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

In 2021 the following classes will be offered:

Time: Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, NEW CLASS 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 FILLING FAST Wed 28 July – 15 September 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 3 Thu 29 July – 16 September 2021
INTRO TO ACTING – Term 3 Sat 31 July – 18 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


*Due to the popularity of this course, we are have opened a new Thursday night class.

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 28 July – 15 September 2021
The Next Satge – Term 4  6 October – 24 November 2021


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

Download The 2021 Course Outline


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

Download The Full ‘Foundation In Acting 2021’ Course Outline Here

Dates for 2021

February 8 – June 10 (incl 2 week break)

July 26 – November 25 (incl 2 week break) Auditions 21 June or July 15, 7pm-10pm

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


8 weeks – starting July 31, 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.




“Yat took Laban’s notation into acting. We studied movement psychology and its notation. We didn’t use the notation particularly, but the notation is based on principles of putting psychological concepts into space, into action, into the physical world…”  Colin Firth

“So, what it came down was the fact that I have to find an essence, as one would do with any character, to find the human essence of this person, and then hang his nuances, his movements, his characteristics on that central issue…” – Tom Hardy


This work is theoretically complex but practically very simple, giving actors immeasurable tools needed to both observe and reflect human expression in the way of transformation.

Due to the depth of this work, we have structured the delivery over 3 ‘Levels’ – Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.


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.