THE MELBOURNE EAST STUDIO
Located in the heart of Mt Waverley, close to shops, trains and buses our Melbourne East Studio has been training actors for film and TV for 15 years.
There are Adult Classes in the evenings, and classes for Teenagers and Children on weekdays after school and weekends.
We also offer School Holiday programs and stand alone Workshops where you can develop specific skills such as auditioning for film, TV, and commercials; or refining your US accent.
So if you have always wanted to give acting a go, are ready to take it to the next level, or would love pursue acting as a career – why not come along and try out a class.
What will you learn?
Lead by the teaching of highly qualified VCA graduate, Aaron Walton, you’ll develop confidence, creativity and performance skills by engaging in curated exercises from various disciplines (eg. VCA, Stanislavski, Chekhov, Alexander, Meisner, Laban) that train you to be truly present in the moment, to work impulsively, to develop a strong composing capacity, to be playful and alive, and to engage in active listening.
You’ll learn script analysis – a fundamental skill every actor needs. Each week you analyse and perform a new scene. Through script analysis you will explore what’s happening in the scene, what led up to this moment and what the characters are trying to achieve.
You’ll develop skills in on-camera performance. You will learn how to deliver convincing dialogue and performances while matching your moves to different camera positions and frames.
You learn quickly by harnessing the power of immediate feedback. As you review our scene and get feedback from your teacher you can see straight away what’s working in your performance and what aspects of the technique you need to develop.
“Aaron is an incredibly talented and unique actor and teacher. He is passionate, free-spirited, generous, warm, loving, instinctual, and intelligent.” – Maggie Naouri, AACTA Award Nominee
“Aaron is dedicated to his art form, he is generous, open, thoughtful and intelligent and one of the most talented, hard-working and diligent artists I have had the pleasure of collaborating with… the ideal person to be teaching, inspiring and managing an acting academy like this.” – Matt Scholten, Director & Producer (Melbourne Theatre Company et al.)
“Aaron is such an enlightened teacher. He is honest, open and extremely supportive. He cares about his students and devises unique activities in his classes which helps them tap into their emotional range – a skill which is imperative to an actor. Working with Aaron not only opens your eyes to the true side of acting as a profession and craft, but also opens your eyes to how acting can enrich your everyday life.” – Jamie Coffa, Lead actor in “The Legend of Ben Hall” (National Cinema Release, 2017)
“I highly recommend doing Aaron’s classes! He taught me how to “be”, and let go when acting. My confidence in all areas of life has reached new heights because of his methods.” – Zan Risteski
“My vocabulary doesn’t consist of enough synonyms to display my utter awe towards him. Aaron brings his full presence, offering 100% devotion, emotion, and attention throughout every class. This provides his students with an immense opportunity to grow” – Nikola Gucciardo
Aaron also offers private coaching for auditions, self-tapes, drama school auditions, or general monologue work. He has helped run the auditions at the VCA so has unique insight into the process of drama school auditions, and has successfully coached students who were accepted among thousands of applicants.