Acting Classes in Atlanta at The Robert Mello Studio

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AUDITING: Auditing is up to the discretion of the instructor. At this time, Brad Brinkley’s Practical Aesthetics class is the only class in which an audit is permitted, but feel free to check with the individual instructors. Instructor email addresses can be found under each class description.

 

Improv for Actors

More and more, actors are asked to improvise in auditions and on shoot days. Actors need to add improvisation to their acting arsenal.

In this class especially designed for actors, you will learn to trust your instincts from script analysis to the rehearsal process, and throughout your performance. You’ll continue  to practice always staying in the moment and allowing yourself to just be. It’s also the most fun you’ll ever have in an acting class! You will leave the class with the skills to:

  • Make simple, direct, and clear choices
  • Deliver more confident auditions
  • Stay present, open, and in-the-moment. Create and maintain an instant connection with your scene partner

FREE SAMPLE CLASS offered Wednesday, May 23

Begins Wednesday, May 30
Six weeks– Wednesdays 7-10 pm (no class on July 4)
Cost: $225
Instructor: Ian Covell
To register for the class, go here.  For questions, email: ian@highwirecomedy.com

acting Basics

This fun, low-pressure 4 week class will continue to build on and develop the skills and tools you may have learned in Acting 101 and offer an opportunity to explore improv, give you an intro to the Meisner technique and begin to explore the basics of acting more thoroughly.

You will work on your feet more than in your seat!  Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Note: Acting 101 is NOT a prerequisite for this class. All experience levels are welcome.

Begins: Monday, June 4 or Monday, July 2
Four weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $135
Instructor:Omer Mughal. Email omer.mughal1@gmail.com to enroll!

THE WORKOUT: Intermediate/Advanced Meisner workout and scene study class.

Continue to build skill and energize your technique through core Meisner based exercises and assigned scenes.  Ongoing class with four week minimum commitment.  Pre-requisite requirements: completion of the Meisner intensive or by permission of the instructor.

Start Date: Contact the Instructor for start date
Four week sessions– Fridays 11- 2 pm
Cost: $125 for four weeks
Instructor: Kate Brown
Email Kate at kateonstage@gmail.com  to reserve your spot. Waitlist is available.

Ignite your creativity

Artists get stuck all the time. This class offers ways to expand your practice so that in those moments where the ideas just don’t know how to manifest, you will know how to move the work forward. By using physical training, partner work, and devising techniques, this class will allow its participants to:

  • Explore ways to strengthen a working ensemble
  • Discover how play can inform how you analyze and interpret text based work
  • Form a personal practice that will serve as an ignition to creativity

Each class will highlight an artist’s work. Be that a writer, painter, musician, etc.

Start Date: June 17
Four week session– Sundays 6-9 pm
Cost: $80 for four weeks
Instructor: Ashley James
To register, email: ashleyjames51@gmail.com

Acting for the Camera and Stage

Grounded in Strasberg, Jayson guides the actor through the fundamentals of relaxation, concentration and effort via exercises, monologues, and scene study. This is only for those who are serious about acting as a full-time career. An ongoing studio environment – students may join at any time there are openings. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS.
Jayson offers the only “ongoing style” acting class in Atlanta. Often called LA or NY style classes, this is how the pros study. He teaches acting, not tips and tricks, including Strasberg, Hagen, Adler, Stanislavski, etc. via scene study and exercises. This class is for the serious professional actor looking to make a career.

Mondays, 10-1 pm
Mondays, 3:30-6:30 pm
Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 pm
Wednesdays, 10-1 pm
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 pm

$400 for 12 three hour weekly sessions. Paid in full at orientation prior to attendance of first class.
Interview required with Mr. Smith for admission. There is a waiting list, so please be patient. 
Class size is limited. No auditing. Contact Mr. Smith’s asst. at classinquiryjws@gmail.com to arrange an interview. Please note: inquiries are reviewed as they come in and interviews are scheduled when there are openings, so please be patient for a response. 

Instructor: Jayson Smith

YOGA FOR ACTORS (And Anyone Else)

Geared towards actors, but open to anyone, Kimberly will lead you through a rejuvenating morning yoga practice with an emphasis on getting centered, focused and present for the day’s work in class, auditions and bookings.

Ongoing: Tuesday/Thursday Mornings 9:15 to 10:30.

$5 Suggested minimum donation. Bring your own mat. Open to all levels. Questions? Contact Kimberly at kimberlyhamilton22@gmail.com

NEXT Up: BEGINNER VIEWPOINTS/ Level 1

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This class is a beginner level class for actors of all mediums and experience levels. In addition to an introduction to the 9 Viewpoints, we will focus primarily on applying the Viewpoints to on-camera, live theater, and improv work. Students will learn to apply the physical and vocal Viewpoints to characters, short scenes, and improv. Actors will use their bodies to tell the story, build strong characters, and create relationship.

Note: No prior acting, Viewpoints, or movement experience is required to take this class.

