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 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 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.

OUR 2 YEAR CURRICULUM STREAM

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.   

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! 

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

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

If you're interested in acting or looking for a fun, interesting hobby, you should definitely try Cooper Screen Academy! Such a great experience led by a lovely, talented teacher! Sara Cooper is doing some amazing things for the Tasmanian film industry and its actors. Get involved!

Bethany Smith – Adult student

Cooper Screen Academy is so very valuable and beneficial for young budding actors. Sara is an incredible role model and with her experience and contacts is doing the crucial job of training and connecting Hobart to the rest of the Australian industry. I wish I had this opportunity before I left for NIDA.

Brett Rogers – 2009 NIDA Graduate

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