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Course Outlines

An Introduction to Acting

with Amanda Meyer

For Beginners. 8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks).

The emphasis in these short courses is on exploration, rather than any one particular or ‘right’ way. Each class includes exploring and developing 3 main components: voice, movement and theory.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

At the end of each course, students will be required to perform (either at the Centre’s premises in Nth Melbourne or on film)

– A monologue

– A group scene (with at least one other actor)

In this 8 week course you will:

  • Develop your creativity, imagination and confidence
  • Explore acting techniques and rehearsal tools
  • Learn how to read and interpret a script
  • Explore responding to other actors
  • Develop your improvisational and movement skills
  • Learn to develop character
  • Explore your own aesthetic and performance style
  • Learn some theatre performance history and stagecraft

 

Acting -Essential Skills

with Amanda Meyer

Intermediates. 8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks).

The emphasis in these short courses is on exploration, rather than any one particular or ‘right’ way. Each class includes exploring and developing 3 main components: voice, movement and theory.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

At the end of each course, students will be required to perform (either at the Centre’s premises in Nth Melbourne or on film)

– A monologue

– A group scene (with at least one other actor)

In this 8 week course you will:

  • Build on existing knowledge and skills with group and solo work
  • Further develop your style, voice and movement
  • Explore ‘Actioning’ and further character development skills
  • Further develop skill and confidence through improvisational work
  • Develop collaborative skills to achieve artistic outcomes
  • Learn about scriptwriting and the writer’s intention in scripts
  • Work on Acting techniques, strategies and approaches
  • Develop your knowledge of stage space and stage presence

 

Drama Skills for Youth

with Amanda Meyer

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks) Ages 12-18

This course is specifically designed for 12-18 year olds. The aims and outcomes are geared towards this age group and teach youth not only acting skills, but real world strengths. Confidence, memory training, voice projection, body language, presentation, strengthening individual gifting and working as a team are all key outcomes of this course.

This is a fantastic course for all youth as it teaches real skills and helps to equip them for their future.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

At the end of each course, students will be required to perform (either at the Centre’s premises in Nth Melbourne or on film)

– A monologue

– A group scene (with at least one other actor)

In this 8 week course you will:

  • Develop your creativity, imagination and confidence
  • Explore acting techniques and rehearsal tools
  • Learn to use acting skills in the real world
  • Learn collaborating skills
  • Gain an awareness of your own strengths and gifting
  • Develop your improvisational, voice and movement skills
  • Learn to correctly read and interpret text
  • Explore your own aesthetic and performance style
  • Learn some stagecraft and presentation skills

 

An Introduction to Directing for the Stage

with Briony Dunn

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks) Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 18+

In this course the stage directors’ role will be studied in detail. Particular attention will be paid to text-based drama, with an additional component in directing musicals. Participants will be asked to focus on a play text of their choosing during the course.

This is a course designed for both entry-level directors and those with experience seeking further training. Participants who have significant experience in community theatre wishing to extend their skill base and hone their processes will gain particular use from this course.

Please note there will be a reasonable level of work assigned to each participant outside of the classroom.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

In this 8 week course participants will:

  • Focus on honing their creativity and directorial concepts
  • Extend their knowledge of the theatrical space
  • Refine their communications with designers and actors
  • Develop a design concept through to model box stage
  • Receive feedback after being observed directing others
  • Examine successful auditioning and casting strategies
  • Develop rehearsal room preparations and techniques
  • Conduct detailed character analysis and character building methods
  • Explore detailed text analysis and staging methods
  • Chart the rehearsal process and schedule
  • Learn successful note-giving leading up to opening and during production

Acting for the Camera

with Briony Dunn

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks) Intermediates. Ages 18 +

This course focuses on the screen actor. Participants will study a number of scenes throughout the term, exploring a range of techniques to further their on-screen skills and charisma. Some scenes will be filmed during the duration of the course. Particular focus will be on the actor’s preparation and performance truth. All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

In this 8 week course participants will:

