The Howard Fine Acting Studio offers a range of comprehensive, technique-led, award-winning acting programs. For those interested in exploring the core acting principles of our training, we recommend investigating the following courses.
Our one-year, Full Time program provides you with intensive actor training and is designed for actors who wish to make a serious investment in their craft.
The training at The Studio is designed for professional, trained and aspiring actors aged eighteen years and over, as well as select courses designed specifically for teens. For the majority of the courses offered at The Studio, there is no audition or selection process. Entry-level courses are open to all students with the completion of some classes being a prerequisite to train in complementary or advanced courses.
The acting principles championed by The Studio have been developed and refined from those of Uta Hagen and her contemporaries. The aim of our training is to create actors who are fully self-sufficient, authentic, available and present in their work.
In order to gain a deeper insight into the ideas behind the training, it is suggested that all students read ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ by Howard Fine and ‘A Challenge for the Actor’ by Uta Hagen.
With the exception of the Full-Time course, most of our courses take place during the evening or on weekends, and are scheduled to complement existing work and study commitments. Please see individual courses for specific course dates and times.
Our permanent studio is located in North Melbourne, whilst our annual Sydney Master Class takes place at a prominent theatrical venue in the city.
The Howard Fine Acting Studio has two bases of operation – one in Los Angeles and one in Melbourne. Uniquely, the two studios are led by one faculty, with the Australian studio hosting members of the LA-based team throughout the year. This guarantees that The Studio’s share exactly the same curriculum and level of expertise.
The HFAS faculty have been collectively nominated for over twenty major awards, and are in high international demand, with annual global teaching commitments that include engagements in New York, Moscow, Canada, Berlin and London.The faculty comprises of multi-award-winning actors, teachers, industry professionals and world-leading authorities in their chosen fields of study. In addition to the LA-based team, The Studio is proud to have several industry-leading Australian members of the faculty, all hand-chosen by Howard as proponents of the technique.
The faculty at The Studio are all experts in their chosen fields of expertise and have worked in unison for over 15 years. All of our courses are unified by a single set of core acting principles and our classes seek to reinforce, refine and further the actors’ understanding of, and ability to use these principles. This differs greatly from most institutions, which can teach varied and often conflicting practices, and has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of the training.
It is strongly recommended that all parties new to The Studio complete Foundation or The Process, both intensive programs which introduce the core acting principles of The Studio. Both classes are applicable for actors of all levels of experience and provide the necessary preparation and context in which to continue training at The Studio. Successful completion of Foundation or The Process is a prerequisite for enrolling into any of our Scene Study classes.
Please note that a small number of classes at The Studio have specific prerequisites. It is advised that participants read the class descriptions carefully before booking into any class.
It is highly recommended prospective students read Howard’s book ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ and audit at least one class (preferably Howard’s Master Class) prior to booking in to a class.
Auditing involves actively observing a class at The Studio, giving you the opportunity to experience the work first hand and ask questions of students and faculty. Auditing opportunities are available for Scene Study, Hagen Object Exercises classes, Speech and Singing for Actors and Master Classes. Please click the ‘Auditing’ tab for details of any upcoming auditing opportunities.
Here at HFAS, we regularly offer free sample classes in order to give those interested in studying with us a chance to learn more about our training. These classes are a three hour, hands-on introduction to our technique training, and give students a chance to meet a faculty member, sample the training, explore our facilities and ask questions. Students will partake in group exercises, and may be given the chance to work on a monologue during the class. Sample Classes are most suitable for those interested in the Full Time and Part Time courses, as well as Foundation and The Process, but will be of benefit to anyone thinking of training with us. Classes run approximately 4 - 6 times per year, and are hosted by various HFAS faculty members.
Please visit our 'Classes' page to find out when the next free class is. If there is a not a Free Sample Class currently available on the schedule, please enter your details into the contact form below, and we will get in touch when the next class is scheduled.
If there is not currently a free class on the schedule, please register your interest by entering your details in the form below, and we will be in touch when the next class is scheduled.
Auditing gives new and potential students a chance to observe one of our classes, allowing them to gain an insight into our technique and training environment. Auditing is a great way to get a feel for what we do here at The Studio and it is recommend that all students thinking of taking classes with us audit a class or attend a free sample class. Classes regularly open to audit are Scene Study, Hagen Exercises and Howard Fine's Master Classes.
Please visit our 'Classes' page to see if there are classes open for auditing. If no classes are currently open to audit, you can register your interest in by entering your details in the form below, and we will be in touch when the next auditing opportunity is scheduled.
If there are no current dates available for auditing, please register your interest by entering your details in the form below, and we will be in touch when further auditing dates are scheduled.