Category Archives for "Acting Classes & Workshops"

Aug 15

WEBINAR 1: Anatomy of a Self Test Audition

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Anatomy of a Self Test Audition - the takeaways
learnt from Lou Mitchell
      The Recording

Date:

Duration:

Tutor:

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AVAILABLE NOW

1 hour 30 minutes

​Richard Sarell

$10.00


90 minute WEBINAR Replay - $10

5 star rating

After a fabulous SELF TEST AUDITION WORKSHOP with Lou Mitchell (Maura Fay Casting), RICHARD has crunched the numbers and done the analysis.
THE RESULTS ARE FASCINATING. 

NOW you can discover the basic mistake 68% of actors make in their self test audition in this 5-star Webinar.

Do a simple exercise that will change the way that you make your choices forever. 

Richard has the numbers that prove the point.

Sharon Heywood
Wesley Forke

Detailed and descriptive. Great stuff.
SHARON HEYWOOD


Seeing those percentages was a real wake up call - kind of scary.
WESLEY FORKE

Thanks for opening my eyes, Richard
KATE ALNUTT


Immediately implementable practical instruction and insights.
SOPHIA LIGHTFOOT

Kate Allnutt
Sophia Lightfoot

There is a current epidemic of self test auditions because of the pandemic. That trend was growing before the Covid Crisis and is set to continue afterwards.  So, don't fall into this basic trap with your next self test.   


What you will learn in this session ...

1) The most likely choice most actors will make

There are common choices made by actors when preparing a self test scene.  Understanding how others work will help you to make choices that are different.

2) Creative techniques to make an effective and professional self tape

There are very simple techniques that open up your options for the choices you are considering.  Learn to let logic create the possibilities so that your intuition can make the choice.

3) Manage the shooting/recording options

In last Saturday's session Lou Mitchell made a number of suggestions about how to use the camera to enhance your performance.  This session will explore a variety of ways you can do that.

4) Preparing options for a scene when under pressure

Build your skill at understanding how the elements of the character and the conflict interact so that you are in complete control of all the options.  There will be a simple exercise to help you do that, which will be empowering.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You find Casting Directors intimidating
  • Are never sure exactly what a casting director is looking for or you are absolutely sure what they are looking for
  • Have made great plans for your audition but seldom deliver them
  • 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 …

  • the same mistakes will continue to reoccur
  • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
  • confusing choices will be hard to resolve
  • your audition will be the same as everyone else's
  • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen in auditions.  And he realised that it took many years of experience for actors to come to terms with and understand the audition process.

Having a practical understanding of what the actor's job is when auditioning is a massive help in enabling an actor to audition well.  Self test have added a whole new layer of complications.  Plus there are many myths about auditions and many confusions about what Casting Directors and directors are looking for.

Richard was one of the first acting teachers to begin running workshops that allowed actors to interact with Casting Directors.  The aim was to give actors experience of the audition room so that they can approach an audition in a relaxed, focused and professional way.

Richard continues to analyze actors choices to define which ones are productive so that the actors he trains are equipped to make pro-active choices.  

Because our minds all work in the same way understanding those patterns of behaviour is both good for managing the actor's choices as well as understanding the character's motivation.


Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...

THIS WEBINAR - IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

Aug 08

Audition Workshop – Lou Mitchell

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

ONLINE Self-test Audition Workshop

Dates:

Sat 8 August

Duration:

4 hrs

Times:

9 am – 1 pm

Tutors:

Lou Mitchell – Maura FayRichard Sarell

Fee:

$95

History of The Rehearsal Room's Audition Workshops

MAKE A PROACTIVE CHOICE DURING LOCKDOWN

Try out your SELF TEST skills and shooting set-up. THEN get feedback from Casting Director LOU MITCHELL (Maura Fay Casting – Dr Blake Mysteries) and TV Director RICHARD SARELL (View his CV HERE).  It will be like doing a CALLBACK Audition.  

  1. Submit your self test prior to the session.
  2. Then view it with Casting Director LOU MITCHELL and get feedback.  YOU GET LIVE ONE-ON-ONE ONLINE TIME with the Casting Director, Lou Mitchell.
  3. NEXT you get direction from LOU MITCHELL about the changes she would like and you immediately implement those options LIVE to demonstrate your audition skills.  (You can record your performance.)
  4. You also get ONE-ON-ONE TIME with director and acting coach Richard Sarell.  Get practical acting tips on how to implement change and/or make great active choices quickly.  (A perfect opportunity to sample the power of The Rehearsal Room acting process.)
  5. At the end of the session participate in a general discussion about the audition process in this post Covid-19 world.

