One-Year Full Time Professional Acting Course

Auditions begin mid-2017. Contact admin@howardfinestudio.com.au for further info. 


at a glance

  • Delivered by a multi-award winning faculty
  • Created by Howard Fine
  • Term calendars are three or four days per week depending on when they are in the year (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 graduate ensemble member position

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. 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 2018
AUDITIONS: Rolling from September 2017 - January 2018

COURSE DURATION: 39 weeks, with three term breaks.
CONTACT HOURS: Core contact hours follow two distinct patterns. 15 weeks of the program are four days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), with the remaining 18 weeks of tuition being three days per week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) - approximately 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Throughout the Full Time course students can anticipate between 4-10 hours of homework per week outside of class.

Term Dates*

Term 1 February 20 – April 13 (8 weeks)
Term 2 May 2 - June 8 (6 weeks)
Term 3 June 28 – August 24 (9 weeks)
Term 4 September 12 - November 20 (10 weeks)

* Please note, the dates and content outlined above are strongly indicative of the Full Time Course, however due to the international nature of the faculty's timetables they can be subject to change during the latter stages of scheduling. It is important to note that there have only ever been very minor, late-stage changes to the Full Time Course and that we are proud to deliver a demanding, inspiring, fun, challenging and rewarding program of the highest quality.

Fees

COURSE FEE: $14,850 (inclusive of GST)

Payment Plans

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.

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Auditions

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  

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. 


COURSE BREAKDOWN

Foundation

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.

access all areas

Access All Areas is designed to help liberate actors from their inhibiting, self-limiting habits and beliefs which have the potential to hold them back in performance. By the end of this course unit, actors will be able to clearly identify and overcome acting issues that have limited their full expression in performance, and have the confidence to risk being fully present on stage.

Scene Study

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.  

FILM Shoot

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.

Improvisation for Actors

Improvisation has taken Hollywood by storm over the last two decades, with some of the most highly respected and award-winning actors starting life as improvisers. This course unit helps actors learn how to apply improvisation to acting, and give their work an innovative and creative edge. Actors learn an introduction to improvisation, how it can enhance scene work, rehearsal and performance, and using improvisation to create devised theatre and comedy.

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. 

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