American Accent
American Accent Coach Troy Mackinder works with Melbourne students.

Australia’s best American Accent Coach runs courses in Melbourne exclusive to Brave Studios.

Brave Studios are excited to have Australia’s best American Accent coach back on board. Troy Mackinder instructs the American Accent Course exclusive to Brave Studios in Melbourne. American trained actor Troy Mackinder is a professional US accent coach currently based in QLD, he has worked on numerous American productions cast and filmed in Australia and has trained some of Australia’s most well known actors including Jane Allsop, Michael Dorman, Isabel Lucas, Vince Colosimo, Erik Thompson, Claudia Karvan, Jay Laga’aia and Vince Colosimo.

With so many castings, acting auditions and self tests coming through Brave Studios, we know that the American Accent is very important to get right. Hollywood castings are becoming more global we are seeing numerous roles being tested and cast from Australia, this means more opportunities for those Australian actors who are able to perform dialogue with an genuine American accent.

It doesn’t matter how good you are as an Actor, if your accent is not up to scratch you are not going to get the role. Troy Mackinder has constructed a formula that is very easy to translate and put into practice. The added bonus is that Troy is American and comes from an acting background. Troy understands the ‘actor’ and what they need to focus on in order to make a character come to life whilst ‘speaking American’. Often the only obstacle in the way of winning interest from a self test or audition, is the ability for an Australian actor to portray a believable American Accent.
As actors we believe that it is important to not get lazy about such things as the way you speak and invest in yourself as an actor to exceed in all areas of the craft.

Troy visits Melbourne exclusively to Brave Studios to teach professional actors to understand and speak American english in the American accent course. All students who have attended the course have walked away speaking fluently with an American Accent and had a formula to rely on and apply to their next audition. Start speaking American now and take the plunge.

Our first American Accent course ran in 2013 at Brave Studios and was a true success. The level of commitment from both the students and Troy Mackinder over the weekend, was truly admirable. Troy flew into Melbourne to run the weekend intensive course for actors as part of our Professional series. The course covered the following topics which were also be applied to scene work.

  • How important is RESONANCE and how to find it.
  • How to find American EMPHASIS
  • STRESS of SYLLABLES and their importance
  • Placement for VOWELS and where they differ from Australian
  • How to take the dread out of finding the R
  • How to use an American dictionary to help with your accent.

All students were sent their work to further analyse and study their work to continue practising their accent on a daily basis.

Professional actors Daniela Farinacci and Paul Denny have this to say about the course …

Daniella Farinacci Brave Studios US Accent Course Testimonial from Brave Studios on Vimeo.

Paul Denny Brave Studios US Accent Course testimonial from Brave Studios on Vimeo.


What do you find difficult about the American Accent?


Would you like to Audition for the Advanced Actor Training Ground?

Advanced actor training ground
Students involved in scene selection

Advanced Actor Training Ground Auditions

There are very few classes available in Melbourne that allow semi-professional to advanced level actors to explore scenework in depth. The Advanced Actor Training ground allows actors to do this whilst in the company of other actors at the same level. As professional actors, we know that it is so important for actors maintain their skills through scene work and scene exploration with other actors, this helps the actor to touch on aspects of the scenes that they may not have considered and to integrate and process direction. This is one of the best ways that an actor can train in preparation for acting work in their professional life.

To make sure that all actors are of similar standard, students who wish to join the class for an 8 week term of scene work are asked to contact us to audition for a place in the course. Auditions are open to those who have had previous training and/ or experience equivalent to competency in the Beginner Acting Training ground and who understand the fundamental acting concepts of scene work.

If you already have some acting training and experience under your belt and are considering auditioning for the next 8 week Advanced Actor Training Ground Course please fill out the enrolment form found here attach your CV and links to showreels and request an audition time, we will assess your training, provide you with a scene to learn and an audition with one of our studio directors.

Many students who have completed the Advanced Actor Training Course are currently working professionally in the industry in both tv, film and theatre. With many returning to complete the course numerous times to keep up their skills. We maintain a strong relationship with our acting students and support them on their acting journey as much as we can by also providing the opportunity to participate in acting drop-in classes and master classes with guest teachers.

How do you keep your acting skills up to date?

