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PROFESSIONAL ACTOR TRAINING COURSES IN MELBOURNE
The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne is Victoria’s longest-established actor-training institution, and one of the leading acting schools in Australia. Based in its own purpose-built facilities in St Kilda, the school offers a range of full time and part time acting courses to help people with a range of backgrounds, ages and
This includes a nationally-accredited professional training course, the full time acting course Advanced Diploma of Acting and a part-time professional preparation program, as well as a range of recreational programs for both adults and children.
As well as a professional actor training component, our drama courses also include development of related skills including directing, producing, design and
Supported by generous benefactors such as the Angior, Cybec and Tallis Foundations, the acting school maintains strong links with the entertainment industry in Australia, as well as playing a significant role in many of the local and neighbouring communities.
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NATIONAL THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL AMBASSADOR – RICHARD CAWTHORNE
Awarded the 2012 AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his performance in KILLING TIME, Richard Cawthorne has worked consistently in television, stage and film.
Richard’s television credits include BIKIE WARS: BROTHERS IN ARMS, THE STRAITS, EAST WEST 101, CANAL ROAD, EAST OF EVERYTHING, RUSH, CITY HOMICIDE, THE PACIFIC, HALIFAX FP, STINGERS, BLUE HEELERS, EUGENIE SANDLER P.I, UNDERBELLY: SQUIZZY, FAT TONY & CO, and most recently CATCHING MILAT for the Seven Network.
On the big screen, Richard has appeared in 10 TERRORISTS, NOISE and RAZOR EATERS, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Shriekfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Richard is a member of Melbourne’s ensemble based Red Stitch Actors Theatre.
Trent Baker – Head of Acting
Trent Baker has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian entertainment industry as an educator, theatre director and actor. He is a graduate of WAAPA’s three-year acting stream, the VCA’s postgraduate directing program and an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. One of the 12 actors that created Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Trent has performed for Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch, Railway St Theatre, 45 Downstairs and La Mama theatre, amongst others.
As an educator he has worked previously for W.A.A.P.A, The V.C.A. MTC Education, Bell Shakespeare, St Martins Youth Theatre, Monash and La Trobe universities and The National Theatre Drama School. He is also a teaching artist internationally for ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association). Trent has directed for MTC Education, W.A.A.P.A, The V.C.A, Spiegeltent Melbourne and The National theatre. Other independent credits include Brilliant Traces for Red Stitch and the inaugural productions for both The Chapel Loft Theatre (Burn This) and Human Sacrifice Theatre (True West).
David Harford – Course Coordinator
David started his career as a musical theatre performer graduating from the Ballarat Arts Academy with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. He then moved into teaching dance and drama classes at and various performing arts training institutes and soon found his love of directing and
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Ken Boucher – Drama Advisor
Ken began his professional career as a producer in the ABC Radio Drama & Features Department in the early 1970’s. After graduating from the NIDA Director’s Course in 1978 he then worked for over ten years as a freelance director, designer and dramaturg with a diverse range of companies including Nimrod, Griffin, Playbox, the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Theatre ACT and Zootango. Ken has also directed and taught at a number of tertiary institutions including the Universities of New England and Newcastle as well as Charles Sturt University and the University of NSW. Prior to taking up the position of the Director of Drama at the National Theatre, Ken spent five years as Course Director at The Actors College of Theatre and Television in Sydney.
Whether you’re seeking full time actor training classes in Melbourne as a comprehensive introduction to the industry, or acting short courses to gain some initial experience and build confidence and skill – we can provide the supportive but environment to help you achieve your goals.
For more information on any of our acting classes, view the course information on our website.