Acting Courses Sydney
Acting for the Screen
One Year's Training with a Showreel
The Screen Actors Space
What evokes your curiosity about acting? Do you feel you have the potential to offer something valuable in your acting to the public? What is it about a particular moment in performance that holds you spellbound?
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A 'Whole'-istic Approach to Screen Acting
The Screen Actor’s Space is offering new opportunities to explore these questions and put the answers into practice with arguably some of the most experienced senior professional teachers in Australia. Our aim is to engage with and develop the ‘whole’ actor, an actor with confidence, craft and broad psychological understanding of human behaviour.
Our teachers include: Stephen Wallace, director of six feature films including Stir, Blood Oath and Turtle Beach, Bryan Brown's first film The Love Letters from Teralba Road, plus numerous television productions including Flying Doctors and Water Rats; Ross McGregor, a revered and sought-after teacher who has taught at NIDA, WAAPA,VCA, The Actors' Centre (London) as well as directing TV like Neighbours as well as 60 plays; Chrissie Koltai famous for a forty five year career in movement and dance; and Lisa Schouw, an Aria nominated teacher of voice, acting and singing.
As teachers of acting with many years of experience we are interested in working with a small group of motivated students where we can cater our teaching to the individual acting student. We are interested in teaching without a set curriculum or style, to develop a way to find what each student needs to find their path to the freedom of acting with ease. While structured classes will be part of the process we will keep the individual student in mind.
Importantly, all teachers will provide a safe environment where trust is firmly established and where teachers and students together can begin to engage with, understand and quietly remove the barriers that get in the way of accessing the connection to the acting process.
We encourage and promote positive self-reflection as a path to healthy acting without which there can be no progress. To this end we offer hard work in a creative, simple and safe place to develop your talent.
SAS Training Modules
Developing physical flexibility, strength and release through a variety of movement traditions.
There is often dissatisfaction for many of us when it comes to the way we view and feel about our body. We will begin to understand how to embrace our body with kindness and compassion bringing the body and mind together with a fresh, calm energy and begin to truthfully know and accept the body we live in. Delicacy is important when working with the body however the premise of playfulness is paramount to open our hearts to a truthful connection to the body therefore the self.
When we really inhabit ourselves, we can as Actors more easily read and trust our instincts. To truly know one self in all ways can be a life long journey but we can have a lot of joy along the way. It will be gentle, sometimes difficult as well as fun working together with what we have – the truth of our bodies.
Body work will involve basic warm up, physical awareness of the body in space , meditation, practical and playful exploration of body language both affect and gesture. A meditative approach to letting go of preconceived assumptions of one self.read more
Unpacking Personal & Artistic Obstacles
Personal Development Outside Class
- READ SCRIPTS AND BOOKS. Reading scripts of your own choice and speaking to them in class discussion. Read an instructional method publication and speak to it in class. Learn all lines required for class. Find scenes that you wish to perform in class.
- SHOOTING SCENES. Shoot an occasional scene on your iphone as part of a four person crew and actors.
- PHYSICAL FITNESS. All or some of the below, with structured regular hours. Physical fitness cannot and will not be taught in class as a primary element but it will be required, as it is in the industry. Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, Walking.
You will learn how to work with a camera and with a crew, how to use your voice on film, working with a sound recordist, how to achieve continuity of performance, how a scene is broken down in cinema, how to keep consistency in the scene, how to use things like a telephone or green screen, how to improvise for film. You will learn the various shot sizes and camera movements you have to work with, working with a dolly, crane and hand held cameras, or in a car and other small spaces.
You will lean who’s who is a film crew and how to approach them, how to approach and prepare for auditions, pre and post production etiquette, ADR (post sync) and voice over techniques, terminologies, rehearsal and blocking for setups on set.read more
Casting, Screen Tests & Industry Contact Lists
Meet the Teachers
These teachers will teach through the year but specialist teachers will be brought in for specialist courses.