LEARN TO BE CREATIVELY CONFIDENT IN AN AUDITION

DOUBLE THE VALUE

Lou Mitchell

Maura Fay Casting

GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM CASTING DIRECTOR LOU MITCHELL ABOUT ..

  • Your self-test shooting set up
  • Your approach to delivering a good audition
  • The other things you could consider in your preparation 
  • What your strength is in the audition room and what you can work on
  • The key essentials for an audition
  • Richard Sarell

    Director – Acting Coach

    DISCOVER KEY INGREDIENTS OF THE REHEARSAL ROOM APPROACH  …

    The Rehearsal Room techniques were used by Stefanie Caccamo to help a an actor friend record a self test. She explained that … “he immediately felt a shift in his performance – he was no longer thinking about “acting” and what he looked like, but rather what he wanted to achieve in the scene.  He sent the best take off to his agent and got an immediate response.  His agent said, “THAT’S THE BEST TAPE I’VE SEEN YOU DO!.”

    AN AUDITION WORKSHOP WITH A DIFFERENCE

    What you will get from this course?

    1) Do’s and don’ts for self tests

    Acquire an understanding of the obvious traps

    2) Get great tips on general casting issues

    During the briefing session at the end of the workshop you will get practical hands-on advice from Casting Director Lou Mitchell.

    3) The opportunity to ask questions

    You will be able to ask questions in the briefing session about the personal areas of confusion or concerns you have.

    4) Get specific analysis of your acting technique

    In your one-on-one time with television director Richard Sarell you will get direct honest feedback about your acting technique and your audition technique.  Sometimes your acting techniques are great but your audition technique doesn’t display your strengths.  Richard will assist you with clear and practical advice.

    5) Make progress at being less nervous in auditions

    Nerves can have a big impact on the outcome of an audition.  Doing an audition should be an ordinary experience rather than an exceptional one.  That is a skill that needs to be acquired and practiced.

    Scenes are supplied by the Casting Director LOU MITCHELL. for these workshops.  The choice of which one you wish to work on is yours. YOU WILL HAVE THREE DAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR SELF TEST.  An experienced reader will be available on Saturday morning 8 August to work with you on the live component of this workshop.  That’s when you get to re-work the scene under LOU MITCHELL’S direction.

    Four actors

    One-on-one Coaching

    Coaching Sessions with Richard are $60 for 1 hour (Covid-19 price) but are only $45 (Covid-19 price) for actors who have trained for a term at The Rehearsal Room.  Ring 0407 226 620 or email contact@rehearsalroom.com to book. It is best that you record your self test independently and then come for coaching to prepare for responding to Lou’s direction.

    I’ve really rediscovered my passion for screen acting. I used to leave screen classes feeling deflated and unsure of myself but when I leave The Rehearsal Room, I feel inspired to keep working harder. Truly, thank you.

    Actor STEFANIE CACCAMO

    Stef Caccamo

    For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot – it must explore the relationship between characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe…

    Shane Porteus

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF…

    • You to advance skill levels and career options during lockdown
    • You are never sure exactly what a casting director is looking for
    • You have made great plans for your audition but never deliver them
    • Don’t know how to conduct yourself in an audition
    • Are not sure if your self test set-up is a good enough standard
    • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

    • you could continue to feel uncomfortable when shooting your self tests
    • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
    • will remain confused about issues that should be clear to you
    • you will reduce your chances of doing a good audition
    • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

    ABOUT RICHARD…

    Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen in auditions.  And he realised this was sometimes due to lack of understanding and sometimes to do with nerves.  That was why he devised a workshop that would help actor’s acquire skills to defeat the audition stresses.THE AIM of these sessions was to enable actors TO BE CREATIVELY FREE in an audition not restricted by fear.

    REVEALING THE MYTHSHaving a practical understanding of what the actor’s job is when auditioning is a massive help in enabling an actor to audition well.  These workshops aim to quickly build an actor’s understanding of the audition process – which usually takes actors years of professional experience to acquire. There are many myths about auditions and many confusions about what Casting Directors and directors are looking for.

    LEADING THE WAYRichard was one of the first acting teachers to begin running workshops that allowed actors to interact with Casting Directors.  The aim was to give actors experience of the audition room so that they can approach an audition in a relaxed, focused and professional way.

