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! 

Cooper Screen Academy has opened up a world of connections and opportunities I never would have thought possible whilst living in Tasmania. From gaining priceless screen acting experience, to learning the technical elements of shooting, to aquiring knowledge of the industry, Sara has provided us with an honest account of and real insight into the world of screen.

Eleanore Knox – CSA student: Accepted into the Actor’s Centre Australia and signed with a Sydney actors’ agent.

Even just the introduction workshop was worth 5 stars, I learned so much just in those 3 hours and it was a great experience! I recommend it to people who are looking to try new things and see what they look like on camera!

Naomi Jackson – CSA student

I have watched Cooper Screen Academy grow over the years and have been so impressed by the commitment of Sara and her team. They have been very encouraging and supportive of my daughter who has pushed through her comfort zone which has enable her to accept roles in opportunities as a direct result of Sara's fantastic network in the industry. I highly recommend this wonderful Academy for anyone who wants to learn and grow in this industry.

Elise Simondson – CSA Parent

After two weeks with Cooper Screen Academy I had an audition for an ABC TV series. For any actor, I can't recommend CSA highly enough. My mentors Sara and Maeve are professional, completely knowledgable about the industry and generally awesome people! I learn so much every week at the weekly classes. Encouraging, fun and totally worthwhile for both acting and life skills!

Greta McCarthy – Adult student

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!

Emily Quilty – CSA Parent