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Drama Classes

Taking part in the dramatic arts is one of the best ways to develop the imagination and support creative expression, especially among young people. Collaborating with peers, discussing big ideas and learning the skills of live performance can build confidence and help prepare kids for real-world challenges.

The National Theatre Drama School offers classes for all ages and skill levels in a fun and supportive learning environment. The curriculum is designed and delivered by industry professionals with a passion for making a difference in young people’s lives.

Classes range from the exploration and development of voice, movement, improvisation and character development skills to film and TV camera technique, basic text analysis and musical theatre performance.

If you’d like to check which class is right for you, please talk with our friendly staff or if you know which class interests you – book a free trial now! *Trials are subject to the availability of space in the requested class.

Term Dates 2021

Term 1: Monday, 01 Feb –  Thursday, 01 April

Term 2: Monday, 19 Apr – Saturday, 26 Jun

Term 3: Monday, 12 Jul – Saturday, 18 Sep

Term 4: Monday, 04 Oct – Saturday, 18 Dec

2021 Classes

All classes must be paid for in full by the first class of each term; payment plans are available
upon request. Discounts are available for Early Birds, as well as when booking for siblings and when
booking multiple classes types (e.g. Stage Acting + Musical Theatre).

Ages 3 -8

Little Nashies (3 – 5 yrs) Tuesday at 09:00 am – 10:00 am

Term One – 9 weeks $162

The Little Nashies Dance Theatre Classes are the ultimate dance theatre sessions for 3 to 5 year olds. They are inspiring a mixture of dance, musical theatre, storytelling, drama, and singing.

The Little Nashies is a unique class that brings musical appreciation with a combination of music introduced, and this could be the presence of a pianist or an introduction to a musical instrument that helps stimulate the students’ imaginations with a wide range of sounds and musical styles.

This holistic program is developed for strong engagement, musicality, confidence building, imagination, exploring ideas together, and expressing creativity, all while having fun and making new friends.

These programs are an introduction to all aspects of performing arts at the National Theatre Ballet School and National Theatre Drama School. Both schools have built this program together as a stepping stone into further exploration of the organisation’s offering.

Play Acting Ages  6 – 8 years

Tuesday 4.15pm – 5.15pm

Term One 9 weeks $207

In our Pre-Junior classes, students are introduced to the foundations of drama. Through games and activities they use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish roles and situations. They are encouraged to explore roles, characters and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and through games. They learn to respond to drama, expressing what they enjoy and why and learn to adapt to feedback from their teacher and peers.

At the end of each term, students get the opportunity to present dramatic pieces using the elements of role, situation and focus in dramatic play and improvisation to their parents and friends.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part in the drama scenes contained within the performance.

Ages 9 -11

Stage Acting – Junior

Ages  9-11 yrs

Tuesday  5.15pm – 6.45pm   Term One 9 weeks $270

Saturday 9am – 10.30am    Term One 8 weeks $240

Saturdays 10.30am – 12pm    Term One 8 weeks $240

Our Junior Stage Classes teach the students to explore ideas and narrative structures through roles and situations. They are guided over each term to use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama.

They now begin to develop skills and techniques of voice and movement to create character, mood and atmosphere and focus dramatic action.

During lessons they will perform devised and scripted drama that develops narrative and they will learn about performance and design elements that engage an audience.

At the end of each term, students get the opportunity to present dramatic pieces  using the elements of role, situation and focus in dramatic play and improvisation to their parents and friends

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the drama scenes contained within the performance.

Screen Acting – Junior

Ages 9-11yrs 

Saturday 12pm – 1.30pm   Term One 8 weeks $240

Our Junior  Screen Classes teach the students to explore ideas and narrative structures through roles and situations – with a particular reference to how they are performed on screen.

All students now begin to develop skills and techniques for camera when using voice and movement to create character, mood and atmosphere and focus dramatic action.

During lessons they will perform devised and scripted drama that is recorded and they will watch back on screen, gaining feedback and using self-reflection to learn about performance and design elements that engage a screen audience.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the film section contained within the performance.

Express Yourself

A 3 hour workshop in improvisation, storytelling and physical theatre with actor/director Harry Haynes. Through a series of scenarios, games and scenes we will focus on playfulness, self-expression and collaboration!

