Category Archives for "Acting Classes & Workshops"

Jan 14

Acting – Build an Acting Career

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Build an Acting Career

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Tuesday 25 Jan – 27 March

9 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Kyahl Anderson
Richard Sarell

$555.00


$55.50


Are you  between 15 - 26 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.  And you will have the opportunity to shoot a showreel scene to demonstrate your skills.

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 the key to the 'business' of being an actor

Once you are ready, 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.

6) Get a professional showreel scene that demonstrates your strengths

Once actors are ready we will shoot one showreel scene to give you the best chance of displaying your skills to a potential agent.  An agent generally won't consider signing an actor unless they can see their work in a showreel scene.  It is essential to have at least one showreel scene of good quality.  For $460 we will shoot and edit a scene for you of professional standard  (costs are often around $999 for such a service).

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have always had a desire 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 STARTS - Tuesday 30 Jan 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.

Tia shot this scene to demonstrate her skills with a US accent ... but YOUR SHOWREEL SCENE COULD LOOK JUST LIKE THIS.

Oct 04

THREE Audition Workshops

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

THREE Audition Workshops

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Saturday 4 Nov, 11 Nov & 25 Nov

(3 weeks)

9.00am to 1.00pm

Alison Telford, Lou Mitchell, Thea McLeod & Richard Sarell

$350.00

Other price options available - see below


A great opportunity to train with three of Melbourne's top casting director's:

ALISON TELFORD (Ex ABC now - Alison Telford Casting) - 25 November
LOU MITCHELL (Maura Fay Casting) - 4 November 
THEA McLEOD (Neighbours & McLeod Casting) - 11 November.

Get the best advice in town and also be assessed by television director RICHARD SARELL.


THREE DIFFERENT PAYMENT PLANS
1) Enrol to see all THREE Casting Directors $350 - Enrol NOW
 To book a discounted one-on-one coaching session email contact@rehearsalroom.com    

2) Enrol to see any TWO Casting Directors ($270) - to enrol ... 
... email the dates you would like to attend to contact@rehearsalroom.com or call 0407 226 620

3) Enrol to see only ONE Casting Director ($150) ...

... email the date you would like to attend to contact@rehearsalroom.com or call 0407 226 620

The Rehearsal Room's Audition Space

One-on-one Coaching Offers

1) See THREE Casting Directors with 3 discounted coaching session $499 total.

2) See THREE Casting Directors with 2 discounted coaching sessions $469 total.

3) See TWO Casting Directors with 2 discounted coaching sessions $390.

4) See TWO Casting Directors with 1 discounted coaching session $340.

Coaching Sessions are with Richard Sarell and are 1 hour in duration.  Ring 0407 226 620 or email contact@rehearsalroom.com to book.


What will be covered in this course?

1) Build a personal relationship with a Casting Director

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) Explore three different points of view from three different Casting Directors

Casting Directors have many things in common but they also have their distinctive differences.  Working with them is the best way to find out how they see the job.

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.


THIS COURSE - Saturdays 4 Nov, 11 Nov & 25 Nov 2017

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

Jan 15

Summer Intensive (Comedy)

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Summer Intensive (Comedy)

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Monday 15 – 19 Jan

(5 days)

10.00am to 5.00pm

Richard Sarell

$695
$595

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Enjoy 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.

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.




THIS COURSE STARTS - Monday 15 January 2018

Over 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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Dec 16

Information Session for Beginner Actors

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Introductory Workshop

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Saturday 16 Dec

3 hours

2.00pm to 5.00pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$30.00



This isn't a talk-fest - THIS IS AN ACTING CLASS. 
Discover an approach to acting that works really well  for beginners.  This is because the basic techniques are so clear and strong that you can add other styles and processes to this foundation as you expand your knowledge. 
In this three-hour introductory session you will start to learn this process.  YOU WILL TRY IT OUT.  

GET THIS SESSION FOR FREE - If you decide to sign up for a term of classes you can deduct the cost of this session from the full price of your first term of classes.

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) You can build a character quickly and effectively

Managing character choices efficiently is the key to being an effective TV actor. You can learn to do it in seconds.

2) Learn the importance of playing brilliant surprises

Surprises are the key to a standout performance.  These techniques aren't taught anywhere else.  You won't master them in this session but you will understand their massive importance.

3) Engaging an audience with the story is the key to success

We will explore the key to being a charismatic actor that audiences will pay to see.  Casting Directors and Directors know that actors who engage an audience are hard to find. 

