Adult Drama Short Courses
for ages 18+

The National Theatre is a Registered Training Organisation providing a full time accredited qualification through our Drama School. In addition, we also run non-accredited Adult Drama short courses listed below.

Our popular Adult Drama Short Courses in Acting for those who are 18+ and are for those looking to explore their performance potential. The courses cater for everyone from beginners to those who are considering acting careers in a supportive and fun environment.

In 2022 the following courses will be offered:

Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm   OR   Saturday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Price per Class: $49.00
(Please note: Classes are not scheduled on Public Holidays)

Intro to Acting is your first stop acting shop, whether you’ve always wanted to try acting or just been out of the game for a while.

This course provides an excellent 8-week experience to take the leap and just do it! You will be working in a supportive, inspiring and creative environment.

At this “stage“, we are all about engaging and unleashing your imagination.

Let’s Play!

Course Content:

  • Fundamental acting skills
  • Physicality
  • Improvisation

Outcome:  By exploring the foundation of acting you will develop your confidence, whilst expanding your story-telling skills.



Course Dates (8 weeks)

 Term 1  Wednesday 9 February  –  Wednesday 30 March 2022
 Term 1  Saturday 12 February  –  Saturday 2 April 2022
 Term 2  Wednesday 27 April  –  Wednesday 15 June 2022
 Term 2  Saturday 30 April  –  Wednesday 18 June 2022
 Term 3  Wednesday 27 July  –  Wednesday 14 September 2022
 Term 3  Saturday 30 July  –  Saturday 17 September 2022
 Term 4  Wednesday 5 October  –  Wednesday 23 November 2022
 Term 4  Saturday 8 October  –  Saturday 26 November 2022


Many students who have completed a term of the Intro to Acting course return for The Next Stage.

Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Price per Class: $68.00
(Please note: Classes are not scheduled on Public Holidays)

The Next Stage takes your acting to a new level. Working with industry professionals, you will begin to hone your craft with exciting and challenging scripts. Our teachers will take you through the fundamentals of text analysis, character creation and building a rapport with your scene partner.

Course Content:

  • Script analysis
  • Character creation
  • Building Rapport

Outcome: At the completion of this course you will have gained the skills to successfully perform and truly connect with your fellow performers. The course will also include an informal presentation in the last week of your course.


Term Course Dates (8 weeks)
 Term 1  Wednesday 9 February  –  Wednesday 30 March 2022
 Term 2  Wednesday 27 April  –  Wednesday 15 June 2022
 Term 3  Wednesday 27 July  –  Wednesday 14 September 2022
 Term 4  Wednesday 5 October  –  Wednesday 23 November 2022
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  7:00pm – 10:00pm  (3 Classes per week)
Course Fee: $2160*
(Please note: Classes are not scheduled on Public Holidays)

*Course Fees are payable upon acceptance into the course. Fees are payable in 2 instalments and in advance of the beginning of each term.

There are two annual intakes in February and July each year. Each course runs for two terms (16 weeks). Please refer to course dates below.

Audition and Enrolment Process:
There is an audition as part of the enrolment process. Auditions for our February Intake will take place in January 2022. Auditions for our July Intake will be held in June 2022. Once you have attended the audition and been accepted into the course, you may complete your enrolment.

During the audition, you will do some exercises led by a tutor. You will also perform a monologue from the attached book before a panel of two of our tutors. From here, you may get some direction and an opportunity to re-do it as the tutors are looking for how you respond to direction.

Please note: This is a Foundation course and you are not expected to be an expert, but we are looking for evidence of potential and commitment to preparation in order to ensure you can gain the most from the course.

Download the 2022 Audition Pieces Here

Course Content:

  • Improvisation
  • Stage acting
  • Text analysis
  • Movement for actors
  • Industry knowledge
  • Screen acting basics
  • Acting for Camera


INTAKE Course Dates (16 weeks)
 INTAKE 1 Audition: January 2022  (date tbc)
  Monday 7 February  –  Monday 20 June 2022  (includes 3 week term break)
  INTAKE 2   Audition: June 2022  (date tbc)
  Monday 25 July  –  Thursday 24 November 2022  (includes 2 week term break)

8 weeks TBC

Inspired by the work of Mike Alfreds and his rehearsal process (outlined in his extraordinary book – Different Every Night), explore A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams over 8 weeks.

There will be a focus on several scenes in the play to use as the foundation and framework for a deep dive into TEXT, CHARACTER, and THE WORLD OF THE PLAY in an ensemble environment.

Taught by Charlie Cousins, one of the few trainers endorsed by Mike Alfreds himself.  The National Theatre Drama School presents this exciting opportunity for developing your skills in using this inspirational technique.


Have you ever watched a Hollywood star on screen and thought, I could do that! Now’s your chance to prove it! But hang on you say, I’ve never acted in front of a camera before!

No problem. The National Theatre Drama School is offering Film acting classes that will give you all the basic skills and techniques to act for TV, Film and online.

Our teachers are experienced actors who bring their craft and learning and share it with you one-to-one in the classroom.

What will you gain from this course?

  • You will understand how to act specifically for the camera.
  • You will understand the differences between live performance acting and screen acting.
  • You will improve your confidence in front of the camera and learn to be relaxed.
  • You will be given the skills necessary to give a great performance for film/TV.

This one will sell out, so sign up now!

This course is ideal for students who have completed either our Intro to Acting Class or Acting – The Next Stage, or an equivalent course elsewhere.

Please note: All classes are intended for in studio delivery. In the event of a snap lockdown classes may have to move online and our teachers will adapt lessons to suit this mode of delivery.