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Nov 24

Online Acting Tips – Current List

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

YOUR GROWING LIST OF ACTING TIPS

These tips are profoundly simple and very practical. They are not an acting lesson in themselves but they will clearly point the way to the concepts and skills you need to work on. They will also raise your awareness of the mindset that is required to manage the exciting and rewarding job of being an actor.

You will also find FREE exercises that enable you to test out the concepts.

For $20 (AUS) you can have ongoing access for 12 months to this ever-growing list of tips – emails will update you as new tips become available. Enrol for the tips here.  Or purchase "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds - PREMIER"  and you will immediately have access to "Tips to Inspire" for free for 12 months.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL Richard@rehearsalroom.com (put “Online Question” in the subject line)

TIP 1: An Important Difference
The key foundation of this approach to acting is to be able to separate a character’s conscious and unconscious impulses. No other process makes this important separation so clear. ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER

FREE EXERCISE INCLUDED WITH THIS TIP. Some instructions and a scene to enable you to test out these concepts. If you wish you can send them to The Rehearsal Room for personal feedback.

Tip 2: The Importance of the Story
Understanding the Importance of the Story – acting techniques focus on lots of specific processes but none of them focus on how to deliver the story – that’s The Rehearsal Room difference. STORY TECHNIQUE

Tip 3 Being Totally Real
The key to being totally real is connected to managing the relationship and conversation as separate entities. ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER
Read the blog "I Got the Job"

Tip 4: Beginnings and Endings
Relaxation – is a big deal for any performer but so are beginnings and endings. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 5: Instigating and Responding in a Conversation
Keeping an audience engaged through the middle of a scene is the next important step once you have engaged them with the beginning of the story. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 6: Conversation Structure
Understanding that conversations have a structure and how that structure works is a fundamental skill for an actor. Conversations always have an ‘Instigator’. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 7: The Importance of Listening
Listening is the key to being real. ACTING TECHNIQUE
(This tip was recorded in 2017 in a different format)

Tip 8: The Key to Great Listening
Actors often confusing hearing with listening. This tip clearly defines the difference. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 9: The Importance of Owning the Space
A simple fundamental of acting can be easily corrupted if the actor doesn’t understand how their mind might works. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 10: A Professional Choice
Never stop a take if you can keep going. The professional choice is to keep going. Your feeling that a performance isn’t going well is notoriously unreliable. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Managing the actor’s mind.

Tip 11: Mind Management
There is a problem with overloading the mind with too much information. For the actor, stoking the fire too much can mean you block up the chimney. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 12: A Fundamental of this Technique
The importance of managing the actor’s mind when making acting decisions is important territory that is often overlooked – this is the focus of The Rehearsal Room technique. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 13: Making the Best Choices
Psychologists tell us how our minds function in life and when actors understand how our minds make decisions then they can work at applying those processes to their acting. ACTING TECHNIQUE & STORY TECHNIQUE

Tip 14 The Reading Problem
The actor’s reading skills can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. One important tool to manage this problem is to move away from literary intuitive choices and get specific with the details. ACTING TECHNIQUE & STORY TECHNIQUE

Tip 15:   Fear Vs Logic
Fears and self-doubts run our lives. Don’t let fears or self-doubts tell you there is a problem. Use your logic. It might tell you there isn’t a problem at all. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 16 Measuring Your Success
Acting is such an ephemeral task that no one offers specific ways of measuring your achievements – if the audience says they like it that’s the best you are likely to get. But MEASURING SUCCESS is an essential skill for the actor. It can only be done by understanding the practicalities of the actor’s craft. ACTING TECHNIQUE
If this tip makes sense to you but you want more specific information about how to measure your performance success then Tip No 20 will give you some additional food for thought.