    These are the only workshops where actors also receive analysis and feedback from a director as well as a casting director.  This combined input from two different entertainment professionals makes these workshops unique and incredibly valuable.

    Saturday 8 August

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

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    Apr 19

    Summer Intensive

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    Managing the Actor's Mind

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    Monday 14 – 18 Jan

    (5 days)

    10.00am to 5.00pm

    Richard Sarell

    $715
    $615

    20%

    Pay in 2 instalments


    Does your mind sometimes refuse to find a way through the CREATIVE CHAOS it is generating?
    Do you sometimes not know where to start prepping a scene?
    Does a scene sometimes end up entirely differently to the way you planned it?
    Does the behaviour of your character sometimes end up dark and moody when you thought you were light and playful?  
    Do you look at a scene sometimes and find your mind refuses to see the circumstances as real when the writer obviously does?

    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.

    AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION:  Throughout time acting teachers have been showing you, the actor, the best decision making processes for finding your place in a scene.  But one area has been ignored.  There is little advice on how to manage the mind of the actor who is implementing the decisions.  If the actor's mind is unclear the performance technique will lack focus and the outcome will be muddled. 

    This process is designed to manage the mind that delivers the performance.

    What will be covered in this course?

    1) Identifying the creative decisions that confuse ... finding a path to fix them

    While using our creative mind is always exciting, it can also be downright confusing.  There are so many impulses that are flooding in it is hard to sort out which ones are important.  Or whether any of them are.  The way to find a pathway through the chaos is to build a simple hierarchy of choices.

    2) Understanding the reasons that blur the creative decision making processes

    Many of the factors that generate creative confusions stem from the way our minds work.  Understanding the mechanics of our mind's processes enables us to short circuit problems and have fun with the solutions.

    3) Making clear decisions about the scene

    Powerful performances arise from actors who are in charge of their process.  The simplest pathway is the best but our mind will rush to overcomplicate the most straightforward of choices.  Managing our fears that magnify the confusions is the pathway to putting the fun back into acting.

    4) Finding your characters specific role in a scene

    ​Understanding your role is the key to doing any job well.  For the actor understanding in simple terms the role their character has in the developing story lifts the mist of confusion.

    5) Learning to work at a fast pace with effective choices

    Clearing the mind of random confusions is the pathway to successfully working at the speed required for a modern film shoot.  Clear mind = clear choices = clear outcomes.

    6) Challenge yourself, expand yourself and trust yourself

    Be part of a course that takes your work to a new professional high while bringing the fun back into acting.

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

    • You want to reduce your creative fears and increase your creative fun
    • The belief that you have the ability to act keeps being disrupted by irrational self doubts
    • Your fervent hope is that acting can be simpler as well as more fun
    • Catching up with new and very practical techniques excites your creativity
    • Bringing exciting new skills to your acting process is something you would relish

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS 

    • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
    • Being consistently real will be tricky
    • Director’s notes will be confusing
    • Confusion will generate fear that will paralyse your decision making process
    • Monitoring the bad habits that creep into your work won't be possible
    • The fun of being in the most enjoyable classes in town will pass you by

    ABOUT RICHARD...

    Richard loves conducting the  Summer Intensive.  It is exciting to focus so intensely on the needs of a small group (maximum group size of 8).  He loves the huge leaps forward in understanding and skill that actors achieve in this environment.



    The huge success of "The Memory of Water" that Richard directed at Chapel Off Chapel (Nov 2017) clearly proved the efficacy of The Rehearsal Room's processes.  Audiences loved it.  Max Davine wrote in his blog on goodvibemelbourne.com "The realism he achieves is funny and heart-wrenching, sometimes both at the same time, as in life."



    Richard believes that it is the clarity and trust of simple, functional processes that enables the actor to defeat their fears and restore order from potential creative chaos.  




    THIS COURSE STARTS - Monday 14 January 2019

    Over 5 fun filled days learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be funny. 

    Apr 15

    Drop In Wednesdays (by donation)

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops , Online Classes

    'Drop-In' Wednesdays Online

    Dates:

    Wednesday 8 April 2020

    Duration

    Ongoing Weekly

    Times

    10am to 1pm

    Tutor

    Richard Sarell

    Fee:

    $20 > $30

    Meeting ID:
                           938 7842 4476


    The ultimate ‘Drop-In Workshop”.  You can DROP-IN and do a scene or just DROP-IN and watch.


