The audition process: Workshop

Auditioning for a drama school? Learn with the professionals. Acquire the skills and techniques to make a lasting impression in the audition room.
Industry experts will guide you through the process of text analysis, character work and acting techniques. 

This two-day weekend course will cover the fundamentals of contemporary and Shakespeare monologues.


Day 1: Contemporary - led by award-wining Theatre Director Peter Blackburn.

Day 2: Shakespeare -  led by National Theatre Drama school Artistic Director Trent Baker.


Your industry experts

TRENT BAKER has over 20 years experience in the Australian entertainment industry as an educator, theatre director and actor. He is a graduate of WAAPA’s three-year acting stream, the VCA’s postgraduate directing program and an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. He also trained for a two year period with renowned Michael Chekhov teacher Daniele Legler.

One of the 12 actors that created Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Trent has performed for Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch, Railway St Theatre, 45 Downstairs and La Mama Theatre. He has also worked extensively in film and television in Australia.

As a director and educator he has worked in both the Theatre and Musical Theatre undergraduate courses at W.A.A.P.A. and  V.C.A. Melbourne Theatre Company main stage and Education, Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Spiegeltent Melbourne, St Martins Youth Theatre, Monash and La Trobe universities and The National Theatre Drama School. He is also a teaching artist internationally for ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association).

His teaching specialties are Shakespeare in performance, improvisation and American text studies.


PETER BLACKBURN is a theatre-maker and acting teacher with a long history in the arts. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film, a post-graduate degree in Education and a Masters in Directing from the Victorian College of the Arts.  Peter keeps his passion for literature and media studies alive by teaching at the esteemed Trinity College at Melbourne University, but focuses most of his professional teaching time now to training and coaching actors across a broad spectrum of experience, from emerging artists to those already fully immersed in the arts and entertainment industry.

Peter has worked with many of Australia’s leading actor-training institutions, bringing his wide-ranging approach to applied script analysis and long-form improvisational techniques for generating content and exploring the text in rehearsal settings. Peter is also a dedicated (and award-winning) theatre-maker, staging numerous productions at home and abroad.



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