Technique Master class with Howard Fine
sydney dates 2017: 24 - 27 june
Melbourne dates 2017: 29 June - 2 July
Howard Fine Acting Studio, 8 Munster Terrace, North Melbourne
9:30am - 6:30pm each day
The twice-annual Howard Fine Master Class is the most intensive four days of tuition offered by The Studio. Each full day of the program consists of a rigorous exploration of technique as Howard works with an ensemble of actors on preselected scenes.
Being a part of the Master Class ensemble represents the chance to study with one of the world’s leading acting coaches in one of the most dynamic, open and engaging learning experiences on the Australian industry calendar. For participants and auditors alike, the Master Class represents not only a fantastic learning opportunity but also provides the best possible introduction into the work, techniques and ethos of The Studio.
Before the Master Class, Howard dedicates time to selecting and pairing an ensemble of actors, who rehearse and work on preselected scenes using the techniques outlined in Howard’s book, ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’. The ensemble then work intensively with Howard, work-shopping their scenes in the public forum of the Master Class. This scene work acts as an entry point for actors and auditors to explore Howard’s technique, lessons and processes.
Howard’s uniquely generous spirit creates a learning environment free of judgement, and participants are guaranteed to experience lessons that allow them to flourish both during and after the Master Class.
About Participating in the Master Class
Participants actively workshop their scenes, in front of the auditors, on three of the four days of the Master Class, and are expected to commit to approximately 20 – 30 hours of rehearsal prior to the event. To ensure participants get the most from the Master Class, The Studio provides an average of four hours of hands-on pre-Master Class preparatory tuition.
$1250 ($250 deposit required upon acceptance into the Master Class. Remaining course fees payable in instalments).
Additional application information
Upon acceptance in to the Master Class, participants first need to read Howard’s book, as they will be applying the techniques therein when working on their scene in preparation for the class. Two-four weeks prior to the Master Class, successful applicants are assigned a play and scene partner. Participants are then asked to choose a scene from their allocated play, which must be no longer than five minutes in duration. In addition to the furniture provided by The Studio, participants are expected to provide necessary props and objects required to ‘make place’ as outlined in Howard’s book. Applicants must also be available to meet up with their scene partner to rehearse their scene both in the lead up to and during the Master Class.
Please note that participation in the Master Class is subject to an application process and selection is based on the strength of each participant’s application letter, as well as their CV and showreel. Howard Fine’s Master Classes are extremely popular, and we strive to create a varied and eclectic ensemble for each Master Class. Please know the selection process is not designed to reflect Howard’s opinion of your progress, talent or ability as an actor.
Audit Master class
Auditing the Master Class represents a unique learning opportunity and provides the best possible introduction into the work, techniques and ethos of The Studio. We strongly recommend auditing the Master Class to anyone interested in undertaking study at The Studio.
As an auditor, you will actively observe the class, experiencing the work through the Master Class ensemble and Howard’s critique. Auditors are given the opportunity to ask questions, and are provided with a list of the texts that the participants will be work-shopping, enabling them to study the source material and appreciate Howard’s approach to script analysis.
In order to make the most of auditing the Master Class and gain a thorough understanding of Howard’s approach to technique training, we strongly encourage auditors to read Howard’s book, ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ prior to the class, and to audit all four days of the Master Class.