Course Description

Course Overview

The APS full time course is a year long training program for actors serious about their craft. Auditions are now open for our 2018 intake. 

  • 1yr and 2yr classical actor training available
  • 3 days per week (Mon-Wed, 9:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Curriculum-based, holistic training of a complete process
  • Techniques taught at NIDA and WAAPA
  •  A specific acting process for both stage and screen
  •  An opportunity to attend a 2-week workshop at the Stella Adler, LA
  •  An opportunity to win a 1-year Stella Adler scholarship in LA

Located at our Moorabbin studio, Melbourne, the full-time school provides foundation training for actors wishing to springboard into a three-year course, and for early-career actors wanting to hone their technique. We provide outstanding, personalised actor training to transform you and your instrument, which we define as your voice, body, imagination and intellect. Students graduate with a well rounded technique in acting for stage and screen, with insider industry knowledge.

Core tutors:

Led by Head of Course Briony Dunn (NIDA Directing graduate) our team of core tutors in 2017 include Claire Pearson for Impro/Shakespeare (QUT graduate), Jessica Window for Sensory/Core acting/Shakespeare (Nottingham, UK graduate), Kerry Swayne for Movement & strength training (Australian Ballet alumni), Jason Marrow for Voice (VCA graduate), Margaret Mills for Voice (Central School of Speech & Drama, London), Sioban Tuke for Impro (VCA graduate/Comedy Company alumni) and Susan Bamford-Caleo for Standard American Dialect (VCA graduate).

Guest tutors & Industry guests:

Throughout the year we invite industry guests to run special workshops or to teach parts of the curriculum. So far in 2017 our special guests have included Sue Maslin (producer The Dressmaker), Francis Greenslade (Mad As Hell, The Odd Couple, MTC), Lucy Angell (Certified LMA analyst), Caroline Lee (multiple Green Room Award winner), Mick O’Malley (twice Green Room Award nominee), Bronwen Coleman (life member of The Actors Studio, NY) and Greg Saunders (drama coach Nowhere Boys/Animal Kingdom, MTC).


Applicants need to understand our acting program is very demanding. Students can expect up to 12-20 hours of homework each week. Successful applicants will exhibit a curiosity for life, a zest for learning, a level head, and a committed work ethic. Students who do not keep up with the workload and do not attempt to do so may be asked to leave the program. That said, our team of professional tutors and practitioners are there to support students throughout the rigours of their training.

Our full time classical actor training includes:

  • Shakespeare monologue unit
  • Dialect work (General American)
  • Stanislavski text study
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Screentest, audition techniques
  • Casting director workshops & industry guests
  • Showreel scenes & graduate production
  • An opportunity to attend a 2-week workshop at the Stella Adler Studio, Los Angeles
  • An opportunity to win a 1-year Stella Adler scholarship, offered to a participant of the LA workshop

Entry requirements:

All applicants must successfully audition.

Students must be 18yrs of age by course commencement date. In a rare instance students showing exceptional ability may be offered a place prior to 18yrs of age.

Students must be proficient in spoken and written English to keep up with the demands of the course.

Interstate/international applicants not auditioning in Melbourne will receive further details for their video audition once their application form has been received.

Application process:

Application is by audition and interview.

Applicants will be asked to prepare two monologues of their choice to perform for the audition panel. The first monologue should be modern (from a published play) and the second from Shakespeare.

To apply download, save and fill in the ‘register to audition’ application form. Once the form and non-refundable $40 processing fee have been submitted, you will receive an audition pack in your inbox. This pack contains the information required for your audition including time, date, location, monologue suggestions and tips to assist in the process of auditioning for drama schools such as ours.

Closing date:

Application forms are due

 Friday 1st December 2017

Auditions will be in the week beginning:

Monday 11th December 2017


Auditions are at our Moorabbin studio, Melbourne

1/34 Levanswell Road,

Moorabbin VIC


1 Year course: $11,850.00

(optional) Second Year $7,960.00

Pay each year in full to receive a 5% discount

Payment via instalments available

Deposit required to secure an offer of a place: $1,500.00

2018 Course dates:

Classes run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Term 1: Monday 12th February – Wednesday 28th March

Term 2: Monday 16th April – Wednesday 20th June

Term 3: Monday 16th July – Wednesday 19th September

Term 4: Monday 8th October – Wednesday 28th November

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