  • Explore a range of acting techniques to expand their on-camera range
  • Practice the art of prepping scene work for screen tests
  • Expand their character development techniques
  • Examine character and story arc to determine performance pitch
  • Understand performance requirements for various shot sizes
  • Identify performance truth in multiple cinema genres
  • Experience an intense rehearsal process aimed at high stakes scene work
  • Practice being directed on camera

Contemporary Dance for Beginners

with Esperanza Quindara

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

The 8 week contemporary dance course will provide an accessible environment for all body ranges and abilities, whilst still presenting a challenge both physically and technically.  The objective of the course is to provide dancers with an awareness of the capacities of their own dancing body. Students will gain skills in contemporary dance techniques, improvisation techniques, and composition processes.

 Contemporary Class will incorporate techniques and exercises that focus on the relationship with the floor, and the use of gravity and weight and an understanding of natural movement pathways.

Improvisation sessions will be an opportunity for exploration where visualisation, imaginative or emotional stimulants are used to initiate movement.

Composition opportunities in the final weeks of the course gives the students an opportunity to collaborate on their own choreographic processes and interests, which that they already possess – In addition to those acquired through the course. Short choreographies made by students will be included in their final assessment. (Performance)

At the end of the course, students will be required to perform a short performance piece. After which, they will be provided with an ACOPA certificate of Attainment.

Class Duration – 2 hrs

  • Group Warm up
  • Technique and phrase work
  • Improvisation/Composition

 

Contemporary Dance

with Sheena Chundee

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

The 8 week contemporary course provides students with the chance to discover movement & choreography. Classes will include technical work inspired by Merce Cunningham & Martha Graham, as well as choreography & free movement in order to develop a completed dance piece mirroring techniques learned & the development of each students natural abilities.

The Cunningham technique, named after teacher and choreographer Merce Cunningham, uses the idea of the body’s own “line of energy” to promote easy and natural movement.

The Graham technique, named after Martha Graham, focuses on the use of contraction, release, fall and recovery.

Each 2 hour session will include:

70 – 80 minutes focusing on the techniques of Graham and Cunningham.
You will be taught to focus on the architecture of the body in space, rhythm and articulation through the uses of the standing barre, travelling exercises and short combinations.

40 – 50 minutes of choreography and creative movement in order to create a piece that will be performed at the end of the course. Students will then receive an ACOPA certificate of Attainment.

Requirements: Comfortable dance clothing and dance shoes of any kind or barefoot.

 

Ballet Technique

with Sheena Chundee

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

The 8 week course focuses on balletic technique and artistry. This course will consist of classroom practices such as barre work and centre practice, helping students to improve their alignment, posture, strength and turn-out.

Sessions will also incorporate short sequences and repertoire from famous classical ballets so that participants can build on their artistic skills and personal styles.

At the conclusion of the course, students will perform a solo or group piece based on a classical ballet.

Students will then receive an ACOPA certificate of Attainment.

Requirements: Comfortable dance clothing and dance shoes of any kind or barefoot.

 

Screen Acting

with Lindsay Saddington

Acting is an interpretation and impersonation of various aspects of the human condition whereby the individual utilises their own experiences, imagination and psychological/ emotional range. It may involve playing a role of another person or it may require the imagined response of the actor toward a set of circumstances.

At the end of the course, students will be required to perform a short performance piece at Club Voltaire. After which, they will be provided with an ACOPA certificate of Attainment.

 

Introduction to Acting

with Natalie Coleman

6 week course (2hrs x 6 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 15+

During this course you will explore popular theories to develop basic skills for theatre, film and television. Introduction to acting is best suited for the beginner or those returning to the industry. Students will work with designated text and perform a small monologue or scene at the completion of the course. Text will be carefully selected to ensure students can use as an audition text beyond the course.

*We understand that parents often wish to gain valuable knowledge to best support their children wishing to pursue a career in the industry. Please feel free to discuss your child and their aspirations with Natalie, to ensure the best support is available to them in the class environment and beyond.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class. All course material will be provided.

