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Jan 24

The Salon (weekday evening)

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

The Salon (week nights)





Full Fee:



4 weeks OR 8 weeks

7pm to 9.30pm weeknights 

Richard Sarell

$250 or $500 weeknights


"The Salon"  -  a place for working professionals to practice their skills and explore techniques.

Actors bring their own scenes and determine their own focus for sessions or can choose to use scenes from The Rehearsal Room's files

Trained actors and working actors can use The Salon to keep exploring their craft. Supported by an experienced professional director they can also choose to record their scenes or exercises on video to study or analyse before their next session.

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 does The Salon provide?

1) A supportive environment to explore your chosen goal

Experienced actors know what they need to work on.  Sometimes they just want to keep working.  That's what The Salon provides - a chance to follow the creative performance path each individual wants to explore.

2) Professional advice and support

Guidance can be helpful to expand challenges or suggest solutions.  Richard Sarell's professional expertise enables him to offer encouragement or alternative options to a variety of performance processes.  Often the best guidance simply clarifies that the actor is on the right path.  Richard will support in actor in their goals.

3) Well organised and productive sessions

A professional working space makes sure that individuals are respected and that goals are clearly organised.  The Salon operates on the basis that actors are clear about their purpose so that they can assess their progress or achievements.

4) Logical and professional strategies will apply

Assessments by other actors and Richard will be logical and clearly argued.  That way they are supportive and the critique is helpful.  Statements such as "I feel that worked" or "I feel that didn't work" are not specific enough.  Debate will be based on clear reasons.

5) Opportunity to expand techniques

Richard specializes in very effective and efficient techniques that have evolved to work at the speed required for TV and screen.  One technique equips actors with between 2 - 10 minutes preparation to attend an audition with 9 options to offer. And switching between those options during an audition takes between 10 - 20 seconds.  Actors interested in exploring those and similar techniques can choose to do so.

6) Flexible use of the time and space

Actors will be supported in using the time and space in the most efficient way to make sure they gain maximum benefit from the sessions


  • You have a strong foundation to your acting process and you want to keep working
  • You have had difficulty finding a supportive professional place to work at expanding your skills
  • You know that maintaining your craft means constantly practicing
  • You are committed to your skills but have an open mind to assess the value of new techniques
  • You are confused about some aspects of acting technique and are seeking some clarification


  • Your acting process is well oiled, working beautifully and requires no further practice
  • Doubts about your choices for a scene never happen and you are always confident of your preparation for auditions
  • Working quickly for screen performances is no problem for you and you always have lots of options
  • It is too hard to find 2.5 hours a week to work on your acting in your current schedule
  • Missing out on the fun of this great experience won't bother you    🙂


Over 25 years working as a professional TV director Richard worked with actors with widely ranging skill sets.  From the trained but inexperienced to the totally untrained to the highly trained and very experienced.  He always remembers with pride that after giving notes to WAPA trained actor Niki Wendt on the second series of "Embassy" British actor Brian Marshall commented, "That direction was pure Stanislavski." 

Because some actors were not formally trained Richard had to evolve a variety of methods of dealing with them and that's the source of his range of skills to help steer an actor through a scene.  He loves discussing the nuances of acting but does so in very practical ways.  Sharing his views of acting process with actors who have wide experience and skills is very rewarding for him. 

In November 2017 The Rehearsal Room techniques were thoroughly tested in a production of Shelagh Stephenson's "The Memory of Water" which Richard directed. The response from critics and audiences was fantastic.  They loved the vibrantly fresh performances.   

One exciting aspect of  this production was that performances were different every night.  There were eleven performances and eleven different endings.  Despite the changes the actors spontaneously brought to each performance the same story was delivered in each show. The result was a rich lifelike spontaneity.  Critics comments such as ... 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.

 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."  His unwavering belief is that actors need to be in charge of their choices.



Jan 06

“THE (rehearsal) ROOM” CHALLENGE

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes


Shoot your own scene from the cult classic "THE ROOM". Some think this is the worst movie ever made.  Your challenge is to HAVE A HEAP OF FUN and re-shoot a scene from it to make it as real and believable as possible.

You will need to create a free account

"THE (rehearsal) ROOM" CHALLENGE IS ONGOING.  You can enter at any time.
There is no cost because it is all just for fun.

The Challenge for You 

The concept was started in 2018 when two actors turned up for a private coaching session at The Rehearsal Room. They brought a scene from the “The Room”. Their goal was to see if they could play it as straight drama and make it believable. They had a one-hour booking and after 45 minutes rehearsal we shot it. (They were still carrying their scripts.)


