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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.

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.

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
Adult Acting Classes

Adult Acting Classes

The National Drama School’s acting classes for adults offer the perfect opportunity for you to tap into and expand your creative talents! Our diverse array of short courses explores movementvoicetext and screen acting, and provides opportunities for 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!

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School Holiday Programs

In a safe and supportive environment, primary and secondary school students learn performance skills that harness an understanding of voice, physicality and focus to convey ideas. The School Holiday program will culminate in an ensemble performance on The National Theatre’s main stage.

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Young Actresses in Summer Drama School
Acting of Man Consoling the Woman

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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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

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