Category Archives for "Acting Classes & Workshops"

Feb 10

Acting Work Out – Drop Ins

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops , Online Classes

Acting Work Out - Wednesdays &
Sundays Drop In Online

Dates:

Wednesday 2021
Sunday 2021

Duration

Ongoing Weekly

Times

10am to 12 noon (Wed)
2pm to 5pm (Sun)

Tutor

Richard Sarell

Fee:

$25 session


CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE BUTTON 15 MINUTES BEFORE A SESSION STARTS OR ANY TIME DURING A LESSON.
(That will take you straight to the Zoom 'Waiting Room' - if you aren't admitted quickly, text Richard on 0407 226620)

TRY IT OUT - your first session is FREE.


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


These online Zoom sessions are a great way to keep exercising your acting muscles. Do an acting work out.  Bring a scene, grab a partner and get working.

Pay per session:

The fees are $25 per session.  You can https://paypal.me/TheRehearsalRoomVIC or direct bank deposit to ...    
BSB:   033 059     Acc:  338111


Save $40 and purchase any eight sessions for $160


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) A good way use the session is to organize a scene partner 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
  • Gaining a basic understanding of this technique is your plan, this is a great way to do it
  • Fixing an acting problem is your goal - then discuss it in the session
  • Needing a stimulating way to freshening up your weekly routine is a requirement
  • Sharing your interest in acting with others of like mind gives you pleasure

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.”



USE THESE EXCELLENT SESSIONS 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!!!

Jul 14

MASTER CLASS ‘Eclat’

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

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

Dates:

Duration:

Times:

Tutor:

Full Fee:

Deposit:

Tuesday 6th Oct – 8th Dec

(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

Jul 22

Acting – MASTER CLASS

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

MASTER CLASS

Dates:

Duration:

Times:

Tutor:

Full Fee:

Deposit:

Thurs 22 July - 23 Sept

10 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell

$750

10% - pay remainder of full fee in instalments

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 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. It is in these sessions that new articulations of this acting process emerge. 



Actors now negotiate their performance choices with professional skills. Richard finds it very satisfying to hear actors identifying problem areas ahead of time.  That was the reason he established this course.  Its aim was to empower actors to see the possible outcomes of their choices while they are still in the preparation stage. Guest directors to classes see these skills in action.



Recently a director commented that he was impressed how well everyone could take direction.  When he discovered that the actors had never done their scenes before, but had prepared them over a 20 minute period before he arrived, he changed his mind.  "Now I am REALLY impressed," he said.



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


THIS COURSE STARTS -  Thurs 22 July 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 MASTER CLASS will lift your professional skills to a new level.

Apr 22

Acting – Advanced Workshop Class

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Advanced Workshop

Dates:

Duration:

Times:

Tutors:

Full Fee:


Deposit:


Thursday 22 April – 24 June

10 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell
Kyahl Anderson

$750:00


10% - when paying in three instalments

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


This is a workshop for experienced actors. You will learn the broad array of sophisticated techniques that have been developed at The Rehearsal Room. Making powerful decisions that engage an audience, balancing the character against the action, managing performance intensity and character complexity will all become effectively within your control.

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) Master a new acting vocabulary

Put yourself in charge of a new terminology that is totally focused on practical outcomes. The understanding you will achieve of how your acting techniques empower and activate your choices will liberate you.

2) Refine professional skills that put you in charge

These techniques will enable you to stand tall in any professional discussion about character or story and the best ways to deliver them.

3) Avoid making clichéd choices

Actors frequently make predictable choices without even knowing it. The Rehearsal Room techniques will teach you how to avoid the obvious cliché. They will also teach you how to make the obvious choice richly complex and potently real.

4) Learn how to REALLY serve the text

There is much taught about analyzing the text but the majority of that instruction is based on a ‘literary model’. Refine your understanding of story and how the writer creates the script. Put yourself in charge of the interpretation of that script with common sense and powerful techniques that are practical for the actor. This is the powerhouse of the actor’s decision-making process.