Tip 17 Patterns are a Problem
Many of the techniques actors use for learning lines or movement result in them getting locked into patterns. The result is that the acting looks controlled rather than spontaneous. This tip evolved from a very successful application of this technique to a production of Shelagh Stephenson’s “The Memory of Water” which I directed in 2017.  ACTING TECHNIQUE & STORY TECHNIQUE

Tip 18 Playing a Three Hander
The way people behave in groups is fascinating. The challenge for the actor is creating group behaviour in a logically organized way. ACTING TECHNIQUE

Tip 19 A Challenge for You
Psychologist Daniel Kahneman in his book “Thinking fast and slow” tells us that in life we “We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our own blindness.” So … how good are we at assessing our choices?
ACTING TECHNIQUE & STORY TECHNIQUE

Tip 20 Measuring Your Performance in an Audition
The greatest moment of uncertainty for any actor is as they walk out of the audition room. How do you know how you went?? Here’s a simple checklist that achieves a very clear performance assessment of your audition or any performance. It works!!
When you come out of an audition you can assess how you went.
ACTING TECHNIQUE & STORY TECHNIQUE

TIPS TO INSPIRE 2:

Tip 21 A Path to Being Real
Understanding the core elements of what you are doing provides the foundations on which true achievement is built. A core process element is that acting isn’t about what you are doing, acting is all about what the other person is doing.
ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER

Tip 22 The Importance of Listening to Relationship
This is one essential skill area that has traditionally been left to chance in every acting process until now. The Rehearsal Room’s analysis of how we listen and the development of techniques to generate skills that parallel the way we actually do it in life are unique.
ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER

PROMOTION ONE: Learn more about this acting process
An opportunity to find out more about the nuts and bolts of this approach to acting and what makes it so unique and so practical. Sophia who was doing “Creating a Character in 10 Seconds” explains a discovery she made. She found, to her surprise, that she could completely change the focus of her listening.

Tip 23 19.9 What Makes a Good Audition
Understanding what makes an audition good is the key to being able to put the elements in place to make sure your next one hits the spot.
AUDITION SKILLS
Posted 12/7/2019

TIP 24 Making Your Character Real
It is very easy to over-complicate simple tasks. A simple reality is that Constantine Stanislavski, for all his genius, is too complicated to manage effectively. This is a brilliant simplification of Stanislavski process to make it actionable in a modern world.
ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER
Posted 14/7/2019

TIP 25 A Great Lesson Via Uta Hagen
I often see actors refusing to follow their natural impulses because they are waiting for their ‘cue’. An actor who is waiting for a cue is dysfunctional. A script is only a graph that lays out the dialogue it isn’t a description of how the character should listen and behave. This great thought from German actor Alfred Bassermann (1867 – 1952) comes from Uta Hagen’s experience of working with him.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 16/7/2019

Tip 26  The Choice to Look Away
Often Casting Directors are heard to say “Don’t just stare at the other character, look away, the way we do in life. But do you know why you look away in life? Do you understand what impulses drive your choices in a conversation? There is a simple way to decide if you should look away or not.
This tip also explores the challenges of learning acting from books.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 17/7/2019

Tip 27  How to Action Your Script
'Actioning’ your script with an appropriate verb is a long-standing technique that has been taught in major tertiary acting academies around the world. This is an incisive analysis of its value and a very powerful tip on managing its deficits.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 5/8/2019

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Tip 28  High Quality Listening
Whether in the audition room or on the set, for the actor, it is the quality of the listening that determines the quality of the performance. How to listen to all the meaning in the dialogue is the focus of this tip very useful tip. When you can do this your performance will be FOUR TIMES BETTER.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 18/8/2019

Tip 29 Making Choices That Feel Right
How you feel about your acting choices has always being something that actors believe is important. But it is absolutely possible, because of the way our minds work, to let feelings override logic – then that happens we can have big problems. Getting the balance right is important.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 18/8/2019

Tip 30 The Challenges of a Nude Scene
Performing the intimacy of a sex scene in front of onlookers is a challenge for any actor. But to be confronted with this option on your first big professional gig is a whopper of a challenge. Wesley Forke shares the things he learnt when he had to deal with these circumstances.
WORKING ON THE SET
Posted 25/9/2019

Tip 31 A Practical Approach to Pre-history
Pre-history or back-story is an area where a lot of the discussion sounds purposeful but is in fact very vague. This is the first of a series of tips on a practical approach to sorting out you character’s pre-history.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 7/9/2019