In this course students will:

  • Develop your understanding and explore popular theories
  • Understand and explore text analysis
  • Explore character development
  • Understanding your emotional range
  • Movement and voice for the actor
  • Status and power- use of space
  • Blocking, continuity and stagecraft
  • Live performance

 

Acting for the Theatre

with Emily Georgiadis

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 12+

In this course participants will develop acting tools for specialising in theatre performance. Students will participate in a range of acting exercises that include voice, movement and characterisation in order to present group scene work and monologues. The course entails a dynamic combination of acting theory and practice and equips students with the skills to have a confident presence on stage.

Please note there will be a reasonable level of work assigned to each participant outside of the classroom.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

In this 8 week course participants will:

  • Explore language and meaning through text analysis
  • Use the dramatic elements to enhance scene work
  • Develop your creativity, imagination and confidence
  • Explore acting techniques and rehearsal tools
  • Develop your knowledge of stage space and stage presence
  • Learn to develop character
  • Collaborate with others
  • Present a class production to showcase at the end of the course

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

 

Camera Basics

with Brian Oti

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 15+

This course will focus on how to operate video cameras and is aimed for people who have little or no experience with using video cameras.

Classes will focus on learning the established codes and conventions of using video cameras and also implementing that knowledge into practical work. Students will also learn important camera techniques that are used in the film making industry.

Learning Outcomes of this course include:

– Knowledge on the features and functions of video cameras and how to use them effectively.
– Video Composition.
– Cinematography for Film, Television and Documentary.
– Importance of Color and Lighting, and how to use them effectively with cameras.
– The ability to visually create stories and artistic imagery through video cameras.
– Knowledge on industry standard codes and conventions for operating video cameras.
– Important camera techniques

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

 

Theatre of Exaggeration – Melodrama & Commedia Dell’Arte

with Toly Sawenko

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

Beginners. Ages 18+

For those new to theatre interested in exploring the inner potential through some of theatres most expressive performance styles Melodrama and Commedia Dell’Arte.

Melodrama: a hilarious style of over the top performance involving elaborate plots and exaggerated mannerisms. Laughter is never far away while performing this style.

Commedia Dell’Arte originating from the 16th Century is a fun and exciting physical style which helped formalise the various styles of comedy we now have in Western Culture (including slapstick, caricature and wordplay).  Students will be given a chance to learn, play and perform in these light-hearted and comic styles.

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Requirements:

Ages from 18 – 50 are encouraged to apply.

Please ensure you are able bodied and prepared to move physically over the session.

Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

At the end of each course, students will be required to perform (either at the Centre’s premises in Nth Melbourne or on Film)

  • A short group performance

Over this 8 week course you will:

  • Develop expressive skills to improve in all areas, Voice, Facial gesture, Gesture and Movement
  • Understand the playmaking techniques of planning, improvisation and refining to develop a performance
  • Understand the conventions of the performance styles of Melodrama and Commedia Dell’Arte
  • Develop confidence through working with others and performing
  • Understand and build an understanding of the Actor audience relationship
  • Learn about Historical stagecraft relating to Melodrama, and use of stagecraft (including mask) with Commedia ‘Dell’Arte
  • Develop skill in the developing and presenting a sustained character in a performance.
  • Explore and build skills to create a performance which has a coherent narrative.

 

Acting for the Camera

with Maggie Naouri

8 week course (2hrs x 8 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 15+

This course focuses on acting for film and television. The students will work on a different scene each week, and have a platform to explore different preparation methods and acting techniques. The focus of this course is to discover how to create truthful performances and to explore the moment to moment play with your scene partner.

In this 8 week course participants will:
– Develop their improvisation skills
– Learn how to analyse a script and how best to serve the scene
– Explore preparation methods
– Learn and explore different acting techniques and tools
– Practise playing in the moment with your scene partner
– Experience taking on directions and shaping your performance accordingly

Contemporary Dance

with Rachel Doust

8 week course (1.5hrs x 8 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 18+

This 8-week course in contemporary dance will introduce students to new and efficient ways of moving and generating movement material.