Download the script, choose your scene and shoot it.  Shoot on whatever camera or phone you like.  Submit it as a .mov or an .mp4 file to via 

If your scene for "THE (rehearsal) ROOM" CHALLENGE conforms to these simple rules (see below) it will be uploaded and added to the collection.


1.    Ideally the scene is recorded in one shot

2.    A maximum of two edits are allowed with in the scene to tighten the sequence (if required)

3.    No set is required.  You can shoot it in elaborate set if you wish or simply shoot it in a rehearsal space.

4.    Actors are not required to have learnt the script BUT as the aim is to be as believable as possible being learnt will most likely produce a better result.

5.    The actors' names can be added to the end of the scene in a 3 second caption (and the director's name - if relevant).  NO OTHER CREDITS OR LOGOS should be present.

6.    You must have fun.

7.    If you wish you can include a short one-minute video discussing what was the most fun or what premise you used for your shoot. (The publication of your work on this site will be at the discretion of The Rehearsal Room.

You will need to create a free account

Why take on the challenge?

1) It is fun

Part of The Rehearsal Room philosophy is that acting should be fun.

2) It is simple to do

The actor's job in the view of The Rehearsal Room is to tell the story and be believable.  This script provides an entertaining challenge to fulfill both those tasks.

3) To make sure you are always practising your skills

It is important that an actor keeps working at building skill.  Skill has two components - the first is knowledge and the second is experience.  This is an easy way to build experience and in taking on the task you will increase your knowledge base, too.

4) Define the issues that are important for a scene

Clearly defining the ingredients that drive the story and the relationship between the characters is the key to a good performance.  This script throws up a number of good challenges in both those areas.

5) Practice working at the fast pace required for television

The original exercise was learnt, rehearsed, shot and reviewed within 60 minutes.  Kyahl and Daniel had read the scene a couple of times but hadn't actively started learning it until they arrived at the class.  A key ingredient of the acting skills taught at The Rehearsal Room is making effective decisions quickly.  You don't have to work that way for this exercise but it is important to keep in mind that on a modern set rehearsal times are short and actors need to be able to quickly make big changes to their preparation if they are going to be able to take direction effectively

THIS IS A FUN EXERCISE to challenge your acting skills and keep you working.  Enjoy!!

So ... get going.  Record your scene and submit it to to become part of cinema history

For some more information about "The Room" click on these links ...

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Nov 04

A Successful Play Reading

By Richard Sarell | News

Our first Friday Play Reading produced a very successful exploration of an engaging  Australian play.

The standard of the read increased and increased as we progressed and by the time we got to the final act it was really flying. With actors who had trained at NIDA, the VCA and some Rehearsal Room veterans present the performance standard was high. The outcome was a very entertaining evening with a lot of laughs.

The reading started at 6.30pm and by the time we had finished many of us were quite hungry. Bringing something to nibble on is a good plan for the next Friday evening event.

The next opportunity will be on Friday 16 November and is a "Monologue Night".

Bring a new monologue you would like to try out or one you have done before but want to test a different approach to. It’s an informal evening of creative play amongst friends.

If there is time, actors may be able to run a second version of their monologue to try something different. Keep your monologues to a maximum of 5 minutes.

You don't have to perform to attend. Come along and socialise. Bring a friend -
everyone is welcome.

$5 for the night – drinks are $5 – chips provided – bring your own nibbles.
164 Kings Way, South Melbourne (front entrance) or 24 Tope Street (back entrance).

If you would like some more information about attending or if you are a writer that would like us to read your script contact

Aug 30

Online Acting Class

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Online Acting Class  "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds"





Available now

Ten Tutorials in your own time

Richard Sarell



When auditioning an actor has two tasks. The first is to deliver the story. The second is to create the character. This Online Acting Class gives you the tools to create a vast range of different characters quickly. That's what you need when auditioning. Offering a credible character and being ready to change a lot if the director wants something different are essential skills.  This course provides practical skills that are more efficient and more effective than out-dated traditional processes.

This acting class is perfect for the beginner actor and an exciting challenge for the experienced professional.  You will learn to create or change a character in 10 seconds - that's exactly what you need when auditioning.

It is an advanced approach to an online acting class that is clear, logical, easy to apply and you can instantly see results.

There are many exercises for you to build your skills

There are
10 video tutorials for you.  Thirty exercises will build your skill plus quizzes to test your learning and many downloads with valuable information.

