Congratulations on enrolling in Personalisation

Thank you for committing to technique-driven training and for bringing your energy and enthusiasm to The Studio by enrolling in Personalisation. In this program, you will learn techniques designed to allow you to use genuine human emotion based on personal experience in order help you create authentic work. Below you will find important information that will help you prepare for and make the most of the course, so please read everything carefully.


For more information on course dates and times please refer to the Classes page.

Participants will be expected to complete 1 – 2 hours of homework outside of class hours each week.

Please note that as this is an intensive course, missing any classes throughout the duration of the program is prohibited without prior consent. It is expected that everyone be prompt to class and be respectful of each other both in and out of the learning environment.


You can complete payment by clicking here,  selecting 'final payment' from the drop down box on the right hand side, and clicking 'enrol now' to add the payment to your cart. 


Marilyn has compiled some documents that will assist in your preparation and we ask that you please read these very carefully prior to the beginning of the course. The first of these is ‘What is Personalisation’, an article that Marilyn wrote for Backstage Magazine (click here). The second, ‘Welcome to Personalisation’ provides some further insight into Personalisation as well as a short outline of Marilyn’s previous work (click here). The third document, ‘Preparation for Personalisation’, outlines what you need to bring with you to class, including appropriate clothing, homework materials, etc and we ask that you pay particular attention to this document (click here). Please let us know if you have trouble accessing these documents.

Please also make sure that you have read Howard Fine’s book "Fine On Acting: A Vision of the Craft", in particular the section on Personalisation. The book is available for purchase at The Studio for $35 (cash only) but please do contact us first to see if there are a copy available. We also sell Howard's book via out website, which you can purchase by clicking here. The book is also available via online retailers such as The Book Depository and and Amazon. 


There are various procedures and guidelines in place here at The Studio in relation to the space and how to utilise it so everyone can enjoy a clean and safe working environment. Please read The Studio Information Pack, which includes information on kitchen use, rehearsal space hire, parking and public transport, etc. You can access it by clicking here. Please take the time to read this carefully, as it will hopefully answer a lot of your questions prior to beginning the course.


Here at The Studio, we rely on the help of everyone in class to keep things running smoothly. In order to assist with this, one or two students will be performing the role of ‘Stage Managers’ in class. The Stage Managers are your main point of contact for class related issues and their duties include:

  • Forwarding messages from the tutor to all participants

  • Sending out homework to participants

  • Making sure The Studio is neat and tidy at all times.

As a participant in class, we will often request your help in order to assist the Stage Managers. We have outlined some basic expectations we have of everyone taking part in classes at The Studio. These expectations are put in place for the benefit of everyone, and help us to ensure that all classes run as smoothly as possible. Therefore, it is greatly appreciated that you adhere to the following:

  • Be on time for every class. If, for some reason, you are running late for class, please let your Stage Managers know.

  • Be prompt in responding to the Stage Managers’ requests, both during and outside of class.

  • Help the Stage Managers at all times when in The Studio. This will often include helping to tidy up the space at the end of each class, putting furniture away, making sure the kitchen area is clean, arranging the chairs neatly in the space and any other cleaning and tidying that may need to be done. With everyone’s help, this can take a minimal amount of time and goes a long way to helping both the Stage Managers and The Studio.

get social

Our students are the most important part of the HFAS community, and we love to read your updates, whether it's the scene you're working on in class, some fun you had in rehearsals, or which lessons you're loving. 'Check in' at The Studio, tag us, and use the hashtag #HFAS. We love to hear from our students! You can follow us on social media via the links below (it's also a great way to keep up to date with Studio news!


You might like to join our Facebook group, where you can chat and share with the HFAS community.

Get to know your tutor, Marilyn McIntyre a little more before class commences. Marilyn’s website has updates regarding what she's currently up to, photos and videos of some of her past work and lots of other things you may find interesting. Have a look at what she’s done, and she’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have in class.

Also, get to know Howard Fine, the Artistic Director of The Studio, a little more. Watch his FilmNut interview with Jeff Schubert and their discussion on technique, the relationship between homework and rehearsal and some of the coaching work he's done with other actors.                                        

Finally, if you have any other questions about this course or The Studio, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to The Studio!