Tip 32  Using Pre-history on a Feature Film Shoot
ANTHONY SHARPE'S first large feature film role was a challenging one. He is an actor who uses The Rehearsal Room’s processes and he used those techniques to plot his way through this role. He finds it faster and more effective than other processes. In this interview he explains how he went about using the pre-history element to set up a scene. This is the second in a series of tips on managing pre-history choices.
ACTING TECHNIQUE – PRE-HISTORY
Posted 14/10/2019Tip 33  Problem Solving is an Acting Skill
Problem solving is not only an acting skill it is a mind management problem. A group of actors came together to explore things that niggled them. What we found was that niggles are often a sign of a much bigger problem. The result was four very useful tips for solving seemingly insurmountable problems.
ACTING TECHNIQUE – PRE-HISTORY
Posted 6/11/2019

Tip 34  A Practical Definition of Character
How to create a character is an important task for an actor. Yet it is one that is mostly dealt with in very vague terms in all the acting literature. The Rehearsal Room has evolved a very specific definition of character. As a result of this clear thinking approach actors who use these techniques can create or change the fundamentals of their character in 10 seconds. This technique is perfect for the modern screen actor who has to work fast and produce results of international standards.
ACTING TECHNIQUE CHARACTER

Tip 35  Two Essential Ingredients of Character Creation
Creating a character is only one issue. How to balance the character’s needs against the text or dialogue is the next hurdle for the actor. That is the key to creating a lifelike complexity. Actor ELlMIR ASIPI explains how he used these techniques to create a challenging character for his first guest role on “Neighbours”. 

Tip 36  Two Essential Ingredients of Character Creation
Three actors demonstrate the importance of a professional understanding of managing your centre of gravity in performance. Energy levels in the body have a huge impact on the performance outcome. Understanding how they work is an essential tool. Explore how your energy actually moves in real life and how you can easily control it in performance.

Tip 37 How to Make a Conversation Real
Conversations have a number of specific and measurable patterns and qualities. Using an actual performance of a scene to demonstrate the point, this tip explores the importance of ‘Stepping UP’ and why it makes a conversation look real. It also explains another outcome from understanding how Centre of Gravity works for the actor.
ACTING TECHNIQUE
Posted 30/6/2020

FREE EXERCISE INCLUDED WITH THIS TIP. Some instructions and a scene to enable you to test out these concepts. If you wish you can send them to The Rehearsal Room for personal feedback.

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Oct 10

The Rehearsal Room – for Kids … 9 – 12 yo

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

KIDS ...  9 -  12 years old

Dates:

Saturday 10 Oct - 12 Dec

Duration:

10 weeks

Times:

10:00 - 10:45am

Tutor:

Silvana Vaxelaire

Fee:

$200

For more about Silvana CLICK HERE


CAN'T ATTEND THE WHOLE TERM? JUST COME SESSION BY SESSION.
$20 - pay one class at a time.
Contact Silvana on 0403 254 280

45 minutes a week

       that will expand your child's creativity, self-awareness and imagination
In a supportive and encouraging environment, these sessions will boost your child's confidence and trust in imaginative play. 


What your child will learn?

1) To be playful in an imaginative world

The imagination is an important playground for actors of all ages.  This is a key focus of these sessions.

2) Build confidence in the choices they make

Learning should always be fun and especially so for this age group.  Your child will be supported in enjoying to trust themselves in embarking on their acting adventure.

3) Explore techniques for playing scenes or monologues

Use The Rehearsal Room acting process to explore scenes & monologue work, and develop confidence and trust in themselves and their choices.

4) Experience improvisation techniques

Theatresports exercises are developed deeper, to generate further creativity and stronger impulses

5) Explore the power of the voice

Voice exercises to help them get comfortable with their voice

6) Be skilled at functioning in a group

Acting is a collaborative art.  It provides a great structure to practice sharing ideas, taking direction and developing as a leader..

LEARNING TO BE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and IMAGINATIVE

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOUR CHILD ...

