Adult Courses

Melbourne’s roadmap out of lockdown has prevented our ability to run our classes as normal for Term 4. We are desperate to get back into the studios and get get the creativity happening again. At present we are planning some week-end intensive workshops for November once restrictions have eased! More details to come…


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

In 2020 the following classes will be offered:

Time: Wednesdays at 07:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost: $365.00 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 - Intake 1 5 February - 25 March 2020

Time: Wednesdays at 07:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $500.00 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 – Intake 1  Cancelled
The Next Stage – Intake 2 Cancelled
The Next Stage – Intake 3 Cancelled
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 studios are based in its own area within the National Theatre building at the corner of Carlisle and Barkly Street, St Kilda a short distance away from Luna Park and the beach.