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About Howard


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About Howard


Howard Fine

As the Artistic Director of the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Howard Fine has built an unshakeable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers in the business
today.

Beginning his career in Los Angeles in 1985 by privately coaching students in his living room, Howard has gone on to receive significant recognition for his teaching. This includes being named ‘Best Acting Teacher in Los Angeles’ by BackStage Magazine in 2006 (in a one time only poll). Since then, Howard has established studios in both Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

During his 30-year teaching career, Howard has personally coached Hollywood stars including Oscar winners Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto, Oscar nominees Brad Pitt,
Michelle Williams, Bradley Cooper and Selma Hayek, Golden Globe nominees Simon
Baker, Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Shields and Mark Harmon and Emmy winners Kim
Delaney, Sela Ward and Michael Chiklis. In addition to this, Howard has also worked
with literally hundreds of actors including Chris Pine, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman,
Gerard Butler, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson, Val Kilmer and Amy
Smart.

As a lover of the craft of acting, Howard is one of the few elite acting experts who
have devoted their primary career to perfecting the teaching and coaching of
professional actors and his outstanding reputation is the product of his remarkable
expertise. In 2008, Howard published his book ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’
in which he outlines his approach to and philosophies on acting, which closely reflect
those of his mentor and close colleague Uta Hagen.

‘Fine on Acting’ is now taught in many leading colleges and universities.

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About Marilyn


Marilyn is a multi-award-winning actor, whose credits include leading roles on and off Broadway as well as in Los Angeles, where she garnered multiple Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and BackStage Garland awards, and several nominations for her work with companies such as Rogue Machine Theatre, VS. Theatre Company, Matrix and Interact among others.

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About Marilyn


Marilyn is a multi-award-winning actor, whose credits include leading roles on and off Broadway as well as in Los Angeles, where she garnered multiple Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and BackStage Garland awards, and several nominations for her work with companies such as Rogue Machine Theatre, VS. Theatre Company, Matrix and Interact among others.

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Marilyn McIntyre

Marilyn McIntyre developed Personalisation at Howard’s request as a way of helping actors harness their personal experiences and bring their most authentic selves to their work. Marilyn specialises in teaching Scene Study, Foundation, Personalisation and Uta Hagen: Object Exercises at the Howard Fine Acting Studio.

Marilyn studied at HB Studio in New York, with Michael Shurtleff. She also had the privilege of studying with Uta Hagen, and is featured on her ‘Acting Class’ DVD. In the DVD Marilyn undertakes Hagen’s tenth object exercise: Historical Imagination.

Marilyn is a multi-award-winning actor, whose credits include leading roles on and off Broadway as well as in Los Angeles, where she garnered multiple Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and BackStage Garland awards, and several nominations for her work with companies such as Rogue Machine Theatre, VS. Theatre Company, Matrix and Interact among others. Her film and television credits include ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Watch Over Me’ (series regular), ‘Judging Amy’, ‘LA Law’ ‘X-Files’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘Heaven’s Rain’, ‘On Holiday’, ‘The Ring Two’, the hit short ‘George Lucas in Love’ and many more.

In addition to the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Marilyn is the coordinator of the acting program for Elon in LA: ‘Climbing the LAdder’ at Elon University.

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About Penny


At Howard’s request, Penny McDonald became a Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia faculty member in 2013, having previously worked closely with Jean-Louis Rodrigue, as well as with Howard in his 2013 Master Class. Penny teaches as part of the Full-Time course, and hosts her own auxiliary Alexander Technique classes.

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About Penny


At Howard’s request, Penny McDonald became a Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia faculty member in 2013, having previously worked closely with Jean-Louis Rodrigue, as well as with Howard in his 2013 Master Class. Penny teaches as part of the Full-Time course, and hosts her own auxiliary Alexander Technique classes.

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Penny McDonald

At Howard’s request, Penny McDonald became a Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia faculty member in 2013, having previously worked closely with Jean-Louis Rodrigue, as well as with Howard in his 2013 Master Class. Penny teaches as part of the Full-Time course, and hosts her own auxiliary Alexander Technique classes.

Penny first began having Alexander Technique lessons in the early 1980s when she was performing with Sydney based street theatre company ‘Death Defying Theatre’. In 1996 she completed a three-year training course to teach the Alexander Technique. Since then, she has taught her own private practice, as well as at the Australian National Academy of Music, The Alexander Teacher Training Course, Victorian College of the Arts and the National Theatre Drama School. Penny specialises in working with people involved in the performing arts, is always evolving her process and is constantly delighted to see the change in someone’s performance when they apply the Alexander Technique.  

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About Laura


Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers and HB Studio, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld and Ken McMillan. She has enjoyed an extensive career in both film and theatre, having appeared on and off Broadway, performing in national tours and with major theatre companies around the country.

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About Laura


Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers and HB Studio, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld and Ken McMillan. She has enjoyed an extensive career in both film and theatre, having appeared on and off Broadway, performing in national tours and with major theatre companies around the country.

