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Established in 1936 by revered arts pioneer Gertrude Johnson OBE, The National Drama School (formerly National Theatre Drama School) is Australia’s longest-established vocational training organisation for acting and a leading cultivator of stage and screen talent.

Director of Drama - Dr Jo Loth

Under the inspired leadership of Director of Drama Dr Jo Loth, the School’s teaching faculty of industry experts impart their professional skills and techniques with budding young actors in the heritage listed National Theatre complex in the bayside suburb of St Kilda, Melbourne.

The National Drama School Melbourne offers a suite of regular classes in acting technique for aspiring youth and adults, along with seasonal intensives, specialist workshops and the industry leading bridging program, Foundation in Acting.

The flagship Diploma of Acting prepares young acting talents for a fulfilling career in front of live audiences and on the big – or small – screen.

Our esteemed alumni comprise Australian stars of stage and screen including Kat Stewart, Richard Cawthorne, Tosh Greenslade, Esther Hannaford, Lawrence Mooney and Geraldine Quinn.

Renowned for its industry connections, intimate class sizes, and passion for the craft of acting, The National Drama School Melbourne celebrates and champions diversity, while cultivating excellence and authenticity.

Foundation in Acting

Working with expert industry teachers, you’ll learn voice, acting, screen acting and theatre making techniques. In collaboration with your ensemble, you’ll develop skills in theatre making and character-based comedy, culminating in a small showing for family and friends at the end of the 16 weeks.

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Young Man and Woman Acting - Foundation of Acting

Adult Acting Classes

The National Drama School’s suite of acting classes for adults offers the perfect opportunity for you to tap into and expand your creative talents!

Our acting classes for adults are offered in four streams delivered weekly over two 10-week terms. Choose from The Craft of Acting, Will Power, Movers and Shakers, or Me, Myself and I.

Course are suitable for beginners, aspiring actors and industry professionals to refresh and update their skills.

Engage, connect and upskill under the guidance of expert industry teachers – we look forward to seeing you in our studios!


Young Actors Program

Creative play, confidence and ensemble are central to all our classes – building skills for life. Our Young Actors Program for students in school years three and above is available in two streams:  The Stage Performance Ensemble and Screen Acting: Skills for Life.

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Young Actors Program

Advanced Diploma of Acting

The Advanced Diploma of Acting (10884NAT) is a nationally accredited, full-time, professional training course that prepares students for careers as actors and performance makers in theatre, film, television and new media. 

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Young Man and Woman Acting - Foundation of Acting