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Melbourne Acting Academy

MAA provides industry focused workshops and training in preparation for a life in today's film and television industries. Designed to compliment your other studies - MAA is 'Inside the Industry'!





Work intimately with one of Australia’s most innovative, prolific and sought after film directors, executive producers, showrunners and writers. Through a unique approach, this workshop for actors examines essential skills required on a professional set.



During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

•  workshop in person with Tony on original scenes (scenes will be sent to you to learn prior to the workshop)
•  watch rushes of Tony’s past work with professional actors and the scenes evolvement through the ‘take by take’ process
 receive direction and feedback to further develop your on-screen craft
 learn what is expected when you book that next job; get that competitive advantage and set yourself new standards
 learn from other actors’ work and feedback
 ask questions and learn valuable industry information during an open Q&A session 


DATE Sunday 19th March
TIME 10am - 4pm FEE $295
LUNCH will be provided
VENUE 8 Munster Terrace, North Melbourne VIC

Entry is via selection, please email with a copy of your CV, headshot and link to your showreel. Please use the following subject line "Melbourne - Tony Ayres Applicant".



Writer / Director / Producer

Tony Ayres is an award-winning showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films. He is also one of the founding members of Matchbox Pictures. Tony is the Executive Producer for Glitch. Other recent EP credits include Nowhere Boys Series 2, Old School, Devil’s Playground, The Family Law for SBS, and is EP on the Nowhere Boys feature film. Tony is also the EP on Wanted for Channel 7 starring Rebecca Gibney, and Nowhere Boys Series 2 which won the 2015 International Emmy.

Previously, Tony was the showrunner on Nowhere Boys Series 1, which won an AACTA, Logie, and a Prix Jeunesse International 2014 award. Nowhere Boys Series 1 was also nominated for an International Kids Emmy. He was also the showrunner and director on The Slap, which has been aired around the world, and has won a multitude of awards, including 5 AACTA Awards and nominations for a BAFTA and an International Emmy.

Tony’s other scripted television work includes producing the comedy series Bogan Pride, starring Rebel Wilson; directing the telemovie Saved, starring Claudia Karvan, and Executive Producing the telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story, starring Anthony La Paglia and Rachel Griffiths.

Over the last few years he directed Cockleshell as part of The Turning, an anthology of films based on Tim Winton’s book of the same name, and has recently directed his third feature film, Cut Snake which screened at the Melbourne, Toronto, Edinburgh Film Festivals. It recently picked up the Best Dramatic Feature award at the Byron Bay Film Festival. Tony’s second feature film, The Home Song Stories, starring Joan Chen and Joel Lok premiered at the Berlinale in 2007. It screened at numerous international film festivals including Toronto and Edinburgh and won 24 international and Australian awards including 8 AFI Awards, 5 IF Awards, and 2 Golden Horse Awards (the Asian “Oscars”). His first feature film, Walking on Water also had its world premiere at the Berlinale where it won the “Teddy Award”. Walking on Water also screened at numerous international festivals and won five AFI Awards, two AFCC Awards (Best Actress, Best Screenplay), and an IF Award (Best Screenplay).

2016 has seen two additional EP credits for Tony in the form of Barracuda and Seven Types of Ambiguity, both for the ABC.

Melbourne Acting Academy

Professional Workshop Series
Work with Australia’s most sought after film directors. Through a unique approach, these workshops examine essential skills actors require on a professional set. Applications now open in Melbourne!

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