Intensive for Professional Actors

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Mar 09

Refining the Actor's Vocabulary





Full Fee:


Fridays 9 March – 20 April

6 weeks   (Not on Good Friday)

12pm to 4pm

Richard Sarell



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.


  • 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


  • 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


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.

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