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.  

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. All classes and workshops 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.

WORKSHOPS

CSA announces a vast variety of workshops in 2020, including; Intro to Screen Acting, School Holiday workshops for primaries and teens, TV MUMS, Adult Scene Study, Alexander Technique for releasing pain and tension, and new audition workshops for those attempting to get into interstate drama schools.  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.

INDUSTRY 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.

Entrance to Industry Classes is via invitation.  Workshops students will be considered and placed on the waiting list.

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! 

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

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

The Tasmanian Film industry is growing, and we need more local actors with screen experience.  Sara Cooper is a very fine actor with a deep passion for and understanding of her craft. Her teaching reflects this and Cooper Screen Academy's classes are the perfect tool for Tasmanian talent to gain the skills imperative for working on set. 

JANE BINNING – Jane Binning Casting: Bettamilk, The Hunter, The Kettering Incident, Rosehaven

Sara Cooper is fully dedicated to running an excellent drama school. She puts in 110% behind the scenes, and every student matters. I enrolled my (shy) daughter a few years ago to boost her confidence - she is still a shy person... But last year she sang in front of the whole school; confidently played two different lead roles in two casts of her School Shakespeare play. Thank you Sara

Karin Adams – CSA Parent

My twins, Isaac and Mitchell started 2 terms ago and are having a ball! Quite apart from 'learning the trade' they have developed confidence and are losing their fear of 'what everyone thinks'. It has been a great maturing process for them. As a mum I find dealing with Sara Cooper excellent and she has an amazing commitment to the youth. The boys have already been in a commercial and just shot their first short length film Rosedale. They are looking forward to lots more fun and learning!

Elizabeth Horne – CSA Parent