In the Frame

The art of directing actors

To all Directors, learn how to achieve a great performance from your actors.

“A good director makes a playground and allows actors to play.” – Martin Landau

“The magic doesn’t come from within the director’s mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.” – James Cameron

If you want to work with experienced well trained actors then this is the course for you.


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Directing actors may seem simple from the outside, but the connection between the actor and the director is crucial to the success of a project. Like any healthy relationship, they need to effectively communicate, share, invest and grow together in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Unfortunately most directors don’t often get the chance to practice directing actors with experience, to engage with them in a supportive environment, take risks and experiment. While the director has to oversee all aspects of a shoot (camera, costume, design, story etc.) they often don’t have the time to devote energy and focus to the most vital aspect of their project – the performance.

If you are a passionate filmmaker who wants to practice your craft and work with experienced actors then this is the course for you. This is an opportunity to not only be exposed to some of the best SAC trained professional actors but also analyze and expand your practice, get a deeper breadth of what’s possible in the rehearsal process and find a practical language with which to communicate with actors.


About SAC trainer Chloe Boreham:

Chloé Boreham is an award-winning international director, writer-producer, actress and coach.

 Her latest film La Licorne, awarded Best Director and nominated Best Drama/Best Screenplay at the 2018 FreshFlix Film Festival, has also screened globally this year at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéphiles Section), FlickerFest Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and Festival des Antipodes. In May of this year, she completed a Director’s attachment on the Nine Network Show Doctor Doctor with Director Geoff Bennett. She has produced a number of shorts and co-wrote the award-winning short Limerence which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Shorts International film festival, also nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2017 Top Indie Film Awards. She has played leading roles in award-winning Australian Film and TV shows alongside Rebecca Gibney in The Killing Field, David Gulpilil and Stephen Hunter in Messiah, and support leading roles in the French Feature DreamGirl shot in Paris and Slam directed by Australian director Partho Sen-Gupta alongside Adam Bakri (from Oscar-Nominated film Omar).

 Chloé has coached her director’s masterclasses at schools such as VCA, SFS, JMC Academy and Paris Esec Film School and coached creative resiliency workshops at film schools such as AFTRS.


Course format

This course is a hands on experience for directors and actors.

The course runs for 3 Wednesday nights.


Date: Wednesday 5th, 12th and 19th September.

Cost is $290 Directors, $100 SAC Actors, $120 NON SAC Actors

Wednesday 5th September

The Actors Language (directors only)

Chloé will take you through the ways to communicate more freely and authentically with your actors at any stage during the filming  process (casting, rehearsal, shooting). 

WEDNESDAYS 12th September 

Week Two: The Directors Tool Kit (actors/directors)

 Learn practical rehearsal tools and techniques to get the most truthful performance out of your actors. You will work directly with your actors on the scene and explore the rehearsal process. 

In between week two and three you will shoot your scene independently to review in week three.

WEDNESDAYS 19th September 

Week Three – Review and further exploration

The whole class along with actors will watch the final scenes. There will be a group discussion about the process and everyones experience. Chloé will then work a few scenes on the floor to address any issues that may have arisen on set and to further explore the whole director/actor relationship. 

This is a breakthrough hands on course for the emerging director. You not only gain theoretical know how but, most importantly, you will learn by making work – the only way for directors to truly practice and hone their craft. You will work with the brilliant Chloe Boreham and some of the most talented SAC actors to make magic!


SAC is proud to offer this innovative new course for directors. We have had many successful directors such as Nash Edgerton (Gringo), Rowan Woods (Rake), Tony Rogers (Wilfred), Rachel Ward, (Beautiful Kate), Wayne Blair (Cleverman) conduct masterclasses to support us in our venture to train the new generation of Australian filmmakers.


For more details or to register your place please email

“The guys at SAC are full of knowledge and will help any actor achieve their goals”

-James Tobin (Channel 7 Sunrise presenter)

“Acting with Chum on The Straits was great. This man knows acting!”

-Firass-Dirani (Logi winning actor: House Husbands, The Straits, Underbelly)

“I have worked with Chum as an actor and director. As a director he knew how to bring out the best performance in me. He cares!”

-Andy-Whitfield (Actor: Sparticus Starz TV USA)

"They will take your acting magic to the next level."

-Nash Edgerton (Film Director)