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Three Success Stories
Apr 28

Three Success Stories

By Richard Sarell | News

Fiona Banks is a busy director. With recent credits on The Dr Blake Mysteries, House Husbands and Winners and Losers she regularly runs sessions for The Rehearsal Room’s MASTER CLASS actors. This week she told The Rehearsal Room how pleased she was with JESSICA STANLEY’S performance in the final episode of The Dr Blake Mysteries (Series 5). The series has not yet been scheduled but Fiona said, “Jessica is going to be very pleased with her work.” Fiona is excited about this performance. So is JESSICA.

Congratulations, JESSICA.

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
Actor WESLEY FORKE is achieving international recognition at film festivals for his outstanding performance in “Degree of Separation” as is KYAHL ANDERSON the director of this 14-minute film. It’s most recent review from the Stonefair Festival in Romania gives high praise to the film’s performances which is the story of Troy played by WESLEY. The Stonefair reviewer writes, “The delivery of the simple yet powerful message is substantially aided by the outstanding performances of all actors involved, and especially by Wesley Forke as Troy and Arta Mucaj as Virianna. The delivery of each line feels completely natural, while moments of silence and quiet contemplation are just as powerful insights into their personalities.” According to this Stonefair review these performances have achieved the perfect balance between relationship and circumstance to deliver the “raw power” of this story’s message.

 

“Degree of Separation” was produced by DARREN MORT.

 

MAKING A STRONG IMPRESSION
ELLMIR ASIPI has just completed his second term of classes at The Rehearsal Room and during the term shot his first professional gig in the ABC’s new kids show “Mustangs FC”.   ELLMIR is 16 and was originally booked for an 8-day shoot with a few lines on this new ABC show. His performance attracted attention because his part grew. By the end of the shoot he had been booked for a total of 20 days. That’s every actor’s dream … a promotion that occurs because the quality of your work is recognised.

He is plainly doing the job well. Congratulations, ELLMIR.

Apr 20

How To Get To Las Vegas

By Richard Sarell | News

Hard working actor/singer Anthony Sparkes played ‘Cec’ in 29 episodes of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”.

That’s how he got invited to Las Vegas for “A Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Convention”. It simply was too good an opportunity to miss … so, he is on his way. He is expanding his itinerary and stopping by Los Angeles as well, of course.

Anthony has just completed the Advanced Workshop (for experienced actors) and no doubt will be thinking about joining a MASTER CLASS when he gets back. He is an actor on the move.

Apr 15

How To Impress Your Agent

By Richard Sarell | News

Its an ongoing battle for an actor to keep working and be noticed.  

KARLA HILLAM decided to do something to promote herself.  She found a scene she wanted to do and booked a one-on-one coaching session.  We worked for an hour using a whole grab bag of techniques developed at The Rehearsal Room.  The aim was to make the performance bold and compelling to watch.  We worked hard.  Karla slept on our efforts.  The next day she recorded the scene in one simple shot with another Rehearsal Room actor who could aid her to push the drama and the story.  

Her agent LOVED IT!!!

Glenn Quinn, Richard Sarell, Kyahl Anderson
Apr 08

An Inspiring Start

By Richard Sarell | News

 

“It was inspiring. That is how it is meant to be,” said one participant in last Sunday’s “A New Vocabulary for the Actor” workshop.

This was the first time The Rehearsal Room’s new teaching team of Glenn Quinn, Kyahl Anderson and Richard Sarell had worked together at one event. The feedback was enthusiastic. “Everything is practical and makes sense,” was another comment.

Glenn explained how after completing his university degree it was The Rehearsal Room’s techniques that enabled him to grow from an ensemble player to a lead actor in professional music theatre. This touched a chord with an actor in the group who said, “…having spent 3 years at drama school … I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed and have really been looking for a refined, straightforward process to latch onto, to help me work more confidently and more quickly.”

The speed and effectiveness of The Rehearsal Room techniques impressed everyone on the day.

It was a very successful day for the new team.

 

Apr 07

Callback Audition Workshop with JANE NORRIS

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Callback Audition Workshop

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Full Fee:


7, 14 & 21 April

11 hours over 3 weeks

9.00am to 1.00pm (7 & 21 April)
3 hours morning or afternoon on 14 April

Casting Director Jane Norris
Director:  Richard Sarell


$348.00



A great opportunity to build your skill and flexibility in the audition room.  Rise to the challenge of being called back by the casting director with a specific task to fulfill. 

Be assisted in your preparation for your call back session by television director RICHARD SARELL.

Two audition sessions with an experienced casting director plus a coaching session in preparation for your callback session.


What will be covered in this course?

1) Build audition skill in two audition sessions with JANE NORRIS

It is as important for a Casting Director to meet and understand you as a person as it is for them to know about your acting skill.