  • Has a natural instinct to perform
  • Needs encouraging to explore their imagination
  • Is shy and isn't comfortable in groups
  • Loves stories and storytelling
  • Naturally imitates or impersonates others
  • Requires more creative outlets in their routine

IF YOUR DOESN'T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • new environments might stress them
  • they may feel uncomfortable in groups
  • applying themselves to unusual tasks may be more difficult
  • confronting unfamiliar ideas might be challenging
  • adopting leadership roles could be more disconcerting


Contact Silvana to discuss your child's needs ...
0403 254 280

About Silvana...

Silvana Vaxelaire has been acting professionally for 25 years in television, film and theatre. She has appeared in numerous theatre productions across NSW & Victoria, worked in film & television and has worked extensively in children’s theatre, shows, concerts and special events, as a host, teacher, actor, dancer, and choreographer.  

Silvana trained in drama at The Ensemble Studios, NSW, Deakin Univ. Victoria, and many other schools for on-going training; and in dance at Tony Bartuccio’s Dance Centre, Victoria.  She has taught drama for various schools including the Victorian Youth Theatre, Stagecoach, Drama Time, Frankston Arts Centre, and Drama With A Difference, while still performing regularly.  She has also choreographed for several theatre companies, and written short stories and poetry.



Oct 10

The Rehearsal Room – for Kids … 5 – 6 yo

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

KIDS ...  5 -  6 years old

Dates:

Saturday 10 Oct - 12 Dec

Duration:

10 weeks

Times:

11:00am - 11.30am

Tutor:

Silvana Vaxelaire

Fee:

$150

For more details about Silvana CLICK HERE

CAN'T ATTEND THE WHOLE TERM? JUST COME SESSION BY SESSION.
$15 - pay one class at a time.
Contact Silvana on 0403 254 280


30 minutes a week

       that will expand your child's creativity, self-awareness and imagination
In a supportive and encouraging environment, these sessions will boost your child's confidence and trust in imaginative play. 



What your child will learn?

1) To be playful in an imaginative world

The imagination is an important playground for actors of all ages.  This is a key focus of these sessions.

2) Build confidence in the choices they make

Learning should always be fun and especially so for this age group.  Your child will be supported in enjoying to trust themselves in embarking on their acting adventure.

3) Understand the value of imagination

Imagination is the cornerstone of inventiveness.  Being confident to allow the imagination to freely explore options is a pathway to a productive life.   

4) Experience improvisation techniques

 Theatresports improvisation exercises such as: What are you doing? Lying/Telling the truth/adding a word stories/clapping exercises/mirror exercises will be part of their introduction to the craft of acting.

5) Explore the power of the voice

Voice exercises to help them get comfortable with their voice

6) Be skilled at functioning in a group

Acting is a collaborative art.  It provides a great structure to practice sharing ideas, taking direction and developing as a leader..

LEARNING TO BE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and IMAGINATIVE

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOUR CHILD ...

  • Has a natural instinct to perform
  • Needs encouraging to explore their imagination
  • Is shy and isn't comfortable in groups
  • Loves stories and storytelling
  • Naturally imitates or impersonates others
  • Requires more creative outlets in their routine

IF YOUR DOESN'T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • new environments might stress them
  • they may feel uncomfortable in groups
  • applying themselves to unusual tasks may be more difficult
  • confronting unfamiliar ideas might be challenging
  • adopting leadership roles could be more disconcerting


Contact Silvana to discuss your child's needs ...
0403 254 280

About Silvana...

Silvana Vaxelaire has been acting professionally for 25 years in television, film and theatre. She has appeared in numerous theatre productions across NSW & Victoria, worked in film & television and has worked extensively in children’s theatre, shows, concerts and special events, as a host, teacher, actor, dancer, and choreographer.  

Silvana trained in drama at The Ensemble Studios, NSW, Deakin Univ. Victoria, and many other schools for on-going training; and in dance at Tony Bartuccio’s Dance Centre, Victoria.  She has taught drama for various schools including the Victorian Youth Theatre, Stagecoach, Drama Time, Frankston Arts Centre, and Drama With A Difference, while still performing regularly.  She has also choreographed for several theatre companies, and written short stories and poetry.


