Do you have a question? Then you’ll likely find the answer here on our Frequently Asked Questions page…
What acting method is taught at the school?
There are many different acting theories and methods, Stanivslavsky, Meisner, Strasberg and Morris to name but a few. At the Screen Actors Workshop we teach multiple methods of acting and we are not overly reliant on any particular method or theory. No one method will work for each and every student; and school’s which focus on one method only are not giving their students a comprehensive education. Each method of learning is unique to the individual and it is the individual that we focus upon.
Do you employ a “heavy” teaching style?
Absolutely not. We supply a nurturing teaching environment where students are encouraged to not be afraid of making mistakes. After all, it is through our mistakes that we learn our most valuable lessons.
Our classes are held in our fully equipped HD digital script-to-screen camera studio, the closest thing to working on an actual film set. All directions and terminology used in class are exactly what you would hear and experience on a professional film set. In fact, the step from our class room to the film set is a very small step indeed.
What is the standard of teaching at the school?
Very high. Our policy has always been to not hire “good” teachers – but to hire great teachers! All of our tutors are working industry professionals and practitioners who are passionate about the craft of screen acting and dedicated to supplying the highest possible level of quality tuition. In fact, our tutors have over 270 years of combined film and television industry experience.
How many people are in each class?
We run boutique-style classes and student numbers are limited for maximum learning. Beginner/Intermediate level junior, teen, and adult classes have a maximum of 6 to 10 students in each class. Advance level teen and adult classes have a maximum of 10 to 12 students in each class.
Do you have to complete the 3 year part-time certificate course over 12 consecutive 10 week terms?
No. Due to the fact that many of our teen students have important mid and end of year exams, and adult students may take time off to travel, be short of funds or need time off for any other reason, the 3 year part-time course can be completed within a period of 5 years. The vast majority of our students do indeed complete the course in 3 years; however, we like to give our students as many alternative and user-friendly options as possible.
I don’t want to become an actor but I realise that learning how to act can have lifelong benefits. Do you cater for people like me?
Absolutely. We have taught thousands of students over the past 25 years – from all backgrounds and walks of life – and some people simply want to attend classes for a couple of terms to improve confidence, presentation and social skills. And most importantly, meet new people and have a fun time while doing it. For whatever reason you attend our classes the curriculum is structured to accommodate each and every student’s desires.
Do I have to wait until the start of the year to attend classes?
No. Our beginner/intermediate and advanced curriculums are structured so that new students can commence classes during any of the 4 terms held each year.
Why did you set the school up on the Northern Beaches and not in the city with the other big schools?
Because we can afford to maintain a large studio space for a fraction of the cost of inner-city rents; thereby charging reasonable and affordable fees for our classes.
Can you help students to find a good actors’ agent?
Absolutely. We supply professional non-biased advice and help with headshots, resumes, showreels, and to secure a reputable talent agent.
If you have a question which is not covered on our FAQs page then please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you