Category Archives for "Acting Classes & Workshops"

Oct 18

WEBINAR 7: Listening

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 7: Listening

Dates:

Sunday 18 October

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

Times:

6:30pm - 8:00pm Melbourne
8:30am - 10am London
9:30pm - 11pm New Zealand

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

$10


5 star rating



 "It warmed my heart to see such a bunch of serious actors" - Ofer Shafir (Israel)
"The webinar was brilliant! The demonstrations. were the best part of it." - Kanapathipillai Kapilthev (Sri Lanka)
"Don't be fooled by his humility, Richard is an exceptional teacher." - Janet Watson-Kruse (Melbourne)

​Sanford Meisner's techniques are much loved by many actors and directors.
But what are the strengths?  What are the traps? What are the myths?

WEBINAR 7: on Sunday 18 October 2020 - $10
6:30pm Melbourne;  9:30pm Auckland;  9:30am London

Alec Hartnell

"

Richard Sarell is one of the best teachers of acting. The world is lucky to have him in it and I’m so happy I found The Rehearsal Room. Wish I found it years ago! Time and money well spent!

5-STARS

Alec Hartnellactor

Listening is the most fundamental element of the acting process. It's active listening that drives all the actors choices and makes a performance real.

This webinar explores the secret of good listening. It will identify the problem areas that you most regularly face and will get you try a brilliant exercise that is a refreshing application of Meisner technique.

Elizabeth O'Callaghan

"

Richard Sarell is a Master of his craft! In just 90 minutes he delivered a comprehensive webinar, provided many useful tools and devices to explore, as well as a thought provoking discussion.  Really looking forward to the next webinar on the Actor Director relationship.

5-STARS

Elizabeth O'Callaghan actor


LEARN TO GENERATE PERFORMANCES THAT ARE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and CONVINCINGLY REAL

Explore techniques that have been 35 years in development.  They bring a new clarity and functionality to acting technique.  

Why do 70% of actors make the same mistake in the audition room?  That's a lot of actors making a basic mistake.

Perhaps there is a fundamental flaw in acting training that is the cause of such a consistent problem.

Explore techniques that not only effectively plan creative actors choices but also enable you to measure the chances of success.  


THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

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

ABOUT RICHARD...

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

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

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

This webinar will also therefore explore learning how to learn.


WEBINAR 7:
Sunday 18 Oct
6:30pm Melbourne;  9:30pm Auckland;  8:30am London

Have a fun time learning. 



YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE eNEWSLETTER MAILING LIST HERE.


Oct 11

WEBINAR 6: The Actor/Director Relationship Pt3

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 6:  FREE
The Actor/ Director Relationship
(on the set)

Dates:

Sunday 11 October

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

Times:

6:30pm - 8:00pm (Melbourne time)

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

FREE         (usually $10AUD)


5 star rating


THE SECOND FREE FIVE STAR WEBINAR

 WEBINAR 6; "The Actor/Director Relationship Pt 3" - working on the set

THIS WEBINAR will explore the techniques that lead to a clear actor/director communication.  ​How to give direction and how to take direction is the focus of this Webinar.

WEBINAR 6: on Sunday 11 October 2020
6:30pm Melbourne;  8:30pm Auckland;  9:30am London 
More information for Directors HERE.

IN WEBINAR 4 - the actors were cast
IN WEBINAR 5 - we explore fantastic, simple techniques that enable actors to create characters and change them in seconds.  Director's to control the outcomes and the discussion.
THEN IN WEBINAR 6 - the directors apply the processes and the actors deliver their performances.

Alec Hartnell

"

Richard Sarell is one of the best teachers of acting. The world is lucky to have him in it and I’m so happy I found The Rehearsal Room. Wish I found it years ago! Time and money well spent!

5-STARS

Alec Hartnellactor

THE WEBINAR PLAN
To explore the techniques that have been 35 years in development to bring a new clarity to acting technique.  Why 70% of actors make the same mistake in the audition room and how to fix it is the latest revelation from this remarkable approach.

These processes will be shared with two emerging directors so that they can then test them out directing four actors in two different scenes.

WEBINAR 5: explains these powerful techniques.
WEBINAR 6: actors and directors apply them and test them out.

​In future webinars you could be one of the actors to explore the processes.

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

New creative partnerships might blossom from this collaboration.

THE COST
The cost of these one and a half hour webinars is usually $10 per participant - but these next two sessions are FREE.

