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May 25

TV Presenting Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

TV Presenting Workshop





Full Fee:

Saturday 25 May - 22 June

29 hours over 6 weeks

2pm - 6pm

Richard Sarell


NOTE:  2 of the days may be full days + Final Review day               

Learn practical professional TV Presenting skills and overcome your public speaking fears. The confidence that has you relating to the camera in a charismatic way will work just as well to a live audience.  You will learn more in your first session than you normally get from a whole course.

How to write good copy, co-present, conduct great interviews are explored.

An engaging performance that charms your audience will become a habit.

Professional performance skills will have you feeling at home on the public podium, the boardroom or in front of the camera.

In the final session shoot your own story that includes co-presenting, two reporting pieces to camera,  an interview and a voice over.

Yasmin BushbyNow at the ABC

The course gave me the confidence to know what I'm supposed to do

What will be covered in this course?

1) Essential performance skills for communicating to an audience

Relating to the camera in a way that engages the audience makes it clear what the key to all good public speaking is

2) Keeping an open and spotaneous approach to charm your audience

Often the techniques that are taught are artificial.  Here you will learn simple practical skills that utilize the strengths of your personality

3) How to cope with stresses and distractions so you stay relaxed and real

Managing nerves and understanding what generates them is a fast track to success.

4) Understanding the production process and how a presenter fits into it

Working with a director who has experience directing current affairs and documentary means you will learn a professional approach to dealing with time constraints and other distractions.

5) Interviewing skills that give polished engaging results

Understanding the interviewers job is the key to doing engaging, spontaneous and entertaining interview whether on stage or on screen.  

6) Performing promos, coping with voice overs and autocue

Some specific areas require specific skills.  This course introduces a practical approach to these issues.

Adam Ford3 series of 'Tour the World' 

The thing that I like about The Rehearsal Room is that it gives you a process ... it gives you a formula that you can rely on.


  • TV Presenting is something you have always wanted to do but didn't know where to start
  • The presenting course you have already done didn't build your confidence
  • Speaking comfortably in public is something you would like to master
  • You generally don't feel confident in groups and want to find a way of boosting your confidence
  • A tertiary degree in journalism hasn't made you comfortable in front of the camera
  • You believe you have the skills to be a presenter and want to learn more about how the industry works


  • Misunderstandings about the presenters job will haunt your skill set
  • You may never find out how good you can be
  • Remaining confused about issues that should be really clear will be the norm
  • Naive mistakes will occur because you don't have a practical understanding
  • The presenters job will be much harder for you than it needs to be


This course evolved because The Rehearsal Room acting process was so useful to Jules Lund in establishing a career as a TV Presenter at a very young age.  Jules did all the acting classes and then found it was those skills that quickly had him working on Channel 9's "Get Away".

On the basis of Jules success Richard decided to run this TV Presenters course and it was an instant success.  The techniques that presenters learn are an adaptation of the fundamental processes taught to actors at The Rehearsal Room.  They have all the same clear, practical, efficient and common sense qualities that produce performers who are in charge of their choices in a very professional way.

These techniques work on stage, in the boardroom or in front of a camera

Many have found they are now more comfortable and proficient on a professional set because they totally understand the realities of the job.  The end result has been a professional career.

And everyone has found that they learn the skills quickly because it is such a practical and supportive learning environment.​

This video promotion was made for 2015 classes

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

THIS COURSE - Saturdays 25 May to
29 June 2019

Apr 19

Easter Intensive

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Easter Intensive 





Full Fee: Student Fee:


Friday April 19 – Monday 22 April
(Tuesday 23 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)


Does your actor's mind sometimes refuse to find a way through the CREATIVE CHAOS it is generating?
Do you sometimes not know where to start prepping a scene?
Does a scene sometimes end up entirely differently to the way you planned it?
Does the behaviour of your character sometimes end up dark and moody when you thought you were light and playful?
Do you look at a scene sometimes and find your mind refuses to see the circumstances as real when the writer obviously does?

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.

AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: Throughout time acting teachers have been showing you, the actor, the best decision making processes for finding your place in a scene. But one area has been ignored. There is little advice on how to manage the mind of the actor who is implementing the decisions. If the actor's mind is unclear the performance technique will lack focus and the outcome will be muddled no matter how good the techniques. This process is designed to manage the mind that delivers the performance.

What will be covered in this course?

1) Identifying the creative decisions that confuse ... finding a path to fix them

While using our creative mind is always exciting, it can also be downright confusing. There are so many impulses that are flooding in it is hard to sort out which ones are important. Or whether any of them are. The way to find a pathway through the chaos is to build a simple hierarchy of choices.

2) Understanding the reasons that blur the creative decision making processes

Many of the factors that generate creative confusions stem from the way our minds work. Understanding the mechanics of our mind's processes enables us to short circuit problems and have fun with the solutions.

3) Making clear decisions about the scene

Powerful performances arise from actors who are in charge of their process. The simplest pathway is the best but our mind will rush to overcomplicate the most straightforward of choices. Managing our fears that magnify the confusions is the pathway to putting the fun back into acting.

4) Finding your character's specific role in a scene

Understanding your role is the key to doing any job well.  For the actor understanding in simple terms the role their character has in the developing story lifts the mist of confusion.

5) Learning to work at a fast pace with effective choices

Clearing the mind of random confusions is the pathway to successfully working at the speed required for a modern film shoot. Clear mind = clear choices = clear outcomes.

