Accessible Acting Program : 20 week

Our Course

The Accessible Acting Program was developed through a collaboration between award winning inclusive filmmaking organisation Bus Stop Films and Actors Centre Australia. This 20-week acting program for adults with disability has been co-designed with leading industry tutors and actors, including those with disability.

As a participant you will have the ability and avenue to share your own stories that represent your life. We believe that through this program you can act to educate and encourage understanding from the wider public while also changing industry perceptions and show the true power of authentic representation.

Through the program you will gain the following outcomes:

  • Improved fundamental acting skills
  • Building a foundation and pathway for further study
  • Increasing employment opportunities and career prospects in the entertainment industry
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Build and develop friendships and connections to like-minded individuals
  • Build your communication and listening skills
  • Improved social and community participation
  • Memorisation, comprehension, and literacy skills
  • Independence and problem-solving skills

Whilst this program is designed to provide you with the skills ACA cannot guarantee employment outcomes.

Your final performance

As part of your participation in the program you will work with your fellow actors and acting tutors to create a filmed self-tape for your showreel and participate in an end of program live performance. The final live performance will be at the conclusion of the 20-week program.

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Applications

Applications are now closed

Duration

20 Weeks

Location

Actors Centre Australia, Leichhardt NSW

Tuition Fees

$5,500 (inc GST)

Commences

2024 dates TBC

Final Showing

2024 dates TBC

Overview

This 20-week program has been co-designed with leading industry tutors and actors, including those with disability. As a participant you will have the ability and avenue to share your own stories that represent your life. We believe that through this program you can act to educate and encourage understanding from the wider public while also changing industry perceptions and show the true power of authentic representation

Through the program you will gain the following outcomes:

  • Improved fundamental acting skills
  • Building a foundation and pathway for further study
  • Increasing employment opportunities and career prospects in the entertainment industry
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Build and develop friendships and connections to like-minded individuals
  • Build your communication and listening skills
  • Improved social and community participation
  • Memorisation, comprehension, and literacy skills
  • Independence and problem-solving skills

Your final performance

As part of your participation in the program you will work with your fellow actors and acting tutors to create a filmed self-tape for your showreel and participate in an end of program live performance.

The final live performance will be at the conclusion of the 20-week program.

Whilst this program is designed to provide you with the skills ACA cannot guarantee employment outcomes.

Program start date: 2024 TBD

Applications for the intake close: TBD

Qualifications / Prerequisites

Students with these qualities should apply:

  • a passion and belief in the power of performance
  • a commitment to modern contemporary training
  • a belief in a rigorous, respectful environment
  • a deep curiosity and passion about your artistic calling
  • excitement to learn

Applicants need:

  • A high level of interest in the performing arts
  • Applicants must be 17 years or older at course commencement

Delivery

ACA’s Accessible Acting Program has been been co-designed with leading industry tutors and actors, including those with disability.

The Philosophy: Through this program you can act to educate and encourage understanding from the wider public while also changing industry perceptions and show the true power of authentic representation.

The Structure: A structured program that covers all aspects of film and theatre acting

  • Weeks 1-3: Acting Exercises and Theatre Games: Exercises and theatre games are used to explore and begin working on the fundamentals of acting. Connection, Listening, improvisation, focus, commitment, voice, and physicality
  • Weeks 4-5: Scene Work: A/B scenes or generic scenes begin the process of learning the importance of information in a scene. It puts the focus not on ‘what’ is being said but ‘why’ it is being said.
  • Weeks 6-10: Acting on Camera: Students will explore how to bring a performance “down”, so it is appropriate for film while still being full of life and energy.
  • Weeks 11-12: Film Self Tapes: Each student will film a one-two minute self-tape scene.
  • Weeks 13-20: Theatre Scene Rehearsal: Students will rehearse two hand theatre scenes, preparing for the week 25 live performance.
  • Week 20: Final Performance: The live performance will consist of each student performing their live theatre scene as well as a screening of their self-tape.

The Delivery: The way we learn has an effect on what we learn. Our program uses learning techniques that open up possibilities within each actor and salute the very best in each individual.  The course is split into 5 Sections + live performance. The course runs a total of 20-week duration with a 2 week break after week 12.