Ages: 9 to 11 years
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 9am to 12pm
Where: National Theatre Drama Studios
Cost: $45.00

Musical Theatre
Ages: 10-14

Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Term One 9 weeks $270

Our musical theatre classes are a must for any student who would like to complement their dance and acting training and develop more performance skills.

You’ll be given high-level training in voice, acting, movement and dance. You’ll learn to tell a story by using your entire body, and you’ll be taught to develop a broad range of musical theatre styles. This class can be taken as a stand-alone class but it is highly recommended to also attend as many dance/Acting classes for any student who has visions to reach Triple Threat Standard!

Clown Class

Ages 9-14

Saturday 1.30-3pm  (8 weeks) $270

Like to make your friends and family laugh? How about a silly voice and a weird walk?

Yes? Then you’re just what we’re looking for in Clown Class!

Learn from an expert on how to be funny!

You’ll learn how to take your audience along with you on a magical ride and also how to work with your class mates to have people in stitches! You’ll master the skills of the Red Nose, the Clowns greatest weapon against the everyday and boredom.

Sign up fast, this class will fill up quick!

Ages 11 - 13

Screen Acting – Intermediate

Ages  12-14yrs

Saturday 9am – 11am   Term One 8 weeks $300

In our Intermediate Screen Classes combine the elements of drama used in devised and scripted drama to explore and develop issues, ideas and themes on screen.

Over the terms, students will be introduced to the particular focuses of acting for camera. They will explore different shots and their best use when acting on camera. At this level, students are introduced to how to move away from acting theatricality and moving towards focusing on being present in front of the camera.

Students will learn the basics of how to analyse a film or television script. What to look out for, the do’s and don’ts of preparation and how to mark up a script.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the film section contained within the performance.

Stage Acting – Intermediate

Ages 12-14 yrs

Saturday 11am-1pm   Term One 8 weeks $300

In our Intermediate Stage Classes combine the elements of drama used in devised and scripted drama to explore and develop issues, ideas and themes.

Over the terms, students develop roles and characters consistent with situation, dramatic forms and performance styles to convey status, relationships and intentions.

Students are guided to plan, structure and rehearse drama, exploring ways to communicate and refine dramatic meaning. Through guidance from The National’s teachers, they now begin to develop and refine their expressive skills in voice and movement to communicate ideas and dramatic action in different performance styles and conventions.

When performing devised and scripted drama they use a range of performance styles, and apply stagecraft elements they have learnt throughout the term.

Students are guided to identify and analyse how the elements of drama are used, combined and manipulated in different styles, and apply this knowledge to the drama they make and perform.

They use their growing performance skills, stagecraft and design elements to shape and focus relationships with an audience. A ‘showing’ is performed for family and friends at the end of each term.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the drama scenes contained within the performance.

Express Yourself

A 3 hour workshop in improvisation, storytelling and physical theatre with actor/director Harry Haynes. Through a series of scenarios, games and scenes we will focus on playfulness, self-expression and collaboration!

Ages: 11 to 13 years 
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: National Theatre Drama Studios
Cost: $45.00

Playwriting

Ages 12-17

Saturdays 1pm-3pm   Term One 8 weeks $300

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Shakespeare?

Want to write your own story? Create your own characters for the stage?

Look no further. The Nash has what you need!

You will be taught all the skills you need to write intriguing characters, develop gripping scenes and create dramatic relationships!

You will be introduced to the art of writing plays in a fun and lively atmosphere led by a professional playwright! Through a range of exercises and techniques you will learn to write like a pro!

You will also have the opportunity to have  professional actors give a moved reading of your work at the end of the course.

Kate Rice (playwriting teacher)

An award-winning Australian playwright, Kate’s play Sweetest Things was one of three finalists for Best Play in the 2014 Australian Writers Guild awards.  She trained as a professional actor at Victorian College of the Arts and then studied playwriting at NIDA.  She has been commissioned by Curtin University, Deckchair Theatre Company, Agelink Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin High School and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. She has also written children’s television and several short films.  In 2016, Kate completed a Doctorate on the ‘Ethics of Creating Theatre’, based on real stories.

Clown Class

Ages 9-14

Saturday 1.30-3pm  (8 weeks) $270

Like to make your friends and family laugh? How about a silly voice and a weird walk?

Yes? Then you’re just what we’re looking for in Clown Class!

Learn from an expert on how to be funny!

You’ll learn how to take your audience along with you on a magical ride and also how to work with your class mates to have people in stitches! You’ll master the skills of the Red Nose, the Clowns greatest weapon against the everyday and boredom.

