Foundation in Acting

Director's Welcome
The Foundation in Acting course will immerse you in the craft of acting over two eight-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.”


Monday Nights: Voice and Stage Acting with Dr Jo Loth

Jo 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. You’ll learn how to work with monologues and scenes, find moment to moment play within yourself and with other actors. 

In these classes you will learn how work to within a script’s given circumstances to find your authentic and personalised version of each character and connect with dynamic vibrancy with your scene partner.  

Learn how to analyse scripts to identify clear, high stakes motivation, and find authentic emotional connection, allow spontaneity and believability in each moment.   Jo’s scene study classes develop personalised connection with performance material, build truthful characters, bring text to life, emotional connection, in the moment, attention on script analysis, paying close attention to the clues in the text, personalised, authentic characters, and connect with scene partner/s. Her classes draw on techniques from Howard Fine and Robert Cohen. 

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 eight 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 eight 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.


There is an audition as part of the enrolment process. 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.


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Course Fee: $2400

COURSE DATES (Terms 2 and 3) 24 April 2023  –  1 September 2023  (includes two week term break)


*Course Fees are payable upon acceptance into the course.