Celebrating 30 Years of Screen Acting classes: 1988 – 2018
This July the school celebrated its 30th anniversary: July 1988 to July 2018.
The school has trained some well known faces over the years, but just as importantly, we’ve given valuable life and social skills to thousands of kids, teens and adults over that time – skills used to improve their lives and to enhance their social and career prospects.
We may be the longest established screen acting school in Sydney, but we’re not the oldest acting school in town – that honour belongs to the New Theatre in Newtown (Est. 1932) where I trained as an actor in 1980-81.
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, I’d like to thank our wonderfully dedicated teaching staff and our motivated office staff, accountant Ksenia Poliansky and most especially coordinator (and better half) Vera Polianskaia for her tireless work behind the scenes, keeping both the school, and me, on track and motivated.
Many thanks also to my business mentor James Schramko and his tireless team of dedicated and talented IT ninjas for their ongoing IT support and James’ insightful business advice.
Screen Actors Workshop coordinator, Vera Polianskaia
And of course a big shout out to our most valuable asset – our wonderful students! Without their loyalty, commitment and support over the years none of the hard work would have been worth the effort and we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Thanks for being a huge and vital part of our journey.
And now it’s full steam ahead into our 31st year!!!
Classes return from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 July and I’d like to welcome the new students commencing classes with us this term. I look forward to working with you and with our established students for another ten week term of on-camera classes.
American Accents & Dialects Masterclass
There are still a few positions available in the accents masterclass running over two consecutive Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm on 26 August and 2 September.
Voice coach Simon Masterton
For more info click on course flyer below…
The Devil’s Diner
Sunday 24 June saw the commencement of production on the seven teaser interviews to launch the 13 x 30 minute online series, The Devil’s Diner.
The seven interviews with Number 7 – the Devil’s seventh son – are to garner interest, build an audience and then launch the series.
Three of the seven interviews were recorded on 24 June, with the first interview streaming on YouTube shortly. Check out our Facebook page (Screen Actors Workshop – Sydney) in a week or two for the screening date of the first interview.
Our hapless interviewer Lucky (Lakshay Dhiman) with Number 7 (Hamish Sevenoaks)
Number 7’s speech therapist (Meredith Cox) touching up Hamish’s makeup
Time goes by waiting for the makeup to dry
Meredith and Lucky share a laugh between set ups
Number 7 made up and ready to go!
Welcome to The Devil’s Diner the number one cooking show in Hell! Where everything sacred is roasted.
Video Production Masterclass
Due to ongoing demand we are commencing a video production course in October.
If you are interested in making eye-catching short films, YouTube videos or sales and marketing videos that attract an audience and increase sales, then this course is for you!
Premiere Pro CC edit suite
The course will run over two consecutive Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm on 7 and 14 October and is limited to six participants only.
Students will need to have an iPhone or tablet with video recording capabilities as the course will cover theory, practical, assessment of recorded and edited work along with ongoing advice and input when required for their future projects.
The course will cover pre-production, production, post-production and the marketing of programs to television networks and online viewing platforms.
Our students continue to win choice roles in TV drama, features, series and TVC’s.
Graduate student Paul Millett recently scored a days work on the new Bryan Brown and Sam Neill feature, Palm Beach, wherein he played a diner in a restaurant.
The film Palm Beach was shot on location at – where else – Palm Beach of course.
Class Scene DVDs/USBs
If you would like an edited DVD or USB of last term’s scenes then see me in class or email me and I’ll organize it for you.
Reviewing your edited scenes at home gives you that extra edge when it comes to sharpening your on-camera craft and performance skills.
Class scene DVDs/USBs are $50-00 per term’s work and make for a good educational investment.
I hope everyone had a fun and productive two week semester break and I look forward to working with you when classes return from Tuesday 17 July.
Alan Nurthen (Director)