4) Discover simple exercises that create exciting outcomes

This is a no bullshit approach to traditional theories. It cuts through the complexities of other acting processes and explains them in a simple common sense language. 

5) Learn how to manage your fear

Stage fright and the fear of performing publicly can hold many actors back from exploring their talent.  This approach overcomes the fear of failure.

6) Acquire practical and professional acting skills

The confusions and vagueness of other approaches are replaced with simple and powerful tools that you can manage with ease. This set of tools you can use with confidence because they deliver. It will change your view of acting forever.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You are curious but not sure where to start learning to act
  • You have dabbled in acting (perhaps at school) but want to find out if you can actually do it
  • If you tried another class but found it confusing and it took your confidence away
  • Want to find out if this is a safe and supportive environment
  • You have heard this approach is very practical and different and want to find out for yourself if it works

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You might never know how easy acting is
  • You might never find out how much fun it can be
  • You might never discover that many elements you believed were important in acting are in fact myths
  • You might never discover that acting is just common sense
  • You might never get the chance of a professional career
  • You won’t discover an acting process that grows with you and for you

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.


A THREE-HOUR COURSE  - Saturday 16 Dec 2017

Experience an acting process that is incredibly powerful and very practical because it is just common sense.

Jul 30

$10 Sunday Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

$10 Sunday

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Sunday 30 July

(3 hours)

2.00pm to 5.00pm

Glenn Quinn, Kyahl Anderson & Richard Sarell

$10.00


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.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • 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

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
  • 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

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.

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

MASTER CLASS ‘Eclat’

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

MASTER CLASS 'Eclat'

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Wednesday 12th July – 13th Sept

(10 weeks)

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell

$615.00

$61.50


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

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • 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

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 since the last class
  • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable classes in town

ABOUT RICHARD...

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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Apr 30

Acting – Delivering the Story

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Delivering the Story

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Sunday 30 April – 21 May

(4 weeks)

2.00pm to 6.00pm

Richard Sarell

$480.00

$50.00



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. 

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • 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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • 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

ABOUT RICHARD...

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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Mar 04

Acting – Intermediate Workshop Class (Sunday)

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Intermediate Workshop

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Sunday 4 March – 8 April

6 weeks

2.00pm to 6.00pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$615.00

$60.00


Acquire 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 Intermediate Workshop will make you the director’s best friend.

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...


What will be covered in this course?

1) Build real and effective listening skills

Listening is a core foundation skill that many actors find hard to manage. The key is to actually listen. Often the default choice for an actor is to ‘act’ listening – that never works. The focus of this workshop is on building real listening skills

2) Explore effective Meisner techniques to refine your listening

This adaptation of Meisner process is enormously effective at building listening skills. These challenging exercise develop a number of real skills that you will use in many different ways throughout your career.

3) Gain practical skills to find your place in a scene

Clearly understanding and controlling your character’s place in a scene is an essential skill for an actor. Those choices are crucial to delivering the unfolding story. These are the skills that drive the story forward and engage the audience. Nowhere else are these techniques taught so effectively. These are the skills that have you standing out in the audition room.

4) Be able to make big changes to character and story outcomes

How to change the nature of the character and balance that against the drama of the story is a skill that is not commonly taught. You will learn to make powerful choices that are dramatically engaging. With practice these skills are easy to manage. You will have a powerful professional presence in front of a Casting Director.

5) Learn to trust your actor’s impulses

Impulses are an instinctive part of daily interactions. But many actors take their importance for granted. The key to being real and believable is understanding what drives the impulses in a conversation. That understanding enables the actor to control a path to realistic but highly dramatic performances.

6) Test your skills with a professional casting director

The final exercise in this workshop is to test your burgeoning skills in front of a professional Casting Director

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • Casting Directors say that you aren’t listening authentically
  • You can’t make quick and effective decisions in auditions
  • Have tried other techniques but still want to know more
  • Have tried other techniques but found them confusing
  • Want to be able to use character to push the story
  • You want to learn about acting from a director

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you will ‘act’ rather than listen and respond
  • you will make vague intuitive choices rather than logical professional ones
  • you will have inconsistent performance outcomes
  • be seen to be ‘acting’ rather than be real and ‘inter-acting’
  • 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. They acted listening to pre-planned choices they had intelligently worked out as a result of their preparation. That pathway plainly didn’t work – it was fake. Even actors who had emerged from the major teaching institutions often couldn’t listen for real.

As a result a major focus of his work with actors both on the set and in the classroom has been to build techniques that develop ‘active listening’ skills. To be able to actively listen in a real and lifelike way is the foundation on which great performances are built. This workshop has a deep and powerful understanding of how our listening actually works and builds techniques that you will use in a variety of different ways throughout your career.

