Acting Classes in Atlanta at The Robert Mello Studio

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AUDITING: Auditing is up to the discretion of the instructor. Instructor email addresses can be found under each class description.

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: Monday, May 1
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!

Prepping for the Tape– NEW COURSE!

The 2 biggest problems seen in taping auditions for actors is most don’t know how to rehearse and prepare, or how to make different choices when asked for multiple takes.

This class will focus on training your instrument: the voice and body, exploring different rehearsal processes, and helping you find your own process that works for you every time for film, tv, commercials, and industrials.  You will do improv, scene work, and on camera work to implement what you have learned.  You will leave this class with several tools that will immediately help you rehearse and prepare for the job.

  • Learn how to warm up your voice and body
  • Develop a rehearsal process that works for you
  • Learn how to explore scenes beyond whats on the page
  • Improve your confidence when you walk in the room
  • Improve focus, relaxation, and imagination

You will work on your feet more than in your seat!  Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Class is open to all levels, but some acting experience is recommended.

Begins Wednesday, May 10th
Four weeks– Wednesdays 7-10 pm
Cost: $150
Instructors:Omer Mughal. Email omer.mughal1@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 Wednesday, May 24th
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!”

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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!)

    Next Class: Intermediate Viewpoints

Take your Viewpointing to the next level with this challenging intermediate class. We’ll build upon techniques studied in the Beginner class and introduce new ideas to catapult you forward. Note: prior Viewpoints experience is required for this class

Begins Monday, May 29th
Six weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $175
Instructors: Eliana Marianes 
To be considered for the class, please email Eliana at emarianes2@gmail.com

 

physical theater viola spolin quoteBeginner Class– Back in July

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 character breakdowns, scenes, and commercials. Actors will use shape, gesture, Spatial Relationship, and Kinesthetic Response as a way to tell the story, build strong characters, and create relationship.

Note: No prior Viewpoints or movement experience is required to take this class.
Start Date: July 17th, 2017
Six weeks– Mondays 7-10 pm
Cost: $175
Instructor: Eliana Marianes
To enroll, email Eliana at emarianes2@gmail.com

 On-Camera Scene Study in Comedy WITH CD CATHY REINKING

With the proliferation of web content and so many more TV channels with projects that are comedic in nature, if an actor doesn’t have a solid comic persona, a high percentage of jobs won’t be available to you.

How can you create and refine a comic persona that you can use over and over again in every audition, for every role, whether it be for a multi-camera sitcom, one-camera comedy, Web series, or sketch/improv show? First and foremost, you have to know who you are. You can’t refine who you are if you are always trying to be someone you are not, thinking that’s the way to get others to like you. In the audition room, you can’t give us what we want, you have to give us you, at your core and a bit heightened. If you are not naturally deadpan—you can’t do what Aubrey Plaza does (and so brilliantly)—it will come off as fake and actor-y.

Refinement doesn’t come overnight, it takes a lot of work, discovery, insight, fearlessness, and a damn good sense of humor–your humor.

Students can begin class at any time- classes are ongoing, and students can enter classes when it suits their schedule.

Start Date: April 1 for both classes
Ongoing– Two classes available: Saturdays 10-12:30 pm or 1:30-4 pm
Cost: $175
Instructor: Cathy Reinking
To enroll, email Cathy at CATHYCASTING@YAHOO.COM

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With in depth scene study and on-camera work in a safe, non-judgmental classroom environment, Cathy has been able to help me finally begin to do what I have been wanting to do my whole career: trust myself. I am now more confident and more focused thanks to her. She is honest when giving feedback to an actor while still being completely supportive and encouraging. She has deep compassion for actors and she truly desires to help us grow.
Donn Swaby, Actor

The class will do the following:
· Provide you with exercises that will help you deepen self-knowledge and define your natural charisma
· Help you refine your comic persona you can use for 4-camera sitcoms
· Help you refine your comic persona you can use for one-camera comedies
· Provide material for you to prepare for class
· Watch and analyze your videos, providing practical tips to help improve your work
· Provide feedback on your marketing materials, demo reels, and self-tapes

I highly recommend Cathy Reinking’s class for any actor who wants clear and honest critique from an experienced professional. My auditioning skills have been challenged by many “mock On-camera auditions” which I think is a highlight of the class. After our mock-auditions, we review the footage with Cathy and have insight into what a casting director is looking for and how we can honestly improve. Since working with Cathy, I feel like I understand myself better as an artist and have been able to give much stronger and visceral performances.
Kelsey Peterjohn, Actor – Recent graduate of The Guthrie/University of Minnesota BFA Program

  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.

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

$375 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 at classinquiryjws@gmail.com to arrange interview.

Instructor: Jayson Smith

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  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– Fridays 11-2 PM
Cost*: $250 (10% SAG/AFTRA discount available)
Instructor: Brad Brinkley
Email atlvoiceandmovement@gmail.com to enroll!

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!”

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!)

 

 VOCAL PRODUCTION FOR ACTORS Level one

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)
“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, Agent – Atlanta Models and Talent

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