Saturday 10 Oct
11:00am - 11:30am

- A fun way to learn -
Ring Silvana if you wish to book for a single session only - 0403 254 280 


Oct 10

The Rehearsal Room – for Kids … 7 – 8 yo

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

KIDS ...  7 -  8 years old

Dates:

Saturday 10 Oct - 12 Dec

Duration:

10 weeks

Times:

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Tutor:

Silvana Vaxelaire

Fee:

$200

For more details about Silvana CLICK HERE


CAN'T ATTEND THE WHOLE TERM? JUST COME SESSION BY SESSION.
$20 - pay one class at a time.
Contact Silvana on 0403 254 280

45 Minutes a week

       that will expand your child's creativity, self-awareness and imagination
In a supportive and encouraging environment, these sessions will boost your child's confidence and trust in imaginative play. 


Bring-a-friend and save 20%



What your child will learn?

1) To be playful in an imaginative world

The imagination is an important playground for actors of all ages.  This is a key focus of these sessions.

2) Build confidence in the choices they make

Learning should always be fun and especially so for this age group.  Your child will be supported in enjoying to trust themselves in embarking on their acting adventure.

3) Understand the value of imagination

Imagination is the cornerstone of inventiveness.  Being confident to allow the imagination to freely explore options is a pathway to a productive life.   

4) Experience improvisation techniques

 Theatresports improvisation exercises such as: What are you doing? Lying/Telling the truth/adding a word stories/clapping exercises/mirror exercises will be part of their introduction to the craft of acting.

5) Explore the power of the voice

Voice exercises to help them get comfortable with their voice

6) Be skilled at functioning in a group

Acting is a collaborative art.  It provides a great structure to practice sharing ideas, taking direction and developing as a leader..

LEARNING TO BE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and IMAGINATIVE

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOUR CHILD ...

  • Has a natural instinct to perform
  • Needs encouraging to explore their imagination
  • Is shy and isn't comfortable in groups
  • Loves stories and storytelling
  • Naturally imitates or impersonates others
  • Requires more creative outlets in their routine

IF YOUR DOESN'T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • new environments might stress them
  • they may feel uncomfortable in groups
  • applying themselves to unusual tasks may be more difficult
  • confronting unfamiliar ideas might be challenging
  • adopting leadership roles could be more disconcerting


Contact Silvana to discuss your child's needs ...
0403 254 280

About Silvana...

Silvana Vaxelaire has been acting professionally for 25 years in television, film and theatre. She has appeared in numerous theatre productions across NSW & Victoria, worked in film & television and has worked extensively in children’s theatre, shows, concerts and special events, as a host, teacher, actor, dancer, and choreographer.  

Silvana trained in drama at The Ensemble Studios, NSW, Deakin Univ. Victoria, and many other schools for on-going training; and in dance at Tony Bartuccio’s Dance Centre, Victoria.  She has taught drama for various schools including the Victorian Youth Theatre, Stagecoach, Drama Time, Frankston Arts Centre, and Drama With A Difference, while still performing regularly.  She has also choreographed for several theatre companies, and written short stories and poetry.



Sep 26

WEBINAR 4: The Actor/Director Relationship

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 4:  
The Actor/ Director Relationship
(in the audition room)

Dates:

Sat 26 September

Duration:

1.5 hrs

Times:

11am - 12.30pm

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

$10


Get WEBINAR 5: FREE if you sign up now for WEBINAR 4:
                                              WEBINAR 4: "The Actor/Director Relationship - in the audition room
                                              WEBINAR 5; "The Actor/Director Relationship - on the set

Director Film 1 Paul Burns

90 minute WEBINAR - $10

Director Film 2 Maggie Brittingham

IN THIS WEBINAR two directors will direct two pairs of actors to audition for a character in their short film.   (ACTORS PLEASE NOTE: Although these stories are yet to be shot the castings on this occasion are for the purposes of the Webinar.  The ultimate casting for the shoot will be an entirely separate process.)  Actors can now apply to audition for a role in this Webinar by submitting a self test audition.  Some actors will be chosen directly from the self test, others will perform their callback audition as part of WEBINAR 4: on Saturday 26 September at 11:00am.  More information for Directors HERE.

