Teenage Classes – for ages 12–17

Term Classes

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Our teenage program forms a major part of the school. Teenagers are introduced to the techniques of acting used at major full time drama schools, adapted for their age and experience.

Drama classes give teenagers the edge in many areas of life – now and in the future.


Subjects include:

  • Improvisation. Coming up with your own ideas on the spot. As well as extending the imagination, this is a valuable tool for later life – for interviews, ideas, presentations and so on.
  • Voice: Creating clearer and more confident speech.
  • Character work: Teenagers create their own characters through a range of methods.
  • Movement: Not dance as such but movement that expresses various emotions, situations, characters and so on.
  • Performance: This is the core of the teenage class. The subjects taught are used as part of the rehearsal process.

These ‘subjects’ are not taught in isolation, but are applied and taught as the basis for the rehearsals that lead to the performance.

Class description

This class begins to look at the actual craft of acting. Students engage in improvisation and script work. Scripts range from classical to contemporary, with an emphasis on scripts by or for young people in Australia. Issue based plays relating to teenage years are explored and students are taught the art of Improvisation – thinking on their feet and coming up with their own ideas.

Voice Work is encouraged – not as a separate entity but within the realm of the projection of ideas in class. In other words, if a young person mumbles and cannot be understood, we work with the intention of his/her ideas, communication and confidence in order to be understood.

Students begin to learn the actual Technique of Acting; how to create believable Characterisations and spend at lot of time on Script Work. This involves the rehearsal for the performances.

Many of our older senior students are at the stage of wanting to take drama seriously. Students should advise us if they are interested in attending professional auditions / applying for an agent or auditioning for the major full time drama schools when they finish school. This will give us an indication of their class.

Term 2, 2017

Weekly classes resume in Term 2, 2017 – book now to secure your place!

In Term 2, all students will begin work towards a public performance of a contemporary play that focusses on issues facing today’s teenagers. The play is by prolific Australian playwright Wayne Tunks and focusses on issues such as bullying and courage. The title of the play is ‘The Words Of Others’. Students will have the opportunity to perform this play as a season of three shows.


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

KEW (THURSDAY): Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Blackbox Theatre, Senior Campus 26 Sackville st Kew. VIEW MAP


Paul O’Leary (Monday class)

Sian Johnson (Thursday class)

Dates and times

Term 2, 2017

TERM 2, 2017

Monday at Clifton Hill

Monday 24 April – Monday 26 June 2017
(no class on Monday 12 June, public holiday)

Time 5.30pm – 7.45pm (extra 15 minutes to make up for two missed classes due to Easter and June public holiday; needed in preparation for upcoming show In term 3)

Thursday at Kew

Thursday 20 April – Thursday 29 June

Time: 5.15pm – 7.15pm


Term 2, 2017

TERM 2, 2017

Monday at Clifton Hill

Total Fee: $425.25 inc GST (based on $21 per hour @ 2.25 hours per week for 9 weeks)

Thursdays at Kew

Total fee: $462.00 inc GST (based on $21 per hour @ 2 hours per week for 11 weeks)

Fees are due in full strictly in advance of the term.


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 students who are new to the school itself. If a new student commences after the start of the term, a pro-rata fee will be issued. Once fees are paid, there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances. We cannot hold a place in the class without full payment in advance of the term, and spaces are limited.