One-Year Full Time Professional Acting Course
Final auditions January 2017
at a glance
- Delivered by a multi-award winning faculty
- Created by Howard Fine
- Four days per week (9:30am-5:30pm)
- Tutors from Los Angeles and Australia
- Built around a core set of acting principles
- Modular and ongoing training
- Training unavailable elsewhere in Australia
- Graduates entitled to audition for Red Stitch Actor's Theatre and Boutique Theatre
Developed by world renowned acting coach Howard Fine and his equally prestigious teaching staff at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, this one-year full time program is a comprehensive and meticulous course that will fully transform your voice, body and mind to make you a confident, independent and dynamic actor.
Uncommon amongst training institutions, this course is unified by a core set of acting principles, which are shared by the entire faculty and staff. As a result, every aspect of the course reinforces, expands upon or further refines these principles. This direct approach to the craft of acting allows for complexity and mastery as it progresses. Upon graduation students possess a practicable technique that not only serves them throughout the rest of their career, but continues to develop as they work in the industry.
The core acting principles of The Studio are in themselves an extension and further development of the ideas of Uta Hagen and her contemporaries, and are reflected in The Studio’s public mission statement:
“Our mission: to make you a strong, self-reliant actor able to perform at the highest levels within the industry. Committed to providing actors with training that is accessible, demanding and rewarding, we believe that a nurturing and safe environment, free of judgement, provides the best opportunity for growth.”
The course gives students access to a multi-award-winning, Los Angeles based faculty, who have worked in collaboration for more than fifteen years and travel to Australia on an annual basis to take turns in leading the tuition at The Studio. This tuition comprises of modular and ongoing training, which incorporates comprehensive technique training, scene study, voice and Alexander Technique training, as well as on-camera and industry based study modules.
The Full Time course is a rigorous training program which replicates the studio-style environment of leading US institutions, as such it does not conclude with a showcase presentation. Graduating students of the Howard Fine Acting Studio are entitled to audition for Red Stitch Actor's Theatre esteemed graduate program, which gives one actor the chance to secure a one-year professional theatre contract. Graduates also have the opportunity to audition for Boutique Theatre, an independent theatre company creating diverse and modern works in Melbourne. They also graduate with professional showreel footage and having worked with a number of Australia's leading casting directors.
The Howard Fine Acting Studio Full Time course will be delivered exclusively in Melbourne across four terms throughout 2017. This course takes actors on a challenging, rigorous and at times confronting journey. Accordingly, previous performance experience is required and admission is strictly by audition and interview.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: End of January 2017
AUDITIONS: Rolling from September 2016 - January 2017
COURSE DURATION: 38 weeks, with three term breaks.
CONTACT HOURS: Core contact hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week - approx. 9:30am - 5:30pm.*
* Please note, there will be times when students will be required to attend five days a week and in some cases also weekends to allow for the intensive study modules, shooting schedules and industry workshops. Schedules will be provided well in advance so that students can make necessary arrangements to accommodate for these changes.
Throughout the Full Time course students can anticipate between 4-10 hours of homework per week outside of class.
Term 1 February 21 – May 4 (11 weeks)
Term 2 May 16 - June 22 (6 weeks)
Term 3 July 4 – September 1 (9 weeks)
Term 4 September 19 - November 17 (9 weeks)
* Please note, the dates and content outlined above are purely indicative and (due to the international nature of the faculty's timetables) can be subject to change during the latter stages of scheduling. However, they are a very strong representation of the core dates and content for the course and (to date) there have only ever been very minor changes to the schedule.
COURSE FEE: $14,850 (inclusive of GST)
For those accepted into the course, a deposit of $3,350 is required prior to the commencement of the course, followed by either of the following:
- Monthly Payment: $1150 (to be paid for ten sequential months)
- Termly: $2,875
To apply for the Full Time course you will need to complete payment of the application fee prior to submitting your application form.
Applications are only valid once the application fee has been received. You can pay your application fee beneath the application form.
Auditions for the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full-Time course take place from September - January (the course begins in late February of each year). Upon receiving your application and audition fee, you will be given access to our list of audition pieces and further audition instructions, and we will contact you to schedule a time for the next available audition day. We recommend auditioning early on in the process in order to take advantage of auditing and other opportunities to attend Studio events that are offered to auditionees.
