Directing Actors - Wyndham

Directing Actors intensive workshop

Wyndham 2020

Cinespace are taking expressions of interest for our Directing Actors intensive. This event is scheduled to take place in 2020, dates are pending official recommendations around events and the Coronavirus and venue access.

Learn how as a director you can inspire actors to own characters through the rehearsal process. The workshop also includes insights into casting, and how to direct actors for the screen.

The workshops is targeted at aspiring or emerging screen (film and television) directors, but we also welcome applications from theatre directors and actors who would like to participate and who will also benefit from the program.

As a Cinespace program, First Nations and culturally-diverse creatives are encouraged to apply and may be given priority for available places. The program may also give preference to people who live, work or study in Wyndham, as this program is funded by Wyndham city council. If you are outside Wyndham, you can still apply and may be offered a place subject to availability.


The workshop includes two days of training, followed by an opportunity to workshop an original script scene, or an adaptation of a provided sample scene, with a provided cast of actors. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion.


Wyndham location TBC.


2020 dates TBC - Two day face to face workshop, followed by individual session directing a scene with a cast of actors (these individual sessions will be at negotiated times) . You can identify your preferred availability in the EOI form below.

About the Facilitator



Born in Melbourne, Australia 1966.  Alkinos has been described as one of Australia’s most important contemporary film directors. He has a reputation for being an actor’s director and is renowned for his uncompromising approach to stories of social relevance.


He graduated from Swinburne School of Film and Television (now VCA) in 1988.  His début feature film, Everynight…Everynight (1994) won international critical acclaim.  It was awarded Best First Film (Prix D’Montreal) at the Montreal World Film Festival and was in Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival. The film received two AFI nominations, including Best Director.


His second feature, Silent Partner (2001) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI and Film Critics Circle awards and was in Official Selection at Toronto, Montreal, Newport, US Arts Comedy, Athens, Singapore and Bangkok film festivals.


In 2004, Tom White was released to extensive critical acclaim.  It received thirty-one Australian feature film award nominations, Colin Friels winning the FCCA and the IF Award for Best Actor.  Tom White was invited to participate at many international film festivals including Montreal, Hof, Busan and Chennai.     


Em4Jay (2006), his fourth feature, participated at Melbourne, Brisbane, Athens, Mostra De Valencia – Spain and New Zealand film festivals.  Variety said: “Authenticity makes Em4Jay a Down Under low budget TRIUMPH.”


In 2010, Blind Company was released nationally after a successful international film festival campaign, including Montreal and Las Palmas. Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park) said: “This is film at it’s best. A must see.”


Alkinos made his theatrical debt with John Logan’s Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) in 2012. His production received major accolades, Colin Friels winning the Green Room Award for Best Male Actor for his portrayal of Mark Rothko. The show has since been reprised for the Queensland Theatre Company.


The Mountaintop in 2013 broke box office records for the MTC and was nominated for Green Room and Helpmann awards. In 2014, Alkinos directed the Pulitzer Prize winning, Glengarry Glen Ross for the MTC and made his international debut with Women In War, a European funded contemporary opera performed in the ancient Hephaistia Ampitheatre of Lemnos.


In 2018, Alkinos’ highly anticipated Australian production of Scaramouche Jones received rave reviews for Colin Friels’ performance. The following year the show was reprised for a successful national tour.


After ten years away from filmmaking, Alkinos returns to his indie roots to write and direct, The Taverna. Set over one night inside a Greek restaurant the film heralds a new collaboration between Alkinos and veteran Greek actor, Vangelis Mourikis.

Register your Interest:

Applicants with Wyndham address may be prioritised to meet funding targets.

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