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Hagen Technique Intensive

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Interested in learning an acting technique that is portable and applicable to both stage and screen? Looking for a solid foundation for your acting technique that has been used by Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actors across the world in theatre, film and television? Or just want to brush up on your understanding of the foundations of Uta Hagen’s work and revive your actor’s toolkit? Then this is the class you’re looking for! Acclaimed teachers and actors, Sarah Hallam, Sass Pinci and Phoebe Anne Taylor have created the new course Hagen Technique Intensive as part of the Incognita@Montsalvat program and bookings are now open!

Come join Sarah, Sass and Phoebe in a fun, supportive and transformational space and learn the safe and empowering techniques that have formed the bedrock of the work of actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Liza Minelli, F. Murray Abraham, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg and Gene Wilder, among others (all students of Uta Hagen). Sarah, Sass and Phoebe are part of a direct lineage of teaching Hagen’s system, learning extensively from Howard Fine, whom Uta Hagan personally mentored in teaching her technique. Howard Fine continues to use Hagen’s work and philosophy as the foundation of his own actor training, working with actors such as Brad Pitt, Austin Butler, Gal Gadot, Carla Gugino, Michael Chiklis, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine among many others.

In terms of theories, I’ve found one book that I can read and not be hurt by and that’s Respect for Acting.

– Alan Rickman talking about Uta Hagen’s first book


Students will work intensively learning the basics of Hagen technique with highly respected teachers Sarah Hallam (handpicked by Howard Fine to become his first Australian teacher of his technique, teacher at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia), Sass Pinci (Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia Full Time Graduate, on faculty at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and directly taught by Howard Fine) and Phoebe Taylor (Graduate of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full Time Program, directly taught by Howard Fine).

Beginners through to advanced level students welcome, as the work will be tailored to each individual student and where they are at with acting technique in general. Older teenagers (17+) are also welcome to participate.

This class will also be open to auditors.

OUTCOME: The chance to achieve a deeper understanding of Hagen Technique at a professional level, learning from a direct lineage from Uta Hagen herself, adding portable tools to your acting toolbox that will be useful in performance on stage and screen, learning through experience.

Participants will get:

  • A deeper understanding of the Hagen acting technique;
  • Advice and guidance from Performing Arts practitioners & teachers with a vast knowledge of the Hagen acting technique;
  • An understanding of an authentic acting process when performing that is based in real technique and practical application; and
  • The chance to activate and explore their creativity and self-expression.

Participants should bring:

  • A notebook and pen/pencil to take any notes; and
  • Snacks and bottle of water

Auditors should bring:

  • A notebook and pen/pencil to take any notes; and
  • Snacks and bottle of water

Additional notes about the class:

  • Participants are requested to wear loose clothing that allows them to move.
  • All our teachers have current Working With Children permits

TEACHERS: Sarah Hallam, Sass Pinci & Phoebe Anne Taylor

17+ years old

Monday, March 18, 2024

6.30pm-10.30pm each day
(1 days, 4 hours total)

Participants: $290+BF
Auditors: $20+BF

We accept Afterpay, PayPal, Zip, American Express, MasterCard and VISA as payment options and all transactions are securely processed on our ticketing partner website Humanitix. We choose to partner with Humanitix because they donate 100% of profits from their ticket booking fees to charity, which is awesome.


PHOTO: Sass Pinci as “Elizabeth” and Sarah Hallam as “Adriana” on the set of Dark Arcadia, directed by Sally McLean with 2nd Unit Director, Phoebe Anne Taylor. Photo by Allena Tran.

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March 18
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