The Buzz

Kelly SchumannWhen I started taking Rob’s class, I thought I would go there just to work out and brush up because I was already a solid actor with a solid technique. But I got so much more. Now I have range. I have access to pretty much a full spectrum of human emotion which Rob has helped me hone and harness. I leave myself alone. I work moment to moment. And the greatest surprise of all: I now have that confidence and fearlessness that comes with studying the Meisner technique.

– Kelly Schumann
The Soul Man, Outsourced (NBC), Hot In Cleveland (TVLand), Somewhere Slow (Feature)

Dana Sorman“You know you have a good teacher when you leave class covered in acting grime.”

– Dana Sorman
Harry’s Law (Recurring), Flash Forward, Lost, Lie To Me, Samantha Who, The Week Reduced—TBS Pilot

Rob Smith“With Rob Mello, the student ALWAYS comes first. But seriously…I gotta think about what to say. Lemme think…I got that pilot, by the way. Only took them two or three weeks to realize they should stop dicking around with me.”

– Rob Smith
Peep Show (Spike Pilot), Eleventh Hour, Chuck,Ghost Whisperer, That Movie Show

Irene White“Rob Mello is a wonderful director and coach. He gives insightful, rich feedback and direction without making me feel as if I have done it “wrong” at first. He is constantly curious and passionate and I always feel inspired rather than diminished after working with him.”

– Irene White
Green Hornet, Carpoolers,Brothers and Sisters,My Name is Earl,Will & Grace, Friends, Man Stroke Woman (Pilot – FX)

Lauri Johnson“Oh, Atlanta, you are in for a treat!!! He’s the real deal! Terrific teacher, huge heart!”

– Lauri Johnson
Mad Men, Nip/Tuck, Will & Grace, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy

Gabriel Sunday“After stepping into auditions with every conceivable approach, winding up my brain with heady dialogue and over-thinking, Rob Mello gave me simple and powerful tools to understand and breakdown a scene. Not only is he a lie detector for an actor’s bullshit (my bullshit)… he helped me find my strength and courage to take on the epic audition war using age old tools and a solid/stunning understanding of me as a person. Thanks Rob!”

– Gabriel Sunday
Criminal Minds, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Jack & Bobby. Writer, Director, Star of the hit indie “My Suicide” produced by Harold Ramis

Jennifer Burton“Rob Mello is a caring, intelligent, witty director and teacher who has guided me time and again through the pitfalls of creating a successful performance. He’s improved my acting and writing and continues to be a driving force in my career. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to work with him for the rest of my life. He would be my guru, if I believed in that sort of thing. Plus he’s funny. Really, really funny. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with him.”

– Jennifer Burton
Joey, The Office, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Norma Alvarez“This class has been an unforgettable experience that has completely changed the way I work. It has been a wonderful and challenging journey of discovery that has transformed the craft of acting into a process that allows me to make choices and discoveries, and to understand the true nature of preparation and its role in creating a very human character. Rob is a marvelous coach and director, who understands how to challenge and motivate at the same time.”

– Norma L. Alvarez
Features: The Watch, Trouble with the Curve
Agent:People Store, Atlanta

Jennifer Sears“The Meisner Technique is quite a journey that enriches those who dare to stick with it; however, learning it from Rob significantly heightens the experience. He encourages you to make self-discoveries and challenges you to face difficulties head-on. After taking all 4 sessions, I’ve learned that only the strong survive… both in art of acting as well as in life.”

– Jennifer Sears
SCEL Lottery, Madea’s Family Reunion, Showtime’s All-Star Comedy Jam

Amber Seidel“Way more than just a class! You’ll deepen your love for theater and film while taking your craft to levels it has never been… no matter what stage you are in your acting career. Rob is passionate about teaching and supports his students while pushing them to uncharted territory. Nothing like it in Atlanta!”

– Amber J. Seidel
The Jana VanDyke Agency, Atlanta

Jacki Flynn“I’ve been studying the Meisner Technique with The Robert Mello Studio for almost a year now and I have nothing but good things to say about the class, the technique, and Rob as a teacher. Rob is dedicated, passionate, and talented. He teaches to each particular student based on that student’s level of skill and understanding of the technique. The Meisner series with Rob has taken me from someone who wanted to act and thought maybe I could – to someone who CAN act and KNOWS it. I recommend this class every chance I get – take it, NOW… your acting will thank you.”

– Jacki Flynn
Actress, Atlanta

Koko Chalfant ” Acting is doing and Rob Mello knows what he is doing. If you want to learn how to give a truthful emotionally full performance everytime take classes here ”

– Koko Chalfant
Actress, Acting Coach and Instructor, Atlanta

Anne Ford Galiana“It’s rare to meet a teacher and director like Rob. His insights into finding the truth in each actor to then form a truly evolved, emotionally rich character are incredibly accurate and exceedingly valuable. He helps you to dig deep, to stay honest and be true to yourself. To know we all have something (ourselves) that no one else has and then to be able to actually apply it with integrity is a skill every actor should have. While working with Rob in his improv show, The Bed and then while studying with him, I booked a feature, two short films and a co-starring role in the new web series, “Ben and Burman.” Thanks, Rob! ”

– Anne Ford Galiana
Space Hospital (Series Regular),ESPN2 (co-host), Reflections of Evil ( with Tony Curtis and George Hamilton), various commercials.

Monica Payne“Rob is a passionate, skillful instructor and I trust him completely. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to help students understand the practical application of the Meisner technique. He actively pushes his students to understand how they can use this work where it counts – in the real world!”

– Monica Payne
Steppenwolf: Uncle Vanya, The Weir, No Place Like Home. Meisner Instructor, The School at Steppenwolf.

Justin O'Connor“I have studied with Mr. Mello for the better part of a decade and I continue to learn something new every time I walk in the door.”

– Justin O’Connor
National Spots for ATT, Dunkin’ Donuts, ESPN

Michael Matthews“Rob Mello is a fantastic teacher and what makes him so fantastic is his unique and personal approach he takes with each and every student. Through his classes, he creates a dynamic outlet for them to journey outside of themselves while making what they do all about the other person.”

– Michael Matthews
Award Winning Director

Leah Kaplan“Rob’s ability to pinpoint the truth at any given moment, both of what’s going on inside the actor and between the two actors on stage, is remarkable. His profound understanding of Meisner informs not only the content but the method of his teaching – he knows not only what needs to be said but the way in which you as an actor will be most receptive in that specific moment. He teaches Meisner with the perfect blend of clarity, philosophy, practicality, and above all else, humor. I mean, he’s hilarious. I plan to study with him for a long time to come. He has not only affected me positively as an actor, but as a human being as well.”

– Leah Kaplan
Actor

placeholder“I worked with Rob this year on a sketch comedy pilot for Fox (or Fremantle) and he contributed to every step of the process – punching up the script, offering excellent casting notes, working with the director on interpretation and helping make final editing choices. And he added a calm presence to the creative team – it’s a rare occurrence in our business to have a creative team that works so well together!”

– John Moffit
Veteran television producer and director