Arvold Education

The Robert Mello Studio is excited to welcome Arvold Education for a series of exclusive workshops taught by one of the southeast’s busiest casting director/educator/producers, Erica Arvold, and acting instructor Richard Warner. Scroll down for Erica and Richard’s full bios.

We do not believe in “pay for play” workshops at The Robert Mello Studio. These are challenging ACTING CLASSES taught by two passionate teaching artists.


Hello Atlanta film artists,

Erica Arvold and Richard Warner are excited to return to your beautiful city this September to roll their sleeves up and delve deep with you all!  We will be offering our three most popular intensives, and private coaching with Richard Warner.  Here are all the details and links to enroll (please click on the specific times under each listing to get to its registration page):


taking the next step: transitioning from co-star to guest star
Wednesday, May 1010am-2pm & 4pm-8pm

  • Taking the next step in your acting career requires committing to unique, memorable choices – and doing it consistently.  From preparation to execution (including both the audition as well as working on set), this workshop will provide each actor with personal, in-depth instruction to delve deeper and make that leap to the next level of performance.  Actors will explore the differences between the two from their point of view and from the point of view of the casting director.  This intensive is inspired by the growth of television and film in the MidAtlantic and Southeast and focuses specifically on the difference between co-star and guest star – and how to bridge that gap.  Erica and Richard will lead the group in analyzing examples on screen and page, working scenes, and discussing what both creative and business growth entail.
    **NOTE: all actors must have legitimate co-star credits to enroll in this particular class (recommended experience: 3+ co-star roles in film/television). Final admission to this class may require resume/reel review by instructor and/or

The Art of reviewing your self-tape: Monday, May 8 12-4 pm, Thursday, May 11 12-4 pm

One of the biggest advantages of self-taped auditions is the chance to choose which audition take to submit…but stepping back to evaluate your own performance can be tricky! In this two-part class, Erica Arvold, CSA and Rob Mello will teach the art of reviewing your own self-tape whether you produced it yourself or had a self-taping studio produce it. Through interactive viewing exercises, instructor feedback and group discussion, students will learn how to put on the hat of casting director, director and producer.

This intensive, two-part discussion-based class will require homework, active participation, and an openness to constructive criticism. Please note: this is not an on-your-feet audition technique class; it focuses on the elements of assessing your audition takes.

This class is for intermediate to advanced students 18 and over.

The class consists of two sessions:

  • Monday, May 8: 12pm-4pm
  • Thursday, May 11: 12pm-4pm

Attendance at both classes is mandatory, and students will also have “homework” to prepare prior to each class.


Click here to register.

total preparation: art meets craft in the audition room
Sunday, May 7, 10am-2pm & 4pm-8pm

  • Total Preparation is an intensive class that offers each actor personal, in-depth co-instruction and practical, professional advice from Richard Warner, acting coach, and Erica Arvold, CSA, on the entire audition process. The class specifically addresses film auditions.  Features of the workshop include insight into the casting process, script analysis, character creation, tips on improving each individual’s audition technique, on-camera practice with real film sides in a simulated professional audition session.

Click here to register.

the actor’s persona: honing your craft through self-awareness
Friday, May 12, 10am-2pm & 4pm-8pm

  • What’s your type…and how can knowing your type help your career?  Knowing your professional persona is a valuable tool that can direct, inform, and guide your career growth.  Erica Arvold, CSA and acting coach Richard Warner will lead the group in hands-on creative exercises to discover each participant’s own professional persona.  They will discuss why self-awareness is vital and how that self-awareness can be used by an actor in his/her career.  Participants will explore how an actor can discover, shape and present oneself in the most optimal way to casting directors, agents and directors.

Click here to register.


Richard Warner will be holding private coaching sessions for individuals and small groups by appointment on May 8 and May 11.

  • 1-on-1 (1 hr minimum): $125
  • Two student group (1 hr minimum): $90/student

Please email to schedule your session.


We hope to see you soon!  Please email with any questions.
Erica, Richard, Amy and the team


Erica Arvold, CSA
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Erica has been a educator, guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director and producer that spans major studio films, television shows and multimedia projects. She has had the honor of collaborating with and serving students and faculty at universities, schools and acting studios across the country including UVa, UNC, George Mason, Longwood, TRAIN at Virginia Repertory, and many others. Her multiple festival and conference appearances over the years include serving as a panelist, moderator, mentor and host; recent festivals include Austin, Virginia, Richmond and the International Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for several organizations outside of the filmmaking industry as well. In 2010, Erica founded with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. develops and offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry.  As the daughter of a professor, Erica believes that we are and will always be students of one another, a belief that was shaped and molded by her years at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) which has manifested into a deep love of craft and a belief in formal training as a means to consistent, constant artistic growth.

Richard Warner
Richard Warner

Richard has been teaching acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he has had the honor of coaching Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intensions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He received the UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters.Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2011); Dr. Ezra
Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln (2012); Chester Bowles in National Geographic channel’s Killing Kennedy (2013); Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. This past year he appeared in Farewell Old Stringy in the leading role of Davey. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street.As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.