archives: July 2016

Jul 30

$10 Sunday Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

$10 Sunday





Full Fee:

Sunday 30 July

(3 hours)

2.00pm to 5.00pm

Glenn Quinn, Kyahl Anderson & Richard Sarell


For only  $10, in a three hour one-off Sunday session explore INTERNAL MONOLOGUES and the impulses that generate real believability.  Learn tricks that generate engaging performances and attract a director's attention.  

Glenn QuinnJersey Boys (Lead), Spamalot, Mama Mia, 

"At The Rehearsal Room ... I was able to quickly overcome my long held misconceptions about what acting is and was ushered into a place of freedom, spontaneity and connection with the scene."  March 2009 

What will be covered in this course?

1) Explore the impulses that drive INTERNAL MONOLOGUES.  Discover issues that will open your processes to a free flowing stream of creative impulses

These techniques lift your performance to a new level.  

2) Explore the source of a variety of impulses that deliver richly believable and engaging performances (including how to manage different Spheres of Concentration).

You can try exercises that give you the opportunity to experience the techniques.

3) Experience the intellectual rigor of The Rehearsal Room philosophies

The power of these techniques are directly connected to the strong intellectual foundations they have been built on.  Enjoy the stimulation of this challenging mature new approach.

4) Three different teachers share three different perspectives

Be involved in a unified approach with three different voices.

5) Acquire new understandings of old issues

If you are new to The Rehearsal Room this is a great opportunity to find out about these highly productive techniques and test out how they work for you.

6) Discover and test the fantastic space that is The Rehearsal Room's new home

You will love it.


  • You like exploring fresh new approaches
  • You respond  to a challenge that gives you a great chance to grow
  • You feel you feel there is much about acting you don't clearly understand
  • You have heard how good The Rehearsal Room classes are and want to find out more
  • Your understanding of acting is based on the rules of acting rather than how to break them


  • You have much less chance of standing out from the crowd
  • TOTALLY realistic performances could well elude you
  • Reading a script while always exciting will also be confusing
  • Auditions will be scary rather than fun
  • You won’t know how to put yourself in charge of your impulses
  • You won’t be in charge of your performance.
Glenn, Richard & Kyah at the first $10 Sunday


Richard first discovered the core values of this technique when he was directing drama at the ABC in Melbourne in 1984. In an actor/director workshop run by the marvelous teacher Murray Hutchinson a simple, clear and common sense approach to Constantine Stanislavski’s theories was explained. Richard was captivated by the wonderful practicality of this approach and immediately started exploring it. He also began using it as the foundation of his directing techniques.

These techniques have been taught to hundreds of actors and now two of them (GLENN QUINN and KYAHL ANDERSON) are going to share their insights with you.  Their understanding, skill and ability to share their views will make this a diverse and unique experience. Three different points of view with one voice.

One half day - Sunday 3rd July 2017

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. 

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Jul 12


By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops






Full Fee:


Wednesday 12th July – 13th Sept

(10 weeks)

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell



Expand the effectiveness of your skills to a highly professional level. Refine your techniques and practice very effective, uniquely practical add-ons. Directors will love your ability to interpret their notes. In the final session be directed by a guest director.

David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon

I have observed leading teacher directors in the US and UK and Richard shares with them that facility to guide actors through the guff to the heart of the scene.

What will be covered in this course?

1) Stretch your emotional range

This workshop will find new levels of emotional complexity for a character.   Emotions are directly connected to the level of success or failure we experience at achieving our goals.  Explore techniques that raise the bar on achieving more heightened outcomes.

2) Engage an audience with the power of the story

Delivering the story is the actor’s primary focus. You will be empowered to engage your audience with the real drama in a very real way.

3) Explore the issues that challenge an actor with a different theme each week

Challenging exercises that stretch the actor's capabilities to follow core process because they have extra tasks to incorporate

4) Define the issues that you find confronting and develop exercises to defeat them

Because of the level of experience in this group actors will participate in developing the challenges the group will face

5) Work on your US accent in the context of delivering the conversation

To work internationally being able to manage your accent and also act well are two essential ingredients

6) Challenge yourself, expand yourself and trust yourself

Be part of a course that takes your work to a new professional HIGH


  • You have strong foundations of The Rehearsal Room process in place and want to continue to build your skills
  • There are still areas of acting process you wish specifically work on
  • You know that maintaining a craft means constantly practicing
  • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
  • You want to keep working with actors who use these unique skills


  • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
  • Under pressure of an audition you will rush to make ineffective choices
  • You wont be able to process director’s notes effectively
  • You will often be confused about direction and uncertain how to implement it
  • You wont be able to monitor the bad habits that have crept into your work since the last class
  • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable classes in town


Richard loves conducting the MASTER CLASS sessions. It is in these sessions that new articulations of this acting process will emerge. It is here that the learning is shared between the actors and the teacher. Although actors may still be clarifying their understanding of the detail of The Rehearsal Room process in these sessions they are now ready for big challenges and strong critiques. Because we are all measuring performances from the same set of values the discussions are exciting and frank.

As actors negotiate their choices before starting a scene it is very rewarding for Richard to listen to the practical nature of the discussions. It gives him immense satisfaction to hear actors identifying problem areas ahead of time. He often says, “When I hear actors analyzing the potential problems in a scene and sharing a range of simple solutions my spirits instantly rise. One of the main values of this process is to empower actors to see the possible outcomes of their choices while they are still in the preparation stage. It has always been my view,” he says, “that a professional can always fix a problem when it arises. The next step in professionalism is when the actor can anticipate the problem before it arises. I see actors at The Rehearsal Room doing that all the time.”

Richard always remembers the actor who said, “Not only can I make clear choices now; but I can also guess the outcome those choices will generate AND I’m also instantly ready to change them if they don’t work.”

Richard believes those are the professional skills that all actors should be able to deliver with ease

THIS COURSE STARTS - Monday 10th July 2017

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.

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