Drama Classes

We offer drama classes for under 18 years (Young Actor) & 18+ (Adult).

The Drama Classes have had a very successful start to the year.

First term has now finished and we look forward to the classes resuming for Term 2.
Simon Lee has continued to enthuse and inspire the young actors in the Thursday afternoon 
class and he has now taken the reins on Saturday afternoons for the adult class.

We would like to welcome Tahlia Merlino who will be ready to stand in for Simon and take the classes 
when he has other commitments. Tahlia is a young, enthusiastic and well-trained theatre 
practitioner and is currently teaching at ATYP and NIDA Open.

YOUNG ACTOR CLASSES
Teacher: Simon Lee
When: Thursday afternoons, 4.30 - 7.00pm
Where: Arts Theatre Cronulla, 6 Surf Road, Cronulla
Cost: $200 (Term 1 - 8 weeks), $250 (Terms 2 to 4 - 10 weeks)
Ages: 12 - 18

For Young Actor Drama Class enquiries or to register your interest, please click HERE.  


Term 1 - 4 February to 25 March
An Actor's Perspective to Text and Performance
In this unit students will be introduced to the basics of acting, character development and exploring techniques from Improvisational Theatre, Physical Theatre and Method Acting. Students will be taught a range of different acting techniques from Eric Morris, Sanford Meisner, David Mamet and Rudolf van Laban and mentored on how to apply them to scene work.


Term 2 - 22 April to 24 June
A Practical Approach to Method
In this unit students will explore the actor's approach to Australian contemporary and European modern texts using techniques from Konstantin Stanislavsky's psychophysical approach and Stella Adler's actor training. Students will learn complementary approaches to script analysis and be introduced to the fundamental technical work of an actor's daily practice.


Term 3 - 15 July to 16 September
Classical Texts and American Modern Drama
In this unit students will be introduced to classical texts through the work of William Shakespeare. By approaching Shakespeare from an actor's perspective, students will apply contemporary acting methods to understand the texts and build confidence with the language used. Students will then explore a sample of American modern drama where they will be guided in how to apply the techniques learned in terms one and two.


Term 4 - 7 October to 9 December
From Page to Stage
In this unit, students will work collaboratively, building on the acting techniques learnt throughout the year and applying these to a range of classical and contemporary texts. Students will present a range of individual and small group performances in a public performance at the end of term.

 

ADULT DRAMA CLASSES
Teacher: Simon Lee
When: Saturday afternoons, 2.00 - 5.00pm
Where: Arts Theatre Cronulla, 6 Surf Road, Cronulla
Cost: $280 per term
Ages: 18+

 

For Adult Drama Class enquiries or to register your interest, please click HERE.


Term 1 - 6 February to 27 March

Creating Character
In this unit students will be introduced to the fundamental acting theories and techniques from Improvisational Theatre, Physical Theatre and Method Acting developed by some of theatre’s most well-known practitioners such as Eric Morris, Sanford Meisner, David Mamet and Rudolf van Laban. Students will use these techniques to explore text, and will then progress to reading and analysing monologues and scenes together and performing them on stage.


Term 2 - 1 May to 19 June
The Rehearsal Process
In this unit students will explore the actor's approach to contemporary Australian and European texts using techniques from Konstantin Stanislavsky's psychophysical approach and Stella Adler's actor training. Students will be introduced to advanced techniques for breaking down and analysing a script. This will culminate in a public performance of scenes from classical and contemporary theatre at the end of Term 2.


Term 3 - 24 July to 11 September
Shakespeare
In this unit students will develop a deeper understanding of contemporary theatrical practice and apply this to the work of William Shakespeare. By approaching Shakespeare from an actor's perspective, students will apply contemporary acting methods to understand the texts and build confidence with the language used. 


Term 4 - 16 October to 4 December
Staging the Performance
In this unit, a culmination of all of our previous work together, students will build on the acting techniques learnt throughout the year and apply these to a range of texts. Students will explore the rehearsal process and utilise the skills they have developed over the previous three terms. Students will present a range of individual and small group performances in a public presentation at the end of term.