HERE.

ACTOR'S AUDITIONS - for five characters in two different films.

            FILM 1:    AMELIA (25 - 35);  SIAN (40 - 50) and JESSIE (50 - 60)

              FILM 2:       MUM - Julia (40 - 45) and DAD - David (45 - 50)

The Webinar Difference:  Actors must enrol in the Webinar to be able to apply to audition. ENROL HERE ($10)

EVERY ACTOR WHO APPLIES WILL GET TO SUBMIT A SELF TEST FOR THE CHARACTER OF THEIR CHOICE. DEADLINE FOR SELF TESTS IS 5PM TUESDAY 22 September - all auditioners will receive personal, individual feedback from Richard Sarell.

THE WEBINAR PLAN
The two directors are both Honours students.  The films are their final exercise to complete their degree.  Initially actors will be selected from their self test audition. Then some of the actors will be directed in a call back audition at 11:00am Saturday 26 September as part of WEBINAR 4:   The final selection will be made as result of the callbacks.

On Sunday 3 October at 7pm in WEBINAR 5: the successful actors will be directed in another scene from these two short films.

There will be two separate Webinars on the actor/director relationship. During the webinar both directors and actors will receive feedback on the effectiveness of their communications.

THE AIM
Ground Zero for actors and directors is the actual time on set when they are working together.  The focus of these sessions is to learn how actors and directors can best collaborate to produce the dream production they are both working towards.

New creative partnerships might blossom from this collaboration.

THE COST
The cost of each of these one and a half hour webinars is $10 per participant.

ACTORS - once you are enrolled email Richard@rehearsalroom.com with the name of the character you wish to audition for in the subject line.  Richard will then forward you the script.

The deadline for your self test submission is Tuesday 22 September 5pm.
The directors will choose the candidates for the callback audition on Saturday 26 September at 11am.
EACH ACTOR THAT SUBMITS WILL INDEPENDENTLY RECEIVE PERSONAL FEEDBACK FROM RICHARD about their audition.

DIRECTORS can still apply
If you would like the opportunity to actively participate in future Webinars on the actor/director relationship - choose a script - it should be a short film of approximately 10 - 15 minutes that you own or have copyright clearance on.

Then all you have to do is ...

  1. email Richard@rehearsalroom.com
  2. put "Actor/Director WEBINAR" in the subject line
  3. In the body of the email provide a short description of yourself by way of an introduction.
  4. Include a one sentence description of the film you wish to use and the age range of the characters you require.


LEARN TO GENERATE PERFORMANCES THAT ARE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and CONVINCINGLY REAL


THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • Clear and logical explanations work for you
  • An acting adventure is always fun
  • You love being involved with the development of new ideas
  • Understanding more about the actors and directors skill is your passion
  • Feel you often fall into the same traps
  • Often aren't clear about your choices so you just wing it.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • rather than being relaxed at tackling new ideas you will be stressed
  • you could restrict your openness to new processes
  • applying yourself to unusual tasks will be challenging
  • making the obvious choice will become a more regular trap
  • you won't be confident about floating an unusual idea
  • the same mistakes will continue to occur

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that that there were many unusual behaviours that he would have to encourage actors to adopt for their character.  One thing became quickly plain.  No matter how odd the behaviour was there was always a conscious or unconscious reason driving it.  Everything happened for a reason.

Working out how and why unusual behaviours occurred was fascinating.  Then learning to translate that knowledge into acting technique was another fascinating challenge. He became very skilled at it.

Actors have to do the same thing.  On some occasions they too are confronted by the unusual and have to start from scratch to work out a practical way to apply a new understanding to a performance.

This webinar will also therefore explore learning how to learn.


WEBINAR 4:
Saturday 26 Sept
11:00am to 12:30pm

Have a fun time learning. 



