WORKSHOPS

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!

VIC

Declan Eames is a Melbourne based TV director with 30 years broadcast experience. He has honed his storytelling skills in documentary and drama production in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand and since 1999, Australia.

His credits include McLeod’s Daughters, Winners & Losers, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Nominations include a 2011 BAFTA nomination for his work on the BBC series Casualty.


This 1-day intensive workshop is designed to make you a better actor for the small and large screen and will focus on your personal acting blocks and limitations. Declan is excellent at helping you delve deeper and find a unique perspective on a scene. This is an incredible opportunity for actors to work with an exciting Director/Actor and enhance your acting ability while building a professional relationship with Declan. 

LOCATION: 60 Dawson Street, Brunswick, Victoria, 3056

AGE: 15+*
*Due to Mature Themes (Up to parental discretion, please contact for details)

1-DAY ACTING WORKSHOP WITH DIRECTOR

Declan Eames

30th November (Saturday)

10:00am - 5:00pm

$275.00

MELBOURNE

This session will provide an invaluable lesson and insight into the audition process and a chance for valuable feedback – don’t miss this opportunity to learn more from Mel Mackintosh in this workshop and build a professional working relationship with one of Australia's top casting directors. 

 

About Mel Mackintosh: 

Melanie Mackintosh's career began in 93, working with Kylie and Danni Minogue’s Management team.

She moved over to casting a year later and quickly established herself as a leading casting Director in Melbourne. Having worked at both Chameleon and Mullinars on various film, television and commercial projects, she decided in 2006 that it was time to take the leap and open the doors to her own company.

 

She has cast 1000s of TVCs, equating to tens of thousands of auditions. Her recent work includes casting 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia', 'The Future is Expensive' for the ABC comedy showroom, 'The Beast' for Eddie Perfect and many offshore TVCs for award-winning directors including Emma Freeman and Matthew Saville. 

 

Mel Mackintosh is a proud member and driving force behind establishing the Casting Guild of Australia and an Executive Committee member. 

 

She launched www.thebizbook.com.au to the Australian Entertainment industry, as she believes in empowering Artists to help them make informed decisions for their careers.

 

LOCATION: 60 Dawson Street, Brunswick, VIC

AGE: 15+*
*Up to parental discretion, please enquire for details

CASTING WORKSHOP

Mel Mackintosh | Mackintosh Casting

8th December (Sunday)

9:00am - 1:00pm

$180.00

MELBOURNE

TAFTA has partnered with The Hollywood Initiative to bring U.S. Casting Director, Scotty Mullen to Melbourne! Scotty has cast some of Hollywood's most notable productions, including Adventures of Aladdin, Sharknado 5 and Z Nation. Check out Scotty's IMDb here

He has a strong relationship with agents and managers and loves discovering new talent. Scotty is a casting director who is always rooting for the actor! 

 

We would highly recommend that every student interested in working in the U.S. industry takes part in the workshop. 

Please note that this opportunity is open to both teens and adults. Teen sessions will run from 9am-12pm and adults 1pm-4pm. 

 

EARLY BIRD OFFER ($225) WILL END AFTER THE 4th DECEMBER 

CASTING WORKSHOP

U.S. Casting Director | Scotty Mullen

14th + 15th December

9:00am - 12:00pm (TEENS) OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm (ADULTS)

Early Bird Price: $225 Regular: $250

MELBOURNE

WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING?

COULDN'T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?

 

DO YOU HAVE A SHOWREEL?


Is it up to date and does it show you at your best?

A SHOWREEL is your CV. If you do not have a showreel or your current one is out of date, you are minimising your chances of good representation and/or auditions, as Casting Directors view showreels to determine whether they should consider you for an audition. Your showreel can make or break your chance to be considered for a role. How is yours? Does it showcase you as an actor?

When shooting a new showreel you must consider lighting, sound, & quality.
It needs to look professional and represent your ability in a positive light. Here at TAFTA we understand this and also see first hand the benefits and opportunities a great show reel can produce!

You will come away with not only a professionally shot scenes but we also take the time to consider each individual’s personality and marketability, focusing on exactly how you want to portray yourself. No matter what level you are – whether you are just starting out or merely in need of refreshing your reel, then this is a great opportunity for you. Do yourself (and your agent) a favour and book now!

“For me, I need to be able to hear everything and see everything. I need it to be in a common file format that my computer can easily open. I prefer one or two simple scenes that don’t involve gun wielding or bloody-faced weeping. Those kinds of highly dramatic scenes tend to be difficult to gauge acting ability from when they’re taken out of the context of a film or TV series. Just a couple of scenes, if there’s a difference in tone between them, that’s useful, so a comedic scene and a scene from a drama is useful”. - STEVIE RAY, McGregor Casting


SHOWREEL – SYDNEY:

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Collaboration and advice prior to shoot

1 x 1-day shoot (with John Orcsik)
1 x showreel (fully edited)

 

(If your reader would like their scene)

$100.00 - For scene alone

$250.00 - For speed-reel of their scene


WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING:
2 x contrasting scenes
1 (or 2) x scene partner/s
2 x costumes + makeup

 

ONLY FOUR SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Hurry! Spots are limited and going fast!

