Adult Intensive/Professional Actor Training Course

Adult Intensive Performance Class

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The Melbourne Fringe Theatre Performance Course

Do you want to play a role in a season of shows in The Melbourne Fringe Theatre?

This course runs over two blocks (Blocks 2 and 3) and consists of a series of weekly 2.5-hour sessions on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill. New students may enrol in Block 3, pending availability of spaces.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

During these sessions, you will learn intensive acting techniques and delve deeply into the processes used by professional actors when rehearsing a piece of theatre. As an example, the Stanislavsky (also known as the “method”) will be applied to the practice sessions for the pieces that you will be performing, along with other techniques brought in by specific specialist teachers.

The piece of theatre will be partly scripted and partly devised, with the teacher always guiding you through the process. The theme that the performance will focus on is titled Extremities.

You will learn to create a series of vivid and powerful scenes in which people are experiencing life and relationships from an extreme point of view. This is very powerful for theatre, performance and technique classes.

This program is open to people who are considering acting as a profession, as well as to others who are curious about what it is that professional actors do in rehearsal and script processes.

Many of the students from this school who went on to become professional actors were first seen in showcases such as these. See Students of note.

Blocks 2 and 3, 2017

Enrolments are now open for Block 3. The Melbourne Fringe Festival Performance course runs for two blocks:

  • Section 1: Block 2 (May – July)
  • Section 2: Block 3 (August – September)

See the table for full details.


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 – Block 3): Blackbox Theatre, Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School Senior Campus
26 Sackville St Kew. VIEW MAP


Michele Williams

Chris Connolly

Sian Johnson

Dates and times

Block 3, 2017

Section 2 of Melbourne Fringe Festival Performance course
(includes shows in Festival)

NB: New students may enrol at this stage of the course, pending availability of spaces. An explanation of how they will be integrated into the course will take place with the course leader.

Book online via the Bookings page.

Weekly on Tuesdays at Clifton Hill

7.15pm – 9.45pm

Tuesday 1 August – Tuesday 12 September

Plus additional technical/dress rehearsals as follows:

(Rehearsals and shows are at the Blackbox Theatre,
26 Sackville St, Kew)

Sunday 17 September 2pm – 5pm

Tuesday 19 September 7pm –10pm

Wednesday 20 September 7pm – 10pm

Season of shows

Friday 22 September @ 7.30pm

Saturday 23 September @ 3pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 24 September @ 2pm and 6pm


Block 3, 2017

Cost $556.50 inc. GST for teaching and rehearsals
(based on $21 per hour)

Fee is due in full in advance of 1 August 2017


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

Terms and conditions

NB: We are able to pro-rata fees for the Adult Intensive Performance Class for students who are new to the school itself. If a new student commences after the start of the general acting class, a pro-rata fee will be issued. Once fees are paid there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances.