Young Actors Program

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Director’s Welcome

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. 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

Stage Performance Ensembles

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

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Screen Acting: Skills for Life

This innovative new program for budding young thespians, develops screen acting skills alongside skills for life

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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


Enrolments for Term 2 of 2023 are now open.

Current students can book classes here (link to be provided)

All Classes must be paid in full and in advance of the beginning of each Term.

Payment Plans are available upon request. Discounts are available for sibling bookings and when booking more than three classes per week.