    We had two very successful trial runs for free that revealed the Zoom Meetings platform has enough flexibility to effectively run an acting class.  

    Covid-19 Fees:

    You can now make a donation of between $20 and $30 depending what is practical for you for the 2-hour session.  You can https://paypal.me/TheRehearsalRoomVIC or direct bank deposit to ...    
    BSB:   033 059     Acc:  338111


    Join​ "The Rehearsal Room Drop In Wednesdays & Sundays" Facebook Group. 

    IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO CHOOSE A SCENE PARTNER AND A SCENE TO WORK ON IN ADVANCE … 
    Email any questions to richard@rehearsalroom.com or ring 0407 226620

    Glenn Quinn Mama Mia, Spamelot, Jersey Boys [lead]

    I was able to quickly overcome my long held misconceptions about what acting is and was ushered into a place of freedom, spontaneity and freedom with the scene.


    How this session works?

    1) It works best for actors if you organize a scene partner a few days in advance

    That way you can be learnt for the Drop In session on Wednesday.  Post a request on The Rehearsal Room Drop In WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS Facebook Group and see who might join you.    OR INVITE A FRIEND.

    2) If you don't have a scene partner DROP IN ANYWAY.

    You might find a scene partner on the day.  Have a scene on standby so you can email it once you do have a partner.
    (Most scenes are gender neutral.  You can frequently swap a character's gender without any detrimental consequences.)

    3) Practice your established skills and develop new ones

    If you are already familiar with The Rehearsal Room techniques then this is a simple way to expand them further.  IF YOU AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH THIS APPROACH USE YOUR OWN PROCESS AND SEE WHAT YOU LEARN.  Actors must be flexible, eh!!

    4) You will rehearse in a 'Breakout Room' with your scene partner

    The format is the standard approach to classes at The Rehearsal Room.  1) General discussion about acting theory  2) Actors move in pairs to 'Breakout Rooms' to work their scene (Richard can join you to offer advice.)  3) Rejoin the main group to play your scene and get feedback.

    5) You can record your work

    Zoom allows you to record your work so you can re-evaluate afterwards.

    6) Enjoy a relaxed social environment

    Enjoy the convivial atmosphere of these classes while you continue to explore the wondrous world of acting and KEEP EXERCISING YOU ACTING MUSCLES.  

    6) Just keep on learning

    You can make these sessions as challenging or relaxing as you like.  Actors who keep returning to The Rehearsal Room see there skills get better and better.

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

    • You have the foundations of The Rehearsal Room process in place and want to continue to build your skills
    • Or it is for you if you want to gain a basic understanding of this technique
    • You have an acting problem you want to fix
    • You are looking for a stimulating way of freshening up your weekly routine
    • Share your interest in actors with others of like mind

    IF YOU DON’T JOIN IN …

    • You will miss out on the FUN
    • You could miss finding an acting buddy or a new friend
    • You may never know the way this approach could change your view of acting and increase your skills
    • You will miss sharing stimulating views on a topic you love
    • You will never find out how much your skill could grow from these powerful techniques

    ABOUT RICHARD...

    Richard finds every workshop provides the opportunity not only for actors to grow more but also for the collective understanding of technique to grow more. The exciting element of these classes is that they train actors to think in a productive way about the practicalities of acting. The discussions are stimulating, purposeful and highly productive. Richard is always on the look out for the new view that he will learn from the next class. Some thought you philosophize about today might well be an exciting basis for tomorrow’s class.

    Richard often says, “I get out of bed each day excited by the prospect of an unexpected new discovery.”


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    Next ONLINE Drop In - this Wednesday

    USE THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
    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. ​
    AND ... HAVE SOME FUN!!!

    CLICK THE LINK then post this Meeting ID:
    938 7842 4476  

    Mar 02

    The Salon

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    The Salon - Monday evenings

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    2 March - 30 March

    5 weeks

    7pm to 9:30pm

    Richard Sarell

    $310 (5 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.

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    IF YOU WISH TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST?   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 18 November

    Feb 15

    TV Presenting Workshop

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    TV Presenting Workshop

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    Saturday 15 Feb - 21 March

    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.

    BRING AND SD CARD to record your work to take home to assess.  SD Card details are HERE.