Elizabeth O'Callaghan

"

Richard Sarell is a Master of his craft! In just 90 minutes he delivered a comprehensive webinar, provided many useful tools and devices to explore, as well as a thought provoking discussion.  Really looking forward to the next webinar on the Actor Director relationship.

5-STARS

Elizabeth O'Callaghan actor

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

Then all you have to do is ...

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


LEARN TO GENERATE PERFORMANCES THAT ARE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and CONVINCINGLY REAL


THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

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

ABOUT RICHARD...

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

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

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

This webinar will also therefore explore learning how to learn.


WEBINAR 6:
Sunday 11 Oct
6:30pm Melbourne;  9:30pm Auckland;  9:30am London

Have a fun time learning. 



YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE eNEWSLETTER MAILING LIST HERE.


Oct 04

WEBINAR 5: The Actor/Director Relationship Pt2

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 5:  FREE
The Actor/ Director Relationship
(from audition to the set)

Dates:

Sunday 4 October

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

Times:

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

FREE         (usually $10AU)


5 star rating


TWO FIVE STAR WEBINARS FREE

                                        WEBINAR 5: "The Actor/Director Relationship Pt2" - learn this unique technique
                                        WEBINAR 6; "The Actor/Director Relationship Pt 3" - apply it on the set

FOUR ACTORS NEEDED FOR THIS SUNDAY'S SESSION

MALE 45+;  MALE 25 - 35;  2 x FEMALE 25 - 38.   Jump on board.  Email Richard - contact@rehearsalroom.com
Deadline 7pm Thursday 1 Oct 2020.

THIS WEBINAR will explore the techniques that lead to a clear actor/director communication.  Learn how to control and change both the character and what is unfolding in any scene in seconds.  This effective approach to process empowers both the actor and the director to make clear and quick decisions.

WEBINAR 5: on Sunday 4 October 2020
6:30pm Melbourne;  9:30pm Auckland;  9:30am London
More information for Directors HERE.

IN WEBINAR 4 - the actors were cast
NOW IN WEBINAR 5 - we explore fantastic, simple techniques that enable actors to create characters and change them in seconds.  Director's to control the outcomes and the discussion
THEN IN WEBINAR 6 - the directors apply the processes and the actors deliver their performances.

Samantha Jones

"

If you are looking for a platform that cultivates professional and successful acting, then this is the place. The atmosphere is positive and approachable. One of my favourite classes of my career. (Webinar 4:)

5-STARS

Samantha Jones actor

THE WEBINAR PLAN
To explore the techniques that have been 35 years in development to bring a new clarity to acting technique.  Why 70% of actors make the same mistake in the audition room and how to fix it is the latest revelation from this remarkable approach.

These processes will be shared with two emerging directors so that they can then test them out directing four actors in two different scenes.

WEBINAR 5: explains these powerful techniques.
WEBINAR 6: actors and directors apply them and test them out.

​In future webinars you could be one of the actors to explore the processes.

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

New creative partnerships might blossom from this collaboration.

THE COST
The cost of these one and a half hour webinars is usually $10 per participant - but these next two sessions are FREE.

Janet Watson-Kruse

"

This was unbelievably good value  -  one and a half hours of gold from a master teacher.  (Webinar 3:)

5-STARS

Janet Watson-Kruse actor

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

Then all you have to do is ...

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


LEARN TO GENERATE PERFORMANCES THAT ARE CREATIVELY PLAYFUL and CONVINCINGLY REAL


THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

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

ABOUT RICHARD...

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

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

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

This webinar will also therefore explore learning how to learn.


WEBINAR 5:
Sunday 4 Oct
6:30pm Melbourne;  9:30pm Auckland;  9:30am London

Have a fun time learning. 



YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE eNEWSLETTER MAILING LIST HERE.


Aug 29

WEBINAR 2: Improving Your Self Test

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

WEBINAR 2:  Improving Your Self Test
            The Recording

Dates:

Sat 29 August

Duration:

1.5 hrs

Times:

11am - 12.30pm

Tutors:

Richard Sarell

Fee:

$10


5 star rating

90 minute WEBINAR REPLAY
$10

IMPORTANT:  When you are enrolled make sure you download the scripts. That way you can do all the exercises and compare your choices to the participating actors.  MAKE THE MOST OF THIS UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

DID YOU DO WELL IN YOUR LAST SELF TEST AUDITION?
68% of actors create unlikeable characters
50% of actors create antagonist characters
THOSE WERE THE FINDINGS THAT RESULTED FROM OUR FIRST SELF TEST AUDITION WORKSHOP.

If your audience doesn't like your character why would they want to watch your story!!
If you create unlikeable characters why would a Casting Director cast you!!

