Melbourne's Leading Acting School

Brave Studios is Victoria's preeminent acting school specialising in Film and Television. From our professional studios in the creative Docklands Cotton Mills precinct, we offer courses in acting for television and film, TV presenting, voice and auditioning workshops and more.


Passion &

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 be able to explore the craft of acting with freedom and tenacity.

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Our Teachers

Brave Studios is proud to be an Acting school run for actors, by industry professionals. All our staff and teachers  are highly qualified who have worked with some of Australias elite artists in major Australian productions, and teachers who have taught and studied at major acting schools both in Australia wide and internationally.  

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Classes For All
Skill Levels

We have a range of acting workshops and courses available for those who wish to improve their personal development skills aspiring actors, or professionals who wish to develop their skills. Our courses are run over 3 levels – Beginner, Actors Workshop and Advanced/Professional. Not sure where you fit? We can advise you on which course would best suit your experience and expertise.

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What sets Brave
Studios Apart?

Small class sizes Here at Brave Studios, we cap our class sizes to a max of 12-16 students. We believe that actors in training should be practising in front of the teacher each and every week in order to see significant progress. It also allows the teacher to give our students more specific, individual attention and feedback. Individual focus and support We take pride in individually streaming all our courses to make sure all students are being challenged and supported at the appropriate level. We are happy to be a sounding board for students who wish to progress, offering advice on their work and the industry at large.

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Whilst some other training facilities might work on false promises offering Acting representation, trips to Hollywood, your name in lights and starring roles with Leonardo DiCaprio, we certainly don’t. We put honesty at the forefront of everything we do. We make sure our students are given truthful feedback at all times, from beginners to professional actors. This is a very difficult industry to break into and we make that very clear from the start of your journey with us. Of course, we do have successful students and clients working in  Australia and overseas, but we won’t tell you what you want to hear simply because you want to hear it. We work hard so that if you work hard, we can guide you as best we can to where you fit in the industry. By creating a safe environment to train in, our students feel free to take risks and make bold choices. We only learn by embracing our failures and learning from them!

Our Staff

Here are the mugshots of our lovely directors and the hard-working office staff who will answer your calls and send you those emails!