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How to Become a Successful Actor – Sydney Theatre School Offers UK Style Production-based Acting Courses


SYDNEY, Australia March 2012 – Aspiring Aussie actors who wish to hone their craft, natural dramatic gifts and theatric talents should not automatically flock to acting schools without understanding the pros and cons of different learning styles first. In the United Kingdom production-based acting courses have long been the preferred approach by those ‘in the know’ as this form of training redresses the issue of too much theoretical work and not enough practical experience performing in front of audiences.

The only Australian acting school providing production-based training to aspiring actors is the Sydney Theatre School. After a visit to the UK in 2003 Mark Matthews, Managing Director and Founder of Sydney Theatre School, was dissatisfied with the lack of production-based acting training in Australia and by 2005 he was sharing his passion for hands-on theatre training with Aussie acting hopefuls.

“We offer a hands-on learning experience that teaches through performance - not just theory. Sydney Theatre School offers an environment where students can work and learn with like-minded people and where their creativity and passion is supported, encouraged and nurtured,” said Matthews. “We have great industry connections and can offer students the chance to work with some of Sydney’s best directors as well as showcase their talent to agents and casting directors. All graduates who complete a minimum of two years of training at Sydney Theatre School are guaranteed representation with a reputable Sydney actor’s agency.”

Traditional drama schools and acting courses spend a great deal of time on class-work and exercises that are not related to a specific performance context. Acting technique, voice, movement, improvisation and production studies are usually regarded as separate subjects and Matthews suggests, “There is also often a large amount of repetition designed to extend the course over a longer period than may actually be necessary. Consequently, fast learners and more advanced students find themselves going over the same old ground when what they really need is performance experience.”

The best and most effective way to lay the foundations for a professional acting career is to rehearse and perform plays in front of an audience over and over again to learn necessary theatre skills. Sydney Theatre School is the only acting school of its kind in Australia – one that builds industry connections, helps students stand out, reach their potential and become successful actors.


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