Advanced Acting Course








Our 12 Month Course is an incredible advanced intensive and comprehensive study of acting for the camera for adults. All students receive training in Voice, Movement, Scene Study, Alexander Technique and workshops with influential Australian Casting Directors and Directors.

You will be launched into the industry at the culmination of this course with a package of professional headshots and showreel sent to all leading Australian Agents and Casting Directors.


Adults train as a professional actor through our 12 Month Course, whilst still being able to work or study full or part-time.

Students will not only gain a valuable insight into the industry, but also a deep knowledge of themselves in order to create grounded, truthful performances. In doing so, you will not only learn about acting but also about yourself. You will learn how to process emotions and to express yourself truthfully, with confidence and ease.

Course creators and Brave Studios owners Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou are industry professionals with over four decades’ experience combined. They understand the demands and expectations of what it takes to be a working actor. Their close involvement ensures that students receive the highest quality training in a safe and nurturing environment.

Brave Studios prides itself on the personal attention we give to each and every student. We cap our class sizes to 12 students – A rare and luxurious opportunity! Students therefore are able to work in front of the teacher each and every class.



Students are assigned scenes throughout the course, teaching them how to take a script and translate it into a solid performance in front of the camera in our fully-equipped studio. All footage is then made available for our students to watch in their own time for self-critiquing. This teaches our students a valuable lesson in self-reflection that will stay with them after the completion of the course.

We pride ourselves in creating a safe environment to work in as we believe the best performances come from feeling safe enough to take risks and play.

Our Scene Study teachers include highly reputable actors and acting teachers Damian Walshe-HowlingMark Hennessy, and Lyndelle Green.

All teachers independently offer unique techniques and methods of training, including Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Chubbuck and Stanislavsky. This enables students to pick and choose from which method resonates with them the most once they have completed the course.


Vocal training is one of the most critical aspects of actor training. This class, taught by acclaimed and incredibly experienced actor Rob Meldrum, enables the actor to learn how to access their voice properly, improve their vocal clarity, diversity and power.

By training the voice, the actor is able to access emotions, use their breath and deliver a stronger, more confident performance.


The advent of self-testing for international projects has dictated the necessity for all Australian actors to perfect the US accent.

NIDA-trained actor Tyler Coppin will not only teach students the phonetics of the accent, but also practicing self-testing in the accent on camera. He will help all students prepare for the US Self test audition with LA casting Director Caitlin Wells.


In this modern age, we spend a lot of time on our computers or looking down at our phones. This fills our bodies with tension through straining our neck and shoulders and disconnects us from the world around us. Through the Alexander Technique, you will reconnect with your body. You will find your natural alignment and centre of gravity.

Leonardo Canales will guide students through every aspect of the technique, which has become absolutely indispensable for any serious actor.
Learn more about the Alexander Technique here.


Our movement training component is run by the renowned teacher Anne O’Keefe. Her extensive knowledge of movement techniques and work from some of the worlds greatest teachers gives students a complete and integrated physical training.

Movement for actors enables them to be free and expressive in their body. Anne is incredible in teaching this method which enables actors to connect to characters through physical positions. This enables you to get out of your head and into the experience of someone else’s life and feelings.


Brave Studios’ director Damien Fotiou teaches the auditioning component of the 12-Month Acting Course. Damien has more than twenty years experience as a professional actor and producing self tests and castings. His extensive experience means he provides a unique prospective on the casting process from both in-front and behind the camera.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with Casting Director Megan D’Arcy from Nick Hamon Casting. This will give them a truthful insight into how the casting industry works and what to expect as an actor. Megan’s extensive knowledge and experience of the casting world is invaluable for all acting students wanting to know the ins-and-outs of the industry.


Students have the exclusive opportunity to be a part of two, full-weekend Masterclasses throughout the year:

  • Ana Kokkinos Masterclass – Australian Filmaker and Director

    We are privileged to have one of Australia’s most acclaimed Film Directors, ANA KOKKINOS teaching our students her method of direction. This is an exclusive opportunity for participants to work with Ana and learn her unique process for bringing a script to life; a process which can be transferred and used with any script from audition through to performance. Over the last twenty years Ana has firmly established herself as one of our most innovative and creative film makers. With titles such as ‘Only the Brave’, ‘Head On’  and ‘Blessed’ to her name Ana has firmly stamped her mark on the Australian film making landscape. Her television credits have garnered her widespread acclaim from actors for her directing process and eye for detail, something which is sadly lacking in today’s industry.


    US Selftest Workshop with Caitlin Well

    You will spend one day Skyping with Caitlin Well, a successful Hollywood Casting Director working as a Casting Associate for the Warner Brothers’ feature casting department. Credits include BATMAN VS SUPERMAN (2016), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015), TARZAN (2016) and THE GREAT GATSBY (2013), Click here for more. All students will record self tests for Caitlin in our studio followed by a live Skype session to receive direct feedback and honest, constructive criticism. You will be taken through the casting process from not only the actors perspective, but also the standpoint of the decision makers.



    Casting Workshop with one of Melbourne’s top Casting Directors

    You will also have the chance to work with one of Melbourne’s leading Casting Directors. This workshop will cover auditioning skills and techniques to help you better your audition process. You will learn how to approach a script and receive invaluable insights from a casting director’s perspective. Many actors leave from an audition never knowing why they may not have won the role. This is a great way for you to receive feed back from a casting director to help you move into the right direction.


To ensure students are ready when they graduate, a showreel and headshots are vital.

A video production team will film and edit a professional showreel for each student and include stunning headshots by the extremely talented photographer Pier Carthew of The Actors’ Caravan. This is to aid you in approaching industry professionals on completion of this course and showcase your work for potential auditions.


The culmination of twelve months of hard work is a showcase screening of our students final showreel scenes.

The showcase includes a screening of each students’ showreel filmed professionally in Term 3. This will then be sent to leading Australian Casting Directors and acting Agents Australia wide for potential representation.

Past cohorts of students have secured representation with leading Australian Casting Agents following our showcase.


Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Monday evenings 7.30pm – 10.30pm Scenework
Wednesday evenings  7.15 – 10.15pm – Voice
Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm – Movement / 1pm – 4pm – Scenework

Term 1:

29th April – 29th June 2019

Term 2:

15th July – 14th September 2018

Term 3:

7th October – 7th December 2018

Term 4:

3rd February – 28th March 2019

*Applicants are expected to commit to all course dates listed above.


$11,250 (inc GST)
$10,750 if paying in full at commencement of the course
Can be paid in 2 instalments of $5,625.00 per semester
Term instalments can also be arranged upon enrolment
$500.00 deposit is required to secure your place.


*Applicants must complete one or more of the following pre-requisites. Auditioning with one of the school directors is strongly recommended

  • By audition at Brave Studios with one of the Acting School Directors.
  • Have completed Brave Studios The Actors Workshop Transitional Course and has been invited to apply into the 12 month program  (assessment upon conclusion of course)
  • Equivalent training or experience of the above course. Please send your CV and showreel to to be assessed. You will be asked to audition should your submissions not be sufficient.

View our recommended reading for the course here.



Dockland Cotton Mills
33/91 Moreland St
Footscray, 3011






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Acting | Ana Kokkinos






Alexander Technique|Penny McDonald

Alexander |Penny McDonald





US Self Test | Caitlin Wells

US Self Test|Caitlin Well







us accent coach

US accent| Tyler Coppin


Anne O'Keeffe Headshot

Movement| Anne O’Keefe