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Sep 12

WEBINAR 3: Playing Drunk

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 3:  Playing Drunk (or anything else)

Dates:

Sat 12 September

Duration:

1.5 hrs

Times:

11am - 12.30pm

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

$10


90 minute WEBINAR - $10

                                         ... or bring-a-friend  -  $5 each
There are three common mistakes actors make.  Playing Drunk is one situation in which you could make all three mistakes.  We will use this exercise to discover how to follow a simple and effective decision-making path no matter what acting decision you are making. 

Acting tasks such as playing drunk don't come along very often  -  take this opportunity to be ready to apply yourself to that unusual acting challenge.

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN TESTING OUT THE OPTIONS.

There are very different levels of drunken behaviour.

After two groundbreaking webinars that explore powerful new preparation techniques - this webinar is ... "play time"!!!

That's the plan for WEBINAR 3.          ENROL HERE


In our first 'eye-popping' Webinar "ANATOMY OF A SELF TEST AUDITION" we saw that 68% of actors fell into a basic self test trap.  If you don't know what the trap is  ... you will  fall into it, too!!! 

In Webinar 2: "Improving Your Self Test" six actors tried out our new techniques with outstanding success.  Jump on board for Webinar 3: to find out what happens next.


LEARN TO BE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and CONVINCINGLY REAL

IMPORTANT:   

Be prepared to do some acting in this session.
Learn a short speech (15 seconds) or learn a short scene with a friend (1 minute)
You could be invited to test out an exercise.


What you will learn in this session?

1) There are many ways to play drunk or drugged

In this session we will explore as many as we can.  Find out which approaches work for you.

2) Analyse different levels of inebriation

You will be able to assess the effectiveness of these techniques yourself.

3) How different actors applying the same parameters reach different results

This will be a greenhouse for the development and growth of our concepts.  

4) Actors will grow their understanding of how to improve their choices

By changing the choices and measuring the outcomes actor will learn to be more flexible and creative.  They will be gain a new confidence when taking direction.

5) Bring your ideas and learn how to learn

Acting is a collaborative art.  Practice sharing ideas and taking direction.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • Clear and logical explanations work for you
  • An acting adventure is always fun
  • You love being involved with the development of new ideas
  • Understanding more about the actors skill is your passion
  • Feel you often fall into the same traps
  • Often aren't clear about your choices so you just wing it.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • rather than being relaxed at tackling new ideas you will be stressed
  • you could restrict your openness to new processes
  • applying yourself to unusual tasks will be challenging
  • making the obvious choice will become a more regular trap
  • you won't be confident about floating an unusual idea
  • the same mistakes will continue to occur

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that that there were many unusual behaviours that he would have to encourage actors to adopt for their character.  One thing became quickly plain.  No matter how odd the behaviour was there was always a conscious or unconscious reason driving it.  Everything happened for a reason.

Working out how and why unusual behaviours occurred was fascinating.  Then learning to translate that knowledge into acting technique was another fascinating challenge. He became very skilled at it.

Actors have to do the same thing.  On some occasions they too are confronted by the unusual and have to start from scratch to work out a practical way to apply a new understanding to a performance.

This webinar will also therefore explore learning how to learn.


Saturday 12 Sept
11:00am to 12:30pm

Have a fun time learning. 

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Jul 01

Online Acting Tips to Inspire

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Online Acting Tips
"Tips to Inspire"

Dates:

Duration:

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Available now

Ever-increasing

Richard Sarell

$20
FOR 12 MONTHS SUBSCRIPTON

A LIST OF 37 VIDEO ACTING TIPS that are ever-expanding. They cover a diverse range of topics that will inspire actors to assess, test and if necessary refine their techniques.
Introductory Offer:    $20 for 12 month subscription

This is not a class.  It's a forum in which Richard can point out discoveries that he has made and you can share your discoveries, too.  You share your thoughts by commenting on the posts. 

AN ADDED BONUS:  
NOW THERE ARE FREE EXERCISES INCLUDED SO YOU CAN TEST OUT THE CONCEPTS.
Check out the FREE PREVIEW tips ... there's a FREE exercise there, that you can try, too.

A diverse range of tips will be explored -
managing your fears,  
how to engage an audience, 
finding what's important in a scene,
auditioning,
fundamental acting techniques,
building your listening skills,
avoiding making basic mistakes,
professional approaches to working on set,
and taking direction.