You can join the six actors who came together to test out these techniques for character creation. We recorded their journey of discovery to share with you. This is a new approach. Share the experience with the actors as they learn techniques that deliver in seconds a clear pathway to creating character.  You will learn with them.  And you can do the exercises, too. 


Tutorial 1:

Tutorial 2:

Tutorial 3:

Tutorial 4:

An introduction to the principles, philosophies
and the successes of this process.

Understand the core ingredients of character. 
What makes a character tick is the key
to creating one - these are the core issues. 

A clear demonstration of how practical and effective
this process is.  Watch actors try it out for the first
time and see how amazed they are at the outcomes.

Explains this clear and ... Oh!! ... so SIMPLE approach. 
Heaps of fascinating information
plus 2 extra exercises in this class.

Six more tutorials include -

Sophia LightfootActor - Queensland

This is a really high quality course. Its brilliantly presented in a format that is practical, easily accessible, easy to follow and easy to understand and gets rapid results.


  1. the actor's journey of discovery
  2. the questions they asked
  3. the new levels of understanding they achieve

Learn these unique techniques that transform your choices into positive performance outcomes.   Your understanding of how to create character grows in the same way as the actors in the group.

Actors from face-to-face classes share their views


Everyone wants to learn quickly.  No one wants to waste time.  You need a learning system that explains techniques clearly and that arouses your interest.  This process will excite you to explore more and expand your understandings.  It is an approach to acting and learning that engages your participation and stimulates your imagination.  It is a very effective skill builder.  

The quickest way for the actor to learn is to be able to instantly view their own work.  Reviewing a video recordings is 10 times more effective than just being lectured by the teacher.  The Rehearsal Room tradition has always been to shoot an acting exercise in every class. In the online acting classes actors also record their work for assessment.  The actor can follow the detailed instructions to self-assess their video or submit their exercises for personal one-on-one assessment by a professional director.

​Video assessment is the proven key to quickly increasing your skill.


In the ‘PREMIER’ format you will have ONE-ON-ONE coaching and feedback.  Just upload your recordings of your exercises for very personal assessment by professional director Richard Sarell.  


Get the free ebook that explains the entire process.

The Rehearsal Room acting process explores 4 distinct skill areas. This online acting class just deals with one of them - the process of 'Creating a Character'. For an eBook that provides an overview of the complete process ...

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** In signing up for the free eBook you agree to receive emails from The Rehearsal Room.


TEN fascinating video tutorials that explain this process in very practical detail. 

Do more than THIRTY clever exercises that make the techniques clear and train you how to apply them.

There is plenty of guidance about how to assess your achievements and measure your success.  Answer quizzes that expand your knowledge and test your understanding.



Get ALL the video tutorials with ADDITIONAL EXERCISES. PLUS you submit the videos of your exercises for one-on-one expert assessment of your exercises. Personal feedback and video conferences specifically for you.  (You also get feedback on your written exercises).

And you receive a completion certificate to confirm you achievements.


Valued at $480 'Premier' is available for this once only offer of $220


You can work on your own with this version and assess your own progress. All the exercises have suggestions as to how you can check whether you are achieving a successful outcome and whether you are making progress. Or you can choose to do the Premier version and upload the video of your exercises to get one-on-one feedback. Or you can start with this self-assess version and upgrade to the Premier version at any time.


Ann TruongRomper Stomper, 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." 

Once you have purchased the "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds" class you will receive, free of charge, ALL the ongoing updates that are published for this class.  As you will see in Tutorial 9 The Rehearsal Room continually explores new ways of using these techniques.  This is a natural evolution of the mindset that actors acquire from studying this course material.  The explanations of this process are so clear and practical that actors use their new understandings to experiment with new possibilities.   Sometimes the new understanding they achieve is so practical and so exciting we will just HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT IT.


MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A 15 MINUTE ONLINE CHAT WITH RICHARD.  He wants to answer your questions and make sure the course is the right fit for you.

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) Be able to change the character without affecting other content

Character is a separate entity that should be managed in its own right.  You will be able to make huge changes to character if your director or casting director is looking for something different without changing the character's role in the story.

3) Understand how to create a character that audiences like

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) Try exercises that develop your expertise

Amazingly effective exercises will both build your skill and expand your understanding.  This is an inventive and productive approach to learning how to create a character.


  • You are looking for a place to start building professional acting techniques
  • You have trained at a reputable school or university but have never been clear about what makes a character real
  • 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


  • 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
  • You won’t have an acting process that grows with you and for you


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 these theories 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.