Casting Director Rosie Traynor Auditions at Brave Studios

This workshop will give participants an exclusive and intimate opportunity to work with the esteemed Melbourne Casting Director, Rosie Traynor. Students will gain inside information on the casting process and better their understanding of what’s required in an audition environment. This course is aimed at providing students with practical skills on how to approach the chat to camera, visual only commercials and 100% commercials. Rosie will also focus on working with directors and casting directors, the purpose of the screen-test and how to best market yourself.

Casting Director Rosie Traynor Auditioning Course

Rosie Traynor is an accomplished casting director with almost 30 years experience based in Melbourne. She is currently known for her position at Chameleon casting in Melbourne. Her experience in casting covers everything from TV commercials to Theatre, Television and Film. Rosie has also worked with Freemantle Media and Faith Martin Casting. Rosie has cast for Stingers, Blue Heelers, Offspring, Rush, Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, Twisted Sister (currently in production), Lake Mungo (feature). As well as casting many TVC’s.
Rosie has a wealth of information to share with students. In her Brave Studios course she spends time honing skills with the individuals she trains through her Brave Studios workshops. Rosie is an industry all-rounder who is well-known and respected by the acting fraternity for talent spotting and facilitating the best-possible performances, and for understanding client briefs, commercial to drama, from all angles. She has also worked in the industry as a talent agent, talent co-ordinator, production coordinator, actor and acting coach .
Brave Studios is the only place where you can experience a workshop with Rosie that lasts a full day with a small number of students. Rosie provides our students with individual feedback and specific training in Auditioning skills appropriate to any type of audition. You will experience a screentest complete with personalised feedback (unlike you’d ever receive at a real screen-test) and you will get the opportunity to workshop a scene with Rosie and see how you progress throughout the day.
Our auditioning course is a unique opportunity to gain an insiders perspective on the casting process which will help students to better understand how the industry works and what needs to be done to have the best possible chance at success.

You can enrol for this course by clicking here 

Acting Course Audition success with Jan Russ

Acting for film and TV courses at Brave studios for Teenagers in Melbourne. Learn how to act in front of the camera, audition and work with other actors. Jann Russ was the casting consultant for Neighbours for over 25 years.3 Brave Studios students who participated in Jan Russ’s acting course held this week have gained auditions. The student had just completed the Acting for the Camera School Holiday Teens 2 day Acting Course.

Course director, Jan Russ has worked in the industry for over 25 years. She is an experienced actor and is well known as a former casting director and producer on Channel Ten’s Neighbours, having worked with people such as Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan & Natalie Imbruglia and many other well known Australian artists.

Students spent 2 days workshopping scenes in front of the camera and exploring the ins and outs of script work. Jan’s teaching covers important aspects of script work which include listening and reacting, concentrating and focusing. Students received positive feedback and really warmed to Jan’s friendly nature, she had a wonderful rapport with the young inspiring actors.  She was impressed by how well well prepared the students were for this workshop.

3 students who excelled were submitted for upcoming castings. We wish them the best of luck as they audition for an ABC drama program and an American feature film.
This success shows how important it is to take initiative with your acting training and to make sure that you’re an active participant in industry workshops which can lead to valuable opportunities. At Brave Studios we encourage and support all of our students in their endeavours and make it a point let them know when opportunities arise.

Students have been calling asking for more teens classes, stay tuned, more classes will be announced soon.


Acting School Melbourne.Thea McLeod to run more Audition Workshops in 2013!! Neighbours Casting consultant Thea McLeod will be returning to Brave Studios to run more Audition workshops in 2013. After a huge success with Thea’s Audition Workshops in 2012, we are to run more Audition workshops in 2013. Thea stated that she was impressed with the students level of talent coming through Brave Studios. Thea often casts roles through students attending her workshops and benefits out of running them as much as the students coming to learn from them. Thea McLeod is one of Melbourne’s top casting Directors currently casting channel 11’s Neighbours. Thea also independently casts many Feature Films and TV dramas.These Audition workshops are highly beneficial for the actor out there wanting to better their chances in the auditioning room. At Brave Studios we will run more auditioning workshops with Thea McLeod in 2013 helping actors to better their chances of winning that role. Our Auditioning workshops are designed to give actors one on one time with Thea to get the attention they deserve. Students will learn useful auditioning skills from Thea and, handy tips to think about at your next Audition and constructive personal feedback. All our class sizes are kept to a minimum to ensure all students get the most out of the Audition workshop. We believe it is paramount to question why you are not winning your auditions and to act on it. These workshops are designed to help actors find out what it is you need to change to start getting noticed and winning roles!