Practicing drama by acting in plays, play-building and navigating an ensemble is vital to the development of communication skills and enables a growth in confidence. Through participating in a comprehensive Acting programme, our students develop life skills to assist memory development, problem-solving, working in groups, self-directed learning, respect for others, and an ability to speak in public forums. The rewards of collaboration are also promoted and realised.
Objectives of the Acting Programme
The objectives of the Acting programme include an opportunity to experience the craft an Actor employs. The course allows them an opportunity to develop an individual expression and garner essential life skills. The expectations of the entertainment industry are also instilled, should students decide to pursue a professional career in acting or a related area.
The intention of the programme is to provide students with exposure to the fundamental and essential stagecraft necessary for an actor. The course realises this through a study in three primary focus areas: Indie Film Making, Approaches to Acting and Production. These subjects are studied at Intermediate and Senior levels in the Secondary school.
Indie Film Making covers a range of areas that include ‘acting for camera’, ‘film-making’, ‘writing and navigating scripts’ and ‘an appreciation of the language of screen’.
Approaches to Acting incorporates an exploration of Voice and Movement, Theatrical Practitioners, Improvisation and Repertoire.
Production classes focus on the rehearsal, development and performance of that semester’s performance outcome.
Acting Programme For Secondary School
Secondary students complete two production outcomes each year. One experience is participation in the staged production of a play/play-build. The other is preparation of work to be featured in the College’s High Performance season in September. Opportunities to perform at concerts, eisteddfod, assemblies etc are also sought.
Acting Programme For Junior School
Primary Drama students follow the NESA requirements in addition to experiences in play-building and scripted drama designed by the College. Students experience a performance outcome in each semester, a highlight being the work they prepare for Starburst during the High Performance season.
Students expressing an interest in other elements of theatre are encouraged and have their talents fostered in technical, costume, directorial, writing and design areas of production.
It is intended that on completion of the course in Year 12, a graduate might pursue further training at a tertiary level, equipped with an understanding of the self-discipline and preparation that this level of study requires. It is anticipated that the course will prepare them appropriately to audition for potential study at tertiary training institutions such as the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts & the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Graduates have also made keen use of their Acting skills in fields as diverse as teaching, journalism, real estate and law.
The Acting course is not intended to be a comprehensive vocational preparation. Acting is a craft that should be developed with ongoing practice, harnessing the life experiences of the individual. The glory of Acting is that it is a life-long activity for the practitioner. Students at the College begin a journey of discovery which will engage, excite and challenge them throughout their life.
- Meg Mac (Megan McInerney) – Recording Artist
- Rhys Wakefield – Various Feature Films
- James Fraser – Films include The December Boys, The Water Diviner
- Alexander Berlage – Lighting Designer and Director (NIDA graduate)
- Josh Quong Tart – TV (Home & Away, All Saints) and Stage Work (NIDA graduate)
- Bojana Novakovic – Various Film and TV (NIDA graduate)
- Callan Smith – Finalist in 2017 Masterchef
- Adam Roberts – Presenter on Disney Channel
- Josh Stent – WAAPA graduate
- Seamus Quin – WAAPA graduate
- Hannah Barlow – NIDA graduate
- Arkos Armont – Various TV, Stage and Film (NIDA graduate)
- Mia Glover (Agius)– TV News Journalist in QLD
- Melissa Brownlow – The Actor’s Centre and Steppenwolf graduate
- Holly Fraser – Various Stage Acting (STC and ATYP) and AFTRS graduate
- Sophie Lowe – Film and TV work