CSA CURRICULUM

Unlocking Tasmania's potential

OUR PHILOSOPHY

At CSA we believe the very first step to becoming a great actor is learning to be comfortable in the moment: comfortable in our own skin, comfortable being seen, comfortable taking risks and being brave with our choices. We acknowledge this is a lifelong journey and aim to make our classes safe places to collaborate, explore and grow.

Each step we take towards becoming open, honest and fully present in any given moment, aids us in our ability to be truly effective storytellers. From an honest and grounded base, truly beautiful performances can spring.

OUR CURRICULUM

At CSA we draw on training from all around the globe to bring the very best to the heart of Hobart. The CSA Curriculum is founded on a wide variety of proven training styles, assisting our students to become fully versatile and employable performers.  Read on for more on our unique and specially designed curriculum…

 

Academy Director Sara Cooper has drawn on her 25 years of professional experience and training in multiple performance fields to create CSA’s Curriculum, combining Physical Theatre training with an ‘all you need to know’ Script Analysis and Screen Acting component. Term Classes cater to all levels of experience, and techniques are aimed at assisting individuals to take the next step in their own development, whether new to the craft, or an ‘old hand’ at acting.

 WEEKLY CLASSES

Our weekly classes based in the Hobart city centre run by the school term and cover screen acting technique and the unique requirements of auditioning and acting for the screen including; continuity, hitting your mark, Presenting for TV, cheating your eyeline, working with Green Screen, working within the frame, and more, as well as industry advice and guidance.  Students from a young age, learn script analysis techniques employed by professional actors, as well as enjoying fun and interactive exercises. Screen performances are viewed via a live feed in class time.

A compulsory requirement of the Industry Classes is the CSA Listings.  Industry Students purchase an annual Listing, have their headshot taken by nationally award winning portrait photographer, Dan Cripps Photography and have their end of term scene work uploaded to their individual CSA Listing for casting purposes.

Our End of Year Ceremony is held at Village Cinemas every year.  Classes devise, pitch and shoot films, then watch themselves on the big screen at our end of year celebration.

WORKSHOPS

CSA offers workshops across the state including; Intro to Screen Acting, School Holiday workshops, Clowning, Basel Mask, Character development, Improvisation and Storytelling, as well as in depth Scene Study via Drop in Classes.  We also host workshops with top casting directors from all over the nation from shows including Neighbours, Packed to the Rafters, The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pan, Underbelly, and many more.

Workshops are open to the public. Some workshops may have entrance criteria.  Please see individual workshop details for further information.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Needing to improve your confidence and presentations in the work place?  People from all walks of life have accessed our Private Lessons, not just actors: medical practitioners wishing to improve their communication skills, marriage celebrants honing their dulcet tones, new presenters preparing for international presentations, and advertising executives needing to sharpen their pitch – we’ve helped many professionals vastly improve their work day!

WE TRAIN WITH YOU

Our teachers are all professional performers committed to both your and their own professional development. You will often find us training alongside you when CSA brings visiting casting directors and directors to town.

END OF YEAR CEREMONY

Our End of Year Ceremony is held at Village Cinemas. Open to friends, family and attended by special industry guests, this is a terrific end to our year! 

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.

Georgia Blizzard – 2010 CSA student. Accepted into NIDA at 17yrs.

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 – Adult Student

What an awesome family the Cooper Screen Academy is. It embodies everything you could hope for; positive, encouraging, engaging, fun and providing the expertise to develop and inspire all ages. Katie has always had an interest in drama and Sara and her proficient teachers have motivated her even more. Thank you for all the hard work you all put in, and all the benefits provided. Although I can't begin to imagine the amount of effort it takes, it is very much appreciated.

Lisa Clapham – CSA Parent

Having been a student myself and this weekend used students from CSA in a film shoot I strongly recommend this training. If you are interested in this industry the knowledge you learn from Cooper Screen is vital and it makes for some very professional talent!!

Claudia Holmes – CSA student and VCA film student Graduate

Wow thanks Sara, we are so impressed with Kalvin's CSA listing for industry and all the other students listings, so visually clear and professional. Thank you for all your work, I can only imagine what's involved. I am hoping our 7 year old daughter Ebony will be ready to join Cooper's next year and possibly Rowan, our 10 year old, as I think he's at the age that he needs to give it another go Regards Angelika & Craig xox

Angelika Koblenz – CSA Parent