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


  • You want to reduce your creative fears and increase your creative fun
  • The belief you can act is constantly disrupted by irrational fears
  • Your fervent hope is that acting can be simpler as well as more fun
  • Catching up with new and very practical techniques excites your creativity
  • Bringing exciting new techniques to your acting process is something you would relish


  • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
  • Being consistently real will be tricky
  • Director's notes will be confusing
  • Confusion will generate fear that will paralyse your decision making process
  • Monitoring the bad habits that creep into your work won't be possible
  • The fun of being in the most enjoyable classes in town will pass you by


Richard loves conducting this Intensive.  It produces such fantastic results for actors.  Focusing so intensely on the needs of a small group (maximum group size of 8) is exciting.  He loves the huge leaps forward in understanding and skill that actors achieve in this environment.

The huge success of "The Memory of Water" that Richard directed at Chapel Off Chapel (Nov 2017) clearly proved the efficacy of The Rehearsal Room's processes. Audiences loved it. Max Davine wrote in his blog on "The realism he achieves is funny and heart-wrenching, sometimes both at the same time, as in life."

Richard believes that it is the clarity and trust of simple, functional processes that enables the actor to defeat their fears and restore order from potential creative chaos.

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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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Apr 07

Callback Audition Workshop with JANE NORRIS

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Callback Audition Workshop





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


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...


  • 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


  • 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


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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THIS COURSE - Saturdays 7, 14 & 21 April 2018

Mar 17

Comedy Boot Camp with guest LUKE McGREGOR

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Luke McGregor Comedy Masterclass





Full Fee:

Saturday 17 March

(4 hours)

12noon to 4pm

Richard Sarell, Kyahl Anderson, & Luke McGregor


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.


  • 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


  • 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


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. 


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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Nov 09

Castlemaine 4 Week Intensive

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

4 Week Intensive
Scene Study 





Full Fee:

Friday 9, 23, 30 Nov & 14 Dec

4 Friday Sessions

3 hours

6.00pm to 9.00pm

Richard Sarell


Understand the key ingredients that drive an actors choices when doing a SCENE STUDY.  Director Richard Sarell will lead you in exploring the key ingredients of this powerfully practical  acting process.  The clarity and effective differences of The Rehearsal Room's unique techniques will change your view of acting forever. 

Learn the secrets of creating a character.  Understand the value of finding your character's place in a scene in such a simple way that you can make effective professional choices quickly.  Experience the enormous value of playing surprises and how this skill turns ordinary performances into great ones.

Glenn QuinnMama Mia, Spamalot, Midsummer Nights Dream, Jersey Boys [lead]

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 freedom with the scene.


What will be covered in this course?

1) A clear understanding of acting theory fundamentals

Gain the clearest understanding of acting theory.  A profound understanding of how and why a good performance works is the key to being able to prepare and deliver the perfect performance.  These sessions will clear away the common misconceptions that hold even the highly trained actor back.  

2) Techniques that are powerful for the stage actor and essential for the screen

These techniques are just as potent on stage as they are on screen.  They are universally relevant.

3) Understand your character's role in the scene

Understanding your character's role in the story is the key to the choices you make.  The Rehearsal Room techniques proved a clear approach to making the best choices.

4) How to generate rich complexity and emotional clarity

Every actors goal is to generate a lifelike complexity in a performance.  The right emotional chord for a scene is also a major aspiration.  

5) Being clear about your role in the story

This is the Achilles Heel of most acting processes.  Understanding how your role serves the story is the single most important tool that makes an actor appeal to a director. This material will blow you away.

6) Discover the power of a surprise

Surprises are the fundamental tool that makes an actor believably real and powerfully engaging.  This remarkably effective Stanislavski technique is never taught.  It is a technique you MUST have.  If you get nothing else from this workshop this understanding will change your world.



  • You are excited by the acting process but find it difficult to be consistently good
  • If you found our $10 Friday session opened up exciting possibilities for you
  • If you feel traditional techniques aren't really empowering you to grow your skills
  • Know you have the ability to act but feel that you are not achieving your full potential
  • Are not clear about how to find your characters place in the story
  • You want to learn techniques that you can confidently manage to produce good results


  • you will ‘act’ rather than listen and respond
  • vague intuitive choices will be the result rather than logical professional ones
  • inconsistent performance outcomes will happen regularly
  • ‘acting’ rather than being real and ‘inter-acting’ will often be the outcome
  • choices will be rigid rather than relaxed, flexible and professional


Over his twenty-five year directing career on such shows as Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers (and many more) Richard found that many actors 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 of trying to explain to actors a process that would correct these deficiencies a new approach to acting technique has emerged.  The outcome has been, amongst other things, a fabulously practical approach to scene study.

Richard believes this common sense and practical approach to this most basic of acting skills is unique to classes at The Rehearsal Room. It trains actors to make practical choices based on a professional understanding of the characters role in the overall story.

Understanding how a story works is the key to every creative choice that follows.

starts Friday 9 Nov
in Castlemaine

From 6pm - 9pm  over 4 weeks learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile and to be a great listener. This SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP will be more practical than any process you have encountered before.
Great techniques for screen or stage.

Two actors, who had never experienced The Rehearsal Room Acting Process until they were cast in Shelagh Stephenson's "The Memory of Water", share their experience.  

Directed by Richard Sarell "The Memory of Water" opened at Chapel Off Chapel in November 2017.  This video has expanded explanations of these actor's views on these techniques.