An Australian First
Artist Managers Craig and Dominique McMahon have long been passionate advocates for training and developing actors. Our industry is changing fast as it keeps pace with technological developments and as our industry becomes closer to the United States there is more than ever a need for actors to get serious about their craft and their ongoing training in order to develop the skills needed to stay competitive in our industry.
This course is unique because it specifically focuses on acting for the small screen. We only have to look at the phenomenal international success of Australian stars like Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Teresa Palmer; Eric Bana, Rachel Griffiths, Hugh Jackman, Jesse Spencer, Leila George D’Onofrio, Alexander Russell, Julian McMahon, Simon Baker, Phoebe Tonkin, Naomi Watts, and now our very own former students Luke Mitchell (Big Sky; Legacies; Without Remorse; The Republic of Sarah; The Code; Blindspot; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; The Tomorrow People), Ashleigh Brewer (Dinner with Herve; The Bold & The Beautiful), Michael Doonan (Bates Motel; American Gothic), Phoenix Raei (The Night Agent; Clickbait); Addam Bramich (Poker Face, alongside Russell Crowe); Esther Anderson (Siberia), and many more: all of whom cut their teeth in home grown television. Our industry is changing fast and there is an army of brilliant young Australian actors who are being presented with marvellous opportunities all over the world. Our actors need to be prepared to service the widest range of opportunities that exist in our own industry and also be prepared for the exciting opportunities that are presented to us by the American market.
There has never been a course specifically designed to train actors to deal with fast turnaround television. This is an Australian first. We are thrilled and proud to offer this exciting adventure in acting training. It presents an absolute gold mine of experience and opportunity for anyone who is serious and ambitious about being an actor in the Australian television industry today.
We are preparing actors to be ready, fit and able to go when opportunity knocks.
Please read our full terms and conditions here.
This unique course has been designed to equip actors with the mental, physical and emotional strength needed to flourish in a work environment that often puts actors under intense pressure. Our aim is to provide a world class television drama training course to:
- Equip and train actors with the craft and experience to perform with excellence in fast turnaround television in Australia and overseas
- Create autonomous actors who understand their role as actors in society, and with a deep understanding of popular culture as it exists in Australia today, who are independent, creative, fulfilled individuals
- Promote personal health, stamina and inner strength
- Actors will be trained by practicing industry professionals and the course has a strong performance focus. Actors will be performing on camera early into the first term. In the final week of the course, the company will shoot film and television scenes with a professional director and crew.
The course has been designed to approximately mirror the schedule of an actual television drama, so from the first read through at 9:30am on the commencement of the training week, actors are developing a mental and physical discipline to deal with performing in industry conditions. The course is dense and very fast-paced, with actors working on the floor with exceptional trainers from Day 1. Actors will be required to do all their reading, preparation and exercises at home ready for the next week.
We hope you will take from this course a way to live in the world as actor, connected and inspired by the world we live in and the ever-changing culture that is produced and nurtured in Australia.
The course is comprised of (3 x 10 week terms). Classes run for 3 full days each week from 9:30am to 3:30pm (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday). The Program is conducted by working industry professionals who are experts in their field. (Please refer to our trainer page for a comprehensive list).
Structure of the day:
MORNING: Skills Development; Read Through, TV Episode of the Week, VIP Presentations, Voice, Movement and Improvisation.
AFTERNOON: Analysis, Creativity & Imagination, Rehearsal, American Dialect, Actor Training and Workshops.
All actors will be required to:
- Keep a private reflection journal for assessment
- Attend a company meeting
Once a week:
- Watch and be prepared to discuss a set television episode that aired during the week
Once a term:
- Research and prepare a 10 minute presentation which profiles three prominent Australian television artists – an actor, a director and writer of their choice.
- Prepare a self-assessment / goals and objective journal for discussion
- Complete a written assignment, which is to be assessed
The Actor Prepares: Connect with your Self/Connect with the Other
The focus for this term is research and development. Learn to identify your strengths and weaknesses as an actor and articulate your own personal plan for improvement over the next 30 weeks. You will have valuable time to connect with your Self and others and develop an understanding of how you and we, as humans and artists behave in the world. This is in preparation for your work as an actor ready to inhabit another soul and to able to interact authentically and vividly with other characters and situations in a professional manner.
This term is also for you to start to be aware of the world we inhabit and the culture we produce. Also to identify how and why actors are valuable and the positive function of an artist’s role in their surrounding society.
TV Episode of the week and Company Read Through
Exposure to: Laban, Arthur Samuel Joseph’s Vocal Awareness
Exposure to: Alexander Technique, Yoga and Improvisation/Clowning/Mask
Exposure to: Practical Aesthetics, Meisner, Strasberg, Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM), Stella Adler and Ivana Chubbuck.
The Actor Prepares.
Actor Training, Rehearsals and Workshops: This is an incredibly powerful unit that introduces you to aspects of the Stanislavski Technique. Students will engage principals from Practical Aesthetics, Chubbuck and Lee Strasburg, all of which are taught by leading actor trainers in these specific fields and techniques that are sourced Australia wide.
This unit encourages you to identify with yourself as artists: building meaningful and truthful screen characters, stretching and accessing your imagination, becoming more present, impulsive and in the moment. Students will also explore archetypes and mask work to further engage as actors.
The Actors Practice: Get a Grip on Text & Performance Space
The focus for this term is to build on the basics, and then advance your technique work with more complex material; to expose you to the widest range of script genres, and experience working with a range of professional actors and directors, all at the top of their game. It includes an introduction to the more technical aspects of performing on set and how to use the camera and work with a crew.
Skills Training: TV Episode of the Week and Company read through. Voice and Movement classes will continue with the addition of the development of skills needed in the field including US accents and monologue preparation.
- Screen Combat
- Safety on set
- Getting to know your film crew
Actor Training, Rehearsals and Workshops: This unit will see you go deeper into script interpretation, character building and using language with confidence and precision. Your work will be committed, strong and have pure clarity.
Actors will apply these techniques to a variety of genres – training under industry professionals, outstanding in their individual fields that include:
- Television Soaps
- Children’s Television
- Police Drama
- Social Drama
- Feature Films
- Period Drama
Acting for Television: Excellent Craft/Confident Performers
The focus of this term is to provide for the actor maximum opportunity to practice their craft in industry conditions. Actors will demonstrate the ability to prepare a role and always deliver interesting, inventive and authentic performances.
TV Episode of the week and company read through.
Movement: Yoga, Boot camp and Improvisation/Clowning/Mask
Actors will refine the skills acquired in term one and worked through in term two by revisiting /reviewing key elements of study, including, the various acting techniques studied.
You will explore more complex materials and perform an array of scene work to camera. Students will commence the decision making process of selecting scenes that have been studied throughout the year for the final industry showcase.
Showcase shoot and screening:
In the final weeks of Term 3 (Weeks 9 and 10) actors will film scenes with a professional director and crew. These showreel scenes are a tool to help you be seen by industry professionals, such as agents and casting directors. Carefully selected by you and the studio team, the scenes will support you as you move forward in the industry. Your Showcase; a private cinema screening to an invited audience of friends and family, will follow in the weeks after the shoot.
This is a talent-based course. Entry will be by audition and interview only. Please fill out the Enrolment Form and we will be in touch shortly with: an application to audition form; a full course prospectus; and further information on course fees and payment plans.
A $55 administration fee applies to audition for the Full Time Program.
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly on 1800 FILMTV (1800 345 688). Places are strictly limited in this program.
2024 Intake / Auditions
Melbourne – Applications now open for April 2024 Intake.