    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 15 Feb to 21 March 2020


    Oct 08

    Acting – Introductory Workshop

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    Introductory Workshop

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    Thursday 8 Oct – 10 Dec

    10 weeks

    7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Kyahl Anderson
    Richard Sarell

    $499

    $49.90
    Pay in instalments if you wish

    (SAVE - a 19% DISCOUNT on pre-Covid-19 prices)

    Reduced Fees - save 19%

    THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY AVAILABLE WITH LIVE ONLINE TEACHING
    email Richard@rehearsalroom.com or ring 0407 226 620 for more details  
    BUILD YOUR SKILLS WHILE KEEPING RISK FREE


    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS CHANGES

    With the classes now entirely online there is no drop off in the quality OR how much you will learn from the sessions. And you no longer have to travel to get there.

    SEE WHAT  THE ACTORS THINK OF THIS UNIQUE APPROACH TO ACTING PROCESS

    The Complete Acting Process

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

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

    Ann Truong -Romper Stomper, Strike Back, Hard Target 2, Hunters, Schapelle, Neighbours

    "Something clicks in every class. It’s an amazing feeling - knowing that you are going to learn something profound but you are yet to have any idea of what that is until it happens. I return each week excited knowing that I am about to experience this." 



    What will be covered in this course?

    1) Casting Directors want you to be able to change

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

    2) Surprise the Casting Director with your skill

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

    3) Engage an audience and you will engage a Director

    Directors want to hire actors who can engage an audience with the comedy or the drama.  If you can totally engage an audience with your performance, the professionals who want to hire you will instantly recognize your skills.

    4) Gain a modern understanding of Stanislavski techniques

    This is a no bullshit approach to traditional theories. It cuts through the complexities of other acting processes and explains them in a simple common sense language. You will be empowered by your new understanding of Stanislavski process. This is an acting process that makes sense.

    5) Understand story so you can break a scene down quickly

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

    6) Remove confusions and clearly measure your success

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


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

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    Oct 07

    Acting – Intermediate Workshop Class

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    Intermediate Acting Workshop

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    Wednesday 7 Oct – 9 Dec

    10 weeks

    7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Richard Sarell
    Kyahl Anderson

    $499.00

    $100:00
    Pay in instalments if you wish
    (19% DISCOUNT on pre-Covid prices)

    THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY AVAILABLE ONLINE WITH LIVE TEACHING
    email Richard@rehearsalroom.com or ring 0407 226 620 for more details 
    BUILD YOUR SKILLS WHILE KEEPING RISK FREE


    In this Intermediate Acting Workshop you will acquire skills to use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The Intermediate Acting Workshop will make you the director’s best friend.

    Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

    For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...


    What will be covered in this course?

    1) Build real and effective listening skills

    Listening is a core foundation skill that many actors find hard to manage. The key is to actually listen. Often the default choice for an actor is to ‘act’ listening – that never works. The focus of this workshop is on building real listening skills

    2) Explore effective Meisner techniques to refine your listening

    This adaptation of Meisner process is enormously effective at building listening skills. These challenging exercise develop a number of real skills that you will use in many different ways throughout your career.

    3) Gain practical skills to find your place in a scene

    Clearly understanding and controlling your character’s place in a scene is an essential skill for an actor. Those choices are crucial to delivering the unfolding story. These are the skills that drive the story forward and engage the audience. Nowhere else are these techniques taught so effectively. These are the skills that have you standing out in the audition room.

    4) Be able to make big changes to character and story outcomes

    How to change the nature of the character and balance that against the drama of the story is a skill that is not commonly taught. You will learn to make powerful choices that are dramatically engaging. With practice these skills are easy to manage. You will have a powerful professional presence in front of a Casting Director.

    5) Learn to trust your actor’s impulses

    Impulses are an instinctive part of daily interactions. But many actors take their importance for granted. The key to being real and believable is understanding what drives the impulses in a conversation. That understanding enables the actor to control a path to realistic but highly dramatic performances.

    6) Test your skills with a professional casting director

    The final exercise in this workshop is to test your burgeoning skills in front of a professional Casting Director

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

    • Casting Directors say that you aren’t listening authentically
    • You can’t make quick and effective decisions in auditions
    • Have tried other techniques but still want to know more
    • Have tried other techniques but found them confusing
    • Want to be able to use character to push the story
    • You want to learn about acting from a director

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

    • you will ‘act’ rather than listen and respond
    • you will make vague intuitive choices rather than logical professional ones
    • be unable to effectively take direction
    • be seen to be ‘acting’ rather than be real and ‘inter-acting’
    • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

    ABOUT RICHARD...

    Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen. They acted listening to pre-planned choices they had intelligently worked out as a result of their preparation. That pathway plainly didn’t work – it was fake. Even actors who had emerged from the major teaching institutions often couldn’t listen for real.

    As a result a major focus of his work with actors both on the set and in the classroom has been to build techniques that develop ‘active listening’ skills. To be able to actively listen in a real and lifelike way is the foundation on which great performances are built. This workshop has a deep and powerful understanding of how our listening actually works and builds techniques that you will use in a variety of different ways throughout your career.

    Richard believes this common sense and practical approach to this most basic of acting skills is unique to classes at The Rehearsal Room. It not only trains actors to make practical choices that will drive their listening in an active way but it will also enable them to monitor how their listening skills are working throughout their career.

    Listening is the bedrock on which acting skill is built.


    COURSE STARTS - Wednesday 7 Oct 2020

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The Advanced Workshop will make you the director’s best friend.

    Jul 14

    MASTER CLASS ‘Eclat’

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    MASTER CLASS 'Eclat' - online face-to-face 

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    Tuesday 14th July – 15th Sept

    (10 weeks)

    7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Richard Sarell

    $499.00

    $61.50

    A 19% DISCOUNT - ON PRE-COVID PRICES

    OUTSTANDING performances were the hallmark of the last Eclat MASTER CLASS.  The other spectacularly consistent outcome was the quantum leap forward that actors made over the term. Exciting new refinements of process were discovered and tested. But, it was the overall quality of the performances that impressed 'Wentworth' Producer Pino Amenta on the final night of the term.


    Expand the effectiveness of your skills to a highly professional level. Refine your techniques and practice very effective, uniquely practical add-ons. Directors will love your ability to interpret their notes. In the final session be directed by a guest director.

    David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon

    I have observed leading teacher directors in the US and UK and Richard shares with them that facility to guide actors through the guff to the heart of the scene.

    What will be covered in this course?

    1) Stretch your emotional range

    This workshop will find new levels of emotional complexity for a character.   Emotions are directly connected to the level of success or failure we experience at achieving our goals.  Explore techniques that raise the bar on achieving more heightened outcomes.

    2) Engage an audience with the power of the story

    Delivering the story is the actor’s primary focus. You will be empowered to engage your audience with the real drama in a very real way.

    3) Explore the issues that challenge an actor with a different theme each week

    Challenging exercises that stretch the actor's capabilities to follow core process because they have extra tasks to incorporate

    4) Define the issues that you find confronting and develop exercises to defeat them

    Because of the level of experience in this group actors will participate in developing the challenges the group will face

    5) Work on your US accent in the context of delivering the conversation

    To work internationally being able to manage your accent and also act well are two essential ingredients

    6) Challenge yourself, expand yourself and trust yourself

    Be part of a course that takes your work to a new professional HIGH

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

    • You have strong foundations of The Rehearsal Room process in place and want to continue to build your skills
    • There are still areas of acting process you wish specifically work on
    • You know that maintaining a craft means constantly practicing
    • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
    • You want to keep working with actors who use these unique skills

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

    • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
    • Under pressure of an audition you will rush to make ineffective choices
    • You wont be able to process director’s notes effectively
    • You will often be confused about direction and uncertain how to implement it
    • You wont be able to monitor the bad habits that have crept into your work since the last class
    • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable class in town

    ABOUT RICHARD...

    Richard loves conducting the MASTER CLASS sessions. It is in these sessions that new articulations of this acting process will emerge. It is here that the learning is shared between the actors and the teacher. Although actors may still be clarifying their understanding of the detail of The Rehearsal Room process in these sessions they are now ready for big challenges and strong critiques. Because we are all measuring performances from the same set of values the discussions are exciting and frank.



    As actors negotiate their choices before starting a scene Richard listens to to the practical nature of the discussions. It gives him immense satisfaction to hear actors identifying problem areas ahead of time. He often says, “When I hear actors analyzing the potential problems in a scene and sharing a range of simple solutions my spirits instantly rise. One of the main values of this process is to empower actors to see the possible outcomes of their choices while they are still in the preparation stage. It has always been my view,” he says, “that a professional can always fix a problem when it arises. The next step in professionalism is when the actor can anticipate the problem before it arises. I see actors at The Rehearsal Room doing that all the time.”



