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 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.
Term Classes 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 (Hobart), working within the frame, and more, as well as industry advice and guidance. Students, even 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. For students attending after their first six months, end of term scene work is uploaded to their individual CSA Listing for casting purposes. Many of our students get cast in film and TV – some earning more than enough to cover their CSA class fees!
Our End of Year Ceremony is held at Village Cinemas every year. Classes devise, pitch and shoot films, and then see themselves on the big screen. We don’t know anywhere else in Australia that provides this opportunity for their students!
CSA offers workshops in; Intro to Screen Acting, 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.
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!
Some students are after the fun and frivolity and social connection which acting classes bring, and others also wish to finely hone their craft in a focussed environment. From 2019 our classes will be streamed with two types of Term Classes for Grades 3-10. They are yet to be named, but FUN & FOCUS seem good words for now!
FUN Classes – (LOWER PRICE than FOCUS CLASSES)
Cover screen acting in a fun and friendly environment. Get up in front of the camera, learn some tips and tricks of the trade, create scenes with your classmates and burn off that after school energy!
FOCUS Classes – (SAME PRICE as 2018 TERM CLASSES)
Continue to enjoy fun and friendly classes and follow the CSA Screen Acting Curriculum, applying techniques utilised by professional actors, receive a CSA Listing, and getting up on the big screen at our End of Year Ceremony.
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!
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.
Fun, to the point, and nurturing. CSA is a great place to grow and improve your technique as an actor. It's all stepping stones and CSA has them, I was lucky enough to audition for the latest Blue Rocket production, a big notch on my ladder thanks to CSA!
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
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
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.