5) Realize the connection between physical action and the dialogue

Physical action and the purpose of the conversation are inextricably linked. In life they are united. It must be the same for the actor.

6) Understand the way the actor’s mind makes decisions

Actors frequently make decisions that they ‘feel’ are right but can’t explain with clarity. They can’t explain them because often they don’t actually make sense. Understanding how the mind makes decisions is very useful for the actor.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have good foundations in place and want to build your skills more in a practical and sophisticated way
  • Your understanding of process is strong but you need bigger challenges to stretch your capabilities
  • You love what you do but you want to find out more
  • You want a bigger repertoire of skills to keep a performance fresh and vital
  • You know you can push your skills further but aren’t clear how to do it

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make the same mistakes over
  • Will find it hard to change patterns that you know are unproductive
  • Your friends will be polite about your performances but never enthusiastic
  • You will lack confidence that choice you have made is the right one
  • You will believe everything a director tells you even when it doesn’t make sense
  • You won’t be able to interpret direction in a practical way

ABOUT RICHARD...

The major element that excites Richard about The Rehearsal Room acting process is that for thirty years it has continued to evolve. It has never lost any of its original goals but more and more practical ways of fulfilling those goals have continually emerged.

Richard makes sure that there are simple rules that assess the quality and practicality of new understandings. Those rules include...

· is the new concept simple and active

· does the new concept reflect life

· can the whole concept be clearly defined in a very short sentence

· can you do it

· does it produce an instant result.

It’s the possibility of a new discovery that gets Richard out of bed each morning with enthusiasm for the day ahead. The discoveries might come from finding a new perspective on how our minds make decisions in a psychology book. Or it might be some buried ingredient in one of the standard acting texts. But discoveries often come from an actor in a class. Because actors are empowered by The Rehearsal Room process to think about the practicalities of their choices sometimes they have sudden realizations about a new concept. And new techniques often emerge when Richard is trying to find another way to explain an existing concept.

Because the foundations of this process are so strong the new concepts always conform to the original overall goals. But Richard finds it exciting, even inspiring, to see what emerges next. You will find it exciting too. And you will also be inspired to continue the quest for further understanding.


THIS COURSE STARTS - Thurs 22 April

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.

Jan 24

Drop In – Wednesdays 2020

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

'Drop-In' Wednesdays 2020

Dates:

From Wednesday 15 Jan 2020

Duration

Ongoing Weekly

Times

10am to 1pm

Tutor

Richard Sarell

Variable Fee:

$25 per hr to participate in the class (for as long as you stay)

Audit full length class for FREE


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

To work on your scene with another actor you pay $25 an hour.   You buy either 4 hours of class time for $100 (Package 1) or 9 hours of class time for $200 (Package 2).  Use your time in hourly blocks any day that suits you until the end of the year.

If you want to find out more ring Richard on 0407 226620 or come and audit a class for FREE.

IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO BOOK YOUR SPOT …
Email your plans to attend to richard@rehearsalroom.com

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.


What will be covered in this course?

1) Supportive direction will give you the chance to achieve your goals

If you are working on a scene the direction will be tailored to your personal needs. You don’t need to have trained here – Richard will adapt the acting process to support you..

2) Learn the basics of this process and test them out

This is a great way to try out The Rehearsal Room acting process. You can discover whether this approach makes sense for you. Ask questions and try the techniques one step at a time.

3) Practice your established skills and develop new ones

If you are already familiar with these techniques then this is a simple way to expand them further. There is so much information available here that the learning is never ending. Actors just keep growing and growing.

4) Keep exercising your acting muscle

Many actors have noticed that if the training isn’t regular the skills do drop off. This is the perfect way to keep your skills strong and active.

5) Enjoy a relaxed social environment

Enjoy the convivial atmosphere of these classes while you continue to explore the wondrous world of acting. You can make these sessions as challenging or relaxing as you like.

6) Just keep on learning

Actors who keep returning to The Rehearsal Room just 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 HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • 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 Drop In - this Wednesday

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. At the Wednesday Drop-In you will learn a remarkable variety of skills.