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! 

CSA helped me realise the possibilities of achieving a career in the film industry, even within Tasmania. Sara's skills and knowledge gave me the extra nudge to get me to where I am, plus connections and opportunities for the future.

Sara Moon – CSA student: Accepted into The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, London

You'd think, being over 60, that I'd stick out like a sore thumb among the young adults at CSA: but never once did I feel out of place. Sara has the ability to make everyone feel welcome, provides opportunities for all ages to get involved, and is constant in encouragement and enthusiasm. Does that sound over the top? Nope - inspiring. #Iwanttobelikeher

Deidre McMaster – Adult student

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!

Sally Ellis – Adult student AND 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

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