Culture / Commitment / Employment Outcomes

ACA’s mission statement is:

“To enliven the soul of society through the power of the performing arts.”

ACA was built upon the belief in the transformational capacity of performance, the enrichment of the human experience and of each person’s true potential realized through performing arts education.

We believe everyone has natural talent and untapped potential. To us, inspiration is the key to transformation, and we encourage everyone to go beyond their expectations and excel.

ACA provides a rigorous, vibrant, high challenge/high support environment, where everyone is encouraged class by class to support themselves and each other 100% so real achievement is possible within every opportunity.

Our Commitment:

  • A 20-week world class acting course delivered by industry professionals with real industry connections + Guest Experts directing performance and self-tapes
  • Our world-class tutors are as passionate about the art of teaching as they are about the art of acting. Students are encouraged, supported and challenged to continually move beyond their perceived limits.
  • Each of your tutors will inspire a continual sense of wonder about the power of the performing arts. Anyone looking to develop their acting, self-expression or performance skills will find ACA’s vibrant environment exciting and stimulating.
  • 2 x Support Workers in the classroom + Administration of your enrolment and program
  • Final theatre production of scene work performed for industry agents + Self-tape provided to be used for industry agent opportunities

This is the time and opportunity to take you further than you might have thought possible through focused, integrated and intensive learning, matched with powerful and sustained onstage and onscreen performance experiences.

Employment Outcomes

Whilst this program is designed to provide you with the skills ACA cannot guarantee employment outcomes.

You will conclude your program with more:

  • Improved fundamental acting skills
  • Building a foundation and pathway for further study
  • Increasing employment opportunities and career prospects in the entertainment industry
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Build and develop friendships and connections to like-minded individuals
  • Build your communication and listening skills
  • Improved social and community participation
  • Memorisation, comprehension, and literacy skills
  • Independence and problem-solving skills

Executive Teaching Team

Your Executive Teaching Team will include:

  • Troy Harrison – Head of Acting, International Programs and Inclusive Program Creator

2023 team below TBC for 2024

  • Ella Prince – Accessible Acting Program Tutor
  • Michelle Sutton – Support Worker
  • Joseph Palmer – Support Worker
  • Kate Bobis – Support Worker

Timetables

2024 TBC:

Hours

Thursday 6.30 – 9:30pm

Course Starts

TBD

Final Class

TBD

Final Performance

TBD

Application

To apply for ACA’s Accessible Acting Program please complete the application form on our website

Application process:

  1. Proceed to the application form on our website.
  2. Complete the online form (incomplete application forms will not be accepted). If you need assistance please email Zuzana Zichova (info@actorscentreaustralia.comm.au) or call us (02) 310 4077
  3. Pay your non-refundable $300 application fee
  4. Include a digital headshotpassport photo or similar so we know what you look like
  5. You will be emailed a confirmation letter approx 5 working days of your submission

Tuition Fees and Payment Structure

2024 Price: $5,500.00

The full fee of the course is $5200 + a $300 non-refundable admin fee. The course fee can be paid in full up front or for those paying via NDIS we provide invoices in four instalments, every five weeks, as per the below structure. 

Payment for the course can be made in instalments:

  • $300 to be paid before course commencement.
  • $1,300 at week 5 of the course.
  • $1,300 at week 10 of the course.
  • $1,300 at week 15 of the course.
  • $1,300 at week 20 of the course and prior to final performance

If you wish to discuss alternate payment instalments, please email info@actorscentreaustralia.com.au and attention your email to Zuzana Zichova

  • Students who enrol and are accepted into the program are enrolled for the full 20-week program and are liable for the fees.
  •  Actors Centre Australia is not an NDIS provider however we allow students to pay for the program using their NDIS.
  •  Invoices are provided at five-week intervals requiring payment to continue the course. Payment options are available. Direct debit is available.
  •  Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information (saved in Welcome Pack)

Actors Centre Australia (ACA) also delivers additional offerings such as theatre shows, screenings, masterclasses, Q&A ‘s to enhance student experience and connect to industry. While some of these events are free of charge any paid events are not included in the program fees.