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Laura Gardner

Laura has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood for more than fifteen years, and specialises in teaching Foundation, Scene Study and Working with the Pros.

Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers and HB Studio, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld and Ken McMillan. She has enjoyed an extensive career in both film and theatre, having appeared on and off Broadway, performing in national tours and with major theatre companies around the country. Laura also received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from LA Weekly for her performance in ‘Fighting Words’. Her film and television credits include ‘My Name is Earl’ (alongside her actor husband Frank Collison), ‘Shredd’, ‘Law and Order LA’, ‘The Forgotten’ with Christian Slater, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Crash’, ‘ER’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘Close to Home’ and most recently ‘Castle.’ Laura also has a recurring role as Chris’s mum in the award winning Australian web series ‘Chris and Josh’, alongside HFAS alumnus Shane Savage.

As a teacher and acting coach, Laura has taught at The Actors Workshop and The Academy of Musical Theatre in Wales, at HB Studio, The Stella Adler Institute, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, PBCC in Florida, SMCC in Los Angeles, The George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, and The Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Mexico. Laura has also been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska for the last seven years, and has been honoured by Media Access for her twenty years of teaching actors with disabilities.  

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About Mr Coury


David Coury is the vocal director at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, where he specialises in teaching his self-devised Speech and Singing for Actors and Vocal Lab programs, which are designed to empower actors through speech and voice work.

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About Mr Coury


David Coury is the vocal director at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, where he specialises in teaching his self-devised Speech and Singing for Actors and Vocal Lab programs, which are designed to empower actors through speech and voice work.

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David Coury

David Coury is the vocal director at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, where he specialises in teaching his self-devised Speech and Singing for Actors and Vocal Lab programs, which are designed to empower actors through speech and voice work.

In addition to his private practice in LA, David has established himself as a world leader in the field, having worked with many leading professionals in the entertainment industry and corporate world, including actors, broadcasters and Top 40 recording artists such as Leona Lewis. David demonstrated his transformative techniques on ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover’, when he helped a rapper with a cleft palate overcome a speech impediment that had plagued him for twenty years. David has also featured on ‘American Idol’ coaching contestants, and worked with MTV, NBC, Fox, TV Guide Network, National Geographic Channel and ‘E!’

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About Jean-Louis


Jean-Louis Rodrigue has been a teacher of the Alexander Technique for the past thirty years. Born in Morocco and raised in Italy, Jean-Louis was inspired to study the body after seeing Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings. Since then, his unique approach to movement education and its application to performance have earned him an international reputation as a leader in the field.

 

As a result of the private work he does with actors and performers, Jean-Louis’ acting and movement training can be observed in many feature films, with Sir Ian McKellen, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank and Chris Pine being amongst his clients. Some of his contracts include working with Chris Pine on 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore,' Leonardo DiCaprio on 'J. Edgar Hoover' and the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s 'KA' at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Most recently, Jean-Louis coached Paul Dano for his role as Tibeats in the Academy Award Best Picture Winner ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, as well as his role in the upcoming film ‘Love and Mercy’. He also coached and prepared Matt Bomer for his role as Felix in ‘The Normal Heart’ (for which Bomer won a Golden Globe), and as Montgomery Clift in the upcoming film ‘Monty Clift’.

 

Jean-Louis has recently finished leading a number of high-profile workshops for emerging directors, actors, writers and producers at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2014 Berlinale Talent Production Market at the European Film Market. While in Berlin, he also participated as a guest panelist on casting with leading casting directors Avy Kaufman and Beatrice Kruger.

 

As well as the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Jean Louis also teachers at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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About Jean-Louis


Jean-Louis Rodrigue has been a teacher of the Alexander Technique for the past thirty years. Born in Morocco and raised in Italy, Jean-Louis was inspired to study the body after seeing Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings. Since then, his unique approach to movement education and its application to performance have earned him an international reputation as a leader in the field.

 

As a result of the private work he does with actors and performers, Jean-Louis’ acting and movement training can be observed in many feature films, with Sir Ian McKellen, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank and Chris Pine being amongst his clients. Some of his contracts include working with Chris Pine on 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore,' Leonardo DiCaprio on 'J. Edgar Hoover' and the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s 'KA' at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Most recently, Jean-Louis coached Paul Dano for his role as Tibeats in the Academy Award Best Picture Winner ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, as well as his role in the upcoming film ‘Love and Mercy’. He also coached and prepared Matt Bomer for his role as Felix in ‘The Normal Heart’ (for which Bomer won a Golden Globe), and as Montgomery Clift in the upcoming film ‘Monty Clift’.

 

Jean-Louis has recently finished leading a number of high-profile workshops for emerging directors, actors, writers and producers at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2014 Berlinale Talent Production Market at the European Film Market. While in Berlin, he also participated as a guest panelist on casting with leading casting directors Avy Kaufman and Beatrice Kruger.

