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16th Street Youth Acting Program


Youth Acting Progam applications are now open.

At 16th Street, we believe that storytellers are vital. We are proud to encourage emerging young actors to develop their artistic and technical skills and craft stories they are passionate about telling.

The Youth Acting Program is a three-term training program for teen actors 13 to 17-year-olds (with age-appropriate classes).  There is an optional fourth term (additional fee) for those who can balance their studies and time at 16th Street, enabling them to continue to hone their skills. 16th Street also has a Kids Acting Program suited for 10 to 12-year-olds.

Young actors train in technique and apply it to a wide range of theatre (plays) and film and television scripts. They also develop the skills to create and perform their own original material. 16th Street prepares young adults with the necessary craft to pursue a professional acting career and live with confidence and self-belief.

16th Street is committed to fostering the unique talents of young creatives by exposing them to dynamic industry professionals who are skilled communicators in their areas of expertise.


‘I was excited to meet other people my age who had the same passions as I did. The 16th Street Youth Program really was looking at what we are actually doing, what this profession is and why so many people are absolutely in love with it.’ – Georgie Stone, Actor (Neighbours)


View the Youth Acting Programs Prospectus



Youth Acting Program Course Outline:

  • Introduction to the classics and influential contemporary text.
  • Comprehensive script analysis and story structure.
  • Character Creation
  • Sophisticated screen and theatrical training.
  • Audition techniques for stage and screen.
  • Development of vocal and physical presence for stage and screen.
  • Preparation of audition monologues and their own self-devised work.

Course Outcomes:

  • A foundation in industry-standard acting techniques and craft.
  • A sense of empowerment, understanding story and narrative.
  • Authentic stage and screen presence.
  • An open-hearted relationship with oneself and others.
  • Expressiveness in communication and listening skills.
  • Their own self-devised script work and performance showcase.


Showcase for Actors:

At the conclusion of every term, young actors present their work in process to an audience. Throughout the year, young actors have the opportunity to improvise and write an original show (which they will learn how to pitch), construct a dream movie idea or create a terrific new scene for their showreel that showcases their unique talent.


The Youth Acting Program Faculty Includes:

Darcy Kent is a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Darcy is an actor, writer and RedStitch ensemble member.

Kate Ellis is one of Australia’s most experienced youth acting coaches. She is known as an Arts & English education innovator, writer and community program developer.

Emily Goddard is a graduate of Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She is an actor, theatre-maker and screenwriter who has worked across Australia and in the UK.

Jem Nicholas is a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University. Jem is a Green Room nominated actor known for her work as a playwright, physical theatre performer and puppeteer.


‘My time at 16th street has entirely reshaped my concept of what it is to be an actor, opening my eyes and giving me a belief in myself that I would never have thought possible….. Enrolling in the youth program hasn’t just given me a new understanding of acting, it has truly made me a better person’ – Jesse Williams, Actor (Nowhere Boys)


Dates & Times:

Term 1: 6 February – 27 March 2022
Term 2: 1 May – 19 June 2022
Term 3: 17 July – 4 September 2022
Term 4 Extension (Optional): 9 October – 27 November 2022


Sundays 10 AM – 1 PM or 2 PM – 5 PM (two ensembles)

Class placement will be at the discretion of the 16th Street faculty.


Application Process:

16th Street invites young actors to submit an online application. We will then arrange for an audition with a 16th Street faculty member.

Actors are to prepare and audition with one of the scenes provided by 16th Street. If applicants would like to audition with a scene, not on the list,  they are welcome to do so. We ask that they email a copy of the script prior to the audition.

We encourage both emerging and experienced young actors to apply.

Applications are now open. Auditions begin in December.

Places are limited.


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

If you would like to view the kids acting program for 10 to 12-year-olds click here. 


View the Youth Acting Programs Prospectus