Expert industry teachers at The National Drama School support budding young actors to develop their creative voices. We nurture young talents, celebrate and champion diversity, and actively value inclusion and respect.

Creative play, confidence and ensemble are central to all our classes – building skills for life. Our program begins with Play Acting, specifically designed for school years one and two. For young actors in school years three and above, we offer two streams:  The Stage Performance Ensemble and Screen Acting: Skills for Life.

In our programs, students learn professional acting techniques and use self-reflection to develop their skills and understanding of creative processes. Students are guided to identify and analyse how the elements of drama are used, combined and manipulated in different styles, and apply this knowledge to the drama they make and perform.

They use their growing performance skills, stagecraft and design elements to shape and focus relationships with an audience. Through stage acting processes, students develop empathy and understanding of the impact of live performance. In our Stage Performance Ensembles young actors have the opportunity to perform on The National Theatre mainstage and to create a new performance that is presented in The Blackbox theatre.

All of our classes establish a supportive environment of creative play.

Enrol your child now to nurture and extend their creative journey!


Dr Jo Loth
Director of Drama

2023 Young Actors Program Term Dates

Term 1:  Mon 30 Jan – Thu 6 Apr

Term 2:  Mon 24 Apr – Sat 24 Jun

Term 3:  Mon 10 Jul – Sat 16 Sep

Term 4:  Mon 2 Oct – Sat 9 Dec

play acting

Playing is an essential activity for growing children. Play Acting focusses on imagination and transformative performance to help young participants build confidence, learn to focus and improve their listening skills in a supportive, safe and enjoyable learning environment. Foundational acting techniques are introduced through games, movement and improvisation, allowing children to express themselves and explore their own creativity while building social and personal life skills.
At the end of each term there is an open class for parents and family to attend.

Primary (Yrs 1+2) Saturdays 1:30-3:00
10-week term fee $345


The stage awaits. Your dreams of being a stage actor start here.

Join one of The National Drama School’s new Stage Performance Ensembles and learn the craft of acting. Over four terms, passionate young actors and theatre makers will develop their skills and find their creative voice in a highly focussed environment led by expert industry professionals and teachers. 

First term sets the foundation for your ensemble with a focus on improvisation, movement and teamwork skills. After working with scripts, voice and character skills in term two, the third term culminates in a showcase performance in The National Theatre. In the final term, students work as a team to devise their own performance.

Term 1 Creating the Ensemble Ensemble, Improvisation and Movement.
Term 2 Creating Character Working with scripts, developing voice and character skills.

Terms one and two culminate in an open class for parents and family to attend. 
Term 3 Scripted Performance Preparing for Public Performance – The ensembles will perform as part of a mainstage production on 24 and 25 August 2023.
Term 4 Devised Performance This term culminates in a performance in the Blackbox Theatre.

Pre-Junior (Yrs 3+4) Tuesday 6:00-7:30 or Saturday 9:00-10:30
Junior (Yrs 5+6) Tuesday 4:30-6:00 or Saturday 12:00-1:30
10-week term fees $345

Intermediate(Yrs 7-9) Saturday 11:00-1:00
Senior (Yrs 10-12) Saturday 9:00-11:00
10-week term fees $460


This innovative new program for budding young thespians, develops screen acting skills alongside skills for life within a creative, playful and supportive environment.
Ensemble, authenticity, confidence and individuality are among the many disciplines required from a successful screen actor. The best screen actors are highly disciplined, bring ideas to the table, can quickly take on feedback and work with a high level of concentration.
Screen Acting: Skills for Life is an exciting four-term program to develop focus, listening, confidence and creativity. These themes will be explored through age-appropriate dramatic activities and skill-building exercises.

Term 1 Teamwork Learn to work as an ensemble building skills in collaboration, problem solving and communication.

Term 2 Authenticity Develop self-awareness, empathy and emotional intelligence and learn how to apply this to developing a character.

Term 3 Confidence Develop self-assurance without ego.  Learn how to trust your creative ideas, take risks and clarify your ambitions.

Term 4 Individuality Develop your creative capabilities and self-expression. Learn how to apply your creativity to developing a character and scene.  

Pre-Junior (Yrs 3+4) Tuesday 4:30-6:00 or Saturday 10:30-12:00
Junior (Yrs 5+6) Tuesday 6:00-7:30 or Saturday 1:30-3:00
10-week term fees $345

Intermediate(Yrs 7-9) Saturday 9:00-11:00 
Senior (Yrs 10-12) Saturday 11:00-1:00
10-week term fees $460

2023 Classes

All Classes must be paid in full and in advance of the beginning of each Term.
Payment Plans are available upon request upon request.
Discounts are available for sibling bookings and when booking more than 3 Classes per week.

Current Students – please book through your portal!