What makes a character unlikeable?
How do you create a likeable one?
That's what we explore in WEBINAR 2.           VIEW HERE


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

ENROL NOW - DON'T DELAY
Make sure your name is on the enrolment list because on Wednesday 22 August at 6pm SIX ACTORS WILL BE RANDOMLY CHOSEN from the list to be the ones to demonstrate the new techniques we are going to explore.Enter your text here...

TESTING OUT THE REMEDIES
Every problem needs a remedy.  Now that we know what the problem is, in Webinar 2 we will test out remedies.  That's what The Rehearsal Room does best -  we find fabulously practical techniques that are really effective at lifting the quality of a performance.

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS ...

  • ON SATURDAY (in Webinar 1) we discovered a significant SELF TEST TRAP for actors and began suggesting remedies.
  • ON SUNDAY in our Drop In Session one actor tested out a remedy she had worked out. The result ... huge improvements in the performance outcomes.  She got a lot better.
  • ON TUESDAY in an evening class another actor tried his remedy for the problem. The result ... huge improvements in performance outcomes.  He got a lot better.
  • ON SATURDAY, in Webinar 2 you can be part of the next level of testing of these exciting concepts.  ENROL NOW.

MAKING BETTER DECISIONS:  In Webinar 2 actors will apply OUR BRAND NEW TECHNIQUES to test out how it works in a practical sense.  Already actors are applying this technique of their own volition and finding that it works.

READY TO ENROL NOW CLICK HERE
Get 50% discount with the Bring-a-Friend ticket when you book


LEARN TO BE CREATIVELY CONFIDENT IN AN AUDITION


What you will learn in this session?

1) Whether the techniques work or not

Techniques that were developed as an exercise for the last Webinar appear to have a really practical application.  In this webinar six actors will test their actual effectiveness

2) The value of these techniques will be revealed

You will be able to assess the effectiveness of these techniques yourself and contribute to debate about how to change and improve them.  Their value will be judged by you..

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

This will be a greenhouse for the development and growth of our seedling concepts.  Your ideas can contribute the fertilizer to encourage the growth.

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

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

5) Directors will discover how best to manipulate an actor's mind

Different actors respond differently to the same suggestion.  A variety of directing techniques will be explored.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • Clear and logical explanations work for you
  • Webinar 1 was exciting and very stimulating for you
  • You love being involved with the development of new ideas
  • Understanding more about the actors skill is your passion
  • Feel you often fall into the same traps
  • Often aren't clear about your choices so you just wing it.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • rather than being relaxed, flexible and confident you will be stressed
  • 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
  • rigidity in your choices will be the norm
  • the same mistakes will continue to occur

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen in auditions.  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 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 actor's, like any of us, can make choices without knowing that they have made them.  Richard's aim is to put the actor in charge of their choices.


Saturday 29 August
11:00am to 12:30pm

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE eNEWSLETTER MAILING LIST HERE.


Nov 21

Audition Workshop – Dave Newman

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

ONLINE Self-test Audition Workshop

Dates:

Sat 21 November

Duration:

4 hrs

Times:

9 am - 1 pm

Tutors:

Dave Newman - McSweeney Newman Casting
(Richard Sarell)

Fee:

$122

Self Test Audition Workshop


A CHANCE FOR YOU TO EXCEL

CASTING DIRECTOR DAVE NEWMAN says, "We need to ask ourselves, when looking at an audition, could I watch another 9 hours of this character?"

The challenge for actors in this next audition workshop is to NOT fall into the "SORRY, HATE, ANGER" trap that Dave Newman believes often restricts actors.  The goal is to create complex, likeable characters that deliver the story's drama.  Dave has received thousands of self test auditions.  His expert advice will help you embrace the opportunity to take control of your self test audition. 

You can test out your choices in a pre-recorded SELF TEST and THEN get feedback in this session from Casting Director Dave Newman (Australia Day, The Family Law, The Inbetweeners) about other options.  Dave will then direct you live in this online session.

Actors also get feedback from TV Director RICHARD SARELL (View his CV HERE).  

An acting challenge that will expand your understanding and your skill.  

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORKSHOP RUNS:-

  1. Submit your self test prior to the session.
  2. Then view it with Casting Director DAVE NEWMAN and get his feedback during your session.  
  3. NEXT you get direction from DAVE NEWMAN about the changes he would suggest and you immediately implement those options LIVE to demonstrate your audition skills.  (You can record your performance to review it.)
  4. You also get ONE-ON-ONE TIME with director and acting coach Richard Sarell. Get practical acting tips on how to implement change to avoid falling into the common traps.  (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

Casting Director David Newman

Dave Newman

McSweeney Newman Casting
President Casting Guild of Austalia


GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM CASTING DIRECTOR DAVE NEWMAN 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  ...

