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 can see you through from Grade 1 – Adult.
Read on to find out more.
Academy Director Sara Cooper has drawn on her 25 years of professional experience and training in multiple performance fields to create CSA’s Two Year Curriculum Stream, combining Physical Theatre training with an ‘all you need to know’ Script Analysis and Screen Acting component
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.
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. The two year rotation means you can keep training with our curriculum from youth through to Adult!
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!
Sara is changing the face of acting in Tasmania. The opportunities and knowledge she is offering young performers is greater than they will appreciate for many years - until they look back and realise the incredible gift she has shared.
It's not just for kids! I started at the beginning of last year after seeing how much my teenaged daughter was enjoying her classes. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and skilled professionals and the curriculum is presented in such a fun a supportive way. Since joining Cooper Screen Academy, I've gained confidence, friendships and even opportunities for paid acting work! If I could award more than 5 stars, I would!
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.
Cooper Screen Academy has taken my skills and ambition as an actor to the next level. I went from waiting and wishing to being in control of my career. If you want to take the next step in Tasmania, then this is the way!
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!!