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Week Four: Acting Skills

Join Hayley McElhinney and Ben Mortley as they explore some acting basics and the use of imagination in performance.

Acting Skills with Hayley McElhinney

Hayley is a Perth-based actor who works nationally and internationally in theatre, film and TV. Currently she is a leading cast member of Channel Nine’s Doctor Doctor. In her tutorial you will explore fundamental acting techniques that will assist you to create an imaginative and powerful performance in your loungeroom.

A note from Hayley:
“Thank you for watching my tutorial I hope it has been helpful to you. I just wanted to acknowledge my teachers who have helped me shape these exercises and who continue to be my teachers. Catherine Moore, Annie Carpenter, Patsy Rodenburg, Elizabeth Gilbert and Julia Moody.” 

Acting for Camera with Ben Mortley

Ben is and actor, film-maker, and acting coach who has worked across stage, film, and television around the country for nearly 30 years. In his tutorial he will focus key aspects of the acting craft including camera eye lines, exploring imagination and the emotional world of a character.

Hayley McElhinney

Headshot of Hayley McElhinneyHayley McElhinney is a graduate of the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Her television credits include series regular, Penny in Doctor Doctor and Jenny Wallace in the Channel 7 award-winning miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door. Credits also include Rizzoli & IslesMy PlaceTwentyfoursevenAlways GreenerAll SaintsBlue HeelersLove is a Four Letter WordBackbernerWater Rats and Good Guys Bad Guys. On the big screen, Hayley recently featured as Ruth in the sci-fi drama Love You Twice and Claire in the critically acclaimed psychological thriller The Babadook, with other feature film credits including Redd IncMy Mother Frank and City Loop. She recently completed shooting the feature Hearts and Bones, as well as Jeremy Sims directed feature Rams, alongside Sam Neill and Michael Caton.

Ben Mortley

Headshot of tutor Ben MortleyBen Mortley is a performer, film maker, and acting coach. His screen credits include the feature films Dingo, Lantana, Drift, Pinch, The Gateway, and award-winning performances in Zelos, and The Decadent and the Depraved. His television credits include Cloudstreet, McLeod’s Daughters, Home & Away, and A Place to Call Home. He has performed in theatres around Australia including works for Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare Company, The Ensemble, Black Swan Theatre Company, Barking Gecko, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, and the Blue Room Theatre.