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Cooper Screen Academy is an award winning Hobart business providing fun and informative, professional acting training for Grades 1 to Adult. Our classes and workshops provide the ideal introduction to acting for the screen and our strong links to both the local and interstate acting industry mean you can be pitched for film and TV projects from right here in Hobart. Our students have auditioned for lead and supporting roles in top productions including ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Tomorrow When the War Began’, ‘Home and Away’, and more.

You can Get Started with us via one of our FREE Information sessions, and then join our fun and informative Intro to Screen Acting workshop.  All details on our Get Started Page.

If you’re interested in Weekly Classes, join the CSA Waiting List on our Classes page now. Plus follow us on Facebook for all the latest news!

Whether you’re wanting to try some confidence building classes, or forge a satisfying career in the entertainment industry, CSA is the place to be.



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Our Experienced Team

Meet our amazing team of permanent and guest teachers.
Danni Gilsenan

Danni Gilsenan

Key Teacher - Primary

A Graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, Danni’s TV credits include Irish soap opera “Fair City” (Channel RTE) and the soon to be aired “Fanshaw and Crudnut” for Channel 9s Go! Danni has appeared in theatre across Ireland, Spain and Australia as well as in “Evita the Musical ” in Dublin. Danni has appeared in 4 Television commercials in Ireland and Australia.

Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper

Academy Director

Sara is an internationally award winning actress and a qualified drama and infant teacher. With over 25 years experience and training, Sara has over 20 screen and 50 professional stage credits to her name. Credits include: multi award winning My Brother Jack (Network 10), My Place Series 2 (ABC), Pixel Pinkie (Channel GO!), Buzz Bumble (Channel 9), The Kettering Incident (Foxtel/BBC), Rosehaven (ABC) and more. Sara has trained with renowned international teachers including Phillipe Gaulier (France) and top Hollywood acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.).  Sara was awarded the BOFA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for her contributions to the Tasmanian acting industry, presented by Mike Munro in 2014.  She holds the award for Best Actress in a Dramedy in Rome for ABC’s Noirhouse.

Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell

Key Teacher - High School

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and is a past student of New York’s Atlantic Acting School (founded by William H Macy and David Mamet). He has studied under renowned Hollywood acting coach, Larry Moss and has taught Drama in Japan, the U.S. and Melbourne. Rob’s screen credits include One Life to Live (U.S.), Neighbours, The Doctor Blake Mysteries and the feature film Cut Snake. Rob was awarded the 2016 Errol for Best Ensemble Performance in Loud Mouth’s Seminar and is the recipient of Regional Arts Tasmania funding for a one-man show to be staged in 2017.



Lisa Gormley

Lisa Gormley


Best known for her role as Bianca Scott in the long running Home and Away, Lisa joins CSA at regular intervals to take workshops and private lessons. Since leaving Home and Away, Lisa has spent pilot season in Los Angeles, performed the role of Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk for the popular London pantomime season and returned to Sydney for the lead role of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities by John Robin Baitz (Brothers and Sisters, The West Wing).

Maeve MacGregor

Maeve MacGregor

Key Teacher - Adult

Maeve graduated from NIDA in 2011 and has since worked professionally across the nation. She performs regularly with Loud Mouth Theatre Company and with Terrapin Puppet Theatre. Screen credits include: Home and Away and The Kettering Incident. Maeve has undertaken a 2012 internship with the Play Writing Australia Festival, trained with renowned American acting coach Larry Moss, and taken courses with Green Room Award winning director Anthony Skuse. Maeve has been a proud MEAA member since 2014.

Elka Bezemer

Elka Bezemer


Loved locally as Nikki in the Bettamilk commercials, Elka joins our regular teaching staff in 2014.  Elka’s training includes working with Eric Davis from New York, TV director Nicholas Bufalo and Summer Intensives at the Toi Whakaari Drama School, in Wellington, New Zealand.


Want to test out your skills on the big screen? Or take your passion for acting to the next level? CSA has got you covered.


Free Info Sessions, Intro Workshops & More


Acting classes for Grades One to Adult.


Join our CSA talent listing and be seen by filmmakers far and wide!


Want that extra leg up? Preparing for a NIDA/VCA audition?  We can help.


Sending auditions interstate or overseas?  Our self test facilities have seen actors from all over the nation cast in international projects.


Representation for world class actors.



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  I was so nervous and unsure of myself before attending CSA. I had no idea if I could even act, all I knew is that I wanted to. Maeve and Sara have helped me turn that passion into a skill set and after a whole term of their constant support and direction, I have gained so much, learnt more than I even knew I needed to and I have had the time of my life doing it.

Stephanie Priebe – CSA Student

Fun, to the point and nurturing. CSA is a great place to grow and improve your technique as an actor. It's all stepping stones and CSA has them, I was lucky enough to audition for the latest Blue Rocket production, a big notch on my ladder thanks to CSA!

Lasca Dry – CSA Student

  I was terrified when starting at CSA having no previous professional experience but after my first lesson I was hooked. Sara was so welcoming and makes sure the classes are extremely supportive and fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed challenging myself and developing my skills and recently got the chance to have my first ever proper audition. I cannot recommend CSA highly enough!!

Jessie Poke – CSA Student

In only one term, studying at CSA has already provided amazing opportunities, like my first ever professional audition for blue rocket's newest international production. With brilliant teachers and great new friends, it's definitely worth the weekly road trip from Launceston.

Zoe Allen – CSA Student

As a parent, I've seen glimmers of confidence from my little one, but it's Sara and her incredible team at CSA who have enabled her to break down the walls of self consciousness and really shine. After her first class, she walked away exclaiming how at home she felt and ensured that I had booked her in for the whole year.  It's about acting yes. But it's also about life skills.

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If you have any enquiries, or would like to join our newsletter, please use the contact form below. For any information regarding our classes, please visit the Classes page under ‘Services’ in our menu.


131 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
+61407 560 597