Each class will begin with a warm-up to prepare the physical body and heighten the dancer’s awareness. We will focus on posture and alignment, and will explore a range of dance and martial arts techniques. Students will then have the opportunity to learn and work on a variety of set repertoire from a range of sources. These short phrases will teach students how to navigate their bodies whilst lying, sitting, and standing.

The last half an hour of each session will be spent developing student’s skills in movement composition. As a group, we will explore the ways in which it is possible for the individual dancer to improvise using specifically set choreographic material. Students will gain an understanding of structured improvisation and movement manipulation, and we will utilise one another’s idiosyncrasies to uncover new possibilities. The course will culminate in an intimate studio performance and discussion showcasing the knowledge and skills that participants have gained.

Students will receive an ACOPA certificate of Attainment on completion of the course.

Requirements: Comfortable dance clothing and dance shoes of any kind or barefoot. Please and bring a bottle of water to each class.

 

Summer School Outlines:

Beginners Contemporary Dance

with Esperanza Quindara

4 week course (2hrs x 4 weeks)

This course will focus on contemporary dance technique and movements and is suitable for participants with little to no prior contemporary dance experience.

During the 4-week short series each class will begin with a gentle warm up followed by basic standing, floor, and jumping/travelling exercises. Participants will learn a short phrase that will be built upon each week giving an opportunity to gain familiarity and confidence with the movement.

This short course is aimed at providing a non-judgmental environment, where individuals can build an understanding of their moving body in the studio through contemporary dance.

* Enrolment into the Beginners Contemporary Dance 4-week short course is also an introductory course for the Beginners Contemporary Dance Course (8 weeks).

What to wear: non-restrictive pants or tight leggings, t-shirt or sports top. Class is usually practiced bare-foot; however feel free to bring comfy socks for warming up in.

Public Speaking and Motivation

with Emily Georgiadis

4 week course (2hrs x 4 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 12+

In this summer school course the participants will explore a range of performance techniques to assist them with speaking in front of small and large audiences.

You will gain an understanding of how to be a confident speaker and channel your nerves into focusing on engaging your audience. The course will draw upon acting skills such as physical exercises including improvisation to assist participants stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Participants will learn how to clearly articulate their point of view using vocal techniques to further develop expression skills. Participants will also work in partners and small groups to build up their ability to perform in front of larger audiences.

Students will ultimately gain presentation skills whether it is to benefit situations at school, university or in the workforce.

Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to each class.

In this course you will:

  • Gain strategies to successfully give speeches to small or large audiences
  • Learn how to engage your audience using a variety of performance techniques
  • Identify ways to stay focused and calm your nerves
  • Speak clearly with expression through vocal exercises
  • Analyse text to highlight where vocal emphasis and dramatic impact can be placed
  • Gain storytelling techniques and basic improvisation skills
  • Explore tone and articulation of ideas through persuasive and informative speaking
  • Explore the physical presence through acting skills such as mime
  • Understand how to prepare for a presentation using memorisation skills and visual aids

All students will be issued an ACOPA certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

 

Non-Naturalism an Introduction (VCE Drama foundations)

with Toly Sawenko

4 week course (2hrs x 4 weeks)

Beginners and Intermediates. Ages 15-20

In the wake of West End hits such as ‘War horse’ and the ’39 steps’ non-naturalism has captivated audiences all over the world. This course is perfect for those about to undergo VCE unit 1, Unit2 units 3 and 4 or those curious to learn about this simple but powerful performance style. Students do not need to have any prior experience in these styles.

The course will cover the fundamental conventions which make up this style according to the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and participants will work creating a small solo performance and group ensemble. For those involved in VCE assessments, tips and secrets will be shared to avoid common mistakes and maximise potential in lead up to the performance examination.

What to wearcomfortable non-restrictive clothing, this style can involve working on the floor, laying or kneeling.

 

 

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