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Jul 09

Online Acting Tips – Current List

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

YOUR GROWING LIST OF ACTING TIPS

AS OF 05/08/2019 2019

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.

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

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

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 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 14/10/2019

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Jul 09

Online Acting Tips to Inspire

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Online Acting Tips
"Tips to Inspire"

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$20
FOR 12 MONTHS SUBSCRIPTON

AN EVER-EXPANDING LIST OF VIDEO ACTING TIPS on 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. 

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.

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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)

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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.




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Jan 06

“THE (rehearsal) ROOM” CHALLENGE

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

"THE ROOM" CHALLENGE

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.)

HOW DO YOU DO IT? THE RULES ARE ...

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 Richard@rehearsalroom.com via WeTransfer.com 

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

THE RULES ARE ...

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 Richard@rehearsalroom.com 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.

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















Aug 30

Online Acting Class – Creating Character

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Online Acting Class  "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds"

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Ten Tutorials in your own time

Richard Sarell


$220

VIEW THE FIRST TUTORIAL FOR FREE


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.

This is the 'DO IT YOURSELF' version of "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds".
THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS COURSE IS THAT YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF.
You get all the lessons, all the exercises and lots of clear guidance on how to measure your progress. It is amazing material. It is practical, professional and it works.

But, if you want one-on-one coaching then sign up for "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds - PREMIER".
If needed, you can upgrade to the "PREMIER" version at any time.


There are many exercises for you to build your skills

HOW THE ONLINE ACTING CLASS WORKS
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. 

WHAT YOU GET!!!

Tutorial 1:
THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Tutorial 2:
THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CREATE
A CHARACTER

Tutorial 3:
HOW TO CREATE A CHARACTER
IN TEN SECONDS

Tutorial 4:
HOW IT WORKS

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 -
Tutorial 5: DROPPING IN YOUR 'NEED'; Tutorial 6: LISTENING TO RELATIONSHIP; Tutorial 7: KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND ACTIVE; Tutorial 8: TIPS AND TRICKS; Tutorial 9: THE HISTORY OF THIS APPROACH; Tutorial 10: GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER.

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.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE …

  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

ACCELERATED LEARNING

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.  

HOW YOU LEARN
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.
If you want personal one-on-one assessment of your video exercises sign up for "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds PREMIER" for the personal coaching option.

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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.  

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CREATING A CHARACTER IN TEN SECONDS

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.

​THIS IS THE DO IT YOURSELF KIT!

CREATING A CHARACTER IN TEN SECONDS 
'PREMIER'

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.

GET PERSONAL ONE-ON-ONE COACHING 

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

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS

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.

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." 



ONGOING UPDATES FOR YOU
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.

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.

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.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • 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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • 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

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 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.


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DON'T HESITATE - EMAIL Richard@rehearsalroom.com AND ASK THAT QUESTION.
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.

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Jan 30

SD Cards for Classes

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

SD CARDS
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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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.


Oct 26

TV Presenting Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

TV Presenting Workshop

Dates:

Duration:

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Saturday 26 Oct - 30 Nov

29 hours over 6 weeks

2pm - 6pm

Richard Sarell

$840.00

NOTE:  The 2 final days may be full days + Final Review a fortnight after completion              


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

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


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


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

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


Yasmin Bushby

The course gave me the confidence to know what I'm supposed to do on the set - it is very practical and it works

What will be covered in this course?

1) Essential performance skills for communicating to an audience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5) Interviewing skills that give polished engaging results

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

6) Performing promos, coping with voice overs and autocue

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

Adam Ford3 series of 'Tour the World' 

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

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

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

ABOUT RICHARD...

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

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

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

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

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


This video promotion was made for 2015 classes

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

THIS COURSE - Saturdays 26 Oct to
30 Nov 2019


Oct 14

The Salon

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

The Salon - Monday evenings

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Full Fee:

14 Oct - 4 Nov

4 weeks
(8 week option available)

7pm to 9:30pm

Richard Sarell

$62.50

$250 (4 weeks) OR $495  (8 weeks)


ALSO AVAILABLE ON SUNDAYS ...

ATTENTION: PROFESSIONAL ACTORS

Do you fear when you enter the audition room that you are rusty!!  The actor with the best chance of getting the gig is the one who has just finished one. That's because they have been working.

Do you want to keep working? If you want to keep your professional audition skills up to speed, you can now keep stretching your acting muscles in a supportive professional environment.  A place which encourages you to try new things and test established process.  A place that supports you to fail forward.  Imagine walking away from a session not questioning if you are good enough, but questioning how far you can take it.

Imagine walking into your next audition knowing that your professional audition skills are super charged.

"The Salon" is a place for working professionals to practice their skills and explore techniques. Actors bring their own scenes and determine their own focus for sessions, thereby being in charge of their destiny (use scenes from The Rehearsal Room files if you wish). Supported by an experienced professional director (Richard Sarell) actors can choose to record their work on video to analyse before their next session.

David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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) The chance to be work ready for your next audition

Do you feel those audition nerves kick in because you know your professional audition skills are rusty?  The Salon is the place where you can stretch your acting muscles and maintain a healthy actor's mind. Enter your next audition with confidence that you are work ready.

2) A supportive working environment

Do you find acting teachers tell you how to do an audition rather than provide you with options? Experienced actors know what they need to work on - they just need practical suggestions.  That's what The Salon provides - a chance to follow your own creative learning path.  

3) Professional advice and support

Your acting skills are what is on display in the audition room.  Richard is expert at explaining simple practical tools  that translate into flexible techniques in the audition room. He is also expert at listening to your goals.  Imagine having simple solutions that are exciting to apply.

4) Well organised sessions

Do you often find the loudest or most needy actor can dominate a group?  A professional working space makes sure that individuals are respected and that goals are clearly organised.  That is why The Salon requires actors to be clear about their purpose so that they can accurately assess their progress.  

5) Logical and professional strategies

Do you often feel that a teacher's direction for a scene is based on their personal preference rather than a valid alternative? It is essential for a good relationship that both the actor and the teacher must be able to explain the logic and the value of their choices.  The value of a choice connects directly to the telling of the story, the relationship of the characters and logical detail of the circumstances.  If it can't be explained simply it isn't a practical performance option.

6) Opportunity to expand techniques

Do you often feel that an acting class just offers the same tired old explanations?  A host of new very practical techniques are on offer.  Can you turn up to an audition with NINE performance choices that took you less than 10 minutes to prepare that you can switch between in seconds?  Explore these professional audition skills, if you wish.

7) Flexible use of the time and space

Do you often feel that class time is wasted meaning you don't get your money's worth?  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...

  • A strong foundation to your acting process is your ongoing quest
  • It is difficult to find a supportive professional place to work at expanding your skills
  • You know that maintaining your craft means constantly practicing
  • Keeping exercising your acting muscle is a priority
  • Some aspects of acting technique are confusing and you need some clarification of professional auditioning skills

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 4 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. That's the source of his range of skills that help steer an actor through a scene.

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.

ARE YOU INTERESTED?   LET ME KNOW HERE

The world of acting’s is competitive enough! Are you sick of acting classes that feel competitive, unsupportive and just plain intimidating?


THE NEXT SALON SESSION STARTS ON 14 October

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