If you don't you will miss out on learning something important.    REMEMBER ... there are no silly questions.

For the actor delivering story is as important as creating a character and that will be our next online class

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 30

SD Cards for Classes

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

for classes

Buying an SD Card

​Canon recommendations for The Rehearsal Room's Camera are -

The camera has been tested on Panasonic, Toshiba and Sans Disk cards.   SD of 64 MB or smaller cannot be used to record video.   Canon recommend using cards with a Speed Class of 4.6 or 10.  Canon recommend the card size you use be 128MB or larger.​

​The Rehearsal Room is using ... San Disk Extreme  90MB/s  32GB   (Rating 10)

​At Officeworks it cost $39.oo (on 30 Jan 2018).  There is also a 16GB Extreme at $22 and a 16GB Ultra that will probably do the job at $12.99.

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Sign up here ...

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.


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.

Karla Hillam as the Ugly Duckling
Sep 19

An Outstanding Level of Skill

By Richard Sarell | News

“Mesmerising!” was the comment from one audience member.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off her,” was another comment.

This was a performance that was great fun. We laughed and were moved. The time flew by. And at the end we understood.

KARLA HILLAM’S stage presence was captivating, powerful and very entertaining. She had assembled a great team for her first solo cabaret performance. The direction was excellent, the musical arrangement impeccable, the costumes wonderful and her own performance was outstanding.

What are the ingredients that make such a performance a success?

They are …

  • a clear and purposeful communication with the audience,
  • an actor who is totally comfortable and having fun,
  • elements of comedy, drama, irony and pathos in excellent balance
  • and an actor whose technique is so refined all you can see is the character.

The actor’s job is really simple, isn’t it? It is to engage an audience and entertain them by taking them on a journey through the story. That’s what KARLA HILLAM succeeded in doing, in spades, on the opening night of her cabaret show, “Ugly Duckling” at the Butterfly Club (check here for times).

The last time I saw a Rehearsal Room actor on stage with such a strong presence was watching GLENN QUINN as an understudy in “Jersey Boys” at the Princess Theatre. GLENN went on to play a lead in that show 300 times. In a similar way KARLA delivered the same stage presence that demanded you watch her. When those qualities are present the hopes for a bright future are strong.

Congratulations, KARLA HILLAM!!

[Written & directed by Spanky; Musical Direction by Andrew Kroenert; Choreography by Brett Fisher; Sound and Lighting by Dan Barca; Costumes by June Robertson and Tristan Seebohm] 

Successes of the Month
Jul 31

On the Job

By Richard Sarell | News

DANIEL Di GIOVANNI has been on air as a core cast member in the ABC’s “Ronny Chieng: International Student” comedy series. Daniel also shot a Coles commercial in which he was cast without auditioning. His previous auditions were obviously strong enough to get him this gig.

YASMIN BUSHBY is on a roll. She has recently completed 3 big projects.  Yasmin has been writing, producing and presenting a series of 26 sustainability-focussed videos for the City of Melbourne. All completed in time for Al Gore arriving in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. She was also the featured role in a recent Coles commercial. And she is currently presenting an eight video series in Sydney and Melbourne for a big-name company. This shoot is underway at this moment.

DARREN MORT will shortly be making a return to Neighbours to reprise a guest character he has played before (no audition required).

ANTE KRESO appeared in “Offspring” with very positive feedback from the production about his work.

BRUNO STEPNELL has just completed a 2-day shoot for Neighbours.

ANDREA McCANNON and SIMONE BALL appeared in the same episode of True Story with Hamish & Andy.

MAXWELL SIMON after a great finish to his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the VCA has just finished his first professional gig – one of the lead roles in the new Australian musical ‘Between Worlds’. Well done Max.
Check this out …

Congratulations to all. It has been a busy month.

Jul 24

Totally Truthful and Compelling to Watch

By Richard Sarell | News

Every so often, something so outstanding happens that its importance needs to be recorded. Last week ANDREA McCANNON’S performance in Wednesday evening’s ‘Eclat’ MASTER CLASS was such an occasion. ANDREA delivered a fabulous 6 minute 45 second blemish free performance recorded in one take.

At The Rehearsal Room, as actors progress through the various levels of the classes they work on longer and longer scenes. That’s because the challenge for the actor to keep a scene engaging for the audience increases considerably as the length of the scene grows. This scene was nearly seven minutes long! That’s unusually long for a TV script.  There were plenty of challenges here, yet ANDREA made it look easy.