    Richard always remembers the actor who said, “Not only can I make clear choices now; but I can also guess the outcome those choices will generate AND I’m also be instantly ready to change them if they don’t work.”



    Richard believes those are the professional skills that all actors should be able to deliver with ease


    THIS COURSE STARTS - Tuesday 14th July 2020

    TAKE YOUR SKILLS TO NEW HEIGHTS

    Oct 05

    Acting – MASTER CLASS

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    MASTER CLASS

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    Monday 5 Oct - 7 Dec

    10 weeks

    7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Richard Sarell

    $499

    $100 (19% DISCOUNT on pre-Covid prices)

    THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY AVAILABLE ONLINE WITH LIVE FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING
    email Richard@rehearsalroom.com or ring 0407 226 620 for more details  
    BUILD YOUR SKILLS WHILE KEEPING RISK FREE


    Expand the effectiveness of your skills to a highly professional level. Directors will love your ability to interpret their notes. Refine your techniques and practice very effective, uniquely practical add-ons. In the final session be directed by a professional guest TV director.

    If you haven't previously studied here you can still audition for a place in the MASTER CLASS

    David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon

    I have observed leading teacher directors in the US and UK and Richard shares with them that facility to guide actors through the guff to the heart of the scene.


    What will be covered in this course?

    1) Stretch your emotional range

    The character’s emotions are directly connected to the success or failure they experience at achieving their goals. These techniques teach actors to get the emotional balance right.

    2) Engage an audience with the power of the story

    Delivering the story is the actor’s primary focus. You will be empowered to engage your audience with the real drama in a very real way.

    3) Create richly complex characters

    Creating real character’s that function beautifully in different relationships is the pinnacle of the actor’s craft. These simple and logical techniques create richly textured characters in a profoundly simple way.

    4) Be in charge of your professional conversations

    The Rehearsal Room process will enable you to dissect Directors and Casting Directors intentions. Often you will be able to interpret their goals into actor friendly concepts better than they can. You will be empowered to share in the responsibility of finding both story and character choices.

    5) Prepare efficiently and effectively

    Being given a task at short notice will no longer frighten you. You will practice being empowered to prepare in either seconds or weeks with techniques that are appropriate and effective. They are proven to work.

    6) No longer will you be ruled by acting myths

    You will practice techniques that are so logical and so practical that the mumbo-jumbo of many of the acting myths will no longer befuddle your mind and confuse your choices.

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

    • You have strong foundations of The Rehearsal Room process in place and want to continue to build your skills
    • There are still areas of acting process you wish specifically work on
    • You know that maintaining a craft means constantly practicing
    • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
    • You want to keep working with actors who use these unique skills

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

    • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
    • Under pressure of an audition you will rush to make ineffective choices
    • You wont be able to process director’s notes effectively
    • You will often be confused about direction and uncertain how to implement it
    • You wont be able to monitor the bad habits that have crept into your work since the last class
    • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable and productive classes in town

    ABOUT RICHARD...

    Richard loves conducting the MASTER CLASS sessions. It is in these sessions that new articulations of this acting process will emerge. It is here that the learning is shared between the actors and the teacher. Although actors may still be clarifying their understanding of the detail of The Rehearsal Room process in these sessions they are now ready for big challenges and strong critiques. Because we are all measuring performances from the same set of values the discussions are exciting and frank.



    As actors negotiate their choices before starting a scene it is very rewarding for Richard to listen to the practical nature of the discussions. It gives him immense satisfaction to hear actors identifying problem areas ahead of time. He often says, “When I hear actors analyzing the potential problems in a scene and sharing a range of simple solutions my spirits instantly rise. One of the main values of this process is to empower actors to see the possible outcomes of their choices while they are still in the preparation stage. It has always been my view,” he says, “that a professional can always fix a problem when it arises. The next step in professionalism is when the actor can anticipate the problem before it arises. I see actors at The Rehearsal Room doing that all the time.”



    Richard always remembers the actor who said, “Not only can I make clear choices now; but I can also guess the outcome those choices will generate AND I’m also instantly ready to change them if they don’t work.”



    Richard believes those are the professional skills that all actors should be able to deliver with ease


    THIS COURSE STARTS -  Monday 5 Oct 2020

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The MASTER CLASS will lift your professional skills to a new level.