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 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.
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 those in weekly classes to become fully versatile and employable performers. Our unique and specially designed curriculum runs through our Weekly Classes.
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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. 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.
CSA’s theatrical component includes; Clowning, Basel Mask, Character development, Improvisation and Storytelling. The screen acting component covers the unique requirements of auditioning and acting for the screen including; continuity, hitting your mark, cheating your eyeline, green screen, working within the frame, and more, as well as industry advice and guidance. Students’ screen performances are viewed via a live feed in class time. For students attending after their first six months, end of term scene work is uploaded to their individual CSA Listing for casting purposes.
Training is industry focussed and aimed towards content output with students preparing scenes for their individual industry listing accessed by casting personnel, filming short films in our extra curricular programs, auditioning for local, national and international film and TV projects, when requested, and filming with local production companies.
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.
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!
Thank you Sara, Danni and everyone else involved for all that you do for my daughter, Petra, at Cooper Screen Academy! She has not only learned many new skills but also loves every minute of the experiences. Petra has grown from a reserved girl who, at the beginning of the year, suffered from crippling stage fright, to one who was recently confident enough to accept the challenge of the female lead in a short film. Cooper Screen Academy is AWESOME!
Any budding young actors holding back and waiting for something to happen ? Why don't you take your career and passion into your own hands or the hands of the wonderful Sara Cooper and Cooper Screen Academy! Honestly the best acting course I have ever done ! Sara is an amazing teacher with so much knowledge of the industry and screen acting. Not only that, but she is helping put Tasmanian actors on the Australian film and television map.
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.
Thanks to CSA I have studied and performed in L.A., Chicago and Florida, signed with a Sydney agent, am auditioning for major film and TV roles and have landed a role in a U.S. production
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.