Advanced Acting Course

advanced acting courseOur 12 month Advanced Acting course is in full swing. Our acting students partaking in the advanced acting course have already worked with some of Australia’s best industry professionals. Here at Brave Studios we prepare our acting students for the real world giving them opportunities to develop their skills in order to be ready to work in the film and tv industry. Our students have worked with many of the top Casting Directors in Australia to help guide them in the right direction when preparing for an audition. They are currently preparing to self test for LA casting Director Caitlin Wells who will be giving all our students one on one feedback via a Skype session. This is an incredible opportunity to be seen by a casting director in LA and to open up a relationship with an LA contact. All our students are preparing for their audition this week. They have been working on their US accents in voice class with the very talented Tyler Coppin to make sure they self test effortlessly speaking American. Students have already worked with the very talented Film Director Ana Kokkinos over a weekend. Students were taken through a very unique process that Ana uses for actors when she is working on set before directing each student in our studio in front of the camera. This gave all our talented acting students the opportunity to work with a director as they would on set with another actor and to be directed by a film Director. We are in our 3rd term of our Advanced acting course and moving towards filming the students acting showreels and getting their head shots taken. 1 more term left to go, our acting students are working harder than ever to dive further into the craft of acting. Our advanced acting course for 2017 will be open to new enrolments at the end of this month. Look into it.

Atlantic Theatre School Teachers in Melbourne Australia

Atlantic Theatre SchoolAtlantic Theatre School Master teachers Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf land in Melbourne Australia at Brave Studios. We are now in Day 2 of this exciting 5 day intensive in Practical Aesthetics. Practical aesthetics is an acting technique originally conceived by David Mamet and William H. Macy, based on the teachings of StanislavskySanford Meisner.

Practical Aesthetics is based on the practice of breaking down a scene using a four-step analysis that entails the following:
1) The “Literal”: The essential and most basic description of what is taking place.
2) The “Want”: What does one character ultimately want the other character to say or do.
3) The “Essential Action”: An evocative and relevant description of what the actor wants within the scene. It is essential to understand that what the character is doing and what the actor is doing are separate.
4) The “As If”: This relates the “essential action” to the actor’s own life.

This technique is aimed at making the experience of acting entirely based on the will of the actor. It is in response to “The Method which some believe uses more introverted and self-based practices. The Practical Aesthetic asks an actor only to commit his will to the pursuit of an action based on the other actor.
14 talented actors have the wonderful and rare opportunity to work the technique in Melbourne Australia at Brave Studios. Actors will be guided through a compressed process of the work to enhance their work and impulsively get closer to their truth. Many Australian actors audition for the Atlantic Theatre School in NYC to experience training in Practical Aesthetics. Brave Studios are honoured to have Anya and Jacquelyn in Melbourne to teach Practical Aesthetics to actors in Australia. The teachings so far have been insightful, practical and inspiring. We look forward to the next 3 days ahead. For those of you new to Practical Aesthetics taught at the Atlantic Theatre School you can audit the last 2 days by clicking here. Don’t miss out!

acting students win roles

acting students win roles

Advanced acting students win roles after completing the Advanced Acting program at Brave Studios. Advanced acting students  Zoran and Clare both auditioned for a new and exiting TV show to start filming next month and have successfully landed their jobs. We are always happy when Brave Studios acting students win roles but have to admit, not surprised. Together with the professional standard of all our programs we run at Brave Studios and the exceptional staff who help to facilitate the courses, the standard of our acting students is very high. We are confident that we help to produce professional level acting students and prepare them for the industry. Zoran and Clare are just 2 examples of our acting students winning roles who are ready towering on set in a professional environment. Their commitment to the craft through extensive training has been rewarded with work in the end. Brave Studios Advanced Acting program opens doors to our students giving them opportunities to work with some of Australia’s elite industry professionals giving them the insight that they need to make it out there as an actor. When our acting students win roles it is the biggest compliment to Brave Studios and reinforces all the hard work we put in is all work it and above all…WORKING! This should inspire all actors to continue with their training. Keep on learning. Well done Zoran and Clare. Look forward to seeing you on our screens soon. Head shots by Actors Caravan


New York Acting WorkshopAn intensive New York Acting Workshop Intensive in practical aesthetics, the acting technique taught at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City by Master teachers Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf. Brave Studios is proud to present an exclusive opportunity to train with two master teachers from New York’s famed Atlantic Theater Company in Practical Aesthetics, Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf. This week long acting workshop in Practical Aesthetics brings together the two fundamental tenets of the technique, action and moment: thinking before you act and acting before you think.  Actors are empowered to make clear, specific choices based on a careful study of the text, and to execute their choices spontaneously and truthfully.  In this way, the class will teach the actor to prepare to improvise.  Saffir and Landgraf have been evolving the Practical Aesthetics acting technique together over the last decade at The Atlantic Acting School. Every year many Australian actors make the pilgrimage to New York City to study at the Atlantic Theatre School, a school known for it’s reputation in developing and nurturing both craft and technique. For the very first time in Australia , Brave Studios is thrilled to announce the exclusive opportunity to to train with two master teachers from New York’s famed Atlantic Theater Company, Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf. Practical Aesthetics is an acting technique originally conceived by David Mamet and William H. Macy, based on the teachings of Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner, and the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. For those of you looking for an acting workshop that will challenge you and your work, then do not look past this opportunity. This New York Acting Workshop in Melbourne is an exclusive opportunity to better your craft and skill level. What are you waiting for! Sign up for this unique opportunity to work with some of New Yorks prestigious acting coaches.