Please contact us at enquiries@tafta.com.au for details.

SHOWREEL SHOOT WITH JOHN ORCSIK

John Orcsik

27th October

8:30am - 6:30pm

$880.00 (or 2 payments of $440.00)

SYDNEY

Multi award winning Director/Producer Peter Andrikidis will be doing a 1-day workshop in Sydney this November.

Fresh off the back of directing 'Reckoning' for Sony Pictures Televison, 'Reef Break' for ABC USA and 'Monkey' for Netflix there has been no better time for actors to work with Peter.


Peter's incredible credits include; 

  • Janet King

  • East West '101'

  • Underbelly Chopper 

  • Pulse 

  • Hyde & Seek 

  • Fat Tony & Co. 

  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 

  • Brothers in Arms 

  • Harrow

  • The Straits

  • Serangoon Road

And many more... 


This 1-day intensive workshop is designed to make you a better actor for the small and large screen, and will focus on advanced scene study and script development. This is an incredible opportunity for actors to work with a renowned Director/Producer and enhance your acting ability while building a professional relationship with Peter.

AGE: 15+*

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

*Up to our discretion please contact us at enquiries@tafta.com.au for deatils

1-DAY ACTING WORKSHOP WITH DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Peter Andrikidis

Post-Poned

10:00am - 5:00pm

$285.00 (or 2 payments of $142.50)

SYDNEY

Anousha Zarkesh from Zarkesh Casting has been working as a Casting Director on films, TV and commercials for over 22 years.

 

Her recent casting credits include;

  • Grace Beside Me

  • Wrong Kind of Black

  • Mystery Road

  • Underbelly Files: Chopper

  • The Secret Daughter

  • Tomorrow When the War Began

  • Beautiful Kate

 

In this workshop Anousha will guide actors through the casting process, working through scenes and offering feedback and direction. This gives actors the necessary tools and vital knowledge on how to make an impact in their future auditions!  

 

Anousha does not hold these workshops very often and places will go fast so don't hesitate to book your place.

LOCATION: Darlo Darma, Level 1, 16-18 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

AGE: 15+*

*Up to parental discretion, please contact us for advise

CASTING WORKSHOP

Anousha Zarkesh | Anousha Zarkesh Casting

27th November (Wednesday)

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$180.00

SYDNEY

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE!

 

Jo has an immense amount of experience directing high turn-over television, working on Neighbours, Wonderland, Home & Away, Footballer Wants a Wife, (& much more), and most recently "My Life is Murder" which recently aired on Channel 10.

 

Jo has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. She has been directing Australian television since she first started on Home & Away in 1993. Jo's expertise in working to the tight schedules and demands of fast turn around television is invaluable to all actors.  She has an inspiring and unique approach that helps actors see the scene differently and understand the character's role and arc in the grand scheme of the show.

 

In this workshop you will be partnered up to perform a scene and work with Jo. She will provide you with direction and feedback on your scene.  She will work with actors like she would on a fast-paced production and also working through:

 

*   Bringing yourself to the character

*   Including the camera in your performance

*   Working in fast turn around TV

*   Continuity

*    Marks

*    Blocking

*    Screen terminology used on set

*   The Australian work ethic and what it takes to be a working actor

"Jo gives the most practical advice to prepare you for the life on set, her honest and energetic feedback in this workshop will greatly impact and improve your performance as an actor and confidence to work in Australia's biggest Productions" - John Orcsik, TAFTA Director

Book now, don't miss this opportunity to learn from a working director!

PREPARATION: Actors will be sent a scene 5 - 7 days prior to the workshop to learn and be ready to perform for Jovita.

LOCATION: TBC

AGE: 15+*

*Up to parental discretion, please contact us at enquiries@tafta.com.au for details

1-DAY MASTERCLASS WITH DIRECTOR

Jovita O'Shaughnessy

7th December (Saturday)

10:00am - 5:00pm

$220.00 (or 2 payments of $110.00)

SYDNEY

 

NSW

QLD

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.

Thea is one of Australia’s most sought after Casting Directors, working full time casting Neighbours, as well as having cast numerous other productions including, most recently, Pawno, Spin Out, Better Man and Schapelle.

 

This workshop will provide invaluable lessons and insights into your acting and script choices while having the benefit of also watching other actors perform their scenes. Thea will offer feedback, and give direction so you can perform the scene to your best ability. These workshops are fantastic for actors who want to practice auditioning. Being in the audition room can be completely nerve racking, and Thea offers a warmth and friendly approach that helps actors feel at ease while auditioning. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more from Thea in this workshop.


Preparation: We will send you a scene 5-7 days prior to class commences please ensure you learn this scene.

LOCATION: Metro Arts, 2/109 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4001

AGE: 15+*
*Due to Mature Themes (Up to parental discretion, please contact for details)

CASTING WORKSHOP

Thea McLeod | McLeod Casting

7th OR 8th December (Saturday or Sunday)

9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 6:00pm OR 9:00am - 1:00pm

$185.00

BRISBANE

 

WA

Sorry, there are currently no classes available! 

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SA

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TAS/NT

Sorry, there are currently no classes available!

Please register your interest here!

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

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