Richard believes this common sense and practical approach to this most basic of acting skills is unique to classes at The Rehearsal Room. It not only trains actors to make practical choices that will drive their listening in an active way but it will also enable them to monitor how their listening skills are working throughout their career.

Listening is the bedrock on which acting skill is built.


THIS COURSE STARTS - Sunday 5th Nov 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.

Mar 04

Acting – Introductory Workshop Class (Sunday)

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Introductory Workshop

Dates:

Duration:

Times:

Tutors:

Full Fee:

Deposit:

Sunday 4 March – 8 April

6 weeks

9.00am to 1.00pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$615.00

$61.50


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

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 build a character effectively

Throughout the history of acting tools that create a character are complicated and vague. These new techniques will enable you to create a believable character quickly. Managing character choices efficiently is the key to being an effective TV actor. You can learn to do it in seconds.

2) Learn to play brilliant surprises

Surprises are the key to a standout performance. All the great actors play beautiful moments of surprise. You can do it too. These techniques are not taught anywhere else.

3) Be able to engage an audience with your performance

Casting Directors and Directors know that actors who deliver engaging performances are hard to find. If you can totally engage an audience with your performance, the professionals who want to hire you will instantly recognize your skills.

4) Gain a modern understanding of Stanislavski techniques

This is a no bullshit approach to traditional theories. It cuts through the complexities of other acting processes and explains them in a simple common sense language. You will be empowered by your new understanding of Stanislavski process. This is an acting process that makes sense.

5) Build a foundation for great auditioning techniques

Auditioning is a confronting experience for actors. The audition room can be an uncomfortable place. Learn the fundamental skills that will make auditioning relaxing and fun. That’s what it should be … FUN!!

6) Acquire practical and professional acting skills

The confusions and vagueness of other approaches are replaced with simple and powerful tools that you can manage with ease. This set of tools you can use with confidence because they deliver. It will change your view of acting forever.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You are looking for a place to start building professional acting techniques
  • You have trained at a reputable school or university and are still confused
  • When the teaching you have experienced kind of makes sense but isn’t clear about what you have to do
  • You feel acting and life can be simpler
  • You sense your acting teacher is just directing you how to do a scene not teaching you how to act

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • Active realistic listening will probably elude you
  • Flexibility to take direction will be difficult
  • Basic acting skills, like how to end scenes, 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 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 process. 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.


THIS COURSE STARTS - Sunday 5 Nov 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.

Jan 25

Acting – Introductory Workshop Class

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Introductory Workshop

Dates:

Duration:

Times:

Tutors:

Full Fee:

Deposit:

Thursday 25 Jan – 29 March

10 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$615.00

$61.50


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.

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 build a character effectively

Throughout the history of acting tools that create a character are complicated and vague. These new techniques will enable you to create a believable character quickly. Managing character choices efficiently is the key to being an effective TV actor. You can learn to do it in seconds.

2) Learn to play brilliant surprises

Surprises are the key to a standout performance. All the great actors play beautiful moments of surprise. You can do it too. These techniques are not taught anywhere else.

3) Be able to engage an audience with your performance

Casting Directors and Directors know that actors who deliver engaging performances are hard to find. If you can totally engage an audience with your performance, the professionals who want to hire you will instantly recognize your skills.

4) Gain a modern understanding of Stanislavski techniques

This is a no bullshit approach to traditional theories. It cuts through the complexities of other acting processes and explains them in a simple common sense language. You will be empowered by your new understanding of Stanislavski process. This is an acting process that makes sense.

5) Build a foundation for great auditioning techniques

Auditioning is a confronting experience for actors. The audition room can be an uncomfortable place. Learn the fundamental skills that will make auditioning relaxing and fun. That’s what it should be … FUN!!

6) Acquire practical and professional acting skills

The confusions and vagueness of other approaches are replaced with simple and powerful tools that you can manage with ease. This set of tools you can use with confidence because they deliver. It will change your view of acting forever.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You are looking for a place to start building professional acting techniques
  • You have trained at a reputable school or university and are still confused
  • When the teaching you have experienced kind of makes sense but isn’t clear about what you have to do
  • You feel acting and life can be simpler
  • You sense your acting teacher is just directing you how to do a scene not teaching you how to act

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • Active realistic listening will probably elude you
  • Flexibility to take direction will be difficult
  • Basic acting skills, like how to end scenes, 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 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.


THIS COURSE STARTS - Thursday 24 Jan 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.