Dear Master Class Auditor

Thank you for booking in to audit the upcoming Master Class with Howard Fine. The attendance and contribution of auditors at the Master Class is invaluable and helps make the event the exceptional learning opportunity that it is.

The Melbourne Master Class 2018 will be held at the end of June to the beginning of July, 2018.

Melbourne dates 2017

29 June - 2 July

9:30am - 6:30pm (the class may finish earlier but will not go past 6:30pm)

Howard Fine Acting Studio, 8 Munster Terrace, North Melbourne

We ask that you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes early to ensure that we can make a prompt start.

The Melbourne Master Class will be hosted at our Studio in North Melbourne, located at 8 Munster Terrace.


The Studio is located at 8 Munster Terrace, North Melbourne, and is approximately a 5-minute walk from North Melbourne train station. There is parking on both Munster Terrace and Stawell Street (at the rear of The Studio). We strongly encourage taking public transport on weekdays, as parking will be extremely limited and restricted. Parking is generally unrestricted on weekends, but please be careful to check the signs at all times. If driving, we recommend allowing plenty of time to find a park, and please also be mindful of our residential neighbours and be sure not to park in front of any driveways.



During the Master Class Howard will workshop pre-prepared scenes with partnered participants. Each floor session lasts for roughly 50 minutes, in which time Howard will provide feedback, which the participants will apply as they rework their scenes and further explore the technique. 

Between each floor session there will be an approximate 10-minute change over to allow participants time to set up the next scene and for auditors to have a quick break. There will also be a lunch break of roughly 45 minutes to an hour each day. If you arrive late, we ask that you please wait outside the theatre until there is a break/scene change.

Howard is also happy to answer your questions, and there is time dedicated for a Q & A at the end of each day.



Be sure to bring a notepad and pen to take notes during the workshop. Howard permits audio recording of his notes, feedback and direction but does not permit video recording of his tuition or of the actors as they work. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water.



Each pair of participants has been allocated a play by Howard. From this play, participants select a scene to rehearse using Howard’s book as a guide, and it is those scenes that you will be seeing at the Master Class. To give you the best opportunity to understand the context of each scene, we have provided a list of the plays being worked below. Please note that it is not integral to have a full understanding of each play to appreciate Howard’s teachings, or the Master Class. It is however recommended that auditors become familiar with the source material. We also highly recommend that auditors read Howard’s book, ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’, prior to the beginning of the Master Class in order to gain the most benefit.

Proof by David Auburn

Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley

Collected Stories by Donal Marguiles

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little by Paul Zindel

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire

Four Dogs and a Bone by John Patrick Shanley

The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare

The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Compatible by Anna Li

Fat Pig by Neil LaBute

Diverting Devotion by Mike O'Malley

Hooters by Ted Tally



There is a vending machine with snacks and drinks at The Studio, as well access to water in the kitchen. The closest cafe is ‘North Melbourne Takeaway’, which is located on the corner of Victoria St and Dryburgh St, approximately a 1-minute walk from The Studio. They have takeaway sandwiches, hot meals, drinks, coffees, etc. Errol St is also approximately a 5-minute drive/15 minute walk from The Studio, and has several cafes and restaurants, as well as a supermarket. Several cafes and coffee shops can also be found dotted along Queensberry St on the way to Errol St from The Studio.

Alternatively, you are welcome to use the kitchen facilities at The Studio, with a fridge and microwave available for your use. Please be courteous when using the kitchen facilities, cleaning up any mess and dishes you use. Please also be aware that no food or drink is permitted inside the Theatre space, except for bottled water.



During the Master Class, we’re pleased to be able to offer all attendees, participants and auditors alike, the chance to book in for future HFAS courses.

We will have copies of Howard’s book ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ and Uta Hagen’s ‘A Challenge for the Actor’ available for purchase for $35 each. Please note that we will not have EFTPOS facilities available, so if you wish to purchase a book, please make sure you bring cash.


We love to connect with actors and the HFAS community. If you'd like to share your highlights from the Master Class, be sure to 'check in' at The Studio via Facebook, follow us on social media (links below) and share using the hashtags: #HFMC, #HFMasterClass & #HFAS. 

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to email the office or call if the matter is urgent.

We look forward to seeing you at the Master Class and wish you the best of luck with any upcoming audition, gigs or rehearsals.

The HFAS Team