Creating a Character

Refreshingly practical and thoroughly professional

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Explore profoundly practical techniques for developing your character's physicality, speech patterns, upbringing, public image and nature.  Understand the balance of the key ingredients so you can create a character and change it (when directed to do so) in seconds.

For an extra $10 your lunch can be supplied.

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What you will learn
  • How to create a convincing and entertaining character
  • Understand the elements and how they relate
  • Understand how your audience understands your character
What you will get
  • Clear techniques and fresh understanding of how to create a character
  • Profoundly simple skills that produce complex and powerful results
  • A variety of exercises to explore
  • Work in small groups with expert tuition

What to bring
  • Bring your own lunch if you haven't arranged for us to supply it for you.
What to wear


Appropriate for

All actors will enjoy this workshop.


The Rehearsal Room

Vendor since 2017

The Rehearsal Room is run by TV Director Richard Sarell who directed television drama for more than 25 years. During that time, he evolved an approach to acting that trains actors in techniques that enable them to compete and survive in the modern world of screen performance.

The techniques are based on simple principles that quickly produce professional results.  They enable the actor to create complex real characters that are perfect for the screen but are also relevant for the stage.  These classes enable actors to make choices that drive the character's interactions in a way that generates a compelling dramatic performance.  The actors skill is to engage an audience because they feel they are watching a real life interaction.  These classes provide the tools to deliver those outcomes.

Richard has been conducting workshops for professional actors in Australia and New Zealand for two decades, working with institutions such as the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA), National Theatre Drama School, Federation University and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Once a payment has been made no refunds are available.  However, your payment may be able to be transferred to another or future class if a suitable one is available.

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Terms & Conditions

The Rehearsal Room provides a supportive environment to enable you to learn quickly and make clear progress.  If you have to miss a class it might be possible for you to come an hour earlier for the next week's session to catch you up on the theory that you have missed.  Two free one hour catch up sessions are included in your term fee. After that you may have to pay for a private catch up lesson at $70 per hour.  Early notification if you can't attend a class is always helpful.  That way we can plan ahead.

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21 February 2018 • Creating a Character

I attended and participated in the Creating a Character workshop last Sunday 18th February, 2018. I cannot honestly fault it. It was an excellent skill builder held on an excellent venue facilitated by an excellent teacher. Cut out the nonsense and vagaries on offer elsewhere and get on to the next one or any of the Rehearsal Room training on offer. Practical solutions that can be utilised quickly run by a consumate professional. I’ll be back. Tom Liddy (giving it a crack)


20 February 2018 • Creating a Character

This was a really fun, active and practical day. I love the Rehearsal Room approach of exploration through doing: learn an aspect of the technique, test it out through scene work, find out what you need to refine, change or practice further. A great day.