Workshops

Workoutwith Chad Darnell

This is an on-camera, audition workout with actor/producer/director/CD Chad Darnell. Chad will specifically be challenging you with improvisation and re-directs in a fun, informal, workout atmosphere.
Saturday, July 8
11AM -3PM
$65

To register, email Rob at rob@therobertmellostudio.com

CHAD DARNELL is a writer/ producer/ director/ actor and sometimes casting director.  As a filmmaker, his projects include GROOMS CAKE, BIRTHDAY CAKE and PROJECT: PHOENIX.  Mary Lambert will direct his screenplay DARLENE in August and he will direct and produce JOEY STEFANO in the Fall. As a casting director, he’s cast background and principals on over a hundred TV shows and feature films.  Most recent credits include LIVING THE DREAM, BLIND TRUST, LIZZIE, BEAST OF BURDEN, COUP D’ETAT, DIVORCE PARTY, PERMANENT, and MAGIC MIKE XXL.

Create your own content: a new writing workshop

In a landscape filled with New Media and multiple platform opportunities, creating your own content is an essential tool that not only showcases your artistic strengths, but also gives you, the artist, creative control over your career.  Additionally, expanding your skill set, learning story structure, character, and dialogue will deepen your acting.

Through writing exercises and games that work for ANY media outlet (sketch, film/TV, Web, Gaming), each student will:

  • Create and develop characters and gain the tools required to do so.
  • Gain an understanding of “the hero’s journey” – a structure guide used by writers around the world.
  • Leave with tools and skills to write a great outline while having fun.
  • Practice writing great dialogue!

Don’t wait for the audition for the perfect script for you.  Create it yourself.  

Dates: July 15 and 16 from 12-4 pm
Cost: $225 (Register by July 1st to receive a 10% off Early Bird Discount)
Instructor: Megan Hayes (check out her bio below and her IMDB page here)
Class size is limited to 12 students.
To register, email Rob at rob@therobertmellostudio.com

Megan Hayes is an award-winning writer and storyteller.  She graduated with honors in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she also began writing and performing her own work.  After graduating, Hayes founded Southern Belle Productions in New York, where she produced and wrote several one-act and full-length plays.  Opelika, her flagship production, enjoyed two sold out runs in New York.

Hayes wrote and performed for the webseries Fark TV  on Superdeluxe for Turner Studios.  She has studied writing at Second City and Emory University.  She has writing at theatres and schools in the Metro Atlanta area.

The Aurora Theatre commissioned Hayes to write an interactive play for Middle Schoolers on the subject of bullying.   Unnecessary Monsters won the Suzi award for Best Production for Theatre for Young Audiences. Hayes was also accepted into the Columbia University’s MFA Film program with a focus on screenwriting, but was unable to attend because she was cast as the Morphling in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Her writing can currently be seen in action on the webseries Bless Yer Heart, winner of the Georgia Entertainment Gala Awards, Best Independent Award.

An avid storyteller in LA, Megan has appeared on the Risk! Podcast, Eat Your Words, The Moth Slams, Hatedate, Radio Picture Show, and she is a Write Club LA winner.