Hollywood Intensive

About the Hollywood Intensive

The Hollywood Intensive is a Training Intensive where students take classes with two of the world renowned Acting Schools in Los Angleles – the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and the Sanford Meisner Centre.

Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner were two of the most influential teachers of Acting in the US – both trained personally with the father of modern acting Konstantin Stanislavski and went on to develop acting techniques of that have been studied by some of the most notable actors in the world.

The Training

Stella Adler’s technique is founded on an actor’s ability to imagine a character’s world. Her technique encourages actors to expand their understanding of the world, in order to create compelling performances.

Meisner training consists of an interdependent series of training exercises that build on one another. Through these exercises students develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to texts.

What's Included

The evening schedule includes Theatrical Performances and Comedy shows including the internationally known “Groundlings Comedy Theatre” and “Second City Improv” as well as other  productions running at the Stella Adler Theatre and surrounding areas. We check out the famous “Chinese Theatre “ on Hollywood Boulevards “Walk Of Fame” and hike up Runyon Canyon where locals go to enjoy the spectacular views of Los Angeles.

There is also a visit to Universal Studios to see the sets where some of the world’s most famous films were made, and trips to some  of the iconic places in Los Angeles such as Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

The Benefits of the Hollywood Intensive

A rapid development  of your technique. It will push the standard of  your work to a new level. You’ll return with with techniques and skills that will continue to enrich your work.

You’ll get a big boost in confidence from training in the heart of Hollywood with some of the world’s best teachers and treading the same floors as Marlon Brando, Selma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo. It’s inspiring and will motivates you on your path ahead.

To date we have had over 150 actors take the Hollywood Intensive. A handful of these actors have since been offered scholarships for further study at Stella Adler and have gone on to  develop relationships with Managers and Agents in the US. For those actors the Hollywood Intensive has provided a launching pad for their career in LA.

Many others  are planning their return to Hollywood to engage in further training.


  • Arrive at LAX
  • Transfer to the majestic Millenium Biltore Hotel in downtown LA
  • Settle into the Hotel – refresh in the hotel’s beatiful pool, spa and sauna. Explore downtown LA – including a visit to Grand Central Market, a landmark since 1917, that brings together the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles.
  • Dinner at the grand Millenium Biltmore Bar – live music
  • We check out the Original Farmers Market – a great place with lots of stalls and eateries – the epicentre of the movie industry in LA.
  • Visit to the famous Venice Beach – the bohenian buzzing beach town. We walk along the Venice Boardwalk – the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals past the skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym to Santa Monica Pier. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, the Pier symbolizes the heart of Santa Monica and is one of the most photographed locations in the world.
  • Travel to Hollywood Boulevard the Los Angeles cultural icon, with museums, landmarks and other Hollywood attractions that celebrate L.A.’s rich film and entertainment heritage. See the footprints of the stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, gaze down at the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, do some serious shopping at Hollywood & Highland, or visit the famous Hollywood Wax Museum. Dinner at La Loteria – to sample the amazing Mexican cuisine LA has to offer.
All Day
  • Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley. We start with The signature Studio Tour where we visit 13 city blocks on four acres of historic studio lot in the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. We enjoy the amazing rides and attractions Universal Studios has to offer – King Kong: 360 3-D, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Jaws Encounter and Earthquake, the amazing Water World Stunt Show, Harry Potter World and many others.
  • Free Time – you can check out a Lakers Basketball Game at the famous Staples Stadium in downtown LA or catch a Stand Up Comedy Show at the Comedy Store in Sunset Blvd or just relax and enjoy the amazing amenties of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel
  • Improvisation Class at Stella Adler in Hollywood Blvd : Through the use of theatre games, improvisational exercises, and scene work, the actor learns to leap past boundaries and move forward into strong choices in role playing, characterization, and interrelating.
  • Technique Class at Stella Adler – an introduction to the very freeing and applicable Stella Adler Technique.
  • More exploration of Hollywood Boulevarde – and dinner at one of the iconic eateries on the Boulevarde.
  • On – Camera craft at Stella Adler. A scene is taped single camera with specific practice in the differences in scale, eyeline and pacing that occur from changes in camera angles.
Afternoon & Evening
  • Attend a live taping of a Sitcom at CBS Studios. Be inspired by the performance of world renowned comedic actors, director and writers as they film the show on multi-camera film sets
  • Improvisation Class at Stella Adler
  • Introductory Class at the world renowned Sanford Meisner Centre
  • Free time – your choice – see a show, catch some of the amazing music LA has to offer or relax at the hotel
  • On- Camera craft – Stella Adler
  • Technique – an introduction to the very freeing and applicable Stella Adler Technique.
  • Explore Melrose Avenue – one of L.A.’s most well known streets, featuring a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Dinner at the Village Idiot (A wood-&-brick gastropub with modern American pub grub) followed by a Comedy Show by the famous Groundlings – an improvisation & sketch comedy troupe that has launched many famous careers.
  • The Sanford Meisner Centre – learn the fundamental Meisner Exercise – the Word Repitition Game and get an insight into the dynamics of this important Acting Technique
  • Hike up Runyon Canyon – Runyon Canyon is a fun hike tucked right into the middle of Hollywood. It’s a great place to see celebrities, view the Hollywood Sign, and get a good hike in. At the top you’ll get sweeping views from Catalina Island to the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Theatre Performance
  • Relax and enjoy the final hours of luxury at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel
  • Free time to do that final bit of shopping or visit that attraction you really wanted to see.
  • Head to LAX for the flight home

Arrive back in Melbourne.

When, How much and Where?

Dates & Cost

Includes: training accommodation, airfares, transfers, Improv Shows, Plays, Universal Studios* (food, travel insurance  and spending money not included) Breakfast is eaten at the hotel. For lunch and dinner we visit a variety of excellent restaurants sampling some of the delicious cuisine Los Angeles has to offer. 

“I was extremely impressed with the attention and focus, the questions, the intelligence and seriousness of these young actors who want to keep studying and build a career...... Build your own technique.......Make it a strong process that you love. If you always love your process you will never be unfulfilled as an actor”

John Jack Rodgers: Director Stella Adler Academy of Acting


The Millenium Biltmore Hotel – down town Los Angeles. The magestic Millenium Biltmore was home to the first Academy Awards and provides luxury accommodation amidst the grandeur of Hollywood of the 1920’s. Actors stay in double rooms with a room mate. Each room has an ensuite, television and free internet service. 

Sue Ross, Director of Screen Actors Australia is the group leader of the Intensive. Sue has taken over 150 actors on Hollywood Intensives over the last 15 years. Sue lived and worked as a producer/ director in the US for 5 years and has since been working as an Agent and Acting Teacher in Australia.

Places offered by Interview only. Use the form below to register your interest. Call or message Sue Ross for more information 0428 434 439

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