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Published December 28th 2011
Acting is an integral part of the creative arts. It can lead to an exciting career or just be a fun hobby. There are many centres in Sydney which have the performing arts, which also specifically feature acting as an activity. They cater to people of all levels, so most of the time experience doesn't matter. You can dabble in acting for fun if you like and it can be extremely enjoyable to perform for your friends and family. Another benefit of acting classes is the costuming, which can also be a lot of fun for those who enjoy dressing up. It can be a truly out of body experience. It can also increase your confidence and introduce you to many like-minded people. Acting classes, even just for fun - can give you skills and help you conquer stage-fright.
If you're interested in acting classes from a reputable giant, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) should be considered. Both youth and adults can participate in engaging short courses or part-time courses at levels such as foundation, specialised and advanced. The specialised and foundation levels require no previous acting experience. The sheer variety of content you can elect to learn at NIDA is extremely impressive. From acting essentials to accents all the way through to corset-making – if you enjoy variety, you should really investigate the course options available here. Adult classes require an age of sixteen or higher. What caught my eye apart from corset-making was actually a makeup essentials workshop available for $260, or $240 as an early-bird. There are also costume making and props making workshops. Production courses include technical production for theatre and events, lighting design, sound design and operation, stage management, producing your own show, producing a short film as well as introductory film making. Then there are the TV presenting courses, which include essentials, techniques and the presenter's voice. There are even writing courses which are of particular interest to me, including dramatic writing, scriptwriting for film and television and dramaturgy. Those of you interested in directing can take any of the directing courses, which include directing in theatre, film and television, directing actors for film and television as well as theatre. The courses are offered at varying prices but you should really look into them if you're seriously considering a career in the arts. Some of them are very short, so you can quickly get a taste to see if you wish to embark in this direction.
Another option for you is the Screen Actors Workshop. Terms one and two are currently taking bookings. Screen acting classes are available for teens and adults, which are conducted in two separate groups. Teen classes are at $260 per term and adult are $375 at the beginners and intermediate levels. Advanced screen acting classes have slightly different class categories, including a combined teens and young adult class at $300 per term. There are once again separate classes for teens at $300 per term, adults at $475 and young adults at $425. You can secure your spot by paying a $50 deposit. The classes go for ten weeks per term, meaning that essentially at most you're paying $47 a class. Classes run for two to three hours each, depending on which class is chosen. This essentially means that you're paying about $20 an hour to learn a new skill which will most likely help you in other aspects of your life.
Acting can be a great activity for both kids and adults. The experience gained from making friends, to conquering nerves and even stage-fright are priceless. You don't need to act at a very high level to reap the benefits of acting classes. It's no wonder they try and make us perform in plays at school – I don't think they'd insist if it didn't help to develop some sort of skills. I'm curious, is NIDA as good as people say? It's certainly made a name for itself. Happy acting everyone, and feel free to critique either aforementioned school.
I know this article has aged a little but was just wandering through the wonderful archives of WN and, in finding this, wanted to mention ACTiv Elite Performers www.activeliteperformers.com.au They offer classes in drama, dance and singing, as well as the opportunity to participate in exciting stage productions. I went to their 7th year anniversary concert production called “Seven Deadly Sins” in Sutherland two months ago, and it was brilliant. Most of the actors, dancers, singers are school age children. Classes are held in Ramsgate and Sans Souci. Charisse, Vivien and their wonderful team do a great job.
BTW, on September 21, they are running the Sandra Graber Red Rose Ball (4th year I think) in aid of the Cancer Council at the St George Motorboat Club in Sans Souci. With raffles, auctions, and spectacular entertainment, It promises to be a night of fun and the opportunity to dress glamorous, so step into some fun for the Spring Season; all for a great cause.
By Evie Gatton-West - reader Tuesday, 28th of August @ 11:24 pm