About Brave

Professional Acting School Melbourne

Brave Studios is the preeminent provider of acting courses, Melbourne wide. We are a well-established film and television school offering courses in acting for television and film, TV presenting, Voice, Alexander technique and auditioning workshops.

Acting Classes in Melbourne

We have a range of acting workshops and courses available for aspiring actors or those who wish to develop their skills. We keep the size of our acting classes in Melbourne small, so that each student can realise his or her full potential. Our acting for film and television course is run over 3 levels – Beginner  Actors Workshop and Advanced. We can advise you on which course would best suit your experience. If you’re an absolute beginner you can get a taste of what the courses involve by completing out 3 hour Introduction to acting workshop.
For the more experienced/professional actor we offer Professional Acting Workshops under the direction of some of Australia’s best directors.

Brave Studios also offers Voice class and Alexander Technique classes with Australia’s best coaches to make sure you are getting the most out of your acting training.

Our TV presenting course in Melbourne is also available in different levels to best match your skills. The TV presenting course is designed to give you the skills needed to confidently present a TV show, while developing your own style, setting you apart from everyone else. This course is a great way to make a showreel and get you ready to work.

We also offer auditioning workshops in Melbourne, to ensure you have all the skills you need when you present yourself to potential directors and producers. All our auditioning workshops are run by professional casting directors from some of Australia’s top casting agencies and TV shows, giving you real world experience and feedback.

All courses are designed by Brave Studios’ owners Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou in conjunction with each of our teachers. Both Elle and Damien are professional actors with over 40 years of experience between them. “We strongly believe that by providing a safe and nurturing environment, offering industry professionals as our teachers and guaranteeing only honest feedback, you will most successfully be able to explore the craft of acting.”


Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou are the Directors of Brave Studios. They continue to find the right balance of creating a safe environment to learn in whilst challenging each individual in order to get to the core and truth of each performer. Elle and Damien have been involved professionally within the Film and TV industry for over 25 years and bring their knowledge, passion and insight to each and every aspect of Brave Studios. Their energy and commitment is unparalleled and continues to create excellent results for all involved.

Alexis Porter is a major part of the Brave Studios team and brings her industry expertise and enthusiasm to to all areas of Brave. Alexis coordinates all our courses at Brave Studios, provides our clients with great customer service and assists in finding the right course for each individual.

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Rehearsal Space for Hire in Melbourne

We have two spaces in Footscray available for hire. The acting studio for hire has everything you would need – two full HD video cameras, a flat screen monitor, green screen, autocue teleprompter, and much more. The large rehearsal space has masses of natural light pouring in and is perfect for script reading,film and theatre rehearsals or can be used as a waiting room for castings.
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Self Test in Melbourne

As American and other International studios require you to send in a self test video to audition for a role, we have professional facilities to film self tests in Melbourne at our Footscray premises. Our studio is fitted out with all you need for your self test and, as part of the fee, we provide an experienced actor to read the lines with you, full editing of the test scenes and uploading and sending to the appropriate contact.

Video Production Services in Melbourne

The Brave Studios team can provide you with a wide range of video solutions to meet your video production needs. We offer video production services to help you to film and edit actors showreels, TV presenter showreels, video for small businesses including web content and corporate video.

Our Film and Television School in Melbourne

We’re proud of our film and television school and the actors it produces. We love watching our students go on and take their acting to film and TV, both in Australia and abroad. We are confident we have the best film and television courses Melbourne can offer to people who are interested in learning and developing their acting career.