Begins: July 30
Six weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $175
Instructors: Eliana Marianes 
To register for the class, please email Eliana at emarianes2@gmail.com

 Coming Soon…

VIEWPOINTS– PHYSICALITY FOR THE ACTOR!

Viewpoints is a performance technique that helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies. Through this class, you’ll learn how to connect with others onstage, how to follow your physical impulses, and how to feel comfortable in your own skin while performing. Think of it as “Meisner for the body!” This class is an excellent way to prepare for the Meisner Intensive or for the Get the F*ck Out of Your Head Scene and Monologue Study. At the Studio, we offer Levels 1-3 and Advanced classes, as well as workshops.

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  • How to use our unique body types and individual talents to stand out
  • How to become physically alive on set or onstage without fear of being “too big” or “stealing focus”
  • How to build a character with an engaging physical life from a character breakdown
  • How to communicate meaning and story with just our bodies (vital for those day player roles or ensemble work!)

 

ACTING 101

So, you want to be an actor?
In this four week course you will learn how to begin training and pursuing a career as an actor. Fun. No pressure. For adults 18+

-An overview of the business of acting: agents, headshots, marketing.
-Acting exercises to try out your skills and see yourself on camera.
-Steps you can take today to begin pursuing your career.

Start Date: TBD
Four weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $135
Instructor: Candace Mabry
Email Candace at candacemabry@yahoo.com to reserve your spot for the next session!

SHAKESPEARE FOR NON MAJORS– New Class

Shakespeare….

A name that has struck fear into the hearts of millions of 9th graders and continues to terrorize us even today. When a friend invites you to see Macbeth, do your palms begin to sweat? Does the thought of seeing Two Gentlemen of Verona immediately send you out to refill your Adderall prescription stay awake?

Does Shakespeare just bore the fuck out of you?

The works of William Shakespeare are THE most produced plays in the world. They are constantly being revisited in movie form as well, from top directors like Baz Luhrmann and Joss Whedon.

Not only is Shakespeare enormously entertaining – it is also a great tool for your acting training and is one of the major reasons UK actors are often considered “better trained” than actors in the U.S.

In this six week course, we’ll discuss the world in which Shakespeare wrote, have fun dissecting performances on stage and screen, practice basic tools for tackling the text, and sample some more advanced methods for mastering Shakespeare’s language in a fun,  ensemble driven learning environment.

**If you’re interested in our upcoming Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of Romeo and Juliet, this would be a excellent opportunity to get your feet wet before auditioning**

Begins: Monday, March 5
Six weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $95
Instructor:Jase Wingate. Email jase.wingate@gmail.com to enroll!

 

GET THE FU*K OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

Complete Scene and Monologue Study: Voice, Body and Mind

Combine the freeing of the body and voice through the external approach of VIEWPOINTS with the internal work and techniques of master acting instructors Stella Adler, Daryl Hickman and more.

The combination  of the two allows and encourages the actor to fully develop character while exploring the internal needs expressed in text. Over the six weeks of the course you will be brought step by step to a clear understanding of the power and combination of these two techniques for your acting – whether it’s stage or film/tv. This new toolset will be immediately applicable to your work and your auditions.

Begins TBD
Six weeks– Wednesdays 7-10 pm
Cost: $225 (10% discount for SAG/ AFTRA or Equity members)
Instructors: Clayton Landey &  Eliana Marianes 
To be considered for the class, please email headshot and resume to Eliana at emarianes2@gmail.com

VIEWPOINTS– PHYSICALITY FOR THE ACTOR!

Viewpoints is a performance technique that helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies. Through this class, you’ll learn how to connect with others onstage, how to follow your physical impulses, and how to feel comfortable in your own skin while performing. Think of it as “Meisner for the body!” This class is an excellent way to prepare for the Meisner Intensive or for the Get the F*ck Out of Your Head Scene and Monologue Study.

Actors will learn:12525648_10101207134145317_8456291625499742288_o

  • How to use our unique body types and individual talents to stand out
  • How to become physically alive on set or onstage without fear of being “too big” or “stealing focus”
  • How to build a character with an engaging physical life from a character breakdown
  • How to communicate meaning and story with just our bodies (vital for those day player roles or ensemble work!)

physical theater viola spolin quoteNext Up: Intermediate Viewpoints/ Level 2

The class will dive deeper into our exploration of the physical and vocal viewpoints and building a stronger ensemble, and will touch on some new concepts like manipulating objects/architecture (useful for framing a shot or settling in on set), combining gestures and text with Meisner-like repetition exercises, the ancient Japanese structure of Jo-Ha-Kyu (beginning/middle/end), working with text to create new work, and exercises in using your unique self to strengthen your character choices. Note: prior Viewpoints experience is required for this class

Start Date: TBD
Six weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $175
Instructor: Eliana Marianes
To enroll, email Eliana at emarianes2@gmail.com

Dialects

“There are a limited number of things in this business that you can control. As an actor, your body is your instrument. Challenge it and further your training—vocally and physically.”