2) An opportunity to push boundaries and find out what more you have to offer

This 'Callback' format gives actors the opportunity to explore a range of skills. - to test them out with a professional casting director and get feedback.

3) Get great tips on general casting issues

During the briefing sessions at the beginning and end of each workshop you will get practical hands-on advice from the casting directors.

4) The opportunity to ask questions

You will be able to ask questions in the two briefing sessions about the personal areas of confusion or concern you have.

5) Get specific analysis of your audition technique

In your one-on-one time with television director Richard Sarell you will get direct honest feedback about your audition technique and your acting technique.  Sometimes your acting techniques are great but your audition technique doesn't display your strengths.  Richard will assist you with clear and practical advice.

6) Make progress at being less nervous in auditions

Nerves can have a big impact on the outcome of an audition.  Making an audition an ordinary experience rather than an exceptional one is a skill that needs to be acquired and practiced.

Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You find Casting Directors intimidating
  • You are never sure exactly what a casting director is looking for
  • You have made great plans for your audition but never deliver them
  • Don't know how to conduct yourself in an audition
  • Don't know which questions to ask the casting director
  • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you will always feel uncomfortable when auditioning
  • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
  • will remain confused about issues that should be clear to you
  • you will reduce your chances of doing a good audition
  • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen in auditions.  And he realised that it took many years of experience for actors to come to terms with and understand the audition process.

Having a practical understanding of what the actor's job is when auditioning is a massive help in enabling an actor to audition well.  These workshops aim to quickly build an actor's understanding of the audition process - which usually takes actors years of professional experience to acquire. There are many myths about auditions and many confusions about what Casting Directors and directors are looking for.

Richard was one of the first acting teachers to begin running workshops that allowed actors to interact with Casting Directors.  The aim was to give actors experience of the audition room so that they can approach an audition in a relaxed, focused and professional way.

These are the only workshops where actors also receive analysis and feedback from a director as well as a casting director.  This combined input from two different entertainment professionals makes these workshops unique and incredibly valuable.


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Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

THIS COURSE - Saturdays 7, 14 & 21 April 2018

Apr 04

Building an Acting Career for Teen Actors

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Build an Acting Career
(School Holiday Intensive)
(14 - 19yo)

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Wed 4 and Thurs 5 April

2 days

10am to 4.30pm

Kyahl Anderson
Richard Sarell

$320


Are you  between 14 - 19 years old and seriously interested in being a professional actor?
If so, this course is for you! 
You will learn the key ingredients to a professional performance and you will be coached in the fundamentals of how to start a career.  You will be guided how to approach an actor's agent.

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." 



What will be covered in this course?

1) Learn the key to the 'business' of being an actor

This course will instruct you on how to approach an agent in a professional manner and how to look good in the audition room once you start getting auditions.

2) Learn the key to being a stand-out actor

These modern acting techniques have actors looking highly professional in the fast moving world of TV and film production.  Older approaches, originally designed for actors who worked in the theatre, aren't easily adaptable to modern schedules.  These skills will have you working quickly and effectively - essential for the modern screen actor.

3) Effectively creating a character and then changing in 10 seconds

Both Actor's Agents and Casting Directors have commented that after extensive training actors often can't take direction and make changes.  Actors who train at The Rehearsal Room always stand out because of their ability to take direction.  These are proven professional skills that work.

4) Learn techniques that have you looking professional on the set

Knowing what to expect on a professional set means you won't make obvious mistakes on your first jobs.  Understanding what a director requires and how to deliver that is the key.  Protocols, etiquette and interpersonal skills are all part of a professional actors skill set.

5) Understand how to market yourself as an actor

Once you are a trained actor you are a business commodity.  You need to know what you are selling and how to sell it.  Understanding how show business works and how you will fit into it is the key to being both happy and successful.  This course will set you on the right footing to achieving those goals.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have always wanted to try acting but didn't know where to start
  • You are wondering if you have any acting talent and are looking for a safe place to give it a try
  • Have tried other places but found them too complicated or too confusing
  • You feel you need to understand how the film & TV industry work before you step into it
  • You have a voice inside you saying "I want to try acting"

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • You will make basic mistakes when you first approach an agent that reduce your chances of success
  • You won't function confidently when doing an audition
  • Basic acting skills will be confusing
  • You won’t know how to put yourself in charge of your career
  • You won’t have an acting process that grows with you and for you

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard has been developing these remarkable acting techniques for 33 years.  He has directed 175 hours of TV drama for a variety of TV networks including the ABC.  He has a  professional directors understanding of what makes an actor stand out.  


Actors who have studied at other institutions are constantly commenting how clear and practical this approach to acting is.  It gives actors the ability to make highly professional and very effective choices quickly.  Actors often believe that a director will tell them how to play the scene.  This is rarely true.  Mostly directors are waiting to see what the actor has to offer.  Being able to make great choices and change them quickly is what this approach trains actors to do.

