Keep flexing your acting muscle and pushing yourself forward artistically with our wide range of workshops and short courses taught by professional actors, directors and casting directors!


Do you want to be an actor but you don't know where to begin? Have you done previous study but still feel you need more training in order to know how to audition confidently and understand scripts easily? The Australian Film & Television Academy's Screen Acting For Beginners Course is designed to give the budding actor the confidence and know-how to get up in front of a camera with a professional attitude and focus that lends itself to the beginnings of a great acting career.   

This 8 week course is simple, practical, informative and essential to the beginner. Conducted by one of Australia’s most experienced and respected actors, Mick Preston. Whether you've had experience or are just starting out, this is your chance to give it a go! This course deals with crucial elements of acting, giving the student a clear understanding of screen acting requirements such as: 

- How to analyse a script
- Understanding the difference between Stage Acting and Screen Acting
- How to learn a script quickly
- Understanding angles and the screen
- Understanding screen terminology

- Character development

PLUS The last class will be a screentest workshop with a Casting Director!


Mick Preston

20th February - 9th April (Thursdays)

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$545.00 (or 2 payments of $272.50)


Prepare yourself to appear on high turn over Australian television and serial drama.

Get Set! An 8 week course focusing on fast turn around TV with Kym Valentine! 

If you are a working actor in Australia, chances are you will appear as either a guest, a semi regular or a regular character on Australian television or serial drama at some point in your career.
Get Set ™ will prepare you for the reality of what’s involved and what it takes for an actor to produce a successful appearance and increase your chances of being hired again for future work. Utilise Kym’s 35 years of experience as a professional working actor and thousands of hours spent on set to help you;

• Build a professional working “on set” reputation.
• Be relied upon to uphold a professional standard.
• Be dependable talent that is “easy to work with” and proudly represents the association
with the network, program or agency they are working with.
• Be respected among industry professionals.
• Be prepared to deliver under pressure

This 8 week course will cover;

• On set technique.
• Essential, practical on set knowledge & skills.
• Specifically created terminology guide and vocabulary.
• Outline of different departments roles and responsibilities and how an actor relates to them when working on a professional film or TV set.
• What to expect on set and how to prepare as a guest, semi regular, regular, on going,
high turn over television soap or serial drama.
• Understanding the on set process.

Some examples of content include;
• Script break downs
• Learning lines
• Rehearsing
• Recording
• Call sheets/Schedules
• Job titles and descriptions
• Terminology
• Vocabulary
• Repeating action
• Continuity
• Scene work that will be recorded

Kym Valentine has been working as an actor on Australian TV since she was 4 years old. With over 1000 episodes of Neighbours under her belt, across 20 years as Ramsay Street’s beloved Libby Kennedy. When it comes to fast turn around TV, Kym is an undeniable wealth of knowledge and industry know how that any Australian actor would be privileged to learn from.

LOCATION: 60 Dawson Street

AGE: 18+*
*Due to Mature Themes (Up to parental discretion, please contact for details)


Kym Valentine

27th January - 16th March 2020

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$545.00 (or 2 payments of $272.50)


As actors nurturing our inner artistry, finding our personal power is essential on our journey to success. It helps strengthen our inner confidence to find clarity within ourselves as well as our talent and abilities, so that we can be content with our journey- regardless of wherever we may be on the road. 


For many artists, the idea of international success or being “LA READY” means having reached a certain milestone or goal. What if those goals are only blocking our ability to trust in ourselves? What if, really, the reason we have not leaped into the unknown is the fears and doubts we have within ourselves and with our talent? 

What will be covered:

  • Goal setting & intentions

    • What do I want? How to obtain what I want? What are my limitations? What are my fears?

  • Branding & Marketing

    • What do people see? Who do I see? How can I combine them? How can I market them?

  • Self Care and Motivation 

    • What do I need? Where can I grow? Being kind to myself? How to draw inspiration

  • Our character arcs

    • How to identify who we were, who we are and who we want to be

  • Strengths & Weakness’s 

    • How to identify these and be confident in growth. 

    • The logline of our lives and the narratives we tell ourselves


Over three weeks, teacher Jess Orcsik will explore and develop the ins and outs of an artist's journey towards empowerment, courage and what it really means to be “LA Ready”. 


Jess Orcsik

5th February - 19th February (Wednesdays)

7:00pm - 10:00pm



Do you spend time really analysing the scenes you are working on? Do you know how to break down a scene? Are there some words or phrases in your scenes that you must get absolutely right? And if so why?


