Youth Classes

Bookings for The 2021 Summer School, which is held in January are being taken now.

We have COVID-safe plans in place, and guarantee full money back if restrictions prevent the course from running!

Don’t miss out on the early-bird discounts!


Term 4 2020 – We hope to announce enrolments open once current level 4 restrictions are reduced, although we anticipate needing to be at level 2 before we are able to run in-studio classes. Please keep checking this space for the latest information and the link to enrol once available.

The Youth Drama Program at the National Theatre has been a hub for young talent for many years. Offering something for everyone aged 5-17, the programs are designed and delivered by industry professionals with a passion for making a difference in young people’s lives. Working in a warm, friendly and safe environment, fun, confidence, motivation and an increased sense of self-worth are the aims of our all teaching.

Experienced actors and directors, who are also qualified to guide and inspire young people, facilitate the exploration and development of voice, movement, improvisation and character development skills as well as film and TV camera technique, Musical Theatre and the basic text analysis abilities essential for the development of the young performer.


Click on the classes listed to find out more about what is on offer:

2021 Intensive Drama Summer School

4-8 January 2021
10 am – 4 pm


Acting for  7 – 12 years
Acting for 13 – 17 years


During this 5 day experience, young artists will spend a week working as a mini theatre company.

Under the facilitation of their tutor, they will learn skills in performance, furthering their understanding of voice, physicality and focus to convey ideas. They will work as a team to devise a piece of contemporary theatre, learning to respond to stimulus, create scripts, edit and collate, follow threads, distil concepts and extend ideas further.

They will be responsible for choices around costume, design, lighting and sound and will share the sourcing and production of these elements. 

The result will be the creation of a strong, current piece of ensemble theatre, which will be performed for friends and family on the final day.


Experience 5 days away from screens with other talented young people who are passionate about theatre – making friends and making memories!


Get Dramatic this summer…enrol now!



Pay Before Oct 1, 2020

SAVE 20%

Pay Before Dec 12, 2020

SAVE 10%

Pay After Dec 12, 2020
7-12 years $416 $468 $520
13-17 years $440 $495



The summer school is held in our St Kilda Studios inside the iconic National Theatre Melbourne.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Monday, 03 Feb -  Saturday, 28 Mar

Term 2: Tuesday, 14 Apr - Saturday, 27 Jun

Term 3: Monday, 13 Jul - Saturday, 19 Sep

Term 4: Monday, 05 Oct - Saturday, 12 Dec

Little Nashies (3 – 5 yrs) Tuesdays at 10:00 am – 11:00 am


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.

6-8 yrs on Thursday at 4.30 pm -5.30 pm


Are you a budding performer? Do you love to entertain family and friends? Maybe you want to gain some more confidence…and have some fun in the process! Play Acting is all about using fun, interactive games and improvisation to learn how to get your message across using your voice, body and acting skills!

Screen Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Screen Acting 12-14 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Screen Acting 14-17 on yrs Sat at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Always watched the Hollywood stars and wondered what it would be like to see yourself on the big screen? Well, it’s time for your close up! Find out what goes on behind the camera in this thrilling workshop. You will learn how to take the words from the page and bring them to life on screen. So get your autographs ready, Hollywood here we come!
Play Acting 6-8 yrs on Thu at 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Thu at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stage Acting 12 -14 yrs on Sat at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stage Acting 14-17 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Let your dramatic side take over as you devise inspiring new theatre pieces and compelling characters in your very own dramatic creations. Extend your voice, movement, and characterisation skills in dynamic and fast-paced workshops that are sure to take you to the next level!