Whether you're starting out, or an experienced actor, CSA provides the following services Intro to Screen Acting Workshops,Weekly Acting Classes,CSA Career Course,Private Lessons,Representation

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About Us

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, as well as a safe and supportive place for experienced professionals to practice their craft. Whether you’re wanting to access confidence building classes, or forge a satisfying career in the entertainment industry, CSA can help you build the connections and gain the vital knowledge and skills required.


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Our Experienced Team

Meet our amazing team of permanent and guest teachers.
Katie Robertson

Katie Robertson

Key Teacher - Primary

A graduate of Sydney Theatre School’s Diploma of Arts (Acting) and co-director of Hobart’s newest theatre company, Loud Mouth Theatre, Katie has been working as a professional actor since 2008. Katie has trained with many Sydney based Casting Directors and worked in administrative roles for 20th Century Fox. Stage credits include: Twelfth Night for the Sydney Theatre School, Mate for Downstairs Belvoir (Sydney) and Robin Hood for Big Monkey. Screen credits include: Angel Cake, Plans and an ongoing role in The Kettering Incident (Foxtel/BBC).

Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper

Academy Director

With 18 years experience in the entertainment industry, and a qualified infant and drama teacher since 1992, Sara has over 20 screen and 50 professional stage credits to her name. Screen credits include: My Place, Pixel Pinkie,  Buzz Bumble, The Kettering Incident, Arctic Blast, My Brother Jack. Stage credits include: Explosion Therapy, Dream Masons, The Berry Man and Beyond the Neck. Sara has trained with renowned international teachers including clowning expert Phillipe Gaulier (France) and top Hollywood acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.).

Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell

Key Teacher - High School

An experienced performer with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Melbourne, Rob has taught Drama in Japan, the US and Melbourne. In New York Rob studied at The Atlantic Acting School founded by William H Macy and David Mamet, and trained with renowned acting coaches, including Larry Moss. He studied Improvisation at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade and appeared on the long running US soap One Life to Live, Robert’s screen credits include: Neighbours, The Dr Blake Mysteries and Cut Snake directed by Tony Ayres. Stage credits include: Guys’n’Dolls, Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), As You Like It (Oliver) & The Cherry Orchard (Yasha).



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.


For 17yrs and up. Get Industry ready!


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.


Take a look at some of the recent news from CSA.

We're opening the doors to Hollywood!

Students in our classes are being pitched for international Film and TV projects via Cooper Management Agency. If you want to be part of these exciting opportunities, we’re here to support you!



CSA offers a wide range of courses and classes for all ages.

Click on one of the links below or head to our Services page to see what’s on offer.



  • Private Lessons From

  • $75 per hour
  • Individualised acting tuition
  • Appointments by arrangement - email info@cooperscreenacademy to book your session
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  • Workshops From

  • $60 per session
  • Workshops include American Accents, Auditioning Technique, Casting Workshops & More
  • Conveniently held on weekends
  • Book early to reserve your seat
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  • Weekly Classes From

  • $225 per term
  • Screen Acting Classes for Grades 1 - Adult
  • SAVE up to $200 with our popular ONE YEAR PASS
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  • CSA Career Course From

  • $750 per term
  • Industry Intensive Career Course for 17 years & Up
  • 30 hour course
  • Payment Plans Available
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Not sure where to start? No problems!

We offer regular Free Information Sessions. Come along and find out all about CSA, the acting industry and how you can get involved. Our next sessions are: 12 – 12:30pm on Saturday 11th April OR Saturday 18th April.

What Sara has done for the Tasmanian industry is truly fantastic. We were being left behind, which is crazy as we have such wealth of raw, passionate talent. I am so proud to work with this woman and help her share Tasmania's talent with the world. Tassie’s time has come to shine.

Lisa Gormley – Home and Away’s Bianca Scott

Cooper Screen Academy is finally a group taking a genuine interest in young Tasmanian actors and is providing priceless opportunities.  I’m so grateful for all Sara is doing.

GEORGIE BLIZZARD – Accepted into NIDA at 17yrs.

Cooper Screen Academy is a fantastic insight into the world of acting; it prepares you, teaches you, helps you build confidence and allows you to establish yourself as an actor.

NAOMI RICHMOND – 2010 Career Course Graduate.

If you're looking to learn the ups and downs of a film set, screen acting technique and a truckload of industry know-how, then CSA is the place to be.

SAM KIRK – 2010 Career Course Graduate

CSA is fantastic for linking stagecraft into screen technique. It creates opportunities to connect, work with and learn from professionals in a hands- on environment. It opens your eyes to every aspect of the industry and is a great step forward into the acting profession.

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