Sign up fast, this class will fill up quick!

Ages 14 - 17

Screen Acting – Senior

Ages 15-17yrs 

Saturday 11am – 1pm   Term One 8 weeks $300

Our Senior Screen Classes really develop the creativity of students and form a supportive and engaging environment to explore their dramatic passion.

Students now develop and sustain different screen techniques to realise dramatic intentions and engage audiences. During the course of the term and course, they film devised and scripted drama in different forms and styles.

Students are given more creative control as they plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine their camera performances. Students are now in partnership with the teacher and their peers when selecting and using elements of drama, narrative and structure to direct, act and apply to scenes performed on screen. In the Senior level, students use their knowledge of screen acting techniques to convey dramatic action and meaning on film.

As well as performing, students are continuing to develop their responses to drama. Woven into the sessions is analysis of scripts for film, television and performance styles. They evaluate the meaning and aesthetic effect of the drama they devise, perform and view on screen.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the film section contained within the performance.

Stage Acting – Senior

Ages  15-17 

Saturday 9am – 11am   Term One 8 weeks $300

Our Senior Stage Classes really develop the creativity of students and form a supportive and engaging environment to explore their dramatic passion.

Students now develop and sustain different roles and characters to realise dramatic intentions and engage audiences. During the course of the term and course, they perform devised and scripted drama in different forms, styles and performance spaces.

Students are given more creative control as they plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. Students are now in partnership with the teacher and their peers when selecting and using elements of drama, narrative and structure to direct, act and apply stagecraft. In Senior level, students use performance and expressive skills to convey dramatic action and meaning.

As well performing, students are continuing to develop their responses to drama. Woven into the sessions is analysis of the elements of drama, forms and performance styles. They evaluate the meaning and aesthetic effect of the drama they devise, perform and view.

Each term, there is an opportunity to share the creativity of the group to family and friends in the form of a ‘showing’ in the studios.

Students enrolled in terms where there is a joint Ballet and Drama School production on the main theatre stage will be able to be part of the drama scenes contained within the performance.

I Know…

‘I know….’ will be a performance devised by 14 – 17 year old actors, exploring some of their experiences in 2020 and what they have come to ‘know’. There will be 3 x zoom classes in preparation and 2 Saturdays at the St Kilda Studios to rehearse, culminating in a production on Saturday 12th December 2020.

During an intensive workshop series, the cast will utilise inspiration from pop culture and their own lives to improvise, rehearse and develop a short contemporary theatre piece. This will be presented in an exciting partnership with the Ballet School’s end of year presentation on 12th December.

Saturday November 7th 10am-12pm: Zoom link to join Katie 
Saturday November 14th 10am-12pm: Zoom link to join Katie 
Saturday November 21st  10am-12pm: Zoom link to join Katie 
Saturday November 28th 10am – 3 pm: All Day workshop/ rehearsal classes at the National Theatre Drama School
Saturday December 5th 10am – 3 pm: All Day workshop/ rehearsal classes at the National Theatre Drama School
*Bump in to the Theatre week 7th to 12th of December  2hrs tech rehearsal  (TBC)
Saturday December 12th Performance time TBC

 

The cost to join Katie Cawthorne – our experienced Drama Teacher and youth theatre director – for the whole program is just $250.

Playwriting

Ages 12-17

Saturday 1pm-3pm   Term One 8 weeks $300

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Shakespeare?

Want to write your own story? Create your own characters for the stage?

Look no further. The Nash has what you need!

You will be taught all the skills you need to write intriguing characters, develop gripping scenes and create dramatic relationships!

You will be introduced to the art of writing plays in a fun and lively atmosphere led by a professional playwright! Through a range of exercises and techniques you will learn to write like a pro!

You will also have the opportunity to have  professional actors give a moved reading of your work at the end of the course.

Kate Rice (playwriting teacher)

An award-winning Australian playwright, Kate’s play Sweetest Things was one of three finalists for Best Play in the 2014 Australian Writers Guild awards.  She trained as a professional actor at Victorian College of the Arts and then studied playwriting at NIDA.  She has been commissioned by Curtin University, Deckchair Theatre Company, Agelink Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin High School and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. She has also written children’s television and several short films.  In 2016, Kate completed a Doctorate on the ‘Ethics of Creating Theatre’, based on real stories.