Drama Classes 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 courses for adults as listed below.

In addition to its accredited professional training, the School offers a range of popular short (non-accredited) courses in Acting for those who are 18+ and are looking to explore their performance potential. The classes cater for everyone from beginners to those who are considering acting careers in a supportive and fun environment.

NEW for 2021: Professional Masterclasses for trained actors

All 2021 Term 3 Adult Drama Classes have been postponed 1 week due to the lockdown – commencement dates have been updated below.

In 2021 the following classes will be offered:

Time: Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Thursdays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM or Saturdays 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $375.00 inc. GST
Duration: 8 Weeks

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, Our Introduction to Acting 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!


  • Fundamental acting skills
  • Physicality
  • Improvisation

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

Class Date(s)
INTRO TO ACTING –  Term 1  FULL Wed 10 February – 31 March 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 2  FULL Wed 21 April – 9 June 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 2  NEW CLASS Thu 22 April – 10 June 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 2  NEW CLASS Sat 24 April – 12 June 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 3 FULL Wed 4 August – 22 September 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 3 FULL Thu 5 August- 23 September 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 3 STILL PLACES Sat 7 August – 25 September 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 4 Wed 6 October – 24 November 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 4 Thu 7 October – 25 November 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 4 Sat 9 October – 27 November 2021


Many students completing a term of the ‘Intro’ class return for ‘The Next Stage’.

Time: Wednesdays at 07:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $515.00 inc. GST
Duration: 8 Weeks
Next Stage acting 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.


  • Script analysis
  • Character creation
  • Building Rapport

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

Class Date(s)
The Next Stage – Term 1  10 February – 31 March  2021
The Next Stage – Term 2 21 April – 9 June 2021
The Next Stage – Term 3 4 August – 22 September 2021
The Next Stage – Term 4  6 October – 24 November 2021

Time: Mondays at 07:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $515.00 inc. GST
Duration: 8 Weeks – Starting Monday 2nd August

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 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!

Ideal for students who have completed either our Intro to Acting Class or The Next Stage or equivalent course elsewhere.



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


7.00–10.00 pm three nights a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Each course runs for two terms (Total Course – 16 weeks).

There are two annual intakes in February and July each year.

There is an audition as part of the enrolment process. Auditions for our February intake will take place in December 2020. Our July 2021 intake auditions will be held in June 2021.

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.

If you are successful at the audition, you will be asked to enrol.

Fees are payable by term in advance.

Download The 2021 Audition Pieces Here


Dates for 2021

February 8 – June 10 (incl 2 week break)

August 2 – November 25 (incl 1 week break) Auditions 21 June or July 15, 7pm-10pm

Different every night – the Mike Alfreds rehearsal process WITH CHARLIE COUSINS


8 weeks – starting August 7, 2021


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.

The Presence of Art – Mindfulness for actors helping actors and artists create with more sacredness and souL with Charlie Cousins


8 weeks – starting Thursday, August 5, 2021

All 8 weeks -$160

Casual Rate $25 per class

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

This will be a weekly class and ongoing space for actors and artists of all kinds to clear and refine our creative channel and the space we create from.

We will explore meditations, and embodiment exercises to build our awareness and to help centre, clarify, and ground more of our authentic presence into our craft and life.

So instead of coming together to work on the specific techniques of our different chosen mediums, this will be a class where we work on ourselves. An area of exploration that is missing in most actor and arts training around the world.

Who we are is how we create.

By working on ourselves and refining our motives for creating art and approaching our craft from a space of what we can give instead of what we can get out of it – we can grow ourselves and, in turn, grow and raise our art-forms.

Learn how to…

  • Meditate and Increase Awareness of Self, Other, and Character.
  • Align, Centre, and Ground Your Presence.
  • Connect to Your Heart and Creative Source.
  • Acknowledge and Accept Where You Are At to Increase Creative Flow and Let Go of Fighting Yourself and Your Creativity.
  • Deepen, Extend, and Enrich Your Feeling Nature.
  • Set Healthy Boundaries and Cut Energetic Cords.
  • Develop Resilience to Master Negativity and Rejection.

The class is for adult actors/dancers/artists (but non-artist are welcome too – we’re all creative and artistic) to help them bring their meditative and spiritual practices into their creative practices so that they can both strengthen and support each other.

The Presence of Art classes uses a series of ancient mechanisms and exercises to aid in developing an inner discipline of focusing our attention on our intention to be able to build more conscious awareness of our motives in life and in our craft.

Charlie Cousins is a professional actor with 20 years of experience in theatre, film, and television. He is also a qualified Mentor and Life Coach, and a qualified and experienced Meditation Teacher accredited with the Meditation Association of Australia.

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.