Youth Acting Program 10-12


16th Street Kids Acting Program (10-12)


At 16th Street, we believe that storytellers are vital. We are committed to supporting emerging young actors, kids of all ages, 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 three-term training program for children 10 – 12 year-olds (click here for the teen 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.


We have made adjustments to our current youth program ensembles, which means we now have a few places available in the 10 to 11-year-old class.

We have our second unit starting on Sunday, 7th of March (10 am to 1 pm) which is 4-weeks and a great way to get a taste of acting at 16th Street. With Term 2 starting on the 1st of May.

If you would like to talk about the 4-week opportunity or term 2, contact us at


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.

View the Youth Acting Programs Prospectus


Term One:

In term one, the focus for our youth program actors is understanding how to work creatively and skillfully within a group or ensemble. Young actors are given the best acting techniques to enhance their performance confidence, so they are free to be all that they are creatively.



– Develop the freedom and trust to follow impulses and instincts through creative improvisation. 

– Explore stagecraft and Presence

– Develop Vocal skills of Projection and articulation.

– Discover the joy of stage Performance



– Empathy and listening.

– Generosity

– Imagination

Outcome: At the end of term one, families and friends are invited to watch the final class in progress.


Term Two: 

In term two, young actors are introduced to different acting techniques both for stage and screen work. The focus is on Creating characters and how to play scenes for the stage and screen.


– Text work for theatre and film. 

– Scenes and monologues

– Camera Technique (self tapes/screen tests)



– Self awareness

– Focus and discipline.

– Appreciation of your uniqueness


Outcome:  At the end of Term two, families and friends are invited to watch the young actors perform rehearsed theatre and film scenes.

Term Three

In term three, 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 that they are passionate about telling 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





– Authenticity


Outcome: Friends and families are invited to watch the young actors perform their own original work.


Dates & Times:

Weekly Class: Sundays 10 am – 12 pm


Term Dates:

Term 1: 6 February – 27 March 2022

Term 2: 1 May – 19 June 2022

Term 3: 17 July – 4 September 2022


Class placement will be at the discretion of the 16th Street faculty and may include 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 on the program. 

We encourage both emerging and experienced young actors to apply.

Applications are now open. Places are limited.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.