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Alexander Technique


In this regular five-week program, students learn how to progressively apply the Alexander Technique to their work in performance. Students will undertake exercises that will allow them to recognise patterns of tension in their work, and find balance between the mind and body in performance.
 

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Alexander Technique


In this regular five-week program, students learn how to progressively apply the Alexander Technique to their work in performance. Students will undertake exercises that will allow them to recognise patterns of tension in their work, and find balance between the mind and body in performance.
 

In this regular five-week program, students learn how to progressively apply the Alexander Technique to their work in performance. Students will undertake exercises that will allow them to recognize patterns of tension in their work, and find balance between the mind and body in performance.

Students will also be given the chance to apply the Alexander Technique to texts of their choosing, such as monologues and audition pieces, as they learn to recognise performance habits and how to change them.

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Alexander Technique with Penny McDonald
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Foundation


Divided into two modules, Comprehensive Technique, and the Relationship between Homework and Rehearsal, Foundation equips actors with a set of tools enabling them to create truthful life in performance and bring their emotional experiences to the work.

Foundation


Divided into two modules, Comprehensive Technique, and the Relationship between Homework and Rehearsal, Foundation equips actors with a set of tools enabling them to create truthful life in performance and bring their emotional experiences to the work.

The basis of great technique

Recommended as the most beneficial way to begin training at The Studio, Foundation is a fast-paced six-week intensive introduction into the core acting principles of The Studio.

Divided into two modules, Comprehensive Technique, and the Relationship between Homework and Rehearsal, Foundation equips actors with a set of tools enabling them to create truthful life in performance and bring their emotional experiences to the work.  Foundation provides actors with a clear, comprehensive and effective technique to approach scene work, rehearsal and script analysis. Students complete this program through individual, partnered and ensemble-based work, and are expected to commit to approximately eight – ten hours of homework and rehearsal outside of class each week.

Comprehensive Technique

In the first module, Comprehensive Technique, actors learn techniques to create authentic life in performance via a series of assignments and practical exercises covering emotional and sensory recall, personalisation, and script analysis. Students will also undertake several of Uta Hagen’s object exercises as they learn to create physical life on stage.

The Relationship Between Homework and Rehearsal

In the second module, The Relationship Between Homework and Rehearsal, students apply the techniques learnt in the first module to a script. Through partnered scene work, participants learn what homework is required when approaching a script, and processes they can apply to make the most effective use of rehearsals.

This course is applicable for 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. Successful completion of the Foundation course also allows students to enroll in The Studio’s ongoing Scene Study classes.

Course Prerequisites

Students must read Howard Fine’s ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’, and Uta Hagen’s ‘A Challenge for the Actor’ prior to beginning the course.

Course tutor: Laura Gardner or Marilyn McIntyre

Dates: July 25 – August 30 with Marilyn McIntyre

Contact Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am – 6:00pm, Wednesdays 6:30pm – 10:00pm (six weeks)

Fee: $1, 750

 

 

  

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Personalisation


The fusion of personal experiences and imagination is what allows an actor to bring a fictional character to a complex, spontaneous and compelling life in performace.

Personalisation


The fusion of personal experiences and imagination is what allows an actor to bring a fictional character to a complex, spontaneous and compelling life in performace.

The fusion of personal experiences and imagination is what allows an actor to bring a fictional character to a complex, spontaneous and compelling life in performace.

However, accessing real emotion and living truthfully in an imaginary set of circumstances is often a challenge for actors. In Personalisation, Marilyn McIntyre has designed and delivered a series of progressive exercises that seek to address these issues. These exercises outline specific techniques that facilitate genuine emotional responses to source material.

The exercises require the actor to explore their connection to emotional stimuli including music, images, news stories and prose - thereby learning tools to bring genuine emotional responses to their work and performance. These exercises are undertaken individually and as a group during class, and are supported by homework assignments.

Course prerequisite: Students must have read Howard Fine’s ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ prior to the beginning of the course.

