Monthly Archives: January 2016

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.

Jan 22

Acting – Introductory Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Introductory Workshop

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Wed 22 Jan – 25 March

10 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$615

$123
Pay in instalments if you wish


The Complete Acting Process

If you are a beginner actor learn how to make professional choices for a scene in 10 minutes that will give you NINE standout story options for any audition

Learn the professional skills that have you offering NINE different characters for any audition.  When a Casting Director wants a different type of character change from one to another in under 10 seconds.  Surprise Casting Directors with your flexibility and stand out from the crowd.

Ann TruongRomper Stomper, Strike Back, 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) Casting Directors want you to be able to change

Actors with university degree courses (like NIDA) are taught to find the perfect performance for a scene.  But in the professional audition room Casting Directors know there isn't one perfect version of a scene.  Casting Directors know there are many options for a scene and the professional actor who can see lots of possibilities is an actor who can take direction.

2) Surprise the Casting Director with your skill

An actor who creates characters that experience real 'moments of surprise' stands out in the audition room and on the set. All the great actors play beautiful moments of surprise. Learn techniques for playing surprises that are ONLY TAUGHT HERE. Moments of surprise are the key to being real in performance.

3) Engage an audience and you will engage a Director

Directors want to hire actors who can engage an audience with the comedy or the drama.  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) Understand story so you can break a scene down quickly

Instead of questioning if you actually understand the story of a scene. Learn how to break down story effortlessly every time.

6) Remove confusions and clearly measure your success

Instead of walking out of an audition feeling flat and confused. Learn how to make every audition count. Acquire skills that enable you to measure your success.


IF YOU FEEL THIS COURSE IS TOO BASIC FOR YOU explore the Intermediate Workshop HERE

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Jan 20

Acting – Intermediate Workshop Class

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Intermediate Acting Workshop

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Monday 20 Jan – 23 March

10 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$615.00

$123.00
Pay in instalments if you wish


In this Intermediate Acting Workshop you will acquire skills to use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The Intermediate Acting 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
  • be unable to effectively take direction
  • 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.


COURSE STARTS - Monday 20 Jan 2020

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.