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How do I enrol?
Head to the Acting page of our website and scroll down to Weekly Classes. Then click on New or Returning Student. Don’t forget to watch our video on our CSA Listings on the way down the page!
What are the Weekly Class Times for 2017?
All details are found by following the above directions to our bookings page.
What are the 2017 Term Dates?
Term One: Mon 6th Feb – Thurs 13th April
Term Two: Mon 1st May – Sat 8th July
Term Three: Mon 24th July – Sat 30th Sept
Term Four: Mon 16th Oct – Friday 15th Dec + End of Year Ceremony Sat 16th Dec. Times TBA.
Can I ‘try before I buy’?
Yes! Our Intro to Screen Acting Workshop is compulsory for all new students. There are two options for new students: You can receive our workshop for free when you book your first half year at CSA, or you can book the workshop alone, for $75. Head to the Acting page for more information.
How many students are in each class?
Our class numbers vary depending on bookings, but to ensure individual attention we limit our class numbers to under 18.
What ages do you cater for?
Upper age limit: We have no upper age limit. We have had people in their 60’s and 70’s in our classes – plus, they got cast in TV series and commercials!
Lower age limit: Our classes start at Grade One. If Grade One classes are not currently on offer at our site, please contact us with an expression of interest and we will add you to our wait list.
What level of experience do I need to have?
In our current Weekly Classes we have beginners working alongside more experienced performers and we are constantly learning from each other. To find out more about our Curriculum click here.
How do I book?
All our bookings are online, here at our website. Please go the Acting page for all classes. For other services please head to the Schools page for Schools and Festival Workshops, the Corporate page for corporate training bookings, the Employer page to view our talent and the Hall Hire page to hire our venue.
Do you offer payment by instalments for Weekly Classes?
Our classes are booked in half year blocks (two terms).
You have the option of paying for a full year up front and receiving a 10% discount, or booking your half year up front and receiving a 5% discount. Other payment options are paying by instalments once per term. Payments are by Paypal, credit card or automatic deductions from direct debit, set up via our site through Stripe.com.
What do I wear to class?
Wear clothes you feel comfortable to move in. Unless you are specifically dressing in costume for our Character term, we recommend not wearing high heels. We also ask that shoes be kept on at all times in class.
Do parents stay to watch their children in class?
As a general rule we do not have people watching our classes, unless they are invited industry personnel. This is to ensure all our students feel comfortable in their class time. If your child is new and feeling like they would like you to stay for part of the Intro Workshop we welcome you to join our warm ups for the first 20 minutes. We usually find after this time children are happy for their parents to leave.
Does your venue have disability access?
Our venue has three steps to enter from the street and inside there is a flight of stairs leading to the toilets, kitchenette, and test room.
STAYING IN TOUCH:
How does CSA stay in touch with me once I’m enrolled?
Our main method of communicating with our students is via email. We will contact you via the email address you provide a enrolment. Please ensure our main email address info @ cooperscreenacademy .com is accepted by your email provider.
How do I join the private facebook group?
Currently enrolled weekly students and parents of weekly students can send a request to join our Facebook CSA CURRENT WEEKLY STUDENT GROUP. This is a great way to stay up to date with fast turn around information and general casting opportunities which may not go through the listings. If you are a parent joining with a different name to the enrolled student, please contact us to let us know you are requesting to join.
Do you have a main facebook page?
Yes! Our main CSA Facebook page is open to the public and we would love you to ‘like’ it and click ‘get notifications’. You can win ticket giveaways and more, share our news, plus stay up to date with the latest happenings.
THE CSA LISTINGS:
What is the purpose of the Listings?
From it’s inception in 2010 CSA became a ‘go to’ place in Tasmania for dedicated actors in training. Over this time Sara Cooper personally facilitated the contact between industry and students. The CSA Listings now mean the industry can directly access CSA students and view their work. The listings have resulted in over 150 castings in film and TV in 2016 alone.
Are the listings compulsory?
Yes. After your first six months at CSA you will receive a listing on the CSA Listing Site.
Do I pay a commission for work gained through the listings?
No. In 2017 Cooper Management Agency will not take commission for work secured via our listings, unless negotiated at the time of audition.
When do headshot sessions happen?
Headshot sessions happen in 1st and 3rd term. There will be a choice of at least two session times on weekends.
How do I book my headshot session time?
Students will be notified via email and in class when headshot session times are announced. Bookings and payment will then be able to be made online at our website.
Can I choose my headshot?
Headshot choice is made by a CSA professional.
Can I keep and use my headshot?
Yes! Your headshot will be made accessible to you via an online drive. You are able to utilise your headshot online or in printed version for both professional and personal purposes.
How does your bumper sticker competition work?
In order to be in the running to win a whole year FREE at CSA in 2018 you can purchase a bumper sticker from class and place it on your vehicle. Throughout 2017 any sticker which is spotted by CSA staff will have their number plate recorded and placed in a draw to win. Winner announced at our End of Year Ceremony on the 16th December 2017.
Will I get cast?
Casting and acting are not areas which hold any guarantees, although we think seeing over 150 castings of our students in 2016 alone is quite terrific! We all learn from every audition, and training opportunity, and encourage our students to value the importance of all of these moments, as well as celebrate when their classmates are cast.
Will I be famous?
We don’t know! Will you? What we do know is that you will be no more valuable then than you are now. So don’t wait for a future event in order to appreciate your wonderful self worth. Whether you’re performing to 1 person, or 1,000, you’re still extremely valuable and worthwhile.
The acting industry is notoriously difficult and actors must be creative, resilient, and learn to find the support they need to keep travelling in such a tough arena. We are very proud of the supportive environment we foster at CSA, and of the many students who continue to get cast both while in, and after leaving, our classes.
Is my son/daughter special?
Yes, of course they are! And so is the child next to them. Each person is unique and valued and has a place in the performing arts telling stories about the world, should they so desire it.
What skills do I need to be an actor?
We believe the most crucial skill an actor needs is to be able to listen. Listen to the story you’re telling, listen to the actor performing opposite you, listen to and understand and apply the direction you’re being given. Such a crucial skill.
We also think honesty, openness, generosity and the ability to collaborate are essential skills.
It really has little to do with looking glamorous on the red carpet, after all!
On top of these skills, acting is like any other job; people who are punctual, polite, professional, and proactive are very valued.