 

 

Course tutor: Marilyn McIntyre

Dates:

Contact hours: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Fee: $550

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Scene Study


Students are allocated a scene partner and play from The Studio's extensive library of modern classics and esteemed works. Students rehearse their scenes outside of class each week, before working closely with the tutor to workshop the scene in class, using it as a platform to address issues of technique, process and script analysis.

Scene Study


Students are allocated a scene partner and play from The Studio's extensive library of modern classics and esteemed works. Students rehearse their scenes outside of class each week, before working closely with the tutor to workshop the scene in class, using it as a platform to address issues of technique, process and script analysis.

At the Howard Fine Acting Studio actors deepen their understanding of The Studio's award-winning approach to acting through weekly Scene Study classes.

Students are allocated a scene partner and play from The Studio’s extensive library of modern classics and esteemed works. Students are expected to rehearse their scenes outside of class each week, before then working closely with the tutor to workshop the scene in class, using it as a platform to address issues of technique, process and script analysis.

Actors form a Scene Study ensemble, assisting one another in stage managing the class, and setting up props and sets. Scene Study represents the cornerstone of the Howard Fine Acting Studio and embodies the commitment of the faculty and students to on-going, technique-driven training.

Course prerequisites: All Scene Study participants must have graduated from Foundation, The Process, the Full-Time program or have participated in a Howard Fine Master Class. In addition, all students must have read ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’.

Dates:

Contact hours: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Fee: $470 for 6 weeks (some terms run longer, therefore prices vary).

 

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Speech and Singing for Actors


Designed for actors, rather than singers, SFA uses vocal exercises to develop the actors’ ability to connect to text in performance.

Speech and Singing for Actors


Designed for actors, rather than singers, SFA uses vocal exercises to develop the actors’ ability to connect to text in performance.

David Coury’s unique Speech and Singing for Actors (SFA) program responds to the needs of actors to have a strong and powerful connection to their unique emotional sources. Designed for actors, rather than singers, SFA uses vocal exercises to develop the actors’ ability to connect to text in performance. These exercises address issues surrounding connection to voice, connection to emotional source, and authenticity in performance, demanding students be emotionally connected to their work.

Through the progressive levels of SFA, students work intensively to personalise song and text – discovering ways to safely use the entire range of their emotional sources in performance.

Level One: 

This three-day intensive introduces actors to the core principles of the program, and establishes the process by which actors can safely contact emotional source in performance. Participants will explore the application of emotional experiences when approaching their work, through personal story telling, song and spoken word. Please note that participants will be required to complete several hours of homework outside of course contact hours.

Level Two, Part One:  

SFA Level 2.1 calls upon the actor to revisit the custom vocal exercises explored in Level One, with a new emphasis on rehearsal and performance. This module focuses on actors being able to access and use emotional sources when presenting work to an audience, and culminates in an Open Master Class attended by an invited audience, in which participants present song and personal stories, accompanied by a musician. Please note that participants will be required to complete several hours of homework outside of course contact hours.

Course prerequisites: Students must have completed SFA Level 1 and have instructor approval in order to participate in this course.

Please note that all levels of SFA must be completed in consecutive order and acceptance into later levels requires instructor approval.

Course tutor: David Coury

Dates: TBA

Contact Hours:

Level 1 – three consecutive days, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Level 2.1 – 7-9 sessions

Fee: Level 1: $575

        Levelt 2.1: TBA

 

 

 

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Teen Classes


In our 8 week long termly teen classes, tutor Shane Savage will guide students through the award-winning acting technique training championed by The Studio, with a focus on monologues and scene work.

Teen Classes


In our 8 week long termly teen classes, tutor Shane Savage will guide students through the award-winning acting technique training championed by The Studio, with a focus on monologues and scene work.

This course is open to 13 - 19 year olds and is suitable for all experience levels.