    A university trained actor recently recorded a self test using The Rehearsal Room techniques for the first time.  Immediately there was a shift in his performance.  He sent the best take off to his agent and got an immediate response. "THAT'S THE BEST SELF TAPE I'VE SEEN YOU DO!"  -  It's a tested process that delivers.

    AN AUDITION WORKSHOP WITH A DIFFERENCE

    In our previous Audition Workshop in August 68% of participating actors created unlikeable characters in their self test.  Casting directors say this exceptionally high outcome is a very common occurrence.  This indicates the core processes those actors used led them to an unproductive result meaning they have wasted their first run of the scene.

    This workshop provides the opportunity to break those patterns that hold you back from attracting attention with your auditions.  

    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 Dave Newman.

    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 DAVE NEWMAN. 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.  A reader will be available on Saturday morning 21 November to work with you on the live component of this workshop.  That's when you get to re-work the scene under DAVE NEWMAN'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 Dave'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.


    Stef Caccamo

     WAAPA Graduate

    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 Porteous

    Shane Porteous

     Lead actor - A Country Practice

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

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


    Saturday 21 Nov

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

    YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE eNEWSLETTER MAILING LIST HERE.


    Insert Styled Box
    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:

                             Full Fee:


    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. 

    Jul 10

    TV Presenting Workshop

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    TV Presenting Workshop

    Dates:

    Duration:

    Times:

    Tutors:

    Early Bird
    Full Fee:


    Saturday 10 July - 14 Aug

    29 hours over 6 weeks

    2pm - 6pm

    Richard Sarell

    $690.00 available till 30 Jan
    $770.00

    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.

    Joined Up Films

    "

    We’ve been sending our first time presenters to Richard to help get them camera ready for many years. He’s a consummate professional with a deep understanding of performance and presentation.


    Darren Hutchinson Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
    "Who's Been Sleeping in My House" (Adam Ford) ABCTV, "Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister" (Mark Coles Smith) ABCTV; "Are You Addicted to Technology" (Dr Huu Kim Le) SBS


    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 AN 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 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 10 July to 14 August 2021


    Apr 20

    Acting – Intermediate Workshop Class

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    Intermediate Acting Workshop

    Dates:

    Duration:

    Times:

    Tutors:


    Tuesday 20 April – 22 June

    10 weeks

    7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Richard Sarell
    Kyahl Anderson

    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


    Are You Getting HIred?
    Good acting technique translates into good audition technique.
               Good audition technique means actors get callbacks and get gigs.

    A Casting Director doesn't want to see any sign that you are acting. They want to see you listening and inter-acting.  You have to be real.

    To achieve that an actor needs to be able to:-
                Be relaxed and confident in the audition room (that's why you must know what you are doing)
                Prepare effectively and quickly
                Set yourself to deliver a good start to your audition offer - beginnings are important
                Be able to take direction and make big changes.


    These are the skills that The Rehearsal Room acting process delivers.  It is practical, it is simple and it works.

    Crispian Belfrage - London based actor

    "

    The week I finished this term of classes I booked two great roles in high end projects, through top casting agents.  I wish I had known about these techniques 25 years ago. 
    There is an art to acting and this approach helps you understand that, in very real and simple terms. It keeps you from being in your head AND OVER COMPLICATING THINGS.


    Crispian Belfrage London based actor

    A Complete Acting Process
    That takes you from your first read of the script through to your final performance


    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.

    Stefanie Caccamo is a WAAPA graduate

    "

    Thank you so much for an amazing 10 weeks (they went so quickly!) I’ve really rediscovered my passion for screen acting and it’s been more fulfilling than you know. I used to leave screen classes feeling deflated and unsure of myself but when I leave you, I feel inspired to keep working harder. Truly, thank you.


    Stefanie Caccamo Beautiful: The Carole King Story, Oklahoma,


    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

    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 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 - Tuesday 20 April 2021

    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.

    Apr 19

    Summer Intensive

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    Managing the Actor's Mind

    Dates:

    Duration:

    Times:

    Tutor:

    Full Fee: Student Fee:

    Deposit:

    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. 

    Mar 02

    The Salon

    By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

    The Salon - Monday evenings

    Dates:

    Duration:

    Times:

    Tutor:

    Full Fee:

    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.

    Enter your text here...

    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