This exceptional performance was totally engaging, compellingly real, charming and thoroughly entertaining. Fine work.

ANDREA’S association with The Rehearsal Room began in 2005. She started in the Intermediate Sunday Workshop and has continued to return over the years.

The next Sunday Intermediate Workshop commences on Sunday 6 August at 2pm.  Enrol here.

Jul 06


By Richard Sarell | Intensives






Full Fee:

Saturday 6 July 2019

7.5 hours

10am - 6pm

Casting Director: Biffy James (2 Divas)
Director:  Richard Sarell


Are you confident when auditioning for a TV COMMERCIAL?  Or do you often walk out of the audition room feeling you didn't do a great job.  Is the question often in your mind, "IF ONLY I had more time to think!  IF ONLY I could have another go!!"

Although a TVC only requires a short time commitment they often pay quite well - so TV Commercials are a handy supplements to an actor's income.  Impressing the casting director with your skill level is the first step towards the lottery of getting the gig.

This one-day workshop provides the opportunity to get better at auditioning for TV Commercials.  Yes, YOU WILL DO AN AUDITION.  But NO, YOU WONT walk out feeling that you would like a second chance.

THIS TIME YOU WILL get another chance?  After every round of auditions there will be a discussion/analysis session and then every actor will get a second go.  There will be one round in the morning session and another in the afternoon.  You get FOUR AUDITIONS in one-day working with two different audition formats.

What are the benefits of this course?

1) Build audition skill in two different audition formats

It is important to understand what a Casting Director expects of you and what they might ask of you.  What they ask might change depending on the audition format they are exploring.

2) An opportunity to sort out your specific confusions

Sort out your those areas you often aren't clear about.  Learn how to ask the right questions to get the right answers. 

3) Benefit from the knowledge of an experienced Casting Director and an experienced Director

During the briefing sessions after each audition you will get practical hands-on advice from the Casting Director's point of view and a Director's assessment.  You will explore a variety of options that are then tested out.

4) Work on real briefs so you get real experience

This will be a thoroughly professional working environment - dealing with the issues professionals face and using professional techniques to overcome them

5) Explore two different forms of TVC Auditions

Sometimes you have to work with another actor - sometimes you have to work alone.  Explore different techniques and different processes that help deal with these very different auditions.

6) Get to know a working Casting Director

Casting Directors not only need to know about your skill level they also need to know you.  Because you have a day to play with the challenges this workshop offers you will get to build a relationship with a working professional Casting Director

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
  • Uncertainty about exactly what a casting director is looking for holds you back
  • The great plans for your audition are seldom delivered
  • Don't know how to manage the unusual demands of TVC auditions
  • Which questions are the right ones to ask the casting director
  • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win


  • you may always feel uncomfortable when auditioning for a TVC
  • 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


Biffy has vast and varied experience in the entertainment industry. Starting at just 8-years-old. She has worked at Channel 7, as an Associate Producer for a comedy sketch series over two seasons and has been at 2Divas Casting for 5 years. In that time she has been involved in casting hundreds of commercials.

As well as an Arts Degree she also has a Diploma of Screenwriting (New York Film Academy, NY), Masters of Creative Writing (RMIT), and a Masters of Producing in Film and Television (Victorian College of the Arts).

Biffy has conducted many private workshops for actors, advising them of audition tips and tricks, and what to expect in the casting room.


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.

Richard believes this workshop will be unique in the way it identifies and solves problems for actors.  It will be a small group where​ the focus is entirely on the needs of the actors.

The Rehearsal Room runs a variety of Audition Workshops

Learn to be comfortable auditioning for TV Commercials. 

THIS COURSE - Saturday 6 July 2019

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20week ACCELERATOR with Glenn Quinn, Richard Sarell & Kyahl Anderson
Jun 18

A Workshop That Raises the Bar

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

It has been in the planning stages for 7 months but as we now have a FANTASTIC new venue we can announce it!!!    …
“The 20week ACCELERATOR starts July 19th.”  Cue the fanfare!!!   Trumpets sound!

It is a course that will lift actors skills to a new level.  Click here for details.

Auditions start next Saturday 24th June (to book a time ring Richard 0407 226 620 or email It is short notice but if you can’t prepare a simple audition in that time you really DO need this course – so, find a way.

The total focus of the 20week ACCELERATOR will be on training actors to work at professional speed with professional results. It will be powerfully effective.  This course will raise the level of acting tuition to a new high.

For more details go here.

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