Course Description

APS offers the only 1 & 2yr training program in Melbourne that focusses equally on stage and screen

We provide outstanding, personalised, classical actor training to transform you and your instrument, which we define as your voice, body, imagination and intellect. Students receive intensive training as a performer and performance maker, as well as individualised, targeted training to up-skill them in their area of choice. Graduate with a well rounded technique in acting for stage and screen, with insider industry knowledge and contacts.

AUDITIONS CLOSED for 2019 intake


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Course Curriculum Overview

  • 1yr and 2yr classical actor training
  • Trusted techniques for both stage and screen
  • Work intimately with a range of tutors, practitioners & industry professionals
  • Movement, Voice, Improvisation
  • Stage technique
  • Camera technique
  • Screentest & audition techniques
  • Casting director workshops & industry guests
  • Scenes for your showreel

1st Year Units:*

  • Sensory Unit
  • Dialect Unit (US & UK)
  • Camera Unit
  • Research Unit 1
  • Singing Actor Unit
  • Stanislavski Text Unit
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Australian scenework
  • Monologue Unit
  • Shakespeare Text Unit

2nd Year Units:*

  • Play production Unit
  • Shakespeare play production Unit
  • Performance Making Unit
  • Laban Extension
  • Meisner Unit
  • Showreel scene (US dialect)
  • Voice Over Unit
  • Research Unit 2
  • Actor Wellbeing Unit
  • Self-tape workshop

* Units may be interchangeable from year-to-year, and can be taught on a rolling curriculum

Core tutors:

Throughout the training graduates will have trained with up to 18 tutors, industry guests and casting directors throughout their two years. Led by Head of Course Briony Dunn (NIDA Directing graduate) our team of core tutors in 2018/2019 include Robert Johnson (VCA), Francis Greenslade (Mad As Hell, The Odd Couple MTC), Susan Bamford-Caleo (VCA), Sioban Tuke (VCA/Comedy Company alumni), Jessica Window (Nottingham, UK), Kerry Swain (Australian Ballet) and Margaret Mills (Central School of Speech & Drama, London).

Guest tutors & Industry guests:

Throughout the year we invite industry guests to run special workshops or to teach parts of the curriculum. So far our special guests have included Sue Maslin (producer The Dressmaker), Trevor Jamieson (Storm Boy, Bran Nue Dae, Rabbit Proof Fence), Lucy Angell (Certified LMA analyst), Esther Van Doornum (NIDA Graduate), 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).

In a nutshell:

  • 3 days per week (Mon-Wed, 9:30am – 4:30pm)
  • 1yr and 2yr streams offered
  • Curriculum-based training for stage and screen
  • Learn from expert practitioners
  • Techniques taught at NIDA and WAAPA
  • Located at our Studio in Moorabbin, Melbourne
  • 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 (Two of our Full Time students have been awarded this in the last 2 yrs)


Applicants need to understand our acting program is very demanding. Students can expect up to 10-20 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.

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:

Applications for 2019 are closed.

You might like to consider our Part Time program (entry by audition), or evening acting classes with expert tutors.

Auditions closed 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019.


Auditions are held at our Moorabbin studio, Melbourne

1/34 Levanswell Road,

Moorabbin VIC


1 Year course: $11,850.00

(optional) Second Year $7,960.00

Two partial scholarships (25% reduction in fees) are available by application. See our scholarships page for how to apply.

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

Scholarship Opportunities:

Our applications for students seeking partial fee help are still open. We strongly encourage talented applicants unable to pay full school fees to apply for a partial scholarship. You can find more information on the scholarships page by clicking here.

2019 Course dates:

Classes run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Term 1: Monday 11th February – Wednesday 27th March

Term 2: Tuesday 23rd April – Wednesday 19th June

Term 3: Monday 15th July – Wednesday 11th September

Term 4: Monday 7th October – Wednesday 27th November

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