ABOUT KYAHL...

Kyahl Anderson has been studying The Rehearsal Room acting process for 5 years.  He is totally on top of the theory and is so practiced at using it as an actor that  he had 10 call backs for 10 consecutive auditions in 2017.

Besides working effectively as an actor he is being regularly hired as a director because he is consistently delivering performances and productions that work.  He has been teaching all levels of classes at The Rehearsal Room for 12 months and is receiving outstanding commendations from the actors he has instructed.​


THIS COURSE  - Wed 4 & Thurs 5 April 2018

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. This workshop lays all the foundations for a professional acting career.

Mar 30

Easter Intensive (Comedy)

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Easter Intensive (Comedy)

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Full Fee: Student Fee:

Deposit:

Friday March 30 – Monday 2 April
(Tuesday 3 April optional)

(4 days with an optional 5th)

10.00am to 5.00pm

Richard Sarell

$580 (+$100 for 5th day)
$500 (+$80 for 5th day)

10%


Enjoy four or five days of intensive exploration of this very practical approach to acting.  This time there's a special focus on COMEDY.  Discover the specific acting techniques that made "The Memory of Water" such a hit and so funny.  Experience a clear explanation of acting process that will be put you totally in charge of your performance. A fifth day is optional for those who wish to explore further (and make Tuesday a holiday).

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 and discover what makes your character funny.   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.  You will also learn how to bring the humour to any scene.

3) Understand what comic timing really is

Nowhere else is there such a clear understanding of the simple tools that create comedy

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

Actors will work out how to define and remedy the acting issues that confront them.

5) Learn to work at the fast pace required for television

Being able to work fast demonstrates that you have a clear understanding of the actor's job and that you have the professional skills to do it

6) Challenge yourself, expand yourself and trust yourself

Be part of a course that takes your work to a new professional HIGH while bringing the fun back into acting

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You want to have fun playing with scenes that will make an audience laugh
  • There are still areas of acting process you wish specifically work on
  • You feel acting should be simpler and more fun
  • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
  • You want to bring exciting new skills to your acting process

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
  • You will find it tricky to be real while exploiting the humour of a scene
  • 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

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard loves conducting the  Summer Intensive.  It is exciting to focus so intensely on the needs of a small group (maximum group size of 8).  He loves the huge leaps forward in understanding and skill that actors achieve in this environment.



After the huge success of "The Memory of Water" that Richard directed at Chapel Off Chapel (Nov 2017) he is keen to share the tools that were used to make this production so funny.  Audiences loved it.  Max Davine wrote in his blog on goodvibemelbourne.com "The realism he achieves is as funny and heart-wrenching, sometimes both at the same time, as in life."



Richard believes comedy and drama have many elements in common.  The Rehearsal Room's acting principles delivered an outstanding result at Chapel Off Chapel with "THE MEMORY OF WATER" becoming a hit.



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Over 4 or 5 fun filled days learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be funny.

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Mar 17

Comedy Boot Camp with guest LUKE McGREGOR

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Luke McGregor Comedy Masterclass

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Saturday 17 March

(4 hours)

12noon to 4pm

Richard Sarell, Kyahl Anderson, & Luke McGregor

$130.00


Come and learn from one of Australia's funniest story-tellers! The Rehearsal Room will host comedian and actor Luke McGregor as he helps us explore what makes us laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Jesse Chaffey 

"Being able to identify and speak about everyday things we all experience in a comedic way makes for a highly entertaining show, because the audience knows exactly what the comedian is talking about. That's what makes Luke McGregor so side-splitting and hysterical."

Jesse Chaffey, Comedy News


What will be covered in this course?

1) Work with Luke McGregor on a comedy scene

You will be paired up with another actor and be given a scene to play with during the workshop.

2) QnA with Luke McGregor

Richard Sarell and Luke will have a chat about what makes Luke's comedy tick. There will be a chance for a few questions from the audience too.

3) Spend time with the Rehearsal Room team working on your scene

Richard and Kyahl will both work with actors throughout the afternoon in conjunction with Luke.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You don't have the trust in yourself to be funny
  • You feel you don't know how to be funny
  • You are experienced with comedy looking for a fresh perspective on comedy
  • You have little experience in comedy and want to learn more

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You have much less chance of standing out from the crowd
  • TOTALLY realistic performances could well elude you
  • Auditions will be scary rather than fun
  • You won’t be in charge of your performance.
Glenn, Richard & Kyah at the first $10 Sunday

ABOUT LUKE

Luke McGregor started his stand up comedy career in Tasmania in 2007 when he entered the raw comedy competition after one of the contestants didn’t show up. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, performing sold out seasons at international comedy festivals and developing critically acclaimed content for the ABC. 