In our 8 week long termly teen classes, tutor Shane Savage will guide students through the award-winning acting technique training championed by The Studio, with a focus on monologues and scene work. Students will be allocated scenes in class and will be guided through initial reads, script analyisis, how to learn lines, personalisation and correct rehearsal techniques. Using The Studio's extnesive array of furniture and props, students will learn how to create their own set and bring their character to life within the specific circumstances of their scene.    

What to prepare

Students will need to prepare and memorise one contempoary monologue (1 - 2 minutes in length). It is advised that you read the entire script from which your monologue is taken, and remember to answer these key questions about your character when preparing:

  • Who am I talking to and what is my relationship to that person?
  • What do I want?
  • Where have I just come from?
  • What am I doing now?
  • Where am I going next?

If you are having trouble choosing a monologue, please contact the office on admin@howardfinestudio.com.au and we will be glad to help you. 

It is also highly recommended that you read 'Fine on Acting' by Howard Fine before commencing this class. The book is available online or at The Studio for $35. Please contact The Studio ahead of time to make sure we have a copy in stock.

What to bring to class

  • 2 printed copies of your chosen monologue
  • A notepad and pen (and a backup pen!)
  • Voice recorder (most smart phones are capable of this)
  • Bottle of water and snacks

Course dates and times: Saturdays, January 30 - March 10, 9:00am - 12pm.

Fee: $395

*Refer a friend and receive a $50 discount when that friend also books in for the class. (Please contact admin@howardfinestudio.com.au for further informaiton about redeeming this offer).

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Audit this class

At Howard Fine Acting Studio, we welcome people from outside the class to join as an auditor. An auditor watches the class, gaining an insight into the course material and often learning some new skills themselves.

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Uta Hagen Object Exercises


Taught in many leading institutions the world over, these exercises keenly develop the actor’s skill and awareness in specific areas and promote rigorous technique and attention to detail.

Uta Hagen Object Exercises


Taught in many leading institutions the world over, these exercises keenly develop the actor’s skill and awareness in specific areas and promote rigorous technique and attention to detail.

In this class, students will undertake a number of Hagen’s famous Object Exercises. Taught in many leading institutions the world over, these exercises keenly develop the actor’s skill and awareness in specific areas and promote rigorous technique and attention to detail. Exercises will help students to overcome performance challenges such as creating truthful physical life on stage, issues of self-consciousness, remaining present, recreating physical sensations and allowing the creation of authentic human life on stage.

‘Although I played many parts to critical success, I was frustrated and dissatisfied by problems that arose over and over again that related to the human techniques, regardless of the role I was playing: a sudden loss of privacy or concentration, momentary physical self-consciousness, getting trapped in externals and mechanical actions, the anticipation of a particular response or action, an inability to tap the correct stimulus, pushing for the emotion – to mention a few. When I was not playing, in between parts, I was even more frustrated, believing there was no way for me to function as an artist in the absence of rehearsals, performances, and my fellow actors…In desperation, I came on the idea of working by myself at home to devise corrective exercises for all of the problems I was having by exploring personal behavior under a variety of circumstances.’

 Uta Hagen, A Challenge for the Actor

Course prerequisites: Students must read Uta Hagen’s ‘A Challenge for the Actor’, and have watched Uta Hagen’s ‘Acting Class’ DVD prior to beginning this class. ‘Acting Class’ can be purchased online, or keep an eye out for a screening at The Studio soon.

Dates: TBA

Contact hours: Mondays for five weeks, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Fee: $380

Class Commences: Monday October 5, for five weeks

Course times: 6:30-10:30pm

Full Fee: $380

 

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Alexander Technique: Weekend Workshop


Alexander Technique: Weekend Workshop


 

 

In this special weekend intensive, students learn how to progressively apply the Alexander Technique to their work in performance. Students will undertake exercises that will allow them to recognize patterns of tension in their work, and find balance between the mind and body in performance.

Students will also be given the chance to apply the Alexander Technique to texts of their choosing, such as monologues and audition pieces, as they learn to recognise performance habits and how to change them.

Dates and Times:

Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th September

10.00am - 6.00pm