Susan G. Reid, Casting Director

You will lose the opportunity to audition and book if you can only speak in your regional dialect. It is common to see a breakdown with “NO SOUTHERN ACCENTS.” In this class you will not discard your natural, regional dialect, but ADD some: the General American dialect, BBC English, Estuary, and your choice of Cockney, Irish or Tangier (the closest living relative of Elizabethan English).

In this six week course, actors will:

  • Learn a series of exercises to practice at home and in class to help reduce your regional dialect.
  • Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and other tools so you can break down smile dialect on your own.
  • Master of the building blocks of the General American dialect, BBC and Estuary English, and a fourth dialect of choice
  • Apply the work directly to a monologue and/or scene.

Start date: TBD
Six weeks– Thursdays 7-10 pm
Cost: $250 (10% SAG/AFTRA discount available)
Instructor: Brad Brinkley
Email atlvoiceandmovement@gmail.com to express interest in the next round of voice classes!

“Train the whole actor. Do not limit yourself to one class or a single acting technique. Expose yourself to as many different coaches and methods as possible. A vocal and physical acting technique class can be a game changer for you. Acting for the camera is deceptive.  Many actors don’t realize the vocal and physical demands of the craft of acting. There are a limited number of things in this business that you can control. As an actor, your body is your instrument. Challenge it and further your training—vocally and physically.” – Susan G. Reid, Casting Director

VOCAL PRODUCTION FOR ACTORS Level one

“The need for further development of voice, diction and breathing technique is desperate, not only to compete with the influx of film artists arriving from other markets, but to land roles in today’s Southeast film and television industry.” Erica Arvold

Vocal training is an imperative for any actor – whether they are concentrating on TV/Film or stage. Great acting is an integration of body, voice and heart and the speaking voice is one of the strongest expressions of the inner life that casting directors want to see. Improper use of the voice can block feeling, expression and the truth of the moment and keep you from reaching your fullest potential as an actor.

Centering on the techniques developed by master voice teacher Kristen Linklater, this 6-week course helps actors and public speakers:

-Identify and release habitual tension.
-Develop a high degree of mind-body-voice-emotion integration.
-Develop more natural spinal alignment and breathing
-Enrich tone and clarity
-Strengthen breathing and vocal musculature
-Improve articulation

You were made to be heard. Vocal Production for Actors will unleash the beauty and power of one of the most overlooked tools in an actor’s arsenal – the voice.

Start Date: TBD
6 Weeks– Mondays 7–10 PM
Cost: $250 (10% SAG/AFTRA discount available)
Instructor: Brad Brinkley
Email atlvoiceandmovement@gmail.com to enroll!

“With the rapid growth of the Southeast market in the film and television industry, I am thrilled when I witness regional actors prioritizing serious study of craft into their practice. The need for further development of voice, diction and breathing technique is desperate, not only to compete with the influx of film artists arriving from other markets, but to land roles in today’s Southeast film and television industry. And, most importantly, by dedicating oneself to consistently learning and discovering more within one’s craft, each actor contributes to raising the bar of the filmmaking community as a whole..we all benefit from each other’s commitment and professionalism!”  –Erica Arvold, Casting Director (House of Cards, Turn, Lincoln (Steven Spielberg), Commercials and More)

 Practical Aesthetics

Created by David Mamet and William H. Macy, Practical Aesthetics is a no-nonsense, simple technique for analyzing scenes, emotional preparation, and developing fun, interesting, playable actions. In fact, the book for this course, A Practical Handbook for the Actor, is often referred to as “the book that Meisner forgot to write.” During the six-week class, students will:

  • Learn new methods of emotional preparation
  • Learn a fast, simple way to anaylze scenes
  • Develop stimulating, fun-to-play physical actions
  • Improve their ability to fully engage moment-to-moment
  • Improve their ability to improvise within given circumstances
  • Work on two contemporary scenes from established playwrights

Practical Aesthetics will give both novices and seasoned actors new tools and a clear, compelling technique for approaching scenes that works every time, and it is a perfect add-on for students of the Meisner technique.

Start Date: TBD
6 Weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $250 (10% SAG/AFTRA discount available)
Instructor: Brad Brinkley
Email atlvoiceandmovement@gmail.com to enroll!

SHAKESPEAREan Scene study– new class!

Hundreds of successful actors – including Kevin Spacey, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchet, Ann Hathaway, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Christian Bale and many more – have tackled Shakespeare, either as an extensive part of their training or in their careers. Shakespeare is a great skill builder and a challenge for both the stage and TV/Film actor.

In this class, actors will:
– Learn to approach Shakespeare’s language with confidence.
– Portray his characters as real people with strong human needs.
– Tackle at least one scene and one monologue, learning to embrace the poetry, find the actions, and “speak the speech” with truth and passion.

Start Date: TBD
Four Weeks
Cost: $135
Instructor: Carolyn Cook
To enroll, email Carolyn at cook1123@aol.com