2017 saw Luke return to stand up with sell-out seasons of his brand new solo show "Almost Fixed It" in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne, as well as seeing Luke back writing/co-starring in Rosehaven. 

ABOUT RICHARD

Richard first discovered the core values of this acting technique when he was directing drama at the ABC in Melbourne in 1984.  Since then he has continued to explore and expand the understandings that evolved from these simple beginnings.  He has found these techniques produce high quality performances for drama as well as comedy.


One half day
(12noon - 4pm) 
Saturday 17 March 2018

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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Mar 09

Intensive for Professional Actors

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Refining the Actor's Vocabulary

Dates:

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Full Fee:

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Fridays 9 March – 20 April

6 weeks   (Not on Good Friday)

12pm to 4pm

Richard Sarell

$615.00

$61.50


This class is aimed at working professionals who are looking for a quick way to add more skills to their repertoire.

Refine the effectiveness of your skills with the Rehearsal Room's highly practical techniques and actor vocabulary. Refine your ability to take and implement direction. Directors will love your ability to interpret their notes.

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

The character’s emotions are directly connected to the success or failure they experience at achieving their goals. These techniques teach actors to get the emotional balance right.

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) Create richly complex characters

Creating real character’s that function beautifully in different relationships is the pinnacle of the actor’s craft. These simple and logical techniques create richly textured characters in a profoundly simple way.

4) Be in charge of your professional conversations

The Rehearsal Room process will enable you to dissect Directors and Casting Directors intentions. Often you will be able to interpret their goals into actor friendly concepts better than they can. You will be empowered to share in the responsibility of finding both story and character choices.

5) Prepare efficiently and effectively

Being given a task at short notice will no longer frighten you. You will practice being empowered to prepare in either seconds or weeks with techniques that are appropriate and effective. They are proven to work.

6) No longer will you be ruled by acting myths

You will practice techniques that are so logical and so practical that the mumbo-jumbo of many of the acting myths will no longer befuddle your mind and confuse your choices.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have a strong foundation to your acting process and have worked professionally
  • You are interested in new ideas and keen to grow your understanding of acting and how it works
  • 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 are ready to take on new ideas and keen to expand your practical acting skills

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE 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 
  • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable classes in town

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard loves discovering the nuances that can add to the practicality of this already sophisticated approach to acting.  Sharing this invigorated view of acting process with actors who have wide experience and skills is very rewarding for him. 

The Rehearsal Room techniques were recently explored in a production of Shelagh Stephenson's "The Memory of Water" with a fantastic response from critics and audiences.  They loved the vibrantly fresh performances.   There was an excitement that was generated by the foundation values of this process that make listening and responding the key resources.  The result is a rich lifelike spontaneity.  Comments like ... the "performers are subtle, connected, and more truthful with a whisper than many an actor is with a holler" and "truthful to the point we forgot we were seeing a play" ... reveal the success of this approach to connect with an audience.



Richard 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." 



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 - Friday 9 March 2018

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.

These comments reflect both actor's and Richard's views about the MASTER CLASS.  It is a regular evening class each term.

Jan 30

SD Card for Classes

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

SD CARD FOR CLASSES
see below

BUYING AN SD CARD

​Canon recommendations for SD Cards for The Rehearsal Room's camera are -

The camera has been tested on Panasonic, Toshiba and Sans Disc cards.   SD of 64MB or smaller cannot be used to record video (ALTHOUGH THIS IS CANON'S RECOMMENDATION ACTORS ARE FINDING 16GB EVEN 8GB CAN DO THE JOB).   Canon recommend using cards with a Speed Class of 4.6 or 10.  

​The Rehearsal Room is using ... Sans Disk Extreme 45MB/s 32GB  (rating 10)

The Officeworks price of a 32GB disc is $39   (on 30 Jan 2018)

The Officeworks price of a 16GB disc is $22   (on 30 Jan 2018)

USB STICK

TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING SO QUICKLY - the USB stick you bring should look like this.  This is not the latest model.

Appropriate USB stick

With this type of connector


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." 



Learn the key foundation skills for a professional acting career in this Melbourne acting class. It is a modern approach that has all the best elements of traditional processes plus many gems of its own. It’s an acting process for our times.

ABOUT RICHARD...

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.

After watching Richard direct an actor on the ABC series “Embassy”, experienced British actor Brian Marshall commented, “That was pure Stanislavski!!” Other actors began to notice the difference and soon some began asking Richard to teach them the techniques he was using. Those requests generated what has now become The Rehearsal Room acting school in Melbourne. Over thirty-two years those common sense concepts have continued to develop and evolve.

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.


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. This workshop lays all the foundations for a professional acting career.