By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Jul 14

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





Full Fee:


Tuesday 6th Oct – 8th Dec

(10 weeks)

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Richard Sarell




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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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