Interstate applicants are invited to travel to The Studio in Melbourne to complete their audition. If applying from interstate, we recommend applying as early as possible, in order to secure a convenient audition date and time.
If you are unable to travel to Melbourne, we are able to arrange a live Skype audition, but please note that we do not accept pre-recorded video auditions.
For further information about preparing for your audition, and to access the audition pieces, please click below.
Developed by Howard Fine and based on the year-long course he created as the Head of the Acting Program at AMDA in New York, Foundation is a fast-paced, six-week intensive introduction into the core acting principles of the Howard Fine Acting Studio. This course ensures actors are equipped with a set of tools enabling them to create truthful life on stage and bring themselves fully to their work.
Divided into two modules, Comprehensive Technique and The Relationship between Homework and Rehearsal, Foundation gives actors a clear, comprehensive and effective technique to approach scene work, rehearsals and script analysis.
Speech and Singing for Actors
The Speech and Singing for Actors program responds to the needs of actors to have a strong and powerful connection to their unique emotional sources, and uses vocal exercises to develop the actor’s ability to connect to text in performance. Students will explore the application of emotional experiences when approaching their work, through personal story telling, song and spoken word, discovering ways to safely use the entire range of their emotional sources in performance.
In Personalisation, students will learn the tools to bring genuine emotional responses to their work and performance, by undertaking a series of progressive exercises that require them to explore their connection to emotional stimuli, thus helping them deal with the challenge of living truthfully in an imaginary set of circumstances.
Students consolidate lessons learnt in other modules, deepen their understanding of the technique, and develop self-critiquing skills through Scene Study classes. In these classes students work with a partner on an assigned scene from The Studio’s extensive play library of modern classics and esteemed works.
Master Scene Study
Students begin Term Three by auditing Howard’s Melbourne Master Class before then working directly with Howard in his Master Scene Study class. Students work intensively with Howard before completing work on their scene assignments which are presented to invited guests. Later in Term Three students complete further Scene Study assignments with other tutors.
Application of Technique to Screen with Shane Connor
Within the context of the Howard Fine Acting Studio ethos, Shane Connor brings his years of experience as a highly-respected actor, teacher and director to the Full-Time program. Students are taught the fundamental on-camera techniques applicable for both the small and big screen. With an emphasis on the technicalities of the medium, students will learn the essential tools for producing great screen performances in both the audition room and on-set.
working with the Pros
This module focuses on bridging the gap between actor training and the ‘business’ side of the industry, giving actors the opportunity to present scenes to a number of highly regarded and experienced casting directors. Students will then receive constructive feedback from the casting directors, before reworking their scenes.
Students have the opportunity to use the techniques they have learnt in an 'on set experience'. Students will work with a professional film crew and director, as they experience the demands of working in a 'live set' scenario.
Ongoing Practice: Voice with Stephen Costan
To fully serve the actors' process and to provide the best training possible, the Howard Fine Acting Studio believes strongly in ongoing voice training. As part of the Full-Time course, students can anticipate rigorous voice training in three of the four course terms. Students will learn how to use the voice effectively and efficiently, developing their breathing and breath capacity, stamina and voice production, including resonance and articulation potential. Key teachings will be drawn from master voice teachers including Kristin Linklater, Cicely Berry and Patsy Rodenburg.
Ongoing Practice: Alexander Technique with Penny McDonald
Throughout the course students undertake Alexander Technique training that will allow them to recognize patterns of tension in their work, explore the correct usage of the body, active relaxation, animal work, and finding balance between the mind and body in performance.
Potential Course Modules
The Howard Fine Acting Studio faculty comprises many of the finest acting teachers and individuals working in the industry today. They are in high international demand which is reflected in their collective teaching rosters that encompass Milan, Rome, Mexico, London, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Alaska, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne amongst many other destinations. The majority also work in the industry as producers, directors, writers and/or actors. It is important to note that due to these complicated schedules the availability of any given tutor is subject to change. It should also be noted that every possible action is taken to secure their time and to date we have never had a situation whereby a tutor could not complete their obligations to the Australian studio. In the unlikely event that we have a change in the Full-Time curriculum we have a series of contingencies and programs that are designed to service the program and the technique training therein.