PREVIEW LIST of current tips HERE

The unique practicalities of The Rehearsal Room acting techniques will also be clearly explained.  

Because this list will always be expanding you can ask for topics that interest you to be addressed. That will bring more depth to our discussion.

Join the fun. Participate in the discoveries and the debate. Expand your awareness to new levels or re-awaken techniques you had forgotten about.

ONGOING UPDATES ARE AUTOMATICALLY EMAILED TO YOU

Click HERE to preview a list of the tips

ONGOING UPDATES FOR YOU
Once you have subscribed to "Acting Tips to Inspire" you will receive regular reminders of new updates.  You will also receive information of other developments in services and classes at The Rehearsal Room.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF ...

  • Finding out about new acting techniques is something you love
  • Acting is an important part of your life
  • Opportunities to participate in discussions about acting are limited for you
  • Techniques that make acting simpler and more powerful excite you
  • Time to be involved in your acting passion is limited but you love to participate when you can

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard never intended to be a teacher.  But he has discovered that he is a very good one.  Actors who use his techniques find themselves achieving performances they never thought were possible.  They also achieve an understanding of performance process that they find empowering.

Because actors are constantly explaining to him the choices they find hard to make, Richard is constantly coming up with clever ideas to resolve those difficulties.  It's the response to those queries that generates a new tip that can be recorded to stimulate your understandings.  He likes the challenge of finding a new and clearer way of explaining acting concepts and he is very good at it.


Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener, a great cold-reader and to be skilled in auditions. 

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Jun 24

Terms and Conditions – Online PREMIER

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

TERMS and CONDITIONS
for "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds - PREMIER" 
Read carefully

1.       In acquiring “Creating a Character in 10 Seconds – PREMIER” you will have ongoing access to this material. You will also have ongoing access to any updates that occur to the material. In addition, there will be bonus offers available to you at a discounted rate for new supplementary exercises that relate to this acting technique.

ONGOING UPDATES ARE AUTOMATICALLY EMAILED TO YOU

2.       You will also have ongoing access to “Tips to Inspire” for 12 months, as you have acquired access to this ever-expanding list simultaneously with your purchase of “Creating a Character in 10 Seconds – PREMIER”.

3.       In acquiring access to "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds - PREMIER" you give The Rehearsal Room permission to keep you informed about updates and new opportunities that emerge. 

4.       In acquiring access you also give The Rehearsal Room permission to use your contributions of ideas, images, voice, comments and performance to help explain techniques or to promote these workshops. (The Rehearsal Room will not ever use your ideas, images, voice, comments or performance without first notifying you of the intended use.)

4       ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING
The one-on-one training that is associated with this course is available for 12-weeks. Your aim should be to complete the course in 10 weeks – doing one tutorial and the associated exercises a week. So, with this plan you have two extra weeks up your sleeve  if it eventuates that you need the extra time.

However, it is my strong recommendation that you commit to completing one tutorial a week (or more) to make the most of this very cleverly structured learning experience.

Once the twelve-week period has expired you may apply for a two-week extension to enable completion. That extension will be granted based on The Rehearsal Room’s availability to provide that extra one-on-one coaching.

Once that time has expired private one-on-one coaching can be acquired by paying the current hourly rate.

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.

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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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I AM READY TO START A JOURNEY THAT WILL CHANGE MY VIEW OF ACTING FOR EVER

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." 



I STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

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.

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. 

Jan 24

The Salon (weekday evening)

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

The Salon (week nights)

Dates:

Duration:

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Full Fee:

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TBA - WEEKDAY EVENINGS

4 weeks OR 8 weeks

7pm to 9.30pm weeknights 

Richard Sarell

$250 or $500 weeknights

$61.50

"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

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • 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

THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF …

  • 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    🙂

ABOUT RICHARD...

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.









THE FIRST SALON SESSION CAN START AS SOON AS THERE ARE ACTORS TO FILL IT.




EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST BELOW

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.

BRING SOME NIBBLES
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.

NEXT FRIDAY SOCIAL
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 Richard@rehearsalroom.com















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