Adult Intensive/Professional Actor Training Course

Adult Intensive Performance Class

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The Drama With A Difference Professional Actor Training Course is currently underway with two shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April 2017. (Both courses are full and nearly at an end.)

In Block 2 (starting on 9 May) our Fringe Festival Performance Course begins. Enrolments are open now, and deposits are being taken to secure your place on this exciting course.

The Melbourne Fringe Theatre Performance Course

Do you want to play a role in a season of shows in The Melbourne Fringe Theatre?

This course runs over two blocks (Blocks 2 and 3) and consists of a series of weekly 2.5-hour sessions on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

During these sessions, you will learn intensive acting techniques and delve deeply into the processes used by professional actors when rehearsing a piece of theatre. As an example, the Stanislavsky (also known as the “method”) will be applied to the practice sessions for the pieces that you will be performing, along with other techniques brought in by specific specialist teachers.

The piece of theatre will be partly scripted and partly devised, with the teacher always guiding you through the process. The theme that the performance will focus on is titled Extremities.

You will learn to create a series of vivid and powerful scenes in which people are experiencing life and relationships from an extreme point of view. This is very powerful for theatre, performance and technique classes.

This program is open to people who are considering acting as a profession, as well as to others who are curious about what it is that professional actors do in rehearsal and script processes.

Many of the students from this school who went on to become professional actors were first seen in showcases such as these. See Students of note.

Enrolments are now open for Block 2. Please see table below for dates and other details.

Table: Blocks 2 and 3, 2017

The Melbourne Fringe Festival Performance course runs for two blocks:

  • Section 1: Block 2 (May – July)
  • Section 2: Block 3 (August – September)

See the table for full details.

Note: Block 1, 2017 in now full and in progress. For details of class, rehearsal and performance dates and times for Block 1, please refer to the Block 1 table further down this page.

Venues

CLIFTON HILL (weekly classes): Council Street Studio, 3 Council Street, Clifton Hill – 10 minute walk from Clifton Hill Railway Station or 86 tram VIEW MAP

KEW (Rehearsals and shows – Block 3): Blackbox Theatre, Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School Senior Campus
26 Sackville St Kew. VIEW MAP

Teachers

Michele Williams

Chris Connolly

Sian Johnson

Dates and times

Block 2, 2017

Section 1 of Melbourne Fringe Festival Performance course

Weekly on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill

7.15pm – 9.45pm

Tuesday 9 May 2017 – Tuesday 11 July 2017

Fees

Block 2, 2017

Cost $525.00 inc. GST (based on $21 per hour)

Fee is due in full in advance of 9 May 2017 and a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course which almost always ends up with a waiting list.

Dates and times

Block 3, 2017

Section 2 of Melbourne Fringe Festival Performance course
(includes shows in Festival)

Weekly on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill

7.15pm – 9.45pm

Tuesday 1 August – Tuesday 12 September

Plus additional technical/dress rehearsals as follows:

(Rehearsals and shows are at the Blackbox Theatre,
26 Sackville St, Kew)

Sunday 10 September 2pm – 5pm

Tuesday 19 September 7pm –10pm

Wednesday 20 September 7pm – 10pm

Season of shows

Friday 22 September @ 7.30pm

Saturday 23 September @ 3pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 24 September @ 2pm and 6pm

Fees

Block 3, 2017

Cost $556.50 inc. GST for teaching and rehearsals
(based on $21 per hour)

Fee is due in full in advance of 1 August 2017

Terms and conditions

NB: There is no pro-rata fee for this course. Once fees are paid there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances. We cannot hold a place in the class without full payment in advance of the Block, and spaces are limited.

 

Table: Block 1, 2017

Block 1 (both Course A and Course B) is now full and in progress. Please see details for Block 2 above for new openings.

Venues

CLIFTON HILL (weekly classes): Council Street Studio, 3 Council Street, Clifton Hill – 10 minute walk from Clifton Hill Railway Station or 86 tram VIEW MAP

KEW (Rehearsals): Blackbox Theatre, Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School Senior Campus
26 Sackville St Kew. VIEW MAP

 

COURSE A – FULL LENGTH PLAY

Teachers

Course A

Technique classes: Michele Williams

Rehearsals: Michele Williams and Sian Johnson

Dates and times

Block 1, 2017

Course A

This course is now full and in progress. Please see details for Block 2 above for new openings.

Starting 31 January 2017

Technique Class, weekly on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill

7.30pm – 9.30pm

Tuesday 31 January 2017 – Tuesday 28 March 2017

Total of 9 weeks

Plus 7 Sunday rehearsals, 12pm – 6pm:

Sunday 5 February – Sunday 19 March 2017

You will not be required at every Sunday and at all hours of each Sunday. A rehearsal schedule will be sent to you in advance. However, as the time gets closer to the end of the section, you will be required more frequently.

Everyone will be required for at least one half (but most likely far more) of the entire required rehearsal times on Sunday. Nevertheless, we are allowing for each person to pay just half of the total Sunday rehearsal hours. The rehearsal rate is $11 per hour of attendance.

Plus additional technical and dress rehearsals (at the theatre in Kew) as follows:

Technical / Dress Rehearsal:
Sunday 26 March, 10am – 3pm
Thursday 30 March 7.30pm – 10pm

Allowing for a total of 1 hour for lunch and dinner, the total rehearsal hours for each day will be 4.5 hours. The rate for long day rehearsal and Thursday 30 March for 2.5 hours is $10 per hour.

Season of shows

Friday 31 March @ 8pm – 1 show

Saturday 1 April @ 3pm and 7.30pm – 2 shows

Friday 7 April @ 8pm – 1 show

Saturday 8 April @ 3pm and 7.30pm – 2 shows

Sunday 9 April @ 3pm – 1 show

TOTAL OF SEVEN SHOWS

There are no additional fees for the season of shows.

Fees

Block 1, 2017

Course A

Total fee $679.00 inc GST

Terms and conditions

Course A

NB: There is no pro-rata fee for this course. Once fees are paid there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances. We cannot hold a place in the class without full payment in advance of the Block, and spaces are limited.

 

COURSE B – Mixture of short, funny scenes around a theme (Time commitment – once a week, and two technical rehearsals)

Teachers

Course B

Michele Williams and Chris Connolly

Dates and times

Block 1, 2017

Course B

This course is now full and in progress. Please see details for Block 2 above for new openings.

Starting 6 February 2017

Mondays at Clifton Hill

7.30pm – 9.45pm

Monday 6 February 2017 – Monday 10 April 2017

Total of 9 weeks

Plus Technical and Dress Rehearsals at our theatre at 26 Sackville Street Kew as follows:

Thursday 20 April 7.30pm – 10pm

Friday 21 April 7.30pm – 10pm

Date and times

Season of shows

Course B

Saturday 22 April @ 7.30pm

Sunday 23 April @ 2pm

Fees

Block 1, 2017

Course B

Course B fees

The Course Fee is based on $21 per hour for teaching and rehearsal times.

9 weeks x 2.25 hours, plus 5 hours technical / dress rehearsal

Total fee: $577.50 inc. GST

Bookings

Online via the Bookings page. When we have received your booking, we will get back to you with payment details.

Terms and conditions

Course B

NB: There is no pro-rata fee for this course. Once fees are paid there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances. We cannot hold a place in the class without full payment in advance of the Block, and spaces are limited.