On Camera and More

For the Meisner Program with Robert Mello click here.

ALL Classes at The Robert Mello Studio are currently virtual classes via Zoom due to Covid19. 

New classes are announced via the email alerts and on our Facebook page. Be sure to sign-up for both on the homepage

AUDITING: Auditing is up to the discretion of the instructor. Feel free to check with the individual instructors to see if an audit is permitted. Instructor email addresses can be found under each class description.

On Camera/Scene Study with Peter Frechette

Virtual scene study class with emphasis on  on-camera  work. We’ll focus on working in the Zoom setting – which is now becoming standard and is here to stay for auditions and callbacks.  Equal attention paid to the scene work as well as working freely, spontaneously, subtly and grounded/centered in the space that Zoom now requires us to work in.

Small group of 6 to 8 actors. 6 weeks. $200. Daytime or evening classes.

Tuesdays 7-10 pm.
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April  6.

Thursdays 1-4 pm.
March 18, 25.
April 1, 8, 15, 22.

Applicants should send a picture and resume to kimberlymaxwellactor@gmail.com

Comedy Masterclass

Ali Reza Farahnakian is an alumnus of The ImprovOlympic, The Second City, SNL, a founding member of UCB and The PIT, and has been performing and teaching improv and sketch for 30 years.
He studied extensively under Del Close and Charna Halpern, Mary Anne Thebus, and Wynn Handman. He has been in numerous films, TV shows, and plays and has acted on The Steppenwolf mainstage and at NYC’s Playwrights Horizon.
Ali will be teaching two virtual masterclasses on Saturday, February 20! 

10am -1pm Improvisation: Finding your Authentic Voice.
2pm -5pm Comedy Writing For Saturday Night Live

Improvisation: Finding your Authentic Voice

In this intimate masterclass limited to ten improvisers, Ali will focus on tightening your foundational skills, as well as helping you find your authentic improvisational voice. 

Comedy Writing For Saturday Night Live

The focus in this masterclass will be writing the SNL commercial parody. You’ll be expected to bring in a commercial parody to read out loud to receive feedback and coaching to assist in bringing your material closer to SNL standards of comedy. Also, Ali will guide you through the process of creating an SNL writing sample writing packet and some of the ins and outs of writing for the iconic show. 

$125 for one class.
$225 for both. 

Email lindsey@therobertmellostudio.com to reserve your spot.
$50, non-refundable deposit required for one class, $75 if you are taking both courses. $5 processing fee. PayPal only. 

Meisner-Based Advanced Scene Study

Kate Brown has taught at some of Chicago’s most respected acting schools. She is now the associate artistic director at The Robert Mello Studio. 

The Robert Mello Studio boasts a roster of actors who have gone on to series regular, recurring, guest star and co-star work in nearly every one of the dozens of television and cable productions shot in the “Hollywood of the south.” 

Kate’s students have co-starred, guest-starred, and recurred on top shows such as The Walking Dead, Ozark, The Resident, Dynasty, The Oval, Stranger Things, and more.  

Her students also regularly work in the Atlanta theatre scene – including the highly respected Alliance Theatre – home of many pre-Broadway productions. 

This Meisner-based scene study offers actors with a Meisner technique background to practice and continue to refine their acting – whether for the stage or TV/Film.

This class will zero in on and aggressively work all things Meisner: preparation, imagination, personalization, bold choices, and more. 

Significant training in the technique required. Please submit a headshot and resume for consideration.

Commitment and professionalism expected and required. 

Our virtual classes are limited to 10 actors. 

Saturdays 11am-1pm
January 16th – February 20th
Limit 10 actors
Thursday 7pm-9pm
January 14th – February 18th
Limit 10 actors

Instructor: Kate Brown
Email kate.Brown.Repeat@gmail.com today to enroll.

*This is our Covid Pricing and is subject to change.

Intro To Acting 1: On Camera

TV/Film production continues to EXPLODE in Atlanta.  This class is for anyone who has ever dreamt of being on the big or little screen and wants a low-pressure way to dip their toes in the fun and creative world of on-camera acting.

Explore the basics of the business, acting, auditioning, what it’s like on a real set, and much more in this class geared for fun and the absolute beginner.  Class meets once a week via Zoom for six weeks. It would be best if you had a reliable internet connection, a web camera, and a basic knowledge of Zoom.


Tuesdays via Zoom
7 PM – 9PM
January 12 – February 16
Six Weeks
Instructor: Onye Eme-Akwari
Email onyeemeakwari@gmail.com to enroll




Int/Adv Scene Study

This class is for a small number of serious actors in an intimate studio setting. It’s designed to help you thrive as a professional actor and artist.

You’ll choose or be assigned 2-person scenes with a partner, and work as many as seven out of the eight weeks. 

This class is process-oriented, not performance-oriented. Meaning it’s not merely rehearse, perform, receive feedback.  

Instead, you and your partner will bring in a memorized scene, that will challenge you to explore a variety of tools and skills crucial to finding your true self as an actor. With commitment, trust, and sometimes hard work, you will: 

  • Deepen your work. 
  • Strengthen your technique and preparation skills. 
  • Learn how to invite and trust inspiration and to take risks. 
  • Develop reliable tools for problem-solving on your own. 

Wednesdays, 7 pm – 10 pm.
New Dates TBA!
Instructor: Peter Frechette

Enrollment via headshot and resume submission only. Please send it to kimberlymaxwellactor@gmail.com for consideration. 

Advanced On Camera Workout

Continue to develop and master your acting, artistry, and on-camera technique. We’ll work script analysis, practice with specific tools to rapidly improve your auditions, explore making robust, active, and vibrant choices while staying present. You’ll continue to master keeping the work truthful and grounded and based in your strongest asset and what casting directors want to see: YOU.
Open to anyone who has completed the Intensive at RMS. All others must receive instructor permission through headshot and resume submission.


Wednesdays, 11am-2pm
Begins January 29th
Six Weeks

Instructor: Robert Mello
Email Nikki at ITSNIKKIGARZA@gmail.com for wait list.