Sarah Goodes Masterclass

A very special two day Theatre Masterclass in Melbourne with award-winning director Sarah Goodes, working on scenes from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. 

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Course Overview

The HubStudio is very proud to host multi-award winning director Sarah Goodes for a very special two day theatre masterclass in Melbourne. Sarah Goodes was Associate Artistic Director at Melbourne Theatre Company as well as a Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company.  She is an award-winning theatre director recognised for bringing over 15 new Australian works to the mainstage. Her 2023 Sarah directed three large scale productions; Sunday with MTC, Virginia Gay’s Cyrano for both MTC and Perth Festivals, as well as critically acclaimed sell out of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Julia for STC in Sydney and Canberra. She has worked with many of Australia’s leading actors including Pamela Rabe, Jacqueline MacKenzie, Marta Dusseldorp, John Gaden & Catherine McClemments. This Masterclass then represents one of the best opportunities for working professional actors to work with a director of national importance and currency. 

Over the two days Sarah will direct twelve actors through scene material from one of the all time greatest plays Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. We believe it’s imperative for all working professional actors to experience being directed on the floor by a range of established directors and this is the prefect opportunity to do so. This workshop is a focused two day intensive where each actor will get an opportunity to take action, take risks and grow as a performer. Each applicant will be paired up prior to the workshop and is expected to present their scene at a performance ready standard.

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Course Outline

Over the 2 days each participant will work on various scenes from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov for the group, being directed by Sarah, looking at the following areas:

  • Personalisation
  • Deep Text analysis
  • Character work & analysis
  • The rehearsal process
  • Commitment to authenticity and truth

Course Outcomes

  • Development, practice of craft and a commitment to truth, lie at the core of the Masterclass:
  • Stronger ability to confidently approach the text
  • Exercise and development of acting ‘muscle’
  • Increased confidence to make bold offers
  • Commitment to authenticity and truth

Session Details

When: 2 x full-day classes

Dates: Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2024

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: Melbourne CBD 

Participants: 14 Maximum 

Price: $558.00 incl GST (10% off for Hub Members)

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About Sarah Goodes

Sarah commenced 2023 with a sell-out production of SUNDAY by Anthony Weigh, opening the season for the Melbourne Theatre Company starring Nikki Shiels. She also directed the recent production of Virginia Gay’s CYRANO for the MTC which toured to the Perth Festival, and STC’s critically acclaimed production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play JULIA which has sold out Sydney and Canberra seasons.

From 2012 – 2016 she was the Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company and from 2016 – 2020 she was the Associate Artistic Director at the Melbourne Theatre Company. Sarah directed the world premiere of SWITZERLAND by Joanna Murray-Smith for STC in 2014 which was nominated for many awards including a Helpmann for Best Direction. In 2018 her production of THE CHILDREN won three Helpmann Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Production. Her production of GOLDEN SHIELD by Anchuli Felicia King was nominated for 7 Greenroom Awards winning for Best Design.

For Melbourne Theatre Company, Sarah’s work includes: SUNDAY; CYRANO; THE SOUND INSIDE; HOME, I’M DARLING; COSI (with the Sydney Theatre Company); GOLDEN SHIELD; ARBUS & WEST; ASTROMAN; A DOLL’S HOUSE: PART 2; THE CHILDREN (with Sydney Theatre Company); THREE LITTLE WORDS and JOHN. As Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company Sarah directed THE HANGING; DISGRACED; ORLANDO; BATTLE OF WATERLOO; SWITZERLAND; THE EFFECT; VERE (FAITH); THE SPLINTER and EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS. Sarah’s other directing credits include GRACE (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); THE SUGAR HOUSE (Belvoir); THE SWEETEST THING; THE SMALL THINGS; ELLING and BLACK MILK (B Sharp Belvoir); VERTIGO AND THE VIRGINIA, THE SHELLING POINT; HILT and WHAT HAPPENED WAS… (Old Fitzroy Theatre). SCORCED at NIDA and EARTHQUAKES in London at VCA.

In 2014 Sarah was the recipient of the Gloria Payten Fellowship. She studied English Literature and Theatre at the University of NSW and the University of California San Diego and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Sarah directed THE WEEKEND at Belvoir Street and SWITZERLAND at the Auckland Theatre Company in 2023. Her final production of the year was the critically acclaimed WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Red Stitch Theatre Company starring Kat Stewart and David Whiteley. She is currently enrolled in Masters of Screen Business at ATFRS.

Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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