Youth Acting Program 11-13


16th Street Junior Acting Program (11-13)

At 16th Street, we believe that storytellers are vital. We are committed to supporting emerging young actors, to develop their artistic and communication skills. We provide the technical skills to enable young people to find joy in performance and to craft stories they are passionate about telling.

The Kids Acting Program is a four-term training program for children 11 – 13 year-olds. Learn more about our programs for ages 14 to 16 and 17 to 18 program. The Program has been designed specifically to take young actors on an exciting journey of self-discovery, self-empowerment and creativity. The acting program provides a foundation and prepares young people who wish to have a career in the film, theatre and television industries.

Noni Hazlehurst AM, is the Ambassador of the 16th Street Youth Program.  Noni is a passionate advocate for the arts and their importance in the lives of young people. 16th Street is grateful for her guidance and support in our shared mission; to foster the unique talents, emotional well-being and dreams of our youth.

“What’s special about the 16th Street Youth Programs? They are designed to help young people understand their uniqueness as well as their shared humanity, to provide a safe and kind place where they can come to grips with their pain and joy, their strengths and weaknesses, and to support them in their desire to serve as storytellers. There are many acting schools, but very few which I can recommend wholeheartedly, especially for young people.”

– Noni Hazlehurst Actor, Director & Producer.


The Junior Program is a four-term training program for young actors 11 – 13-year-olds. 

The program has been designed specifically to take young actors on an exciting journey of self-discovery and creativity. This acting program provides a foundation and prepares young people who wish to have a career in the film, theatre and television industries. It also provides young people with valuable life skills. 

At the end of each term friends and families are invited to watch a showcase of the term’s work. 


In terms one and two, the focus for our young actors is on working creatively and skillfully within an ensemble, while realising their own uniqueness. Young actors explore acting techniques and how to enhance their sense of play and confidence in performance. We also introduce scene work as they begin to explore the power of story and working together as a group. 

  • follow impulses and instincts through creative improvisation
  • explore stagecraft and presence
  • develop vocal skills of projection and articulation, and
  • discover the joy of performance 

Key focus: 

  • Empathy and listening
  • Generosity
  • Imagination 


In term three, young actors explore different acting techniques applicable to stage and screen. The term focuses on character creation and seeing the world from another’s perspective while connecting to what is common to us all. 

  • text work for theatre and film
  • script work on scenes and monologues, and  
  • camera technique (self tapes/screen tests) 

Key focus: 

  • Self-awareness 
  • Compassion 
  • Focus and discipline


In term four, young actors embrace their storytelling ability through the creation of self-devised work for either the stage or the screen. Young people are supported to tell stories they are passionate about and create characters they would love to play. 

  • develop storytelling skills (narrative and structure)
  • exploration of different performance styles, rehearsal, and 
  • performance skills for self-devised work and or theatre or film text. 

Key focus:

  • Empowerment 
  • Authenticity 
  • Inventiveness
  • Freedom

Program details:

Dates & Times:

Weekly Class: Sundays 10 am – 12 pm (times subject to change)


Term Dates:

Term 1: 4th Feb – 24th March

Term 2: 21st April – 9th June

Term 3: 21st July – 8th Sept

Term 4: 13th Oct – 1st Dec

Class placement will be at the discretion of the 16th Street faculty and may include a transition to the teen program.


Application Process:

16th Street invites young actors and their parents or caregivers to submit an online application.

We meet with every young actor we take onto the program to introduce them to the studio. We ask them to prepare a very short scene that we provide to give us a sense of where they are at, so we can best support them in the program. 

We encourage both emerging and experienced young actors to apply.