Open Access Scene Study is a brand new series of classes (which can be taken in any order) from the Howard Fine Acting Studio. They are designed for students who wish to jump straight into exploring the techniques we champion and, unlike our regular Scene Study classes, do not require students to be graduates of our Foundation, Process, Full Time or Part Time programs.

In this class students will be assigned two of Uta Hagen's famous Object Exercises which address fundamental acting and technique issues. Upon completion of these exercises students are assigned a scene partner and play (from our extensive library of modern classics and esteemed works) with which to continue their work. In addition to their work in class, students are expected to rehearse their scenes outside of class each week.

Open Access Scene Study is a growing series of classes that use fundamental acting techniques as a platform to explore and develop the actors' craft, rehearsal process and script analysis. Actors will discover techniques that allow them to consistently live authentically during performance, with a strong connection to the life of their character, their emotional circumstances and the world of the play.

As part of the program, participants attend Howard Fine's Melbourne Master Class on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. This part of the class (valued at $200) gives actors the opportunity to observe Howard's tuition directly and cement ideas and concepts being explored in class.

This class is applicable to actors of all experience levels. Those new to acting will gain insight and technical ability, whilst seasoned professionals will learn ways to dramatically deepen their work.

This class will be taught by Howard Fine Acting Studio's co-Founder and Director Philip Hayden.


Tuesdays, 17 September - 22 October (10am-1:30pm)

PLUS Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November - 9am-6pm*

*Master Class audit with Howard Fine (optional)




Students must download and read the free studio ebook (this will take about 15 minutes to read) and watch Howard Fine’s Acting Advice Season 1 and 2 (plus the mini-season called Eight Steps Lecture Excerpts) on The Studio's YouTube channel (this will take about 20 minutes).

Students must also watch Uta Hagen's Master Class DVD by clicking here - Part 1 and Part 2. Please allow several days to watch this DVD as it is roughly three hours in duration.

Please also prepare and learn a short (1 minute) contemporary monologue. You can begin your search at these resources - website 1, website 2 your monologue should not require you to specifically undertake any action i.e. the text cannot obligate you to be doing something, we will use the text to explore notions of primacy and attention (this will become clear in the class).

Finally, please observe yourself in an activity wherein you talk to yourself. For me I do this frequently when at the end of folding a basket of clothes, or needing to get up from the couch and go to bed. When you have discovered this activity - repeat it three times and allow the impulse to speak to reoccur each time. Please note - you are not obligated to say the same thing each time, be led by your impulses. Please be prepared to present this work in class by bringing with you any items which are necessary to recreate the circumstances i.e. a basket of clothes or the drink that spills etc.


Philip Hayden - a career actor who has performed roles on London's West End, in classic HBO drama Band of Brothers, been a semi regular on children's television for the BBC and for award-winning Australian theatre Company Red Stitch.

Open Access Scene Study 2 - September 2019 (daytime)
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