The Elemental Actor

This course will help you find freedom in screen work and when preparing self-tapes. 

These days, actors are expected to be very self-reliant. Auditions usually start as self-tapes. And working on a TV series often means engaging with multiple directors, as well as dealing with little or no rehearsal. This course will offer some thoughts, games and preparation exercises that enable your unique charisma to shine through in any role you play: ways to fuse your individual essence with your role’s energy;  how to put in new muscle memory for your role to give you freedom and confidence; tips to tap into, and release, your inner powers, drives and life.

This course takes an individual approach that is suitable both for actors coming to screen work and old hands.


Pre-course: Participants to send a really short intro video (fine on phone selfie camera) – say your name (clearly), a few things about you, and anything you hope to take home from the course. These to arrive by the week prior to the course if possible. This helps me to choose short texts and scenes. 


Day 1: Keeping the Life: 10am—7pm (90 min. lunch plus comfort breaks): intro; differences between stage and screen; the trap of learned lines; Is screen work small? What is a ‘character’? Work on screen.

Day 2: Being a Text Detective: 10am—7pm (90 min. lunch): warm up, toolbox and screen work. Each actor will get time to work within the group. The group sees work live on screen, and it’s recorded for participant to watch later.)

Day 3: The Big Picture: 10am—7pm (90 min lunch): further scene work. Any remaining work and questions.



    10:00-19:00 CET

    18th, 19th and 20th of October




C/ Sargelet 7, 
08024 Barcelona



10% Discount for THE ACTORS HOME members with Yearly Plan.

  • Mel Churcher

    Mel Churcher

    Mel Churcher is an international screen acting and voice coach. She’s worked on around 65 major film and TV productions, as well as at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange and Regent’s Park Open Air.

    She’s coached many wonderful actors along the way, including Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, Daniel Craig, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jack Lowden, Mads Mikkelsen, Milla Jovovich, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Jet Li, Rachel McAdams, Lena Olin, Stellan Skarsgård, Benedict Wong and Michelle Yeoh.

    She’s written three books: Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second (Random House), A Screen Acting Workshop (Nick Hern Books) and The Elemental Actor (Nick Hern Books). 

    • Her websites are and
    • A full list of productions Mel’s worked on at

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