Adult Courses

The National Theatre is a registered training organisation providing a number of full time accredited qualifications through our Drama School.

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 courses cater for everyone from beginners to those who are considering acting careers in a supportive and fun environment.

In 2019 the following classes will be offered:

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!

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

Contents:
  • 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.
The National Theatre Drama School now offers a unique opportunity for students who want to explore the world of acting and performance-making. ​

A new part-time (non-accredited) short-course provides opportunities to experience the range of disciplines and skills needed for a professional career on stage or screen, before committing to higher-level study.
Working with respected Industry professionals, students undertake classes in Movement, Voice, Improvisation, Text Study, and Stage and Screen Acting. Class sizes are capped so that students receive the maximum attention and encouragement and are given the best chance to fully explore their training potential.

The School is based in its own studios in the National Theatre building at the corner of Carlisle and Barkly Street, St Kilda a short distance away from Luna Park and the beach.

THE AUDITION PROCESS: WORKSHOP

Auditioning for a drama school? Learn with the professionals. Acquire the skills and techniques to make a lasting impression in the audition room.
Industry experts will guide you through the process of text analysis, character work and acting techniques.

This two-day weekend course will cover the fundamentals of contemporary and Shakespeare monologues.

Day 1: Contemporary – led by award-wining Theatre Director Peter Blackburn.

Day 2: Shakespeare –  led by National Theatre Drama school Artistic Director Trent Baker.