Stephen Wallace is a director, writer and teacher who has directed six feature films, as well as producing and directing over 20 plays. Stephen originally trained with Hayes Gordon at the Ensemble Theatre and has taught screen acting at Screenwise for the last 15 years. He ran his own Grotowski actor’s workshop and numerous other actor’s workshops. He has also taught ‘directing actors’ at the AFTRS. He has directed numerous television productions including THE LOVE LETTERS FROM TERALBA ROAD (Ch 7) and CAPTIVES OF CARE (ABC), both of which are AFI winners. read more
Ross McGregor is one of the most revered acting teachers in Australia. He has taught acting with distinction at NIDA (1986-91), The Actor’s Centre (1991-94), WAAPA (2009-13), the VCA, The International Screen Academy (2013-14), The Canberra Repertory Theatre, AFTRS (1986-91 and 1997-2005) The Actors’ Centre London, The British Film School and the Perth Actor’s Hub (2017). He has directed over 60 full-length plays for theatre, with Canberra Rep, The Stables, Sydney, The Independent, Lambert House, Hunter Valley Theatre, Darlinghurst Eternity Theatre and many others. read more
Lisa Schouw (BCHC, MA, CMPACFA)
ARIA nominated singer/song-writer and a performer, Lisa Schouw has taught singing, acting, movement, and voice at Actors Centre Australia, The Australian Theatre for Young People, The Australian College of Theatre and Television and NIDA. read more
Chrissie Koltai has a 45-year history as a choreographer, director, producer and theatre maker as well teaching body awareness from encounter groups in the 70’s to working with Indigenous dance for 10 years, head of Movement at ACA training actors in movement and physical theatre for 17 years and more recently working with and developing performers with Cerebral Palsy founding a physical approach to communication and awareness. read more
Term One: July 2 to Sept 4 2018
Introduction to acting with both Stephen Wallace and Ross McGregor; learning basic techniques of performance, improvisation, how to analyse a script. What is acting? What is reading? What is story telling? Playing short scenes, learning about on set and film etiquette and exploring your possible style.
MOVEMENT (Chrissy Koltai)
The classes will be taught to the student group presenting so the order or complexity may change.
All students need to wear tights and T-shirts or clothes that allow line and form to be observable. Clothing needs to be modest and respectful.
Students need to bring:
- Yoga mat
- Yoga Foam Block Firm not bendy.
- Yoga Belt
- Soft light, quiet working shoes.
The body mind relationship.
Begin to develop a positive body image.
The joy of moving.
VOICE & SINGING CLASS (Lisa Schouw)
Term Two: Oct 1 to Dec 4 2018
Playing more complex scenes and exercises, broadening acting methods from Stanislavsky to Meisner, adjustments, building a character, emphasis on continuity both in scenes and throughout a protracted shoot. Working with cameras, tracking and following, acting without dialogue, using more complex techniques for character building and emotional scene playing. Learning to tell the story. Learning to DO the action. Start of unpacking obstacles and telling your own story.
At the end of this term there will be a ‘show and tell’ screening of the best exercises done.
MOVEMENT (Chrissy Koltai)
Continuing Body mind relationship.
Begin to understand what’s getting in the way.
Deepening improvisation and dexterity skills.
VOICE: Class continues
Term Three: Jan 28 to March 26 2019
Group scenes, sustaining a character, learning techniques to ‘stay in the scene’, practising to get to the ‘end of the thought’, sustaining a character and a mood. Continue and develop telling the story, unpacking obstacles, working technically on a set. Love scenes, fight scenes, silent scenes, scenes of high emotion. Introduction to green screen.
Continue. Body/mind relationship.
Accepting and learning to work with limitations.
Improvisation/understanding and creating physical metaphor
Gesture and unspoken language.
Vocalisation of movement.
Start of Accent training, voice presentation with specialist teacher.
Term Four: April 8 to June 11 2019
Final green screen training, understanding and planning for auditions, ADR and voice over training with specialists, Planning and rehearsing for show reel shoot and the shooting of the show reels.
This term will mostly given over to preparation for the show reels.
VOICE ADR and Voice-over training with specialists plus specialist Accent training.
Mondays Morning 10 am to 1pm
Monday Afternoon 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday Evening 6.30pm to 9.30pm