Adult Intensive/Professional Actor Training Course

Adult Intensive Performance Class

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BLOCK 1, 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

Block 1 of the Professional Actor Training Course offers:

  • The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Performance course. This course is run on a Tuesday night from our Clifton Hill venue and requires later rehearsals at our theatre in Kew. The course begins on Tuesday 13 February and ends on Sunday 22 April. Students attend once a week (on Tuesdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm) in the initial stages, with extra rehearsals as the performances get closer.
  • This is not “stand-up” comedy, but a course where each participant is given a number of scenes that are of a comic nature. They will include scenes of light comedy, as well as black comedy.
  • The scenes will be chosen around a theme that will be the name of the show; this enables everyone to have a more or less equal time on stage, as opposed to doing a set play with large and small characters.
  • You will be taught a variety of acting techniques that you can then apply to your scenes.
  • Students will be carefully directed and not left to their own devices, which is why the major necessity for this course is enthusiasm.
  • We take experienced and non-experienced people into this course, and are adept at making the combination of abilities and experience work as a whole. We have been running these shows in major festival for eight years, and each one has been a success. We place you with a partner (or partners) of similar experience, and make sure that everyone is well prepared before the first show.
  • Although this course is open to people with and without experience, all are required to be committed to the course and have a strong desire to learn about acting at a deeper level.
  • We can deal with the odd absence here and there (as is often necessary for unforeseen reasons), however we would appreciate that students only miss classes where absolutely necessary. (If you need to miss a couple of classes, this should not stop you from enrolling in the course.)

See details in the table below. Book now to secure your place!


CLIFTON HILL (weekly classes): Council Street Studio, 3 Council Street, Clifton Hill – 10 minute walk from Clifton Hill Railway Station or 86 tram VIEW MAP

KEW (rehearsals and shows): Blackbox Theatre, Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School Senior Campus
26 Sackville St Kew. VIEW MAP


Michele Williams and Chris Connolly

Dates and times

Block 1, 2018

Weekly on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill

Tuesday 13 February – Tuesday 27 March 2018

Times: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Plus the following rehearsal dates
at the Blackbox Theatre, 26 Sackville Street Kew

Tuesday 3 April 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 8 April 7.30pm – 10pm

Saturday 14 April 2pm – 6pm
(Full technical rehearsal with lighting and sound operator)

Tuesday 17 April from 7.30pm – 10pm
(Going over technical rehearsal)

Friday 20 April from 7pm – 10pm (Full Dress Rehearsal

SHOWS (At the Blackbox Theatre 26 Sackville Street, Kew)

Saturday 21 April @ 4pm and 8pm

Sunday 22 April @ 2pm and 6pm


Block 1, 2018

Total fee: $588.00 inc gst

(based on $21 per hour for teaching and rehearsal times)


Online via the Bookings page. When we have received your booking, we will get back to you with payment details.

Terms and conditions

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure a place in this course, and the balance is due prior to the start of the course. This course usually fills up well in advance of  commencement; however if spaces are still available once the course has started, we can pro-rata your course fee from the time you begin the course. Please note that once fees are paid, we cannot offer any refunds regardless of the circumstances.