Damian Walshe Howling wins!

Damian Walshe HowlingActing Coach at Brave Studios, film director, writer and actor Damian Walshe-Howling wins prestigious International short film prize. Out of 4000 entries from over 100 countries Damian Walshe Howling was one of four to be selected for the Lexus short film competition. The film is set to be produced by the Weinstein company, putting Damian Walshe Howling in front of some of the film industry’s heaviest hitters. Damian Walshe Howling is an acting coach for our Advanced Actors Workshop here at Brave and his students all rave about his coaching technique. Damian Walshe Howling tells us coaching is like directing and he loves to work with actors whether it’s in a class room or on set. Damian Walshe Howling was flown to the Napa Valley in California USA where the announcement was made. Thanks to Lexus and The Weinstein Company Damian Walshe Howling and 3 other filmmakers, from the USA, France and South Korea will have their short films produced, receive promotional theatrical distribution and and participate in top film festivals all around the world as of June 2016. Damian Walshe Howling has been on the roster of film production company GUILTY for the past couple of years – here he’s directed successful advertising campaigns for the Federal Government Funded OUR WATCH campaign, and L’Oreal Fibralogy. His short film SUSPENDED was selected to screen a The Cannes Film Festival – the film which explores a world of frightening magical possibility through the eyes of a young boy. When referring to the film that he intends to make Damian Walshe Howling said “I’ve basically written a story that’s looking at linking concepts of ancient culture and the modern world … our romantic views of certain ways of living that we go after in the modern world, We covet these old wisdoms that I guess what they’re saying is come back to yourself, come back to simplicity. But it’s very much set within the Australian landscape.” We are so proud of Damian Walshe Howling and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for him. Go Damo!



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Voice class and Movement courses continue to be essential to the development and progression of actors. Working with your voice can be the key to unlocking your truth and creativity. Brave Studios now offers Voice class and movement courses for actors of all levels to continue to expand and fine tune their instrument. Actors currently taking the voice class are learning new things about themselves along with invaluable tools to take to their work. Be it body/breath connection, channelling of nerves or simply voice strengthening students are thrilled with their progress so far. Brave Studios are also offering Alexander Technique as their movement course component and the results have been incredible. Actors coming from Alexander Technique back into their class work –  be it the Actors Workshop, Advanced Actors Workshop or Beginners have found a greater openness, strength and deeper connection to themselves and their work. Here you can read about other successful actors and their take on the benefits of voice class and movement courses.

school holiday courses Melbourne

Looking for school holiday courses melbourneschool holiday courses Melbourne? Brave Studios offer acting courses for kids and teenagers every school holiday. If your child is looking for drama and experience in front of the camera then these school holiday courses Melbourne are for you. Many students come back to these school holiday acting workshops as they are filled with plenty of drama activities, dress ups and acting! Weather it be for confidence , socialising, or your love for film and TV these School holiday workshops are exploding with drama. Our teachers are filled with an abundance of experience and energy bringing every class alive and colourful. Drama in the school holidays at Brave Studios will leave you felling fantastic, confident and wanting more. Our studios are fully equipped with props and a costume department for all the young actors out there to get into character and explore. For our teenage actors, our fully equipped film studio will be where you act in front of the camera and be directed. Our teenage actors will walk away with all the filmed scenes so you can show everyone at home the amazing work you do. These school holiday courses Melbourne are really close to Melbourne CBD. Just 7 minutes drive from the heart of Melbourne, our studios are really easy to get to. So come along to out acting and drama school holiday courses and be brave and ACT NOW!

2 Acting School Graduates Land Agents!

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We couldn’t be prouder of 2 more of our recent graduates of the Advanced Actors Training Ground, Joanna Sakkas And Michelle Rowley who both secured representation at the end of their course with Brave Studios. Michelle and Joanna completed this course at the end of last term and were accepted onto the rosters of 2 prominent agents. Both Actors said that the opportunity to perform for industry professionals was a great pay off to the 16 weeks of hard work – comprising of voice, movement and scene work classes. Melbourne Agents, casting directors and other industry decision makers are invited to a showcase of the graduating class, and we were thrilled with the calibre of of performance and invitees. Both actors have been auditioning and Joanna has continued her studies in the Advanced Actors Workshop with Adrienne Pickering and Damian Walsh-Howling.

Self Test brings Actor closer to US Feature

self test in Melbourne Melbourne Brave Studios acting student, professional actor and regular self test client Gemma Bird Matheson is self testing up storm at the moment and absolutely killing it! Having done 7 self tests for US productions in the last month, and currently on her 3rd call-back for a US feature film, Gemma can most definitely say her hard work is paying off. Gemma is currently in the Advanced Actors Workshop here at Brave Studios and can be seen in a TVC for Ford on air at the moment. Doing a self test for international productions has become such a normal part of the Australian Industry it’s great to see that actors do get seen and noticed if they self test. Gemma is proving that acting training and persistence does pay off. We are crossing our fingers and toes for Gemma and look forward to the phone call when she tells us she’s secured the role!