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Foundation in Acting
APPLY NOW FOR JULY 2022 INTAKE

Monday 25 July  –  Thursday 24 November 2022  (16 weeks includes 2 week term break) 
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  7:00pm – 10:00pm  (no classes on Public Holidays)
Course Fee: $2160*

 

Director's Welcome
As an actor your individuality is your super power. At The National Theatre Drama School we celebrate and champion diversity, we value inclusion and respect.
The Foundation in Acting course will immerse you in the craft of acting over two 8-week terms.  Working with expert industry teachers, you’ll learn voice, acting, screen acting and theatre making techniques, as well as how to work within a script’s given circumstances to find a personalised version of each character and bring that character to vivid spontaneous life.  In collaboration with your ensemble, you’ll develop skills in theatre making and character-based comedy, culminating in a small showing for family and friends at the end of the 16 weeks. 
Join us at The National Theatre Drama School to find your creative voice!

Dr Jo Loth, Director of Drama

This is a Foundation course and you are not expected to be an expert, however we are looking for evidence of potential and commitment to preparation in order to ensure you can gain the most from the course.

What Foundation in Acting Students say about the course…

“The course was an amazing stepping stone for me. It prepared me to take on the Advanced Diploma.” Laura Swearse

“The three specialised classes gave me the basic fundamentals that have been incredibly useful for my future studies.”

‘I felt myself being guided to work outside my comfort zone, which allowed me to grow as an actress and a person.”

“The teachers were definitely a highlight.”

“The course simply made me feel like I needed to keep going with acting…that the journey had only just started. I felt determined and hungry for more!” Luke Slade, current Advanced Diploma of Acting student.

“If you’re considering acting as a career choice for the first time, give it a go. Honestly, you can only go forward.”

COURSE CONTENT

Monday Nights: Voice and Stage Acting with Darcy Kent

Darcy will tap into several techniques to help you liberate your imagination and open up your body and voice. Linklater voice work will release habitual tensions, connect voice to imagination, develop resonance, range and clarity in articulation. Patsy Rodenburg techniques explore text and develop expressivity, while Uta Hagen ‘object exercise’ help develop a relationship with the space and your audience through recreating moments from your own life.

You’ll learn how to work with monologues and scenes, find moment to moment play within yourself and with other actors, how to play with the fourth wall, the intricacies of script analysis and build an understanding and appreciation of theatrical lineage, acknowledging that ‘we stand on the shoulders of giants’.

Tuesday Nights: Screen Acting with Cazz Bainbridge

As actors we must let ourselves be seen and work through creative self-consciousness. Cazz will help you find authenticity, empathy and humanness in a role and bring the character to you. Using personalisation, internal landscape and imagery you will learn to create connection and specificity in your work.

Other skills will include basic screen career fundamentals including actor materials, casting, and industry knowledge, how to break down a script and understand the theme and film tone, balancing preparation with ease and presence in performance, building self-taping skills and how to find freedom within the frame.

Tuesday nights will also bring fun and curiosity to your work with like-minded peers and arm you with essential self-care tools for a sustainable acting career.

Thursday Nights: Theatre Making with Annie Lee

In the first 8 weeks you will learn skills in character building and comedy, utilising a variety of physical theatre techniques. You will be working with comedy script as well as creating original character pieces, broadening your opportunities towards a career in the performing arts industry. You will also explore and develop skills in voice/ body connection and release, drawing from the teachings of Jerzy Grotowski, Frankie Armstrong, and various other theatre disciplines.

The second 8 weeks focus on physical comedy and clown. You will continue the exploration and application of your learned skills, utilising a variety of physical disciplines inspired by the work of classic comedy greats such as Georg Carl and Bill Irwin, and physical theatre companies including Footsbarn and Theatre de Complicite.  You will be guided in applying your learned physical clown and theatrical skills to individual and group devised work, culminating in a showing at the end of the course.

AUDITIONS AND ENROLMENT

There is an audition as part of the enrolment process.  Auditions for our July Intake will be held from 6pm – 8pm on July 14,  2022. Once you have attended the audition and been accepted into the course, you may complete your enrolment.

During the audition, you will do some exercises led by a tutor. You will also perform a monologue  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.

AUDITIONS 6PM – 8PM JULY 14,  2022

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COURSE DATES MONDAY 25 JULY  –  THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2022  (INCLUDES 2 WEEK TERM BREAK)

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*Course Fees are payable upon acceptance into the course.
Fees are payable in 2 instalments and in advance of the beginning of each term.