In Paul Parker’s 30 years of coaching actors, he clearly sees actors making the same, or similar, mistakes with scripts. This includes: not thinking enough about the content of the scripts and the types of characters that they are playing.


This 8-week course is designed to stretch you as an actor and challenge the way you look at a scene.

This course will help you find YOUR connection to the scene and will take your performance skills to another level! This is not a beginner’s course, but a course for the actor who wants to refresh their skills, push themselves further and gain a deeper knowledge into the craft.


This scene study course will cover:

·      General rules of script analysis

·      specific rules of script analysis

·      Specific script analysis according to genre

·      Mistakes actors generally make with scenes

·      Finding truth within the scenes

·      Developing character for the scenes 

·      Scene preparation and performance on screen

·      Clearing bad habits on screen

·      Developing or reinforcing a list of skills to work on in front of the camera

·      Finding what is blocking you from doing your best work and clearing it


TAFTA’s method is clear and concise and prepares you for working in the industry. Paul Parker has been teaching Scene Study for over 20 years.


About Paul Parker:

Paul Parker (B.Ed) is a qualified international acting teacher / performance coach who has been teaching since 1990. Paul has toured and taught in the USA (ongoing since 2002), Japan (ongoing since 2013) China (2010) and Australia (ongoing since 1990). Paul has taken his students from beginners to booking roles on hit TV shows, films, theatre, commercials and web series in the USA, Japan and Australia. 


In addition to drama / acting, Paul Parker is a qualified teacher from University with majors in the areas of literature and Language Linguistics.


This course is suitable for intermediate actors with previous experience/training and may be too advanced for beginners. Please email TAFTA at  if you have any questions. 


LOCATION: 60 Dawson St, Brunswick, VIC

AGE: 15+*

*Due to Mature Themes (Up to parental discretion, please contact for details)


Paul Parker

11th March - 29th April

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$545.00 (or 2 payments of $272.50)






An exhausting, but incredibly rewarding week! In five days this intensive program will give you what NO other program in Australia can do. Work with 12 of Australia’s top Industry Professionals; a rare opportunity to perform for them all and receive an instant evaluation of your work.


  • Weds 22 Jan
    9:00am - 1:00pm | Dave Newman, McSweeney Newman Casting (Tidelands, The Bureau of Magical Things, Mako Mermaids)
    2:00pm - 6:00pm | Micaeley Gibson, Anousha Zarkesh Casting (Jasper Jones, SeaChange, Mystery Road, Hounds of Love)

  • Thurs 23 Jan
    9:00am - 1:00pm | Faith Martin, Faith Martin Casting (Peter Pan, The Merger, Buckey's Chance)
    2:00pm - 6:00pm |
    Anne Robinson, Producer

  • Fri 24 Jan
    9:00am - 1:00pm | Joanna Briant
    , Fountainhead Casting 
    2:00pm - 6:00pm | Jovita O'Shaughnessy, Director (My Life Is Murder, Neighbours)
    7:00pm - 11:00pm | Danny Raco, Director 
    (Home & Away) 

  • Sat 25 Jan
    9:00am - 1:00pm | David Caeser, 
    Director (Les Norton, Dead Lucky, Love Child)
    2:00pm - 6:00pm | Sian Davies, Director (The Gloaming, Bad Mothers, Reef Break, Playing for Keeps, Wentworth)
    7:00pm - 11:00pm | Michelle Clancy, Ben Parkinson Casting (The Second, Aladdin, Jungle)

  • Sun 26 Jan
    9:00am - 1:00pm
    | Geoff Bennett, Director (Doctor Doctor, Harrow, Bad Mothers, Love Child)
    2:00pm - 6:00pm | Declan Eames, Director (Neighbours, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)


LOCATION: Darlo Drama, Level 1, 16 - 18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst, 2010, NSW

AGE: 15+*

*Up to parental discretion, please enquire for details



22nd - 26th January 2020

9:00am - 6:00pm (Weds, Thurs & Sun) ; 9:00am - 11:00pm (Fri & Sat)

$1450.00 ($725.00 deposit & 1 payments of $725.00)





Sorry, there are currently no classes available!

Please register your interest here!

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Sorry, there are currently no classes available!

Please register your interest here!

Unfortunately, we don't have any courses scheduled at the moment, but don't let that hold you back! Register your interest and we'll be in touch as soon as something is programmed.



We are always looking to grow and develop our programs, please contact us to register your interest specific courses, teachers and casting directors. ​

Ph    1300 949 570
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