 

As well as the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Jean Louis also teachers at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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Jean-Louis Rodrigue

Jean-Louis Rodrigue has been a teacher of the Alexander Technique for the past thirty years. Born in Morocco and raised in Italy, Jean-Louis was inspired to study the body after seeing Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings. Since then, his unique approach to movement education and its application to performance have earned him an international reputation as a leader in the field.

As a result of the private work he does with actors and performers, Jean-Louis’ acting and movement training can be observed in many feature films, with Sir Ian McKellen, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank and Chris Pine being amongst his clients. Some of his contracts include working with Chris Pine on 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore,' Leonardo DiCaprio on 'J. Edgar Hoover' and the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s 'KA' at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Most recently, Jean-Louis coached Paul Dano for his role as Tibeats in the Academy Award Best Picture Winner ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, as well as his role in the upcoming film ‘Love and Mercy’. He also coached and prepared Matt Bomer for his role as Felix in ‘The Normal Heart’ (for which Bomer won a Golden Globe), and as Montgomery Clift in the upcoming film ‘Monty Clift’.

Jean-Louis has recently finished leading a number of high-profile workshops for emerging directors, actors, writers and producers at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2014 Berlinale Talent Production Market at the European Film Market. While in Berlin, he also participated as a guest panelist on casting with leading casting directors Avy Kaufman and Beatrice Kruger.

As well as the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Jean Louis also teachers at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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About Sarah


Sarah graduated from the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full-Time course in 2012, and was handpicked by Howard to become the first Australian teacher of his technique.

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About Sarah


Sarah graduated from the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full-Time course in 2012, and was handpicked by Howard to become the first Australian teacher of his technique.

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Sarah Hallam

Sarah graduated from the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full-Time course in 2012, and was handpicked by Howard to become the first Australian teacher of his technique. Sarah has worked consistently in film and television for over twenty years, appearing in shows such as Blue Heelers, City Homicide and Neighbours. On stage, Sarah has toured with Arena Theatre Company, and most recently appeared in Black Water Theatre’s production of Killer Joe (2014). Sarah has also worked behind the scenes, primarily in casting on productions such as Blue Heelers and Neighbours, as well as directing, coaching and teaching teenagers and adults.

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About Shane


After completing a bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama/Film) at Deakin University, Shane went on to study full time at the world renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio.  Recent theatre credits include Ricky in Big Al at Chapel Off Chapel and Marc Christian in ‘Playing Rock Hudson’ at the Malthouse Theatre.

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About Shane


After completing a bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama/Film) at Deakin University, Shane went on to study full time at the world renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio.  Recent theatre credits include Ricky in Big Al at Chapel Off Chapel and Marc Christian in ‘Playing Rock Hudson’ at the Malthouse Theatre.

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Shane Savage

After completing a bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama/Film) at Deakin University, Shane went on to study full time at the world renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio.  Recent theatre credits include Ricky in Big Al at Chapel Off Chapel and Marc Christian in ‘Playing Rock Hudson’ at the Malthouse Theatre. On screen, Shane has played the lead roles of Lindsay in ‘Anatomy’ (dir. Joe Betros), Art in 'Artemis' (dir. Daniel Higgins), Dean in ‘Nevyr Love a Vampyr’ (dir. Geoffrey Wright) and Chris in the award-winning webseries ‘Chris & Josh’ (dir. Matt Smolen).

Shane's love for the craft has led to be an Actor, Producer, Director, Writer and Coach. Recent achievements include winning Best Writing at NYC WebFest, Best Online Video at the London Film Awards, Best Comedy Series at the Online Video Awards Australia and being nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy by the International Academy of Web Television. Shane's latest project (as writer, director and actor) is a short film titled 'SH!T', which is currently successfully touring the international film festival circuit. Shane is also currently in preproduction on two feature films and is about to launch his own studio space and production company.

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About Shane


Shane Connor specialises in teaching acting for the screen at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.

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About Shane


Shane Connor specialises in teaching acting for the screen at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.

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Shane Connor

Shane Connor specialises in teaching acting for the screen at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.

Shane graduated from the VCA in 1983 and has since performed extensively across film, television and theatre. Well known for his work in Neighbours, Shane has appeared in numerous television dramas, including ‘Dirt Game’, ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘City Homicide’, ‘A Country Practice’, ‘Stingers’ and ‘Killing Time’, not to mention many films and mini-series, including ‘The Harp in the South’, ‘Fir’ ‘Playing for Charlie’ ‘Emerging’, the internationally released ‘Moby Dick’, and recently, ‘Wolf Creek 2’. Shane has been recognised for his work in film and television with four AFI (AACTA) Award nominations and a Penguin Award. Shane has also been awarded for his work on stage, performing with renowned companies such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Playbox.

Shane has worked as an acting coach for the National Theatre, the VCA and numerous Sydney drama schools, as well as running his own screen classes with fellow actor Kevin Harrington (‘Cliffy’). Shane is now based in Los Angeles.

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